Another live show and this week it's the turn of Audrey Horne who hail from Bergen in Norway. This was the sixth and last date of their UK and Ireland tour to support their current album, "Youngblood", recorded at the Camden Underworld on the 2nd May.
On this week's show its Enuff Z'Nuff recorded at the Camden Underworld at the start of their recent UK tour with support from Wildside Riot a band that sport one Rocky Shades, former lead singer with Wrathchild.
This week it's the start of a month long* worth of live gigs. First up it's JettBlack and CrashDïet recorded at the Islington Academy on the penultimate date of their recent co-headling tour. A tough tour for CrashDïet having lost their manager in a tragic accident a few days before the start.
As a tribute to the sad and tragic passing of one of the nicest men in the music business, Michael Sundén, I play a track by The Backyard Babies, a band he managed for a great number of years.
"I am responsible".
Other music this week comes from Captain Sensible, Brian James, Tank. Have you spotted the Damned connection yet? Then I talk about the Crunch, band that comprises of Dave Tregunna, Sulo, Mick Geggus and Terry Chimes. Then it's onto Michael Monroe with the first track taken from his new album and 1st to feature Dregen. Reckless Love go all Voodoo on us with "Night On Fire". The Nomads, at the beginning of the month released a new ep. Obviously I play something from it. From Sweden to Germany it's Radio Dead Ones with the Rich Jones produced "Second To None". The Roles Models as do Vice Squad have charity singles out which I play and you should purchase. Pink Cigar, who don't have charity single but if you buy their brand new single, which I play, will probably love you forever. Ebbott Lundberg has a track from his "Ebbott Sings" aired. With a track from the new Black Sabbath album rounding this week's show off.
As with this, it's as with the last; with an all live show featuring, all the way from Southend, Eight Rounds Rapid who travelled up to Deptford to play the Bird's Nest. Following swiftly on is former New York Dolls and current Michael Monroe guitarist Steve Conte with his Crazy Truth. Who were recorded at The Water Rats in London on the first date of their recent UK Club tour.
This week we have another all live show courtesy of the Loyalties recorded at their Barfly gig on Easter Sunday, with the Barbie-Q-Barbies and the Von Hertzen Brothers who were live at the Islington Assembly Halls last Friday, that was the 5th of April future listeners, who were both over here to promote their brand new respective albums. That'll be "Breaking All The Rules" and "Nine Lives".
"To Prog or not to Prog? That is the question."
This week I start things going with, What is Prog? I play 3 bands that could be construed as Prog, but are they? You tell me. First up is Ghost (or Ghost B.C. if you're living in the United States) who hail from Sweden. Next up it's Kadavar from German and then it's Queensryche V Queensryche. Yes that's right, we have a track each from the Tate version and the Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson line-up. Let Battle Commence! Away from Prog and into a 1970's feel it's Giuda from Spain who are playing in London on the 24th May. Be there or be at the o2 watching Rush. Moving up a decade to the 80s its Bullet with their Sweden interpretation of NWoBHM. Black Star Riders who have morphed from Thin Lizzy into a new band with new songs have a said new song aired. Very good it is as well. Bouncing over to Scandinavia we have "Demons" singing in their native tongue, The Royal Cream with their new single, it's in English, Los Bastardos Finlandeses and a track off their new album "Day Of The Dead and Trouble Circus with a track off last years "Ain't Shit" CD. Finishing things off it's Straight To Video with a song off their 5 track ep that features the talents of Rob Lane, Richie Hudson, Keef Identity and Johnny Monaco amongst others.
Easter Sunday saw Rachel Stamp play the "Camden Rocks! 2013" launch party gig at The Barfly. For those of you who are unaware Rachel Stamp comprise of David Ryder-Prangley, Will Crewsdon, Shaheena Dax and Robin Guy. Rachel Stamp were formed in 1994 when David Ryder Prangley met Will Crewdson in London after moving from Wales. The band signed to WEA Records, but were dropped without releasing the album "Fight the Force of Evil". Their official debut album "Hymns For Strange Children" went to the top of the NME's Independent Chart. The band were inactive for a few years despite never officially splitting up, and reformed in 2009, initially to support their best of compilation album, "Now I'm Nailed To Your Bedroom Wall, I've Only Got Myself To Blame". In 2010, Will Crewdson and David Ryder-Prangley played alongside Adam Ant for performances around London. Whilst Robin Guy plays with Bernie Tormé as well as being a "go to" session drummer. Shaheena Dax consigns herself to TV roles.
It's an all live show this week courtesy of Love/hate featuring Jizzy Pearl, Robbie Crane (RATT, Lynch Mob) Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper, Slash's Snakepit) and Matt Starr (Ace Frehley) who are currently on tour in the UK. This is the first date recorded at The Underworld in Camden on the 25th March which was rather cold Monday evening. Good job the band warmed things up by several degrees.
Sadly this week's show starts with a tribute to Clive Burr with a Desperado track that features Clive, Dee Snider, Bernie Tormé and Marc Russell. New music this week comes courtesy of Volbeat who now sport former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano, The Von Hertzen Brothers, Eight Rounds Rapid, The Godfathers, Texas Terri and The Vampire Junkies and John Dissed. Live I ventured up to the Borderline to see The DeRellas who were supported by The WitchDoktors and The Healthy Junkies and then the following day The Boston Arms Music Room for The Drej and Cars Like Sharks.
A hard episode that gets easier as the show progresses. On the 6th and 10th March I went up to Koko (The Camden Palace) to see former Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson bade a fond farewell to his London fans. The first date was filmed for, I guess, a future DVD/Documentary release. So this week's show concentrates on the Sunday gig. Support on both dates came from the very excellent and new to me Eight Rounds Rapid.
Lots of new tunes for you to hear on this week's show starting with Iggy & The Stooges who are swiftly followed by Tank. Then it's onto The Drej with a track from their just released debut CD. Psychopunch are up next with a track from their "Smakk Valley" CD and staying with Scandinavia it's new material from The Barbe-Q-Barbies, Hardcore Superstar, Audrey Horne and Free Fall. Back onto home territory with The Eureka Machines and something from "Remain In Hope". Travelling a short distance into the past; Julian Cope's "Dark Orgasm" has a track aired. The final studio track this week comes courtesy of White Coast Rebels with Kitty Hudson in the live segmentation.
Okay Pop Pickers, it's the middle of the week and time for some more live action courtesy of Denmark in the shape of D-A-D who once again rolled into London. I've only, to my shame, seen them twice but I can guarantee you that I'll be seeing them as often as I can. As so should you.
As you no doubt are aware the classic Dogs D'Amour line-up of Tyla, Bam, Steve and Jo recently reconvened to recorded and gig. I've already played you one of the fruits of the aforementioned recording sessions but on this week's show it's this line-up first returning London gig at the Borderline on the 22nd February that gets an airing.
This week it's the start of a few week's worth of totally live shows. The Hel(l)sinki Vampires a.k.a. The 69 Eyes were over here in London on the 12th February as part of their current "X" CD tour. Obviously I was in attendance and recorded such for your enjoyment.
On this the 300 episode of The Paranoid Squirrel I treat you to a whole host of new music in the shape and form of The Dogs D'Amour, Black Waterside, The Curse, The UK Subs, The Cry, Stonewall Noise Orchestra, Verse You and a mash up from Go Home Productions of The Verve, Julian Cope, The Doors and The Beatles. I only delve into the past once to play a Sassy Scarlet track who featured Ky Anto. The show is round off by live Free Fall from their debut UK gig.
In packed programme this week we have more from The Scams with Imperial State Electric covering Depeche Mode. When it comes to new releases we have tracks by Jake Starr and The Delicious Fullness, The Godfathers, Tom Keifer from Cinderella first solo single, The Loyalties, Stonewall Noise Orchestra, Nicke Borg's Homeland, The Von Hertzen Brothers, CrashDïet, The Good, The Bad And The Zugly, Dundertåget. On the classic front we have Sator and The Ramones. What's not to like?
In a packed programme this week I bring you; Born Loose that feature ex Candy Snatchers vocalist Larry May, Borracho, The Eureka Machines with another track which is all set to appear on their pledge album, The Scaramanga Six with one of their Steve Albini produced new album tracks, CJ Ramone with the title track of his forth coming solo CD, Dan Vapid (formerly of Screeching Weasel and The Methadones) and The Cheats' track from their self title CD which came out last year. Anthrax, The Retardos with The Pumps, Cold Ethyl, featuring Nicke Andersson and Mary's Kids all present us with cover versions for us to enjoy. One of the subjects of last week's show, that'll be The Scams, have a track played from their debut CD aired with The Drej finishing things off with some live action. I also announce the winner of the Imperial State Electric / Mary's Kids split 7" competition courtesy of Bootleg Booze Records.
Hurrah!!! Finally I managed to get to my first gig of 2013. Which was The Lost Angels, featuring from Cinderella Eric Brittingham, Eric Dover of Slash's Snakepit, Troy Patrick Farrell of White Lion and Ryan Roxie guitarist with Alice Cooper at the Underworld in Camden. Support came from Pirate Metallers Kinkade and all the way from Sweden The Scams.
Hellsongs with a Lounge Rock classic cover get the (snow)ball rolling this week. Then its The Powder Monkeys paying homage to Black Sabbath. As 2013 will see both The Von Hertzen Brothers and Steve Conte releasing new albums not to mention playing in London on the same day, but in different venues, I play a track from their respective last albums. Sylvain Sylvain has a solo track played whilst the title track from Adler's debut album is aired. Croydon based band St. Evel have a track played from their new EP "Ballads From The Cronx". Then we get to hear one side of the limited 7" single by Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell. The Retardos hot off their "Between The Dudes and Leather" Festival (actually the band pulled out at the last minute) have their "Above & Beyond" single played. The Barbie-Q-Barbies have a new album out next month but preceding it is a single, which obviously I play. As the show started with a cover I end with one taken from Waltari's "Covers All" album. Also buried in this week's show is a competition to win the Imperial State Electric, Mary's Kids spit 7" courtesy of Bootleg Booze Records.
First up this week is brand new music from Saetta Bloody Saetta and an exclusive listen to a, as yet unheard, track from the forthcoming debut album by The Drej. Keeping things new The Loyalties have a track from their "soon-to-be-released" 2nd album aired. Tracii Gun's League Of Gentlemen seem to be going down a Pink Floyd style route. No complaints from me as I play a track to illustrate. Former Sonic's Rendezvous guitarist and vocalist Scott Morgan is the subject of an Easy Action 3CD career spanning Box Set. To get you in the mood a couple of his well known tunes are played. The Hip Priests and The Dwarves have just released a split single; both tracks make it onto the show. The final piece of new music, well new music to me, comes courtesy of The Dead Pins and the final track this week is by Dr. Feelgood as former Feelgood Wilko Johnson has been diagnosed with Terminal Cancer of the Pancreas.