Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Inbox Update: Humble Pie, The Steel Wheels, Anathema

From the classic rock of Humble Pie to a strong Americana troupe and a genre-defying progressive rock outfit, today's post has a bit of something for everybody...


Bonus disc of live performance

Deadline Music will release a special 2-CD Humble Pie collection which packages the complete records ON TO VICTORY and GO FOR THE THROAT with a bonus disc of live material recorded in 1981.

Formed in the UK in 1968, Humble Pie was a compilation of extraordinary talent (such as Peter Frampton) that uniquely bridged the gaps between hard rock, prog rock, blues, and soul. Fronted by guitar player and singer Steve Marriott, the early ‘80s Humble Pie represented in these discs also included drummer Jerry Shirley (later of Fastway), guitarist Bobby Tench (from The Jeff Beck Group) and bassist Anthony “Sooty” Jones. ON TO VICTORY, released in 1980, featured the Billboard Hot 100 hit “Fool for a Pretty Face.” They toured with Ted Nugent and Aerosmith before quickly releasing GO FOR THE THROAT in 1981. The group went through a few different lineup changes, breakups, and reformations until the untimely passing of Steve Marriott in 1991.

In addition to “Fool for a Pretty Face,” fan favorites like “Infatuation” and “Teenage Anxiety” are featured. This unique package also includes full liner notes and rare photos. The bonus disc is an electrifying concert recorded in Los Angeles in 1981.

ON TO VICTORY/GO FOR THE THROAT DELUXE EDITION will be available on iTunes, amazon.com, and at your favorite record store. The 2-disk digipak is $18.98. Additionally, CALIFORNIA ’81 is available on vinyl.

Information: http://cleopatrarecords.com/


The Steel Wheels tie an assortment of roots music elements together with their latest release Lay Down, Lay Low. From the a cappella number "Rain in the Valley" which saw a video premiere on American Songwriter, to the fetching "Breaking Like The Sun", The Steel Wheels prove to stamp themselves in roots music. Lay Down, Lay Low, their follow up full length to Red Wing, is available now. Lay Down, Lay Low also gained momentum on the Americana Airplay Chart as the second most added album this week.

Whether belting out an original song in the shadow of the Rockies, taking one of their fiddle tunes for a ride in Austin or speaking to the soul with a bittersweet ballad in Vermont, The Steel Wheels are making fans of audiences with every fire-in-the-belly performance across North America. Lay Down, Lay Low reveals both light and shadow, providing a musical landscape for songs that chronicle and celebrate the good struggle. The album is built on the chemistry of the band members and sensitive, inspired instrumentation. Lead vocals from multi-instrumentalist Trent Wagler soar and find perfect complements in supporting vocals from mandolin and guitar player Jay Lapp, with bass player Brian Dickel and fiddler Eric Brubaker joining for heart-stopping harmonies.

Lay Down, Lay Low is the strong follow-up to Red Wing, which ranked in the Americana Music Association's Top 100 Americana Albums of the Year in 2010 after spending thirteen weeks on the Top 40 AMA radio charts and, notably, landing as the second-highest ranked album of all independent releases that year. Red Wing also cracked the EuroAmericana Top 10 chart and racked up five Independent Music Awards nominations, winning the Best Song category. Additionally, they have already seen an appearance on the critically acclaimed Mountain Stage. Lay Down, Lay Low establishes the staying power of The Steel Wheels within the wide-armed Americana family. Find them at Merlefest 2012, at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music in April and at festivals and venues throughout the United States and Canada this year.

Information: http://www.thesteelwheels.com/

Anathema Premiere "Untouchable, part 1" On PopMatters

Weather Systems Out April 24th On The End Records

Anathema will return in April with Weather Systems, their brand new studio album.

Weather Systems is the follow-up to 2010’s We're Here Because We're Here, which has been featured prominently in numerous end-of-year polls and the producer, Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), has described it as ''definitely among the best albums I’ve ever had the pleasure to work on.''

The bar for Weather Systems has been set pretty high, but Daniel Cavanagh from the band is certain that the album will exceed these lofty expectations, stating, "it feels like we are at a creative peak right now, and this album reflects that. Everything from the production to the writing to the performances are a step up from our last album."

He continues, "This is not background music for parties. The music is written to deeply move the listener, to uplift or take the listener to the coldest depths of the soul."

The intertwining melodic structures of these profoundly beautiful songs are intensely powerful, yet simple. These are songs that will transport the listener closer to the heart of life, that is to say, to the heart of themselves.

It is also an album of polarity. The play of opposites; light and shade, birth and death, love and fear. The simple truths of life and loss, hope and strength and darker internal themes are all explored here.

The album was recorded in Liverpool, North Wales and Oslo, each place significant to Anathema past, present and future. The record was produced and mastered by 5 times Norwegian Grammy nominated Christer-André Cederberg (Animal Alpha, In the Woods..., Drawn), who Daniel has described as "a revelation. His calmness and brilliance has helped to bring about the greatest inter-band chemistry that Anathema have experienced together in their career."

This career stretches back to 1990 when the band formed in Liverpool. Since then the band have embarked on a remarkable musical journey, initially emerging as pioneers of melodic heavy music and continually evolving over the ensuing years, always remaining true to their original goal of creating forward thinking, meaningful, passionate and honest music.

Anathema are a collective of two families; brothers and childhood friends. This album will please fans who call for more of Lee Douglas’ vocals, as her role within Anathema’s brand of alternative, melodic rock has matured to become an integral energy. In this way and more, Weather Systems is the sound of a band finding their voice and growing in stature, moving further along their artistic path with a truly stunning musical vision.

Their best ever work? "Not yet" says Daniel, but he does believe that with Weather Systems they have surpassed previous glories; "we are pleased and proud of the record and we feel that, alongside the best moments of WHBWH, this record contains our very best work so far in what is becoming a long career."

Weather Systems will be available on The End Records on April 24, 2012.

Information: http://theendrecords.com/

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