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Saturday, 21 April 2018

New Music 2018: Never Gonna Die - Pennywise (20th April)

Never Gonna Die - Pennywise
Produced By Cameron Webb
Released 20th April 2018

Formats include CD, Download, Blue Vinyl (USA) and Clear Vinyl (Europe)

Listen to Never Gonna Die Here:
A1 Never Gonna Die    
A2 American Lies    
A3 Keep Moving On    
A4 Live While You Can    
A5 We Set Fire    
A6 She Said    
A7 Can't Be Ignored    
B1 Goodbye Bad Times    
B2 A Little Hope    
B3 Won't Give Up The Fight    
B4 Can't Save You Now    
B5 All The Ways U Can Die    
B6 Listen    
B7 Something New

(All Songs and Music written by Pennywise)

Pennywise are:
    Jim Lindberg – lead vocals
    Fletcher Dragge – guitar, backing vocals
    Randy Bradbury – bass, backing vocals
    Byron McMackin – drums, backing vocals 

The last time that Jim Lindberg featured on an album of brand new songs by Pennywise was way back in 2008 on the album Reason To Believe (Released 25th March) and then in August 2009 he left the band. He returned back in 2013 after the departure of Zoli Tรฉglรกs (who only recorded one album with them - All or Nothing in 2012 - that seems to not actually be recognised by the band - it doesn't feature on their websiste at all and they don't play any songs from it at their shows!). He did feature on vocals for the 2014 album Yesterdays but a lot of that is older material that had not been previously recorded.

The album has taken awhile to record but was completed in 2017 and was announced for release back in March. It was released yesterday on Epitaph.

Some fascinating songs on the album show that they have clearly been keeping an eye on the current political climate in their homeland with songs like American Lies:

The political scene coming apart at the seams
Its the end of the American Dream
The temperature is ready to burst
The future is not what it seems for the American Dream
Time has come you know we can't stop it
You know that the end is drawing near
Knocked down the sound of it collapsing
So loud no one can hear
Mindless old tyrants
do you hear the sirens song that will herald your demise
excessive sessions on your transgressions
we're all left sifting through the lies

and in particular A Little Hope and so clearly Can't Save You Now that seems like an outright attack upon the dishonesty of Trump: "All Your Lies Can't Save You Now!"

I'm really impressed with it and actually blasted through it a couple of times last night. Along with Anti-Flag's American Fall, Never Gonna Die is an excellent spotlight on the reaction of musicians to the desperate days they are living in under the reign of Trump!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

S4L Radio Show 2018 Playlist #5

It's been awhile since the last Playlist so I thought I'd throw together a new one with some of the things that I've been listening to over the last couple of months whilst absent from posting here.

As usual it's a mixed bag of everything from Country to Indie, Rock to Pop, and Folk to Gospel.

The Playlist

On The Playlist
Radioland - Ashley McBryde.
For You - Nina Diaz.
Starcrossed Lovers - The Fratellis.
Time Will Be The Healer - Glen Hansard.
Distant Colours - Manic Street Preachers.
Kandy Krush - Kim Wilde.
Virginia Plain - Roxy Music.
Long Distance Love - Rick Parfitt.
The Lion and The Lamb - Meg'n Jez (TV Smith Cover).
Oblivion Kids - Last Great Dreamers.
Just What To Say - Dashboard Confessional.
To The Music I Belong - Kate Nash.
No More Tears For Daddy - Alan Bishop (The Red Eyes).
The End of Things - Bob Mould (Live On Colbert Show).
The President Sang Amazing Grace - Joan Baez (Zoe Mulford Cover).
Absoulte Reality - The Alarm.
Physical - Julianna Hatfield (Olivia Newton John Cover).
My Father's Gun - Miranda Lambert (Elton John Cover).
Them Double Blues - John Mellencamp (Johnny Cash song).
Liberty Song - The Levellers. 

The Parting Shot
Change The World - Snoop Dogg feat John P. Kee.

New Music: Evil Spirits - The Damned (April 2018)


Evil Spirits - The Damned
Spinefarm Records/Search and Destroy Records
Produced by Tony Visconti
Released 13th April 2018

Latest Single:
 Look Left
Released 16th April 2018

More from the latest album:

Click On The Links:

Side One

Side Two

First post after a wee break over the past couple of months. This has been mainly down to dealing with my epilepsy issues and a few of the side effects that come from the drugs I have to take that cause issues like lack of focus etc. I'm not making any great promises that I'm going to post everyday because sometimes that's not going to be possible. The other thing is I am probably not going to be doing big and indepth pieces as I just don't seem to have the capcity to concentrate for huge periods of time and so spending three hours researching and writing is going to be a thing of the past for the moment. Apologies to those who maybe come here looking for that!

Anyway, I thought I'd kick off the return to posting with The Damned's first studio album in a decade! Was pleased to hear that the album made #5 on the UK Album Chart on release.

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