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Phil Lewis – L.A. Guns Interview (audio)

Posted: May 3, 2018 by rockbrat in Uncategorized

ARS92.jpgL.A. Guns are heading back down under for a run of dates in May – touring in support of their most recent album ‘The Missing Peace’. On episode 92 of The Australian Rock Show we chat with vocalist Phil Lewis about his teenage years, his days on the London club circuit, re-uniting with guitarist Tracii Guns and much much more. Rip and tear and crank this one nice and loud ! Music by: L.A. Guns, The Angels

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Linda McDonald (The Iron Maidens) Interview

Posted: April 21, 2018 by rockbrat in Uncategorized


In May and June, The Iron Maidens remove all the wheel blocks, gather speed and get airborne – hitting Australian stages for the first time. Powerhouse drummer Linda McDonald previously did time in the amazing Los Angeles outfit Phantom Blue, and on episode 91 of The Australian Rock Show – we talk in detail with Linda about her early days, her influences, Iron Maiden, Nita Strauss, Phantom Blue, the upcoming Australian tour and much more ! Tune in and play very loud.
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Long time listeners of our podcast will remember that we interviewed Rose back on show #10 – so make an effort to listen to that so you can learn more about Rose and her musical journey so far. That interview was around the time that her ‘Time Is Now’ album came out – which was a wonderful release and trust me folks – that particular title track ‘Time Is Now’ will be stuck in your head for days – super super catchy. So obviously I was excited to get hold of this new release from Rose and it does not disappoint and it is easily gonna be in my top 5 releases for this year – that is for certain.

The EP opens with the song Into the Frey – which has a great riff that runs all through the song – I can see why they kicked off the EP with this as it’s so loud and gutsy. The bass line in this courtesy of Steve King – and gives it a little Screaming Jets type of flavour – catchy chorus – right out of the gate the intention is clear – this band mean business. Love it.

This line-up features some Australian rock n roll royalty – the aforementioned Steve King who was in Rose Tattoo for many years – from memory he’s also done time in the Pete Wells Band – Lucy DeSoto and the Handsome Devils and Bitzer – very very rock solid bass player. His rhythm partner on this release – and with a bunch of other outfits is Mick O’Shea. Mick’s rock n roll resume is as long as your arm – Judge Mercy, Dragon, Swanee, Thorpie, Ian Moss, Kevin Borich – he just filled the drum stool on the recent Richie Sambora/Orianthi tour and word is that Mick was damn close to filling Phil Rudd’s position on AC.DC’s Rock or bust tour. So what you have there is pretty much one of THE most potent rhythm sections treading the boards anywhere on the planet today – in my opinion. Mick Adkins – is an accomplished lead guitar player – and his sound is integral to the material on Battle Scars – Mick was of course in an outfit called the Rogue Sharks – their s/t album from 2007 is well worth searching out if you have not heard it. Rose Carleo – powerhouse songstress who has a knack of writing catchy songs – songs which make you feel good and ones which get stuck in your brain in the nicest possible way. More people need to be aware of her.

 The title track on this EP – is classy with a capital C – and in a just world – should be the song which busts it wide open for Rose Carleo and her band – it’s really, really infectious and trust me folks – ten seconds in and you’re hooked. I love songs that start with lead guitar as this one does – I could reach for the thesaurus but big adjectives are not always required – it’s just great sounding rock n roll. The stuff which makes you feel good.  Songs like this are ones which I always find myself turning up and singing along to – they remind me of why my love of music is so great. More people need to hear this.

Coat Tail is another song which rocks and rolls along – a little nod to the glitter band in there maybe – which to these ears sounds great.

There is a tune on here called Faded Tattoo – dedicated to the memory of Peter Wells and Mick Cocks – thumping bass guitar all the way through which really drives the song. It starts off slowly but veers quickly into what I’d call ‘blues laced rock n roll’ with searing lead guitar.

These songs are very well crafted and you can tell there’s been a lot of work put into this recording by Rose and her band. I like the production – but in saying that – I’m not one of those people who pour over the sound and mix of an album. If it sounds good – I crank the volume and that’s that – end of story. It’s rock n roll.

Battle Scars btw was engineered by Russell Pilling – and if you are a fan of the kinda guitar-fuelled rock n roll which we dig – I bet you’ve got something in your collection which Russell had a hand in…. He’s done stuff with a bunch of bands over the years – too many to go through but here are a few – Hoodoo Gurus, Radio Birdman, Roddy Ray’da, The Vines, Died Pretty, The Church, New Christs, Celibate Rifles, Asteroid B-612, the great album ‘In Heat’ by the Fools circa 1998 – he engineered that one – Pete Wells – 1991’s record Everything you Like Tries To kill You – produced of course by Kevin Shirley but engineered by Russell. He also did some work on the Kcrunch release from 1992 – my brother loved that band was always singing their praises – from memory Brian Mann and Mark Wilkinson were in that outfit – and finally – he engineered the killer 7” titled Chokito Bar – from Brother Brick released in Dog Meat in the early 90’s – that’s just some of the many artists he’s worked with – obviously an experienced engineer with an impressive resume – which this release can now be added to.  

Last Day Alive – for me was the real surprise on the EP – and one which showcases just how raw and powerful Rose Carleo’s vocals are – ‘take it as you find it – say it like you mean it – love it like you own it – live it like your last day alive”. Indeed ! Love love love that.

Battle Scars is a stellar release which more people need to hear – one part country, one part heavy blues and one part loud pub rock. Feel-good rock n roll guaranteed to liven up the gloomiest of days. Rose Carleo and her band have come up trumps and I encourage you to purchase this as I know – if you’re a fan of our show – or just want a hit of some infectious rock n roll – this is gonna be right up your alley”. Buy now and thank me later

Steven Adler Interview – 2018 Australian Tour

Posted: March 30, 2018 by rockbrat in Uncategorized

ARS90 (Copy)Former Guns n Roses drummer Steven Adler hits Australian stages in May – celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut album ‘Appetite For Destruction’. On episode 90 of The Australian Rock Show, we cover Steven’s upcoming tour down under, the early days with Guns n Roses, his mother Deanna’s book and much more. In the opinion of many, Steven Adler’s sound was the heart and soul, the backbone to the classic Guns n Roses material and this is an interview you won’t wanna miss. Play loud !

Music by: Guns n Roses, Adler’s Appetite, Rose Tattoo

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HITMEN EPI’ve had this lodged in the car stereo for a couple of weeks now and have cranked the hell out of it. My conclusion ? It’s good, damn good and showcases a band who – although forming 40 years back have the rock n roll fire burning red hot in their belly.

On this release, Johnny Kannis and his co-horts pay homage to six bands that have influenced the Hitmen’s own lengthy career and it’s a concept I find intriguing. This line-up of the Hitmen have a couple of new recruits – including former Conspirator/Psychotic Turnbuckle Vince Cuscuna , yet all have paid their dues and have done many tours of duty.

Kicking off with the Pistols ‘Pretty Vacant’ sets the tone. Many have covered this over the years – Joan Jett’s interpretation from 1990 deserves a mention – and now, Hitmen DTK’s is also up there with the best of em. The Flamin’ Groovies’ ‘Shake Some Action’ is up next and it cooks. The Hitmen originally included a version of this on their 1984 live album ‘Tora Tora DTK’ and this here studio effort kicks arse. Tony Jukic’s blazing guitar works well with Kannis’ vocal growl – rivaling the original for power and intensity. No small statement. ‘Rock n Roll Soldiers’ was originally recorded by New Order (Ron Asheton’s short-lived mid 70’s outfit) and can be found as a B-side on The Hitmen’s 1981 seven incher ‘I Don’t mind’. The re-take included here, of one of rock n roll’s most iconic war cries could be my pick of the bunch. The rock solid engine room of Tony ‘The Kid’ Robertson and Murray Shephard are the backbone of much of this material – take a listen to ‘I Fought the Law’ and hear for yourself. Y’know I’ve always liked Robertson’s bass playing – it’s up front and in your face – just where it should be. Go hunt down the stuff he did with Naked Lunch back in the 80’s if you need further proof. The run through of the Ramones’ Rockaway Beach rocks hard and the final track – ‘Who Will Save Rock n Roll ? closes out this EP in the best way possible. If you thought the Hitmen’s career was over after the departure of longtime guitarist Chris Masuak, think again. Hitmen DTK are rejuvenated and revving their engine. Look out for the new / original tune titled ‘Get up’ which will be released shortly.

If you are one of the many Aussie rock fans who own a copy of the iconic debut album from Guns n Roses – listen up !

Former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer & co-writer STEVEN ADLER ignites his ADLER’S APPETITE band and has today announced that he is to embark on a tour of AUSTRALIA this May. Steven and his esteemed guests will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Guns N’ Roses’ classic debut album by performing “APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION” in its entirety!

His drum sound is an integral part of that debut album from G n R. The Rockbrat crew saw Adler, when he first toured Australia with Guns n Roses in December 1988 – and he is one of rock n roll’s most iconic drummers. 

This unique experience will feature a Q & A, with Steven and the one and only Adler matriarch, Deanna Adler, steadfast supporter & author of “Sweet Child of Mine: How I lost My Son to Guns N’ Roses”; hosted by Melbourne’s own Cherry Bar King, James Young *. During the last quarter century, Deanna Adler kept her diaries, journals, and personal letters, as well as a dozen scrapbooks and hundreds of photographs, putting them aside for safekeeping. This is your opportunity to experience the rare personal and emotive journey about raising her son, and the efforts of keeping him alive and herself sane (* James Young not appearing in Darwin)

Australian Tour Dates – May 2018

Wednesday 16th May – Discovery, DARWIN

Thursday 17th May – The Gov, ADELAIDE

Friday 18th May – Capitol, PERTH

Saturday 19th May – The Backroom, BRISBANE

Friday 25th May – 170 Russell, MELBOURNE

Saturday 26th May – Max Watts, SYDNEY

Tickets on Sale – 9am Monday 26th March

 GA & VIP Tickets Available



Posted: March 22, 2018 by rockbrat in Uncategorized

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