In 1967, American-born animator Bob Balser was working on a project in Spain when he received an invitation to fly to London and try his hand at designing animated characters based on the Beatles. The project? A full-length cartoon feature film called Yellow Submarine. “They had to get started quickly, because they had a screening date set for July of the following year,” Balser recalls. “They had just one year to do an entire feature-length animated film.”
Led by master shredder Gus G, Greek power metal band Firewind have enjoyed a loyal fan following in Europe for more than a decade, and their fan base in other territories is always growing. They've come a long way since Gus started the band as a small project, and they're ready to release their seventh studio album, Few Against Many.
There are fans of Pink Flag and then there are fans of Wire. It's near impossible not to get into the short, punky and surprisingly hook-laden tracks on the band's 1977 debut, with Colin Newman and Bruce Gilbert angular riffing complimented perfectly by Newman's wry observations on modern life.
The Cribs aren’t your typical British guitar punks. That may be due to the fact that guitarist and bassist, Ryan and Gary Jarman, have known each other since, well, the crib. The twins form two-thirds of one of the UK’s most popular indie acts (They’re joined by younger brother Ross behind the drums), whose fifth album, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, comes out May 15 via Wichita Recordings.
Guitarist Walter Trout has a resume that reads like a who’s who of rock and blues legends. From his days in Canned Heat, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers to playing lead for John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton and Bo Diddley Walter paid his dues and then some. I spoke with Walter to hear all about his new CD Blues For The Modern Daze, which was released April 24 via Mascot Music Productions.
Glenn Tilbrook has always been something of a rarity. The Squeeze lead vocalist is one of the only frontmen of his generation of New Wave rockers -- a generation that includes Elvis Costello, Paul Weller, Debbie Harry, Ric Okasek, David Byrne and Ian Dury -- who could write and sing a boundless collection of brilliant, hook-filled hits and then grace them with catchy, lightning-fast guitar solos.
Don't look now, but there may be a winner for the longest-lasting modern garage rock band, and it's a bit of a shock. Apparently, things made in Sweden just last longer. The Hives rode in on the same garage rock revival wave as the White Stripes, the Strokes and the Vines. However, unlike the other groups of the movement, the Hives never made the mistake of taking themselves too seriously.