PRIMAL SCREAM Caused A Rapturous Rock & Roll Party in Amsterdam And Antwerp…

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PRIMAL SCREAM – Melkweg, Amsterdam (15 June) and Roma, Antwerp (16 June)

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If one sees a band playing twice in two days I guess he’s a fan of that group. That’s what happened last week when I drove to Amsterdam (15 June) and the day after to Antwerp
(16 June) to witness the irresistible rock & roll power of veterans PRIMAL SCREAM (the band was formed way back in 1982) for two stellar club gigs as a warm-up for their festival summer. One of my all time favorite motherrockers. There’s still three original members
at work: charismatic frontman Bobby Gillespie, guitarist Andrew Innes and keyboard player Martin Duffy. Hammerblow drummer Darrin Mooney joined the gang in 1997 and bloody cool bassist Simone Marie Butler replaced Mani when The Stone Roses reunited in 2013. Except for 3 songs from last year’s damn fine pop album Chaosmosis The Scream know very well that the crowd wants a greatest hits set (Loaded / Rocks / Jailbird / Swastika Eyes / Country Girl / Moving On Up / Come Together). And that’s what we got (two times in my case). Rock and roll euphoria at its very best. A mix of flaming Rolling Stones vibes and spiritual gospel & soul ectasy. Something like this…

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MOVING ON UP

Pics Amsterdam

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Bobby: charisma and voice…

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Simone Marie: coolest bassist on the planet…

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I know, here’s Simone again…

Pics Antwerp

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Party samba balls

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Come together…

(all concert pics by TurnUpTheVolume!)

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PRIMAL SCREAM: Website – Facebook – Discography

When Mixed Emotions Touch Your Heart & Soul – Here are HIGHLAND KITES…

Vibes that thrills us in a way we want to scream out loud…

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‘I’m Not Weak’ by HIGHLAND KITES

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Marissa Lamar is the heart and soul of Californian indie trio HIGHLAND KITES out of Los Angeles. After a very long battle with Lyme disease, music helped her healing process and emerged as her saving grace, giving her a reason to persevere and ultimately share her life-affirming strength as she overcame her illness.
She started as a solo artist in 2014, but soon formed Highland Kites with drummer Neil Briggs and Alex Edwards on lead guitar. They toured in Southern California, the Pacific Northwest and also played shows in New York and Austin and received airplay on over
70 radio stations in the US and UK. So far the three-piece released their full length debut  ‘All We Left Behind’ and an EP called Let Me Run. And now here’s the first impressive single I’M NOT WEAK from the same titled upcoming 5-track EP. Marissa says about the new, personal songs: “Musically, we worked hard to ensure each song really felt right emotionally. There was no focus or obsession over genre, we spent time ensuring that the compositions of each song respectively matched the feeling of the lyrics and experiences. This EP is all of my heart. It’s my darkness, my light, my past and my future, my sadness, my happiness, my resolutions, hopes, weaknesses, strengths and all my love for being alive. It’s a resolution of my past and the idea that the future can be.”

‘I’m Not Weak‘ is a strong and inspiring high quality pop song. Intense, richly arranged, colored with poetic guitar lines and driven by the truly gripping and vivid voice of Lamar dealing with mixed emotions but strongly convinced she’ll survive in the end, the way she wants.  Think Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star) fronting a moody Radiohead. Yes, that special. Here’s some appealing beauty…

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It’s always late at night when these thoughts they seem to culminate.
They almost make sense in my dream like state
The words are so loud, they’re so loud in my brain.
They scream if I loved you less I’d be okay.

But you knew it
All I’d ever done is forgive your flaws
You knew it
That I can’t help myself at all
Not at all

I finally realize that’s it ok to break
I finally realize that it’s ok to not feel hate
I finally realize I’m not weak for always forgiving
That I’m not weak

As I walk away I curse the whole universe
For not splitting love is perfect halves so we’re equally hurt
I curse myself for heavy thinking,
Feeling all this pain,
It’s like a thousand bricks,
A thousand bricks deep seated in my brain

I know who I am and it’s okay
I’ll love you as I walk away, I’ll know you are and I pray you’ll find that person someday.

I’m not weak

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The 5-track ‘I’M NOT WEAK’ EP will be out on the 29th of July. Watch this space…

HIGHLAND KITES: Website – Facebook – Twitter

Happy 75 To Musical Genius… BRIAN WILSON…

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Musical genius BRIAN WILSON celebrates his 75th birthday today – 20 June 2017. A legendary artist most famous, as we all know, for creating that vibrant Californian surf sound with his monumental harmonies band THE BEACH BOYS. Back then in the glorious sixties the rivalry with The Beatles drove him paranoid and pretty mad. He left the band
to take a very long vacation in his bedroom. But in the late 80s, early 90s he returned and released several solo albums (with ‘No Pier Pressure‘ as his most recent work) and the man is still touring. yes, music in his veins and DNA. Here are three (extremely difficult to choose only three massive hits) Brian Wilson compositions to celebrate the icon’s 75th birthday…

DO IT AGAIN (1969)

CALIFORNIA GIRLS (1965)

BARBARA ANN (1965)

The making of solo album NO PIER PRESSURE (2015)

BRIAN WILSON: Biography – Website – Facebook