Tracks of the week: new music from Saint Agnes, Spiritworld and more


What a week it’s been in rock’n’roll country. Self-proclaimed UK No.1 rock band SKAM kept their promises and won the Tracks Of The Week competition last week, while acclaimed guitar collector Joe Bonamassa came in second with the excellent Parking meters.

Back in third place, Welsh-Australian wrestler Gwyn Ashton, whose lonely on the run beat the fierce competition of the five competitors who failed to reach the podium, so to speak.

So here is SKAM again. Then? It’s gone for another week of music that you really should be listening to before the almost inevitable arrival of next week.


SATE – Person

Rising Toronto star SATE is on hand to tear up your insecurities with this maelstrom of fiery soul-blues and chainsaw guitars. “I wrote this song because I let myself be taken in by what other people thought of me,” she says. “We determine our own worth. No one should ever take you for granted. Toronto blues punks The OBGMs are the guys you’ll see jamming with her in the video (it’s also worth checking out if you haven’t already).

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – High and Lonely

These two have the kind of vocal chemistry that is so natural and so sweet that you wonder if there isn’t some sort of spiritual telepathy or hoodoo going on. It’s an impression that is reinforced by this punchy yet succulent number that falls on your ears like rain after a heatwave. Check out this and more on their new album, Raise the roof, which releases November 19.

Buckcherry – Pistol

Part a classic rock meat feast, part a southern fried hip shaker and snake in my boot (harmonica flourishes included), this latest installment from Buckcherry’s ninth album Hell is attractive in an obvious way. It’s very, very easy to appreciate right away. Frankly, on a Monday morning, eighteen months after the start of a pandemic, this is exactly what we need. Their current tour arrives in the UK in November.

Houndmouth – Meet until midnight

Billed as a “hazy ode to fading romance” Do it at midnight – the first taste of the band’s upcoming album New Albany, Indiana Good for you (released November 5) – depicts the kind of concise and devastating world of a great short story. It’s kind of alternative blues, kind of folk Americana with late night vibes, not quite stable, but it rocks too, in a beautifully heartbreaking and intimate way.

Saint Agnes – Uppercut

“This is the most honest song I have ever written and I hope, when we sing it together on tour, that we can silence those voices together,” singer Kitty A Austen said of the explosion. livid and cheeky horror-punk. “It’s as brutal as fucking and hits like an uppercut in the jaw, so it’s fun.” She is not wrong. It’s kind of like the audio equivalent of punching the stomach while receiving some serious motivational speech right in your ear … or just losing your shit on a really good rock party for the first time. for months. Sound like fun? They are touring the UK this month.

Eric Bolton – The light of the house

With a voice that sits somewhere between Eddie Vedder, Michael Stipe and Chris Cornell, Canadian singer / songwriter Eric does a magnificent job of this heartfelt and heartfelt pop rock ballad. “I wrote this song in 2015/2016 at a time when I was leaving the church world I had been raised in,” he says. “I started trying to pursue this inner light which was real and honest. After going out and learning how to build an authentic life for myself and my real self, now felt like the right time to release this song.

Spiritworld – The Lightbringer

Spiritworld released a new song, and it’s very clever. First, it’s smart because they found a riff that falls somewhere between Metallica’s Search and destroy and killer It’s raining blood. With pieces of Mastodon. And secondly, it’s smart because they’ve come up with a video that will delight anyone who bears witness to its terrible scenes of violence, scary women and so on. Led by the brilliantly named Stu Folsom (imagine having the same last name as a famous prison! It’s like being called Darren Alcatraz!), Whose “Death Western” vision is perfectly captured in the footage, he is strongly Recommended for fans of guitars, grunts and blood.

Blurred Vision & Mollie Marriott feat. Peter Frampton – Dear John

Released before the charity show “Dear John” this weekend – named after John Lennon and in support of the excellent War Child charity – Dear John finds British / Canadian / Iranian proggers Blurred Vision alongside Mollie Marriott and Peter Frampton for a song as Lennonian as it gets. Frampton’s solos are magnificent, and there is a nice (albeit brief) excerpt from Penny lanepiccolo style trumpet. “The fact that we still face threats of war, inequality, injustice, poverty, division, hatred and all the things John fought for is a great motivation for me as a ‘artist,’ says Sepp Osley of Blurred Vision. “and for the global community to keep working for a better world.”


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