Even if their name isn’t particularly familiar in the UK or US, Italy’s Latte+ have attracted a cult following on home turf. With 2014’s ‘No More Than Three Chords’ – the band’s sixth full-length and first English language disc- gaining US distribution, that very much represents a definite step towards world domination for the punk quartet.
Legendary pop-punk band The Mr. T Experience are playing three shows in California in March with The Queers. The band gained a cult following throughout the nineties and disbanded when frontman Dr. Frank followed his other career as a novelist.
A new MTX track, ‘King Dork Approximately’ appeared in December.
Legendary independent metal label Music For Nations – once home to many a great band throughout the 80s and early 90s – has returned. The label, once home to Anthrax, Mercyful Fate, Mindfunk, Tyketto, Hed(pe), Godflesh, Exodus and countless others folded in 2004, but has just been relaunched.
In 2014 UK rockers Crowsaw released ‘Smoke & Mirrors’, a blues-edged collection of songs which was well received in some quarters. For those expecting them to pick up where they left off and build upon their cult following, 2015’s ‘Karma’ may come as a bit of a surprise. Rethinking their game plan, the band have taken their melodic vocal and riff-based sound, dispensed with pretty much any Hendrix and Cry Of Love influences and heavied up the guitars about seventy percent. There’s a huge amount of rock at the core of the material – as is only natural – but all previous blues influences have been thrown out of the window in favour of channelling a defiant metallic crunch.
US singer songwriters Lauren Harding and Mallory Trunnell have already made inroads into solo careers as adult pop singer-songwriters: Harding’s brand of pop/rock on her 2011 release ‘Heart In a Box’ mixing piano tunes with occasional bluesy twangs, Trunnell’s more in keeping with Sara Barailles and piano pop. Together, recording as Crimson Calamity, the pianos are abandoned and various types of country music very much the order of the day.