Motörhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke has died at the age of 67, he was the last surviving member of the classic Motörhead line up after Phil Taylor and Lemmy passed away in 2015. Fast Eddie Clarke played on the albums Motörhead, Bomber, Overkill, Ace of Spades, No Sleep ’Til Hammersmith and Iron Fist before departing the band and forming Fastway. Motörhead released the following statement regarding the sad news
We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight…Edward Allan Clarke – or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke – passed away peacefully yesterday. Ted Carroll (who formed Chiswick Records) made the sad announcement via his FB page, having heard from Doug Smith that Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia…
Fast Eddie Clarke 5th October 1950 – 10th January 2018
During this holiday season when we also celebrate the birth of the much missed Motörhead frontman Lemmy, the Motörhead team are giving away a special gift to what they believe are the greatest and most loyal fans in the world. They have released the entire set from December 23, 1996 that was recorded at the Biskuithalle in Bonn, Germany on the last night of the Overnight Sensation tour, the concert is now available for streaming, and for a limited period for free download.
The concert can be downloaded via the official Motörhead website until December 25th here
You can stream the concert in full via YouTube here
This Is Moscow Not LA
Rad Girlfriend Records / Subkultura Records
Svetlanas have developed a reputation for being the most dangerous band in the world, and with good reason, they are considered enemies of the state in their native Russia, a status that has resulted in their exile in Milan, and anyone who has witnessed their confrontational live performances will testify that their reputation is more than deserved, now as they limber up for a fresh aural assault on the festival circuit Svetlanas have released their latest full length, This Is Moscow Not LA. There is also an added ingredient thrown into the mix as Svetlanas line up has now been bolstered by the inclusion of Nick Oliveri, a man who has his own hellraising reputation, and this should result in a match made in heaven… or hell, depending on your viewpoint.
This Is Moscow Not LA kicks off with an introduction to Putin On Da Hitz that is The Munsters by way of the of The Misfits, after this things kick spectacularly into life and from this point onwards you’d best buckle up. There are no brakes on This Is Moscow Not LA and for me this is an album that is the definition of defiant, hedonistic and destructive hardcore infused punk rock that proves that there is no one else out there quite like Svetlanas. Tell Me Why channels and amplifies the Dwarves, this is followed by Let’s Get Drunk and Vodka ‘N Roll that are a pair of full tilt tributes to the joy of getting trashed, throughout the album there are perfect moments of hyperactive punk rock in the form of Lose Control, Negative Approach and Put Your Middle Fingers Up. There is a tribute to the godfather of rock ‘n roll excess in the form of Speed Freak, a frantic rendition of Motorhead‘s ode to amphetamines that sounds as if it’s played on an overdose and Where Is My Borscht and People Suck are an intense closing duo that prove that all is not quiet on the Eastern front.
Sometimes you hear an album that just makes you want to attack your booze supply with self destructive abandon, and this is one of those albums, few bands manage to deliver this kind of full tilt fuck you, and fewer still can deliver it live with any sense of authenticity. Svetlanas have always had a reputation as a band that should be experienced live, but now they’ve delivered an album the bottles the essence of what makes them such a compelling live act. For me this sounds like the album Svetlanas were born to make, and come this years Rebellion Festival I will be down the front for Svetlanas set on Friday 4th August.
This Is Moscow Not LA
should be ordered here
and you need to stream it via Spotify here
website can be found here
The Kingcrows have been with us for about ten years now, they have been relentlessly following their own path and display an unshakeable belief in themselves. If I tell you their latest album, Funland, contains significant traces of both Motorhead and The Ramones in it’s DNA then that description should give you a pretty good idea of where they are coming from, this is bare knuckle high octane rock ‘n roll.
The Kingcrows play their brand of rock ‘n roll with energy and style, for me this is what elevates them above many other bands that tread this this well worn path, they do it with conviction and they do it really well. The pace doesn’t relent for a second on any of the eleven cuts contained on Funland and that’s how it should be for a band like this, if I want thoughtfulness and introspection I know where I can find it, full tilt rock ‘n roll doesn’t need to be either of those things. The opening track, Here We Go, is a mission statement, from the opening chords you know exactly what you’re in for from this point on. The subject matter on the rest of the songs will come as no surprise, tales of the rock ‘n roll lifestyle, rallying calls against the mainstream culture and of course alcohol.
This is a band that will produce few surprises but you don’t always want to be challenged and surprised, sometimes you just need something that makes you feel alive and The Kingcrows do that in spades. Now that both Motorhead and The Ramones are no more we need someone to fill the yawning chasm they left in their wake, I think The Kingcrows could well be the band to bridge that gap, they are energising, fun and whilst there are no surprises in Funland it certainly gets the adrenaline going.
Funland can be ordered from STP Records or directly from the band here
Live (Feb. 26th, 2011)
The Kool Haus - Toronto, ON
Fresh off the heels of their latest release “The World is Yours,” Motorhead was in Toronto to showcase their latest work to a sold out crowd at the Kool Haus.
What I love about Motorhead’s music is that it crosses genres. And what I love about concerts is that their fans also cross genres. Punks, rockers, metal heads, and classic rockers always come out to show their support. This was no different.
Lemmy took the stage looking rock and roll as ever-said “Good Evening. We are Motorhead!” and ripped into classic opener “We are Motorhead.”
The staple rock and rollers covered most of their discography and played only two off their latest release which I found strange but also appreciate when a classic band plays it’s classics!
I have seen Motorhead play quite a few times over the years and they were old when I first saw them. This time, Lemmy definitely looked his age and their songs were less crunchy and more slowed down rock and roll which was a change but sounded great.
Lemmy even dedicated a song to Shakespeare at one point in the night before they played “Inferno” classic “In the name of Tragedy”. Other highlights included “Ace of Spades” (of course), Neil Fallon from Clutch coming out to sing “Killed by Death”, and Mikkey Dee’s drum solo during “In the name of Tragedy”.
All in all it was just another great Motorhead show. It’s been happening now for thirty-five years. Enough said.
Set Lists: We Are Motorhead
Get Back in Line
Over The Top
Stand Rock OutGuitar Solo
The Thousand Names of God
I got mine
I Know How To Die
The Chase Is Better Than The Catch
In The Name of Tragedy (w/Drum Solo)
Just ‘Cos You Got The Power
Going To Brazil
Killed By Death
Ace Of Spades
Zebrahead have announced their new album, Call Your friends will be released on August 16th via MFZB Records. The record was produced by Cameron Webb (Pennywise, Motorhead) who helped bring out the heavier side of the bands pop punk sound. Vocalist/guitarist Matty Lewis is hopeful that fans will take to the new record, saying:
“I hope the fans will be stoked on the new album…or else I’ll be on the TV show “Pawn Stars”, pawning my stuff for cash”
The video for the title track (Call Your Friends) has also been released online and can be viewed here. The band will be out on the road worldwide supporting the new record, with US dates to follow in 2014. Full dates below: