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Russell Pritchard, bass player with the highly successful Zutons and now with the critically acclaimed Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds has just joined the roster of Rotosound endorsees, and is full of praise for our strings. He observed that “Rotosound have always issued the best flatwound Bass Strings, with consistency in every packet for quality & tone.”
We’re pleased to welcome Farewell to Arms to our roster of world class players. The band use our Michael Amott signature strings, Nexus Coated Electric Strings, Rotosound Classical Guitar Strings, Roto Blues, and Rotosound Drop Zone strings.
What Farewell to Arms say about Rotosound
‘I found Rotosound strings to be exactly what I was looking for. Perfect comination of gauges and awesome feeling helps me every day on stage and in the studio. They stay in tune, and I’ve never broken a string – what more can you ask for?’ Johnny
‘These strings are perfect for my tone and my feeling on the guitar. Furthermore they are the best choice if speed is an essential part of your playing’ Gordi
‘Rotosound is the only manufacturer that produces the combination of gauges that I prefer. For me they work the best. Thanks guys, I love you!’ Roley
‘I LOVE it! It’s very Tonebender-ish. Reminds me a lot of my MkII but with more hair and beef to it. I have a ton of fuzz pedals (both vintage and new), and the Rotosound has instantly become one of my go-to fuzz’s for sure!’
If you fancy winning a limited edition, money-can’t-buy Fuzz Pedal, head over to our Facebook page and hit the ‘like’ button to be in with a chance of winning one of 3 exclusive pedals.
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We’ve got three Limited Edition versions of our legendary Vintage Rotosound Fuzz Pedal to give away. To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is visit the Rotosound Facebook page and ‘like’ it. When the ‘likes’ reach ten thousand three lucky winners will be chosen at random from all the new ones.
The Rotosound Fuzz Pedal was originally designed back in the 1960’s and todays re-issue uses the same essential circuit configuration combined with more reliable and stable modern components. Renowned as an easy to use pedal, it simplicity was always one of its major attractions along with the exceptional tone and smooth sustain.
The prizes are three limited edition pedals, one each in an exclusive finish of black, blue and gold, to be won. These are not available to buy anywhere and are sure to become highly sought after collectors’ items. So to win this ‘money can’t buy’ prize, visit the Rotosound Facebook page in May and simply like it to be entered. When the likes reach ten thousand, three of the new ones will be drawn at random and receive the pedal of their choice.
And while you’re there check out all the artist stories, product news, competitions, great videos and the stunning Rotosound photo collection that covers the many decades of their successful involvement with the music industry and its stars.
Here’s how to win a Rotosound Limited Edition Vintage Fuzz Pedal: -
To make sure enough ‘likes’ are received to and put you in with a chance of winning this great prize why not share the Rotosound competition on your personal profile wall. Keeping checking back to see how the total is going. The closing date is 31st May 2013, and open to everyone worldwide. GOOD LUCK!!
Bristol rockers RIOT|NOISE finally release their much-anticipated debut album ‘Stand For Something’ on June 3rd. Creating a buzz amongst critics with 2009’s ‘Fight The People’ EP, and earning a formidable reputation on the road in Europe and the US, where they’ve shared stages with the likes of Duff McKagan, Motorhead and The Blackout, the band have rightly refused to rush into the task of recording their first full-length collection. The pay-off for their patience now arrives in the form of an album which not only consistently meets, but even exceeds, the high expectations the EP established.
In the 3 years since ‘Fight The People’s release, RIOT|NOISE have gigged tirelessly, treating life on tour as an opportunity to hone their craft and find fresh inspiration for the record. By the time they headed for the studio they had – literally and figuratively – travelled a very long way. Frontman Marty says “we had planned to record the album on a couple of occasions, but the timings weren’t ever right. Those 3 years went by so fast and at the start of 2012 we decided that we’d been playing a similar live set for so long that, rather than record those songs for the album, we would take some time off from playing live and concentrate on writing brand new material. As a band we had grown, and when we began writing the new songs the evolution was clearly evident in the stuff that was coming out of those sessions”.
‘Stand For Something’ now hears RIOT|NOISE playing at the very top of the aggressive, grimy rock game they brought in 2009, while also expanding their musical range. The trademark sounds which left listeners wanting more on the 4-track taster are not merely repeated, but fleshed out with fresh dimensions and depths, to create a record that displays all the subtleties and skill to have real staying power. Hard-partying fans who first saw the band supporting Hookers & Blow on Sunset Strip, or hanging out with Playboy TV babe Sammie Pennington in 09’s ‘Never Wrong’ video, will happily raise a glass to the sneered vocals and dirty guitarlines of ‘Choices‘ or ‘Dead Behind The Eyes‘, but the broader statement made on ‘Stand For Something’ is that RIOT|NOISE will be sticking around for more than just the good times.
Produced by go-to guy for the hardcore and metal fraternity, Kev Peters, the album highlights RIOT|NOISE’s harder edges, and turns their considerable technical abilities up a notch. ‘Rage You Know’ proves six-string duo Scott Stubbs and Ashley Pocock can serve brutal, body-slamming slabs of riffage with the same skill as the spectacular signature solos, while Freddie Forbes (bass) and Dan Fortune (drums) bring relentless raging rhythms virtually without a break across ‘Stand For Something’s storming 12 tracks. When RIOT|NOISE do drop the pace of their assault briefly the results are no less intense, arriving in the form of brooding numbers accented by atmospheric keys like ‘This Sinking Ship’.
Having financed November’s recording sessions themselves, RIOT|NOISE turned to PledgeMusic to raise funds for pressing physical copies and promoting the release. Launching a campaign on December 28th, they hit their target just three weeks later, and by the end of January had already put the money to work – shooting a video for centrepiece track ‘Guidance’. Set to be made available as a free download single on April 24th via BandCamp, ’Guidance’ also features on the soundtrack to gritty crime thriller ‘The Undercard’, where it sets the mood for the violent exploits of the movie’s bare-knuckle boxing heroine, Dylan.
The song’s fighting spirit is also picked up in the band’s own promo video, which mixes fierce performance footage with a ringside view of a bloody brawl, to hint at the energy and excitement RIOT|NOISE have become renowned for bringing to the stage. On April 26th the band will play a special hometown show for PledgeMusic supporters at Bristol’s O2 Academy 2, which is already close to selling out, before they take the riot on the road for a full UK tour in May – details of which are to be announced soon.
What Whitesnake’s Michael Devin says about Rotosound:
Staying true to Rock n’ Roll, Rotosound endorsees Hillbilly Herald are bringing back THE SHOW with in-your-face guitar slinging, raspy voiced singing, drum ringing rock n roll! The 5 piece consist of Jimmy Herald on vocals, Mark Hill on lead Guitar, Adam Wolf on bass, Hawaiian Brian on rhythm guitar, and Mr. Louie “Seabiscuit” Rudiger on drums. If you haven’t heard of this band already, you soon will do – Slash himself has described Hillbilly Herald as ‘one of the mots kickass Rock & Roll bands around. Straight up!’, with Fred Durst describing them as producing ‘rock for the real rock n rollers’. The praise keeps rocking in… ‘Rock n Roll is gonna get the shot in the ass it needs when everyone sees and hears what Hillbilly Herald is all about- REAL ROCK n ROLL AT IT’S FINEST’ – and that’s from Tommy Clufetos, the drummer of Ozzy Osborne. We’re pleased to welcome them on board. The band are currently on tour, supporting Steel Panther on their STD (Spread the Disease) tour. Check their website for tour dates to catch them live.
What Adam Wolf says about Rotosound
After trying different brands of strings over the years, none of the other ones came close to how Rotosound strings sound, feel, and last. The RS66LD’s have become an important part of my sound both live and in the studio. Hillbilly Herald, especially the rhythm section has a heavy and aggressive sound and I really dig into the strings to achieve that. Not only do Rotosound strings hold up to the abuse, but they maintain that same great tone longer… even with sweat and beer on them every night!
Another day, another email from a happy Rotosound musician
‘I emailed some time before Christmas saying how good you guys strings are. I have experimented for a while with strings but I’ve found your Roto 11 Red’s and 12 Purple’s are great. Play very well and stay in tune very well. Below is a link to my bands debut music video for a track on our debut EP. Some feedback on it would be great.
We’re pleased to announce that Rotosound have been appointed the sole UK distributor for the Henry Heller instrument strap range. Henry Heller is dedicated to bringing premier music straps to the home, stage, studio and wherever else a quality strap may be needed. Founded by musicians with the purpose of supplying quality products to other musicians all straps are made of quality leathers, cottons and polypropylene in a wide range of designs to suit all tastes.
We also have four new additions to the very popular Cooperstand range – available in the UK only. The CS4 Pro Tandem is fabricated from sustainable solid African Sapele hardwood and securely supports two acoustic, electric or bass guitars, ukuleles, mandolins and more.
Duro Pro Composites have the same great features as our popular Ecco-G Recycled Composite Stand, are cast in virgin industrial grade ABS composite, andare available in two brilliant colors (CS5 Red and CS6 Blue). The CS7 Pro-Glo glows in the dark, so it’s easy to find when the lights go out.