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Max Raptor sound like… the visceral claws of Great British rock n’ roll frantically disemboweling American alt-rock with a partisan punk attitude. There is nothing remotely Jurassic about this Midland conceived 4 piece whose forthright narrative and devastating live set is spearheading a hungry horde of New Wave British Alt-rock bands.
Max Raptor have emerged as one of the most unique rock bands in the UK and have rapidly evolved into a vital, incendiary band who have been tearing up stages across their homeland, gaining the admiration of hordes of new fans with their socially aware and visceral sound that, unlike most alternative British rock music of the moment, is unashamedly British and deals with the complex issues of present day society. The Burton-U Trent four piece were discovered by their Canadian heroes Billy Talent through myspace, invited to hit the road on a UK tour, and have not looked back since. Having since toured relentlessly with the likes of The Stranglers, The Darkness, Dinosaur Pile Up and New Model Army and smashing festival performances from Donnington’s Download Festival to the famous Reading & Leeds festival, Max Raptor have proven they are a live force to be reckoned with.
What Max Raptor say about Rotosound
We were lucky enough to spend some time on tour with the Stranglers, who couldn’t speak highly enough of Rotosound strings, and as I was looking for something new to try, I gave them a go. I haven’t looked back since; they’re bright and chimey and lively enough to really give some poke when driven hard, and they’re also durable which makes a massive difference with heavy touring and sweaty shows
He writes, plays and performs his own compositions and is known for his recordings in which he plays every instrument, sings and produces himself. He began to learn the piano and drums at an early age and later progressed to other instruments. He won the UK National Young Drummer of the Year competition in 2008 – aged fourteen, he was the youngest winner ever to have entered.
Barnett began recording his own compositions in 2009 and has produced two EPs, an album and one mixtape of his music. He’s always played every instrument on his releases, as well as being the sole writer. This reclusive way of working stemmed from when he initially began recording for his first EP Sierra Planes (2010), and he couldn’t find any local musicians interested in playing with him.
17 Days, his first full-length album, was uploaded for free on The Pirate Bay in March 2012.
The album was a compiled collection of songs released throughout 2011 as part of an idea in which he would write, record and release one song every seventeen days. The album proved a success among internet based forums and file-sharing sites, many praising Barnett for his forward thinking approach regarding the Open Music Model marketing of the album and the eclectic mix of material. Several songs from the album were made into videos, including “Lone Rose”, “Bewitched” and “Cassi”.
On 18 December 2012, Barnett released a new song online unexpectedly, entitled “Where The Devil Sleeps”. The song highlighted an increased baroque and rock influence, with a string orchestra and distorted guitars featuring heavily.
The video was edited by himself and uploaded on the same day. It shows Barnett writing, arranging and recording the song, as well as mixing the musical parts on his laptop.
The song was released as an EP on Bandcamp a few days later, with alternative versions of “Lone Rose” and “17 Days” (formally released on the 17 Days album), as well as previously unreleased song “The Ninth Wave”. Throughout the first half of 2013, Where The Devil Sleeps EP continued to gain popularity, and Barnett began performing shows with his live band increasingly regularly.
On 12 September 2013, he released his first mixtape, The Red Tape, as a free download from his website. This marked the first time Barnett employed sampling in his own work, utilising elements from the soundtrack to the 2012 movie Beasts Of The Southern Wild and spoken word excerpts from The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.
From mid September – October 2013, Barnett went on tour with fellow singer-songwriters Frank Hamilton and Orla Gartland. At the same time he finished work on what would become his third EP, recording and mixing in hotel rooms as the tour progressed. 18 UK dates were played, followed by a sold out show at Les Trois Baudets, Paris.
On 28 October 2013 “Animal Keeper” debuted on BBC Radio 1. It received airplay throughout the week from various Radio 1 DJs, including Fearne Cotton, Greg James, Scott Mills and Huw Stephens. Two weeks later Animal Keeper – EP was released. It included the title single, as well as three new songs, “Reflection” (which debuted on Indie Shuffle), “Don’t Tell Me”, and a remix of “Animal Keeper”. All songwriting and production was carried out by Barnett.
Heavy, groove-laden riffs meets big choruses, duelling guitar solos, and soaring melodic vocals. Godsized draw their inspiration from a wide range of influences such as classic rock giants Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, along with more contemporary acts such as Down, Alter Bridge, and Clutch.
The stage is where Godsized are most at home. Over the last 3 years they have played over 300 shows, including performances at prestigious festivals including Bloodstock, Hammerfest, The Bulldog Bash, and Download Festival – one of the band’s fondest memories.
Godsized made its European debut as main support to alt – rock pioneers Life of Agony, where they were overwhelmed by the audiences’ response. Soon after they were able to capitalise on Zakk Wylde being a fan of the band – upon hearing the “Brothers In Arms” EP, Godsized were honoured to be offered the main support for a six week tour of UK and Europe. This amazing and unique opportunity gave them a chance to cement their own fan base across Europe, and further tours with My Ruin, Monster Magnet, and Saxon have supported that.
They released their first full length record, “Time”, to critical acclaim, and enjoyed a chance to show a side to themselves other than performing. The road soon came calling, and the band headed out on their own headline shows across Europe to support the record on the “11th Hour” tour.
Godsized have now begun working on the follow up to “Time”, but that won’t keep them off the stage.
Chris Charles of Godsized uses custom gauge Rotosound strings.
What Chris Charles says about Rotosound
Rotosound give me the power, tone and playability I need to rip through kick ass riffs and face melting solos every night
What Paul Nazarkardeh says about Rotosound
For the kind of music I play, I require strings that not only hold tone, but durability. After years of brand switching, I have been using Rotos for the De Profundis ‘Uniting Darkness’ tour and the writing process for our next album. No matter how much I punish them, Rotosound strings never lose their fantastic tone
Joel Fisk first picked up the guitar at the age of four, having been brought up on Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and such, he spent the majority of his teenage years tracing their influences, leading him to Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and BB King, where his love of blues guitar developed.
As a co-founder of LaVendore Rogue, the baby of genre-defying Alt-Blues act Hokie Joint, Joel has appeared on the same bill as Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, Jamie Cullum, Moby and ZZ Top.
Hokie Joint’s second album, The Music Starts to Play, reached number 2 in the Amazon Blues charts just days after its release.
His hard work with Hokie Joint, LaVendore Rogue and Tim Aves’ Wolfpack saw him nominated for Guitarist of the year in the British Blues Awards in 2012 and 2013, and winner of Digital Blues Favourite Guitarist in 2009. LaVendore Rogue’s new Ep, What’s the Meaning Of… is available on iTunes and Amazon and has already seen the band embark on a tour of the Netherlands.
What Joel Fisk says about Rotosound
I honestly believe Rotosounds are the best strings in the world – I have never experienced the quality, reliability and tone in any other strings. Whether it’s an electric or an acoustic gig, I know my Rotosounds will deliver the goods
‘Here comes Joe the Jammer’, is what Robert Plant and Jimmy Page used to say when they saw Page’s guitar tech Joe Wright coming their way. Wright got his start playing rock ‘n’ roll at the legendary Windy City concert haunt The Kinetic Playground on Clark Street near Lawrence. Wright organised the venue’s Tuesday night jam sessions and owner Aaron Russo would let him in to see the concerts for free. That’s how he met Led Zeppelin backstage, before they played their first Chicago concert on 7th February 1969, when they were booked as the opening act for Vanilla Fudge. ‘No-one had really heard of Led Zeppelin yet, but it featured Jimmy Page from the Yardbirds, and I was a big fan of the Yardbirds’, Wright said.
Wright eventually signed on with the rising British rock group as a roadie and later became Page’s guitar tech. As his friendship with Page grew, Wright would often jam with him in his dressing room before a gig. Sometimes he was invited on stage, introduced by his new moniker ‘Joe Jammer’.
Eventually, he went to England by Zep’s manager, Peter Grant, who hooked the young American axe man up with renown British producer Mickey Most. After forming The Joe Jammer Band, songs were recorded and he opened for Zeppelin, including the prestigious Festival Of Bath in June 1970.
Jammer later went on to play guitar for European singer Maggie Bell, the opening act on Bad Company’s 1975 world tour. Albums were made, tours were done, and Jammer did some elbow rubbing with major rock stars of the day, including Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.
After spending most of the 1980s in Canada, Wright returned to Chicago in the late 1990s and has been active in area clubs and recording studios. A few years ago, Jammer wrote a tribute to his favorite sports team, “The White Sox Victory Song.” Though Joe Jammer never attained the fame and fortune of many his early European cohorts, the decades of blood, sweat, tears and hard work he invested are woven into the fabric of every note he plays in his live performances.
A typical show these days finds Jammer with his guitar in hand, ripping through a blend of classic cover songs (many with great stories attached) and his own original songs. Joe Jammer never became a household name, but his name and reputation is renown and respected in the Chicagoland music community. Jammer is talented, entertaining, and full of great rock ‘n’ roll war stories from the road.
Joe Jammer uses Roto Pink’s.
What Joe Jammer says about Rotosound
‘I first fell in love with Rotosound strings when I lived in London. They always have a clear, powerful tone and seldom break.’
I bought my first bass from ‘Mel’s’ in Camberwell, London.
It was owned by Dave Clark Five’s bass player, Rick Huxley:
“Always use these strings son” (Rotosound)
He gave me a set “On the ‘ouse”
34 years Later…. I just signed to Rotosound!’
‘PJ Phillips is a bass player with an awesome CV. Not only has he performed with a huge variety of artists from Christian Death to Vanessa-Mae, Tom Jones to Take That and Bay City Rollers to Dolly Parton but he can also claim to have played to at least three royal families: Windsor, Brunei and Monaco. And that’s three more than most of us!’ Chris Dale, Total Rock
Harry Seaton is a 16 year old singer songwriter from the east of England. Starting out by writing songs in his bedroom and performing at little open mic nights in local pubs, Harry now has a strong online fanbase which has helped him chart highly in iTunes and attract attention from many popular artists.
Harry always tells people he will only ever see himself as ‘that guy who writes songs in his bedroom then tries to sing them’ no matter where his music takes him and to an extent that is still entirely true with the majority of his songs coming from the bedroom, late at night. Each and every one usually retelling a story of his life, capturing a moment to share with everyone else. The song’s tend to be incredibly personal especially on his debut E.P. ‘Shadows’ released December 7th 2013 with one track ‘Pay The Price’ written whilst on tour about missing home and how homesick he became and another ‘All These Years’ about developing feelings for one of your friend’s partners.
Now with a headline UK tour under his belt and strong support from BBC Introducing, many other radio stations, a lot of big artist managers/producers and even the artists themselves, with the likes of Nina Nesbitt wishing him good luck for his E.P., Harry is set to make 2014 the year he wants it to be, already planning another headline tour in April and the potential to visit other countries to meet and perform to worldwide fans as well as gaining new ones, furthermore, the festival circuit is more than likely going to be seeing Harry a few times next year. Harry uses Rotosound Jumbo King acoustic guitar strings.
What Harry Seaton says about Rotosound
I have used many different sets of strings but never have I had such warmth, resonance and impressive life. Rotosound Jumbo Kings beat any other set in any category so endorsing them seemed the obvious thing to do.
Born in Middlesbrough, Mick Tuckernow lives in Holland. His musical career began at the age of 14 after listening to Black Night by Deep Purpleon the radio. Mick went on to play in a number of local bands, eventually forming a band called Axis who released their first single on Neat Records and toured the UK.
Mick left AXIS and joined another more successful local band, White Spirit, after guitarist Janick Gers left to join Ian Gillan and moved to London. The band recorded demos for Warner Brosand played a lot of shows in southern Englandbefore breaking up.
He joined Tank in 1983 and recorded3 albums, playing various showsaround the world including joing as special guests with Metallica on the Ride the Lightning European tour 84 and afterwards touring America and Canada.
After Tank, he played with Nicky Moore (Samson) John Payne (ASIA) in various bands before reforming Tank in 1996and playing more shows around the world. He started work with Doogie White (Rainbow, Malsteen) on his solo album in 2008 and asked Doogie to join Tank.Two more albums were recorded with him; War Machine and the latest War Nation. The band are currently writing for their next album.
Mick is proud to endorse Rotosound Roto Yellows.
What Mick Tucker says about Rotosound
I only use the best, and Rotosound have delivered the goods for years
For nearly 30 years, James has recorded and toured with some of the most noteworthy rock icons of our time, including Dave Mustaine, Zakk Wylde, David Lee Roth, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Ace Freshley… and the list goes on. Thought of as the go-to bass player for heavy rock and metal, his fluid, aggressive style and stage presence has proven to be a perfect match to these musical giants! You may also remember him as a member of the 80′s multi-platinum band White Lion, featuring hits like Wait, When Children Cry and Little Fighter.
More recently, he’s recorded on albums for Bobby Brown and DMC, expanding into session work throughout the greater Los Angeles area. He’s lent his talent to the final season of Californication on HBO. Currently, James is a member of American rock legend John Fogerty’s band. An accomplished musician/producer/writer, and now ‘world adventurer’, he can do virtually anything in communication media. Recently, as owner/operator at Monster House Productions, he has taken his experience in the music industry and applied it into video production for musical manufacturing companies such as Ashdown Engineering, Aphex and more.
What James Lomenzo says about Rotosound
I’ve played Rotosound since I was 13. The Rotosound stainless steel strings have amazing power and harmonic complexity that no other strings provide. I only play Rotosound. Always have, always will!