THE GIG CARTEL AND PLANET ROCK PRESENTS
Three of the most exciting new prospects in the world of blues rock will tour together for the very first time throughout October 2019. Touring under the moniker of “ROADSTARS” – this hi-octane live extravaganza promises to be one of the hottest concert tours to hit the UK in 2019.
The tour includes American blues rock guitarist Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones, who Joe Bonamassa describes as “a kaleidoscope of blazing guitars and searing vocals,” Cannock’s high-flyers PISTON. and Manchester rock band Gorilla Riot. Every night each band will alternative as headliners, giving them equal share of the limelight.
Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones are fronted by a 21-year-old powerhouse guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. The South Carolina-born, Nashville-based artist who formed the band as an eight-year-old, has developed a powerful and sublime synthesis of guitar skills and makes it clear that the future is hers for the taking. On her most recent, third self-titled album, Hannah Wicklund and the Steppin Stones, Hannah has performed over 2,000 shows including festival appearances. Here, she digs in deep, hits hard, and crushes it. Her latest albumis an aural kaleidoscope of blazing guitars and searing vocals, that establishes Wicklund as a triple-threat player, singer and writer in the same vein as Susan Tedeschi and the Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde.
The album’s producer, Sadler Vaden, who’s also guitarist with Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, says, “Once we started writing some songs, I saw that she had a real, raw talent and had a love of classic rock music and blues. I wanted to honour that in making this album, but also add a little modern edge to it.”
On her latest self-titled album, Wicklund taps into the fury of loneliness (Ghost). She resurrects spectres of Hendrix and Joplin (Looking Glass) as well as power ballad intensity (Strawberry Moon). Then, just as she’s supercharged you with about as much raw energy as you can channel, she lets you down gently with the acoustic intimacy of Shadow Boxes, but even here, her singing achieves an intensity that most artists can only dream of matching. Her music stands on a bedrock of razor-edged, old-school rock ’n’ roll reanimated by a new generation’s urgency.
That impression is doubly emphasised in the video for the album’s first single, Bomb Through The Breeze (currently playlisted on Planet Rock) It’s a hurricane of swirling colour interspersed with spare shots of Wicklund and her band in action, with black bunnies and slithering snakes adding an eerie visual complement.
A special guest on Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive At Sea Mediterranean Cruise in August, the Planet Rock Roadstars tour in October will be Hannah’s first major co-headline tour. The future’s looking bright for Hannah Wicklund And The Steppin Stones.
Piston are a British five-piece rock ‘n’ roll engine made up of four members from the Midlands greased with a vocal roar from the south; which, when put together and fired up produce a no-nonsense sound not to be reckoned with!
Piston will release their long awaited self-titled debut album on Friday 13th September 2019. The album is self-released with distribution by Music Glue.
The 10-track album was recorded at Silk Mill Studios in Newcastle Under Lyme and produced by Dan Swift (Iggy Pop, Depeche Mode). Two bonus tracks, One More Day and Rainmaker were remixed by Romesh Dodangoda (Motörhead, Bring Me The Horizon).
The upcoming album features the searing, infectious anthems — Blow It Away, One More Day and Rainmaker. The album is a rock n’ roll rollercoaster ride treading the fine line between chaos and radio friendly rebellious rock. It’s got the guitar spirit of the Cult and the hi-octane energy of the Foo Fighters. This eponymous debut album is the embodiment of hard work for the boys, having recorded one album already and choosing to scrap it all and start again in the pursuit of finding their true authentic.
The debut platter tips it’s hat to different genres as it progresses, but never strays too far from the path its intended to go down, it shows diversity, power and confidence from the first contact between stick and drum right until the last chord has been struck.
Gorilla Riot are a 5-piece dirty rock n’ roll blues machine from Manchester, England. They play raucous blues-based rock, combining elements of grunge, stoner and country to create a full-on high energy rock show.
Created by frontman, Arjun Bhishma, he’s surrounded himself with the best talent in Manchester, creating a 3-prong guitar attack with multi-part harmonies. Featuring Arjun on lead vocals and guitar, Liam Henry (guitars, vocals), Charly T. (guitars, vocals), and James "Deggy" Degnen (bass).
The band began song writing and soon entered the studio to record their debut self-titled album. This set them on their path to deliver their blues-drenched dirty sound that evolved into the acclaimed EP, Six Shots Down in 2017.
Equally at home acoustically or electrically they release their next studio work on 20th May 2018. American Honey Vol 1 sees the guys extend their sound and song-writing prowess with 3 new songs plus an exquisite re-working of their hit song, Last Hymn.
The band have supported UK tours for Massive and Dan Patlansky. In 2018 they played the Rising Stage at Ramblin’ Man Fair to critical acclaim. Their new single “Half Cut”, released on Friday March 29th, 2019 is taken from their forthcoming debut album set for release in the autumn.
THE GIG CARTEL AND PLANET ROCK PRESENTS
Chester, Live Rooms
Thursday 3rd October 2019
Friday 4th October 2019
Saturday 5th October 2019
Norwich, Waterfront Studio
Sunday 6th October 2019
Newcastle, The Cluny
Tuesday 8th October 2019
Leeds, Lending Room
Wednesday 9th October 2019
Thursday 10th October 2019
London, O2 Islington Academy 2
Friday 11th October 2019