Yes, that’s right. The first ever Optimum Impact compilation album “Six, Thuds & Rock n Roll” is finally upon us!
For a mere £5 (inc. p&p) you can get your hands on this limited edition gem of a CD, which features some of the very best bands and artists around today.
Full tracklisting is:
1. Just Bring It On – Headrush
2. Renegade Child – Bullet
3. Honeymoon In Venice – The Pleasures
4. Today We Kill – Disarm
5. Crazy City Blues – Sweet Seduction
6. Fireworks – Drugdealer Cheerleader
7. Lucifer’s Town – Malice In Wonderland
8. China White – Stereo Junks
9. Rocket 69 – Zen Motel
10. What It’s Like – Kitty Hudson
11. Nancy – Patchwork Grace
12. Even When The Wind Blows – The Conway Story
13. Make My Way – The Upraw
14. No Honestly – Crush Deluxe
15. Ru Ahh – Mowglee
16. Colours – Crone
17. Venom – Steph
To get yourself a copy, just send a cheque payable to Louise Delahunty, to:
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Pure, unadulterated classic rock n roll with one of the greatest and most distinctive voices you will ever hear. The greatest thing to come out of Stoke on Trent since Slash. Formed in 2002, Headrush have played shows with bands such as Terrorvision, The Glitterati and The Quireboys. They have sold over 2500 self produced EPs and have recently worked with producer Stuart Epps (Led Zep, Elton John, Oasis). Their debut single will be in stores in January 2007.
Strong vocals and hard-hitting hooks combine, resulting in awesomely addictive, fantastically raucous Finnish hardrock. Bullett formed in 2003. Eclectic influences and a burning desire to create their very own style of metal/hardrock ensures that their sound is pure and original.
An explosion of boundary, realm and gender transcending glittertrashrock.
Born in the distant depths of Hamburg in 2004, The Pleasures are fearless, flamboyant, extremist glamrockers whose live shows are truly mesmerising. Their debut album ‘Greatest Hits’ was released in June 2006. In July 2006 they played a very successful three-night tour of the UK. They WILL be back.
Dirty, trashy, sleazy, punky, fast-paced hardrock in a league of its own.
Disarm consists of four lovable, affectionate tramps from Sheffield, who’ve been spawning soundtracks to Satan’s debauched weekends since 2005. They’ve played shows with the likes of L.A. Guns, Roadstar and The Quireboys, and have even been on full UK tours, supporting Canadian sleaze-rockers Robin Black and American hard-rockers Dirty Rig. Track taken from the 2005 single ‘Today We Kill…Tomorrow We Die!’. New EP ‘By Any Means Necessary’ available now.
Tattoo-smothered fiery guitar-driven rock laced with dirty-gritty vocals. Sweet Seduction are a hard working, hard rocking fivesome from Birmingham. They combine influences such as Skid Row & Motley Crue with the likes of Backyard Babies and The Wildhearts to create a blend of contemporary rock stuffed full of classic riffs, with a bluesy twist. They boast a self-released album, EP and a few demos, and constantly have a long list of upcoming gigs on their calendar.
(Fireworks written by DDCL & M. Dixon)
Electrifying, impassioned, addictive rock n roll. Bright and bouncy but hard-rocking tunes, flaunting mouth-watering hooks and a brilliant, brawny, versatile voice. Drugdealer Cheerleader have a strong following and a very promising future ahead of them. Their debut single I Don’t Wanna Go To School, released September 2006, is in stores now.
MALICE IN WONDERLAND:
Glam, gothic, superbly melodic rock that goes hand in hand with glitter, sparkles and a whole lot of eyeliner. Strong vocals, strong riffs, strong image. Malice In Wonderland are an irresistible, incandescent Norwegian four-piece. Their self titled debut album is out now.
Powerful, driving rhythms, herculean hooks and abrasive vocals make this a fierce musical onslaught. And a thoroughly brilliant one. There’s a truly filthy recklessness to this band that gets pulses throbbing and loins burning. Formed in Finland in 2003, the trashy quartet are hell bent on bringing their “hard boner R’n’R” to the masses.
Essex boys, writing and playing feisty, infectious, home-grown rock, purely for the love of it. With a strong work ethic and a determination to stick to their own way of doing things, Zen Motel ended a deal with a major U.S. management company when they were asked to remove the more ‘difficult’ tracks from their album. They went on to release their debut album on their own label in March 2004 and are currently putting the finishing touches to album number two.
Fast, hard, burly rock lead by what is surely the filthiest voice in all of Croydon. Kitty Hudson were the victors in the Download Festival 2006 MySpace Band Competition, gaining a very hefty number of votes to win themselves a place on the festival’s bill. They have two albums (Fiends In Low Places & Three Chords And The Truth) and an EP (Speedophile) under their belts, all of which are available online.
Glam-tinged punky, raw, shiny, bright-pink rock. This female fronted Nottingham based four-piece are promising bright young stars who not only look great, but sound fresh & exciting. And have some of the coolest logos/artwork ever! Their brilliant debut single Zebra is in stores now.
THE CONWAY STORY*:
Genre-striding Londoners The Conway Story have spent the last two years honing an exceptional sound that defies contemporary music like a psychedelic shrubbery in a jungle of bland, angular pop rock. The band burst onto the scene with Even When The Wind Blows, and are currently beavering away on their debut album.
A surprisingly mature, grand and emotive sound for a group of young ladies who formed the band in high school. The Upraw resulted from Kiss star’s Gene Simmons’ visit to Lowestoft for Channel 4’s ‘Rock School’. They’re now signed to Broeknrule Records and are working on their debut album.
Suffolk’s vivacious poprockers. Specialising in upbeat, catchy tunes and charismatic live shows. They won BBC Look East’s ‘Be The Band’ competition, playing live on Children In Need. They’ve also received tonnes of airplay and even have their very own loyal army of ‘Crushlings’.
A flickering flame of 90’s style Indie lives on, though in a slightly more mellow and easily accessible form, in the melodic sounds of Mowglee. The Birmingham based four-piece have been together for several years. Their album ‘Revolutionized’ was independently released in late 2004 and is available online.
Norwich based trio Crone have been together for three years. Their breed of infectious, foot-stomping, head-banging punk rock serves them well in their quest to rock the masses. Flaunting some fabulous licks, raucous vocals and speedy rhythms, they’re difficult to resist. They have featured on Golf Records Tour, Kerrang! Skate & Slam Tour, and have even supported the likes of Idlewild and The Buzzcocks.
Soulful, impassioned, melodic music with a spiky edge and spine-tingling vocals. Steph is every bit the Great British talent that people of all ages can so easily appreciate. Her writing style is pure and natural, her lyrics frank and beautiful. After fronting a London based rock band, Steph went solo in early 2006 and is now working with Manager/Producer Stuart Epps.
Words by: Louise Delahunty
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