Rival Sons romp to the top!
We asked you to vote, and vote you did, with more than 700 people casting votes for eight tracks over the past week. The results are below and a new set of songs for you to vote on will be up later today.
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Until then, here’s this week’s run-down:
1. Rival Sons – Face Of Light Great vocals, a killer rhythm section and muscular guitar playing combine to make them the missing link between Free and Kings Of Leon.
2. Vintage Trouble – Blues Hand Me Down This song came out last year in the UK but has just been released as a single in the US where the band are better known for their powerful friends (they were wedding band at Gene Simmons’ marriage last year and played Paul Stanley’s 60th birthday this year) than their blazing rock’n'soul.
3. The Cult – For The Animals With new album Choice Of Weapon, and with a big new interview in the current issue of Classic Rock, rock overlords Astbury and Duffy have returned in style. You watched their video to For The Animals and voted the song in at No.3.
4. Cory Branan – Badman The Classic Rock office has been thrilling to the sounds of Mutt, the new album from Cory Branan, for the past few weeks. If you think that Springsteen’s latest is a bit over-produced, or that Gaslight Anthem are in danger of making the same album over and over, the Branan could be the guy for you. Listen to Badman here before Cory comes to visit – UK tour starts June 4 in Southampton.
5. Vigo Thieves – She’s On Fire Remember ‘The Big Music’ of the mid 80s? Simple Minds (pre-Don’t You Forget About Me), U2 (pre-Rattle And Hum), Big Country, The Waterboys, The Alarm – Celtic, epic, grand, inspirational rock music big on keyboards and aspirations? The Vigo Thieves do. The question is, can their retro-grandeur melt the stony hearts of the Classic Rock community? Well, maybe. You voted She’s On Fire in at No.5 in our chart.
6. Tank – Don’t Dream In The Dark War Nation, set for release in early June, is the follow-up to Tank’s 2010 album War Machine. Guitarists Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans, vocalist Doogie White and bassist Chris Dale are now joined by Steve Hopgood on drums, who was a member of Tank in the late 90s/early 00s. (Wot, no Algy Ward? – Ed.) White states: “We are upgrading the Tank sound while retaining all the elements that made War Machine so successful. There are killer riffs and haunting melodies.” You voted this distinctly Dio-esque track in at No.6.
7. The Offspring – Days Go By Cali punks go mainstream rock with Foo Fighters-esque offering. But this song didn’t really tickle your fancy.
8. The Hives – Go Right Ahead Swedish garage rockers The Hives returned with an entertaining new video and familiar-sounding new song. No, it’s not just you that thinks it sounds a bit like ELO’s 1979 hit Don’t Bring Me Down. Even the Hives do. Sadly, you gave it the thuumbs-down and it’s scraping along at the bottom of this week’s chart.