It’s a honking… sorry… stonking result for Audrey Horne.
The Norwegian band’s new song Redemption Blues is the runaway winner of our latest Tracks Of The Week poll, garnering twice as many votes as nearest rival, Peanut Butter Lovesicle’s Black Eyed Blues.
Slash’s Anastasia is in third position but there are disappointing showings from other established acts including Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bon Jovi.
Equally disappointingly, two of our personal favourites – Evarane’s XX Complex and Reverse Grip’s Sold My Soul – languish at the bottom of the chart. But hell, it’s YOUR vote that counts, not our own personal predilections!
The full results are below.
1. Audrey Horne – Redemption Blues
Redemption Blues is taken from the Norwegian band’s fourth studio album, Youngblood, which is out now on Napalm Records. Check out the video (featuring Phil Mogg’s younger, more handsome Scandinavian brother) above.
2. Peanut Butter Lovesicle – Black Eyed Blues
Peanut Butter Lovesicle are a psychedelic blues-rock band based in Brooklyn, New York. They’ve just released their second EP Dirty Pride, produced by Henry Hirsch (Lenny Kravitz, Mick Jagger) at his 1869 church-turned-studio in Hudson Valley, New York. The band are hitting London for a round of select showcases: Feb 15th – Barfly, London; Feb 20th – Paper Dress, London (Press + VIP Only); Feb 26th – Notting Hill Arts Club, London.
3. Slash – Anastasia
The iconic axeman recently responded to suggestions that the song’s intro sounds like it was inspired by Bach’s Toccata And Fugue In D Minor. Slash told the Irish Times: “In this really interesting day and age of social networking, it started with just one person who said it was a Bach thing. I had no idea it sounded like a Bach thing, and then everybody asked me about it. I think it is just the style of the arpeggio. Still, there are worse musicians to be compared to than Bach!”
4. Soundgarden – By Crooked Steps
Soundgarden’s promo video for new single By Crooked Steps is directed by Dave Grohl. The track is taken from their 2012 comeback album King Animal.
5. Tom Keifer – The Flower Song
It’s taken from his solo album The Way Life Goes, due on April 30, which is described as “ranging from intimate, organic, acoustic tracks to driving hard rock.” Keifer says of The Flower Song: “To me, it’s about how unbelievable it is that you’re able to find that one person that’s perfect for you. It’s told from the perspective of a guy but I think it’s true for both men and women. When you find that one person, it’s a miracle.”
6. Bon Jovi – Because We Can
The band are gearing up for a world tour including UK dates in June/July – which frontman Jon Bon Jovi has admitted leads to bouts of stage fright. They’re also preparing for the release of new album What About Now. Guitarist Richie Sambora recently told Billboard: “We’ve stripped it down and added some different elements. It sounds like Bon Jovi – it sounds like us. The lyrics are very positive; it’s all empowering, and that’s what we were trying to get to.”
7. Dropkick Murphys – The Boys Are Back
In their latest video Boston’s Dropkick Murphys get in the ring for a pugilistic rendition of The Boys Are Back. The track is taken from their eighth studio album Signed And Sealed In Blood, out now on Born & Bred Records/Cooperative Music.
8. Dan Reed – All I Need Is You
The track is taken from Reed’s new solo album, Signal Fire, due out on February 18. The former Dan Reed Network leader describes Signal Fire as “a much harder-hitting record than Coming Up For Air,” his last solo outing. He’ll tour the UK in March.
9. Red Hot Chili Peppers – In Love Dying
The Chilisreleased the single In Love Dying via their website. It’s the latest in a campaign of 18 single releases taken from recording sessions for 2011 album I’m With You, and it’s based on a classic Chilis funk vibe. The band will headline the Coachella Festival in California in April.
10. Chrome Molly – Corporation Fear
The song is taken from Chrome Molly’s new album Gunpowder Democracy, their first studio work since 1990′s Slaphead. The Leicestershire outfit, once hailed as the “next Def Leppard,” split in 1991 and reformed in 2009. The album has been in production since then.
11. Mark Knight & The Unsung Heroes – Lies
The band consists of original Bang Tango men Mark Knight and Mark Tremalgia plus drummer Tigg Ketler and basset Reeve Downes. Lies is taken from the band’s album Road Sick Eyes, due in the spring. The video was directed by Drew Fortier, who’s currently working on a Bang Tango documentary movie.
12. Black Angels – Don’t Play With Guns
The Texas band’s new album Indigo Meadow will arrive in UK stores and online on April 1. Indigo Meadow is heralded by the high-powered Don’t Play With Guns. Penned just days before last year’s mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, singer/multi-instrumentalist Alex Maas comments: “Our music has always tried to shed light on issues that may be hard to deal with or confront. If people think they can ignore the issues they are wrong. Don’t play with guns, don’t touch a hot stove, don’t give your child a poisonous snake, don’t turn the cheek when artists are willing to discuss these issues. In Don’t Play With Guns the antagonist is a female who has the power of persuasion over a man. Substitute the female antagonist with a nation, substitute the manipulated man with yourself. Heed the warning: Don’t Play With Guns.”
13. Evarane – XX Complex
Beka Pritchards, outspoken frontgal with Essex six-piece Evarane, clearly takes no prisoners. “I don’t give a fuck if you’re male, female, gay, straight, black, white, whatever; if you go on stage, make people know why you’re up there,” she says. “Put on a show. Make yourself memorable. Don’t go on looking scared and weak. Be confident and proud of the music you’re making because if you look like you’re having fun, people will too.” The band are diving out of the 2013 starting blocks with support slots confirmed on the forthcoming Funeral For A Friend tour. Evarane are also about to head to the studio to record their first EP with producer Dan Lancaster, which will be released in April 2013. XX Complex will be available to download digitally from March 4. In the meantime you can check out the video above.
14. Reverse Grip – Sold My Soul
Taking their cue from the title of Black Sabbath’s 1975 compilation album, Canadian rockers Reverse Grip have quite sensibly decided to sell their souls for rock’n’roll. The Toronto band have just released a tour video to their track Sold My Soul, taken from debut full-length album Hunger For Chaos. The video has shaky-cam clips of the band on the road in Japan, Australia and throughout Europe. Hunger For Chaos, along with Reverse Grip’s debut EP Nasty Reputation, can be ordered at www.reversegriprock.com