The votes are in – and Bournemouth band Voodoo Vegas are the runaway winners of our latest Tracks Of The Week poll.
As they say, you gotta be in it to win it. And Voodoo Vegas clearly mobilised their fanbase to vote in their hundreds. Their song King Without A Crown garnered a mightily impressive 608 votes, placing them streets ahead of their nearest competitor, Eureka Machines’ Pop Star, which had 356 votes.
There were disappointing performances from established acts such as Prince, Stereophonics and Dinosaur Jr, however. And we were frankly stunned to find our own personal favourites, Anti Tank Nun, languishing at the bottom of the chart!
But all credit to Voodoo Vegas. Here are the results in full:
1. Voodoo Vegas – King Without A Crown
The song comes from the band’s album The Rise of Jimmy Silver, which will be released on March 4 via Cargo. Recorded with renowned producer Pedro Ferreira (The Darkness, Queen, Tokyo Dragons etc), the album was funded via a highly successful PledgeMusic.com campaign which saw the Bournemouth boys (and girl) raise 344 per cent of their original target. Equal parts high-octane hard rock and heartfelt blues sounds, the album introduces a new vocal talent in frontman Lawrence Case (whose Axl-esque range earned him an invite to join Gilby Clarke onstage during the ex-GN”R man’s last UK tour), while versatile six-stringers Meryl Hamilton and Nick Brown deliver duelling solos and tip-top acoustic slide sounds with equal ability.
2. Eureka Machines – Pop Star
Eureka Machines started out in 2007 when singer Chris Catalyst (occasional guitar/bass wrangler for the Sisters Of Mercy, Mariachi El Bronx, Ginger/Wildhearts, the Dead Pets and AntiProduct) decided to start a new band. Their upcoming album, tentatively named Remain In Hope, was recorded with the help of a highly successful PledgeMusic campaign. It will be released to Pledgers in March 2013 followed by a commercial release later in the year.
3. Sister Sin – Hearts Of Cold
This is the second single from Liv Jagrell and co’s recent album Now And Forever, and the storyline is loosely based on real-life triple-murderer Juha Valjakkala. In 1998 he shot two members of a family and slit the throat of a third after they gave chase when he stole a bicycle in Sweden. He was jailed for life but escaped from prison a total of five times between 1994 and 2011. Frontwoman Jagrell says: “For us in Sweden, we don’t have these kinds of things very often. Sweden was very frozen by this.” Sister Sin are preparing for a US tour supporting Doro and will appear at Hammerfest V in Wales in March – their only UK appearance of the year.
4. Dave Grohl and friends – From Can To Can’t
This comes from from the soundtrack to Dave Grohl’s film Sound City. The hyperdramatic ditty features guest stars Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour) on vocals, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick on guitar and Pat Smear joining Grohl on drums. The Sound City movie tells the story of the studio of the same name in Van Nuys, California. It’s where Nirvana recorded their iconic Nevermind album.
5. Prince – Screwdriver
Prince has released a clip for his new song Screwdriver – and it’s proper rockin’. A mix of lyric video and rehearsal footage, the endearingly unpolished song features Prince and his new all-female backing band. The man himself cavorts about in outlandish headgear and bizarre sunglasses with CD-sized reflective lenses, while the song includes a chunky guitar solo and an outro that sounds like it’s lifted from Let’s Go Crazy.It looks like Prince is preparing for a renewed burst of activity this year. He’s also launched a new website called 20pr1nc3.com (see what he did there?) which features a teaser trailer for an upcoming film titled Prince Montreux. He played two shows at the legendary jazz festival back in 2009. (Note: The video we originally posted is now unavailable due to a copyright claim by Controversy Music. So you’ll have to make do with the excerpt above.)
6. Dinosaur Jr – Pierce The Morning Rain
This song comes from the band’s latest album I Bet On The Sky. The vid features the biggest motherfucking in-car sound system you’ve ever seen, plus there’s a guest appearance by none other than Henry Rollins in a fantasy head-butting scene. “A fantasy headbutting scene?” you ask. Correctamundo!
7. Steve Lukather – Judgement Day
Steve Lukather has released his track Judgement Day from solo album Transition. The Toto guitarist entered the studio in 2011 without a single song written, and Judgement Day was the first track he worked on. He tells Music Radar: “It felt very natural to do it that way – it’s like I’m telling a story from beginning to end.” Transition, Lukather’s eighth solo record, is out now. A second track, Right The Wrong, can also be heard via Ultimate Classic Rock. He plays London Islington Academy on March 29 and Bilston Robin 2 on March 30.
8. Stereophonics – Indian Summer
The song is taken from upcoming album Graffiti On The Train, which is due on March 4, tying in with a ten-date UK tour the same month. Meanwhile, the band are due to join Mick Hucknall in Abbey Road Studios this month to stage a Beatles tribute challenge. They’ll attempt to record their version of the Fab Four’s debut album in a single session, 50 years to the day since John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr did it for real. The challenge takes place on February 11 and will be covered by BBC Radio 2.
9. Diamond Dawn – Take Me Higher
This song is is taken from the Scandi melodic rockers’ forthcoming debut album, Overdrive, which will be released on February 22. “Our intention is to have a good time and make people want to have a good time,” explains guitarist Olle Lindahl. “We wanted to write some great music and release a rockin’ debut album. We definitely think that we managed to capture the positive energy that Diamond Dawn is all about. Overdrive is the album that we would want to go out and buy and tell the world about.”
10. Anti Tank Nun – Devil Walks
Anti Tank Nun, the Polish band created by Tomek ‘Titus’ Pukacki (vocalist and bass guitarist of Acid Drinkers) and phenomenal 15-year-old guitar prodigy Igor ‘Iggy’ Gwadera, are currently working on material for their second studio album, Fire Follow Me. Anti Tank Nun caused a bit of a stir in their home country last year with the release of their debut album, Hang ‘Em High. They’re promising their new material will be more melodic and mature, and they’re set to enter the studio to record the follow-up next month. The video below for Devil Walks is taken from their debut. The song is at the very heaviest end of the Classic Rock spectrum, for sure. Or maybe it’s TOO heavy, who knows? One thing is for sure – Anti Nun are at the bottom of our chart with a paltry 10 votes.