Capping off a phenomenal year, Northern Irish 4-piece THE ANSWER are set to release their brilliant new single ‘Comfort Zone’ on November the 23rd. This storming ballad has been a crowd favourite and a live version of the track shot at SXSW ’08 has been on high rotation on Direct TV US for over a year! The new single version has been completely remixed by renowned UK radio mixer Cenzo Townsend (U2 /Snow Patrol / Florence & the Machine) and is backed up by new and unreleased recordings. Two days later on November the 25th in Manchester, the band will also be embarking on their largest ever UK headline tour, running all the way through to December 14th at Belfast Ulster Hall.
Track-listings for ‘Comfort Zone’ are:
1. Comfort Zone
2. Comfort Zone (acoustic version)
3. Here to stay (exclusive B side recording)
The band have spent almost a whole year touring the globe with AC/DC (encompassing both arenas and then stadiums worldwide and playing to over 2 million rock fans) – “It’s been a fantastic experience playing to huge AC/DC audiences and we can’t wait to hit the road again to do our own headline shows”, says guitarist Paul Mahon. “We’ve been very fortunate to meet the likes of Alice Cooper and Green Day along the way and it’s great to know that they are new fans!” The Answer released their much lauded and critically acclaimed UK top 30 2nd album ‘Everyday Demons’ earlier this year, destroyed Download 09 festival in the summer, downloaded over 280,000 singles as an exclusive iTunes single of the week in the USA and have appeared on both the covers of Kerrang and Total Guitar Magazines. The guys have also been touted in the US by the likes of Rolling Stone and Billboard Magazine.
The headline tour dates are as follows – support from Mammal and Black Spiders
25th Nov – Manchester Academy
26th Nov – Glasgow ABC
27th Nov – Edinburgh Picture House
28th Nov – Newcastle Academy
30th Nov – Sheffield Corporation
01st Dec - Nottingham Rock City
02nd Dec – Wolverhampton Wulvern Hall
04th Dec - Bristol Academy
05th Dec - Oxford Academy
06th Dec – Portsmouth Pyramids
08th Dec – Cambridge Junction
09th Dec – London Forum
10th Dec – Liverpool Academy
12th Dec – Dublin Academy
14th Dec – Belfast Ulster Hall
In 2009, Eonian Records has been uncovering some classic metal acts that never got their due. Chicago’s Uzi is another band that showed a lot of potential, but by the time they relocated to L.A., the hair metal scene was dead. If this band would have made the move five years earlier, they could have made their mark on the music scene. There a quite a few cool rockers on Madhouse that are worth checking out.
The CD opens up with the title track “Madhouse”. This sleazy rocker had me sold on the first listen. This tune has a lot of energy that really sets the stage well for the rest of the album.
“American Dream” is a short little rocker, clocking in just shy of three minutes. It does a good job at keeping the pace going on the CD.
“Away From My Heart” is a power ballad that should have generated a hit for the band. While it doesn’t break any new ground, it is easily as good as a lot of the stuff that was being released in the late eighties and early nineties.
“Rocker” reminds of classic Skid Row, while the tune “Raise Hell” is more like a Def Leppard tune. Both tunes are very cool!
“For the Money” is a kick ass, foot-stomper that has it all: cowbell, horns and some excellent guitar noodling. This is as good as any closing song that I have heard all year.
It doesn’t detract from the experience too much, as the songs are pretty good.
There are far too many cool bands out there that never got their due. Madhouse is a cool retrospective on a band that should have been huge. I am grateful for Eonian Records, as they have uncovered another gem with Uzi’s Madhouse.
Rating: Out of 10
2. American Dream
3. Mutha’s Knockin
5. Do What I Do
6. Away From My Heart
7. Raise Hell
8. From the Gutter
9. Wreckerd Man
10. For the Money
Nicholas Flynt – Vocals
Gary Vail – Lead Guitar
Ben Taylor – Guitar
Jef Kors – Bass
Paul Petrillo – Drums
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