To celebrate the official release of my new single ‘Let Me In’ I have updated my Fringe Rock playlist with some awesome tracks from Confyde, Billy Nomates, DEADLETTER, The Rebel Yell$, You Want Fox, Kelsey Cork and the Swigs, Pricey (ex The Chats), Amyl and the Sniffers, Surfbort, Hoon, The City Kids, The Wristslitters, Mortimer Nyx, Verity White, Inward Strange, Maggie Foley, deep tan and loads more!
So, if you fancy a change from the generic rock music you’ll hear on the radio this afternoon, stick on Spotify and download this playlist.
My latest single “Let Me In” drops one week today. With a title like “Let Me In” I have been asked by those who are yet to hear it if it’s a song about Boris Johnson and the Tory leadership? Well, I’m sorry to disappoint anyone but no it’s not. If I could have predicted what would be happening in British politics right now then I’d have put some bets on at the bookies but alas, I am not clairvoyant.
The track is subtly political though as it’s a darkly humorous song that hints at how justice is never fulfilled when you enter into a perpetual cycle of violence (sound familiar)? The lyrics are of a narrative nature that follows a criminal and his search to silence a witness to one of his crimes. With an ominous bassline and deadpan vocals, the verse sets the mood for a chorus filled with a crescendo of craziness as the narrator descends into paranoia.
Let Me In releases everywhere on 22nd July and you can pre-save it using the link below.
My latest release, ‘Let Me In’ is a darkly humorous song that follows a criminal and his search to silence a witness to one of his crimes. Behind the dark satire, the song hints at how justice is never fulfilled when you enter into a perpetual cycle of violence. With an ominous bassline and deadpan vocals, the verse sets the mood for a chorus filled with a crescendo of craziness as the narrator descends into paranoia.
The song is due for general release on all major streaming platforms on 22nd July. However, you can listen and download it for FREE right now on my Bandcamp page!
Although this week has been quite a quiet one as far as me listening to new music goes, this track certainly ain’t, quiet that is.
I first became aware of the awesome band that is Starcrawler towards the end of last year and I’ve been really enjoying listening to them. When they dropped this track a couple of weeks ago I was there like a shot and was probably one of the first members of Joe Public to hear it. Since then I’ve listened to it several times a day, not least because I’ve added it to my Summer Hot Rocks playlist.
In typical Starcrawler fashion, it’s a gnarly glam rocker with all the grit and dirt that we’ve come to expect from this band. I love the very pink music video which features a cameo from Jackass’s Steve-O.
What have you been listening to lately? Drop me a line with any hot tips!
“Cookin’ in the Sun” is available on all major platforms.
Hey! My brand new single, Cookin’ in the Sun is out today! I had so much fun writing, recording and producing this track. In true Fringe Rock, DIY fashion I did everything on this release myself. Everything to do with the music right through to the artwork was done by my own hands.
I even made my directorial debut when making the music video. I mean, technically I suppose every music video I’ve produced was directed by myself but this is the first one where I was directing other people. Speaking of whom, a huge thank you to the great sports that gave up their Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon to be filmed doing crazy things in front of a camera.
So here’s a big shout out to Jason for letting us film in the upstairs function room at Ye Olde Salutation Inn, Nottingham. Of course, I need to acknowledge “the girls” Lisa, Celina and Gemma. Adi and Ali for the shots they took on holiday and Gill for taking some awesome stills.
Here’s the video, which will premiere at 8pm GMT, so if it’s not there yet you can click to set a reminder and be one of the first to see it!
The song is me riffing on a story of how I ended up with major sunburn and a swollen face on my wedding day. It’s also a farcical take on how we Brits are never satisfied with the weather. It’s either too cold, too wet or too hot! There is also a subtle nod to the fact that we’re finally seeing the negative effects of climate change in action. I mean, you’d be a blithering idiot not to recognise what’s going on in the world but I’ve already hit that subject matter pretty hard in the past. Twice in fact; with This Burning Town and Four Horsemen from The Attic Transmission. Songs that I wrote way back in the 00s. Will we ever learn?
Anyway, if you want to hear more about the story behind this song I’ll be going into more detail in a later post. To make sure you never miss a post, enter your email below and subscribe. Posts will be sent direct to your inbox and I’ll never sell off your info or spam you. I hate spam, it’s not effective and it’s very annoying so I’d never do that to you either!
In the meantime why not give the song a listen on your streaming service of choice. If you like it then I’d sure appreciate if you’d save it or even add it to one of your playlists? Maybe even download it FOR FREE on my Bandcamp page, so that you can keep it forever?
Regardless, thank you for supporting independent music and have a great weekend!
About a month ago I was involved in an interesting music project that targets toxic masculinity. Although the part I played was very small, the message is an important one.
At the beginning of April, I took my first trip to a proper music studio in over a decade. I was already a little nervous and thinking back to how long it had been since I was in a pro studio didn’t make my anxiety any easier.
Luckily the project was for Confyde, the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Martin Jackson, who just happens to be a really nice guy. Labyrinth studios, where the session was being held is run by a couple of really nice guys too, so my nerves were quickly eased.
My task for the day was to sing with a group of other guys who had been recruited for the same goal; to create an epic vocal crescendo for the end of Confyde’s new single “Man Down”. It’s been a long time since I’ve had to sing in a group like that. In fact, even though I’ve sung in professional studios before, I’d not sung in a group like that since I was at school back in the 90s!
I won’t go into the process any further, that would be for Martin to divulge if he’s so inclined. What I will do is introduce to you my New Music Friday pick of the week, which (drum roll please) is of course Man Down by Confyde.
Wow, what an epic track! I am so pleased to have been part of it, even if it was a very small part indeed. The song is out today (May 6th) on all major platforms but I’d head over to Confyde’s Bandcamp page and buy the digital download first.
My second track featured this week is this raucous number from The City Kids, It Should Have Been You. The music video can be found below but it won’t be available on Spotify until 13th May.
The track is from their upcoming album “Filth” and shows that their songwriting confidence is growing. Frontman JJ is also growing in confidence as a singer and it really shows on this track. It must also be mentioned that, as a bass player myself, I fully endorse Berty’s crunchy outro riff.
Finally, the wonderful Aussie group The Chats dropped this glorious 2-minute Pub-Punk ode to a classic muscle car. I love this band’s enthusiasm and spirit. They’ve got no fucks to give and there’s a lot to be said for that kind of attitude.
The tracks featured have been added to my Fringe Rock playlist (below). Why not give it a listen (save and share if you enjoy it) and then add these tracks to one of your own playlists? Every such action goes towards these artists being picked up by the Spotify algorithm so they reach more people.
That’s all for New Music Friday this week. Next week, well next week I’ll be banging my own drum as I bring you my new single “Cookin’ in the Sun” – (Which you can pre-save here)!
Dazzle Rebel announces a brand new summer single that will have you sizzling in your speedos!
“Cookin’ in the Sun” releases on all major platforms on 13th May 2022.
Fringe Rock songsmith Dazzle Rebel strikes a match and turns the hob up to nuclear fusion with his latest, irreverent post-punk rocker. If you’re looking for even more heat this summer, simply put on this track for an instant blast of feelgood radiation. You’ll be dancing around in your speedos and like it’s 1994.
Riffing on a story of how he ended up with major sunburn and a swollen face for his wedding day, Dazzle Rebel brings his quirky A-game for his summer Post-Punk smash n’ grab, Cookin’ in the Sun. With a grumbling of 80s New Wave angst and a healthy dose of 90s feel-good Alt-Rock sunshine, the main melody is indicative of those halcyon days of youthful abandon. Meanwhile, the lyrics paint a fun tale of spending too long in the sunshine and suffering for it. Cookin’ in the Sun is a fun Post-Punk/Alt-Rock sunkissed romp that grabs your attention with a catchy hook and a 2-minute runtime.
Cookin’ in the Sun will be released on all major platforms on Friday 13th May 2022. There will be two versions, the standard version with explicit lyrics and the Radio Edit that includes a karaoke version as a B-Side!
Links to Dazzle Rebel’s Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer and YouTube, along with his Facebook, Instagram and Twitter social media pages can be found below:
On New Year’s Eve, I decided not to go out and party. It got to around 7pm and I was bored with the TV, so I decided to set myself a task. Could I record an entire track in one evening, my last recording of 2021?
If you’ve followed me for a while, then you’ll know that I managed to crack that task and a stripped-back, acoustic version of ‘Condor’, the title track from my 2021 mini-album Condor Leader, was the result.
Well, that got me wondering if I could continue the one song per-day challenge and cover every song on the album? So, I went ahead and tried and Condor Dealer is the result!
Condor Dealer is out today and available for FREE download through Bandcamp, including bonus digital content.
I’m really looking forward to seeing what you think of this release. It’s a bit of an experiment, really. Is it possible to put out something pretty raw, that people actually want to listen to? Only you can be the judge of that! I’d love to hear from you with your feedback. Drop me a line in the comments or find me on social media:
5-Star Rated Mini-Album, Condor Leader returns with stripped-back acoustic versions and a new title, Condor Dealer!
You may have already heard that Dazzle Rebel spent his New Year’s Eve recording an acoustic version of Condor Leader title track, Condor? He managed to accomplish it in one night and in less than 5 hours. Well, he found the exercise so liberating that he decided to carry on and record the rest of Condor Leader, one song per day.
The result is this raw, honest and stripped-back version of his sophomore collection of songs. Condor Dealer is out now and available for FREE download through Bandcamp, including bonus digital content. If streaming is more your thing then it’s also available through all major streaming services.