Royal Thunder drop in on this week’s show

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Currently out on a North American tour in support of their latest album, this week I catch up with Mlny Parsons and Josh Weaver from Atlanta, Georgia’s finest, Royal Thunder.

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With the release of their third album ‘Wick’ just days before Royal Thunder’s current US tour, I wanted to chat with the band about its formation, inspirations, life on the road and the latest release.
Back in 2004 Josh Weaver and a few friends formed a band which would later take on a series of twists and turns and finally evolve into what we are presented with today Royal Thunder!
Following countless years of extensive touring Royal Thunder paid their dues and perfected their craft out on the road (with an EP, a broken second-hand van and a bag full of homemade merch), the band were picked up by Relapse records in 2010.
The critically acclaimed CVI (Roman numerals for 106) the band had a few more line-up changes and then put together their second album ‘Crooked Doors’. With this album it was clear to see some significant changes in sound however the voice of Mlny still remained as haunting as ever. Royal Thunder’s most recent album ‘Wick’ released April 7th via Spinefarm records continues yet another transition between the albums, and a definite shift in songwriting.
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WICK TRACK LISTING:
1. Burning Tree
2. April Showers
3. Tied
4. We Slipped
5. The Sinking Chair
6. Plans
7. Anchor
8. WICK
9. Push
10. Turnaround
11. The Well
12. We Never Fell Asleep
Foreword; Since I gained my full hearing back at age five, I have heard many things over the years that have moved me emotionally, it’s rare that a single track can have such affects ; ((Iron maiden – Phantom of the Opera, Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing like the latest track April showers, the first single to come off Royal thunder’s latest album….. with a rumble hitting my radar on the ‘Crooked Doors’ album it was the emotionally charged vocals and atmospheric grit from Royal Thunder that propelled me to want to see them live. What I experienced in their live set is nothing I have witnessed before, a band that holds so much passion and belief in what they do, travelling some 12 years now out on the road playing gig after gig these guys have really perfected their craft and ability to understand what (in this case of this night) a support band can bring to fresh eyes.
What the band says:
“WICK is different, a bigger jump as far as our sound goes. But it’s still us — it’s just the sound of Royal Thunder’s evolution,” said Weaver.
“Out of all of the albums, WICK was the hardest one to make. It was a fight, but to hear it now, to see it finished, is so gratifying. Finally, it’s over, it’s amazing to be done with it. I’m looking at it, going, ‘We’re done, it’s over, be free,’” said Parsonz.
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Girlschool interview on this week’s Barnett’s Brutal Brunch podcast

Emerging from the ever famous new wave of British heavy metal scene back in 1978 hitting the live circuit with the likes of Judas priest, Saxon, Iron maiden and close buddies Motorhead this male dominated music genre would see the Ladies of Girlschool have the heavy metal world eating from the palm of their hands. Over the years they have played everywhere from arena tours to every single toilet venue that they could find.

Their greatest success came with the GirlSchool_BW_shotsplit EP St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, recorded with Motörhead, which reached number five on the UK Single Chart. The band’s following album Hit and Run peaked at number five on the UK Album Chart *

Girlschool have seen their fair share of ups and downs over their career, with the passing of Kelly Johnson the band continue to fly the flag high introducing Jackie Chambers on Lead guitar some 16 years ago.

Now with 35 years in the business the girls are still as relentless as ever and this autumn will see the release of their 13th studio album ‘Guilty as Sin’ via UDR Records.girlschool_1I catch up with Girlschool in San francisco, midway through their ‘Guilty as Sin’ North American tour to discuss the ‘Guilty as Sin’ album in detail and their time in the studio with Grammy nominated producer Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Gary Moore) plus I find out more about their time on the road and get an insight into their favourite US car parks.

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Girlschool on this week’s Barnett’s brutal brunch show

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Emerging from the ever famous new wave of British heavy metal scene back in 1978 hitting the live circuit with the likes of Judas priest, Saxon, Iron maiden and close buddies Motorhead this male dominated music genre would see the Ladies of Girlschool have the heavy metal world eating from the palm of their hands. Over the years they have played everywhere from arena tours to every single toilet venue that they could find.

Their greatest success came with the GirlSchool_BW_shotsplit EP St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, recorded with Motörhead, which reached number five on the UK Single Chart. The band’s following album Hit and Run peaked at number five on the UK Album Chart *

Girlschool have seen their fair share of ups and downs over their career, with the passing of Kelly Johnson the band continue to fly the flag high introducing Jackie Chambers on Lead guitar some 16 years ago.

Now with 35 years in the business the girls are still as relentless as ever and this autumn will see the release of their 13th studio album ‘Guilty as Sin’ via UDR Records.girlschool_1I catch up with Girlschool in San francisco, midway through their ‘Guilty as Sin’ North American tour to discuss the ‘Guilty as Sin’ album in detail and their time in the studio with Grammy nominated producer Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Gary Moore) plus I find out more about their time on the road and get an insight into their favourite US car parks.