Opening on November 28th with a capacity of 350 and spread across three floors at 83-85 Wardour Street, the magnificent Soho Residence is the most exciting and anticipated new venue Soho has seen in decades.Housed in Soho’s most famous and historic landmark, this chic and sleek new venue will be open until 3am every night except Sundays, with DJs providing a classy soundtrack.
The ritzy Ground Floor of Soho Residence boasts a hint of art deco style with enormous Crittal inspired windows allowing light to flood in, a fresh botanical feel, hanging plants and banquette seating, plus plump cushions and a plush Soho vibe, all complemented by professional service and contemporary cocktails that dazzle with their fun, flair and flavour.
The Basement Club is a place to be mischievous with festoon lighting, big screen imaging and a selection of craft beers and cocktails that will welcome the capital’s glitterati for nights of grown-up fun and late night partying.
Lastly, the First Floor has high ceilings and tall windows which direct your gaze down to the bustling streets of Soho below as well as snug sofas and sumptuous fabrics, all in a cosmopolitan and carefully curated space designed to make you feel like a million dollars. This floor and the Basement Club are both available for private hire.
Soho Residence is the most adventurous and exciting new development to hit the West End in many years and this artfully realised vision of a venue is set to become the most talked about and must visit destination in London.
Louise Distras has returned, announcing the forthcoming release of her Street Revolution EP out on 11th January and sharing the video of the title track…
STREET REVOLUTION UK TOUR DATES 17th Jan – Cambridge, Portland Arms 18th Jan – Nottingham, The Bodega 23rd Jan – Leeds, Key Club 24th Jan – Newcastle, Cluny 2 25th Jan – Guildford, The Boileroom 26th Jan – Norwich, Waterfront Studio 27th Jan – Portsmouth, Edge of The Wedge 29th Jan – Leicester, Firebug 31st Jan – Bishops Stortford, The Half Moon 2nd Feb – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
The Street Revolution tour goes hand in hand with Musicians Against Homelessness to raise funds for the charity Crisis.
Credited for having brought Rock’n’Roll to France, Johnny Halliday AKA Le Taulier’s 51st opus, ‘Mon Pays C’est L’amour’ released in October by Warner France, reintroduced us to what we love the most about the man: his passion for Rock, lust for life, American dreams, torn love and jailbirds.
A potshumous album that may be lasting a mere 38 minutes but full of rock’n’Roll, ballads and intense lyrics. Most songs either written by Maxim ‘Yodelice’ Nucci or co-written with Yarol Poupand. Johnny also used authors from past albums such as Christophe Miossec ‘Back in LA’ , Pierre Jouishomme, Jérôme Attal, Pierre-Dominique Burgaud who adapted JD McPherson’s ’Let The Good Times Roll’ into ‘Made in Rock’N’Roll’ and even newcomer Boris Lanneau with ‘Tomber Encore’.
Straight off, first song ‘J’en Parlerais au Diable’ stabs us in the heart with its uncanny premonitory title that feels like a message coming from beside the grave. Full of piano, synth and strong vocals, this seems like a prelude to what is yet to come, a sombre confession to the devil, not unlike Roy Wylie Hubbard’s Country spell on ‘Conversation With The Devil’, but with a Johnny Cash undertone.
’Mon Pays C’est Lamour’ and ‘Made in Rock’n’roll’ bring Johnny back to its roots, rekindling his love of rockabilly in the 21st century followed by his first ballad ‘Pardonne Moi’, a seemingly last ode to his wife Laeticia.
Half way through, Yvan Cassar gives us a breather with a short instrumental interlude leading us to the second part that feels more like a narrative, a story that needs to be told for prosperity.
With ‘Les Portes du Penitencier’ closed, it is now time for bluesy Rock ‘4m2’, an apparte on the carceral universe so dear to johnny’s heart.
Back to the American dream with ‘Back To LA’ where Johnny sings about girls, or more specifically about a girl that abandoned him and ’L’Amerique De William’, a country/gospel ballad paying tribute to the images of photographer William Eggleston .(Did I also hear a clin d’oeil to Elvis towards the end, I leave you the judge of that.)
‘Un Enfant Du Siècle’ thumping drums and electric guitars at the forefront keeps the pace and would be worthy of any Rock FM aficionado.
The album also contains the unexpected story of Boris Lanneau, the fan who gave a notebook filled with lyrics to Bertrand Lamblot . Out of it came ’Tomber Encore’, words filled of love and desire under a pop/rock envelope.
Just as the intro title, the climatic ’Je Ne Suis Qu’un Homme’ concludes on a premonitory note ‘J’aurais voulu rester/pour le pire le meilleur/mais je ne suis qu’un homme’, as if, knowing what lies ahead, he is saying goodbye to his audience, the final curtain.
Having already reached Disque du Diamant in a mere 3 days ( over 630.00 physical sales ) and beating his own record achieved with ’Sang Pour Sang’, johnny’s last opus will no doubt makes it way under the Christmas tree, bringing a touch of pure and savage Rock into 2019.
London based collective Transmaniacon, who have collaborated with writer/poet Lydia Lunch, Cold in Berlin vocalist Maya Berlin and fantasy illustrator and writer Ian Miller for the new concept album “The Strange World of Suzie Pellet’ have shared another new track from the album. ’Sexton Breen’ features both Lydia and Maya and you can listen to the track above
Francis Rossi, founder of the mighty Quo, is gearing up for a busy 2019. Rossi, a bona fide musical legend, has confirmed the release of a collaborative album with vocalist Hannah Rickard, a brand new autobiography written with Mick Wall, and a spoken word tour that will see him and Wall tour the country discussing his Quo guitarist’s illustrious career and taking questions from fans.
‘We Talk Too Much’ is the title of the album by Rossi / Rickard – the pair met when Hannah Rickard worked with Status Quo on the hugely successful ‘Aquostic’ projects. Reconnecting with one of Rossi’s true loves, this is a collection of Country-flavoured duets and is due for release 15 March 2019 via earMUSIC / Edel. Featuring all brand-new material, and boasting writing credits for Rossi and Rickard as well as Quo stalwart Bob Young, this album has been a true labour of love.
The new autobiography, ‘I Talk Too Much’, is to be published by Little, Brownon 14 March 2019. This gripping brand-new book has been created in conjunction with award-winning writer and broadcaster Mick Wall, who has sold more than 1 million books. In this explosive new memoir, the famously indiscreet Rossi reveals the true-life stories behind his unbelievable career. Painfully honest at times, the book covers the glory years, the dark days, the ups and downs of his relationship with the late Rick Parfitt and the real stories behind the creation of some of the greatest rock music of all time.
Rossi will share the extraordinary secrets of his 50-plus years in rock’n’roll when he takes to the stage for an intimate evening at 36 theatres across the UK [see below]. Kicking off on 20 March 2019 in Whitley Bay and culminating on 20 May in King’s Lynn, the ‘I Talk Too Much’ tour, will feature Francis – joined by Mick Wall – sharing some of the best Rock ’n’ Roll stories ever, accrued during an extraordinary life on the road. Expect laughter, revelations, tales involving some of the giants of music, exclusive video clips, snatches of classic tunes and a great night out. Rossi said: “This show is something new for me. It will be live and unscripted, so god knows what could happen! One thing’s for sure though, it’ll be a white-knuckle ride for me, but fans will get a real unvarnished insight into what’s happened over the years. I’ll be taking a guitar along to demonstrate how some of those Quo classics came into being, and hopefully we’ll take a few questions from the audience too. It’s been quite a journey, there’s a lot to share.”
I Talk Too Much tour dates:
20th – Whitley Bay – Playhouse 21st – Stirling – Albert Halls 22nd – Kilmarnock – Grand Hall 23rd – Dunfermline – Carnegie Hall 24th – Greenock – Beacon Arts Centre 27th – Leamington – Royal Spa Centre 28th – Lincoln – New Theatre Royal 29th – Shrewsbury – Theatre Severn 30th – Birmingham – Town Hall 31st – Crewe – Lyceum
3rd – Richmond – Theatre 4th – Coventry – Albany Theatre 5th – Porthcawl – Grand Pavilion 6th – Brierley Hill – Civic Hall 7th – Preston – Guild Hall 24th – Bury St Edmunds – The Apex 25th – Cheltenham – Town Hall 26th – Swindon – Wyvern Theatre 27th – Watford – Colosseum 28th – Southend – Palace Theatre
On Friday November 16th The Black Bullets will release their new single ‘When The Devil Comes Knockin’. The Black Bullets performed their new single live last Sunday as part of a highly incendiary show at London’s New Cross’ Amersham Arms. When the Devil Comes Knockin’ sounds addictive from first listen, and is quintessential to the pulse and juice of their previous notoriously venomous production. Their corrosive and intoxicating energy is better experienced first hand, and a live show experience highly recommended. The Black Bullets will play London’s Hope & Anchor with Crybaby on the 7th of December 2018.
Norwegian artist Susanna is back with a new album ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’, set for release Feb 22nd via her SusannaSonata label. To create this record, Susanna has gathered a new band/a new team of musicians, called The Brotherhood of Our Lady. Largely inspired by the works of medieval Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch, the first single from the record “City of Hope” is streaming online now.