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Fast rising hard rockers Louder Still unveil the video for their debut single “Speed Machine,” set for release June 2 via up and coming label Rockbuster.

Bringing a new shine to 70s rock and early NWOBHM era, the Reading foursome swim against the tide of the current rock scene, creating a powerful combination of old and new. Wearing their heart on the sleeve and owing much to the great British rock giants as well as contemporary bands such as Airbourne and Inglorious, the band spent the past year honing their craft in the studio with Lower Than Atlantis and Alter Bridge engineer and producer John Mitchell, also responsible for Inglorious’ critically acclaimed debut album.

Written about a man’s love affair with his car and his passion for speed, the track – written as an homage to British sports cars – sees classically trained singer Tom Rampton’s searing vocals deliver the fast-paced lyrics as a direct and powerful melody; punctuated by George Twydell’s fierce guitar, Craig Carlaw’s smashing drums and George Ives’ pulsating bass.

Talking about the recording process John Mitchell says, “We used real 40-year-old vintage Marshall amps for both guitar and bass to create the unique rawness and groove captured in the song. The drums parts were written to be choppy and hard hitting to create intensity, with drums fills added, giving the sound the impression of an engine starting.”

The track is accompanied by the compelling visuals directed by photographer and filmmaker Jack Bridgland for WMA, responsible for the upcoming video of punk-rockers Counterfeit, and which work has been published on the likes of Highsnobiety, Notion and Wonderland. The cut features a drag race between a Jaguar XKR and a Vauxhall VXR8 on an old abandoned airfield; the same Jaguar and the last one to come off the car manufacturer production line in 2014, which also appears on the recording of the track and was recorded by the band at a rolling road.

Louder Still sounds and looks like the future of Great British rock, the four outstanding musicians all studied music at degree-level, and are now ready to prove rock music is truly alive with “Speed Machine,” a pure blast of hard rock energy, which musical references only serve to help the band bringing rock music back into the mainstream.

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Demun Jones – Bronco (feat. Jelly Roll)

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Demun Jones has always had a way of keeping it real when it comes to the music he has written, recorded and performed throughout his career.

Demun’s new album, #Beast, is his way of keeping it real while simultaneously amping it up to the next level, giving his fans exactly what they crave.

Set for release Friday, May 13, #Beast is a collection of perfected tracks ripe for the picking and represents Demun’s personal and professional creative growth.

When it came time to start writing for the album, Demun said, “I knew I wanted to include the type of songs that my fans love so much. This album is for them.”

The lead single from the album is “Bronco.” Featuring artist and friend, Jelly Roll, “Bronco is a club worthy, fun song that will definitely get a crowd up and dancing,” states Demun.

Rock Confidential is excited to premiere the video for “Bronco” – full of beautiful girls in classic rock t-shirts and short shorts, booze, a mechanical bull and a full-fledged throw-down that only Demun can pull off.

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Keep up with Demun Jones:
Website: http://demunjones.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/demunjones
Twitter: https://twitter.com/demunjones

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Video Premiere: Angels Cut – One More Day

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Catch Angels Cut on tour with the Moonshine Bandits and Pruno:
10/22 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
10/23 – Traverse City, MI @ Ground Zero
10/24 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
10/27 – Kansas City, KS @ Red Eye Bar
10/28 – Kansas City, KS @ Red Eye Bar
10/29 – Springfield, IL @ Boondocks
10/30 – Indianapolis, IN @ 8 Seconds Saloon
10/31 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s Ent Center

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Exclusive Song Premiere: Angels Cut – ‘Smile’

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Humboldt County’s hard-rocking female fronted rock outfit Angels Cut has just wrapped up recording a brand new EP, and now they’ve announced a month long cross-country tour with outlaw group the Moonshine Bandits with support from Pruno. The band’s new EP was recorded at VTOL Studios under the watchful eye of producer Rob Seifert Gage and the full-length is set for an early 2016 release date with the help of Ole Persson Entertainment Consulting & Sourcing.

Angels Cut attack the stage with an intensity that is unrivaled as they unleash thunderous guitar riffs, mixed with a rhythm section that can stop on a dime. Leading the charge is charismatic female frontwoman Stephanie Johnson who showcases her feminine strength and sex-appeal on the stage. Johnson is joined by guitarists Mike Molina and Utah Blue, bassist Aaron McLaughlin, and drummer Joe Barney.

Rock Confidential is excited to premiere a new song from Angels Cut, “Smile.”

We caught up with Angels Cut to find out more about the band, the Moonshine Bandits connection and what fans can expect from their live show.

Please tell me a little about the band and how you all got together.

Utah: I had a bunch of rock songs and was searching for a band to play them. I Met a couple guys and we did the typical thing playing bars and going through members. Aaron and Mike stuck. We wrote some more together and it was pretty fucking cool, but it took a monster step when Steph joined. Her songs, presence, ability. Oh hell yes.

Tell me about your relationship with the Moonshine Bandits.

Utah: We did a New Year’s Eve 2014 in Vegas with those guys like a month after Steph joined, and it was all time! Shiner Nation was in full effect and we were like, take us with you. They must have dug us because here we are charging the Midwest. We’re really looking forward to actually hanging with Dusty and Bird and the boys and sipping some of there branded goods.

Who are some of your musical influences?

Utah: We’re all over the map with that. Country, rock, punk, metal, blues. I hate to speak for the band, but I’m gonna. Mike Molina, our lead guitarist leans toward metal. I’m a classic rocker. AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Metallica. Steph goes old school Patsy Cline, Etta James up through Pat Benatar to Dropkick Murphys, Five Finger Death Punch, Foo Fighters and Volbeat. Drummer Joe can do it all so he kinda likes it all, and Aaron’s into punk.

Do you write music around lyrics, does the music inspire lyrics – or a little of both?

Steph: It seems like it just starts with something exciting. Whether it’s a riff, a song title, a melody, or even like a line or joke someone says, and you just say, “Go with that!” Usually it’s a riff or a chorus melody and the lyrics are formed by that. Sometimes it’s listening to your voice memos from the night before with no recollection and go, “What’s that? Is that us? That’s cool..” Then put down some words.

What do you look to for lyrical inspiration?

Steph: The riff. The feel of the song. I just blast it in my car and start singing kind of nonsense. Random words. And usually, like a memory or an image, a feeling pops up and something comes of it. A theme of some kind. Then Utes and I play with it try to make it work!

What has been the most exciting part about your career so far?

Utah: The per diem.

Steph: Still the most exciting moments are on stage. I know that’s a cliche, but it’s so true. Those times when you’re lost in the song and going for it. And seeing someone in the crowd going for it with you. That’s the best. That’s the most exciting. The connection.

Tell me about your upcoming tour with The Moonshine Bandits and what fans can expect from your live show.

Utah: So we bomb over to Kentucky and start playing shows! I think the coolest thing is the Moonshine Bandits fans, the Shiners, they get after it and it’s a good time. Also the songs. Those guys’ songs are fucking great. As far as Angels Cut, the fans can expect a high energy, hard rocking good time. And they can definitely expect us to be right there with them enjoying the shiners when we’re done!

What do you hope people take away from your music?

Steph: A smile.

Utah: And a hangover

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Catch Angels Cut on tour with the Moonshine Bandits and Pruno:
10/16 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
10/17 – Fostoria, OH @ Cowboys & Angels
10/22 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
10/23 – Traverse City, MI @ Ground Zero
10/24 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
10/27 – Kansas City, KS @ Red Eye Bar
10/28 – Kansas City, KS @ Red Eye Bar
10/29 – Springfield, IL @ Boondocks
10/30 – Indianapolis, IN @ 8 Seconds Saloon
10/31 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s Ent Center

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Video Premiere: Pruno – ‘Shine On’

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Rock Confidential is proud to premiere the new video from Pruno, “Shine On.”

Soon to be sharing the stage with the Moonshine Bandits in cities across the country, it’s time for the world to hear the story of a wild journey that illustrates the life of Josh “Pruno” Gamble.

Raised by his grandparents in Los Banos, CA, Pruno found comfort in an otherwise hectic life by listening to music. His love for the art of rhyme helped him get through the tough years of adolescence but as he got older he turned to the streets where he was surrounded by crime, drug sales and addiction. Gamble later found himself trapped behind the walls of a state prison and had to learn things the hard way.

Having time to focus behind bars, Josh realized his true purpose in life was to focus on music. His pain would be translated through songwriting which gave him an outlet to express his feelings through music.

In anticipation of the video premiere for “Shine On,” we caught up with Pruno to hear more of his inspiring story and celebrate the positive direction of his life and career.

How did you hook up with the Moonshine Bandits and what is it about the Shiner Nation that’s so appealing?

Well, I’ve known the bandits for over a decade. We are all from a small town so you know who’s who and who’s doing what and we hooked up through mutual musicians and friends and eventually collaborated on a few records. We’ve been tight ever since! The Shiner Nation is just a great group of hard working, blue collar people. My kind of people. The love they have shown me is just amazing. We are all one big Shiner family and what appeals to me the most is their family loyalty!

Who are some of your musical influences?

I love classic rock, country and of course West Coast rap, also old school hip hop. A lot of my influences were from CCR, Eagles, Guns N Roses and Johnny Cash, all the way to Rehab with Danny Boone, Sublime, and a lot of Outkast and 2Pac. But it all started with my first Beastie Boys cassette tape, and at that point I knew rhyming would be my life.

Your music is about having a good time but you also encourage responsibility. Will you please share your story and why you decided it was time to make a change in how you were living your life?

I came from a broken home in a trailer park with a lot of drug addicts, bikers, and a few undesirable people on this planet. I was living a hard life and I’ve been on a long run being stuck in addiction, but I loved music and I know if I could find a way out to get back to the music I could change my life. I got out of prison, jumped immediately on a song with the Moonshine Bandits and back on stage. I decided I didn’t want to go back to that life ever again and from that day forward, music became my fuel to live life in a positive direction.

Do you write music around lyrics, does the music inspire lyrics – or a little of both?

I love beats, I love bass, I love the old school 808 and 510 pounding hard. Once I hear that kick and that beat I start writing so I like to build my music from scratch from the beat up and let the lyrics float to the music.

What do you look to for lyrical inspiration?

Life inspires me. I have a family and a beautiful woman that fuels me to succeed. My life experiences and my drive to create a positive life for myself and family are an inspiration. My life behind the walls and the things I learned when I was locked up also inspire my lyrics. I want to be 100% real when I deliver my songs. I want people to see that the underdog can win. I’m living proof.

What has been the most exciting part about your career so far?

Being on tour with the Bandits visiting different locations and the beauties of different states all across America. I’ve got to see so much already, places like Sturgis and the history of Deadwood all the way back to the world famous and haunted museum club in Arizona. It’s awesome being on the road, and meet all these new fans and Shiners and family. It’s just been a great experience and words cannot express how it feels to get on and off that bus every day in a different time zone to rock another stage.

Tell me about your upcoming tour with The Moonshine Bandits and what fans can expect from your live show.

I’m so excited to come out on the road with these boys and I get to do a bigger set which allows me to share a little more music with a lot of my family and friends out there on the road. My trailer heads are pumped up, I’m pumped up to be out there, and I do plan on doing a few new songs from the new record that I’m working on. Fans can expect an explosive show and I will give them all I got and leave them wanting more! I love being on the road with the Moonshine Bandits and can’t wait to rock.

What do you hope people take away from your music?

What I’d really like people to take from my music is that we all have ups and downs all around life. Some of us have been in trouble with the law and some of us have just been in trouble. But the bottom line is we can all change, there’s a positive way of life, there’s a positive way of living and we can all make it happen. It just takes focus and a little effort and everyone can live a positive life.

Read more about the Moonshine Bandits tour and see all the dates here.

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Vo’Devil Stokes, ‘Union’ – Exclusive Video Premiere

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Rock Confidential is teaming up with Russian rockers Vo’Devil Stokes to premiere their new video “Union,” directed by Jensen Noen (Emmure, Down & Dirty).

Vocalist Dallas Crowley describes “Union” as “A congregation of all people. No matter what language or religion barrier is between us, we are no different from each other.” Crowley doesn’t want people listening to lying politicians and their provocation, but instead says, “We are all brothers and sisters. We need to form a union. We all come from different places, ethnicities, religions but, In our veins, all our blood is the same – it is all red.”

“Union” is taken from the band’s upcoming debut album Coast To Coast, set for release in October.

Vo’Devil Stokes, “Union” Music Video

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Vo’Devil Stokes is:
Dallas Crowley, vocals
Alex Mallovsky, drums
Tony Modestov, guitar
Alex Radchenko, bass
Boris Plaksin, guitar

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