Brit rockers ‘Two of Substance’ to headline Liverpool’s Cavern Club

by: GJoneZ

The U.K. has bred some of the world’s most elite musical talent.. from the Beatles and Stones to Zeppelin, the Who, Sex Pistols, The Clash, and beyond – Something about world domination must go hand in hand with making kick ass tunes. Recently, I spoke with Dirtbag Endorsed Artists, ‘Two of Substance’ – a U.K. band with a new take on the classic tradition that is British rock and roll.

G – Hello, and greetings from across the pond!! I recently got the chance to check out your new tracks on Spotify: ‘Feel a Sound’ and ‘I’m Getting By’ .. which make up in full, the little two-song snack which you recently released. Well done. You have dropped a couple of these little snacks recently- tell us about the thought process behind releasing music in two’s.

2OS – We have always believed in the idea of letting people become acquainted with some of our songs before we release them all together in a full length album. That way, the LP will be welcomed with both arms because people will trust what is already on it. There’s nothing worse than a Band releasing an album which is full of songs that haven’t already been promoted as Singles because it dilutes the audience’s attention. We have our eyes and ears on both ends of the spectrum.

G – How did you choose these two tracks to join together for this release?

2OS – For “Feel a Sound / I’m Getting By” specifically it was just a case of trial & error. We’ve released Singles with B-Sides, so we thought it would be kinda cool to experiment by releasing a Double A-Side Single. It’s worked pretty well so far so we’re made up with the results!

G – Can we expect any more two-song snack packs from you this year?

2OS – Having released 4 Singles from our upcoming album, two B-Sides and a special VEVO release – I think we are more than satisfied with what is up for grabs now until album release day. We are stupidly excited for that!

G – Somebody told us you have a pretty big show coming up.. and you’re the headliner?

2OS – Yes! Quite literally a dream come true because we are headlining The World Famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, birthplace of The Beatles and home to other legendary bands that have performed there. To even play there is an honour, but to be told we are headlining was like Christmas coming early! Wednesday 20th September at 7pm is when the doors open and we’re gonna be playing songs off our album and throwing in a couple of covers as well, so we are bouncing off the walls for this!

G – What can people see at a 2OS show that they might not get anywhere else?

2OS – Three people that have a truck load of passion and just want to have a good time. We all have a very unique sense of humour and sometimes that can slip out on stage if we are enjoying ourselves too much, but other than that, the major thing that sets us apart from other bands is our songs… because nobody else performs our songs.

G – What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened at a 2OS show?

2OS – Oh God… well a few things spring to mind, but one we will say for now is when we were signing autographs after our set one time and this guy asked us to sign both his nipples and his belly button – which we did, because we are decent fellas after all.


Decent fellas they are! Keep an eye out on The Cavern Club Website to purchase tickets for the September 20th show, and be sure to follow Two of Substance!

Two of Substance on VEVO

Two of Substance on Facebook

Two of Substance on Twitter

Two of Substance on Spotify

 

Dear Abbey – Song Review – Parasite

I jump-started my Friday morning by rushing out the door for work. I was still dreary, and in a bit of a haze from the show I had gone to the night before. When I got on the road, I received an email asking me to review the new single from Dirtbag artists, Dear Abbey, entitled: Parasite. Given the condition I was in at this particular time of the day, I was unprepared for the musical kick in my ass that was about to be delivered.
This track busts through the doors with a driving guitar lick, led in by a full-band hulk smash. Right off the bat, I hear a fat, pumping, pulsing kick drum. It cuts right through the heavy guitar rhythms/soaring lead like a fresh blade. This song has gotten my attention; I am wide awake now, and we haven’t even hit the first verse.
So the band pulls back a little; a tight, crunchy rhythm takes over, and out pours the beast himself, Jeremy Hunter. In an era of such steep uncertainty for hard rock, a strong, male-fronted act is exactly what these times call for.. and Jeremy Hunter delivers. The verse builds perfectly into a catchy hook, followed by an expected and appropriately-placed interlude.
From here, the rest of the track writes itself. The above mentioned sequences repeat, and we are taken into a majestic and curious-sounding bridge, which incorporates some neat guitar sound effects. The chorus then plays out two more times, and the song hits its abrupt finish- the lead slowly echoing off into the distance. Although I could feel the punch in this song, I could almost predict what was coming next. This song would make a perfect push for radio play.
Parasite is hot, it’s heavy, and is guaranteed to blow the lid off your brown-bottle flu. Another woe often overlooked in hard rock these days is accessibility [and in many cases, intelligibility]. Without a doubt, this song is accessible, relatable, and radio-ready. I am exceedingly ambitious to hear the rest of Dear Abbey’s new LP, The View From Up Here, available April 15 on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify.

5 stars.

5 of 5 stars

-GJoneZ

 

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Best of the Web Wednesday – HALESTORM

Dirtbag’s had the honor of knowing the HALESTORM band for quite some time… Better people you will not find. As the saying goes We’re always the last to know things and a fan noticed that HALESTORM added a Dirtbag Banner on their site which is in rotation. PRETTY DARN KICK ASS of them!! With that said get your ass out there and see them as they are on tour right now with Eric Church. You gotta see HALESTORM play on a big stage in an arena – THEY ROCK THE HOUSE litterally… and it’s helps keep AREJAY from jumping off the stage…. he tries too… A LOT.. 😉

Halestorm Tour Page

RJ HALESTORM

DIRTBAG bands get in front of Industry Pros!!

Three Dirtbag endorsed bands take part in Radio Contraband’s Annual Convention held in Las Vegas which brings together top Radio Program Directors, Record Labels, Management, Promotions and DJ’s. VIAL8, THE EVERYDAY LOSERS and HALIWEL are taking advantage of the sponsorship program by submitting their songs for a “RATE THE MUSIC” portion of the convention where all parties listen and review each song and provide invaluable feedback as well as national exposure directly to the industry they are going after. These three bands are the ones that everyone should be looking out for in 2015!

VIAL8 Moscow, Idaho
VIAL8
Moscow, Idaho
THE EVERYDAY LOSERS Moscow, Indiana
THE EVERYDAY LOSERS
Washington, Indiana
HALIWEL Oregon, Wisconsin
HALIWEL
Oregon, Wisconsin

The "BOSS" Featured item for the week!

Featured item get’s a free Sticker Pack and BEST DUDE lanyard from January 19th-27th 2015.

Every now and then you gotta take charge and be the BOSS! Not Bruce Springstein and Jimmy Fallon doing the BOSS on TV. I’m talking about this simple but elegant hat that we’re told is proper attire for the Oscars, Grammys and our favorite the Razzies. Not sure you would want to hang out with Brad Pitt or George Clooney but I’m sure we would all grab a beer with Lemmy at the Rainbow Room. Besides Lemmy and maybe BB KING I would rather kick it at the local club watching the bands live the dream and I’m taking the BOSS with me to enjoy the show. Not approved by Jennifer Lawrence but the Dirtbag crew thinks she is the BOSS and would look damn fine in our hat…. drop your toast first and butter the top side….

"BOSS" FlexFit hat
“BOSS” FlexFit hat