CJ Wildheart releases video for solo single, Down The Drain

The Wildhearts Perform At The Manchester Academy
Photo credit: from Classic Rock Magazine, CJ at Manchester Academy

CJ Wildheart is set to release his first solo album, Mable. You can watch the video to lead single, “Down The Drain”, below.

Following a three year break from music, during which the Wildhearts guitarist ran his own cleaning business in London, the 46 year old is now living in Yorkshire, making and selling his own brand of hot sauce, and playing music again both as a solo performer and with his bandmates in The Wildhearts.

Speaking to Classic Rock Magazine, CJ reveals that with his first child on the way, life is very different to his days partying as part of his previous groups, Honeycrack, and The Jellys.

“The Jellys were fuelled by speed,” he says. “Now I’m fuelled by good cheese and nice bread. I’m laid back and there isn’t that hectic, on-the-edge sort of sound.”

“I retired from music for three years,” he continues. “After the Chutzpah tour with The Wildhearts I needed a break; I wanted to do something I’d never done before, which is have a job. I started the cleaning company and employed a bunch of guys. At times it was great but at others it was really horrible.”

“A lot of musicians are wrapped in cotton wool – the Wildhearts aren’t massive but we tour at a level where we have a lot of crew doing stuff for us, and you’re kind of detached from reality. Doing a day job was the biggest lesson I’ve ever had. It grounded me and made me a better person.

“I’m singing about stuff that kind of pissed me off when I was cleaning for a lot of rich, snobby people who I wanted to kill. I had to suck it up; as a musician you don’t have to do that – you can rage at people and not get fired. I had to suppress all that rage and anger in my business.”

Mable – and CJ’s Devilspit hot sauce! – are available via CJ’s Pledgemusic page.

You can watch the lead single from Mable, “Down The Drain#, by clicking below.

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Buffalo Killers stream new album, Heavy Reverie

Buffalo Killers

Buffalo Killers are streaming their forthcoming studio album via Classic Rock Magazine.

Heavy Reverie will be the band’s fifth album, and you can listen to it in full here.

The album was recorded in Cleveland at Crushtone Studios with producer Jim Wirt, and will be available on the 13th of May on vinyl, CD and digital formats via Sun Pedal Recordings.

The band will set of on a series of tour dates across the US, starting on the 16th of May. Confirmed shows are as follows:

16th May Hi-Tone – Memphis, TN
17th May Bricktown Music Hall – Oklahoma City, OK
19th May The Western – Scottsdale, AZ
20th May The Casbah – San Diego, CA (w/ Howlin Rain)
21st May Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA (w/ Howlin Rain)
23rd May The Echo – Los Angeles, CA (w/ Howlin Rain)
24th May Freaks for the Festival @ Pappy & Harriet’s – Pioneertown, CA
25th May The Chapel – San Francisco, CA (w/ Howlin Rain)
28th May Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
29th May Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
30th May Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
31st May Czar Bar – Kansas City, MO
26th Jun Thursdays on 1st & 3rd (Summer St) – Rochester, MN
27th Jun Bayport BBQ – Bayport, MN
28th Jun Double Door – Chicago, IL
12th Jul Gotta Groove Records – Cleveland, OH

You can pre-order your copy of Heavy Reverie here!

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Iron Maiden named leading UK business

Maiden Group ShotIron Maiden have been cited by financial experts as a leading UK success story, reports Classic Rock magazine.

The London Stock Exchange names Iron Maiden LLP, the band’s holding company, as one of six leading businesses in the UK music industry, and among the top 1000 ‘most inspiring companies’ in Britain.

Tom Gilbert of the London Stock Exchange says relatively small firms like Maiden hold the key to future economic achievement. “Over the last few years the biggest companies have produced very few jobs. Jobs recovery has come from small and medium sizes companies.

“The vast majority of companies in the UK are small or medium and their success is something of an unreported story.”

The LSE has hailed the metal giants’ business model of working hard and touring regularly, noting that it’s turned the potential losses caused by online file-sharing into profits.

The band have seen their online fan base increase by 5 million users during their Somewhere Back In Time world tour.