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Kodiak Jack team up with Brian Wheat (Tesla/SoulMotor) for album number two!
After a successful 2012 playing gigs up and down the country, several festival slots and plenty of airplay, the time has come for Kodiak Jack to move on…
The debut album Your Death: My Glory received critical acclaim across the board with Room Thirteen calling it “an album that sounds truly epic”, Uber Rock declared it “a top notch debut album, chock-a-block with catchy anthems” and Classic Rock magazine stated “Their debut is assured and urgent”… That however was then, and this is very much now.
January 2013 will see Kodiak Jack returning to the studio to record their sophomore effort and confident that they can eclipse their début with their best songs to date.
We are very proud to announce the band will be recording the new album at J Street Studios in Sacramento, California and that Brian Wheat, bassist with US rock giants Tesla will be taking on production duties.
Brian has become a fan of Kodiak Jack over the past year, so when the opportunity to work with him came up we all naturally jumped at the chance. With his experience on both sides of the mixing desk combined with his ear for a rock anthem we couldn’t wish for a better choice to lead Kodiak Jack to the next level.
Brian will be coming over to the UK for a week of pre-production before we head over to the States to begin the recording process. Ahead of this Kodiak Jack will be playing at the Deco in Portsmouth on Saturday 19th January and unveiling some of the new tracks from the album for the very first time. We may just be able to get Brian along to attend as well…
Recording begins on the 27th January for four weeks, during this time we will be filming a documentary of the sessions and there will be daily blogs from members of the band so you can keep up with the progress of the album.
Kodiak Jack and Angry Badger Records would like to thank everyone for their on-going support and look forward to being able to share the new material with you all very soon.
The new Kodiak Jack album will be out on Angry Badger Records in Summer 2013, to be preceded by a single in May (tbc).
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The first Tonic Music For Mental Health Festival set for the 29th Sept @ The Pyramids, Portsmouth
Tonic Music for Mental Health Ltd (company number: 8093898) is a new not-for-profit organisation based in the South Coast of England. Our vision is to challenge stigma and promote recovery with music. We aim to achieve this by promoting and raising awareness about mental health through music festivals and events; to involve individuals, groups and communities within music festivals and events and; to invest and support individuals with mental health problems through a variety of music related activities and sources. We are a small independent company relying on the support and goodwill from individuals, groups and communities. Tonic Festival 2012 at Portsmouth Pyramids is our first venture.
Tonic Music Festival takes place on Saturday 29th September at the iconic Portsmouth Pyramids venue that has hosted the likes of Radiohead and Arctic Monkeys. Located on the picturesque Southsea seafront, Tonic Festival will open its doors at 11.30am with live music commencing at 12.00 noon until 2.00am.
It will feature a variety of live bands and DJ’s over three stages – main stage, dance stage and outdoor Hipshaker marquee; an indoor market space featuring local traders from Albert Road and people experiencing mental health problems selling crafts; outside traders including established clothing and cosmetic brands; information stalls from local and National organisations; a children’s area with bouncy castles, face painting & workshops; live outdoor entertainment; food, bar, merchandise, a rare chance to see Jimmy’s original scooter from the iconic British film Quadrophenia and much more. We have been fortunate to secure some fantastic acts including Mike Joyce (The Smiths & PiL) who was in one of the most successful UK bands of all time. Mark Morriss (The Bluetones) who was in one of the most successful Indie bands in the 1990′s.
Heath:Ward and Subgiant Rock both of whom are regular features on the UK festival circuit and set to perform at Bestival again this September. Hipshaker DJ’s who have their own Hipshaker lounge at the IOW festival, have regular club nights at Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms and perform at the IOW scooter rallies. Several up-and-coming mod bands who are gaining a growing reputation around the UK and perform regularly at Pretty Green stores around London.
The Mini Band who have received worldwide internet success – their covers of Metallica posted on Youtube have received over 4 million hits alone – Metallica love them! We have so many other truly talented musicians, but this gives you a taste of our great line up at Tonic. Other bands confirmed for the Tonic Festival include Nymph, Kodiak Jack, England Road, The Novatones, The Silver Beatles, The Bog Rolling Stones, The Stealers and many more! Tickets are only £10.00 and with a capacity of 1600 we expect to sell out due to the great line up, great overall entertainment available, affordability and the message behind Tonic.
Tickets allow indoor access to the main stage and dance stages. All outside spaces to the front and back of the Pyramids will be free, therefore due to the fantastic location of the Pyramids on the seafront the expected capacity of people strolling past and coming into the grounds of the Pyramids will be limitless.
Tonic will also be organising a raffle and auction and would be grateful for any donations towards this. We have already received some amazing donations such as a signed cymbal from Suede, a very rare signed test pressing of Sean McGhee & Richard Oakes debut single “forever in negative“, Art Gallery, Clothing, signed photographs of Stephen Fry, a ukulele and many other great items.
Tonic have set up a community art group consisting of established and budding artists, people receiving mental health services and members of the public all working together to produce some creative artwork to exhibit at the festival and to transform the venue. This group is open to all and we welcome new creative members.
You can buy tickets for the event HERE.
Kodiak Jack featured on new USA RumbleRide Presents: Muscle Drag DVD
Angry Badger Record’s Kodiak Jack have recently had some of their tracks featured on a drag racing DVD released in the USA. RumbleRide Presents: Muscle Drag is a 60 min long DVD released in the USA and available throughout the country from the WAL*MART chain. The Kodiak Jack songs are all taken from their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Your Death: My Glory‘.
You can check out the trailer for the DVD below, sound tracked by Kodiak Jack’s Crossfire track.
Slovenia’s Elvis Jackson present ‘Street 45’, the third single to be taken from their album “Against the Gravity”. An original and interesting animated video for the song “Street 45” was recorded on an adventurous tour that saw the band take in Ljubljana, New York and Sarajevo. This music video captures the message of the song perfectly and takes place on the actual 45th Street in the New York City. Members of the band appear in the video as animated characters, and focuses on a victim of violence. In today’s fast-living world, one filled with contradictions, the band are commenting on how unimportant life can appear as we become merely a number – a statistic.
Created by the team at Knap Studios, you can view the video in its entirety here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WN7axud6v4
Elvis Jackson gained critical praise during the UK release of Against The Gravity last year, and the band will be gracing our stages again this October when they touch down for a week of live shows. They will be playing at The Cellar in Southampton on Friday 7th October with Kodiak Jack in support.
October tour details are:
6th – TBC
7th- Southampton- The Cellar
8th- London – New Cross Inn
9th – TBC
10th – TBC
11th – TBC
12th – Norwich – Karma Kafe
14th – Hastings – The Tubman
For more information on Elvis Jackson please visit: http://www.elvisjackson.com/
This week Kodiak Jack drummer and Tape2Tape contributer Matt got to chat to writer, producer, singer song writer, front man, lead guitarist and all round good egg, Butch Walker.
As Matt loves getting elbow deep in cock rock, and with Butch’s beginings being in hair metal out fit Southgang back in the late 80′s there was no better question to ask….well maybe there was but this is definately a good one.
In true rock n roll style, Butch showed a blatant disregard for the rules and gave us his Top 10!
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Classic Rock’s Powerage label is the home to a few up and coming rock bands, none more RAWK than New Device! New songs and new line up, they are back and better than ever!
Heading down to Brighton on Friday 15th April they will be joined by Angry Badger Records’ Kodiak Jack along with Hekz and Graces Collide.
Last week I got myself an iphone 4. Since then, in between playing Angry Birds and Flick Football, I have been busily spending an itunes voucher given to me for my last birthday. Those of you who have used one will know how quick and easy it is. In no time at all I had purchased umpteen albums old and new complete with artwork at the click of a button. It’s amazing how much things have changed in this respect.
In 1993 Rage Against The Machine released their debut album, along with the single ‘Killing In The Name Of’ – the Simon Cowell/Joe McElderry slaying anthem. Back in those days, I only listened to Nirvana, G’n’R, Soundgarden, Bowie, and The Who – anything else received the attention levels of a goldfish. That was until I was handed a dusty old TDK90 cassette held together with a bit of sellotape…
On it, was the aforementioned single and it the effect it had on me was huge. Now I know it’s not RATM’s best track, but at the time, aged 12 and with a neat & tidy, yet very dodgy haircut, that song altered my perception of music forever. I played it, pressed rewind, played it again, pressed rewind again, and so it went on. There was nothing else on the cassette – everything else had been recorded over with an indescribable noise – and so that cassette stayed in my Alba Walkman for weeks on end while my brand new ’In Utero’ cassette sat alone.
Eventually I was asked to record it for a school pal. I duly did so, and he recorded his copy on to yet another cassette for someone else, who in turn did the same for another wide-eyed kid. By now the track had been passed on via 6 different cassettes (my copy being the 3rd having already been copied twice) and the sound quality was nothing short of abysmal – 4 minutes of tinny, broken music with what sounded like a Fisher Price drum set and virtually no bass! It didn’t stop the kid who owned this copy from playing it as much as I played mine, and it too opened his eyes to a brave new world of music.
Fast-forward 18 years and a million tape cassette compilations (Oh, and the minidisc!) and we are in an age now where so much is done at the touch of a button in a nano-second. I think of myself as fortunate to have been a part of a time where copying a song, let alone an album, required precision, LOTS of patience, a dual tape deck and an old cassette. Long live rock!
Kev - Kodiak Jack