Bob Spencer is best known for his guitar exploits in bands such as, Finch, The Angels, Skyhooks and currently Rose Tattoo. He is an ARIA Hall Of Fame member, has had multi gold and platinum records in his career including, The Angels only No.1 album ‘Beyond Salvation’. Bob is a mentor, music coach and all … Continue reading Ex-Angels and Skyhooks guitarist Bob Spencer releases new single !
Lucy De Soto – the woman with the likeable golden voice. I’ve long been a fan of Lucy. Her boogie woogie rollicking piano playing and strong rich vocals are an integral part of the Pete Wells sound. ‘Take This Veil’ is her first solo album (proper) in 13 years. (She released two LP’s in the … Continue reading From The Archives: Desoto: Take This Veil Album Review (2000)
Y'know five years back we reviewed the EP by Bitzer titled Oz Rock Six pack…you can hunt down that review on our blog – but I do wish to highlight a comment which my brother ended that review with - which stated ‘If you wanna taste of the glory days of Oz rock in 2013 … Continue reading Bitzer – Pedigree Mongrel (Album Review)
Festival Records thankfully continue to reissue/repackage and reinvigorate great Australian rock ‘n’ roll that would otherwise be lost to time. ‘When Sharpies Ruled’ is a 23 track compilation CD with exhaustive liners notes, a superb photo book and a wealth of first hand insight - not just into the music – but the whole Sharpie … Continue reading Whats The Rockbrat Listening to today? WHEN SHARPIES RULED: A VICIOUS SELECTION (Festival Records)
Wells has worked tirelessly to earn the position he now holds as one of Australia’s premier bluesman, with minimal industry and public support. Yet for overseas readers, you don’t land support slots with Dylan, Marianne Faithfull, Robert Cray or The Stray Cats (to name a few) if you ain’t the genuine article, and Wells is … Continue reading From the Rockbrat Archives: Pete Wells Band – It’s All Fun and Games Till Somebody Gets Hurt (PACK O’ 20)
Damn this is good….real good. If this isn't the best Australian release of the year then I'd like to know what is. Is it necessary to introduce the man ? OK, for the benefit of the few who weren't listening the first time around. Rilen formed the seminal Australian rock 'n' roll beast that be … Continue reading From the Rockbrat Archives: Ian Rilen – Love Is Murder (Phantom)
If you need a reminder of why Australian rock n roll of the 1970 and 80s was the best in the world – then ‘The Glory Days Of Aussie Pub Rock’ is for you. Festival Records have done a superb job in capturing the best bands of that period, with a whopping 4 CD, 90 … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today? The Glory Days of Aussie Pub Rock, Vol. 2 (Festival Records)
On behalf of Mr. Rockbrat, I would like to wish all Rockbrat Readers a very happy Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2016! Statistics indicate that there are still thousands of people out there who enjoy reading the plethora of articles and blogs on the Rockbrat site - with new readers continuing to discover (and re … Continue reading Merry Christmas 2015 to all Rockbrat Readers from the Australian Rock Show!
Fans of genuine Aussie rock (Angels, Tatts, AC/DC) take note. BITZER are for you. Forget about Airbourne for one second and the carbon copied style of oz rock they play. They are good at what they do, they nod approvingly to the past, but they lack the legitimacy, the authenticity, that a band like BITZER … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? BITZER – Oz Rock Six Pack (2013)
From memory, I purchased this around 85 and it rules. Double LP, gate-fold sleeve, pressed locally via Concept Records. Around this time period, heavy metal was all I knew. Money earnt from my menial factory job was spent on metal records....and I've never regretted it. Actually this compilation really is a sneak peek at the … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? Metal Madness – Various Artists (1985)
Seven years back today - Pete Wells passed away. No one - and I mean no one - played better slide guitar than Pete. I am not just saying this, as Pete is no longer with us either - as I have long believed that his guitar sound - was a vital ingredient to the … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Pete Wells – Who Left Us Seven Years Ago Today
If you never get the chance to see Black Label live, (and you damn well should) here is the next best thing, a Black Label live CD. This is the band’s new CD, and thus far, it’s the best new release I’ve heard this year. What you have here is the band captured live at … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? BLACK LABEL – LIVE IN BERLIN CD (2013)