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The Rock-itt : May 2012
First off this month I would like to congrat- ulate the winner of last months competi- tion, Clay MacDonald. Clay won $150 worth of Pink Floyd “The Wall” Immersion boxed set and he seemed very pleased about that. Clay used to be in The Beauti- ful Girls and has worked with Angus and Julia Stone. He is currently in a band called Valley Floor who are based be- tween the Insular Peninsular and the Gold Coast. They have just finished an East Coast tour; in fact they played a one off gig at the Mona Vale Hotel last month supporting The Fumes. Clay is just put- ting together their winter tour and they will be playing on the Northern Beaches in July, we’ll tell you where and when asap. Great to know who’s reading Rock-itt! Another local band came to my attention this month, many of you may already know The Dividers, I didn’t but I do now and they are well worth seeing if you see any gigs advertised, good lyrics and great rock. I’m a big fan of The Living End and during my time at EMI I had the great pleasure of working with them and getting to know them a bit, great musicians and fine peo- ple. I mention them because there is a new (ish) band around who are being touted as pretenders to the Living End throne. I speak of the King Cannons. They are currently in the throws of launching their career in Europe via a 17 date tour spanning across Germany, Aus- tria, Switzerland and The Nether- lands. The dates come as the result of a personal invitation from one of Germany’s biggest bands, The Broilers to be their main support. This European extravagan- za comes in the lead up to the June 22 arrival of the band’s debut album ‘The Brightest Light’ in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria & Switzerland. The foundation of the King Cannons was front man Luke Yeoward being given an acoustic guitar by his mother when he was 10 years old. With a hat at his 10 year old feet, Yeoward started street cor- ner busking, playing covers he’d picked up at home and school: Creedence Clear- water Revival, Neil Young and Cat Ste- vens, as well as primitive songs he’d writ- ten. The band is a six piece and they re- leased their first EP of live performances at the end of 2010. On the lead up to the recording of the band’s debut album, Yeoward locked himself in the music room of his house and wrote every day for two months, land- ing the gang with over 50 tracks to work from. With Tom Larkin, drummer for the internationally known rock force Shihad, at the helm of the album’s recording in- side Melbourne’s famed Sing Sing Studi- os, the intention for the album was to cap- ture King Cannons’ live sweat with the greatest production values. “Whether it’s up-tempo rockin’ sort of songs or slower songs, our music is soul music,” Luke Yeoward explains, “and if you try and record soul music in any other way than those people in a room together making that music, it just doesn’t translate.” They are a visually impressive outfit and wear their punk allegiances on their sleeve, they have the belief of Capitol/ EMI records behind them and I think they