To round off October in style, WDFD Records announced on Friday the new team which will move them forward as the new landscape around rock music unveils itself in the coming months.
Keith Large, Dave O’Hara, Chris Stones and Pete K Mally join the team bring with them a wealth of experience, knowledge, and creativity, which will further strengthen WDFD’s position among independent labels.
This announcement marks the end of an exciting month for WDFD Records where they have announced two exciting new band signings in the shape of Steal the City and Fallen Mafia, along with a collaboration with Morgan Creative to bring a new look and feel to the WDFD Records brand.
Building on last weeks news, we are thrilled to announce that WDFD Records have added another string to their bow in the shape of Newcastle quintet Fallen Mafia.
With their trademark hard and heavy sound along with their captivating live performances, Fallen Mafia will add yet another dimension to the WDFD roster. It is this commitment to supporting a diverse range of bands that will allow WDFD Records to emerge from these troubled times ready to take on the world.
Fallen Mafia are a hard hitting 5-piece heavy rock band from Newcastle who have been bringing their unique sound to venues in North-East and beyond since 2011. They have played at HRH Sleaze III, Wildfire, SOS and Just Push Play Festival, and also won the first opening poll at Stonedeaf(d) Festival in 2018.
Well known on the live music circuit for their positive work ethic, Fallen Mafia are a band who know how to entertain! Crowds obviously enjoy the high energy, hard hitting performances with songs that have true meaning and relevance in today’s society.
Fallen Mafia have supported the likes of Y&T, Michael Monroe, Skid Row, Turisas, The Quireboys, Black Balled, Massive Wagons, Hands off Gretel, Massive, The Rocket Dolls and are currently back in the studio recording their sophomore album. Although live shows are currently off the agenda, Fallen Mafia are scheduled to take part in New Wave of Classic Rock’s Webfest 4 in November.
Fallen Mafia are:
Hannah Neil – Vocals Chris Johnson – Guitar/Backing Vocals Stephen Hope – Guitar Duncan Emmerson – Bass / Backing Vocals Adas Cowan – Drums / Backing Vocals
WDFD Records Sign Sheffield Rockers Steal The City
There may not be much happening in the music industry at the moment, but WDFD Records Managing Director, Keith Lamley is busy planning for future world domination! In the first of several announcements to be made this month, WDFD Records have today formally welcomed Sheffield rockers Steal The City into its bosom. Promising to crank it up with edgy, thunderous metal for the masses, this signing brings an exciting new dimension to the WDFD Roster. Keith Lamley cannot wait to help them develop, and neither can we!
Since their formation in 2014, Steal The City have become known for their ability to combine a modern metal sound with harmonious melodies and personal lyrics which give Steal The City their unique sound. Raw vocals convey the emotions of the political and societal issues which feature in their songwriting, while driving riffs and catchy choruses add a softness to their sound. This is edgy, thunderous metal for the masses which brings an exciting new dimension to the WDFD Roster.
Having toured consistently on the northern circuit, Steal The City sold out Corporation, Sheffield for their EP launch in 2018. They have also appeared with Heaven’s Basement, Glamour of the Kill, and Skindred, gaining a reputation for a knock out live performance and wowing new fans. While touring is off the cards for a while yet, we cannot wait to see what’s next in Steal The City’s story!
“Steal The City have the potential to be the next big UK rock band with their infectious melodies and punky inspirations giving them a real Rise Against and A Day To Remember vibe.” – Gig Radar
Steal The City are:
Joe Hanson – Vocals and rhythm guitar Tom ‘Smit’ Smith – Bass and vocals Jake Bailes – Lead Guitar Ellis Bullement – Drums
WDFD Records have exciting plans for their future and we’re over the moon that they have chosen Rockstar PR to join them on their journey.
When Rockstar PR was launched, WDFD Records Managing Director, Keith Lamley was the first person we discussed our plans with; not as a sales pitch, but because we truly valued his opinion and we knew he shares our passion for supporting new bands.
To say we are over the moon with WDFD choosing us as a partner is a huge understatement and we are really looking forward to working with a company who share our own values of ‘Collaboration not competition’
WDFD Records have a kaleidoscope of plans that will be set in motion over the coming months and we’re ecstatic that we will be helping to deliver their vision.
Keep your eyes peeled on both our and WDFD’s socials for news as it evolves!
WDFD Records was formed in May 2017 with a view to helping emerging bands on the road to stardom. The ethos behind WDFD is very much moulded around Keith’s own endeavours in the music industry, having been in a band himself in the 1980’s. His personal experiences with an A&R guy led him to believe that things could, and indeed should be done differently.
From its humble beginnings, WDFD Records has nurtured and supported bands with their journey into the music industry, allowing them to move on to the next stage of their career with confidence. A great believer in collaboration, Keith Lamley has forged excellent working relationships with other industry leaders as well as sponsoring numerous festivals. To date, WDFD Records has sponsored Stonedeaf Festival, Wildfire Festival, Call of the Wild Festival, Rockwich, and Just Push Play, as well as hosting their own WDFD Festival.
WDFD Records also produced two free compilation CDs featuring the bands on the label, which were distributed at gigs and festivals all over the country.
WDFD Records currently has 8 bands on their roster, representing the diversity of the rock spectrum. From the heavy crunching tones of Hell’s Addiction to the glam rock of Shyyne and everything in between, there is something for everyone.
The lockdown measures imposed on society as a whole due to COVID-19 have had a disproportionate impact on some industries, most notably the entertainment sector. The music industry has felt the full force of the restrictions; tours have been cancelled and a whole festival season has been virtually wiped out leaving bands and venues high and dry. To make matters worse, there is currently no indication when bands will be able to get together to practice, let alone perform in a packed venue.
Some artists have taken to streaming performances on social media and there is a growing debate about whether they should be charging. This is a double edged sword and one which bands, especially emerging bands, need to consider carefully. On the one hand, there should be a value attached to their work, whilst on the other, charging probably won’t attract new viewers to the stream. As the restrictions look set to stay in place for a while yet, artists may need to look at finding a balance between the two; a regular open live stream with the option of a paid stream with exclusive content. Yes, there are those who will wait for the content to appear on the free stream, but there are also fans who will happily pay for the added extras. Each band will need to find their own balance; there is no right or wrong.
Along with merch sales, this may just be enough to help bands tick over until they’re able to get back out on the road. But even then, the live scene is going to take a substantial hit. All signs (as of writing) are suggesting that social distancing measures may need to be in place until early next year, or possibly even longer; how will bands and venues survive in the longer term? The logistics of touring could mean that your favourite band might not be able to tour for some time yet, capacity restrictions could mean shows are no longer viable in terms of ticket and merch revenue.
One solution would be one off shows which comply with government regulations, which are also streamed live to a paying online audience. Watching a gig online is no substitute for actually being in the room, but a compromise is far better than losing something altogether. A standard 3 band bill would offer the same opportunities as they have done previously, allowing bands to reach a new audience and extend their fanbase. Not only is this model achievable as it requires very little additional kit, it can be scaled up or down to take into account any changes to guidelines or localised lockdowns.
And the best thing with this model is it needn’t stop when the world returns to the pre-COVID norm; offering a paid live stream to a show would make them accessible to everyone, overcoming the hurdles many with illnesses and disabilities need to navigate in order to enjoy live music.
There will also need to be a new way of hosting gigs to support the scene through this difficult time and shows may look different for a while. Not only will venues have to work around possible social distancing requirements, they will have to reassess every aspect of a show; from the queue at the door, pinch points, how people access the cloakroom, the bar and the toilets, all the way through to the way kit is used/shared/changed over; sharing microphones will probably not be a good idea. All of these will also impact a venue’s ability to safely put on a show.
But whatever the future of gigging looks like in reality, the live music scene will need financial support which far exceeds what the government are likely to offer and we need to explore other options to help or risk losing something we all love.
We’re always looking at fun ways for people to support our artists, especially as we navigate this strange gig-less world and finances are tight for many. We’re all having to keep in touch with friends and family using video messaging, and now you can do so with a bespoke background to support the release of Verity White’s ‘After the Storm’ EP. Simply download the file (if you use image mirroring make sure you download the mirrored version) and add it to your Zoom virtual background in the settings. Don’t forget to share your screen grabs!
Verity White has announced a new show that you definitely don’t want to miss! Sharing the stage with naughty rockers The Big Dirty and Scottish hard hitters She Burns Red, there promises to not be a dull moment at The Charles Bradlaugh in Northampton on 16th May.
Super excited about the show, Verity said “I can’t wait to share the stage with my filthy friends The Big Dirty again! We have a lot of surprises in store and are already talking though many ideas for madness (the event not the band!) … this is gonna be one not to miss!”
You can get your tickets for the gig here…make sure you get down early to make the most of a night of music, merriment, and mayhem that will get you rocking on a whole new level.
Offering something a little different to the new rock scene, Verity White and her band are a breath of fresh air in both style, sound and approach who offer an alternative to ‘alternative rock’.
Taking influence from 90s stalwarts such as Skunk Anansie, Garbage, Sleater Kinney, Pearl Jam, and Tori Amos, Verity White and her band meld driving riffs, powerfully emotional lyrics, and passionate vocal lines to create brutal, yet beautiful and honest rock music.
Ahead of the release of Earache Records ‘New Wave of Rock and Roll’ compilation album, Verity White has published a lyric video for ‘Inside Your Love’. Check the video out below:
Earache Records have said that the pre-orders for ‘New Wave of Rock N Roll’, which can be ordered in black, clear, or purple vinyl have been going absolutely bonkers; you do not want to miss out, order your copy here.
When ordering, don’t forget to check Verity’s box! You can also stream the album in full on Spotify here while you wait for your physical copy.
Verity White is on a mission to do things her own way, and in doing so she has caught the attention of Earache Records who have featured ‘Inside Your Love’ on their upcoming New Wave of Rock N Roll compilation album set for release on 13th March 2020.
Like ourselves, Earache Records have seen that the rock landscape is changing and have taken the bull by the horns to help steer that change. We are absolutely thrilled that they have recognised Verity as one of the trailblazers for modern rock music.
‘Inside Your Love’ is taken from Verity White’s sophomore album, the name of which is contained within the songs lyrics, ‘Reclaim; Set Fire’. ‘Inside Your Love’ is an intense expression of love featuring sublime soaring vocals and intricate guitar work which amplifies and complements the honesty of the lyrics.
Earache’s ‘New Wave of Rock N Roll’ can be pre-ordered in black, clear, or purple vinyl here; obviously, we at RSPR have gone for purple.
When ordering, don’t forget to check Verity’s box! You can also stream the album in full on Spotify here while you wait for your physical copy.
The Facebook group Emerging New Rock Bands are searching for an up and coming rock band to join the lineup for Dementia Aware Festival in Reading on 4th July 2020. In addition to the festival slot, the winner will also receive a bespoke PR package from ourselves (should the winner already have PR representation, this will transfer to the runner up).
You can find brief details on all the bands who have entered along with links to their Spotify channels and a YouTube video link where applicable.
Please take the time to check all the bands out before voting (details at the bottom of the page).
GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE BANDS WHO ENTERED!
Chambers Chambers are a hard hitting trio from Leicester who pride themselves on their unique brand of fuzzy rock. Check out their tracks on their Spotify channel here
Watch the video for ‘Black Spit’ below.
GrooveCake Rock Funk Band Hailing from Buxton, GrooveCake promise a tasty treat of psychedelic rock with plenty of groove. Check out their tracks on their Spotify channel here
They also have some live videos on YouTube for your viewing pleasure which you can find here
Dirty Ol’ Crow Dirty ol’ Crow are a London based, energetic five-piece hard rock band with one goal – to bring raw and undiluted rock n roll to as many ears as possible! Check out their tracks on Spotify here
Watch the video for ‘Sex Dictator’ below:
Circus 66 London based Circus 66 like to blur the lines between various genre definitions and sonic aesthetics. Check them out on Spotify here
Watch the video for ‘A Thousand Miles From Home’ below:
Gone Savage Based in and around Manchester, Gone Savage gives modern melodic rock a hard edge and a tight under belly. Check out their Spotify here
Watch the video for ‘Bulletproof’ below:
Molly Karloff Oxfordshire based alt-rock grunge band Molly Karloff pack a powerful punch that speaks for itself. Check out their Spotify here
Watch the video for ‘She Said’ below:
Cottonmouth Straight out of Nottingham, Cottonmouth meld metal, grunge and hard rock with catchy choruses and big big riffs. Check out their Spotify here
Broken SoulDetermined to not be labelled, Broken Soul marry elements from across the rock genre with their own unique sound. Check out their Spotify here
Watch the video for ‘Shitty’ below:
Black Cat Bone All the way from Edinburgh, Black Cat Bone bring the sleazy, fuzzy rock to the party. Check out their Spotify here
Watch the video for ‘Coming For You’ below:
Black Whiskey Drawing on influences from the 1970’s to the present day, London based Black Whiskey provide riffs and grooves galore. Check out their Spotify here
Watch the video for ‘Here To Stay’ below:
Broken Lines Broken Lines are a psychedelic punk rock band from Pembrokeshire who like to keep things modern. Check out their Spotify here
Watch the video for ‘Cellophane Killer’ below:
Verity White Hailing from Cheltenham, Verity White and her band combine riffs and grooves with poetic lyrics and a thumping bass. Check out their Spotify here
Watch the video for ‘Come and Get It’ below:
Hunted By Elephants London based Hunted By Elephants are a high-energy hard rock band with soaring vocals, growling riffs and energising drum beats. Check out their Spotify here
Watch the video for ‘Human Eyes’ below:
Jamie Porter Band Jamie Porter band gives you a rock and blues with a little bit of country swagger. Check out their Spotify here
Watch the video for ‘Touch the Sky’ below:
Jack and Sally London based Jack and Sally are a pop rock trio certain to get you moving. Check out their Spotify here
Watch the video for ‘Long Way Home’ below:
Eulogy Hailing from Cardiff, Eulogy are a melodic hard rock band who infuse their music with dark, lyrical twists. Check out their Spotify here
Watch the video for ‘You’ll Die Alone’ below:
Lee Ainley’s Blues Storm Based in Worthing a with a unique mother and daughter pairing, Lee Ainley’s Blues Storm offer an eclectic brand of blues rock. Check out their Spotify here
You can watch a selection of live videos on their YouTube channel here
Soldato Hailing from the Nortwest, Soldato will fill you with dirty rock riffs and heavy beats. Check out their Spotify here
Watch the video for ‘Black Rage’ below:
Land Captains Bristol based Land Captains fuse heavy riffs and funky beats; serious songwriting with a touch of bombast and a healthy dose of silliness. Check out their Spotify here
Watch the video for ‘Automatic’ below:
You can vote for your favourite band by clicking here. Voting closes midnight Sunday 12th January 2020.