ROCK GODDESS ‘THIS TIME’ VINYL RELEASED SEPTEMBER 6THPLUS TOUR DATES 2019
ROCK GODDESS release a vinyl version of their acclaimed latest album THIS TIME through Bite You To Death Records/Cargo on September 6th.
Pre-order here: https://cargorecordsdirect.co.uk/products/rock-goddess-this-time
Since reforming in 2014, ROCK GODDESS have taken their time to get it right, easing themselves back into the scene with UK and European festival slots plus a short tour as Special Guests to the mighty Saxon in 2018. In between shows, the band have worked tirelessly on making sure the new album was a current take on the classic ROCK GODDESS sound.
“We always saw a new album as part of our evolution”, remarks vocalist/guitarist Jody Turner, “and we still have a lot to say. But the principle is still the same; make an album, go out and tour, and bring the music to the fans, hopefully gaining new fans along the way.”
Classic Rock writer Malcolm Dome said of the album – which entered at Number 10 in the official UK Rock Charts in March: “Rock Goddess show on this album they still have dynamism and power, as well as the precious ability to write confident, high grade songs. They’re very much a world class band.”
Paul Davies of The Express newspaper said in his review that it was “a banging album of loud and pleasurable metal anthems.”
After cutting short their last run of dates in March when Jody was hospitalised mid-tour. ROCK GODDESS returned to the stage in July at the Rock n Blues festival
Rock n Blues review here: https://metalplanetmusic.com/2019/08/gig-review-rock-and-blues-custom-show-pentrich-derbyshire-25th-27th-july-2019-day-2-review/
Hitting the road at the end of this month, the band are fully fit and firing on all cylinders with a mission to showcase a lot of the new songs, as well as bring back some crowd favourites.
Of the last few months, Jody continues: “In all honesty, it’s been tough after the criminal demise of Pledge Music, which owed thousands of pounds to us and lots of other bands. Finally, the vinyl will be out but the Pledge debacle made this whole process much tougher. But onwards and upwards: Please come along to our shows. We are so looking forward to this tour!!”
Joining ROCK GODDESS on the September UK tour dates are Glasgow rockers HEAVY PETTIN’, who reformed in 2017 initially for a one-off performance at Winterstorm Festival in Troon, Scotland.
And, as HEAVY PETTIN’ frontman, Hamie, enthuses: “Rock Goddess and Heavy Pettin’ together!! It’s one helluva bill, in front of the best rock fans anywhere! It’s gonna be Epic!”
“We are especially excited to be touring with Heavy Pettin’,” states Jody, “this is going to be a night you do not want to miss.”
ROCK GODDESS and HEAVY PETTIN’ UK tour:
31 August: The Tivoli, Buckley
1 September: The Exchange, Bristol
4 September: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
5 September: The Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool
6 September: Oran Mor, Glasgow
7 September: Yardbirds Rock Club, Grimsby
8 September: The Robin 2, Bilston
ROCK GODESS FESTIVAL DATES:
21 September: Heavy Metal Maniacs, Holland (headline)
4 October: FatFest 2019, Swindon (headline)
ARE YOU READY?
It all started in Wandsworth, South London during 1977. Featuring Jody Turner (guitar/vocals) and her younger sister Julie (drums). At the time, they were 13 and nine years old, respectively. Guided by their father/manager John, a respected name on the London music scene, they immediately proved there was real talent, ambition and intent in their vision for a cogent band. With a line-up completed by bassist Tracey Lamb (a school friend), the trio began to get noticed. After a landmark appearance at the Reading Festival in 1982 (on a bill headlined by Iron Maiden and also featuring Gary Moore and Blackfoot), they got a record deal with A&M.
A year later, the band’s self-titled debut was released, charting at number 65, and showing that they had the quality and power to compete with any of the NWOBHM bands making an impact at the time.
Produced by Vic Maile (who had previously recorded a demo with the band and had also worked with Motörhead and Girlschool), the album had influences from The Runaways, AC/DC and the aforementioned Motörhead, but it was obvious that here was a band who had their own style. Songs like the anthemic ‘Heavy Metal Rock ‘N’ Roll’ and the more compact ‘My Angel’ (which got to number 64 in the UK singles chart) proved there was class and grit about this lot.
Later that year, Dee O’Malley replaced Lamb. She also brought a keyboard sensibility to the band, which gave them an extra dimension and this came through on second album ‘Hell Hath No Fury’. Produced by Chris Tsangarides, it was released in October ’83, hitting the Top 100 in the UK, as the single ‘I Didn’t Love You (Till I Saw You Rock And Roll)’, which made it to number 57 in the British chart.
The band definitely retained their crucial edge, but showed they were maturing as musicians and songwriters. This also came through at the end of the year when Rock Goddess co-headlined a hugely successful British tour with label mates Y&T. And this was followed by tours across Europe supporting both Iron Maiden and Def Leppard. .
In 1986, as they prepared for an American tour, O’Malley – now pregnant – left. In her stead, bassist Julia Longman and keyboard player Becky Axten were brought in to the line-up. However, O’Malley was featured on the band’s third album, ‘Young And Free’. This was released in France during 1987 by JID, following Rock Goddess’ departure from A&M. It was co-produced by Paul Samson and Jo Julian and recorded in ’85. Later in ’87, the band split up due to various problems.
In March 2013, the classic trio of the Turner sisters and Lamb officially reunited; there had been talk about this happening four years earlier, but this didn’t materialise in the end. If anybody had doubts of the sense in the band getting back together, then some barnstorming live performances totally dispelled these. The band not only appealed to those diehard fans from the ’80s, but also proved they could attract a new, younger audience. In May 2017, the first new recording from this threesome in 34 years was released.
This was the EP ‘It’s More Than Rock And Roll’, which came out through Cargo. The three songs here underlined what the Goddess had to offer the modern era, being brash, thunderous and full of attitude – the band had not only lost none of their old drive, but added a 21st century sparkle.
In July 2018, Lamb left the band due to ‘unforeseen personal circumstances’, and Jenny Lane was confirmed as the band’s new bassist in October the same year. Now it’s all gearing up to the eagerly anticipated new album from Rock Goddess.
‘This Time’ will be put out through their own label Bite You To Death Records in conjunction with Cargo on 1st March, 2019. Produced by Jody Turner & Mixed and Mastered by Wes Maebe (Robert Plant, New Model Army, Praying Mantis), it will feature Lamb’s bass parts, despite her recent departure.
Rock Goddess have already contributed so much to the history of hard rock and metal. Their place among the elite has long been assured. Now, they are ready to take it all to a new level – have no doubts, they are ready to blast a path through the contemporary music scene. On their own terms, naturally!
Mixed and mastered by Wes Maebe
Produced by Jody Turner
Distributed by Cargo.
Rock Goddess -Are You Ready
Rock Goddess – Calling To Space
Rock Goddess – It’s More Than Rock and Roll
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