22 Apr 2022

New Days” is the new single from The Lickerish Quartet‘s forthcoming “Threesome Vol.3” EP. Sung by Roger, it’s a tale of remembering the past with the longing psychedelic hope of the future. Eric’s lyric touches pastoral images of optimistic youth and shaping moments with the desire to keep moving forward, onward, and probably westward. Lush reverberant guitars, grooving bass and drums, with evolving vocal harmonies celebrate the hope we all share for new beginnings.

The Lickerish Quartet is former Jellyfish members Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Beck, Air, Cheap Trick, Imperial Drag), Tim Smith (Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Finn rothers, Sheryl Crow, Umajets) and Eric Dover (Imperial Drag, Slash’s Snakepit, Alice Cooper, Sextus). Threesome Vol.3 completes the trilogy started with the release of Threesome Vol.1 in 2020, which was called a “masterpiece” by many critics and fans alike. Threesome Vol.2 was released in early 2021, and its first single, “Snollygoster Goon”, showed another side of the band and its versatility as writers, singers and musicians.

Threesome Vol.3 is available for pre-order on CD, vinyl and high resolution digital download now. “Fortunately” and “New Days” are streaming now and available for instant grat download with pre-orders.

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25 Mar 2022

Former Jellyfish members Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Beck, Air, Cheap Trick, Imperial Drag), Tim Smith (Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Finn Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Umajets) and Eric Dover (Imperial Drag, Slash’s Snakepit, Alice Cooper, Sextus)  – aka The Lickerish Quartet  – are proud to announce the release of their third child, Threesome Vol.3.

Set for release on the 20th May 2022 on Lojinx in Europe, Threesome Vol.3 makes its way into the world via remote writing, recording, and mixing. The challenges we’ve all faced these last years forced Roger, Eric and Tim to finalise this EP through a series of emails, and phone calls. Home recording studios were redesigned and outfitted to complete the final four songs that were originally written together in 2017.

Fortunately”, the EP’s first single, streaming now, is a bouncy tune sung by Tim Smith that drips with the signature harmonies and melodic structures The Lickerish Quartet have been known for, alongside a deeper, darker lyric that speaks to the universal ideas of heaven, hell, dogma and belief. As a co-write with their executive producer, Adam W. James, Eric’s slide guitar soloing, Roger’s keyboards and string arrangement, and Tim’s melodic bass lines combine for the listener to perhaps harken back to early FM radio hits of the ‘70s.

New Days” will be released as the second single on 22nd April. Sung by Roger, it’s a tale of remembering the past with the longing psychedelic hope of the future. Eric’s lyric touches pastoral images of optimistic youth and shaping moments with the desire to keep moving forward, onward, and probably westward. Lush reverberant guitars, grooving bass and drums, with evolving vocal harmonies celebrate the hope we all share for new beginnings.

You All Alone” starts with a jarring string ensemble as Eric’s lead vocal then weaves a story of obsession and pursuit. Jagged drums and bass, razor wire guitars and another excellent string arrangement by Roger leads our hero towards satisfaction, but at what cost? Who is the hunter, and who is the hunted?

In The Meantime” rounds out the EP. Sung by Tim, the song ponders where do YOU go when you are feeling the crush of a world you no longer recognise? Topical, but also timeless, “In The Meantime” proffers to float rather than sink or swim. The theme of burying down deep is married to a pulsing, shouting wall of guitar sound and fury, but with a non-violent narrative. Those most precious things that bring us happiness – to love someone, do something, or have something to hope for – are sung about with fearlessness.

Threesome Vol.3 completes the trilogy started with the release of Threesome Vol.1 in 2020, which was called a “masterpiece” by many critics and fans alike. Threesome Vol.2 was released in early 2021, and its first single, “Snollygoster Goon”, showed another side of the band and its versatility as writers, singers and musicians.

Threesome Vol.3 is available for pre-order on CD, vinyl and high resolution digital download now. Lead track “Fortunately” is streaming now and available for instant grat download with pre-orders.

Find The Lickerish Quartet online:

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16 Feb 2022

The soulful space-rock Astral Drive song machine returns hot-on-the heels of 2021’s self-titled “orange” album with a new melody-infused dream pop EP.

‘I Can Dream’ kicks off the three song collection at rocket-fueled tempo with a familiar Astral meter-bending level of free spirited playing. Packed with soulful, sunshine powered harmony vocals, uplifting lyrical themes prevail:

“I may never fly to the stars,
or dance like Fred Astaire,
but as long as I have high hopes,
I can be just who I am.
And i can dream”

‘I Can Dream’ is accompanied by a unique video promo starring the coolest fridge ever seen in a rock star kitchen. If you look close enough you’ll see a few nods to the musical influences of the Astral Drive sound.

Track two is a breathless cover of Todd Rundgren’s ‘Something To Fall Back On’. Re-arranged from Rundgren’s pioneering 80s digital ‘a cappella’ treatment into an Astral melange of plaintive string quartet, Weezer style party-rock and a healthy disrespect for the original.

Last up is ‘Amnesia’, an out take from the ‘orange’ album sessions. Crashing drums, trademark harmony vocals and throbbing synths accompany lyrical contemplations:

“Could you be a whole new human?
Or suffer the same delusions?
If you hit erase,
On the life you can’t face,
Would the future you taste,
Be sweet and new?”

The track was co-written with Canadian musician and journalist Paul Myers.

Bathe in the sonic sunshine of Astral Drive and who knows where your dreams could take you?

Astral Drive’s ‘I Can Dream’ EP is out now on British indie label Lojinx.


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24 Sep 2021

Happy Release Day to Astral Drive’s 2nd self-titled album!! Out now on CD & digital, the ‘orange album’ perfectly captures the world-class talent of Mr Phil Thornalley at his absolute best. Tune in to Astral Drive on Facebook for live stream event tonight! (24th Sept @ 10pm UK / 5pm EST).

It’s been three years since Astral Drive’s debut release and the bar been raised with this new eleven song follow-up, heavy with soulful harmony vocals, heartfelt singing, lush chords and uplifting star-gazing lyrical themes.

The, again, self-titled album is out now CD and digital: CD & Tee Bundle | Spotify | Apple | Tidal.

Buy the CD (with bonus tracks) & exclusive merch direct from us and if you want it on vinyl, let us know! We’d love to make it happen.

Astral Drive - Phil Thornalley

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03 Sep 2021

The 10cc co-founder will donate the Bandcamp proceeds from No Words Today to the Help Musicians charity.

Like most musicians during this last year or so, Graham Gouldman found himself with time to spare. With 10cc and solo shows postponed, Gouldman – perhaps unsurprisingly – continued making music.

I decided to record some of my favourite songs reinterpreted as instrumentals”, explains Graham. “Some were tunes I’d known for years, which I would play for my own enjoyment, and others were songs I just loved. I wanted to pay homage to the writers, arrangers and artists who have gifted us with their musical genius.

Graham Gouldman

Recorded mostly at home, on his own, the album has a distinct “easy listening” mellow charm. Perhaps in contrast to the world outside at the time, the soothing instrumentals are easy on the ear.

I was inspired by what I thought were the definitive recordings”, he continues. “For example, Peggy Lee’s version of ‘The Folks Who Live On The Hill’, Matt Monroe’s ‘Somewhere’ and Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s ‘Summertime’.

He does allow himself the modest indulgence of including an original, alongside the greats – “I’ve only included one self-composed track, ‘Resonator Rock’.

Mindful that the many successes of his long career have provided him the means to spend time on a self-indulgent project, Graham says “I wanted the proceeds of this album to go to the many musicians who have been so seriously affected financially by the Covid pandemic. Towards this end I have chosen ‘Help Musicians’ as the charity to benefit from your donations.”

Please give generously. I hope you enjoy listening to this album as much as I did making it.

https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk

“No Words Today” is out now, exclusively via Bandcamp – https://grahamgouldman.bandcamp.com


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30 Jul 2021

It’s been three years since Astral Drive’s debut release and now Phil Thornalley has raised the bar with a new eleven song follow-up, heavy with soulful harmony vocals, heartfelt singing, lush chords and uplifting star-gazing lyrical themes.

Ahead of the ‘official’ CD release in September, the self-titled album is out now on all good digital services.

LJX125 Astral Drive
CD & Tee Bundle | Spotify | Apple | Tidal

Pre-order the bonus tracks CD & exclusive merch and get your high res digital download direct from us or stream wherever you prefer.  And if you want it on vinyl, let us know! We’d love to make it happen.


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07 May 2021

Swedish songwriter extraordinaire David Myhr returns with a new EP! The 4-tracker is titled And Now This and resumes the fruitful collaboration from Myhr’s 2018 Lucky Day album, made with Nashville-based producer/musician Brad Jones (Josh Rouse, Matthew Sweet, Jill Sobule, Marshall Crenshaw) and fellow Swede Andreas Quincy Dahlbäck.

Where Lucky Day perhaps demonstrated a more mature singer/songwriter sound, And Now This returns to his crowd-pleaser hybrid pop/rock roots that saw Myhr’s 90s band The Merrymakers make global waves, especially in Japan.

With a day-gig as songwriting teacher (Luleå University of Technology, The Royal College of Music in Stockholm,) We Wanted To Shine saw Myhr take some of his own songwriting advice:

As a songwriter you’re often looking for a starting point, an idea to spark off. One method I recommend to students is to simply start with a title.

I had a Tom Petty book on the coffee table in front of me so I opened a page at random and my eyes landed on the words ‘we really wanted to shine’. It was a quote about The Heartbreakers performance at the tribute to George Harrison in The Royal Albert Hall, on the anniversary of his death.

From there, the creative juices flowed.

All I had to do was to start singing! The chorus came right away. A verse melody followed quickly and Brad Jones then further developed the lyrics“.

The song could be interpreted as being about a struggling musician that craves attention and recognition, which of course is something that I can relate to! But it is also about wanting to succeed and – perhaps a bit amateur psychology – some kind of deep-seated need for validation from your parents.

There’s been talk for years now about the album format being dead. It may or may not be true but David said: “Brad Jones encouraged me to start working in the EP format. I must say I like it. This may be the first in a trilogy. If this is the powerpop EP, maybe the next one will be the acoustic EP. And the third… the Drum&Bass EP!!? We’ll see!

The single We Wanted To Shine is released 7th May 2021 and the EP And Now This out 21st May 2021.


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27 Feb 2021

Following last months release of the Waterlilies single, Astral Drive follow up today with new track “For The Dreamers”

Phil Thornalley, aka Astral Drive, explains: “In January I stumbled on a simple guitar riff, hummed along and two minutes later it had morphed into a melody for a complete song. I e-mailed the idea to my friend Shelly Peiken in LA, she added her lyrical magic and the recording just flowed naturally from there.

Back in the 70s, when i worked at RAK Records, songs would be recorded by the artist and released two weeks later so I’m excited that this tune was written and recorded with that elan.


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02 Feb 2021

Set in Los Angeles, or is it set in a dream? Has this happened before or is this the first time? ‘The Dream That Took Me Over’ reflects on longing as well as the uncertainty of desire and it’s addictive pursuit. While the singer of this track, Eric Dover roams the dark shadowy alleys and neon lit cityscapes, curiosity mixes with elements of danger and the surreal. Shot over the course of only a few hours in Downtown LA and the San Fernando Valley, The Lickerish Quartet with their in-house production team filmed gorilla style; not unlike the quest of Eric’s character lurking in secret. The music video was filmed from the viewer’s perspective playing up the voyeur element our world has grown so accustomed to over the last year of lockdowns. You are along for the ride, but keep your eyes open, things aren’t as they seem.

From The Lickerish Quartet‘s new release, Threesome Vol.2

The Lickerish Quartet - Threesome Vol.2 on vinyl, CD & digital (Lojinx)

Videography: Frankie Siragusa & Daniel Halaby
Editing & Post Production: Todd Stanton


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