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NeverWake's sound is a dark take on active hard rock. It's a sinew of rock and metal elements complete with captivating melodies, dark guitar harmonies, and head-banging grooves. Their melodic vocals pull the listener into a haunting trance which is then awakened with explosive guitar work over a strong foundational bass and powerful drum performances. NeverWake consists of Johnny DiCarlo on lead vocals/lead guitar, Marcus Giannamore on drums/vocals, George Scott on bass guitar/vocals and Justin Sanford lead guitar/vocals.
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Legendary Saxon frontman releases first solo album
"SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS"
Due February 21, 2020 on Silver Lining Music
On February 21st 2020, legendary Saxon frontman Biff Byford will step into the spotlight with his first ever solo album, School of Hard Knocks. Watch/Listen to the first single, Welcome to the Show https://youtu.be/5uas8We_R88
The North of England is everything you saw in Game of Thrones and more. It is the true heart of England, the region where its soul resides, and Biff Byford has earned the right to be considered its true heavy metal bard.
Biff takes on not just tales and stories from his heart and soul, but also investigates the Middle Ages and Medieval history amongst other subjects.
Im singing about my past of course and about things I like, but mostly I wanted it to reflect me, my personality and my life, says Biff. Song-wise its more diverse and not just focused on heavy metal. I wanted it to be a slice of the music I like, from metal, to rock n roll. Im a guy whos just as happy listening to Metallica or Judy Garland, because as long as its great and entertains me, then what more do I need?
An aural Byford storybook highlighting his life and passionate interests, School of Hard Knocks is in all senses a classic, masterfully-constructed old school British hard rock album.
From the spoken word introduction of Inquisitor with its stoic, poetic take on the Spanish Inquisition to the autobiographical, old-school Wheels of Steel era thrust of Welcome to the Show and School of Hard Knocks, youll get to know Byford supremely well over the 11 tracks which comprise the album.
One of my favourite is The Pit and the Pendulum, which is quite prog metal and I love that, says Biff Im a big prog rock fan and was a huge fan of Yes back in the day and being a musician-bass-player myself, the musicianship in bands like that really caught me. Theres a version of Throw Down the Sword by Wishbone Ash, and the reason I did that was because it was the first song I ever heard that was anything to do with history in the sense of battles and war, and was really the thing which started me on the road to writing historically-driven songs.
There is also a wonderful version of the Simon & Garfunkel classic Scarborough Fair, with Byford and Fredrik Åkesson (from Opeth) creating a new arrangement which gives the legend new life.
Its a traditional medieval song, and the story goes that Paul Simon happened to hear somebody playing it in Whitby, which is just down the road from Scarborough, laughs Biff, But I wanted something which represented Yorkshire and it is a Yorkshire folk song, so we tried a new arrangement which made it a little heavier, and it works really well.
School of Hard Knocks was produced by Biff Byford, recorded by Jacky Lehmann at Brighton Electric Studios in Brighton (UK) and mixed at Queen Street Studios in Stockholm (Sweden) by Mats Valentin. The album features guest appearances by Phil Campbell (Motörhead/Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons), Alex Holzwart (Rhapsody of Fire), Nick Barker (Voices), Dave Kemp (Wayward Sons) and Nibbs Carter (Saxon).
On School of Hard Knocks, Byford worked with a new band comprising Fredrik Åkesson (Opeth) on guitars, Christian Lundqvist on drums and Gus Macricostas on bass (Biff himself played a spot of four string thunder too!).
Biff is also planning some live shows next year, events which will continue the theme of breaking new ground: Im going to do a words-and-music tour in small venues, he states proudly, the first part will be me in conversation with the audience about anything really, from heart attacks to sex, drugs, rock n roll, old times, new times, friends, enemies and whatever anyone wants to chat about... Then bringing out a band and playing some new songs, covers and maybe end with a Saxon song or two. Im still working out the details, but its a show Ive wanted to do for a long time and one which I dont think has been done in hard rock before. Itll be something different and a lot of fun.
School of Hard Knocks not only achieves the goal of providing full bore entertainment, it fulfils a long-standing Biff Byfords wish to explore rock n roll a little more.
Its been great to break new ground, explore new territories and work with some old friends, concludes Biff, and having waited so long to make this album, I have to say, I am delighted with it! It has a whole range of styles, from the ridiculously heavy to ballads, and it is certainly my album.
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Band Line up
Johnny DiCarlo // Lead Vocals - Guitar
Justin Sanford // Guitar - Vocals
Marcus Giannamore // Drums
George Scott // Bass