Heavy Pettin’ first stirred into action when vocalist Hamie, guitarists Gordon Bonnar and Punky Mendoza, drummer Gary Moat and bassist Brian Waugh first burst out of Glasgow in 1981. They were vibrant, priapic, anthemic and focused. As they showed on a three-track demo, and on the subsequent debut single for independent label Neat (‘Roll The Dice’__/’Love Xs Love’), they were more than mere Def Leppard slaves. In fact, the Pettin’ had an international sound that owed something to AC/DC, UFO, Thin Lizzy and Foreigner, but also had its own raging momentum.
Not that the band found the road straightforward. But, thanks to a work ethic that took them around the country, plus a valuable session for Radio 1’s prestigious ‘Friday Rock Show’, the band eventually landed a crucial deal with the major label Polydor Records. Moreover, their 1983 debut album (‘Lettin’ Loose’) was co-produced by the creative Mack together with Queen guitarist Brian May. Now, that’s pedigree.
Amazingly, that album has survived more than 20 years of high-speed hi-tech developments intact. While other, more celebrated records have dated badly, ‘Lettin’ Loose’ re-affirms the belief back then that the Pettin’ would follow Leppard to big time stature. What went wrong at the time has little to do with the band, or lack of ambition/talent.
In America, where they should have broken big long before Bon Jovi gave Love A Bad Name, they were held back by the label’s insistence on an anaemic re-mix (as well as a title change to ‘Heavy Pettin’, which caused more confusion than anything else). If the band’s essential, vital British brio had been left as conceived in the first place, who knows what might have been achieved. Still, a slot on the bill for the 1983 Reading Festival, the day that Black Sabbath infamously headlined when fronted by Ian Gillan, did them no harm and touring with Kiss, Ozzy, and Motley Crue helped the quintet’s progress.
Two years later, the Pettin’ return to the studio, this time with producer Mark Dearnley (who’d worked with AC/DC and Krokus). The result? ‘Rock Ain’t Dead’, which surprised many with a slicker yet conversely tougher approach. The lads really had progressed, although ironically if things had gone to plan, this would have been produced by Lance Quinn, of Bon Jovi and Lita Ford fame. However, just hours before the band were due to fly to Philadelphia, to work with Quinn at his Warehouse Studios, the decision was taken by PolyGram (to whom both Heavy Pettin and Bon Jovi were signed in the US) that, instead, he should start work immediately on what was to be Jovi’s second record, ‘7800 Degrees Fahrenheit’.
Perhaps then, it should have been obvious that record company politics were to scupper Pettin in the crucial American market. Despite continuing to show up well in the UK, once again the US was to prove elusive – through no fault of the five musicians. In many respects, this was the point when the writing was scrawled over every available wall space. Regardless of their obvious determination and grassroots support in Britain, it seemed as if Pettin’s realistic chance of significant international success had gone. A third album, ‘The Big Bang’, was released by FM Revolver in 1989. Although it still proved this lot were way ahead of so many others who were selling truckloads of units and getting acclaim from the media; as the 1980s faded into memory, so too did Heavy Pettin’.
Driven by a desire, a passion and a capacity simply to invoke the magic and rapport the band enjoyed, they released Prodigal Songs in 2007. The album was well-received by their loyal fans and the limited pressing sold out making it a highly sought-after collector’s item.
In 2017, original members Hamie, Punky, and Gordon joined by Jez Parry on bass and Michael Ivory on drums performed for the first time in 25 years at Scotland’s Winter Storm. Reinvigorated, Heavy Pettin, now joined by ex-Gun guitarist Dave Aitken due to Punky hanging up his guitar and going into retirement, did several shows in 2018 including a 6 date UK tour, with 3 sold-out gigs in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh, as well as 2 sold-out headline gigs in Milton Keynes and Glasgow.
The 2019 Heavy Pettin’ assault started in North Wales with HRH AOR Festival, then off to Germany’s Headbangers Open Air Festival in July, and Aug/Sept tour including The Golden Age of Rock Festival Belgium, with Dee Snider and Angel, plus a mainland British tour with RockGoddess.
Heavy Pettin’ is currently finishing 2019 recording and mixing a new EP, ‘4 Play’ for mid-February release.
Track Listing :
1. Get Back To You
2. Tell Me Why
3. Who We Are
4. Hard to Hold
All in a CD Jewel Case
Release date: February 14, 2020
The 2020 touring season starts with The Monsters of Rock Cruise ‘MORCX’ Feb 8th, 2020 (Florida, Belize, & Mexico) and a Premier Launch for the bands EP 4 Play with Sirius FM’s Eddie Trunk and KNAC’s Metal Will on the Worlds largest cruise ship Independence of the Sea before the band return to UK to headline Brofest UK on Feb 28th 2020, Also Heavy Pettin’ Headline laNau in Barcelona June 6th 2020 with many more dates to follow.
Hamie has said “…the demand and support for new HP material has been so overwhelming, we are excited to say we’re now working on brand new HP Album and other projects will also be released later in 2020… and it’s going great!”
Orlando, Florida, Hard Rock band Breathing Theory have released their full-length album titled BALANCE on all digital outlets. The record was produced by Collin Morrison and David Marfitt of Innerforce Productions, whereas two of the songs, “Animals” and “Who We Are” were co-produced and mixed by Grammy Award Winner, Malcolm Springer. In addition, the band has been added to the line-up of Blue Ridge Rock Fest in Appomattox, VA September 18-20, 2020.
The band is available for interviews and the record is available for review.
Breathing Theory BALANCE FULL ALBUM (2020) can be heard here.
Breathing Theory – The Nothing (2018) OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO can be seen here.
Breathing Theory is a hard rock band from Central Florida composed of heavy riffs, melodic leads, and gripping and thoughtful lyrics. In 2011, the band released their first EP titled Parasite, including radio single “Fireflies”. The song has quickly grown popular among fans and has been heard on many national stations, reaching overseas and European fans steadily as well. The release of UPRISE Part 1 in early 2015 rapidly gained success and grabbed new fans. It’s hard-hitting tones and powerhouse vocals, are somewhat of an evolution from the Parasite EP. In November 2015, UPRISE Part 2 was released, with yet many more different formulations of material. In January 2020, their latest release is Balance. The dynamics of this one cannot be unheard. It provides light and hope to those left in the dark and scared. The world is full of negativity and despair and we are here to help escape all of this with positivity and readiness to change the world, to put our listeners in “a happy place” and to encourage each and everyone to follow their dreams.”
Breathing Theory has become an aggressive touring band over the past 5 years, and will persistently continue to do so. Breathing Theory has shared the stage with many nationals such as Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, 12 Stones, Bobaflex, Sid Wilson from Slipknot, Flaw, Eye Empire, Straight Line Stitch, Motograter, Smile Empty Soul, Black Tide, Mushroomhead, POD, 40 Below Summer, New Year’s Day, DED, Sick Puppies, Evanescence, and many more. They have played festivals such as Earthday Birthday, Ink in the Clink (now known as InkCarceration), KinkFest, House of Blues Orlando and others.
Dead, Cold Beautiful
Waiting For A Fall
Prisoners and Animals
Who We Are
Waiting For A Fall (Piano/acoustic)
Breathing Theory is: Cory Britt – Vocals
Rob Mahoney – Guitar
Collin Morrison – Guitar/Vocals
Joey Bivo – Bass
Kegan King – Drums
Upcoming Shows March 7th The Crying Monk Cocoa, FL
March 21st The Haven Lounge for Central Florida Metal Fest Orlando, FL
May 7th Main Street Station for Rockvillain Pre Show Party Daytona Beach, FL
September 18-20 Blue Ridge Rock Fest, Appomattox, VA
Danny De La Rosa released his second single “Third Wheel Man” off of his debut solo album titled 12 Weekends due out early 2020.
The video can be seen here:
“This song is a tongue in cheek story of a girl who wants to bring other girls into the relationship and gets mad because her boyfriend likes it too much, but he’s happily having a hard time keeping up… ” says Danny De La Rosa.
From the very beginning, Danny De La Rosa has been drawn to play the melodies he hears constantly in his head. “There was something about a distorted guitar and melodies that caught my attention at a very early age. It subconsciously and consciously pulled me in.” Music and Danny are magnets that just attract. Songwriter, self-taught guitarist Danny De La Rosa left the band Babylon A.D. in 2017 and began working on his own personal development: writing his own style of music, learning and playing the instruments and establishing his own brand of Hard Rock-Pop. It has always been Danny’s dream to establish his own sound. “Writing and recording is my passion. I constantly hum and have melodies in my head. I can’t wait to record a second album as I have it written already.” It took twelve weekends of travel to record his music at the American Made Studios in Fresno, California. Hence, Danny’s debut solo album will be titled 12 Weekends and is due out in early 2020.
The results of Danny’s journey have been pleasing. His first single, co-produced with Marc Kapetan, “Acid Flame” is due out Friday, December 20th. Danny De La Rosa has already established his directive as he auditioned and jammed with the band KISS when Ace Frehley left the band. In addition, while at Arista Records, Danny had three of the songs he wrote chosen by record mogul Clive Davis. All three charted brilliantly on the radio. Clearly, Danny De La Rosa’s passion for music will continue to keep growing.
When it comes to making music Danny De La Rosa is still learning and growing on his journey as he writes and records his brand and style; creating music that falls in between the realm of Cheap Trick and a little hard rock Beatles’esc’ sound.
1. Acid Flame
2. Third Wheel Man
3. It’s Alright It’s OK
4. The Mirror
5. The Secret
6. You Bring Me down
7. Leave It Alone
8. So Low
9. As Weak As I Am
10. Downtown Slide
11. It’s Alright It’s OK (Borracho Version)
Wildstreet will kick off its first US tour in since 2012 on February 20th at The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY. This is the release party for their upcoming single, “Born To Be.”
Along with more U.S. dates, the band has released select dates in the United Kingdom including ’Call Of The Wild Festival.’ They will also join CrashDiet in Bogotá Colombia, Guadalajara and Mexico City in April.
Wildstreet began in 2006 and released their self-titled debut album on Retrospect Records in 2009. The band spent the next 4 years touring nonstop and performing at US festivals including Rocklahoma (5 consecutive years), SXSW and M3 Rock Festival. Wildstreet rocked alongside Black Veil Brides, Vains of Jenna, The Bouncing Souls, The Last Vegas, Twisted Sister, Michael Monroe, Crashdiet, Diemonds, Kix, LA Guns and more. The band won the Best Buy/Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands for Rockstar Energy’s Uproar Festival and opened for Avenged Sevenfold, Sevendust and Three Days Grace in Camden, NJ.
In 2011, the band released Wildstreet II..Faster..Louder! to widespread critical acclaim. They made an appearance on “The Jimmy Fallon Show” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT2Wpp7NkK8) and their songs were licensed to TV shows on E!, MTV, VH1, Oxygen, TBS and in a THQ Video game. Later that year, the band released the official music video for “Poison Kiss,” which included a cameo by Don Jameson of That Metal Show. Wildstreet now had the attention of rock fans worldwide. In 2012, the band released the single “Easy Does It,” and it’s official music video. The video went viral on YouTube. (Wildstreet has well-over 4 million views and nearly 8,000 subscribers on that platform).
After taking a 2 1/2 year break off and dodging rumors of a band breakup, Wildstreet exploded back onto the NYC scene in 2016, headlining Gramercy Theatre with new lineup. In early 2017, the band rocked NYC with Faster Pussycat and The Biters and headed to Rocklahoma for the 6th time.
The band began work on their single “Raise Hell” after Rocklahoma. Released in December 2017, it ushered in a new period for the band. They headlined Irving Plaza for the single’s release party, and was handpicked by Dorothy to open for her New York City tour date at The Bowery Ballroom. In February 2018, the band released a lyric/concert video for “Raise Hell.” Wildstreet spent the remainder of 2018 in the studio recording Wildstreet III. They performed regional tour dates/festival dates. Highlights include: opening for Sebastian Bach and Escape The Fate. In March, the band sold out The Knitting Factory Brooklyn and then headed out on their first tour in Europe, playing 10 shows in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany, including Sleaze Fest 2019 in Bochum, Germany. Upon returning to NYC, Wildstreet filmed the official music video for “Tennessee Cocaine.” In July, they headlined a sold out NYC show at Saint Vitus and headed out for a short West Coast tour which included stops at The Whisky-agogo and Great American Music Hall. The official music video and single for “Tennessee Cocaine” was released on all major digital and streaming platforms August 23rd. It has 160,000 Spotify streams and over 100,000 Youtube views. Their most recent release “Three Way Ride” has reached 100,000 streams, and 50,000 views on YouTube. They have confirmed festival dates at The Call of The Wild (UK), Sleaze N’ Hard IV (Colombia), Rockfest 2020 (US) and COQ festival (EU).
The band will release their next single, “Born To Be” on a February 21st.
FEB 21 – Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, Harrisburg, PA
FEB 22 – Bar None, Uniontown, PA
FEB 23 – The Outpost, Kent, OH
FEB 25 – Sly Grog Lounge, Asheville, NC
FEB 26 – 529 Bar, Atlanta, GA
FEB 27 – Slim’s Downtown, Raleigh, NC
FEB 28 – Blue Fox Billiards, Winchester, VA
FEB 29 – The Tusk, Philadelphia, PA
MAR 19 – Main-A Rock Cafe, Buford, GA
MAR 20 – GroundZero, Spartenburg, SC
MAR 21 – Reggies 42nd Street Tavern, Wilmington, NC
MAR 27 – Tribble’s Bar & Grill Piedmont, SC
MAR 28 – The Milestone, Charlotte, NC
w/ Reason Define & Pröwess
APRIL 25 – Frankie’s Inner City, Toledo, OH
APRIL 28 – Live Wire Lounge, Chicago, IL
APRIl 29 – Spicoli’s Reverb, Waterloo, IL
APRIL 30 – The Warehouse, Lacrosse, WI
MAY 1 – The Back Bar, Janesville, WI
MAY 2 – The Washington, Burlington, IA
MAY 7 – The Vortex, Akron, OH
MAY 16 – The Montage Music Hall, Rochester, NY
JULY 17 – Rockfest, Cadott, WI
APR 1 – Ace of Spades, Bogotá, CO
APR 3 – Foro Independencia, Guadalajara, MX
APR 4 – MDX Circus Bar, Mexico City, MX
MAY 14 – Piranha Bar, Montreal, CA w/ Löve Razër
MAY 15 – Cherry Cola’s Rock ‘N’ Rolla Cabaret Lounge, Toronto, CA
W/ Löve Razër
MAY 31 – Call of the Wild Festival, Lincoln, UK
JUN 03- Bannermans, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
JUN 04 -The Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool, UK
JUN 05 – Club Decadence, London, UK W/ Strÿkenine
Eric Jayk – Vocals, Guitar
Jimmie Marlowe – Guitar, Vocals
Jonny D – Bass, Vocals
Dom – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Lock – Drums, Vocals
Here is what press is saying…….
Armed with big choruses, blazing guitar solos, and powerful melodies, WILDSTREET is a sex-fueled rock n roll explosion beckoning the glory days of 80s arena rock.- Twelv Magazine
“They (Dorothy) found the most awesome opening band, WILDSTREET, who warmed
up the crowd in the best possible way. Exceeding beyond expectations, with remnants of Motley Crue in the best of nostalgic ways that rekindled my love of ‘TooYoung To Fall In Love’, but in a more intense way that sweeps the rug under your feet way. Each band member brings their unique personality, you’ll never know at what point you’ll get surprised. At one point they even played on their guitars simultaneously onstage while the crowd yelled and applauded in amazement.”- Pancakes & Whiskey
“If New York City rockers Wildstreet don’t get your heart pumping and feet moving. you should go see the doctor because I’m pretty sure you could be considered legally dead…”- HARD ROCK NIGHTS
“Wildstreet’s name personifies the entire band in sound and appearance—wild. With singer Eric Jayk’s crazy hair/attire, one might pass them by as an 80s gimmick, but they would be missing a hell of a show. The band put on an energetic performance, rallying the crowd like most bands only wish they could do!- Intellectual Masturbation
“The band Wildstreet is one of my absolute favorites. They are the complete embodiment of every thing I love about music.”- Craig Wettner
“Do you wanna have a good time, do you wanna party? Wildstreet is the perfect party starter, their mix of straight ahead non compromising hard rock and singalong choruses makes them easy to love. Let there be rock! ”- Kaj Roth www.melodic.net
Hard Rock band NeverWake premiered their video for the single “Call Out My Name” on Bravewords.com. NeverWake is based in Pittsburgh PA with an international social media fan base of over 100,000 followers. “Call Out My Name” has hit the airwaves and has been picked up and is in rotation internationally on many FM and digital radio stations.
“The song is about burying and leaving something behind. Something that could call back to you, but you’ve moved on and can’t be influenced over it anymore. For some of us, it’s toxic relationships, for others, it’s addiction, and the list could go on. We’ve all got something that we’ve left behind for one reason or another, calling us back. But if we remember the reason we buried it, it’s easier to ignore” says Johnny DiCarlo (lead vocals/lead guitar).
Johnny adds, “The video was actually shot and produced by my company The Presenters. We also had some camera and production help from my friend James Watson, who actually used to be in NW. We built that set in the basement of the house I grew up in. Actually a lot of our older music was created in that basement now that I think of it. A few of the guys in the band are pretty big gamers. The set for this video was actually inspired by a video game I played back in college. In the game, I remember walking in a room and stopping to admire my surroundings. The walls were draped in an elegant red, there were pieces of art here and there. So we made a similar area. Draped the walls, scattered some gold and brass elements around, added some older antiques. In a way, I think it worked great. You’ve got these guys surrounded by relics of the past and junk collected at various times doing something new. “
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. NeverWakeconsists 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.
NeverWake recently finished a 30 day, 25 city national tour with active rock artists “The Veer Union” and is in the process of completing their 4th release “Misguided”, a 6-song EP produced by John Moyer of Disturbed. This follows a 5 song EP (also produced by John Moyer) and two full 12/13-song albums.
NeverWake’s notoriety is increasing internationally as they have achieved feats such as performing at the Loudest Month festival Carolina Rebellion, at the Heart of Texas Rockfest-SXSW in Austin TX, Rockfest WI, along with countless other national acts across the US.
NeverWake is currently endorsed by Schecter Guitars, EMG pickups, DR Handmade Strings, and Splawn Amplification. NeverWake is signed to Melodic Revolution Records and managed by Atomic Cowboy Productions.
Please get in touch if you would like to interview the band.
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