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Album Review - St Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul - Rush On Rock

Album Review - St Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul - Rush On Rock

Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:07:29 Europe/London

Review from Rush On Rock 10/10 - St Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul

The story behind this eclectic album – part of a four-CD set – is hardly borne out by the end product. The plan was to add an acoustic slant to some back catalogue classics, throw in the odd cover and perhaps pen a new tune or two for good measure. In other words, The Quireboys’ third album in three years was hatched as the natural follow-up to Halfpenny Dancer.

Posted in Gig Reviews By Rush On Rock
Album Review - St Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul - Belfast Metal Heads

Album Review - St Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul - Belfast Metal Heads

Friday, 27 March 2015 14:06:08 Europe/London

Review from Belfast Metal heads - St Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul

SPIKE and his merry band of troubadours churn out excellence so consistently that when they release a new album it seems a given that it will be another stellar platter. And, that's the case with the latest offering from The Quireboys 'St Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul'.....

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Album Review - Black Eyed Sons - Belfast Metal Heads Re-united

Album Review - Black Eyed Sons - Belfast Metal Heads Re-united

Thursday, 25 July 2013 14:04:13 Europe/London

Quireboys, The Black Eyed Sons

Belfast Metal Heads Re-united

Delivering the rockin' gospel, The Quireboys turn in triple feast on Black Eyed Sons release

FOR a moment picture a scene: it's a ballroom in a hotel; midnight is imminent. Languishing around tables couples get together or break up. The round tables are filled with half empty glasses of booze.

The men have loosened their bow ties and the women have kicked off their high heels.

For the full review use the link below...


Posted in Gig Reviews By Belfast Metal Heads Re-united
Album Review - Black Eyed Sons - Louder than War

Album Review - Black Eyed Sons - Louder than War

Thursday, 25 July 2013 14:02:03 Europe/London

Quireboys, The Black Eyed Sons

Louder Than War

One thing’s for sure; The Quireboys will be making a living as a live band for some time to come.

For the full review read below... 


Posted in Gig Reviews By Louder than War
Album Review - Beautiful Curse - Sea Of Tranquility

Album Review - Beautiful Curse - Sea Of Tranquility

Monday, 1 July 2013 12:41:32 Europe/London

Quireboys, The: Beautiful Curse


Teaming up The Quireboys with legendary producer Chris Tsangarides has proven to be a master stroke judging by the results of Beautiful Curse, the band's first new studio album since 2008's Homewreckers & Heartbreakers and one which finds them on a new label in Off Yer Rocka Recordings. It has been more than 20 years since they almost scaled the summit of the charts with sparkling debut A Bit Of What You Fancy but as the old saying goes you can't teach an old dog new tricks. So in the case of the Quireboys that means a swaggering barroom blues mix of sing-a-long rockers and world weary ballads all topped off by the unmistakable gravelled voice of frontman Spike.

Beautiful Curse is ushered in by the glorious 'Too Much of a Good Thing' which could be the Quireboys very own signature song and proves they can still write an immediate, attention grabbing tune. 'Talk of the Town' and 'Mother Mary' make for a pair of wistful, reflective ballads that are tinged with heartbreak and regret – the latter is already a live favourite and is right up there as one of the bands best ever moments. The line-up may have changed a number of times over the years but Spike, guitarist Guy Griffin and keyboardist Keith Weir are still combining irresistible hooks and melodies, check out 'Diamonds and Dirty Stones' or 'Twenty Seven Years' for proof of their endurance. The debut album is righty regarded as a classic but on this latest release the Quireboys have truly never sounded better.

And what better way to sum up Beautiful Curse but in the words of Spike himself, from our interview at the end of 2012. "Everyone has been asking what's the new Quireboys album going to sound like and I just say well what do you think it's going to sound like? It's going to sound like a cross between The Rolling Stones, The Faces and Mott The Hoople and a bit of AC/DC. Can you get any better than that? I'd listen to it, you know what I mean". He couldn't have put it any better.

Track List:-

01. Too Much Of A Good Thing

02. Chain Smokin'

03. Talk Of The Town

04. Mother Mary

05. King Of Fools

06. Homewreckers And Heartbreakers

07. Diamonds And Dirty Stones

08. Beautiful Curse

09. Don't Fight It

10. For Crying Out Loud

11. Twenty Seven Years

12. I Died Laughing

Posted in Gig Reviews By Sea Of Tranquility
Krusher's Review - Beautiful Curse

Krusher's Review - Beautiful Curse

Thursday, 27 June 2013 12:39:52 Europe/London

Beautiful Curse - Album Review

Krusher Joule

Having heard the album and played selected tracks to the HRH Ibiza Road Trip rock animals, I can honestly put my hand on my naughty bits and say this is one of the finest Quireboys albums I've heard!

Tip of the hat to Mr Tsangerides production skills and I raise my glass high and say 'well done you rock 'n' roll reprobates, look forward to seeing you on tour later this year! X

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Album Review - Beautiful Curse - Louder than War

Album Review - Beautiful Curse - Louder than War

Thursday, 27 June 2013 12:38:16 Europe/London

Album Review; ‘Beautiful Curse’ by The Quireboys

Released July 1st on Off Yer Rocka Records

There is a lot of guff written about many bands being “rock n’ roll” nowadays. I like to give everyone a fair chance and a fair listen, but, frankly, very little out there constitutes rock n’ roll in a genuine, ‘in the bones’, committed sense. So, when The Quireboys release a new studio album, my ears are pricked and ready.

It’s been a few years since ‘Homewreckers And Heartbreakers’, but with a new label and management, the Boys are back with, if anything, a more balanced album. And with Chris Tsangarides producing, you can rest assured that it sounds just right; not too glossy, but classy all the same.

Kicking off with ‘Too Much Of A Good Thing’, quite possibly vocalist Spike’s theme tune, the riff is part-Stones, part-Young brothers. Yes, Spike’s voice has a ‘lived-in’ quality now, and there’s a fine line between debauchery and raggedness, but this IS rock n’ roll. If The Stones had followed up ‘Doom And Gloom’ with this song, people would be rightfully shouting it’s praises.

‘Chain Smokin’ has another fine, snaking, sleazy tempo, though the lyric is simple at best. Then again, if you’re bopping around the lounge in yer slippers(just me then?), does this matter too much?

‘Talk Of The Town’ breezes along like an easy drive on a summer’s day with the windows down. Keith Weir’s keyboards give a melancholy edge to the middle-eight. There was a time when you’d hear these types of songs on the radio. Ho hum. I can hope.

‘Mother Mary’, for my tastes, should close the album, or at least ‘side one’. A sumptuous ballad, this is where Spike’s voice is best-suited. Tinged with regret, it could have been written by Ian Hunter and sung by Rod in his ‘Python Lee’ days. Yep, it’s that good.

‘King Of Fools’ is the kind of song that The Quireboys make sound simple; Chuck Berry double-stops with bar room keys that shout out ‘party!’ This is not easy to pull off, but they still have the knack of sounding like it’s done in one take with one eye on opening time.

‘Homewreckers And Heartbreakers’ packs a punch. One of their strongest songs, this should sound great live. Slide guitars and keyboards create an insistent groove, while Spike testifies over it all as only he can.

‘Diamonds And Dirty Stones’ does, indeed, sound somewhat Stonesy, from the times when Mick and Co. got funky. Praise must be given here to stand-in drummer Simon Hansen for providing rhythms to hang this all on. Sterling work, as rock and funk aren’t always good bedfellows; the swing of the drums and percussion allows room for the riffs to hang in mid-air before whipping back down.

‘Beautiful Curse’ starts with cow-bell and a swirl of organ, introducing what is likely to be an audience sing-along very soon. “This ain’t the end of the world, but I sure can see it from here…” A chiming guitar melody married to an infectious chorus. Again, the Boys tip a hat to their influences, without losing sight of their own personality.

‘Don’t Fight It’ brings a world-weary, lighters-in-the-air ballad to the mix. Spike shows a deft touch here; it could easily be heavy-handed, but it’s tender and restrained. Yes, The Quireboys have been writing similar songs for some decades now, but that only makes it harder to produce something this special.

‘For Crying Out Loud’ takes us back to the party at full speed. Mucho Berryisms and, like the good man himself, this is infectious, good time rock n’ roll. Music to put a smile on your face. If it ain’t broke…

‘Twenty Seven Years’ slows the pace, expressing relief at avoiding the fates of Brian Jones, Janis Joplin et al. “Got the blues pounding through my head, but I’m never alone”. A reflective moment.

‘I Died Laughing’ ends the album with a mid-paced, summery feel. Understated, it shows that The Quireboys are using a broader palette than before without compromising their approach.This far into their career, it’s fair to say that you either love this music or you don’t. It’s obvious to anyone with ears that The Quireboys are still in love with rock n’ roll, and, on this form, few do it better.


Posted in Gig Reviews By Louder than War
The Quireboys Exclusive album preview and free single

The Quireboys Exclusive album preview and free single

Friday, 21 June 2013 12:33:35 Europe/London

Hey you lot

Were now 48 hours away from the long awaited 7th album from The Quireboys…as you have probably heard, Beautiful Curse, sold out, all over Europe on pre sale and have had to do an emergency top up in readiness for Monday.

We’re all in place now, but to celebrate this momentous occasion, we can now share an exclusive preview of the whole album as well as giving you an opportunity to download one of the tracks free to add to your collection.

To join the fun simply click the link below and turn your speakers up

Rock n Roll brothers x


Posted in Gig Reviews By The Quireboys
Fan Review - Beautiful Curse

Fan Review - Beautiful Curse

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 12:31:47 Europe/London

"Can I just say I've been listening to this on repeat all day...it honestly is a phenomenal piece of workmanship...I­ know 7 years its been a "long time comin" but it really has been worth the wait. As you all know I'm a huge fan and love everything the band has released "Homewreckers and Heartbreakers" "This Is Rock and Roll" "Well Oiled" "Bitter Sweet and Twisted" the lot but this takes me to "A Bit Of What You Fancy" and believe me when I say this belongs up there alongside the debut classic if indeed it doesn't surpass it.....any true Quireboys fan will love this....best order 2 copies because you're sure to burn one out its that good!!!!!" - Mark Wylie (Fan)

Posted in Gig Reviews By Mark Wylie
Review - Saxon and The Quireboys @ ABC Glasgow

Review - Saxon and The Quireboys @ ABC Glasgow

Monday, 22 April 2013 13:28:52 Europe/London

Review: SAXON, QUIREBOYS – ABC, Glasgow, 21 April 2013

by david.wilson

It’s been a long time since I have seen Saxon, too long in fact. I should have caught them at Download last year but a combination of heavy traffic and mud ensured that Biff and the guys had been and gone by the time we made it into the arena. When this latest tour was announced it was a ‘must see’ and the addition of the Quireboys came as an added bonus.

Anticipation of a good night was such that on arrival the queue to get in stretched around the block. Once inside we didn’t have long to wait before Redline took to the stage to kick things off in fine rocking fashion. The guys play unashamed hard rock that went down well with the growing crowd. The set was culled from their album ‘Vice’ and it sounds like a bit of a cracker. Songs like ‘Black Sky’ and ‘Edge Of Falling’ showed the band can write a mean tune and with some great dual guitar work from A.D and Steve success was ensured. Rounding off with their Isle Of Man TT anthem, ‘King Of The Mountain’, the band left the stage to a huge cheer, a good start to the evening.

With the ABC now rammed and very warm, the Quireboys took to the stage in style before kicking into ‘Tramps And Thieves’. Spike, with glass in hand, was the genial host once more, joking with the crowd and clearly loving every minute. ‘There She Goes Again’ followed with much singing from the crowd. As on their last tour the guys also aired a couple of new songs during the set from their forthcoming album. Judging by the quality of the two numbers ‘Too Much Of A Good Thing’ and ‘Mother Mary’ it should be a cracker.

It was though the two ‘hits’ that got the biggest reception, namely ‘Hey You’ and the party anthem ‘7 o’clock’ which rounded off another highly entertaining set. Sandwiched between the hard rock of Redline and the metal of Saxon the rock ‘n roll swagger of the Quireboys may have seemed a bit out of place, but it’s hard not to love Spike and the guys and they had the assembled crowd calling for more at the end of another great set.

The cries of ‘Saxon, Saxon’ filled the air as the lights dimmed and as the band launched into a furious version of ‘Sacrifice’ you could tell it was going to be an amazing show. As I said, it has been a while since I have caught Saxon live and if anything they are in better form now than they were on my last encounter. Biff was in great voice and was running around the stage like a man half his age, whilst the rest of the band played up a storm.

Another new track ‘Wheels Of Terror’ was up next before the first classic of the night in the shape of ‘Power And The Glory’. The set was a good mix of new and old with a few tracks that hadn’t been on the setlist for a while getting an airing, like ‘Rock n Roll Gypsy’ and ‘ Ride Like The Wind’. The guys chose to play the latter as it had the most hits on ‘You Tube’ of any Saxon song, I am sure Christopher Cross is a happy man!

Paul Quinn was clearly loving his work and played guitar like a demon throughout the set and Nigel Glockler was a real powerhouse behind the kit which was impressive as the ABC had become a sauna by the time Saxon were in mid-flight! It was the classic tracks though that got the biggest roar of the night, ‘Never Surrender’, ‘Dallas 1pm’, ‘747 Strangers In The Night’, ‘Wheels Of Steel’, all are heavy metal tracks of the finest calibre and all were played with a passion.

‘Wheels Of Steel’ rounded off the set proper with the usual call and response singalong, but it wasn’t long before the band were back for more with Nibs Carter pumping out the opening bassline to ‘Strong Arm Of The Law’. An epic ‘Crusader’ followed with ‘Denim And Leather’ close behind. For me though the band saved the best until last with Paul Quinn cranking out one of the best riffs in rock on the opening of ‘Princess Of The Night’, what a way to round off a fantastic two hours in the company of one of metal’s most enduring and entertaining bands.

Overall this was a great bill and fantastic value for money. It will also be a gig which will no doubt feature in many end of year lists as one of the best in 2013.

Review by David Wilson

Photos and Gallery By Iain Scott

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Review - Saxon and The Quireboys @ Newcastle O2

Review - Saxon and The Quireboys @ Newcastle O2

Sunday, 21 April 2013 12:23:11 Europe/London


Posted by simon On April - 21 - 2013

@ Newcastle O2 Academy, April 21 2013

On the day a St George’s parade took centre stage in Newcastle city centre who better to prolong the patriotic vibe than ‘Best of British’ metal icons Saxon?

Biff Byford and his merry band of grizzled veterans epitomise everything that is positive about a healthy pride in nationalism and theirs is a soundtrack made for celebration.

Throw in the parochial fist-pumping of opening act the Quireboys and this was a party that started early and finished far later than expected. But nobody inside a sweaty Academy ever looked like complaining.

With a new Chris Tsangarides-produced studio album due this summer, a critically acclaimed Monsters Of Rock cruise under their belts and a slot opening up for Rush at this year’s Sweden festival inked in at the weekend, these are heady days for the Quireboys.

In another era and dealt a slightly better hand, Spike and co. would be the headline act with Saxon bringing up the rear. As it is one of Newcastle’s finest exports since Brown Ale have carved a quite credible niche as the go-to guys for building an atmosphere and warming up crowds – on home turf the Quireboys more than justified their role.

Hardly a natural fit for Saxon’s metal-laden masses, the bar room rock and rollers boast enough singalong anthems in their locker to get most fans on side. Even the most denim and leather-clad NWOBHM devotee couldn’t help but sing along to the enduring Seven O’Clock or the happy as Larry Hey You.

The paying customers suitably enthused, Saxon strode onto stage with newie Sacrifice sounding as powerful and passionate as anything these metal masters have produced during the past four decades.

If the Barnsley collective never matched the massive commercial success that underpinned the longevity of NWOBHM peers Maiden and Leppard then it’s testimony to Byford’s ear for a bludgeoning anthem that the band’s new album is rammed full of songs more than the equal of former glories.

Quality has complemented quality where most of Saxon’s 20 studio albums are concerned with only a handful of exceptions. Destiny, the band’s late 80s nod to MTV-driven pop metal is an oft-derided case in point.

But even that album stands the test of time when judged alongside the music of the era. How refreshing, therefore, to hear the record’s lead single – Saxon’s cover of Ride Like The Wind – given a rare (outside of Mexico!) live outing. Heavier than (the few) fans of Destiny will remember it went down an absolute storm.

Equally popular was the canny ploy to offer up a slew of the band’s bona fide classics to the assembled throng and allow the paying customers to pick the setlist. Byford is big enough to accept his fans know best and bold enough to take a risk or two after almost 40 years honing a wholly unique stagecraft.

Perhaps the decision to include Warriors Of The Road, from Sacrifice, in the encore was an example of bravery bordering on the foolhardy. Sandwiched in between classics Strong Arm Of The Law and Denim And Leather, it just didn’t work within an otherwise sensational five-song encore.

Saxon rarely get the big decisions wrong and one stumble on the road to metal heaven hardly mattered. This was a journey as invigorating as it was nostalgic and when the time comes for Biff and his mates to park the Wheels Of Steel once and for all gigs like this will be remembered as standard.

Simon Rushworth

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