DJ Moto is in the house!!!

DJ Moto is in the house!!!

 

Its official folks, new show on TBFM Online starting Monday 3rd Oct 9pm till 11pm UK time.
I will be playing some Classic Rock, some Unsigned Bands and some from the new lineup at Breaking Bands 2017 as well as some banter about bikes and anything that makes life a little interesting.

Don’t forget you can listen to it online, via Tune-in App or the TBFM app on the relevant app stores.

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Breaking Bands 2016 – A Roaring Success

Breaking Bands 2016 – A Roaring Success

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Fri 27th May 2016. 10.00am.
Once again I packed my trusty steed and headed off to the unknown, (as in Bands) music festival that was Breaking Bands 2016.

Well what can I say apart from WOW! I have been to a number of live gigs and bike rallies before and whilst this wasn’t a bike rally, it kinda felt like it in some respects. The camaraderie of the bands, the happy faces, intimate location making it feel like one big rock family, you couldnt get a better experience if you tried. It really did feel like it had been running for years and not just the 12 months or so and only the 2nd ever festival that the TBFM team had put on.

Talking of TBFM, what an amazing team of people. I have never been made to feel so welcome at any event before and got to camp with some of the DJs and what a blast that was, fantastic guys and brilliant vibes all weekend.

The highlight for me was seeing a few of the bands which I had only really heard a few tracks on Spoitfy, like Trucker Diablo, Evil Masquerade and the ubixuitous Reign of Fury. But to my absolute surprise many of the other bands got my attention as well, like Wretched Toad, Skarthia, Cadence Noir, Crash in Clouds, Let for Red and Black Star Bullet to name a few.

Man what a line-up, can’t wait for next year, as that’s a hard act to follow and hopefully I will get to see some of these guys back again. get your tickets now, as they ain’t gonna last long for next years gig : http://breakingbandsfestival.com

All in all you guys really do Rock \m/.

Breaking Bands Festival this weekend…

Breaking Bands Festival this weekend…

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For those rock and metal aficionados, one of the understated festivals of the year is just about upon us. TBFM radio are putting on one hell of a show – the Breaking Bands Festival 2016.
Sorry but you can’t get in now as they are all sold out and have been for a while, demand was that high, and next years looks no different so get in early.

With over 30 up and coming bands and an acoustic stage, as well as great food, cheap beer on tap and really great people organising the event, this is THE rock festival to be at.

Will be posting about the gigs a little later, so in the meantime tune into TBFM radio to catch all the news and music from the festival.

Rock on…

 

 

Biff Byford’s Album-by-Album Guide to the new Saxon Box Set – Feature – Classic Rock

Biff Byford’s Album-by-Album Guide to the new Saxon Box Set – Feature – Classic Rock

The release of nine Saxon albums on vinyl making up the Eagles & Dragons box set represents a period from 1991 – 2009 that frontman Biff looks back on very fondly.

Saxon frontman Biff Byford takes us through the band’s new Eagles and Dragons collection

The release of nine Saxon albums on vinyl making up the Eagles & Dragons box set represents a period from 1991 – 2009 that frontman Biff looks back on very fondly.

“There’s so much good stuff on these albums, and the band went through something of a renaissance during this period. They all have a lot to offer when you listen back to them now. I don’t make a habit of putting on Saxon albums all the time, but when I do get to hear any of these nine, I am happy with the way they each turned out. It’s great to have all these albums released together like this, but it’s gonna be bloody heavy. I hope none of our fans do themselves an injury picking the box up!”

Solid Ball Of Rock (1991)
“Let’s be honest, the previous couple of years had been bad, not just for us but for a lot of rock and metal bands. And Saxon fans didn’t like the line-up that recorded our previous album Destiny (released in 1988). So, we had a rethink, brought in Tim ‘Nibbs’ Carter on bass and came back sounding like a breath of fresh air. We also had a new record deal with Virgin and all round it was an exciting time for the band once more. This was a massive leap forward for us.”

Forever Free (1992)
“Unfortunately, for this album the record label fell out with Kalle Trapp, who had produced Solid Ball Of Rock. So, we went to Vienna to work with an Austrian producer named Herwig Ursin, who had produced a couple of hits previously, but wasn’t right at all for what we wanted. But we tried to do the album with him, before I decided it was turning into a disaster. Therefore we wasted a lot of time – we should have said no to this guy straight away. We never learn! So, I got Peter Hinton, who produced Wheels Of Steel and Strong Arm Of The Law, to come down and help me to get the album done. And eventually it came out well. I really like the title track. But it was a bizarre album to make. Still, the concept behind it was good and so were the songs.”

Dogs Of War (1995)
“This turned out to be Graham Oliver’s last album with us. We got a different guitarist in for the tour, Doug Scarratt who then joined us permanently. Graham’s final live show with Saxon was on New Year’s Eve 1994, in Bremen, Germany, but it was obvious when we were recording that there was a rift opening up between him and the rest of us. This was the album when we began to get a lot heavier. We still had those rock’n’roll radio style songs, but all round it was a move to heavy ground. Not just musically, but also in terms of the lyrics. The title song, for instance, was about the ongoing war in Yugoslavia.”

Unleash The Beast (1997)
“Doug Scarratt was now a full-time member of the band, and played his part in the writing process as well. I feel the songs here are more musically interesting that what we had previously done. And the band had firmly turned into what Saxon would become from then on. That’s not to say we abandoned the style for which we were known. However, there was a lot more going in with our music here. I really liked what we did, and it holds up well.”

Metalhead (1999)
“This was the first of what I would call our dark albums. Doug by then was firmly bedded down in the band, and as result played a bigger role on the writing side. I was also interested in different subjects lyrically to what I had been previously writing about. So, there are songs here about spirituality and aliens. For me, this was a benchmark album for the way we sounded. I know from talking to musicians that it was very much loved by a lot of other bands.”

Killing Ground (2001)
“I have nothing but great memories of making this album. To me, it’s full of fine songs and comes across as a strong sounding album. I also like the cover, which was done by Paul R. Gregory, and really captures the spirit of the album so well. Yes, this was a goodie for us.”

Lionheart (2004)
“For some reason, British fans really like this album a lot. I would go so far as to say that our fans over here are into this record more than people in any other part of the world. Why? I have no clue at all. Perhaps it’s all down to the fact that it somehow sounds very British. It’s certainly packed with good riffs and melodies. The cover artwork, again from Paul Gregory, is also striking. This provides a great connection between the album and the band. Maybe that’s another reason why Saxon fans in the UK have such a strong feeling for it.”

The Inner Sanctum (2007)
“I recall that I wanted to start the album with the track Atila The Hun, which I wrote with the intention of it being the song to open the record. But the rest of the guys wanted to go for State Of Grace, which is what happened. My logic was that by having Atila The Hun opening up everything, we would immediately establish this was gonna be a heavy album. Now, don’t get me wrong, State Of Grace is a fine song, but for me this wasn’t the way to begin The Inner Sanctum. I wrote the song about the building boom in the 11th century when so many cathedrals were constructed. Overall, it’s an album I like a lot, however it was also the first time since the 80s that we didn’t have a title track. One was written, but never recorded.”

Into The Labyrinth (2009)
“Another album that stands up well. Battalions Of Steel, which starts the record, is great. I wrote it about the fans, as well as being about the Roman legions. I love the fact this is the opener. We play that live still, and it’s become a real fan favourite. A true anthem. Paul Gregory’s artwork is also superb.”

Eagles and Demons is released this Friday, and is available in standard and special, signed editions.

Source: Biff Byford’s Album-by-Album Guide to the new Saxon Box Set – Feature – Classic Rock