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SSLYBY - Phil Dickey, Will Knauer, and Jonathan James recorded 'Fly By Wire', their fourth album in the attic in Knauer's parent's house in tribute to the experience of recording their first album, 'Broome' there many years ago.

They have created ten self penned tracks totalling 31 minutes. It is listenable; very listenable. It is Sunday morning perfect; an art form in itself.

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1. 'Harrison Ford': No death defying musical stunts here. Soft breathy vocals meandering across the backdrop of a soft piano. On a Sunday morning it would read – "I want to wake you up without scaring you", which is always a good starting point to any day.

2. 'Young Presidents': Quick rhythmic intro, hand clapping (lots of) breathy vocals and a mild touch of Mammas and Pappas style collective chorus. Very listenable, strong melody.

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3. 'Cover All Sides': Melodic intro with a slide(y) guitar, vocalisation gentle but strong with a good chorus.

4. 'Lucky Young': Funkier intro, breathy vocals again against a horror movie style of sound from the keyboard.

5. 'Ms. Dot': Smooth, slow and mellow.

6. 'Loretta': Guitar lending itself to ukulele in style – enjoyable and listenable.

7. 'Bright Leaves': Straight into vocals with light uke twinkly guitar notes, lightly collective chorus.

8. 'Nightwater Girlfriend': Very, very odd title but a twinklesome, listenable song with some gentle riffs in a Brit pop/rock style.

9. 'Fly By Wire': Sadly couldn't unlock this one to listen to.

This is a gentle, mellow album with every song a good listenable one, some of them blend into one another but that is the overall style of the album. There are many points where this sounds and feels familiar with elements borrowed and integrated from Scritti Politti, The Cure, The Mock Turtles, a later, more confident era The Beatles, with The Verve and Supergrass.

In fact most of the songs also combine variations on a theme from 'California Dreamin'' by the Mamas and Papas. It is a good combination.

Apparently the band "strive to emulate the multi-layered pop of the 60s and 70s" and combine this with "the pop-punk power chords from the late 1990s their brains were wired to love as teens." The listener can only conclude they have been successful in crafting the sound they wanted to create.

The album will be available on CD/Digital, 180-gram coke bottle clear vinyl with a gatefold jacket and collage-style pull-out poster, a special limited edition red/white vinyl exclusively for mail-order, and red cassette tape.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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