Frontiers Records signed artists Pat Travers Band and Pretty Maids have both announced UK dates in support of acclaimed 2013 album releases.
Pat Travers Band will play eleven shows in October to promote the album 'Can Do' (released 8th July). The full itinerary is as follows:
Article continues below...
02.10 DARTFORD Mick Jagger Centre
03.10 WOLVERHAMPTON Robin 2
05.10 HARTLEPOOL Supporters Club
06.10 BLACKBURN King Georges Hall (Blues Festival)
07.10 NEWCASTLE The Cluny
08.10 REETH Buck Hotel
09.10 CARDIFF Bogiez
10.10 DERBY Flower Pot
11.10 LONDON Islington Academy
12.10 DEVIZES Long Street Blues
13.10 SOUTHAMPTON The Brook
Pretty Maids are currently touring Europe in support of their 'Motherland' album (released 25th March) and will play a one-off London show on 22nd September at the Underworld venue in Camden.
Pat Traverrs Band: 'Can Do'
"'Allo, music lovers, From the streets of Toronto, to the streets of London, now, here to kick your ass... The Pat Travers Band!!"
It's early 1979, and the Pat Travers Band have just been introduced and subsequently recorded for what would become one of the slickest and hottest, live guitar-rock albums ever committed to vinyl. Live! Go For What You Know was a huge success on both sides of the pond, acclaimed by their musical peers, fans, and music critics alike. It was high-energy. It was electric. It was lightning in a bottle. The album, much like the Canadian musician himself, remains an influence for a whole generation of guitar slingers. This is the stuff that Legends are made of.
Toronto born Patrick Henry Travers has delivered one tasty release after another. From the powerhouse, rocking 70s sound that launched his career, to classy melodic 80s rock before a blues period in the 90s, but Pat isn't looking to the past for his musical future. The second decade of the new millennium shows that Pat and the Band show no sign of letting up and the future is safe in the eight hands of Travers, second guitarist Kirk McKim, bassist Rodney O'Quinn and longtime sticksman Sandy Gennaro.
"When I was contacted by Frontiers to record a new original studio album they asked me if I could create some music reminiscent of my earlier albums that were done in the U.K. and South Florida in the late 70s/early 80s." says Pat. "What made those records different was that I was allowed the luxury of spending some time in the studio without any outside influences and that's when I could get really creative. Frontiers let me have the time I needed to work on the songs and production. Also the beginning of 2012 was a particularly creative period for me and I believe I have written some of my best material ever for 'Can Do.'"
From the streets of Toronto, to the streets of London, to the streets of the WORLD, now, here to kick your ass... The Pat Travers Band!!
Pretty Maids: 'Motherland'
After their successful and highly acclaimed 2010 album, Pandemonium, Danish melodic hard rockers Pretty Maids celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2012 with their debut DVD release It Comes Alive (Maid in Switzerland).
Originally founded in 1982 by guitarist Ken Hammer and singer Ronnie Atkins, Pretty Maids established themselves as a band to be taken seriously with their 1987 breakthrough release Future World. The album gained wide exposure not only in Europe but also in America and the Far East, allowing the band to perform in front of large audiences thanks to a tour with Deep Purple and appearances at the 'Monsters of Rock' festival. The follow-up album 'Jump The Gun' fuelled the increasing momentum for the band, particularly in Europe and Japan.
Throughout the 90s Pretty Maids continued to release albums, usually followed by European and Japanese tours with the band still maintaining very high songwriting and production standards.
The release of 'Wake Up To The Real World' in 2006 started the band's relationship with Frontiers Records and the album was followed by several festival appearances in the years to come and a European tour in November 2008. However, it was the release of Pandemonium in 2010 that demonstrated to the world that Pretty Maids were in a creative wellspring once again, its melodic approach bringing a return to the Future World / Red Hot And Heavy era of the eighties, but with an updated sound and freshness that served to show that the band was as strong as ever.
The band gathered in the spring of 2012 to write the follow-up album. Ronnie Atkins states: "We knew that 'Pandemonium' was going to be a tough one to follow! I remember back in the day when we had to follow up albums like 'Future World', we tried more or less to copy the songs from the previous album to keep the same kind of balance. But this time we just wrote what came natural to us and that's what became 'Motherland'.
By August, they teamed up again with producer Jacob Hansen to start the recording process. Ronnie: "Jacob was a natural choice since we had a great experience with him producing 'Pandemonium'. The recordings went smoothly to begin with, but then we had to start touring again during the weekends and this created some stress. However, I really feel strongly about 'Motherland'. In my view it has all the ingredients of a good Pretty Maids album, maybe even more melodic than 'Pandemonium' and a worthy follow up".
Pretty Maids are back and stronger than ever – don't miss them on tour in 2013!
Sign up here for your free MetalTalk Newsletter...