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Flick Of The Finger band & artist interviews from up coming bands/artists to the Rock n' Roll super stars! Stay tuned for new interviews and Q&A's.

INTERVIEW: Baz Warne of The Stranglers

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“I think it’s what’s known as an embarrassment of riches”, frontman of The Stranglers says in advance of their ‘Classic Collection’ tour. Baz Warne, 52, is the vocalist and guitarist for The Stranglers, one of the UK’s most influential bands. With record breaking sell-out tours they have amassed a large following and I was excited to chat to him about what the ‘Classic Collection’ means to them, collating new material and how his perseverance got him to where he is today. You’re about to head out on tour and will be presenting the ‘Classic Collection’ to coincide with the re-release…

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INTERVIEW: With ‘Palace’ Frontman Leo Wyndham

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Today I caught up with Palace frontman Leo Wyndham to see whats old, whats new and whats to come. This is how it went down… Some publications are painting you guys with the same brush as; Jeff Buckley, Maccabees, Foals and Kings of Leon, how do you feel about that? “Well they’re all amazing bands so it’s a crazy honour to be compared with them. I mean I don’t think we sound totally like them but I suppose in some ways we’re a mash up all of them. That’s the music we loved as early teenagers and still do. Jeff is one of…

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INTERVIEW: With Faithless Legend & The E-Type Boys Front Man ‘Maxi Jazz’

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Post № 1000 & what a way to celebrate, on our birthday and with a true legend! This week I caught up with Faithless legend and E Type Boys front man Maxi Jazz to see what up, what new and whats to come… Maxi has received many plaudits for his highly poetic lyrical style and this is, again, plainly evident in his latest body of work. A sense is conveyed of his great love for the human spirit, along with a playful sense of humour. The E-Type Boys live are a powerful rock band, a Wild Funk outfit, tight and direct. Maxi…

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The Northern Soul Divide – Whats Your Thoughts?

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We caught up with Northern Soul legend Glenn Walker Foster to get the low-down on his memories, favourite tracks and his thoughts on the so-called divide in the Northern Soul Scene What’s your fondest memory from the time when Northern Soul was at it’s peak? Where were you? any particular track that was playing and who was you with? This question is perhaps a little difficult to answer as Northern Soul could be classed as at it’s peak currently as more people seem to be listening and attending events than ever before , In the heyday of Northern Soul in…

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INTERVIEW: Feed The Kid

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The Manchester six-piece band, Feed The Kid, are building themselves a good reputation and a solid following for their  ’70s West Coast sound that shows clear influences from the likes of The Doobie Brothers. Chris Patmore spoke with singer Curtis Taylor and guitarist Ciaran Egan in the back of their van, in a damp alley behind the iconic 100 Club on Oxford Street in London, before their set supporting renowned Manchester band Audioweb. A bit of an obvious one to start. How did the band get together? It always fascinates me what cosmic confluences bring a band together to create…

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A Sit Down With ‘The Calls’

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FOTF recently had the pleasure of spending the day in the studio with Leeds band ‘The Calls’ as they recorded their new track ‘It Doesn’t Feel Right‘. Here’s what they had to say on all things past, present and future.  When did it all start and When did you get together? Tom: Err, Jan 2015, Me and Marcel have been playing for a long time in a band called The Imports, we were pretty shit haha! But yeah, we then found JD and started rehearsing in Jan 2015 and here we are now. Cool, what have you been up to since…

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Interview: Black Oak County

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Debut album, driving force and falling between genres. Jakob had a chance to do an interview with Black Oak County about their debut album, still wet from the press. Releasing their much anticipated debut album worldwide on January 13th. (and even on a Friday(!)), the young quartet is full of excitement for the future. Flick Of The Finger were, as the only press, in the company of this gem of a band in Esbjerg, for a chat about how the album came to be, where Black Oak County might be headed next, inspiration, and thoughts about what it was like…

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Painting Chaos – New Music Video

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The local band Painting Chaos has been very busy with new music, and with new music comes a badass video. Today they released a music video for their new song, “A Way Out”, from an upcoming album that have fans anxiously awaiting a release date. The song is a clever mix between strong, clean vocals and a hard rock guitar foundation paired with a moody warehouse video setting. The lyrics tell a pretty powerful story and I am hyped to see how the rest of the album compares. We’ve linked the video for your viewing pleasure. Flick of the Finger…

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INTERVIEW: Fun Lovin Criminals

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Today we had the pleasure catching up with the man! Brian Fast Leiser of The Fun Lovin Criminals. So, what can your fans expect with the up and coming tour? We try not to play the same set list, it gets stale and tiring, we never plan really so not sure what we are doing. I do know we like doing gigs on Fridays or Saturdays so people can let loose and do what they want, drink shit loads of tequila without worrying about going into work with a hangover. Where do you call home? I been here in England for 10 years now…

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Q&A with ‘COLOUR’

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‘Colour’ was last weeks FOTF Record of the Week so this week we caught up with the lads to see what they had to say… When did you form as a band and what inspired you to make music together? “We formed in early 2013. In the early days we banded around a few prewritten songs and the idea that we wanted to be a big band that people could get behind. We were fundamentally into the same type of music and that’s just got more and more true since then.” Can you briefly describe your music-making process? “Songs start…

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INTERVIEW: Cabbage, Sugarmill, Stoke

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Its 8 o’clock on a Saturday night in Stoke and already The Sugarmill is packed, clearly Cabbage’s reputation proceeds them! I’m meeting up with Lee Broadbent and Joe Martin who both front what is the most hotly tipped band of the moment. I meet Joe in the club foyer and ever the host he takes me up to the dressing room to get a beer and grab Lee for a chat before what was supposed to be the last date of their UK tour. Joe informs me that another date has now been added in London due to demand. How…

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INTERVIEW: The Answer

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The new The Answer album ‘Solas’ is a contemporary, uplifting rock album, channelling the band’s Irish roots to deliver a bold new sound!! Solas marks a significant turning point for The Answer. They have looked inwards towards their Irish culture, drawing on a rich heritage of rock and folk to create a much darker, menacing yet uplifting new rock album. More importantly Solas is a record that panders to no label, no media framework and no rules. Recorded in lead guitarist Paul Mahon’s house with Paul not only on Fender guitars but production duties, it bears the scars and soul…

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Frank Carter Interview | Flick That Finger Frank!

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The last date of the UK tour and FOTF had the pleasure of interviewing Frank Carter before his show in Wolverhampton. Frank Carter Interview FOTF entered the room and Frank had been busy painting whilst on tour, pieces of a5 paper scattered the table. FOTF: Wow, these are amazing! FC: Thank you! Yeah I’ve got a lot of work to do, to be honest. A bit too much work to do, but I’ll get there in the end. FOTF: What are you working on? FC: So these are basically, we’re doing a book for the special edition of our new…

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INTERVIEW: Zombies

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What made you decide to come together and perform this album one last time? It was the completing of the circle. Odessey and Oracle was the culmination of all that we aspired to then; writing and producing the album ourselves. So, after all this time and after 50 years, it is pleasing that the album is getting the recognition that it didn’t get at the time – so why not celebrate it? I mentioned to Colin and Rod that the anniversary was coming up and the rest is history. Is this tour bittersweet? Will you miss performing these songs live…

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INTERVIEW: Danny McNamara, Embrace On New Album & December Tour

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Ahead of Embrace’s December tour and highly anticipated 2017 album, FOTF caught up with the band’s frontman to find out more about it. The band, who are currently working on their seventh studio album for release in 2017, will be taking a break from recording to play a short run of special Christmas shows in December. Talking about the run of dates, Danny said, “We’d been so busy working on our new album; then playing The Secret Festival in September made us hungry to get out there and play live again. We’re just playing a few selective shows, a kind…

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Syd Arthur, Sound Knowledge, Marlborough

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A few weeks ago I covered a White Denim gig at the O2 Academy in Bristol, support act on the night was Canterbury Band Syd Arthur, I enjoyed the set so much that when I saw they were embarking on an ‘in-store tour’ playing selected record stores to promote the new album Apricity, I was keen to catch up. One of the stores was a lovely little independent record store Sound Knowledge in Marlborough, Wiltshire. Owner Roger, puts on a number of personal appearances that include a short gig and record signings in conjunction with local Café bar, Number Thirty8.…

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INTERVIEW: Crispian Mills Of Kula Shaker

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Interview with Crispain Mills Flick of the Finger caught up with the Kula Shaker frontman ahead of their UK tour, playing ‘K’ in full to celebrate the 20th Anniversary 2016 marks 20 years since Kula Shaker exploded into the UK Britpop Scene with their million selling debut album K.  Their brand of  rock with an esoteric mix of psychedelic riffs and ideas, full of Eastern mysticism and full-tilt performances made them the most unique (often termed eccentric) of the Brit Pop bands in the Nineties.   2016 has seen the band back performing and every review of their live shows today,  still…

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Rival Bones, O2 Academy Liverpool

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Rival Bones Smash Liverpool !! Stepping into the O2 Academy in Liverpool, on 15th October, to catch Rival Bones was not stepping into the unknown, as I’d seen them the week before. I was more than happy for a repeat performance, from a band that not only makes promises, but delivers by the bucketload! Formed in Liverpool two years ago, James Whitehouse, ( lead guitar ) and Chris Thomason ( drums ) are the complete package. Any other members would have been extraneous and hindered the performance. Another support band that should have been the main event, Rival Bones smashed…

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Brooders, Zanzibar Club, Liverpool

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I wasn’t sure what to expect as they looked so young, but all my fears were washed away when they blasted into the first track “Thrill Killer”. It amazes me how so many bands with so much attitude seem to be overlooked. They hammered thru the track with gusto and aplomb, showing more talent than belied their years. They went into their debut release ” Isolation” from their  “Hunny “ EP.  Lyrically, it is a well crafted piece, musically it has many similarities to other major bands, but it still stands up on its own! don’t make the assumption that…

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Interview: Dead!

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Dead! ..on achievements, inspirations and touring After playing at 2000 Trees Festival, Dead! did a few days round the UK before playing at the famous Reading and Leeds festival. Flick Of The Finger had a chat with members Alex Warren, Sam Chappel, and brothers Louis and Sam Matlock: How has the reception towards your band been since you guys started playing and have gotten bigger? S Matlock: There’s always kind of a weird thing to see, like, obviously with a band you start off playing to very few people, and then it gradually gets more. But like band growth, and music…

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INTERVIEW: ‘Ok Broken’ A Quality Manchester Four Piece

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OK Broken are a four piece band from in and around Manchester. The band consists of Gareth Wright on vocals/guitar, Dave Furnival on guitar, Phil McArdle on bass and Adam Heap on drums. FOTF had the pleasure of catching up with the band for a quick Q&A and hope to see review the band live very soon! The band have released an EP out called “Debts & Dear Do’s” and follow up Double singles “Dying Soul/Waiting In Line” and “Ole Serbia/A Little Peace.” The boys would describe themselves as a mix between British and US Rock/Indie however we wanted to know…

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Violmace + A Man From Jupiter, High Voltage

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Grungy feel with balls from Violmace in my favorite rock club – 22. July 2016. A Man From Jupiter The young quartet from Denmark is clearly inspired by the Danish band Mew, which they proudly confessed to after the show. Both vocally and tonality, they hit those high and light voices and soft guitars, spiced up with synths. Lyric-wise we are served with darker and more elaborate songs than the inspiration, as if those aren’t out-there enough. This is top notch progressive pop-rock – perhaps not heavy enough for the normal High Voltage crowd, but the songs are catchy and a…

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INTERVIEW: Otis Williams

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Motown’s legendary Temptations will be kicking off their 2016 tour in America and will across the Atlantic to the UK in October. I had the chance to catch up with the last original member of the Temptations, Otis Williams, for a chat about his life and upcoming tour. You have really achieved so much in your life. Did you set out to conquer so much? OW: Not really. I just wanted to be successful but I didn’t expect so much success. I just really wanted to sing and dance. The Temptations will be touring the UK again the October 2016.…

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INTERVIEW: The Beatniks

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The Beatniks are a Mod/Beat band from Southend in Essex. Formed from the ashes of previous incarnations, the current line-up has been together since the spring of 2014. There are some exciting times to look forward to with the release of their first 7” vinyl and accompanying music video, so look out for The Beatniks playing a stomping set of original songs, cover versions and instrumentals at a venue near you soon. For further information about booking The Beatniks, send us a message and we will see what we can do. FOTF caught up with the band and did a…

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Louis Berry Interview and Liverpool O2 Academy Review

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I saw my first controlled demolition last night! (12th May 2016) I watched as Louis Berry blew out the walls, supporting beams and all fittings and fixtures, before bringing the house down on top of hundreds of ecstatic fans. This has to be one of my favourite performances of all time. From the moment he swaggered onto stage, to rapturous applause in his home town, to the final chord of his last song, he had the crowd in the palm of his hand. Flying through favourites such as .45 and 25 REASONS, as well as crowd favourites like COCAINE BABY…

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Adam French Interview From St Stephens Church

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Established solo writer, producer and Virgin/EMI signed – Adam French played at St Stephens Church last weekend and we caught up with him pre gig… So an evening at St Stephens Church, that’s a slightly different sort of place for a rock gig? Yeah it is yeah very holy, big old beautiful place though, its nice. I did one other church recently actually, the Union Chapel with Frances about 3 months ago which was great, but I played it solo so its always easier to do but when you put a full band into a church it gets a little more…

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Interview: Yes Keyboardist Geoff Downes

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There is a real buzz of excitement around the widely anticipated UK and European tour that Yes are about to embark on. After all, the Grammy award-winning progressive rock band have been wowing their fans for forty-eight years and are about to head out and perform two of their most iconic albums in their entirety; the highly acclaimed album Fragile and for the first time ever Drama. Having sold tens of millions of records over their four-decade career, this double-album tour will be yet another achievement to add to the bands repertoire, who are known for their esoteric lyrics, complex,…

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Interview: Pet Shop Boys

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At the end of 2015 Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant answered some questions about the new album, Super, which comes three years after the brilliant success of Electric, their highest-charting album in the UK and USA for 20 years.  • You toured your last album Electric for a long time – when did you start to write Super? Neil We started to write this album in London in 2014. The first song we wrote was (the single) “The Pop Kids”… Chris That was actually started on tour with Take That. Neil I didn’t know that…! Chris It was started in Munich. Hence it was originally…

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Corner Café Chronicles Interview & Track Review

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Corner Café Chronicles – Psychedelic Coolness… I recently had the pleasure of catching with with the band Corner Café Chronicles. This is a little write up about the band’s concept as a whole. Corner Café Chronicles can be found hanging out in Mumbai, India. Winning a September 2015 award from Akademia, for Best Hard Rock Song, these guys are not really what I would call hard rock, per-sé…more like psychedelic folk rock. The band is currently two members, Chinmay Patkar, who writes the songs and music, in charge of vocals and production, and Rishi Nandy, guitars and bass. They use a session…

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Interview: The Ganjas

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Interview by: Liz Our Introducing… series digs out new, undiscovered musical talents that deserve to be heard, delivering them directly into your ears. This round, we speak with Aldo Benincasa, drummer of The Ganjas. For those who may have never heard of them, they are an already well-established cult band from the Santiago music scene in Chile. The Ganjas have inspired a following over the years for the uniqueness of their generation, influenced by the sounds of dub, rock, neo-psychedelia and reggae. The band has recently taken to the road, sharing their good vibes with the rest of the world on a…

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