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This week's round-up: New music from Robert Jon & the Wreck, WREX, Flotsam and Jetsam

Some southern rock, old school thrash and DIY spirit in this week's round-up









Robert Jon & The Wreck - 'Trouble'




Southern rock stalwarts Robert Jon & The Wreck are back with a brand-new single, “Trouble”, a rollicking southern rock burner from their highly anticipated album, Red Moon Rising, set for release on June 28th via Joe Bonamassa’s Journeyman Records. With its unforgettable riff and catchy chorus, “Trouble” is a track that fans won’t be able to get out of their heads.



Co-written with Wreck alumni Kristopher Butcher (Kilo Bravo), “Trouble” captures a classic tale of a person who brings chaos wherever they go. “Trouble comes from a song idea from years back,” shares frontman Robert Jon. “This track embodies a familiar tale we’ve all heard before about a person that is walking bad news or trouble; everywhere they go. With a hard-hitting riff and a chorus that’s hard to get out of your head, you better watch out for ‘Trouble.’”



The song’s infectious melody and compelling lyrics make it an instant classic, reminiscent of the best rock anthems. With lines like “She’s T-R-O-U-B-L-E” and a story that unfolds with every verse, “Trouble” is poised to become a staple in Robert Jon & The Wreck’s live performances.



The release of “Trouble” follows a series of successful singles, including “Give Love,” “Worried Mind,” and “Dragging Me Down,” all from their upcoming album Red Moon Rising. The album showcases the band’s versatility and their ability to blend powerful storytelling with a variety of musical influences, solidifying their place as one of the most exciting acts in modern southern rock.

Since their debut in 2011, Robert Jon & The Wreck have captivated audiences worldwide, turning the Southern rock sound on its head and making it distinctly their own. With Robert Jon Burrison’s lead vocals and guitar, Andrew Espantman on drums and vocals, Henry James Schneekluth’s lead guitar and vocals, Warren Murrel on bass, and Jake Abernathie on keyboards, the band’s synergy on stage is undeniable. As they embark on this next phase with Red Moon Rising, they invite both long-time followers and new listeners to join in the celebration of their ongoing evolution and the indomitable spirit of rock ‘n’ roll.


WREX - 'The Hell Goes A Long Way Down'




Brighton-based duo WREX have released their new single and music video for 'This Hell Goes a Long Way Down'. The track is taken from the band's newly announced EP of the same name, due 16th August. This Hell Goes a Long Way Down was engineered and produced by guitarist George Donogue, with other credits that include Cassyette, Harpy, River Becomes Ocean, and Orchards.


On the new single, WREX comment:

"This song was the turning point of the new record. It was a step in a new direction that was uncharted territory for us. From the second we finished the demo we knew this track was something we wanted to share and underpinned the theme of the upcoming record. Resulting in us throwing away about six months work as it simply didn't hit the bench mark.

Lyrically it is a lighthearted acknowledgment of our traumas and experiences, and how denying them for years was doing more damage than good. ‘Piece by piece I lost my mind’, and the line ‘This Hell goes a long way down’ is an acceptance that this string or thread goes through you down to your core or formative years, whilst you might still fall apart from time to time, you know you made it out of a place that others never did. This was one of those songs that came together in about 20 minutes and before we knew it we had said what we needed to say. Plain and simply like most of our songs, this was a release and we hope it can be the same for you in your own way."



WREX - 'This Hell Goes a Long Way Down'

To celebrate the news, WREX have also announced a string of headline dates that'll take them around the UK in August. Ticket available here: https://wearewrex.com/.


16.08.24 - The Black Heart, London

17.08.24 - The Green Door Store, Brighton

23.08.24 - The Anvil, Bournemouth

24.08.24 - The Louisiana, Bristol

25.08.24 - Fuel, Cardiff

31.08.24 - The Portland Arms, Cambridge



Flotsam and Jetsam - 'Primal'




FLOTSAM AND JETSAM release new single 'Primal', new album 'I Am The Weapon' out later in 2024. 



Thrash Metal heavyweights FLOTSAM AND JETSAM unleash 'Primal' video single From upcoming, new studio album "I Am The Weapon"


Iconic thrashersFLOTSAM AND JETSAMhave revealed a new track as well as more details alongside the cover artwork of their upcoming, new studio album"I Am The Weapon". Slated for a September 13, 2024-release viaAFM Records, the pre-sale for the band's 15th full-length has just started at: https://flotsamandjetsam.bfan.link/i-am-the-weapon


Following the previously-released, first single and title track, today,FLOTSAM AND JETSAMare not only sharing a video clip for the brand new album appetizer"Primal"(now premiering below!), but also a repress of the band's 2016-album,"Flotsam And Jetsam", issued as a strictly limited, Gatefold Clear 2-Vinyl, is now available here:https://shop.afm-records.de/de/flotsam-and-jetsam/


About their new single "Primal", the band writes: "We're very excited to once again unleash Flotzilla onto the metal community! This time, he'll take the form of our newest single, Primal. With "Primal" we tried to capture the 'punch in the face' energy that Flotsam and Jetsam is known for, and blend it with a melody that sticks in your head for days... we hope our fans will embrace it, as we are very pleased with how this song and the new record has turned out, and we look forward to seeing you all very soon!"



It’s been almost 40 years since FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, formed in Phoenix, Arizona released their landmark debut, “Doomsday for the Deceiver,” the only album to ever receive a 6K rating from the influential British magazine Kerrang! Bassist Jason Newsted would jump ship to Metallica while the band released the unstoppable “No Place for Disgrace” in 1988. “Cuatro” (1992), “Drift” (1995), “High” (1997), and “My God” (2001) all still rank extremely high in heavy metal circles. But it was the first part of this unofficial trilogy in 2016’s self-titled “Flotsam and Jetsam” that a certain rejuvenation and reset was clearly felt.



Fast-forward five years to a planet that was forced to its knees. While spending most of the pandemic times in a holding pattern like the rest of the world, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM made the best of a struggling situation and just let those creative juices and angst flow. What emerged was the much-acclaimed “Blood in the Water", released in 2021 via AFM Records. Aside busy touring schedules (find all current & upcoming live dates athttps://www.flotstildeath.com/tour), this September will see mighty FLOTSAM AND JETSAM return with their thunderous, new studio album "I Am The Weapon".Make sure to pre-order your copy now via: https://flotsamandjetsam.bfan.link/i-am-the-weapon

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