“It’s not often that a debut album grabs you by the ears with such determination and conviction. The overall effect is one of immensity – both in sound and potential. Surely the start of an epic career”
Classic Rock Magazine – August 2011
“They have a distinctive sound, it’s rock’n’roll certainly but with a touch of grunge and a big, commercial (in a good way) sound.” “It’s always a good thing if the worst a reviewer can say is ‘the set wasn’t long enough’ and that’s how they left me feeling” – Cackblabbath Sonisphere July 2011 live review.
While the Big Four were making headlines on Main Stage, the smaller Jagermeister Stage was giving the Sonisphere’s crowd a taste of tomorrow’s news, with London’s own up & coming rockers Slam Cartel.
Following one of the most surprising Festival performances of this summer and the release of their much praised debut album Handful of Dreams, Slam Cartel are now ready to unleash the first single from that record, ‘Sundown’, on 9th August. Can you imagine what Joy Division would have sounded like if they were born and bred in Seattle? Here’s your answer, filled with hooks to conquer all radio waves and riffs to convince every rock fan. And there’s more than this to Slam Cartel:
It’s been said that, “It’s the sort of music you can strip to, They sound like Heaven, They feel like God’s burning a hole into your heart, They play like demons, and They sure smell like Rock ‘n’ Roll….”
Giles Van Lane (vocals), Marc Neudeck (bass), Tommy Hendriksen (guitar), Steve Campkin (drums), Adam Lee (keyboards, guitars) and principal songwriter, Terence Warville (guitar), have been together three years. United in their dedication to breathe new life into the cause of hard rock, their very first gig was played in a bikers bar and subsequent shows have included auspicious dates at the 100 Club, Scala and Sonisphere 2011.
Their knockout debut album, Handful Of Dreams, is produced by George de Angelis (who, as Trevor Horn’s right hand man for many years, worked with Rod Stewart, Tina Turner and Pet Shop Boys) and was recorded at his Soniczoo Studios. Packed full of demon hooks, coruscating riffs, boss grooves, and rousing choruses, if the overall sound is somewhat reminiscent of legendary rock outfit, The Cult, you can also hear the shards and splinters of grandstanding influences, the Chilli Peppers, Guns n Roses and the Foo Fighters.
Largely written by guitarist Terence Warville (ex-Stimulator) in Ibiza, he and a Giles found themselves sans TV and Internet one day and began the process of recording on mobile phones and Dictaphones. Using various buzzwords (faith, hope, unity) to inspire a feeling of transcendence, Handful Of Dreams soon became reality. “It took over a year to record the album,” says Warville. “There was no rush – we were doing it because we enjoyed it and everything seemed very organic and not forced.” Having toured in support of Motorhead and Anthrax with his previous band Stimulator, Warville describes the Slam Cartel firm as “amazing” and the writing and recording of Handful Of Dreams as his finest accomplishment.
Sundown – first single from Handful Of Dreams – will be released on 9th August through all digital platforms.
Slam Cartel: See them, hear them, believe them.