Press Release: Stampede to release new album, A Sudden Impulse, on 5/9/2011 on Rock Candy Records

STAMPEDE set to release new studio album: A Sudden Impulse on 5/9/2011

Newly reformed NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) heroes STAMPEDE have announced details of the release of their new album, A Sudden Impulse – the long awaited follow up to their classic 1983 debut studio album Hurricane Town.

Finding a happy and welcoming new home with Rock Candy Record’s spin-off front line label Grind That Axe Records, the band are finally excited to be able to reveal full track listing and artwork for the new album, which is due for release on April 18. Lead singer Reuben Archer comments “Personally I am really excited about the new album and our association with Rock Candy. It’s great to feel part of something that’s happening and more than anything we can’t wait to get out there and play live!”

One of the most respected hard rock acts during the early eighties, the band signed to Polydor Records and released two albums of impressive melodic rock to both critical and commercial acclaim, being compared to earthy British bands such as UFO and Humble Pie.

Following regenerated interest brought about by Rock Candy Records’ reissue of ‘Hurricane Town’ in 2006, song writing partnership Reuben and Laurence Archer decided to reform the band in 2009. Together with original bassist Colin Bond, new drummer Steve Graystone and the addition of a second guitarist in the form of Chris Clowsley, the band have crafted a worthy, if not superlative, long lost follow-up to their studio debut in the opinion of label manager Derek Oliver, who describes the new material as “lean, mean tough-guy hard rock with all the soulful delivery of classic British steel led by Reuben’s instantly identifiable vocal and Laurence’s blistering plank spanking burn outs.”

Reuben strongly believes that welcoming additional elements to Stampede have only served to strengthen the band, making the new material on A Sudden Impulse their most enjoyable studio experience yet. For example, twenty-year-old guitarist Rob Wolverson was invited to add his unique flair to the recordings as a result of Laurence being indisposed for a period because of personal commitments. Explains Reuben: “We could have had several existing name players fill in during this time, but I’d known Rob for years and watched him grow into a real guitar whizz-kid. He’s also a great writer and brought a lot of vibrancy to the project. I just knew he was right for the job.”

Commenting on the end result, Reuben adds: “We have a harder sound now, the melodic hooks are there and I think we have a lot more edge than the first time around – especially due to our new powerhouse drummer Stevie G, and also Chris, whose strong rhythm guitar, vocal and guitar harmonies contribute enormously to the new sound. It has all resulted in making the reincarnation of Stampede an even more exciting project for us.“

A Sudden Impulse is released on Rock Candy Records on May 9, 2011

Live dates scheduled for Spring 2011 TBA.

Full track listing of the album is as follows:

A Sudden Impulse (2011)

1) Send Me Down An Angel
2) Jessie
3) Having Fun
4) Make A Change
5) Hard Rock Hell
6) This Road
7) Homeward Bound
8) Shame On You
9) Natural Disaster
10) Humble Pie
11) Flaming Gold

Bonus Tracks:
12) Recharged
13) Flaming Gold (Acoustic)

Find out more about the newly reformed Stampede and get a sneak preview of track samples at:


STAMPEDE announce new single release  & video taster

Newly reformed British melodic rockers STAMPEDE are set to unveil their new single “Having Fun” on April 11th.

The track comes from the forthcoming studio album ‘A Sudden Impulse’, which consequently has a revised release date of May 9th 2011.

“Having Fun”, which will be available in digital format only, will be the band’s first single in twenty-eight years.  It follows previous singles “The Other Side” (1983) from the studio album Hurricane Town, and “Days of Wine And Roses” (1982), which were released by Polydor Records and received considerable airplay on BBC Radio, Capital Radio and across Europe and Japan.

Stampede are also pleased to announce the first of three promo videos to give fans a taster of their new material.  The videos feature guitarist Rob Wolverson, and were recorded during part of the schedule when Laurence Archer became unavailable due to personal commitments.

Watch the first video, “Shame On You” here…..

“Having Fun” will be available to download from iTunes and other digital outlets from April 11th.

A Sudden Impulse is released on May 9th on Grind That Axe / Rock Candy Records.

 For more information and to hear a preview of the single, visit:

CD Scavenger Hunt – catching up on Ebay

Ebay is one of the best places to find some good Metal albums but the marketplace has become more expensive in the last few years. There used to be a time when you could pick up albums on the cheap but the bargains aren’t as easy to come by as they used to be with tons of new sellers creating competition. I still watch Ebay closely because you can get a good deal if you are patient and know the market.

Laurence Archer - LA (1986)Laurence Archer – LA (1986, vinyl) – $40: A lot of people are going to think that $40 for a vinyl record is too much but when you consider that the original CD has gone has high as $300 at it’s peak, and the Italian bootleg CD draws between $40-$50 regularly, then this is a decent price for the original LP. I picked this record up from a reputable seller from Japan but the album hasn’t arrived yet, regular airmail can be a tricky propostition. The good news is I spent the extra $5 on the insurance so if it never comes, I get my $40 back.

stampede-hurricane-townStampede – Hurricane Town (1983/2006 reissue) – $15: In keeping with the Laurence Archer theme I also picked up Stampede’s 2nd album (their first was a live record) that is their studio debut, HURRICANE TOWN. I could have grabbed this on vinyl to get the original pressing but Rock Candy Records has done a great job of officially reissuing some great out of print records. This reissue has 4 bonus tracks from the pre-Stampede band Lautrec and a full color booklet with expanded liner noted and pictures.

ram_jam_-_portrait_of_the_artist_as_a_young_ramRam Jam – Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Ram (1978/2006 reissue) – $15: Another Rock Candy Records reissue of an album that I have been searching for. You might remember Ram Jam from their 1977 single ‘Black Betty’, a classic rock radio staple. PORTRAIT is the band’s second record and it’s usually harder to find on vinyl in good condition. This album has never been released on CD but a lot of bootlegs exist, Rock Candy worked with members of the band to reissue the album with extensive liner notes and pictures. Unfortunately there are no bonus tracks but it’s a heavy ’70s classic that’s easier to find.

deep-purple-machine-headDeep Purple – Machine Head (1972/1997 2 CD 25th Anniversary Edition)  – $10: I picked up the latest edition of Classic Rock Magazine and Deep Purple was the cover story so I decided to pull out all the Purple albums and load them into my MP3 player. I found that I was missing a couple of the older albums so I decided to start chronologically. This album came out in 1997 for MACHINE HEAD’s 25th anniversary (now it’s 37 years old!) and it’s a 2 CD set with a remixed version and a remastered version plus an extensive booklet. Deep Purple is one of those bands that gets the reissue treatment every few years but these anniversary editions seem to be the definitive reissues especially with Roger Glover and other Purple members involved in the process. The next anniversary edition on the list is