In only a few short weeks, Mutation kicks off its tour of the UK, Ireland and Japan.
Mutation, the extreme metal project from Ginger, features Scott Lee Andrews (Exit_International) and Denzel (Ginger Wildheart Band) among their ranks. They will be touring their recently released third album, Dark Black, around the following towns and cities:
Fri 27th October – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Sat 28th October – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms (Hallowe’en Hooteanny)
Sun 29th October – Manchester, Deaf Institute
Mon 30th October – Glasgow, Stereo
Tue 31st October – Newcastle, Riverside
Wed 1st November – London, Underworld
Thu 2nd November – Cardiff, Globe
Fri 3rd November – Brighton, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
Sat 4th November – Leeds, University Union (Damnation Festival)
Wed 22nd November – Belfast, Empire
Mon 13th November – Osaka, Shinsaibashi FANJ Twice
Tue 14th November – Nagoya, Sakae TIGHT ROPE
Wed 15th November – Tokyo, Shibuya TSUTAYA O-NEST
Thu 16th November – Tokyo, Shibuya TSUTAYA O-NEST
Following Ginger’s recent mental health issues, he has this to say of the tour:
“I am fully committed to the Mutation tour in October, and all other Mutation activity to come. I consider this music a catharsis, a way of channeling the aggression and desperation that I’m currently experiencing.
These shows will act as essential therapy in keeping me focused and providing a goal to strive for in my mental health well-being. I’m maintaining my fitness and keeping my eye on the prize.
When I say that we will rid ourselves of our demons on every date of this tour in mean it 100 per cent. This will not be a drill.“
Let’s join Ginger, Scott and Denzel for some much needed live music therapy.
Ginger is selling his dark red sunburst Schecter Hellraiser Solo-6 guitar – the very guitar used in the writing and recording of Chutzpah! and Chutzpah! Jnr, and played during the Chutzpah! tour and more recent Wildhearts tours.
Extensively customised through his trademark application of stickers and decals, this is a chance to own a one-off piece of rock history.
Ginger says: “When Chutzpah! came out, to roaring reviews, most people complimented us on the guitar sound. Even live, people would delight in the fact that we had a modern edge, and it was all down to this thing before you.
This beautiful guitar was responsible for the writing and recording of Chutzpah! and Chutzpah! Jnr, and the world tour that followed.
Of course it didn’t retire there, as I played it, almost exclusively, for many volume packed years, as my go-to guitar. Perfect tone, insanely good tuning (I never owned a tuner in the years I played this one live) and now covered in stickers from all round the world.
On opening up the box there was even an original tour set list, so as an added bonus I’ll chuck in some personal items from the time. Just bits and pieces from that period in Wildheart’s history.
But the main draw, obviously, is this sublime piece of our story. The Chutzpah! guitar.
Ginger will be making his way back over the Irish Sea for 2 very special, intimate shows in Dublin and Belfast next week.
Hot off his support slot with The Levellers, Ginger will once again be joined by his musical cohorts Jase Edwards, Stix, and Sophia Vassalos, where they will perform brand new material from Ginger’s latest album Ghost In The Tanglewood, as well some of his more established tracks from his extensive back catalogue!
“I can’t wait to come back to The Sugar Club. I made so many friends the last time that I’d like to live in Dublin and play the Sugar Club once a week. Sadly, as an international jet setting fashion guru and all round style magnet, visiting is my only available option, so we’ll both have to make do with the odd gig now and then.
So waddya say let’s make it an unforgettable night, eh?
I dunno, I’ve got an incredibly good feeling about this!
See you at the bar. Mines a whiskey. Irish only.”
Sat 5th August, Ballymena Diamond Rock Club – Tickets
For those of you travelling from Belfast, the Diamond Rock Club have a coach service running from Katy Dalys which will get you to the Diamond Rock Club in time for the show – click here for more details.
Ginger has just launched his Pledge campaign for his new country album, Ghost In The Tanglewood.
He says: “I’m beyond chuffed to bring you this, my first album in a country style.
Ghost In The Tanglewood features an all new gang of seasoned musicians, and I’m honestly delighted with this finished album.
My fairly unavoidable accent means that the songs come off less Willie Nelson and more Bobby Thompson, but every lyric is purely heartfelt and every song is as true a story as you’ll ever hear in roots based music. This is Country music, played by a working class Geordie raised on Country and Northern Folk music. This stuff has always been in my blood since I was a wee nipper and it’s an honour to finally get to play it for you.”
You can watch Ginger explain all about the album at the PledgeMusic page, where it is available for pre-order right now on CD and vinyl, both signed and unsigned, as well as a very tasty personalised A2 art print. You will also get an immediate download of the album when you place your order, so you can begin to enjoy it straight away!
Mutation III – Dark Black, the latest instalment of Ginger’s extreme metal project, is released on PledgeMusic via the RoundRecords pledge at 5:55pm
Dark Black, co-written with Exit International/Jaws of Death’s Scott Lee Andrews, is available in digital, CD and Vinyl formats, (all formats include the digital edition). The album features a range of musicians including Devin Townsend, Phil Campbell, Givvi Flynn and Jon Poole.
For a taste of the mayhem in store, check out first video Irritant, directed by Oly Edkins:
Says Ginger: “I really can’t wait to see what you guys make of this new Mutation album. It’s not for everyone, obviously, but I absolutely love it.
The most intense of the three albums, I’m very proud of what me and Scott Exit have achieved here, wrestling mental health issues into sonic form, while Jase Edwards and Dave Draper have done an amazing job creating the sonic landscapes here.
We’ll be taking Mutation on the road in 2017, so for those of you with a taste for the extreme please keep your eyes open for tour dates.”
Says Scott: “Dark Black” is not the kind of record to have a standout single or a track that represents the whole album but being human and full of contradictions it’s safe to say ‘Irritant’ is a good place to start. Even though we intended to make music that was an ordeal to sit through, Ginger and myself are hardwired for hooks…..This is a good example of that. And that chorus? Even the most optimistic person you know would find a time to belt that mantra internally. Two men’s misery is now everybody’s noise-punk singalong”
The Wildhearts were sorry to have to cancel the final show of the tour in Manchester, as Ginger was suffering from a serious stomach bug. He soldiered on through the previous show in London, but had to throw in the towel after 20 minutes of the Manchester Hey! Hello! set. See the video below for Ginger’s on-stage apology at the time.
The Manchester show was immediately rescheduled for 26th January. Original tickets are still valid, additional tickets are on-sale at: https://thewildhearts.probitymerch.com/listings/. Refunds are available until 10th January from point of purchase for anyone who cannot make it to the rescheduled show.
For people travelling significant distance to the rescheduled show, the kind folks in Ginger’s Associated Secret Society are collecting donations to help people with travel costs, and to link people up with floors to crash on etc. See Moshville for full details.
An additional ‘Fishing For Luckies’ show has been announced for Friday 27th January at Nottingham Rock City, prior to a Japanese ‘Fishing For Luckies’ show on 31st January at Tsutaya O-East in Tokyo.
Today sees the release of brand new charity single F**k You Brain, a collaboration between Ginger Wildheart and Ryan Hamilton.
You can purchase the 3 song download directly from roundrecords.bandcamp.com, and all proceeds made from sales of the single will be donated to The Samaritans, a very deserving charity, particularly around this time of year.
“Ironically I struggled even getting to the studio to record my parts for this single, deep as was in my current battle with depression. The same attack that almost killed me a week ago.
My depression wants me dead. So far I’m winning on weight advantage, but the battle is never over.
This is a very vulnerable time of year for sufferers of mental health issues, and suicide sees a marked increase over Christmas and New Year. So the help provided by The Samaritans is invaluable, especially over this period.
Please help us in helping someone this year.
Obviously severe depression is not seasonal, but the reminder that you yourself are ‘not doing so bad’ is reinforced over this Festive holiday. If you have a healthy family, loved ones who are safe, a warm home, a job and a hot meal staring at you at some point, then you are doing better than many people this Xmas.
To simply say ‘thank you’ for what you have, please donate for those suffering from suicidal thoughts, struggling with depression/anxiety, or for those helping such a person through this holiday period.
Our suggestion is £5.00, but if you’re doing okay this year then please add a little. The people involved in this single all gave their time for free, and we’ll even be dropping a ‘thank you’ donation into the box. Let’s do this selflessly and with love.
I’d like to thank everyone who has worked tirelessly to make sure that this single happens in time to help. My warm thanks extend to every one of you for helping save someone’s life this Christmas.
The single was co-written with Ryan Hamilton, who has this to say about the collaboration:
“Ginger and I have both been very vocal about our struggles with depression and anxiety. Mental health issues like these deserve much more attention, and respect, than they get.
After we wrote ‘F**k You, Brain’ we weren’t quite sure what to do with it. Ginger had the idea to use it as a charity single, and asked if I was ok with that. I couldn’t say “YES!” fast enough.
I hope everyone enjoys the new music and fun collaboration. I also sincerely hope we can raise a good deal of money to raise awareness, and do some good, for an issue very important to us.”
Givvi Flynn, whom many of you will know from Ginger’s solo band outings as well as performing vocal duties with The Dowling Poole, lent her talents to the single as well. She offers these words:
“When Ginger asked me if I’d like to get involved with this single, it was a no-brainer. My own mental health requires daily management (as does that of many friends and colleagues) so I fully appreciate how dark some days can be – why wouldn’t I want to do something which might help those suffering similarly?
I hope the song raises money and awareness for a great cause, it was a pleasure to be part of such a positive, rewarding venture.”
Emily Ewing, who also provided backing vocals for the track, has this to say:
“It has been a real honour to have my vocals feature on this track. The song has such an important message. One that speaks to me personally as well.
My anxiety is an on-going battle, some days are certainly worse than others. There are times when I can’t see light at the end of the tunnel. Panic attacks have also played a major role in my life. As a society we need to stop saying ‘Get over it’, ‘You have nothing to be sad about’. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there or happening. It’s hard to pretend everything is fine when it’s not.
I hope this song raises awareness and lets anyone going through a hard time with mental illness know you are brave to face it every day and you not alone!!!”
Please dig deep and support The Samaritans this Christmas, by downloading the single (which is accompanied by 2 extra tracks) from roundrecords.bandcamp.com.
Every penny made from this will be given to The Samaritans, and will help those who need a little extra help over the Christmas and New Year period.
The Ginger Wildheart band are a last minute addition to the Hard Rock Hell bill, appearing on Sat 12th November
With both the Ginger Wildheart Band and Hey! Hello!, Ginger quickly steps into the breach following the surprise withdrawal of Glenn Hughes.
Hey! Hello! are due to play at 17.20pm and the Ginger Wildheart Band at 20.45pm.
Hard Rock Hell organisers explained on the event’s official Facebook page: “[There’s] not much we can do when someone pulls their whole European tour … what’s the solution… simple, up the game, so we are pleased to announce that Ginger Wildheart has stepped in at the last minute and will be replacing Glenn Hughes. As an extra, Ginger will also perform an HRH showcase of his new band, Hey! Hello!, over and above the later Ginger Wildheart slot.”
The Hard Rock Hell spokesperson added: “We love Glenn, but at such short notice, we feel Ginger’s last minute contribution will only bump up HRH X to another level.”
The Wildhearts set out on a 5 date UK tour this December, including Ginger’s Annual Birthday Bash at the O2 Forum in London on December 17th.
The Wildhearts, with the line up of Ginger and CJ on guitars and vocals, bassist Jon Poole and Ritch Battersby on drums, are supported by Danny McCormack’s new band The Main Grains and Dirt Box Disco for the first 3 shows. The Manchester show will see Hey! Hello! in place of Dirt Box Disco and Ginger’s Annual Birthday Bash in London features a formidable seven bands.
On top of this Danny will be joining The Wildhearts each night for a few songs on the encore.
Full dates are:
Wed 14th – Glasgow O2 ABC – w/ Dirt Box Disco & The Main Grains
Thur 15th – Newcastle Riverside – w/ Dirt Box Disco & The Main Grains
Fri 16th – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall – w/ Dirt Box Disco & The Main Grains
Sat 17th – London O2 Forum – w/ 7 band bill inc. Dirt Box Disco, Hey! Hello! and The Main Grains
Sun 18th – Manchester Ritz – w/ Hey! Hello! & The Main Grains
“It’s going to be another very messy Xmas, with me and the lads playing non-stop party songs from throughout our career. And I’m especially looking forward to sharing a stage with Danny again. These shows will be a celebration of life, and it brings together two people who should be dead by now. The Birthday Bash is particularly insane this year, featuring a seven band bill.