The New Single by Fretless

Art Cover Picture: Courtesy of ELT Records

ELTRecords proudly announce the release of “We Support The Ride”, the new single by FRETLESS.

“We Support The Ride” is now available on Amazing Tunes featuring “Stand And Deliver”, and “Ride” a song written in support of “AfterDark” racing team for their 2012 campaign in the Ducati 848 Chalenge series.

To purchase "We Support The Ride" the new single by Fretless click on the link below:

Check out the “AfterDark” team at:

ELT Records is a small and helpful label based in Birmingham, UK working hard for unsigned bands. ELT Records’ owner Simon Altham has this to say:

“We give unsigned bands the opportunity to get their music out to a wide audience. We work with a great Swedish rock/metal band from Gothenburg called “Fretless”, and we are also working as UK agents to “Phantom-X”, a band from Texas”.  

For further info on ELT Records: www.eltrecords.com


The New Single by Ink
By Johnny Bacolas
Photos: Courtesy of Chris Tsantalis-Ink
Lyrics: Used with permission from the copyright owner

“Ophelia” is a fictional character in the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare. This obscure character inspired INK singer Chris Tsantalis to write the lyrics.

“The song is about the dark side of love showing Ophelia as the drama queen who drags you into her vortex and you struggle to jump back and see the light again”. (Chris Tsantalis)

“We tried to give a cinematic feel to a dramatic story, looking through the alleys of pain for the path of redemption and the stairs of atonement”. (INK Official Press Release).

This drama queen I’ve heard you loved those days
She is shooting straight into your heart now
The endless nights you prayed for her to gods
Trading your dreams under the moonlight

Everything for you my dark queen
My heart laid in your altar,
You sacrificed the crown we shared
with dragons in our tower

You’ve touched the womb and tried to plant the rose
in coals you’ve wished for garden flowers
and then Ophelia came to steal her mind
Your world became this frozen palace

Well, I feel free I m a bird inside
The clouds I own for wings and
I hope you’ll clear your own sky too
Goodnight I choose my dreams now
Pandora I closed your box you won’t hurt me anymore…

“Ophelia” the new single & video clip by INK are expected to be released on February 14th, 2012.

Video Director: Savvas Karabalasis

Studios: 3D Cor Alexandroupolis

Lyrics by Chris Tsantalis

Music by Kostas Apostolopoulos

Cello by Brian Gunter

String Arrangements by Johnny Bacolas

Produced by Johnny Bacolas

Engineered by Johnny Bacolas

Mixed by Jonathan Plum and Johnny Bacolas at London Bridge Studio, Seattle, WA where bands such as Mother Love Bone, Temple Of The Dog, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains among others, recorded memorable albums. On his part, Johnny Bacolas is a well known Seattle-based musician, composer, producer and videographer. He was a member of “Alice N’Chains”, a precursor of Alice In Chains. 

Video Preview:

Press Reviews:
For further info please feel free to visit INK site at:




Courtesy of Rob Saunders
DEUCE Management

"Paint This Town" video  by "The Fuse" was made by In-Vision TV who have worked with the likes of Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow, Keane and Crowded House to name but a small few.  It was filmed in various parts of London and the live extracts were taken from The Fuse’s gig in Shoreditch on the 27th October 2011.  If you were at the gig, you may even see yourself on it…

We hope you enjoy the video and please feel free to forward it on to anyone else who may like The Fuse’s music!

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Album "Freedom Of The City" You can still purchase our current album Freedom Of The City via iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.  Full details can be found at www.thefusemusic.com/music.php Contact Information For bookings or any other enquires regarding The Fuse, please contact Rob Saunders from Deuce Management & Promotion at rob@deucemp.com or visit www.deucemp.com Further information about The Fuse can be found at www.thefusemusic.com and www.facebook.com/thefusemusic

The Fuse would like to thank everyone for all of your continued support and we hope to see you at our next gig at Native Tongue in London on Friday 10 February, details of which will be published in our next newsletter!



The Album

Article/Review by Adriana Rubio
Photos: Courtesy of Graciela Rodriguez
“Each song in the album has a story, because each one has its own identity and it has gone through many shapes and forms. You never know where a song might take you…”

Singer Graciela Rodriguez was born in Galicia, Spain and currently resides in London. She is without a doubt, an artist-performer by nature. Her passion and love for music are inimitable. At the early age of 2, Graciela started her non-stop walk into the performing arts world.

Graciela Rodriguez studied classical singing and finished a PGDip in Vocal Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She is very much acclaimed in England and is now increasing a fan-base around the globe. Graciela has also been the winner of a government funded competition called “I Festival Pop-Rock Xunta de Galicia” and recently winner of the GSD Latin Music Awards in London, in the “Best Female Singer”, “Best Single”, “Best Album” categories, amongst other relevant recognitions over the years.

Musically, she has the innate ability of mixing different genres to create dancing tunes from pop, disco and funk melodies, giving the listener an intense and vivid picture of what music means to her: “Freedom”.

“Now it is me” is the kind of album that proves Graciela is not just an entertainer but a very talented artist who gives her own “get-up and go” in each song and pleases the listener with well done musical variations and arrangements. Even though Graciela has a classical singing background, she does not use it much, and really surprises you when vocalizing high notes so delicately.   

“It's a natural response of the way the music flows. The music itself dictates me to sing it in this way or the other, and I do not think about it. This way of singing, mixing registers, allows me to express the songs more freely and I would say, with more expressive accuracy. My voice is there to express myself freely, so why not use it when it comes naturally in certain places?”

Graciela produces her own musical compositions creatively. “Now it is me” certainly is a delightful album with not only great dancing tunes but remarkable lyrics.

“Each song in the album has a story, because each one has its own identity and it has gone through many shapes and forms. For example, when I wrote "Just another night", the idea was to make a song with no substance, with simple chords and with no deep meaning. But, as it grew, I was able to relate it to an experience I had (lyrically), and the basic harmony managed to create a nice bond with the melody and the rhythm”.

Oscar Lo Bruto is one of the producers and music mixers who worked hand in hand with Graciela for the “Now it is me” album. However, there were other well known producers such as Paul Carmichael and George Christie working on the album. And this is what she says about a particular experience she had while working on the song “Just Another Night”.

“When I was about to give it to Oscar Lo Brutto, the producer who mixed it and put it nicely, I thought: "hold on a minute, this should have a Bollywood touch", I just heard it in the song! I could hear the strings and the beat. So I added them. And then Oscar added-suggested a tabla pattern in one of the middle sections, and also enhanced the beat with his magical touches, to make it sound a bit more Bollywood-ish. The result is a happy song that makes you dance. You never know where a song might take you; it has a life of its own!

“Now it is me” is filled with outstanding tracks such as “Just Another Night”, “It Will Rain”, “Not With Me”, “Everything” and the number one hit “Way of Life” which is to me the most accurate example of what Graciela says: “You never know where a song might take you…”“Way Of Life” is musically the richest track from the album. The combination of fine Flamenco, Pop, Latin and a bit of Hip-Hop rhythms make this song a brilliant one. It also includes a well performed guitar solo in the style of rocker Eddie Van Halen. Graciela works with prestigious musicians such as Dave Kilminster internationally known as the touring guitarist of Roger Waters’ “The Wall”, and XantonĂ© Blacq the keyboardist of the late Amy Winehouse.

Graciela Rodriguez also has credits on Imdb as an actress. She acted in the Spanish film “Relatos” directed by Mario Iglesias. “Relatos” was shown at the International Film Festival in Tokyo in 2010, and also in the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain. She then worked as a background artist/stand-in for many other films such as "Gambit", with Cameron Diaz, a film that hasn't been released yet, and in “John Carter of Mars", the next big Disney feature film.

“I find it very amusing and I love to perform in character mode. There are so many things you can do!”

For more information on Graciela Rodriguez, tour dates or to purchase “Now it is me”, feel free to visit her official website at:



"Let The Music Do The Talking"

Live At The Montrose Room
Friday, January 20th, 2012
Free Tickets available

Article by Adriana Rubio

“The Root Cause” is an American Acoustic Rock group from Chicago, IL originally formed by musicians coming from different musical styles and genres. But when you listen to them… it all sounds like they’ve been touched by a magic wand to play together one of the most challenged styles: acoustic. 

Max Riske is the band’s leader and singer, a veteran rocker and award winning from Chicago. Max has an uncountable number of successful live performances and recording sessions on a giant resume.

“The Root Cause” members work as a team and have shared their experiences and musical backgrounds from jazz to blues and rock to give birth to their first CD “Let The Music Do The talking”. The title talks by itself, just listen to what the music has to say.

When playing acoustic songs you have to hear the “musical notes” clear as crystal and enjoy the harmony between them. “The Root Cause” acoustic set “Let The Music Do The Talking” provides not only well played songs with surprising lyrics but undeniably building peaks as being a part of a theatrical play.

There’s an event happening on Friday, January 20th. “The Root Cause” will perform at The Montrose Room. According to press release from the band’s camp, there are free tickets available!

Live At The Montrose Room
Friday, January 20th, 2012
Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare
5300 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018

Free Tickets Available: s_riske@yahoo.com
For booking or licensing inquiries, contact Paul Grachan paul@motumanagement.com

And make sure you "LIKE" the facebook page for the band at:  www.facebook.com/therootcause




“A City under siege… There’s nothing more dangerous than a man with nothing to lose…”
Article by Adriana Rubio

William Kaufman film “Sinners & Saints” is a believable action-cops movie starring Actor Johnny Strong, Kevin Phillips, Tom Berenger, Sean Patrick Flanery, Costas Mandylor and MMA legend Bas Rutten.


“In lawless storm ravaged New Orleans, beleaguered Detective Sean Riley (Johnny Strong) is trying to cope with the death of his young son and the abandonment of his wife. Facing a probable suspension from the department, Riley is teamed with a young homicide Detective, Will Ganz, (Kevin Phillips) to help solve a series of brutal murders that have plunged the city into a major gang war. The two quickly realize there is something far more sinister going on than either could have ever imagined”.

Official Trailer:


All action-shooting scenes really convince the audience that the characters involved are authentic cops chasing villains tactically handling their weapons around New Orleans. It really gives you an idea about how meticulous Director William Kaufman is when working on an action film like Sinners & Saints. Kaufman counted with the help of Sonny Puzikas, a former Russian Special Forces Operative to train the actors.

Here is “Bullets don’t lie”, a five minutes footage showing Sonny Puzikas training actor Johnny Strong for “Sinners & Saints”. Used with permission from Team J Strong.


Sinners & Saints also counts with a memorable knives fight scene. Here is a clip of the knife training starring Johnny Strong and Ron Balicki. Used with permission from Team J Strong.


Aside from the action, there is a well developed story with clear plot points and very good acting. Another important element to keep in mind is the music for the film which provides the right climax in every scene. The music was written and performed by Actor Johnny Strong. The song “Let You Go” from “The War Of Art” album is the main soundtrack for the film.

If you are an action-cops movie lover and enjoy listening to real rock music, “Sinners & Saints” is the film for you. It’s now available on BLUE-RAY and DVD. A Must See!