European rock label NAPALM RECORDS are extremely proud to announce the worldwide signing of THE ANSWER!
Founded in 1992 by Markus Riedler, NAPALM has become one of the most successful independent metal and hard rock labels in the world. The signing of THE ANSWER heralds a strategic new drive for the label to develop a cross over rock roster and THE ANSWER will be a spearhead priority release for NAPALM in 2013.
Says Head of A&R Thomas Caser:
“All @ Napalm Records and its affiliated partners are extremely proud to have THE ANSWER in the Napalm Records Rock roster from now on. We are happy to share the vision of the band and their management! 2013 will be a great year for THE ANSWER and we are eager to start working on the band’s upcoming new album!”
The new venture also encompasses the re-release of THE ANSWER back catalogue in specific key territories where rights are available but specifically the USA. NAPALM have a strong worldwide network of distribution partners including Warner ADA in USA, a new deal with Universal in GAS, Rough trade in Benelux and a whole host of other key territory affiliates.
First signed to Albert Productions in 2006, THE ANSWER released three successful albums over the course of the last 6 years the latest being the highly acclaimed REVIVAL on Spinefarm Records (UMG) in October 2011. After a busy summer of European festival and support shows, THE ANSWER are now writing / co-writing in advance of starting pre-production for their new album scheduled for release in the first half of 2013.
This is a very exciting new phase for the band who are reinvigorated with a whole new team, energy and sense of focus:
“THE ANSWER are thrilled to be working with NAPALM. This label really knows how to develop a band properly and provide their artists with a solid foundation from which they can flourish and achieve real success. We’re very excited to be given this opportunity and delighted to be working with a brand new team across the board. We can’t wait for 2013 – watch out for some very special formats next year!
In addition the band is confirmed as the special guest on the GOTTHARD December Swiss tour.
THE ANSWER – SPECIAL GUEST / GOTTHARD Swiss Tour
30.11.12 CH – Chur / Stadhalle
01.12.12 CH – Bern / Expo Halle 4.1
06.12.12 CH – Lausanne / Metropole
07.12.12 CH – Winterthur / Esihalle Deutweg
08.12.12 CH – Sursee / Stadhalle
For more information contact:
Napalm Records Promotion Department: email@example.com
We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Belsonic Festival in Belfast on August 18th. To win all you have to do is submit a photo of yourself wearing any Answer merchandise such as a hoody or hat in an unusual place.Once you have taken a photo simply upload it to our Facebook wall, the most interesting and creative picture will win. Entries close on Sunday 12th August with the winner being announced on the Monday. The only rule is no nudity, good luck!
P.S Please note the prize is tickets only, NO travel or accommodation are included.
Hey folks, Cormac here with some fresh info for all you good people.
You will all notice the new updates to the website and that we are finally going to release the “RISE” song in on July 1st 2012 on our own “The Answer Productions” label. This digital release will consist of a new 2012 radio edit mix of “RISE”, an extended full length version, a very special acoustic / orchestral version and a brand new mix of another gem called “Lost” which is also pretty rockin’ if I do say so myself.
Top of the list is the FACT that you can now pre-order our “RISE 2012 EP”. As I’ve mentioned before…the importance of this song to The Answer cannot be overstated. The stars have aligned to present us with an opportunity to release it into the public domain and we’re really really excited about it all.
I should state at this point that the “Rise EP” will be available as a WORLDWIDE release which is great news for us and hopefully great news for you too.
Not only is there a few killer versions of “Rise” on there. But there’s also a rockin re-mix of a lesser known tune of ours called “Lost”. This song is something different to anything we’ve done before and is well worth checking out. We even enlisted the services of the only bodhran (a traditional Irish drum) player in LA to ensure that this one blows your minds.
Something that may come as good new to the ears of our Italian fans is that we’ve just announced three gigs in Italy that will take place around the second week of July. We’ll be joining forces with Wolfmother and The Cribs to ensure that the Mediterranean gets its fair share of high octane rock n roll this Summer.
Thats all for now folks. We’re gonna be in Austria, Italy, Holland, France, Switzerland, UK, Ireland and Belfast over the next few months so keep an eye on our tour dates page.
We’re looking forward to seeing you. Enjoy our new EP!!!!
Cormac the singer guy
Tour News – The band have had a short rest after the Jan European tour, as ever they had a blast and were really chuffed to see so many of you at the shows, so a huge thanks to those of you who ventured out. This weekend sees the band flying off to play another show in Japan. The Answer will headline Club Quattro in Tokyo on Tuesday Feb 21st. The band can’t wait to catch up with all of you in Japan for a grand night of Rock n Roll. The March UK tour with The Union is selling really well, so don’t get caught out, get your tickets now.
Single News – The new single, ‘Nowhere Freeway’ is out on Monday 20th Feb. The b-sides are Battlecry, an unreleased song from the album sessions in El Paso and an acoustic version of the title track recorded at the bands studio in Northern Ireland. You can buy it here The single features a duet with Lynne Jackaman from Saint Jude if you haven’t seen the video or heard the track check out the video here . As ever please spread the word.
Other News – The Fan Rank competition comes to closes on Feb 29th, so there is still time to climb into the top 5 and win one of the super rare prizes. From next week there will be another competition running via our friends at Planet Rock, you can win a chance to meet both The Answer + The Union on the March tour, and there are free downloads from both bands so check that out at www.planetrock.com The band also have an on the road play list at Spotify. There will be live sessions coming very soon on XFM and Planet Rock, more news as we get it.
That’s it for now…Peace…db
That’s right, we’ve got another competition in the works. This time the top 5 Answer fans get an exclusive vinyl LP of Revival. We have saved 5 sets of vinyl white labels, given the band 5 blank sleeves and a bottle of Tequila, and the results are there for you to win! Each sleeve has been hand drawn by the band, so each one is a total one off, never to be repeated!!
The ultimate Answer prize for sure. We will also throw in a hand written and signed lyric sheet for the top 5, there are only 10 of these, 5 went to the last winners and we have 5 left for this prize.
What they look like:
To participate, you’ll need to sign up to Fanzy from this link. Then you just need to tweet about, talk about, post about and share all The Answer goodness as well as follow us on YouTube & Twitter. Here are some links that will get you big points for sharing them:
- Our website
- Our Facebook
- These iTunes Links
- These widgets
- Nowhere Freeway YouTube link
The competition starts now and end ends on February 29th. We’ll only be counting points from that time period, so everyone’s starting from zero on this one. Go on, get posting!
Tickets are selling fast for our upcoming UK tour. Have you got your tickets yet? Check out our dates.
Also keep your eyes peeled for the video for our latest single “Nowhere Freeway” (released Feb 20th) on Planet Rock, Kerrang and Scuzz. The single’s a belter and features the amazing vocal talents of Lynne Jackaman from Saint Jude / single being played at planet rock .
If you like what you hear and see, PLEASE email the stations to let them know. It really makes a difference.
Tour News – The band had a ball out in Europe with Mr Coverdale and the snakes, cheers to all of you who showed up to see the band. A quick break for Christmas and then back to Europe for some headline shows in January, hope to see you rockers down the front as ever, check the gig page for full info. February sees the band off to Greece and finally, another show in Japan. The answer will headline Club Quattro in Tokyo on Feb 21st; tickets go on sale this week, again check gig page for full info. More shows will be announced else where in Jan, watch this space for news. The March UK tour with The Union is selling pretty quickly, so don’t get caught out, get your tickets now. And, as ever at this time of year singer Cormac has a few words for you all……..
How’s it goin there folks? Yes that’s right, its time for the annual Cormo Christmas message. Hard to know where to begin with this year’s round up so I suppose the beginning is as good a place to start as any….
The album sessions in El Paso seem like a long time ago right now. But when I think about it we couldn’t have asked for a better way to start 2011. We got to go to Texas for two months in desert during which time we recorded Revival, an album which the four of us firmly believe is our best yet. Thus began the campaign (still on going) to revive rock n roll from the grassroots up. While we got our new album mixed and sorted out the artwork we threw ourselves into rehearsals for the good times in front of us. But that
didn’t mean we couldn’t play a few top secret shows around Ireland and the UK to road test the new material. We’d like to thank all the good people who came to those shows, those were some hot and sweaty rock n roll shows!!
We headed into the festival season armed with a bunch of brand new songs and a resolution to put the heart and soul back into the kind of music we all love and worship. Hellfest in France and England’s own Sonisphere were two major highlights of the summer and reminded us that there’s no better place to be in the world than getting drunk and rockin out at a rock and metal festival. We got to hang out with some friends both back and front of stage, drink lots of whisky and…Maybe I should let the guys tell you some the stories in person. Suffice to say we had a good summer.
Then came the first leg of the Revival tour in which we took our new songs around Ireland and the UK for a month long rock n rollercoaster ride. This was our first proper tour for quite some time and no better way to get back in the saddle than by bringing it
back to the grassroots. We decided it would be best to keep this one up close and personal and that it was. There wasn’t a single night on that tour when I didn’t walk off stage thinking to myself “holy shit I’ve got the best job in the world!!!”. The new material went down a blast and we got to play some old favourites like Memphis Water again and the crowds gave us a lot of love throughout. I only hope that we gave it back and then some. It was definite proof if ever any was need that rock music is best served live. Roll on March is all I’ve got left to say about that!!
The year’s curtain closer came in the form of an almighty European tour during which we got to play a few more headline shows but also got to rock out with our old friends Whitesnake again. Starting in Scandinavia and curling through Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland and Holland we played in front of some of our
most enthusiastic crowds yet. David Coverdale was in fine form as were the band. I even got to give Doug Aldrich a lesson in bar stool bag pipe playing. We couldn’t have hoped for a better way to end the year.
So as my rambling draws to a close all I’ve got left to do is thank all you good people for buying our new album, coming to our shows and just generally making this all possible for us. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. We couldn’t do any of this without you and we’re eternally grateful for your support. We’re back in Europe from the second week of January. We’re in Greece and Japan in February and then back in the UK and Ireland in
March. America, don’t worry we’ve got something in the pipeline for you too. So until next year my friends have a great Christmas and a happy new year. The Answer loves
And finally, a musical Christmas message for you all!
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That’s it for
So the band are announcing another UK tour on Monday. The Answer will hit the road in the UK in March on a co-headline tour with The Union, this is going to be a great evening of the best of British and Irish rock music. After the last UK tour the band cant wait to get back in front of you all. All but one of the last tour dates sold out so get your tickets for this now while you can. Tickets for all shows will be on sale from 9am on Friday November 25th. There will be a third band added soon. All info is on the gig page now so check it out. Cormac had this to say:
“The Answer and The Union joining forces for a once in a lifetime rockin rollercoaster ride around the UK? Yes Please… The Answer are there with bells on and we’re gonna rock your socks off people! The rock n roll revival continues…long live the REVIVAL!!”
And Luke from The Union agrees, he said: ‘Pete and I are really looking forward to touring with The Answer and it’s a real pleasure to be flying the flag for British rock
music. I think both bands are ideally suited and it’ll be a great experience for audience and musicians alike! Roll on March!’
The band are on the way to Sweden to join up with Whitesnake on a short European tour, they will be back in Europe from Jan 11th, again full info on gig page. More news as we get it, that’s it for now.. Peace…db
Tour News – So the band are heading off to Europe this week to play a run of shows with their old mates Whitesnake, and to play three of their own shows. Check gig page for full info. In the meantime we have confirmed our own European dates for January next year, again check the full list out on the gigs page. Also confirmed is a headline show in Athens in February at the Gagarin club. More UK and USA shows will be confirmed soon for next year, watch this space.
Web Shop – So now the new shop is up and running we are starting to add some nice new merch. The first special item is a very limited photo print by our good friend Paul
Harries; check it out in the shop. It is a colour or black and white special print of the ‘Brooklyn Bridge’ shot that was taken when the band were there supporting AC/DC back in 2009. There will only be 50 of each so grab one soon. Also added are two tee shirts – a reprint of the evil Man shirt and a new shirt form the recent UK tour, check em out!
Other News – Part 6 of the making of Revival is now online so go have a look at it, more will follow soon. The guys from Across the Line at the BBC in Northern Ireland are going to do a video feature with the band soon. They want all of you to ask the questions, so
send your questions for the band to our facebook or twitter sites, the questions will be sent on to the team at ATL and then they will do the rest, so send em in please.
That’s it for now…Peace…db