If you've been paying attention, you'll have noticed the slow but steady rise of the New Wave Of Classic Rock, or NWOCR. Hell, we've even written about it. And now, in the spirit of NWOBHM compilations like Metal for Muthas and Metal for Muthas Volume II, NWOCR is receive its very own album.
The Official New Wave Of Classic Rock - Volume 1 will be released on July 23, and is a 42-track roundup of NWOCR's rising stars, including many of the names that have been packing out Classic Rock's Tracks Of The Week feature over the last few years.
Included are hopefuls like Bad Touch, Backwater Conspiracy, Bootyard Bandits, Gorilla Riot, Jack J Hutchinson, Revival Black, Ryders Creed, The Hot Damn, These Wicked Rivers and Thundermother, as well as some bands who've already achieved some chart success in The Dust Coda, Mason Hill and Massive Wagons.
"It blows my mind how fast the NWOCR thing has grown!" says Massive Wagons frontman Baz Mills. "It’s literally exploded! They shine a real bright light on new bands all over the world, and it's a real honour to be a part of this official NWOCR compilation album!"
“We’ve been looking into the possibility of putting together a NWOCR compilation CD since last year, and thought that right now would be absolutely perfect timing to release the definitive version of a set of tracks from bands who together define the genre", says Richard Brindley, from the NWOCR Facebook Group (opens in new tab).
He continues: “We want to get this CD high up into the UK compilation chart, and raise the profile of the movement and the bands to a massively wider audience. This could be the truest execution of people power; a compilation by the community, for the community."
The Official New Wave Of Classic Rock - Volume 1 is available to pre-order now (opens in new tab) on double CD. There's no vinyl or downloadable version, but there is an official NWOCR tea towel.
The Official New Wave Of Classic Rock - Volume 1 artist list
Daxx & Roxane
Dead Man's Whiskey
Jack J Hutchinson
Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons
Shape Of Water
Sons Of Liberty
South Of Salem
The Dust Coda
The Hot Damn
The New Roses
These Wicked Rivers
Tomorrow Is Lost