Xander joined TotalRock in 2009 as the stations Social Media Administrator, moving the station forwards in the modern online world creating the Facebook Page, YouTube and Twitter. He took on a permanent show and fill in slots in January 2010 and assisted Mad Maz on Anarchy On The Airwaves.
A brief time abroad in Denmark from February 2011 saw an on air absence until his return to the UK and the airwaves in April 2013 and now handling press duties.
Previously Xander has drummed with Badaxe, Kid Klumsy and The Needful Things, wrote for Pure Rawk and Metal Talk, photographed bands live, gig promoted in the East Midlands and handled PR for Danish act, IIIrd Alternative.
New releases and current tours!
Dave Grohl, Queen, Aerosmith, Devin Townsend, SikTh, A7X, SOAD, Manu Chao, Soulfly, Dethklok, QOTSA, RATM, pizza, cheesecake, vodka, rum, cats & boobs!
TAYLOR HAWKINS & THE COATTAIL RIDERS
Red Light Fever
So what do you think Foo Fighters drummer can come up with? Well, I certainly didn't expect this. Straight off a little mix of Queen, The Darkness and a dirty riff! Taylor's vocals sound awesome and Not Bad Luck is so catchy with awesome guitars. Your Shoes starts very Foo's sounding, understandable, but this track, along with the entire album, has some kind of old fashioned rock n roll feel to it that can appeal to anyone - I like it. Way Down really shows off Taylor's vocals with such a raw rough sound, very gritty, and goes well with this style of rock. It also reminded me of Roger Taylor's vocals, but after further investigation turns out Roger is actually a contributing to back up vocals for this track. And guess what, Brain May also contributed guitar for some tracks too along with Dave Grohl with vocals too.
It's Over then flips and goes all psychedelic on us in the intro only to slow down into a smooth verse, this album starts off a little eccentric, sometimes pushing the limits of what can be put together, yet remaining cohesive. Unfortunately the album then starts loosing pace and heads towards the middle of the road with just a couple more slightly upbeat tracks at the end of the album.
Red Light Fever starts well but then becomes quite average just before halfway. Certainly worth giving a chance and the band play well live, as seen at Download Festival 2010. ★★✩✩✩
Xander - Album Of The Week 29/06/10
The album kicks off with the title track, Animal Factory, setting the pace for the album. I find the album atmospheric and in places dark, aided by the vocals of Andrew Miller, even occasionally haunting with echoes and delays. This can be heard well in the breakdown to Visceral, their first single back in 2009. A great catchy song, though for me the middle 8 is about a middle 16, too long! Then comes the bounce with Inveigle which went down very well live at Download Festival 2010, but come the chorus you start to see a pattern emerging in that the chorus for the songs are very similar
You may think the album could then be repetitive but it is very solid and the riffs set the tracks apart. Precise drumming from (now guitarist) Dale Chapman and subtle guitar layers along with Dan Baker and flowing solos along with a groovy, hard and smooth bass lines from a Mr. Steve Parker show this bands high quality ability to write good songs - for example, The Butterfly Effect, with a striking solo, groovy riff and bass line. I really like this song.
The album is great to drive to, especially on a rainy day. It works when you're happy and it is also pretty good to do the hoovering to (turn it up loud of course!!) I look forward to more great stuff form this band. ★★★✩✩
Xander - Album Of The Week 08/06/10
The Living Measure Of Time
This self release can quite possibly be THE self release of the year! Each member of the band is truly magnificent, see them live and you will see for your self. They're even that good that rock violinist, Anna-Phoebe, has hired them as her backing band, in return she also occasional features in a few songs with them live. As a full band the heavier stuff has strong power chords and riffs but then striped down a level to acoustic and my word, they will blow you away! Again, this is mimicked in Anna-Phoebe's band, along with a part time table, Sim, player for both groups.
So the album starts with an intro that appears to warm us up for what is about to ensue, though you're not entirely sure what will come next. Well, it's a drum fill intro to The Scars, a fast paced hard rocking track with a melodic and catchy chorus and riffs, proceeded by the equally rocky track, The Liar. Perhaps worth noting at this point that for the album the band recruited Heights and TesseracT drummer, Jay Postones, with whom I had the pleasure of seeing them play together back in mid 2009. Since then until mid 2010, having now recruited a full time drummer, Francesco, the band have being playing a string of acoustic shows around London. So here is where the album turns so beautifully into acoustic and indian. Proem breaks right down with delicate harmonies, total chill! I even love that you hear the vocal count in a gap. The Winter is kind of a heavy chill, if that could exist, and fits perfectly in the middle of the album. The Equinox brings us back to acoustic and tabla and smoothly brings us back to heavy, a beautiful mix of both in one track and a perfect display of the skill and quality of bassist, Yves. We are then left with one of my favourite songs of 2010, The Dreaming. Everything about it is good; gentle power, strong vocals, heavy riffs, and the most magnificent 2 minute soft ending - like a dream. ★★★★★
Xander - Album Of The Week 11/05/10