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From Escape Music:

Bite The Bullet were originally formed in 1986 by singer songwriter Mick Benton and drummer Graham Cowling. They met in 1984 when they both joined West London rock band “Mother’s Ruin”. Thanks to the legendary Greg Lake, Benton managed to secure a solo deal with Atlantic Records and he asked Cowling to play drums. Its good to see that their collaboration is still strong to this very day.

In 1986 “Bite the Bullet” were formed and the music played was in the style of Foreigner, Toto and Mr. Mister, an album was released in 1989 to some quiet success. The music was warmly received and the band earned themselves some radio airplay. However, britpop was coming into the forefront and a cancelled support slot with the mighty ELO saw the band disheartened and whilst they never really disbanded there was a long period of inactivity.

Benton and Cowling always remained friends and they still played in pubs and clubs over the years which brings is up to 2019 when their debut was reissued on CD. It ignited a flame in the two men and brought the original recording back to the forefront again and old fans reappraised the album whilst new fans joined in.

Mick and Graham decided to get writing new material for a second “Bite the Bullet” album and the result is outstanding, coming across like Mr Mister meets Asia. The new songs are a natural continuation of the original BTB sound and have a great feel to them, opener “Rock to Stones” is a killer. A great start to 2021!.

Line up
Mick Benton – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards
Graham Cowling – Drums
Produced by Mick Benton.

Members over the years include: 
Malcolm Jones: guitar / Phil Longden: keyboards / Dave Foster: bass
Graham Foy: guitar / John Haynes: bass

 

Release Date: 22 January 2021
Catalogue number: ESM349

Track Listing:

1 Rocks To Stones 3:49
2 Black & White 3:26
3 Falling 4:35
4 I’ll Go 
5 Starlight 3:47
6 You Never Knew 4:04
7 The Lonely Road  4:38
8 Dark Energy   4;50
9 More Than This  3:00
10 Bring It On  4:31
11 Under The Veil 5:00
12 Unconditional or Last Chance Radio (Bonus)  4:06

 

 

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OK, that video for "Rocks to Stones" is kinda clever but...

The production on that song is awful.  It sounds muddy, like it was recorded on horrible equipment or something.

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