Monday, 03 December 2018 15:53

Last....But Certainly Not Least !The Final Hidden Gems

Written by Anselm Anderson

Biscay

Biscay are a six-piece from UK. The band’s name derives from the location they are based. Biscay are fronted by the exciting young French singer Elea may. The sextuplet are a hybrid of Funk, Jazz and World Music. The award-winning outfit enjoyed a successful 2018 winning five songwriting competitions combined with May’s sweet voice is accompanied by an accomplished rhythm section that plays a combustion of upbeat funk and rich jazz textures.

http://biscay.co.uk/

This is a basic account with an attractive image of the band set in the background. The white colour seems to be an easy backdrop to the material you will find. There is a nice Bio section, alongside a link to Biscay’s latest music video. You will find a link to a music player alongside a lovely gallery of colourful snaps of the band. There is also A press release section with links to magazine articles and reviews of the band.

https://www.facebook.com/biscaymusic/

This is a helpful site for anybody interested in the band. There are regular post updates from the studio, as well as photos and videos of recordings. This idea of giving visitors exclusive behind the scene footage conveys itself as professional.

 

Four Trips Ahead

Four Trips Ahead is a Prog/Metal act from New York formed in 2003 by Lead singer/songwriter Pete Wilson. The band have steadily forged a hard-working reputation with extensive tours across the States and Europe, including the UK. They have also featured in several Musical publications and received national airplay. Wilson’s strong and impassioned vocals are matched by the intricate guitar solos and pounding drums that are reminiscent of American act Black Label Society.

Four Trips Ahead recently released Latest Album “... And the Fire Within” last Spring.

Four Trips Ahead are;

Pete Wilson - Vocals

Brian Eisenpresser- Guitars

Dan Cassidy- Bass

Ken Candelas- Drums

http://fourtripsahead.com/

This is a very professional site with an attractive logo, and a large background photo of the band. I felt this gave the impression of a renowned rock act. There are some nice quotes about the music from reputable Music publications, as well as an extensive bio on FTA’s latest album “… And the Fire Within”. There is a link to the band’s YouTube account, as well as a photo gallery. The news section promises exciting upcoming releases, but it is not regularly updated.

https://www.facebook.com/fourtripsahead/

This is another well managed account by the band. There are regular posts on media promo, gigs etc. They seem to interact on each post with the fans, which is always a plus for any music fan. There are links to other social media accounts, plus videos that gain behind the scenes access, as well as an extensive photo gallery. I felt impressed with the overall feeling that they enjoy interacting with the fans.

Explorers

Explorers are a Synth/pop act from Chesterfield, England. The two -piece were inspired to form the band through a bond of 80’s cinema, Nostalgia and “a DIY spirit”. They derived their name from a Joe Dante film. The duo previously appeared in several indie bands, including MYbe ;which outsoled Maximo Park and Placebo in the charts. The duo produces warm and atmospheric music replete with synths and hazy vocals.

Explorers are;

Jez Dennis – Drums, Vocals

Rob Bannister- Synths, vocals

https://www.weareexplorers.co.uk/

This is another attractive site with a backdrop of sunset that gives the impressions of a warm welcome. There is an extensive bio on the duo, a music player, which includes new single “Waiting for the sun”, plus a section dedicated to the Explorers’ social media activity. The only negative is there is no photo gallery to peruse.

https://www.facebook.com/weareexplorers/

This is a good FB page from Explorers. The outfit have formed an engaging page that interacts with new fans. They regularly post updates in regards to music promotion. There are some colourful pictures of the band on stage, plus sneak peek of new music recorded in the studio

Sirsy

Sirsy are a rock and soul duet from New York. The duo is Lead singer/ Drummer Melanie Krahmer, who has previously featured in Modern Drummer Magazine, and guitarist Rich Libutti.

They have performed over 200 shows annually over a ten-year span that includes opening slots for established acts like Maroon 5, Cheap Trick etc. Krahmer’s vocals are powerful and energetic with the sardonic grooves of Libutti’s guitar lines.

Sirsy are currently working on a follow up to 2015 EP “ Sketches and Ghosts”

https://www.sirsy.com/

This is a very well- organized site that has been done to professional standard. The duo’s hard work ethic has been transposed into creating a vibrant and compelling webpage that is worth a browse if you have a few minutes. The strong colour scheme is instantly attractive with a slideshow effect informing visitors of the band’s recent achievements. The sections are categorized with a dropdown menu for any subject of interest. There is an updated gig schedule, MP3 links to Sirsy’s back catalogue alongside an option to read through the lyrics, too. The video sections feature a link to their YouTube channel.

Also, the photo section is divided into separate pictures such as press, live, Instagram etc. The about section concludes with an extensive biography, alongside a press kit.

https://www.facebook.com/sirsyband/

This is another fun and entertaining site designed to engage with listeners. The profile picture of the band as caricatures highlights their personality, which is a warm gesture for visitors. There are regular posts of their recent tour, photos of the band enjoying themselves across the states plus videos that act as a diary as they drive from coast to coast. This gives the impression that they enjoy what they do.

Sandoval Band

Sandoval Band is Jean Sandoval, A guitarist/singer/songwriter from Meridian, CT, USA. He enjoys creating different sounds to form unique ones and has toured extensively alongside with fellow musicians. Sandoval writes soulful tunes blended with blues, jazz, country and Latin flavour. Sandoval shares similarities with Santana and Jeff Healy.

Sandoval recently released new EP “Sound of It All: Part A” in January.

https://www.sandovalband.com/

This is another professional site. The viewer is greeted by a large photo of Sandoval, alongside an instant player of his latest EP. There are some pictures of the guitarist in the studio, as well as some with his gear. There is also a video of the guitarist performing live on a local TV show.

https://www.facebook.com/sandovalband

This is another well managed FB page that engages with the audience. The posts show how Sandoval values his listeners with regular updates on his personal life, as well as tours and new music. There are videos that offer sneak previews of the new album, as well of the band working hard in the studio. I feel this is another positive for new fans interested in learning more about the guitarist.

Chrysalis

Chrysalis are an underground Indie/ Heavy metal outfit from Barstow, CA. The band have experienced something of a meteoric rise since the days when they self- released their debut album in College. Since then, they have featured in several notable music publications such as Revolver and Metal Hammer, as well as toured with acts like Ill Nino and A Day to Remember.

Chrysalis have gone on to release a further two albums to date, including a successful crowdfund campaign in support of the second one.

The band create atmospheric sounds via crushing guitars and pounding drums. They write progressive music with thought provoking lyrics.

Chrysalis are:

Yessi Burton - Vocals / Guitar / Keys
Chris Norris - Guitar / Backing Vocals
Gabe Gallego - Guitar / Backing Vocals
Jared Sturgis - Bass
Billy Norris – Drums

https://chrysalisband.com

This is a pleasant site to visit with an attractive overhead and a nice blend of colours that reflects the emotional and calming aura of Chrysalis. There is certainly no lack of music for the regular site browsers. There is a full catalogue; which includes videos of the singles, too. I found that you need to scroll down to discover this, as well as several social media links, and information on the band. There is a comprehensive bio, which seems outdated. Overall, this is an interesting insight for fans none too familiar with their sound.

https://www.facebook.com/ChrysalisBand/

This seems like a site managed by the band themselves in order to promote their material. There are regular updates on their music, plus interaction with their fans. Also, the pictures seem like music posters from their gigs, with the exception of a few. Th videos seem like guitar breakdowns for the fans. My only criticism is that the site has not been active for over a year.


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Ramshackle

Ramshackle are a Punk rock act from Sydney, Australia, comprising of friends from England, Australia and China. The band were originally formed as a three piece by two high school friends, who had competed together in Battle of the Bands competitions. They were joined by an English bassist, whose family moved to Sydney when he was 9 years old. The band were finally converted into a four piece in 2013 following the arrival of a music producer from China on drums.

Ramshackle have regularly toured across Australia at some big venues, as well as local festivals.

The band play high energy guitar orientated music with melodic vocals and powerful lyrics.

Ramshackle are:

Lead Vocals & bass: Tony Austin

Guitar & vocals: Jared Montgomery

Guitar & vocals: James Wall

Drums: Jack Gao

https://ramshackle.com.au/

This is another well managed site with some great on-stage pictures of the group in performance, an extensive about section, and lyrics. There is a music player for those interested in their sound, alongside a couple of videos of the band on stage. The only criticism is it would have been nice to see a few more videos of the band.

https://www.facebook.com/ramshackleband/

This is another good facebook page with posts on upcoming gigs, a comprehensive collection of photos of the band in rehearsal, as well as performing on stage. The videos are an insight into the band in rehearsal, which feels like it really involves the fans. My only criticism is that the posts haven’t been updated since May.

Wild Horse

Wild Horse are a four-piece hard rock act from East Sussex, England formed by brothers, Jack and Henry Baldwin. The band have been compared to The Rolling Stones and Arctic Monkeys, and have appeared at notable venues across London and Southern England.

The hard working outfit were recognized in 2014 as “Rock the House” nominees, They have released two albums &3 EP’s to date.

Wild Horse recently released second album “Songs About Last Night” in June. They are currently working on a new EP

http://www.wildhorse-rockband.com/home

This is another attractive site with an intent to promote the act’s credentials. There are various links to Wild Horse Music via various established online music platforms, some sharp images of the band, as well as an extensive bio. I feel this is a good introduction to Wild Horse.

https://www.facebook.com/wildhorseuk/

This is a great site that embodies the band’s hard work ethic. I feel this reflects the band’s personality with in-depth posts that regularly update fans on gigs and music promos. There are tons of photos of the band onstage, as well as videos of the band onstage, and latest music tracks. This is a professional site managed to appeal to fans.

Mitch Dalton and the Studio kings

Mitch Dalton and The Studio kings are a British supergroup formed by revered guitarist Mitch Dalton, whose played with Robbie Williams and Melody Gardot. The band are completed by Pianist David Arch, best known for his work on TV show “Strictly Come Dancing”, and in the Oscar winning film “The King’s speech”, Bassist Steve Pearce (Van Morrison) and drummer Ian Thomas (Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton). The band play melodious grooves and have featured music on several films and tv shows.

Mitch Dalton and The Super kings have a debut album called “...Meet Mitch Dalton and the Studio Kings”

http://www.mitchdalton.co.uk/

This is another well managed site with a stylish font and colourful pictures on the home page.

There are snippets of reviews, as well as a bio and a link to the band’s new album. The pictures contain images of the band in the studio, as well as videos’ too. I felt this was an interesting look into the band, which gave an insight into their music.

https://www.facebook.com/MitchDaltonandTheStudioKings/

This site doesn’t offer much information on the band. There are posts on the band’s shows with a promo photo. There are no videos, and the last update was in March.

Black Olives

Black Olives are a hard rock act from London, England. The band debuted headlining the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 with the support of BBC Music live.

The band have continued to set the bar with high profile appearances at notable venues and festivals in England, which includes a performance in Moldova to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Black olives have also supported Joss Stone at the Royal Philharmonic too. The band fuse Brit pop with classic rock music to creates well-crafted melodies.

Black Olives have released 3 albums to date to much critical acclaim. Their latest “Double Standards” came out in 2017.

https://www.blackolivesmusic.com/home

This is a nicely organized site with a link to that latest album plus a compelling bio on Black Olives, plus a music player that covers a majority of their albums, plus photos from their past European tours. There is also a nicely updated schedule page,too. I feel this is another site apt for new fans.

https://www.facebook.com/blackolivesmusic/

This is a rather informative page with regular posts updating readers on airplay submissions, upcoming gigs, and photos of them, too. The photo section provides intricately taken snaps of the band on stage via colour /black & white. I also found the video section to be different from your usual FB band pages, in which we get insight into the recording of various tracks. Overall, a fully insightful introduction for new fans.

Attic Theory

Attic Theory are the amalgamation of former members of Matchstickmen and Rain May fall. The Liverpool- Based outfit play self- proclaimed “Sexy Groovy Rock”

Attic Theory derived the name from an episode of CBS TV series Elementary, and have performed at venues like the 02 Academy, alongside high-profile support slots for established artists like Graham Bonnett, Quireboys and DiamondHead.

Attic Theory will soon embark on a tour in support of The Soap Girls and Saving Abel. They will soon be releasing new material, too.

Attic Theory are;

Peter Donnelly - Guitar

Tim Cunningham - Guitar & Backing Vocals

Lewis Wright - Vocals

Kenneth McArthur - Bass

'25 hours & 5 minutes Party' Dave Hornby – Drums

http://www.attictheory.co.uk/home

This is another attractive site to the all-conquering eye. The opening page features a large graphic with the enticement to watch their new video. There is a much-detailed biography, as well as a Spotify link to the band’s latest track “Saints Amongst Us”. I feel it would have been nice to hear more because they sound good. There is only one video to view. It certainly is a site in development. However, it is a good start.

https://www.facebook.com/AtticTheory/

This is another fully informative site. There are regular updates on the band’s latest news, Gigs, plus they share another act’s material, which shows the band’s kindness. The photo section details the act’s sense of humor, alongside festival appearances, and music posters. This reflects the impression the act is down to earth and feel comfortable engaging with a new audience.


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Written by Anselm Anderson - UK / Lancaster

My name is Anselm and I have a strong passion for music. I host two rock radio shows for the internet on a weekly basis. Also, I have experience in the past year of writing music reviews and conducting interviews with upcoming artists for several online music magazines. My main goal is to continue to write for thse interested in learning about what is new in the musical world.

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