Tuesday, 18 December 2018 11:51

Andrew Neil- Merry Go Round

Andrew Neil is a remarkable up and coming singer/songwriter from Charlottesville, Neil’s path has seen the singer battle many tragedies to record his first studio album. A path that began in 2009, when he sustained a serious head injury in a car accident. The confinement of lying in a hospital bed brought out the creative bug inside the singer to write over 400 tracks, even though he had no formal musical training. Unfortunately, the accident proved a catalyst for a series of psychotic episodes in his life that saw him diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder and complex PTSD. This all culminated in Neill being incarcerated in 2013 after such an episode resulted in him stabbing his younger brother in the arm, He was found not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) and committed to a West State Hospital in Virginia. Neil wrote over 70 tracks and to self- produced an album entitled “Code Purple” named after an emergency call for patients. It was an album that made history as the only one recorded in a state hospital.

This all brings me to Neill’s first studio album “Merry Go Round” since his release from Hospital The album itself was released in September with comparisons to Elliot Smith, Nick Drake and Kurt Cobain. Neill writes captivating lyrics in this accessible album that is not short of intricately composed riffs and guitar solos, emotive singing and with subtle nods to those aforementioned musicians.

Divide and Conquer starts things off with this grunge- influenced track complete with a psychedelic and haunting riff that has Neil in a philosophical mood.

Merry Go Round is the title track that has similarities to Nirvana’s Nevermind era. Neil shows versatility with his songwriting here, creating hazy riffs. The backing band provide solace to Neil’s undeniable ability to write compelling music.

The album explores other themes and styles that feels like the listener on this emotional journey. I mostly feel impressed with how each track reflects the singer’s emotions throughout different parts of his life. This is something rarely experienced in contemporary music albums today.

I Wish is a gentle ballad stripped back from all musical components that is just a melodic track with Neill Singing from his heart with an acoustic guitar.

Tie Dye Dinosaur is another well-structured track that I feel looks at being an outsider. The catchy chorus will leave you humming for days. I liked how Neill’s voice seemed to mature and sound brighter. The intelligent songwriting is prevalent here an upbeat track replete with the melodic accompaniment of flute that feels like a positive new day.

Overall, I would recommend this album to any audience that enjoys intelligent lyrics, well-structured melodies and a journey through many trials and tribulations that lead to light at the end of the tunnel.

Merry Go Round is available via Spotify & Amazon now.

If you’d like to discover more music and information about Andrew Neil Maternick,

you can do so by visiting the official website

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 15:48

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Chasing Shadows

 

Chasing Shadows are an Indie / Pop/ Rock act formed in August 2010 at The King’s Head in Rhuddian, North Wales.

The five-piece consists of Sam Roberts (vocals), Ben Etchell- Rimmer (guitar) Russ Pearson (bass) and Chris Leonard on drums. Their music will enrapture you with its raw energy and catchy pop choruses that will captivate any true fans of British bands like Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks and Razorlight. Robert’s broody vocals blend with the smooth harmonies of Etchell- Rimmer's guitar lines create a melodic pop sound.

The band claim to write ”music about everyday life because there is nothing much to write about from where they are from”. They don’t define themselves by any genre and invite the audience to make up their minds to what they think.

Chasing Shadows recently released EP “Darker Days in July. You can find it via Itunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all good media outlets.

 

There is little information I could find on the band to write this article. However, you can find out more about upcoming gigs and music via their social media accounts.

http://www.chasingshadowsmusic.com

This is the band’s official website that is a work in progress. There is a music video for latest single “Warning Signs” plus an option to access the band’s catalogue. Overall, there is not much choice for new visitors.

https://www.facebook.com/chasingshadowsmusic/

This is a more accessible site for fans. I feel this offers a more intimate insight into the group’s relationship with the listeners through videos of the band rehearsing and more music videos from the band’s releases.

 

Best Not Broken

 

Boston’s very own Best Not Broken are an infectious Pop/Rock act, who have built a sturdy reputation for high energy shows and catchy, power pop/rock original songs. They draw influences from Brit Pop, Alternative Rock, New Wave, and a brand of singer-songwriter.

Their Live performances draw fun from the audience ad are as every bit as energetic as their music. They won the 2016 New England Music Awards. And since then, Best Not Broken have received regular radio airplay with tracks “Tell Me That You Want Me” and “I Won’t Stop Loving You”, as well as the recently released “Faster”. On top of this, the band have released several music videos, including the release of the video-single “What the Night Has Left”. Best Not Broken have also rubbed shoulders with legendary acts by opening for Pat Benatar, Little River Band, Gin Blossoms, The Baby's and Jefferson Starship as well as contemporary chart-topping artists like Jason Derulo and Matt Nathanson. They have also played venues all over the Northeast including the Blue Ocean Music Hall and Brighton Music Hall in MA, The Aura and Maine State Pier in ME, The Bitter End and Parkside Lounge in NYC, the Casino Ballroom and Tupelo Music Hall in NH, and The Met in RI.

The band’s sound plays radio friendly rock with punchy hooks and musical passages that are progressive. Jackson’s harmonies blend with the guitar orientated timbers of Shah’s guitar.

Best Not Broken are led by Eric Jackson (vocals, guitar), Mark Oswald (bass, vocals), Carlo Carluccio (drums, percussion), Anand Shah (guitar) and Brian Eyberg (keyboards). The band’s debut EP, ”Somewhere Good” was produced by David Minehan, a Boston Music legend , who also produced Their follow-up EP, Falling In, The band is currently recording a new album and touring throughout the Northeast.

You can hear latest single “Brain via Soundcloud and Spotify

https://www.bestnotbroken.com/

This is a good site for listeners with an updated news feed, a link to the band’s latest tracks plus some fantastic colorful images of the band on stage and in rehearsals.

https://www.facebook.com/BestNotBroken/

This is another accessible site that shows a willingness to interact with the fans. There are a selection of home videos and gig videos, plus some more of those nice colorful pics of the band at work

https://twitter.com/bestnotbroken

The band continue their trend of producing good professional social accounts for listeners. This site is more of an intimate account that allows them to promote latest gigs and music videos for the fans.

https://www.instagram.com/bestnotbroken/

This has some great images that really captures each member in action and some personal ones of the band backstage.


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Dream Spectrum

 

Dream Spectrum are an instrumental progressive rock act from Buffalo, NY, blending Classic rock, Jazz and Metal to create a unique sound that is sure to impress with blistering guitar solos, simplistic melodies and dual harmonies.

The band have formed a reputation for supporting established acts like Buckcherry, Molly Hatchet and Goo Goo Dolls, which helped the band be nominated for best new band in Buffalo in 2016.

They were formed in 2013 by Alex Braun and Jake Schoenle, with Sam Osmond becoming the lead guitarist soon after followed by Todd Glosser in 2015. Jeff Miers of the Buffalo News described the band as 'all instrumental melodic metal,'. The band’s debut album is now available on their website

https://www.dreamspectrumband.com/the-band

This site grabs the viewer immediately with the background artwork depicting hot air balloons gliding through a storm. The videos are equally impressive with an array of music videos of the band’s latest singles. The site is informative and the photos show a look through the band’s equipment

https://www.facebook.com/DreamSpectrum2k13/

This provides updates for the band’s tours and music. The videos show footage of the band’s gigs and strong images of the band on stage.

https://twitter.com/dreamspectrum4

This is a more personal account to allow listeners an opportunity to listen to the band’s newest releases

 

Purple?

 

Purple? Are a Pop/Rock act formed in 2010 in Miami, FL. They started off as a few kids interested in creating their own blend of mainstream music. The band write and perform original music with a meaning, substance and creativity. They have received applause from a loyal fanbase that continues to grow with appearances at battle of the bands, private events, as well as clubs like tobacco road and will call miami.

The band are Amaury Rovira (Bass, Vocals), David Hidalgo ( Guitar, Vocals),Aldo Canals ( guitar) and Juan Seijas on Drums.

The band create beautiful atmospheric melodies with heartfelt lyrics and impassioned vocals that share comparisons with acts like Blink 182 and Alkaline Trio.

Purple? released their most recent EP “Here Today Gone Tomorrow” last year.

https://www.purpletheband.com/

The site provides an accessible link to the band’s music videos on YouTube ,but little else to access. This is one thing the band need to improve.

https://www.facebook.com/purpletheband/

This is a more personal site for visitors to get a real sense of the band’s personality with some nice photos of the band at an awards ceremony, album work, in the studio, as well as pictures from their childhood. This form of intimacy will endear most to fans.

https://twitter.com/PurpleTheBand

The listener is greeted by a nice background pic of the group relaxing. The site is more to remind fans of upcoming gigs and competitions.

https://www.instagram.com/PurpleTheBand/

This has an array of lovely colorful pics of the band in rehearsal, as well as relaxing at home. There are also some footage of the band travelling to gigs and rehearsing in the studio.


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Sleep Signals

 

Sleep Signals are a Hard Rock act from Minneapolis, who have garnered a huge following through a relentless tour schedule, and explosive live performances.

They instantly grab your attention with catchy hooks, impassioned vocals and melodic guitar lines that are similar to acts like Atreyu, Avenged Sevenfold and the Dillinger Escape Plan.

The band were formed in 2014, and immediately began to tour the following year. The band have played over 250 shows in 36 states, sharing the stage with Korn front man Jonathan Davis, Seether, the aforementioned Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die plus a lot more. They have also played at several festivals including Northern Invasion, SXSW and Heart of Texas Rockfest, supporting Soundgarden and Vince Neill.

The band have spent the best part of 2018 touring their latest release “At the End of the World”, produced by Grammy-nominated Justin Rimer (Saving Abel, 12 Stones) and features guest appearances by Marty Mcoy of Bobaflex and Josh Brown (Full Devil Jacket).Sleep Signals will be going on tour this November and Decemebr in support of Atreyu ,Memphis May Fire and Ice Nine Kills.

http://www.sleepsignals.net/

There is little to divulge on this site other than a link to the band’s latest album. I feel the band can benefit from some pics and videos of the band in action, which would allow new fans to grow closer.

https://www.facebook.com/sleepsignals/

This is a more fun and personal access to the band’s music and tour schedule. I found the videos to be engaging with a selection of new music videos, footage of the band on tour, plus breaking news.

https://twitter.com/sleepsignals

This is another fun and personal introduction to the band with constant promotion of the band’s tour dates, plus a fun caption contest fans can get involved with.

 

Bad Mood Band

 

Bad Mood Band are four men from Liverpool, UK consisting of Liam Deval,Tom Carrol, Shaun Lanceley and Dave Walker, who write music as “ escapism through music, drink, poetry, dreams and never forgetting your roots ” The quartet write songs based on social commentary, and play raucous punk rock with thunderous bass lines and a high tempo guitar sound. The band recently released new album “A Victory for Propaganda”. Their music is catchy and energetic which is bound to leave fans wanting more.

http://badmoodband.co.uk/

There is a nice link to the band’s new music videos, which are fresh and amusing.

Otherwise, there is little else for fans to really get to know the band

https://www.facebook.com/badmoodmusik/

There is an eclectic array of pics to look at of the band, and their venues they play at. This is a nice site for fans to follow for updates and music videos.

 

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Severed Stars

Severed stars are a Spanish based rock act, hailing from Zaragoza, that comprise of members from the Uk, Spain and France. They write poetic lyrics with the intention to create their own brand of “Alternate Rock” The band themselves play a fusion of prog/ and Alt rock that convey some powerful and emotional music, which could delight any listener with their epic passages, heavy drums and highly energized guitars. They have been compared to bands like Tool, My Bloody Valentin and Helmet.

Severed Stars consists of:
Robin Blackmore: vocal, guitar and songwriter
Ramon Castillon: guitar
Remy Daragon: drums
Gary Rackham: bass and bv's

Severed Stars recently released debut EP “Stormcloud Songs “last March

http://severedstars.com/ This is account is beautifully designed to match the creative minds of the band themselves with a couple of videos for new fans, as well as a nicely organized photo gallery, which features a category of recording sessions, and another of live gigs. My only criticism would be there is no biography of the group for listeners to understand who they are.

https://www.facebook.com/SeveredStars/ This is another good site from Severed Stars with a lyric video as the band’s background profile pic. I feel this really encapsulates the band's aura, where you will find updates and review of their latest singles, as well as a more informative video section for new fans.

Barefoot Modern

Alternative rock act Barefoot Modern are four young college friends from Boone, California. Yet, this is only the beginning of the story of these talented musicians who came to be. Diminutive Lead singer Tegan Dean started entering talent shows at the age of 8 singing country songs in between soccer practice, her warm vocal range will surprise many, along the classically trained drummer Caleb LeJeune, guitarist/keyboardist Robert Beverly, and bassist Hunter Evans, who spent much of their adolescence learning the stand-up bass, piano, and guitar, respectively.

They started writing at 15-year-old , and soon formed their own garage-grunge band The Bliss Trip, gaining widespread media attention and opening for national acts such as Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Jonas Sees in Color. Caleb would sing vocals, while Tegan joined in on harmony. They soon swapped roles, and before long they formed Barefoot Modern as the four started college, the guys at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and Tegan at nearby Leas-McRae College. Barefoot Modern sing beautiful melodies entwined with a harmonious rhythm section that combine to create an enchanting collection of pop songs. The band recently released debut album “Younger Years”

https://www.facebook.com/barefootmodernband/ This is a nice site that truly shows the band’s bubbly personality. The reader is gripped instantly by the background picture of the band enjoying Christmas. The videos and pictures support this exterior image with a couple of cover tracks including Led Zeppelin’s whole lotta love, plus some nicely shot images of the band posing.

https://twitter.com/barefoot_modern This is another good site that formulates a personal touch..The band share quite a few bits of new from friends, as well as updates of their own. This gives me the feeling that they are inviting the listener into their lives.

 


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Leon Marshall

Leon Marshall is a singer/songwriter from Harrogate, England, influenced from musicians as diverse as Elvis, Ed Sheeran and Cypress Hill. He has performed at the famous Harrogate Blue Bar, as well as performed regular Open Mic circuits. In his spare time, he runs a successful Cleaning business with his partner, as well as card playing, whiskey drinking and smoking his favourite tobacco. Hs debut EP “feel the Rain” last June, which was accompanied by a lead single” Bad”.

Leon plays country tinged guitar music with a basic strumming patterns interloped with foot tapping rhythms

http://www.leonmarshall.co.uk/ This site features some good photos of Marshal enjoying the fine things in life, as well as some videos of the star playing covers. There is a nice about section that lists his accolades, as well as an option to book him for gigs.

https://www.facebook.com/leonmarshallmusic/ This site feels more personal with some photos of Leon’s rehearsal equipment, as well as performances at local venues, as well as posters of the singer’s latest gigs. There are no videos for fans to enjoy, though.

 

Horizon Arcs

Horizon Arcs is an American rock band, formed in 2014. The band began writing original music a year later. They are heavily influenced by acts such as Weezer, Foo Fighters and Sublime and soon started touring around the states in order to generate interest with appearances, including the Midwest alternative rock circuit including Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Toledo, and Nashville. .

The band released their first single "Bad Radio" in 2016, and followed up in 2017 with the release of their full album "Anybody Listening". The band’s music is high energy Punk with intelligent lyrics, heavy guitars and an accessible sound for any music fan

http://horizonarcs.com/ An easy site to maneuver, This is a good webpage for any ardent fan with a link to their music, some lovely colourful pictures, and lyrics to read.

https://www.facebook.com/HorizonArcs This is a fun insight into the band behind the scenes. There are some great photos of the band enjoying themselves, as well as videos of the band that fees like a personal interaction with the fans

https://twitter.com/horizonarcs This is another great account for fans with regular updates plus opportunities to listen to their latest tracks (plus an TOSP mention).

 


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J Klein

 

Justin Kleinhoffer, better known as J Klein, is a 28 year old Singer/songwriter/musician, has been performing as a solo artist since 2004 , also performing as a member of the the Chicago-based duo "Etna & The Mammoth", as well as a touring partner with EFFIC. Klein has established himself as a live performer, as well as an accomplished producer, engineer and session guitarist, vocalist, mandolin player and keyboardist

Klein is the winner of the 2015SSA songwriter of the year, as well as performing at countless music venue, clubs, coffee houses, bars, festivals and many more places.

Klein recently released his first full length debut album “ Path Thru the Low Tribe”, produced and mastered by L. Nix Mastering, part of the famous Ardent studios in Memphis, Tenn.

http://www.jkleinmusic.com/home.html This is site has been designed in a professional manner to really underline the pedigree of Klein with some well- shot images of Klein playing guitar. There is information about upcoming gigs, plus an informative bio. There are also videos of Klein performing plus lyrics from his new album

https://www.facebook.com/J-Klein-615835831810620/ This feels like it involves fans with festival updates, plus videos taken by Klein onstage. Klein also includes photos from his guitar collection, which feels like an intimate gig at home between the fans.

 

 

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Monday, 27 August 2018 14:56

Ryan Webb Review

Ryan Webb is Singer/Songwriter from London, England with an abundance of talent waiting to be released upon the world. I was approached a few months ago to write a review of his latest EP from his wife/ manager, Sonya. I jumped at the opportunity after listening to his music. Webb has been compared to Muse’s Matt Bellamy by his local newspaper Uxbridge Gazette , which described him as “With what appears to be an endless supply of air in his lungs” ( Hughie Dixon, Uxbridge Gazette).

Webb formed his band in 2015 and released Stop The World in June. The album was produced by Pete Maher (The Rolling Stones, The Killers and Liam Gallagher).

The album is 9 tracks of blistering guitar skills and heart- warming emotion that is transparent to the listener throughout. Webb produced, wrote, played and mixed the album in a 3-4 months’ timescale.

Webb is able to write introspective lyrics from a philosophical standpoint about the many troubles that face us in everyday life.

Stop the World begins with Before I Die, a mellow track with dark overtures. Webb seems to be reflective on seeking answers in life. The simple guitar chords create stark and delicate textures that supplement Webb’s musings . I feel this melancholic effort acts as a platform to what is to come from the remainder of the album.

Guilty is a more heavier rock track more appropriate for rock radio stations. This leans more towards the Matt Bellamy comparisons with the harmonic wizardry on electric guitar on display.

Immortal takes the perspective of a man who feels like he is living in perpetual motion. The lyrics are enchanting, the music more progressive. The backbeats of a thick bass sound that slithers along toward a climax of a beautiful instrumental that feels like the listener is marching along towards immortality.


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The album begins to gather pace and make strides with incorporations of different genres that reflect Webb’s influences.

Insomnia is the standout track with a heavy riff that reminds me of Soundgarden with an added snarl to the vocals.

Lucky Ones continues this entrance into more heavier rock, which I feel suits Webb’s vocals more. Because plays to his strengths as a versatile vocalist .The lyrical content looks at the juxtaposition of the world we live in compared to those less fortunate. The high energy riff builds nicely towards a frenetic guitar solo that becomes a part of the diet onwards.

Runaway and Stop The World are the right choices to finish the album. They are easy listening tracks with relatable messages. The most striking thing about the tracks are the inclusion of electrified guitar solos that adds a certain finesse to Webb’s craftsmanship as a musician.

Overall, Stop The World is a finely crafted example of song writing and strong usage of instruments and s production values that would really go places on commercial rock radio.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 10:49

Liz Hogg- Artist Review

 

Liz Hogg is a Multi- instrumentalist, Electric/Classical composer and guitarist from Brooklyn, NY. Hogg’s music has been described as writing independent music that doesn’t reflect the trends,” ( I Heart Noise)

This description pales in comparison to her experience and growth as an artist, winning several prestigious awards, including the first guitarist to win the Maurice Kagan Memorial Scholarship Award for Excellence in an Orchestral Instrument.

The songwriter has also performed in over eleven countries playing at numerous festivals and concert halls including Carnegie Hall and Brookfield Place in her hometown.

Hogg has performed live on several radio stations including WFMU, WNYC and WTJU and has performed at notable music festivals such as New Sounds Live in 2018. Hogg’s performances have attracted praise from leading publications such as New York Times, NME and Big Takeover, including airplay on MTV with her track “Drifters” with previous band Beach Arabs.

The musician has now released her debut album S/T via Mouca Records, which she performed and recorded all the instruments. The album was borne out of a collection of kernels (small Song Ideas) Hogg recorded between 2009-2018 on a tape recorder. Hogg revisited the 5-60 second tracks she first recorded for the first time in 2009 to help with putting together her first album. Hogg was known as a performer with her band Beach Arabs, Fables and Kissing Is A Crime. Her ability to play individual notes at precision and pace will be explored further with a look at some tracks off this ten-track album.

 

Ridge - The track’s opener begins with an enchanting introduction into Hogg’s talent, who combines sweet melodies with sonic bursts of fingerpicking. The guitarist’s ability to pick arpeggios, whilst singing in hushed tones. I like how the mixtures of textures transcend throughout to create a story that is interwoven in gentle, structured tones.

https://soundcloud.com/lizhogg/ridge

 

Forgive Me - There is more of a multi-dimensional approach to this track with Hogg’s poetic lyrics accompanied by the introduction of dual harmonies on vocals and guitar. This gives an impression of a more vulnerable sound with the slow tempo of quickly strummed chords gradually building to a pulse. Hogg combines intelligent rhyme patterns with a fresh melody to create another compelling edge to a sound that matures with each track.

 

Monastery - There is more of a psychedelic feel to this track as it closes the album. The track begins with another blistering finger picking display on an acoustic guitar that alter in dynamic as Hogg combines percussive beats with stirring sound effects that feel like it is entering the unknown. This is another Facet to Hogg’s ability as a composer to capture theses raw emotions through differing guitar styles that appeal to the listener’s ears.

https://soundcloud.com/lizhogg/monastery

You can listen the full album S/L now via reputable platforms like Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

You can discover more information about Liz Hogg via the musician’s website

http://lizhogg.com/

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https://www.youtube.com/user/TheLizhogg


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Furthermore, Liz Hogg is bound for a NorthEast America/ Canada tour that starts in April. Please find all the dates below;

4/17: Ithaca, NY: Brookton’s Market

4/18: Ithaca, NY: Collegetown Bagels

4/19: Ithaca, NY: Lot 10

4/20: Ottawa, ON: Bar Robo

4/21: Montréal, QC: Brasserie Beaubien

4/21: Montréal, QC: La Sotterenea

4/22: Burlington, VT: Radio Bean

4/23: Montpelier, VT: Bagitos

4/24: Concord, NH: TBA

4/25: Boston, MA: TBA

4/26: Providence, RI: Sahara Tea House

4/27: Allentown, PA: Soft Machine Gallery

4/28: Philadelphia, PA: 2219 E Boston St.

4/29: Nyack, NY: TBA

4/30: Brooklyn, NY: Muchmore's


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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:00

Flashpoint Quick Review

Flashpoint are an Alternative Rock band formed in In 2010 by former front man and guitarist for Los Angeles based band Nimbus, Tim Deschaine. He moved to Augusta, Kansas to start a family. Tim returned from a short break to form the band after discovering the Wichita Music scene . Deschaine soon decided to form a new band ,so called on close friend and guitarist, Josh Gilbert, to join him alongside Flashpoint's first drummer and bassist Joshua Naval. The original drummer soon decided to leave and was replaced by current drummer Ammon Ohlson. Hence Flashpoint was born!
The band have been performing at local clubs in Kansas over the past few years and released several singles . They recently decided to record a full length album called “ Through Blue Eyes”, which came out last May.
Flashpoint are an emerging talent of a variety of differing sounds that can certainly appeal to anyone’s taste. The influence of several genres can be heard in the music they create, which incorporate blues, soul, funk, jazz - fusion with fuzzy guitars , provocative lyrics and huge choruses.

     

  

These can be sampled with a few selections from the band’s back catalogue. We begin with Wake Up . An infectious song that is rich in pop hooks and , with its In Bloom- esque riff , offers a platform for Deschaine’s delicate vocals that stretch over each verse and introspective lyrics.

The Longing is different in tone with the swirling effects of a wah wah pedal adding a dark texture to Deschaine’s melancholy. The song’s distorted solos are a psychedelic journey through isolation and loneliness.

Get Down is replete with jazz fusion and upbeat chords that are a throwback to the tantalising wizardry of Santana. Deschaine’s vocals are as smooth as crystal and inventive with each constructed riff the band provides.
Here his vocals bounce with every percussion beat and Naval’s bass thunders in unison Gilbert’s hypnotic guitar effects.

and finally, Everyday Blessings is an electric acoustic track that mesmerises with the melodic vocals and tight rhythm section that resonates with each chord struck.

Any fans may be more interested to know the group have a multitude of sites they can be contacted on.

Firstly, the band’s website http://flashpointignitesyou.com/ is accessible and fan friendly. Fans can find a short bio on the band, latest tracks on a music player plus photos and tour dates on one page. All you need to do is scroll down.

Facebook Page is similar to the homepage, in which fans can gain easy access to the band’s back catalogue, latest events, videos and music. The animated logo of the band attracts the reader because it shows the band’s personality, plus you can read what other fans think, which conveys the band are approachable.

Instagram This site offers some nice colourful pictures of the group on tour and the group’s cover art. I feel this shows the band’s personality and willingness to share with the fans.

Published in Europe Section
Monday, 12 March 2018 00:00

Chemical Trails Quick Review

The Chemical Trails are Brit Indie -Rock band founded by Adrien Liss (singer, songwriter and producer) and the bassist Josh DeMita .

The duo began to produce and write all the music instruments, arrangements and edited their own material until November 2012 when they decided to move to London. They then proceeded to assemble the line-up of today that are Adrien (Lead Voice - Acoustic Guitar -Piano -Synth) Josh ( Bass Guitar - Backing Voice) Enzo Nezi (Guitars- Backing Voice Jack Zonato (Guitars - Backing Voice), Fabio Bizzi (Drums). The band cite Radiohead, Depeche Mode, U2, Jeff Buckley, Pink Floyd, Beatles, Coldplay and in general, music from 80"s 90's as their major influences. The band say of their bond "Prior of being musicians our band it's a family. This passion, energy, and love for art in general, reflects in our songs. We love music and we're fighting every day to do this for the rest of our life, hopefully giving emotions to everyone's listening to our songs” .

They recently released their first EP Chemical Trails , a collection of singles, which you can find on Soundcloud. The EP is a fresh new trek through electronica , anthems, and atmospheric tunes .

Opener Rabbit Hole is a hotbed of electric synths and thick bass that guide you through a haze. Liss’ vocals slither along to the laid back beats. This is a fantastic way to open up an album brimming with emotions.

The Fall is a big stomper. The opening riff harks back to 70’s classic rock mixed with a psychedelic edge that feels like you’ve been caught in a cloud. A polished and beautiful track that could be a hit.

Morning After is a dark acoustic track entrenched in misty overtones and mellifluous vocals that are dripping with emotion and sorrow.

Living Volcain is a gothic track that is reminiscent of the synth rock of Depeche Mode. Liss’ vocals are haunting over the echoes of pounding drums and dual singing adds depth to the melancholic atmosphere.

And finally, Illuminati finishes with a melodic track that would please fans of 80’s electric Pop. Liss delivers a spoken word performance over a driving rhythm mixed with an enchanting chorus

 

 

 

 

The band share a passion and talent that is transparent in the music they play. The reader can join this journey via a few accessible sites

https://www.chemicaltrails.co.uk/ This is the recently created webpage by the group that is very impressive. The design is sharp and professional. The viewer can get easy access to the trails’ latest music, concerts, videos and news.

https://www.facebook.com/chemicaltrails is a very good site for new followers. There is footage of the band in rehearsal plus mp3’s tour dates, videos, music schedule and all the latest news and posts.

https://twitter.com/Chemtrailsound gives the followers an opportunity to message and tweet them plus updates on the band’s latest whereabouts.

https://www.instagram.com/chemicaltrailsmusic/ provides a selection of bright and colourful pictures of the band in action.

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:00

Quick Review and Interview: The Cubes

I first had the privilege of reviewing The Cubes’ debut EP, Fall Out Last year. I fully enjoyed how refreshing and original the music was, so was happy to review it again for the band. The extra incentive this time was the opportunity to interview the multi-talented lead singer , Jacob Solarek. The Cubes are an Indie rock trio based in Liverpool , England. Solarek had formed as part of several projects he had written and performed on his own.

The lead singer/guitarist forged The Cubes out of a jamming session between friends back in 2012. After several line-up changes. He eventually settled with current members Chris Jones ( Bass) and Danny Kirkham (Drums.) The trio have appeared at such notable venues in the City as The Cavern, Zanzibar, The Lantern Theatre and Scoop event in the City of Liverpool College. They have continued to grace the famous City with further appearances at Liverpool Sound City Festival too in their quest to raise a profile.

Fall out is the five-track debut EP from the band that was recorded at Crosstown studios in Liverpool, which is available via Spotify and Deezer. The EP itself shows promises of an exciting prospect emerging from a city enriched in musical history. The listener is treated to a half-hour mix of poetic lyrics and a well-honed rhythm section that combines blues, pop, funk and acoustic fused with Solarek’s raw outpourings through every syllable that his tongue stretches beyond. 

In opener Can you , This is no more evident in Solarek's stuttering sneer combined with a hypnotic riff that reflects the theme of forgiveness which climaxes with an exquisite solo that underlies his talents on vocals and guitar. This is a sweet and charming track to open proceedings with a catchy tune that will leave listeners humming it all day.

Next is the reminiscent About you, A Bob Dylan- esque acoustic track that evokes an image of somebody singing it on a beach. This gentle song will leave you drifting away with the waves. The spoken intro embeds well with the subtle guitar lines that creates more rounded melodic track that shares similarities with RHCP.

The upbeat chords of Too Bad sees Solarek contemplate the woes of a past lover that resonates with a tasty slide guitar that feels like a farewell song. The band express a versatility on guitar to create licks that follow basic chord patterns that empower contrasting tones, which is sampled here. This really feels like resolution!

On the standout track, Ron’s blow The talented Jones and Kirkham showcase their versatile range with a collective texture of thick bass and steady drumming that initiates building to a big finish with stark imagery that resolves with a dual bass/guitar solo that dazzles.

On the final track, Funky is four-minutes of what the title suggests converged with Solarek's pleas on vocals. The great pedal effects add definition to the young band’s arsenal of talents. This wraps up an enjoyable first outing for the band that can only grow going forward packed with the volume of lyrical content, polished production and musical craftsmanship that serves as a precursor for a promising future.

For fans of Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, RHCP.

You can listen to track tasters HERE

 

The Cubes can also be found on several social media accounts.

https://en-gb.facebook.com/the.cubes.liverpool/ This is the band’s more accessible page that creates foresight into all the latest news, exclusive live videos, tracks , gig updates , and a thorough Biography on The Cubes inception.

https://twitter.com/jacobsolarek1 Listeners can follow the singer for updates on the band’s music.

https://jacobmusiccom.wordpress.com/ This is the new site that is currently under construction. Listeners still can watch Solarek’s solo videos performing at mic nights and covers. It certainly I worth a browse into Solarek’s other works.

 

Interview Jacob Solarek

 

Good Afternoon Jacob, How did you meet the Old School Project?

Good afternoon, I met the Old School Project thanks to you and your previous review of our EP. You enabled me to find few more places to promote our music. And the Old School Project is the first one I tried.

Could you please tell us how the cubes were formed, and why you wanted to start a band?

It’s a long story, but I’ll try to make it short. It all goes back before 2012 when I was living in Poland. Since I started playing the guitar I dreamed about being and playing in a band. So I tried to move towards beginning some sort of collective. And I went through a lot of collectives since then. Some of them were playing music I wouldn’t associate with myself very likely, but I thought it’s a good practice. Finally I started playing with one of my good friends as a duo, rather practicing some songs together and jamming than playing any gigs. Though, we’ve had similar interests and inspirations in music, so it was good and we’ve had a great time. As time went past we got the rest of the band and started gigging at some local events. Soon I realized that it wasn’t really what I wanted to do initially. I always wanted to sing and play the guitar in more power-trio oriented band. With the band I was in, it was possible to play the guitar and write music, but I thought it’s not what I aimed for. Therefore I started jamming with a couple of other friends, but it was rough. We hadn’t got any songs we jammed some free ideas and couple of covers. And this is the beginning of the cubes, though it wasn’t called like that. It wasn’t called at all. And then I moved to UK.

Whilst being in UK, I started writing my songs and performing them by myself. And then when I was going home for holidays I’d practiced this stuff with my old mates. Eventually we played few events in Poland. Though, I was living in England, so there was no way that this band was gonna last. Therefore, I started a new line up made up by friends from Uni in Liverpool. Then it started to become more like what I imagined as a band. Though, since then line up has changed again.

How would you describe your sound to new listeners?

A mixture of rock, indie, jazz, funk and blues. It’s rock in its core, but our influences coming out of us in many other styles; so it’s hard to stick a label to it.

Your music is eclectic in it incorporates various styles, Who have been your biggest influences in music?

There have been plenty of influences. To start off I have to mention Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Queens of the Stone Age, Motorhead and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Though, each one of us plays jazz. I play now with the Edge Hill University Big Band, Chris with Zingaro and Dan sometimes steps in for the EHU Big Band’s drummer. So as you can see we have jazz background too. If you consider jazz influences, I’d say Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock.

What are your aims in the music industry?

Just to play, write, record new music and have fun.

How difficult is it for unsigned acts, like yourself, to break into today’s industry?

I think it’s very difficult. It’s difficult to gain fans and build up a following , gather money for promotion, rehearsals, recording or anything else to do with the band is another story. Also getting gigs is not that easy. The venues usually want to make sure that we’ll sell some tickets, so they can earn. Whereas we don’t earn anything etc. You have to take care for everything by yourself. But from the other side it’s so much easier thanks to the internet. People, who could not hear about you, now can easily listen to your music etc. They can find you wherever you are, anytime!

You have been writing your own material for a while now, what inspires you to write lyrics?

Everyday’s life. Things I come across in everyday life. Situations, places, people.

How would you describe your song writing process?

First of all, I write down the ideas I have for lyrics. Then usually, I’d leave them for some time. I often change lyrics, add new lines or mix something what I wrote in the past with something new. I often have some musical ideas for lyrics that I wrote in the past and I like to try them together. If I think it fits, I stay with it and develop further. If I think it doesn’t, I change, rewrite lyrics or look for different musical ideas. Sometimes it takes a long time before I have a ready song, Sometimes it goes quickly.

You recorded your EP “ Fall Out” at Crosstown Studios in Liverpool, What impacts does the studio have on your recording process? And how important is it to self- produce your own music?

The main impact on me in the studio is to finish everything you want to do before time will run out and you’ll have to arrange additional sessions, which are linked with spending additional money. So it’s always time pressure in the studio. Also , it’s like you have to give yourself for 100% each track you’re recording, because again with limited budgets, you don’t want to mess things up. And it’s only up to us whether we’ll be happy with songs we’re recording or not. If we screw something up, we screw something up.

If it comes to self-producing my own music, it’s great to being able do what you want to do without anybody telling me how to record my own songs. But you have to know something about the song’s structure and music in general.

When I was looking for a studio, I didn’t think too much about a producer. I’ve always had a pretty good idea how I want these songs to sound before we entered the studio. Nevertheless we’ve hit great studio engineer/producer, who is Jon Lawton. We share similar music interests and we have mutual understanding. So we were open for little suggestions and solutions Jon offered.

You have performed at some memorable venues like The Cavern , Lantern , The Liverpool Sound City Festival etc, What confidence does this bring to you?

I don’t look into playing these memorable venues like they guarantee you something or make you feel sure about your career goals. It doesn’t mean that I’m not happy that I played there. I’m very happy and I appreciate I’ve had a chance, but it’s like with any other place. You should try your best, no matter where. Otherwise, it wouldn’t make sense.

What is a typical show for The Cubes?

This is a difficult question. I don’t know. And I think there’s nothing like a typical show, unless you consider not playing covers. Each show you play is different. When I play just by myself I don’t even make a set list. I decide what song I’m gonna do as the first one straight before I’m getting on and then I decide what’s gonna be next. Though, I can’t do it with the cubes. So we usually decide and make a set list. But what is typical for us is to be as good as possible, enjoy playing our music, shred some good guitar solos and go with the flow.

Do you have any venues you’d like to play at? And anyone you’d like to share the stage with?

I’d like to play Studio 2 on Parr Street ( Liverpool). I have just seen couple of my friends playing there with other acts and they were really good. Also, recently I was at Band on the Wall in Manchester and it seemed to be like a good venue to play. When I was a teenager I always dreamed about playing Woodstock festival in Poland (now the name of the festival has changed to Pol’ and’ Rock Festival), but we didn’t get through the eliminations ha ha. Why not Glastonbury? This would be great. Though at the end of the day we’re happy to play every fair gig we come across.

I’d like to share the stage with Queens of the Stone Age, Red Hot Chili Peppers or Foo Fighters. These are one of my favorite bands. But again there are lots of local bands/artists I’d like to share the stage too.

I understand you are making a new LP, How is that progressing?

It’s progressing right way. I can tell that we made a good beginning. We have 5 tracks recorded and now we need to find time to record the rest.

And Finally, What’s next for The Cubes?

The next step is definitely releasing the LP, getting gigs and just playing.

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Jimmy Lee Morris is an English singer/songwriter that I previously reviewed for The Old School Project last summer.

I wrote a review for his last EP “Last of The Tall Ships”, in which I described Morris’ “gift for making atmospheric music as beautiful as a midsummer’s night”. Morris is originally from East Sussex, but now based in Devon, He has been entertaining audiences for 30 years across the UK and beyond, releasing 2016 album “Wilderness in the Wood and EP Campervan with producer Simon Scardanelli and last year’s Last of The Tall Ships” whose art cover featured a painting by John Dyer.

Morris has released several singles too, including Bob Dylan's 1964 hit “It Ain’t Me Babe” and a remembrance/Christmas track” Christmas 1914”. The musician now returns with a new single entitled “What It Is”, a track he recorded with local producer Adam Hanington.

What it is” is another melody driven grandeur of 80’s influenced synth pop mixed with an upbeat tempo from Jimmy Lee Morris that the singer describes as “80’s pop poise meets 60’s innocence “. This is a statement this writer can’t argue with. The addition of Hanington has been a positive one with a more contemporary edge to Morris’ music. This track explores his imagination and craft more, emphasizing Morris’s gift for that aforementioned atmospheric music.

What It is” combines those elements to begin with a burst of synchronized howls of “WOO” induced with the warm textures of synths that help get this track moving before Morris’s chirpy demeanor shines through with his tender vocals that sing affectionately about true love. I can personally hear elements of 80’s synch rock and the Beatles' Paul McCartney here with the overall feel of the track. There is a nice musical passage towards the end that fits nicely in with the nature of the track. The breakdown of synth and guitar creates a sense of pleasure and self- satisfaction that will appeal to the hearts of a modern audience.

Jimmy Lee Morris releases “What It Is” on the 18th January via Automix Records.

You can find out more information about the artist via www.jimmyleemorris.com or follow them via their social media accounts on Twitter- @jimmy_Leemorris and Facebook @jimmyleemorrisuk

Please click on the link below to read my previous review of Jimmy Lee Morris’ EP “ Last of the Tall Ships” here.

 

 


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Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

Quick Review Slow Motion Suicide

Slow Motion Suicide are an Alternative four- piece from Zagreb, Croatia formed by Lead singer Nicky Ingram with Mark Leossa ( Guitar) Anna Smith ( Bass) and Iggy Krutz ( drums) completing the line-up. The band name derives from an oxymoron of the things we find beautiful and ugly slowly killing us

The band recently released their self- titled Debut LP , which is a 45 min 10 track wall of voluminous pop songs and heartfelt lyrics that will do more than provoke your thoughts. The band describe themselves as a“ collective of human beings crafting melodies for maladies in the 21st century”.

This is something that does not disappoint on a release this writer found himself listening to again on repeat! Each track boasts no- filler, but instead are finely honed pieces of craftsmanship that strike an understanding with the listener.

Revolution is one of those beautiful emotive tracks that reminds me of the early noughties rock acts like Blink 182 and Alkaline Trio. It begins with a spoken monologue of an elder bemoaning the state of anarchy amongst youths before the bass drums kick in before the harmonious reverbs of power chords enter the fray when bright chords strike at the bridge that gives way to crisp vocal qualities that are steeped in raw emotion, which reflect a downtrodden youth rallying for change.

The album takes a change in musical direction with Cellar Door showing some elements of Folk/Alternative rock stylings and Castaway playing the style of melodic teenage angst that was popular amongst the Emo scene.

The next highlight is Goliath, which is easily the standout track on the album. It starts with a groovy riff that instantly hooks you in with its gritty sound before Ingram’s vocals pull you in further with silky lines that retain from expressing any real malice. The song builds to a catchy chorus that will have the crowds swaying before the final breakdown leads to a mesmerising solo full of depth and meaning.

The album continues to find its way with tracks like Make Believe, which is another powerful track with backing female vocals and November is another anthem track stacked with fuzzy guitars and defiance. This could easily be a breakthrough hit with radio stations across the pond.

Animal is the penultimate track with deep lyrical subject and pop hooks is a good choice to wrap up affairs. The song starts with the echoes of guitar pedal effects that reflect the dark undertones. This builds to delicious hooks and a chorus that would easily be a hit amongst many a new audience that likes crisp rock tracks with salacious guitar lines and emotional music.

You can follow Slow Motion Suicide via their website and several other social media accounts.

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