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This publisher had the pleasure of writing for The Cubes a few times, so it is another honour to write the review for The Cubes’ first full length LP “Untitled”. The band were formed in 2012 by songwriter/ guitarist Jacob Solarek following a jam session with friends. After a few lineup changes, The band currently comprises of Solarek ( Vocals, Guitar, Piano), Chris Jones ( Bass) and Danny Kirkham ( Drums).

Untitled is a healthy diet of blues, jazz, folk and funk to create another outing of highs and lows. The band continue to impress with their tight musicianship and thought-provoking lyrics that center on more darker topics like depression, faith, homelessness and love.

This LP provides more fresh and engaging material that won’t disappoint followers of the band that may have had the opportunity to listen to the band’s EP FALL OUT, which I had the privilege in reviewing last April for The Old School Project. (You can read the full article below) “ Untitled” shows another example of the band’s maturity to craft good songs that are subject lead. I will review the ten track LP by picking out some highlights of the LP below;

The album begins with a prelude entitled INTRO, which is a melodic combination of piano and acoustic guitar melded together to feel like the listener has been introduced to a long journey on this odyssey.

DRAWING THE STARS II - This indie track is a good song to begin with its heavy bass lines and up-tempo riff, Solarek proclaims “finally reached something at least”. This feels like the writer has had time to reflect which reaches a climax with a lovely interlude between two sparring guitar riffs and the bass.

https://open.spotify.com/track/2fQloB4RbcDFiW3r7L7lxu?si=HZvtjirQS-aadTWYWOCavg - Drawing The Star II

HOMELESS - The next track looks at the taboo of homelessness, as the vocal style takes a more provocative stance. The aggressive riff feels like it reflects the frustration behind the message to the song.

ROSARY is another acoustic track that I think looks at faith during troubled times in the songwriter’s life. The basic strumming patterns. The vocals feel sullen, as the singer contemplates this. The choral background singing during the verses sound like guardian angels helping with the decision.

CORPSE is an acoustic track which I think is another introspective look at peoples’ attitudes. The hazy riff skips along nicely with the strong imagery addressed within this song. This feels upbeat, but the subject feels like this may be undermining the issue.

https://open.spotify.com/track/3xPCxdUmLdeeaTslDuWHHd?si=VpScjsgEQTy8OQXqzzdBWQ- Corpse

The album wraps up with a more intimate cover of DRAWING WITH STARS II . Solarek sings a more familiar tone that is set against the backdrop of a warm jazz section that feels like it has been sung o the listener at a club

MR BLUES is my standout track with its dirty blues-soaked riff that trudges along to the lyric’s topic of downtrodden in love. Overall, I enjoyed how each track blended into one another by telling its own story with a variation of genres and polished production values. I would recommend giving it a listen.

You can visit The Cubes Website for more information on the band via https://the-cubes.org/the-cubes/

Alternatively, you can follow the band on social media to find out more about “ Untitled”, and any upcoming gigs via

https://www.facebook.com/the.cubes.liverpool/,

https://www.facebook.com/Jacob.Solarek.Music/

https://twitter.com/JacobSolarek1

https://soundcloud.com/jacob89-1

Also, You can read my previous review of The Cubes’ EP Fall Out for The Old School Project here.

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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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 11:07

The Strays - Night Time Is The Right Time

 



The Strays are a band based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in England; which combine Rock 'N'' Roll music with garage and Rockabilly.

They have had quite the rollercoaster of a start to their already illustrious career with two Ep's already under there belts. They have been heavily featured by notable publications like Vocalzone and UK Rock N Roll Magazine.

The Strays have gained a reputation as a hard working unit with successful tours in the UK, which includes heavy rotation on BBc radio. " Night Time Is The Right Time" is the quartet's latest single following the release of their debut album " Drop Out Zone" in April. It is another example of the boisterous, energetic sound the band like to play. The track is a fun- filled, ball of rockabilly rolled into garage and punk. This is no more apparent than the opening riff by guitarist Sam Cordery , who exhudes all the bundle of energy the band attracts. Lead singer Stella Sonic enters with her all round charisma and charm to deliver a dynamic vocal performance that blends with the pounding drums of Gary Chamberlain and the crunching bass work from bassist Kris Jakab Hill. The song combines various textures and tempos that really explore the musicianship and songwriting talent of The Strays. They deliver another strong outing with some big pop hooks, foot tapping drum fills and a catchy tune speaks volumes about them.



The band will be embarking on a UK tour this summer

Readers can watch the video to " Night Time Is The Right Time " here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yVCWUtPaPc&feature=youtu.be





You can follow more information on the band via https://thestraysmusic.co.uk/,

Alternatively, you can follow them via these social media pages

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https://www.instagram.com/thestraysmusic/



The Strays are;

Stella Sonic – vocals
Sam Cordery – guitar/vocals
Gary Chamberlain – drums/vocals
Kris Jakab-Hall – bass

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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Last year I had the privilege in writing a review for the first studio album by Outsider/Lo- Fi/Indie artist Andrew Neil , entitled Merry Go Round. . I told the remarkable story about how the talented up and coming musician was able to succeed in producing a collection of songs this writer enjoyed mostly for the thought-provoking lyrics and well- structured melodies and riffs. (You can read the full story and review below)

http://www.theoldschoolproject.com/index.php/component/k2/item/157-andrew-neil-merry-go-round

Since then, Neil has been able to emulate his idol- Daniel Johnston- by being voted Rankers top Outsider artist. The genre pervades a distinct sound and style to it that allows the artist to express a raw, untainted edge without the use of technology. This has led to comparisons with Elliot Smith, Kurt Cobain, Neil Young and the aforementioned Daniel Johnston, who sadly passed away recently.

These comparisons can be heard in Neil’s latest offering entitled Freak, which was released this past week (OCT 15). This was once again produced by Andy Waldeck and the album brings fourteen more songs of Neil’s undoubted talent for writing engaging tracks about mental health, depression, love and loneliness. These tracks each tell a story, supported by an equally proficient band, and backup vocals from his father, Ray.

The self-titled opener is an emotionally charged song with some hooks that will keep the ears eagerly waiting to hear more. The self- reflective lyrics are daunting and telling, but the music chimes. The openingff hypnotises, whilst Neil’s ri innocuous vocals are rich and mellow. It is a good pick to begin with

https://open.spotify.com/track/6Pf9rZPRFqgY5alC80Heja?si=l7z3KdSwRWCplZa4ZSmrUg - Freak

Hope is an enchanting melody that could be an anthem for mental illness. Neil’s childlike tones deliver each line with aplomb, as the listener can empathise with his message. The strong metaphors intertwine with deft piano keys, and an overall vibe of positivity and innocence.

https://open.spotify.com/track/5l8eByPwRrL6rEmqaaWVJx?si=GH02SEbtTJej3XIHHXZukw- Hope

Pull Me Back Together reaches the midway point with another melodic track steeped with groove and a Latin influence. This is another reflective track that focuses on Neil’s recovery. I liked how the lyrics use nursery rhymes as a metaphor to convey this. Neil’s guitar play improves with every song, as each riff transcends throughout the album.

https://open.spotify.com/track/0UouIW4h28cCtjD7l1iSB4?si=wJITqGhjQw2UIwFffkGPRQ -Put Me Back Together.

Beautiful Dancer is another spell binding track, which I think focuses on looking for answers. The music is melodic and dark, whilst the bass and drums combine with mesmerising riffs that feel like the singer is floating amongst the clouds.

https://open.spotify.com/track/2zz2qWck9hNEIRtIq9gw9k?si=cHNn3AI6RQ-i5mKjciIVUw- Beautiful Dancer

The album wraps up with Disappear, a somewhat nod to Neil Drake. This gothic style track opens with a heavily distorted slide guitar. Neil’s tone is more bluesy with darker lyrics. The syncopated beats provide a catchy riff and structure that suits Neil’s overall ability as an adept guitar player and lyricist.

https://open.spotify.com/track/7GSLfsadDxosfh9VMdXRmz?si=POU-6iTcQuqzShAZW5BJdQ - Disappear

Overall, this was another strong outing from the impressive Andrew Neil. His albums improve with each release, as he is able to convey his emotions via a portal that he seemed born for.

Freak is out now via all good musical platforms like Spotify.

If you’d like more information about Andrew Neil and his other projects, please visit his website at https://www.andrewneilmusic.com/

Alternatively, you can follow the musician via his social media outlets,

https://www.facebook.com/Andrewneilmusic/

https://twitter.com/oneloveoneglobe

https://www.instagram.com/andrewneilmusic/

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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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

Alternatively, you can follow him via facebook / youtube / reverbnation


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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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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 15:48

The First Worth Mentioning In Our Long List

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.

 

Written by Anselm Anderson - UK / Lancaster

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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.

 

 

Written by Anselm Anderson - UK / Lancaster

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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.

You can find more information about Mr Webb via his website.

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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/

Or alternatively, you can follow the musician via these social media accounts

https://www.facebook.com/lizmhogg

https://twitter.com/lizmhogg

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.

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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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