Monday, 25 June 2018 16:58

Queens Over Kings EP Review

QOK are a family band from North Virginia formed in 2009. The band is lead by vocalist/pianist Ingrid Roberts and singer/songwriter Kristyn Roberts, who mange to harmonize and pave the way for the musical accompaniment led by guitarist Jerald Roberts, bassist Loren Roberts and drummer Hallie Roberts. The band gained attention by winning the North Virginia Best Nova Band award, which has gained them more fans, and a wider range of listeners. The band is able to work cohesively, and quickly to create impactful and honest songs, which is uncommon in many other family orientated bands.

The songs themselves are a mystery. The lyrics depict some of the harsh realities that people go though day to day, which helps the listeners to connect more with the music. The mystery is created when the harsh lyrics are sugar coated by the sweet and whimsical musical accompaniment. The band has managed to create an EP that takes you on a journey from one genre and message to another, and it exposes you to a whole new side of music- its up to you to decide if you are willing to take the leap.

Opener Family Affair is impactful with its reggae groove and pop vocals. The song highlights the many emotions felt during a family gathering and its relatable to many people. The reggae beat keeps the listener interested and the vocals provide an extra layer to the song.

About A Boy is a heartbreak anthem. The shared vocals allow the listener to experience the heartbreak from two different people and it exploits the sad truth about some relationships, which is what people need to hear about. The nursery rhyme rap helps carry the song along and highlights the childish feelings that arise during heartbreak.

Lock And Key, is to me a song about loving yourself, with the chorus about having beauty on the inside. The guitar in the background during the verse helps the build up of the guitar-orientated chorus, which makes the message more impactful and easier to understand.

Always is the complete opposite to About a boy. It most definitely is a love song. The guitar is very catchy and the tight drumming pattern creates a rhythmic structure that you can’t help but feel hooked to. The soft vocals match the guitar and drums perfectly and create a soothing harmony.

Finally, the song Unknown Soldier is a lot harder hitting with its rock sound however, there is a sci-fi feel to the song at the start. The lyrics depict someone who feels like they don’t fit in which many people do today. The up to date song meaning helps the listeners connect, and this allows people of all ages to listen and agree with the song.

Overall, the EP is something that you need to listen to and soak in, in order to understand the full effect it can create. It has the potential to mend broken hearts or have you weeping. QOK are on the rise, and are a band you need to watch out for. The 5 track EP is certainly something.

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Jimmy Lee Morris is an English Singer / Songwriter, who claims to be “happy writing songs to one, or to an audience. “ His latest EP Last of the Tall Ships was released recently. This seven track album was recorded with modern tech to imitate the analogue sound of music he first recorded with his previous band A La Tiene in 1983. Morris has been performing around Europe for 30 years and this package is a collection of well-crafted pop songs wrapped in ambience, blues, folk complete with strong imagery and telling poetry. I found this was worth a few listens to truly encapsulate Morris’ gift for atmospheric music that is as beautiful as a midsummer’s night. The striking thing about Morris’ music is how warm and inviting his vocals are. I will be exploring this EP a little further with a look at each track.

Opener Buying Time is an acoustic track that wouldn’t be out of place at a barbecue. The opening bright chords of keyboards supplement the soft vocals and driving rhythm are suitable with a coffee. The feelgood vibes will keep you hooked throughout the remainder of this EP.

Bigger Sky  is a lovely up-tempo electric blues track. The nice tempi and speed of bass, drums and electric guitar combine to produce a rich texture of funky beats that supplements Morris’ soft vocals. I feel this type of style is more suitable to his voice and allows the music is an added dimension to his sound. The song finishes with a beautiful outro of keyboard . It gives the feeling like the listener is drifting through the sky with every strum.

Freestyle is a track oozing with swagger and empathy about moving on from a bad relationship. The swinging backbeats skip along with glee to Morris’ cool vocals and pounding drumbeats that feel like a man relieved. The recurring riff sounds like The Rolling Stone’s Jumpin’ Jack Flash with a twist.

Something About You is a timeless love song that whistles along with the wheezing sound of keyboards that the crisp bass that gives this song its strengths.

Last of the Tall Ships is an indie track replete with expansive synth tunes and strong melodic lines that is nice for that drive home

Glad You Have Gone is easily my favourite track on the EP. This is R ‘N’ B with a modern edge. The succulent bass and tribal percussive beats create a high tempo of funk .

The Last Ship is an instrumental remix of Last of The tall Ships, a basic structure of synthetic beats that rightly wraps up this outing for James Morris.

Morris creates a mixture of wonderful atmospheric tunes and thought provoking lyrics that incorporate several genres that are evenly matched album that is never the same throughout.

Jimmy Lee Morris Last of the Tall Ships is now available on Bandcamp.

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Rock is always on a constant to find a band to make us stand up and listen - Please step forward Blue Helix! They are a melodic/grunge rock band from Washington State, USA and Sao Paulo, Brazil formed in 2008 by the talented vocalist Sami Chohfi. The other band members are Arman Birang (Guitar), Marco Bicca ( Drums) and Brandon Wolf Gebhardt ( Bass).

The band’s sound replicates all the mechanisms of 90’s rock with it’s powerful choruses, distorted riffs and relatable lyrical content. Blue Helix recently released a follow up to the successful A Tale Of Two Halves with latest EP Anti-social Butterfly, Available via itunes, Spotify, Soundcloud etc .

The album begins with the self-titled track with an anti- bullying message as powerful as the vocal lines that strike like a venomous snake. Chohfi’s sneers reverberate around a driving rythm that bounces with each tenacious drumbeat. The foot stomping riff has all the hallmarks to break the mainstream rock charts.

https://soundcloud.com/bluehelix-music/01-anti-social-butterfly?in=bluehelix-music/sets/anti-social-butterfly

Enemy delves into the band’s more melodic arsenal with another evocative message. This track about self- loathing is replete with power chords that bridge a catchy pop hook. Lyrics about social anxieties and battling demons work a treat for the band because it is accessible to listeners who relate through an emotive narrative that is told through a versatile vocal range .

https://soundcloud.com/bluehelix-music/02-enemy?in=bluehelix-music/sets/anti-social-butterfly

Despair is a short and effective interlude that clock in with over a minute. A dark and haunting track with atmospheric electronics that feels like a man alone revealing his inner struggles to a public audience.

https://soundcloud.com/bluehelix-music/03-despair?in=bluehelix-music/sets/anti-social-butterfly

This Tragedy  Despair is a beautiful and melancholic look at global affairs that sees the band’s sound evolving not only through the aforementioned impressive vocal ranges, but through lead guitarist Birang’s ability to construct harmonic riffs that builds to an intense solo that feels like the music is soaring higher and higher. This Tragedy Despair goes into this tragedy as an intro. The song was written about a horrible flight I was on that hit horrible air and many of us on the plane thought we were going to crash. The 0xygen masks fell down and people were screaming. I wrote those two songs referring to all the thoughts going through my head in that time of crisis.

https://soundcloud.com/bluehelix-music/04-this-tragedy?in=bluehelix-music/sets/anti-social-butterfly

Runaways is another hard rock track that delivers heavily distorted guitars and bone shattering breakdowns . The musicianship impresses with transitions from low tuned power chords and melodic verses that builds a monstrous chorus that shares are not too similar to SOAD vocalist Serj Tankian. The rhythm section of bassist Wolf and Drummer Bicca intensity creates a more refined sound to the band’s depth.

https://soundcloud.com/bluehelix-music/05-runaways?in=bluehelix-music/sets/anti-social-butterfly

The EP closes with the commercially viable Anodyne  which is a love song for music. A pop fused journey that venture into radio territory with its multi layered keyboards and guitar hooks wraps up an enjoyable outing for the group. The polished production and musical craft proves Blue Helix have the ingredients to succeed.

Sami Chohfi wrote and recorded all the songs. Anodyne lead Guitar was written by Arman Birang. This Tragedy was written by Sami Chohfi.


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https://www.bluehelixmusic.com/ is professionally designed for fans to get insight into each member’s bio, Album’s lyrics, latest news, tours and videos.

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https://twitter.com/bluehelixmusic features latest tweets on concerts, news, videos, media.

https://www.instagram.com/bluehelixmusic/ a collection of colourful and intimate images of the band in concert.

 

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Mark Stone and The Dirty Country Band- For Stories EP Review

 

Mark Stone & the Dirty Country Band , from Minnesota, formed in 2012 as a solo project for Mark Stone himself. Since then, Stone (Guitar/Vocals) has acquired the musical talents of Todd Jameson (Bass), Johnny Strutt (Drums) to form The Dirty Country Band.

They are influenced by Southern Rock and Country, which is prevalent in the song structures and writing. However on their latest release “ For Stories” takes a different direction. The main focus is on good ol’ country rock with hard rock riffs and powerful beats. This EP sees the group coming into their own as a close knit outfit that is evident on here. The chemistry between the music is apparent from the beginning that these are men love their craft!

On first track Until Someone Remember my name is a nice country song that is relatable to a contingency of folk who want to pack in their jobs to play music. The overall structure of the track is a feelgood one steeped with elements of heavy guitar lines that are reminiscent of 70’s southern rock. And a strong, swinging rhythm that supplements Stone’s reflective lyrics.

When love goes to war is an acoustic track that is suitable for a long drive home along the highway. Stone shows his versatility with the guitar and on vocals that express raw emotion that will touch any heartstring in this song about falling out with a loved one. It is these samples of the ability to produce natural forms of motions through music that makes Stone a good songwriter.

The things that impress me the most about Mark Stone and The Dirty Country Band is the musical textures that plays off each other . Strutt’s drumming remains consistent throughout, acting like a metronome that dictates the rhythm. Furthermore, The intelligent lyrics that retain strong storytelling throughout.

Faster than they fall is a combination of Dirty Country ( Excuse the pun!) and Boogie Rock. The riff is a loud and simple juggernaut of a tune that will keep your feet swaying. The strong beats reflect Skynyrd in there pomp with driving rhythm section is like a train pounding the tracks at high speed. This is my favourite standout track that could easily be a breakthrough in the commercial rock charts with fans of 70s and 80’s southern rock .

 

And finally, before you are gone is a country/gospel track that is a nod to religious faith that introduces an organ section that adds depth to the melody vocal lines that make this a beautiful end to an accomplished outing for the dirty country band.

The eP is now available for pre- oreder on Itunes.https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/for-stories-ep/1343653581

You can catch the band on April 5th with the 2 dudes w/ acoustic guitars @ Neumann’s bar in St Paul, Minn

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https://twitter.com/mst0ne

https://www.youtube.com/c/MarkStoneandtheDirtyCountryBand

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