Chris Eves and The New Normal are a Syracuse, New York based Rock-Jam act. I recently reviewed their debut album ‘Find Your Way.’ I was immediately impressed with this unique blend of Alternative-Rock, Jam and Pop and wanted to share with my readers. While most of Chris Eves and The New Normal fans are from the northeast, they are looking to broaden their audience. If you haven't heard of Chris Eves and The New Normal yet, check them out on spotify or #1 on the Reverbnation International Jam Charts. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5cJA9GZa8d5yduDZ0dCxtu?autoplay=true&v=A

From the opening song “Remember To Forget,” I was intrigued at the depth and quality of this album and the band that recorded it. “Remember To Forget” has powerful vocal qualities from Chris Eves and a hard progressive riff that takes this song into Jam territory. I will say that this song is my favorite out of the entire album and makes for a great first track. This song captivates its listeners and draws them, inviting further exploration.

“Walking On Wire” keeps the great vocal qualities going; something that can be severely lacking, specifically in the Jam world. This songs approach is more alternative-rock based but is fun and catchy with lyrics like, "maybe you and me are always walking on a wire, and with every step it seems we are only getting higher.” This sentiment is heartfelt and a great example of the writing techniques used on this album. I could see this song being used in a larger capacity and it also has some viable commercial value.

Another song that caught my attention was the title track of this album ‘Find Your Way” that begins with a clear and precise guitar intro from Jay Lock, solo guitarist for The New Normal.  This song would be a great live track and could allow for some extreme improvisation on stage; in the interview below we discuss walking the line between improv and structure. "You got to be just a little bit crazy to make it through another normal day," are some of the most poignant lyrics within this album and shows the open-minded feeling that this band represents.

 Again, Chris Eves and The New Normal take a different approach to their sonic sound with “The Chains You Wear” and go more alt-country with a heavy slide riff laid over the track. The lyrical qualities remain remarkable, compared to today’s pop country landscape and make this song original and different than a lot of the Southern Rock-Country bands but still very reminiscent of the Black Crowes or even, The Zac Brown Band. 

“Fall” is another song that gets stuck in my head and the driving guitar makes me want to hear an exploratory and long solo, the only thing I think is missing from this recording. Drummer Sean Benz, highlights this track with impressive musicianship and keyboardist Mike D’Ambrosia plays a pivotal role in not only this song but the entire album adding rousing piano licks wherever he can. “Fall” uses Classic Rock chord structures and melodies to make the sound relatable but still remains original and imaginative. 

“The New Normal” and “Flown Away” accentuate the final tracks on this album and stay steady and slow throughout. They are both good choices and well recorded, something that stands out when listening to this album in my headphones. Mike Spardaro holds it down on bass throughout the entire length of this recording but can really be felt in the backbeat at the end of this album. 

While the album ‘Find Your Way’ doesn't necessarily break any rules, it does find new and interesting ways to combine song structures and heartfelt lyrical connections. This album is very relatable to many musical listeners and Chris Eves and The New Normal seamlessly integrate many genres of music from Jam to Alt-Rock. I believe ‘Find Your Way’ is a great platform for this band to build upon and grow exponentially. Below is a short interview with Chris Eves himself where we discuss this latest album and the future evolution of The New Normal.

 

 

 

Interview with Chris Eves From Chris Eves and The New Normal:

RA-Can you describe your sound, or what genres have influenced you as you wrote and recorded ‘Find Your Way’?

CE-Our sound is the sum total of the influences and personal style each member brings to the table. We all have very diverse influences and approach the music from unique vantage points. Everything from: Grateful Dead, Nine Inch Nails to Jazz greats like, John Coltrane and Miles Davis, have shaped our collective sound.  One unifying band we all grew up listening to and seeing live is Phish. They were definitely the catalyst for us wanting to play improvised music. I think the five of us though, strive to go beyond our influences and are always trying to cultivate our own unique voice individually and collectively. Jay, for example, is a very different guitarist than I am and certainly has a very unique voice that’s all his own. A lot of times he’ll play something that inspires me to do something completely different than I would have otherwise. Especially in improvised music, each band member’s voice really comes through and steers the direction of the sound. 

RA-The transitions and song structures in songs like, “Remember To Forget” sounds very jammy, much like moe. or some of the other progressive Jam bands from the North East. Has this musical landscape shaped your musical evolution?

CE-Absolutely. I grew up in Central New York where moe. is from and we listened to them a lot. Chuck from moe.’s sister was our high school Spanish teacher.  I’ve always been a fan of progressive music that has written out sections and jam sections, and that’s able to weave it all together into a story. The Dead tunes like, Terrapin or Help/Slipknot/Franklins, were always my favorite. moe. also inspired me to write in that direction for sure. It’s pretty cool to now be in the band Floodwood with Vinnie from moe. after listening to them for so many years.

RA-What does the New Normal mean to you?

CE- I think it’s just a mantra to be yourself. It’s for anyone who’s ever felt like they don’t fit in or been a little left of center.  Normal is just a point of view and just because you might be weird according to someone else, that shouldn’t stop you from being authentic and living the life that makes you happy. Weirdos are always welcome with us!

RA-What have been some of your greatest musical accomplishments to date? 

CE-I’ve been lucky to have a lot of musical accomplishments in my career. Some of the personal highlights are sitting in with the Zac Brown Band at SPAC and jamming with Jon Fishman live.

RA-Any plans for summer festivals or tours? 

CE-We are working on both right now and are looking forward to announcing some soon

RA-While it is hard to add layers of improvisation to studio albums, does your band stick to the song structures or improvise live?

CE-We try to strike a balance between playing the song and jamming. In the studio, for this record, I was happy that we were able to capture a lot of our jams. “Remember to Forget”, “Find your Way”, and “Fall” were all one take. When we’re live every night is different and we’re still evolving in the way we improvise. Some nights we want to play “Green and Blue” completely structured as a stand-alone song, and some nights it turns into a 20 minute funk jam. I think we’ve just started scratching the surface of where our jams can go and that’s exciting.

RA-Can you explain your lyrical process? Who writes the songs or is it a collective environment?

CE-For this record, I wrote all the Lyrics and it’s the toughest part for me. I just try to write down thoughts on a particular subject independently of the music so I’m not locked into a specific structure at first. When I’ve got a good amount of material, I start trying to play music that fits the ideas and hopefully get the puzzle pieces to fit. I try to be open to lyric ideas all the time so, I keep a bunch of notes in my phone just in case I think of something while I’m out for a run or grocery shopping or, whatever.

RA-Many bands that relate themselves with Jam music walk the line between different genres. How do you see yourselves adding a unique aspect to the Jam world. 

CE- I hope that even though we extend our songs live, that they are still relatable to everyone.  The song always comes first for us and it should stand alone as catchy and meaningful. We also try to put a lot of attention into the vocals and harmonies. I think that emphasis on songwriting and vocals gives us a unique aspect.

RA-What are your future goals and how do you think you will evolve to get there? 

CE-Our short-term goals are to keep writing, recording, and evolving our live show. Playing for more people and extending our touring are also a priority. I think it just takes a lot of hard work and a high level of commitment. We live music 24/7 so it’s more a journey than a single goal we set for ourselves that’s off in the distance.

RA-Any crazy band/road stories you would like to share with us? (Anything goes)

CE-Honestly we’re pretty chill and not too crazy. Our drummer Sean usually finds a casino after the show and we hear about how much money he won the next day. We never hear about how much money he loses though…

Thanks Again to Chris Eves and The New Normal,

RA Fadley

Published in USA Section
Friday, 24 August 2018 15:44

Liron New Single Review

Once again Liron wows us all with her silky and sultry vocals. The newest single “Bad Intentions” brings out the powerful person inside us all. The song battles the nature of toxic relationships and how hard it is to walk away from them. It's aimed at both genders as toxic relationships affect us all and the song itself could be hailed as a self empowerment anthem.

Similar to the last single “Piña Coladas”, Liron carries on the fast paced beat and the radio pop sound. However, the story behind the song carries a trace of heartbreak and understanding that was missing in the previous tracks. The powerful story enables the listener to feel the emotions that Liron was going through when writing the lyrics. I'm sure you’ve all gone through a period of time with a certain somebody that didn't feel right or just wasn't working out in general. This song tackles the pain and fear of breaking away form something that you've known and been comfortable with for so long. The mature theme of the song allows listeners of all ages to relate to the feeling of heartbreak which is common during life.

Lirons vocals reach a new high in “Bad Intentions”. I mentioned before that in the earlier tracks, Liron lacked the power and confidence behind her voice, but recently we’ve seen a new side to the vocal all together. Gone is the Musician who once wrote about puppy loves and hid behind the beat of the song, and is now replaced by a Musician who is proud and self assured, who writes about the self emancipation of men and women alike.

Bad intentions includes everything needed to make a great pop song. The vocal compared with the past paced tempo creates the perfect dance track. The softer vocal compared to the snappy Paced tempo creates a layer of sophistication unseen on her previous works before “piña coladas”. The difference keeps the listener induced in a musical coma when the sound reaches their ears.

Once again Musician Liron has gone above and beyond the expectation we had for her next single. Bad intentions sounds like a pop song you would hear of the radio today and overall a Liron has done a great job perfecting her sound. I thoroughly enjoyed the latest single and I'm ready for the next!

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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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Published in Europe Section
Thursday, 05 July 2018 11:36

Olivia Henry Single Review

Olivia Henry is sweet yet seductive singer and songwriter. The sexy and slow tempo of her music accompanied by her sensuous vocals allow for a sultry sound. Olivia Henry’s vocal reminds me of a soul singer from the 70’s, her sound is a mix of Amy Winehouse meets June Christy, creating the ultimate jazz sounding vocal.

The latest single Gotta Run is a work of art. The mix of instruments fit perfectly together and creates a smooth sound that you can’t help but drink up. The bewitching vocals paired with the soft drumbeat in the background create an almost R&B sounding track. The lyrics depict a woman waiting for her lover until she decides that she will no longer wait. This highlights something that all women go through in life and creates a sense of self-empowerment and freedom.

The single is very different sounding then her previous tracks. The latest record is a more seductive and soulful song that you would expect to hear in a smoky whiskey bar, where as the previous tracks is more jazz sounding with their vibrant piano sound. The previous tracks I believe were all test runs working towards this latest single where Olivia Henry really honed in on her sound.


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Sadly, we don’t see much of miss Henry on Instagram, which in effect is a good thing, as when we do see her, her posts are always thought provoking as well as aesthetic, necessary within the music business. On Facebook though, miss Henry keeps all her fans fully involved with up to date and interesting posts advertising her future gigs and other opportunities. Olivia manages to keep her fans interested and excited for her future in the music world.

Ultimately, Olivia Henry has a promising future in the music world. Her unique sound paired with her sensuous image creates a thrilling listening experience. I personally am looking forward to her future releases and can’t wait to listen to them, as this single gave me an almost powerful feeling as I heard it. Keep a close eye on Olivia Henry!

Olivia will be playing Hotel Cafe's main stage for the first time on Saturday July 14th with some pretty amazing musicians.

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When seeing live music, it comes down to the improvisational Jams for me. When offered a free ticket to the Sold Out Glass Animals at the 9:30, I perused their catalog on Spotify and thought it would be a change of pace and something different to write about for my ever-growing portfolio. With that in mind, I'll just jump right in.


 
I was unimpressed with this group, which has gained immense popularity over the past few years and it makes me feel as though I am disconnected with the younger generation in today's society, especially musically but I suppose that's what growing up is all about. There were people at this show who seemed like they had their life changed, people singing every word, jumping up and down, woman swooning. I haven’t seen anything like it in the Jam world, where musical prowess exceeds catchy lyrics and electronic “drops.” 

  

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Glass Animals needs to find their funky side, get in touch with the roots of the music they are playing, instead of accentuating the pop bullshit. There were some moments within their performance that were well done, thought out and original but these seemed to be overshadowed by the musical/performance process itself.

While high in energy, Glass Animals could only keep my interest for a short time before ultimately, I kept wondering, "When will I hear a freakin’ guitar solo?" The musical capabilities of this band seems highly limited and very pop-keyboard centric, which with all due respect, takes a certain skill set of its own but it's not really in the same class of musicianship that I am used to seeing; it's more learning to synthesize and arrange computer sounds. The lyrics to their songs were catchy and again, pop oriented but I could see something there beyond the surface level. I would suggest that Glass Animals searches these depths to find the true nature of their lyrical qualities and musical abilities. Perhaps visiting the Talking Heads catalog and learning how to incorporate true musicianship and lyrical competency into what they are trying to achieve.

 

Published in USA Section
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.

Published in Europe Section
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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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.

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