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.

Alternatively, you can follow him via Facebook  & Twitter.

Written by Anselm Anderson - UK / Lancaster

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Saturday, 28 July 2018 13:06

Superfecta- Disconnect Abum Review

 

 

 

Superfecta are a Hard Rock act from London that have been around since 2011. I had the pleasure to cover them a few months back, and was impressed by their raw energy . I was humbled to cover this new release for the band when I enquired a few months back about writing a review for them they happily responded and received this opportunity . The overall quality of the band’s music and work ethos creates a combination of stylings like classic rock, hard rock and grunge. The album’s title refers to the disconnect people feel within society and technology , which was recently released . The band are led by Roberto Negrini (Vocals) Danun Todd (Guitar) Carl Highman (bass) and Matt Vella (Drums). The thing that impressed me the most about Superfecta is the chemistry within the music that blends each instrument into a cohesive rendition of fist- pumping and emotive music. The music was made to be edgy, heavy and breath bating with structured melodies and teeth rattling drumming: they are a band worth looking out for.

 

   

 

Opener Leviathan is an example of melodies combined with emotional breakdowns in signature and driven rhythms that will lead the listener hooked. This is a perfect start full of the ingredients of classic rock and guitar- oriented rock

Mannequin is another hard hitting track that will appeal to a hardcore rock audience. The band show a consistency with a thumping guitar sound, and bass galloping along to a climax. The vocals change in range and direction that fits in nicely with the guitar solo at the end.

Nothing Remains and The Abyss continue this solid performance with some strong song writing and guitar effects that add another dimension to the band’s high octane density.

Break the Frame is a more slow tempo track with dark elements that is reminiscent of early AIC.

Blackout picks up the intensity once more with this upbeat track. The band fail to back down from engaging lyrics and evolving riffs that maintains the velocity throughout

The album concludes with A Little Secret with it’s contagious guitar parts and groovy bass lines

Two thirds is a fitting finality with it’ melodic patterns and distorted guitars. This is a timely reminder of when good rock albums were made. The production is is so clear you can hear every note played. Each track is diverse in sound without sounding the same. Superfecta are a band going forward

The band will be performing at Scream Lounge, Croydon, London on September 15

You can find further information on the band by visiting https://superfecta.co.uk/ . This site has a colourful layout with access to gig photos and a forum for fans to interact. I feel this offers more for the fans.

  

Facebook This site is fan -friendly and provides interaction for new fans. There are news, photos, music videos and mp3’s for fans.

Twitter I feel this highlights the band’s more personal side and willingness to keep fans engaged.

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Written by Anselm Anderson - UK / Lancaster

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Friday, 01 December 2017 00:00

November Music Showcase: Marbin Review

About a year ago, I met and interviewed the band Marbin, a high-energy Rock/Jazz hybrid that had impressed me with songs like, 'African Shabtay' and 'Redline' on their social media/YouTube video campaign the year before. Since my first Marbin show, I have been lucky enough to see them three more times and we have become fast friends; sharing many musical interests and debating the ins-and-outs of the music industry on various occasions.

As musicians, Marbin is growing exponentially; each member giving it they’re all on stage, every night, traveling the county and the world. Their musical influences and growth can be heard in their most recent compositions, which lean more into psychedelic and ballad like movements; leaving more room for improvisation and modulation within live performances. Marbin is constantly evolving, adding new intros, outros and transitions into their already solid repertoire.

Their newest unreleased album titled, "Israeli Jazz" seems to have woken more creativity inside this band, as they play these new songs with a raw and driving intensity. 'Israeli Jazz' the title track from the newest album, is hard and transient, smooth and razor sharp. I look forward to hearing the entire album and doing a full review when it is completed.

Dani Rabin shows exceptional guitar skills, on par, if not greater than, many guitarists in the progressive Jazz and Jam scene. Dani is always growing and expanding his musical education, incorporating those Gypsy Jazz scales he loves so much, into the music he constantly creates. Danny Markovitch is the backbone of this group and although he stands to the side during solos, he is always solemnly contemplating what comes next and critically evaluating every note. Jon Nadel is the perfect bass player for this band and although, he isn't an original member, he keeps both Danny and Dani in check while bringing a masterful bass technique and skill on his fret-to-fretless bass guitar. The heartbeat of Marbin is drummer Blake Jiracek, who is always in his own world, tirelessly keeping up with the other members and pushing the rhythmic structure further and further.

While Marbin, hasn't reached the peak of their success, little by little, they are gaining attention and amassing a loyal following just waiting for them to explode on to the scene but which scene? Finding that direction is highly important to what Marbin could become in the future. I am sure that they will succeed in any musical route/niche they decide to pursue and I will be along for the ride. 

I am looking forward to another Marbin performance in Harrisonburg, Virginia on April 4 at the Golden Pony. If you live in or around the area, feel free to contact me and we can meet up! If not, check this band out when they come to you locally, I am always truly blown away.

 

 

 

 

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