Friday, 10 August 2018

Rewind #13

Waterloo Sunset - Ferris & Sylvester
Ferris & Sylvester have gained a whole load of attention with their recent EP and now they've completely smashed this cover of a Kinks' classic. They've still got some performances left over the summer, so if you're heading out in the sun, keep an eye out! 



Amen - Amber Run
One of our all time favourites are back with yet another beautiful EP 'The Assembly', and have just announced a US tour later this year. As usual, Amber Run have created a stunning selection of songs, with beautiful lyrics, incredible harmonies. 


I'm Not Your Man - James Humphrys
Another favourite of ours, James Humphrys, is smashing it! He's just released his latest single 'I'm Not Your Man' and it's already making its way into Spotify playlists and everyone's ears. Keep your ears and eyes out cos I think this is THE song for James... 


Rascal - Annabel Allum
Annabel is smashing 2018. She's been releasing incredible tracks one after the other, culminating in an EP release ('Sorry I'm Not Perceptible') and is getting huge support from Radio 1 right now. Rascal is her latest track supported by a music video, Annabel's smashing the festival circuit this year, and she's heading out on tour in October... 


Us - James Bay
James Bay is back! He's been playing festivals all over the world, and he's recently released his second album 'Electric Light', we've had this track on repeat a fair bit over the last month or so, and we think it's one you'll love too... 


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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Feature: TOMMA


TOMMA is an up and coming artist, guitarist and producer based in Guildford, UK. He's previously co-produced Lauren Nicole's debut album 'Tough Love' and is now releasing his very own debut EP 'The City'. We caught up with him for a quick Q&A... 

1. This is your debut EP, how have you found the experience of creating it?
The process from the start took nearly a year an a half. The first song written was 'Catfish Calling' (single) and the production for the song was done while writing so it was a weird song to have to finish and polish off. The other songs were written, then all rerecorded for the final track. It took me ages to finalise what songs were going to go in the EP. There were 8 songs to start with so some had to be dropped. There is an acoustic version of 'Catfish Calling' that was released with the single as a B-side. So in total this year ill be releasing 6 songs. The EP has 5 tracks and they’re all quite different.

2. Which track are you most excited for people to hear, and why?
I can’t wait to get reactions to 'Crystal Clear' as the song is very different to all the other ones on the EP. the EP is under the Indie rock genre and 'Crystal Clear' is a short progressive acoustic track and I can’t wait to hear what people think. But the whole EP is worth listening to 😉

3. Who do you take inspiration from musically and lyrically?
Musically I take a lot of influence from bands like Bombay Bicycle Club, Everything Everything, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Foo Fighters and loads and loads of others but whats funny is I wouldn't describe my music to relate necessarily to those bands. I feel like in some cases you can hear some Kings of Leon influence and Catfish and the Bottlemen but my writing is highly influenced by my life events and emotion, which is why I can’t write a particularly happy sounding song, the rage and anger that comes from bad situations in life drive me to write much more than happy emotions for me. Everyone is slightly different that way and for me music is a great way to express the way I feel.

4. Where do you hope this EP will lead you?
I hope the EP will be a starting point for me. It's a portfolio project as I’ve never released songs under my own name. There is one collaboration on the EP with David Waters but other than that, the EP is all my project, my little baby and I can’t wait to get peoples reactions to it. I hope it shows people what i can do and in the long run help me improve musically and especially in the vocal department. I’ve never been much of a singer growing up and this EP was me forcing myself to learn to sing and control my voice. I have a lot to learn and a long way to go to be very happy with the way my voice sounds and getting peoples feedback on my EP will be the best way for me to learn how to improve.

5. Would you rather live one life that lasts 1,000 years OR ten lives that last 100 years each?
I would rather live 10 lives that last 100 years over 1 life for 1000 years because in all my lives i'll be able to experience things in a brand new light and learn new traits and experiment with so many different walks of life. For me in this life, music and well being are the most important things to me but if I had to live another life I would see things a completely different way. Living a life for 1000 years you would still be the same person and will only be able to learn a finite amount of things as you get older, but starting again sometimes gives you better opportunities.

'The City' EP Review:
'Temple' ignites the EP with a flame that grows bigger and bigger. Starting off with a beautifully simplistic acoustic guitar, layers and layers create a blanket of very talented songwriting. With harmonies coming at you from all angles, you're sucked into the passion of the song which clearly shows through the vocals. Before you know it you're immersed into a symbol crashing high that gets you pumped to hear more.
'Catfish Calling' is the single of this EP, instantly you know you're about to hear a stand out track. Clearly displaying classic Indie Rock style, the fast paced guitar contrasting with slower supporting drums brings you into a heartbeat trance. The vocals in this track shows vulnerability...with a punch as it's speech like melody compliments the effortlessly intricate background. Flawless songwriting shines through as it takes you through highs and lows, whilst getting lyrics trapped running round your brain. This single is one to keep your eyes peeled for.
As the title track of this EP 'The City' shows a whole new level of showmanship for TOMMA, a very polished track that would never show to be from a new up and coming artist. The instrumentation, perfectly carrying and pushing the vocals throughout, to new and unexpected levels. With influences from Kings of Leon and You Me At Six peaking through, it's clear he's done his research of what exactly it takes to create a catchy track that feeds my hungry ears. 
'Blockade' brings a more electronic vibe to our ears, whilst still keeping true to his style. TOMMA explores through instrumentation in this track, and it's exciting, each section has a new instrument that keeps you on your toes, all whilst tapping along to the steady beat. This track proves a clear example of how pause can be powerful, it works so very well, it takes a good songwriter to pull it off. Narrative driven, this track takes you through the emotion of every single word, even when introducing French, as if there wasn't enough to please us already. 
TOMMA takes a big risk with 'Crystal Clear' and it sure pays off. Giving an unguarded, stripped back feel, every aspect compliments each other beautifully. His vocals give a more mature, raw and edgy feel throughout it's softness, whilst it's simple and honest guitar gets you addicted instantly. This track perfectly brings you back down to earth and is the best way to end this fast paced, exciting EP. I hope to hear more experiments like this one in the future, as TOMMA has clearly performed versatility. 


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Friday, 3 August 2018

Spotlight: I See Rivers


Originally hailing from Northern, Southern and Western parts of Norway, the now UK based trio, I See Rivers, are back with another fantastic EP. They move in a musical landscape that they've perfectly dubbed  'Float Folk'. Eline, Gøril and Lill have shared stages with the likes of Newton Faulkner, Cosmo Sheldrake and Fredrik William Olsen; and festival highlights include Green Man Festival, Belladrum Festival, and Sound City. 

'Play It Cool' EP Review:
‘Play It Cool’ opens up this EP perfectly with it’s staccato instrumentation combined with glorious harmonies that all blend together perfectly. Their musicianship clearly shines through, as the instrumentation supports in all the right places, laying the faultless foundation for the intricate vocal melodies. This track plays effortlessly, smoothly transitioning through sections like melting butter. As the lead single in this EP, it’s obvious that this song means business from its blissfully clear vocals to incredible song writing. To sum it up, this song takes you through a journey, a journey with gentle waves that cradle you through the highs and lows, whilst the trio’s voices send you off in a beautiful lullaby. 
‘I Think I Like You’ takes over instantly with yet more tasty harmonies, making you fall for the song in ways you never expected. With a more stripped back instrumentation, the acoustic guitar echo’s the vocal melody, adding a fourth harmony. ‘I Think I Like You’ takes hold of the structure and makes sweet musical love as each section cradles each other with great care and passion. This song epitomises the very feeling of having a huge crush on someone, it sounds like wonderful colours, scenes and poetry…just as good song writing should do. 
‘I Don’t Know’ eases you in with layers, layers, layers. Again with a more acoustic, stripped back feel, it starts off with stunning solo vocals, to then three-part unity in creamy goodness. As the EP’s shortest song, it sure makes up for it in climax, as each section there is a new layer of percussion added, intensifying each blanket of genius. Just when you think it can’t get any more full of wonder…the bass kicks in and completely changes the song. Lifting it to places you weren’t expecting. 
‘I Give Up’ rounds off this glorious EP by showing their sensational musicianship as each member uses their voice like a well-tuned instrument, faultlessly gliding through notes as if combing silk. The chorus of this track is hands down one of the most naturally consuming choruses ever. You’re sucked in immediately, taken to another world without even noticing your hearts been stolen. This track feels fuller (and that’s mainly down to the vocals) whilst still maintaining classy subtlety, really finishing this EP with the grand finale. Each riff, melody, harmony and layer captures you in pure ecstasy, intoxicating your ears with songs that you will never forget.


See I See Rivers Live:
17th October: St Pancras Old Church, London (tickets)

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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Review: Women Of Rock! (XERO, Wild Card, VNDTA, & Lock'N'Throw @ Boileroom (17/06/18)


We had the pleasure of reviewing and photographing Little Bear Promotion's 'Women Of Rock' night at Guildford's Boileroom; showcasing Guildford's best female fronted rock bands. (Which let's be honest... is a pretty cool and striking title alone, so this was an all round awesome experience.)


Lock 'N' Throw
Lock 'N' Throw, kicked the evening off with an instantly powerful, punchy, punk song. Inspiration from Paramore shines through as their image and stage presence represents true to their sound. They fill the gradually forming room with strong and mighty music, and delicate yet strikingly powerful melodies from the lead singer. They gave a strong performance that gave the illusion of years of confidence through play.
Their beautifully haunting contrasts and emotional performance throws us into the night, giving a fierce start, making the band feel truly in control. You can see they love what they do and clearly mean business. They finish off their set with a new single (yet to be released), 'Bed Bound', which is one to keep your eyes peeled for as it teleports you back to classic pop punk rawness. With it's relatable and catchy lyrics that trickle over their authoritative yet irresistible instrumentation. Overall, a strong start from this young, upcoming band, as they vary smoothly through originals to covers which kick start the crowd into party mode. 



VNDTA
VNDTA take over with an instantly heavier, dramatic yet invincible presence. Using a mix of media, they start with a voiceover that stuns us into silence, not long before shock takes us over as the lead singer smacks us round the face with these incredible screamo vocals. She wandered on stage blending into the room, but she certainly wasn't going to go unnoticed. Instantly the room fills with hungry ears, in awe of the power her stage presence and her vocals bring, leaving the audience captivated. The band provide strong and unforgettably sturdy skills in musicianship, as the lead singer shakes us by showing how versatile her voice can be, switching effortlessly into a melodic chorus with dynamic range. If I can say one thing straight off the bat, it's that these guys know their stuff, and they want to show us. They truly let their hair down in this performance as their passion oozes through every note and movement as it smashes our ear drums in the best way possible.
This lady boss smashes stereotypes and really knows what she's doing, all the way down to communication with the band. Everyone shows true musicianship as they bounce off each other. I've never heard growls and pig squeals sound so sexy, as every single member of the band stands out, making you forget where you are. They pay tribute to musicians out there with their song 'Leaches', representing relationships through music. The chorus still pumps through my veins as I feel inferior to these powerful lyrics. This band is onto big things (they're performing at Techfest this year if you want to catch them) and you need to make note of their name as they made me truly appreciate the skill that goes into metal. 



Wild Card
Wild Card provide a distinctively strong penultimate performance as this four piece fills the stage with their dominant sound. The lead makes love to the audience through her performance as she showers us with her vigorously vast range in vocals and dynamics. She slams down her spirit as the guitar delivers funky riffs that alluringly contrast with their heavy instrumentation. 'Burn' is a brutally honest original written about sexual assault. Recovery is a main theme with it's stunning, striking lyrics take you through the journey with them; with highs and lows, melodically, vocally, musically and dynamically. This perfectly flawless performance will stick with the audience as they spread messages of strength, this is what powerful women of rock need to do... and they certainly deliver. Jamie on guitar who's also from the band Sun House, performs their original 'Running', which gets the crowd moving and feeling empowered. The band interact beautifully, showing their bond and skill in communication through music. Wild Card deliver nothing but pure talent and strength throughout, overcoming technical issues like pros and interacting with the audience like old friends. They wind down their set with a gorgeous, possessing rock ballad, which will haunt the room and stick to the walls like glue. They are onto bigger things as this is their last performance known as Wild Card but they promised something is on the cards soon... Keep an ear out. 


XERO
XERO headlined this gig and instantly we all knew it was worth the wait. Hairography came to mind throughout this chilling performance as each member of the band delivered with every part of their body. The lead with a seemingly innocent appearance turned our stereotypes of rock on it's head as she filled our lungs with her handsome and versatile vocals. Their single 'Come Home' paints the venue with catchy and rusty riffs combined with atmospheric vocals. Each member of the four piece supports, lifts and empowers each other throughout, showing their true diversity, passion and pleasure. Their originals from a writing point of view were flawless, with the perfect lifts, space, silence, dynamics and range. They take a risk with a new song, unheard by anyone as it was written a mere 24 hours before. It sure paid off. This clearly shows their talent in every aspect of the genre, confidence oozes onto us as we're in awe of how seamless this single feels, as if it's an old, classic hit. The lead singer really knows how to connect to the audience just with a look, and she takes our breath away but gives our bodies life and movement. The room is captivated by their spiritual existence on stage. Their single 'Follow' transports the room into our darker, more pleasurable side of rock, light floods over the audience's heads as the contrasting vocals effortlessly transition between melodical to ruthlessly hardcore. Lyrically cunning and euphorically pleasing to listen to. They give their all in their performance of 'Birth Right', the first track on their new EP 'Dimensions'. Vocally reminiscent of Amy Lee (Evanescence), striking, stirring and atmospheric. This single clings onto your skin with every section feeding your hungry soul. 
They set the tone with their final song, 'Garden', which I can only describe as addictive, liquid gold. Harmonies fill out the song with unmistakable, breathtaking layers. Phenomenal performance from this up and coming band; each member filled to the brim with talent and an infatuation for music. This band is one to see live as they entrance you into their music. 


Winding down at the Boileroom
Overall, this event was such an empowering experience. Every member of the audience, despite gender were there to support feminism in this male dominated genre... and everyone rocked it. The Boileroom is a perfect venue for a gig like this, as it's friendly and cool staff make everyone feel at ease whilst having a great time. If you've never been to a gig at The Boileroom (Guildford), get yourself down there, the small venue makes up for it in lighting, appearance, sound and its unique niche community. The walls and ceilings are plastered with posters haunting the venue with past performers. Giving you a taste of its musical history and knowledge. 

Huge shoutout to Sophie of Little Bear Promotions for putting on this charity gig to raise money and awareness for the Helen Bamber Foundation, a UK based charity that works to support, protect and rehabilitate survivors of gross human rights violations including torture, trafficking, rape and political oppression. Supporting each other is something we all need to take part in, and if we can do it through music and powerful women... then let's get started! 


Follow The Bands!
Lock'N'Throw: https://www.facebook.com/LockNThrow/
VNDTA: https://www.facebook.com/VNDTA/
Wild Card: https://www.facebook.com/officialwildcardmusic
XERO: https://www.facebook.com/xerobandpage/
Little Bear Promotions: https://www.facebook.com/littlebearpromotionsuk/


Review: Charlie Wren (@charliewrenmusic)
Photos: Cinematic Desk (@cinematic.desk)

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Feature: Darragh Chaplin


Darragh Chaplin comes from a musical family, since an early age he's played the drums and picked up a guitar for the first time aged 14 but has always been singing. Darragh's performed at many open mic's locally and is also making his way onto many a festival line up this year...

1. How have you found the process for you first release - was it all that you expected? 
It's been really fun! I did the whole thing in my bedroom on my own so it's been quite enjoyable for me to just sit behind a microphone and a laptop and just work away in my own little world on it, so I've enjoyed that part! And obviously I love songwriting so I've enjoyed working with these songs and turning them from just acoustic guitar and voice into something a bit larger. 

2. What inspired this release?
Well before this release I only had one song up on Spotify and iTunes so I thought I definitely need some more stuff up there for people to listen to. Also, I'm awful with keeping to my own deadlines so it was definitely a good way of pushing on with my music and making something I'm proud of! 

3. Which song is your favourite from your EP 'Comfort' and why?
Hmm, I'm not sure, all of them mean something different to me, but I would probably say 'Comfort'. It was the first song I recorded for the EP and the most recently written one so it's still fresh and the lyrics are quite meaningful and relevant for me, but obviously I do still like the other ones!!

4. Where do you hope to be musically in two years time?
Well, I mean I wouldn't turn down the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury but I would like to have released an album and hopefully tour it, or be in the process of making an album and planning a tour! 

5. If you could perform anywhere, where would you choose and why?
One festival that I've always wanted to play at is Barn On The Farm! It's quite a small festival but it just seems like a really nice atmosphere and they have some of my favourite musicians playing, so for me it would be great to be featured on that lineup. In terms of venues though, Hammersmith Apollo has got to be up there; I recently saw my favourite band Bon Iver there and it was such a beautiful venue, and definitely holds a special meaning for me now, so hopefully one day I'll be able to stand on that stage and play my music! 

'Comfort' EP Review:
The title track 'Comfort' opens the EP beautifully, with it's stunning guitar melody. This smooth song will transport you into relaxation, as every part of it simply falls into place. With it's relatable lyrics, swelling dynamics and gentle melody, it will get caught in your head. 'In That Light' rings true to Darragh's style, with clear influences from Jason Mraz and Ben Howard shining through. The complicated guitar truly flatters his soft, yet striking vocals. Instantly you know 'Too Young To Grow' is the track that's going to stand out from the rest with it's more haunting double tracked vocals. It leaves you with chills as it lifts you up and down throughout the structure of the track. Subtle harmonies and gentle riffs surround you throughout, making it a memorable experience. 'Untitled' rounds off the EP nicely, showing Lewis Watson inspired vocal melodies, his vocals cradle your ears with it's raw brilliance. Delicate but well conducted musical support lifts the song in all the right places. Overall, this EP will leave you nostalgic in a trance with Darragh's charming vocals and skilled songwriting.



See Darragh Live:
26th May: Gardenstock Festival 2018
27th May: Spice Of Life, London

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Friday, 2 March 2018

Spotlight: Glen Hansard


Irish musician Glen Hansard slides back into our musical hearts with his third solo album 'Between Two Shores' that was released 19th January with Anti Records. Well known for his acting performances in ‘The Commitments’ & ‘Once’, which won him multiple awards, including Academy Award for Best Songs. 

'Between Two Shores' Album Review:
'Roll On Slow' - This kicks the album off with a steady beat & hook that gives you a glimpse into the pleasure that is yet to come. He teases you more with a sensational brass and keys section, alongside a trip music video, you know this man is back and he means business. 'Why Woman' - This track takes you down into a mellow stroll through memory lane with classic Glen Hansard lyric and melodic writing. This track could melt butter it’s so smooth, it’s a perfect wind down song after the brilliant build up from the start. 'Wheels On Fire' - Straight away this punchy track set the tune, with a more poppy feel to it, a perfect contrast of staccato keys and drums contrasted with Glen’s melodically versatile, creamy voice of pure genius. 'Reckless Heart' - The vulnerability of this track brings you back down to earth and just makes you sit, listen and truly appreciate his talent. 'Moving On' - The guitar on this track couldn’t be any closer to orgasmic even if it tried, his anger oozes out of his vocals, but calming keys behind create the perfect ambiance. One of my personal favourites purely for the passion that blankets over this track. 'Setting Forth' - Similarly to track two, this rings pure Glen Hansard style. The lyrics fall off his tongue and the piano cradles them in this truly uplifting, moving song. 'Lucky Man' - He treats us to more brass and slides back in with steady piano and vocals. A well structured track with a chorus that makes love to your musical soul. 'One Of Us Must Lose' - This track resonates within you and mirrors the pure brilliance and beauty of this album. This is one of the only two songs that have vocal harmonies, which follows you through and haunts you, leaving a trace on your heart. 'Your Hearts Not In It' - Such brilliance lays in the simple guitar of this track. It strips back the whole album bringing you to the horizon of the end. Throughout, you can feel this track is building in dynamics, layers and passion. It does not disappoint, harmonies kick in giving a communal choral feel. 'Time Will Be The Healer' - When the opening line is the track title, you know it’s going to be a clear, pure narrative. This whole album has been teaching us life lessons of highs and lows along the way, but this one is the relaxing exhale of the album. You can’t help but reflect when listening to his sultry voice and steady guitar and soft drums. It sets off the tone perfectly for the end of the album, leaving you relaxed in music heaven. 


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Reviewed by Charlie.

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Feature: Annabel Allum


Indie singer/songwriter Annabel Allum smashes into 2018 with her new single 'Beat The Birds' and it's one to look out for. She's shared stages with Beth Ditto, Nadine Shah, and Blaenavon, performed at The Great Escape, Live At Leeds and SXSW and is amongst our list of 'ones to watch'. As well as a big hype around her music, she is also making waves in the fashion industry; with endorsements from Bastian Classics and Cheap Monday, while now releasing her personally designed merch (that is gender-free! Woo!)

1. 2018 sees your new single 'Beat The Birds', what other plans do you have for this year?
More music, more shows, more projects, more risks. 

2. What was it like getting to film your awesome music video with Context Films?
Awesome yeah. They're great friends of mine and I love working with them.

3. You recently toured with Beth Ditto, where was your favourite place that you performed?
Probably Warsaw. Concerts that size aren't regular out there so everyone was happy and grateful to be there.

4. If you could support any artist in the world, who would you choose and why?
Dead? Janis Joplin- no doubt. Listening to her voice every night would've been mental and I think we'd have had a right laugh. Alive...Uh, I dunno. Probably another female boss like PJ or Patti Smith, we'd have a lot to talk about.

5. If you could have one super power what would it be?
Adoptive muscle memory or teleportation. 

'Beat The Birds' Review:
‘Beat the Birds’ starts with Annabels’ gritty vocals setting the tone, letting you know that this is going to be a power song. Behind her vocals, the dirty guitar oozes feedback preparing you for it all to kick in, letting you know this song means business. Annabel shows off her ability with a melodic chorus that lifts you up, making you want more. The bridge has an ambient feel that covers you in layers before slowly cradling you back into the earth with the chorus again. She teases with the bridge again, but smoothly transports you into a bigger, louder chorus that finishes off this track. ‘Beat the Birds’ is a well structured, very powerful track that shows you what Annabel is all about whilst showcasing her individual musical talent evolution.


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Reviewed and interviewed by Charlie
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