Tuesday, 14 July 2020

London Live and Unsigned is back!

Hi everyone,

Sadly due to University and other commitments I had to take a break from blogging. I was however filming a Music documentary interviewing unsigned artists in and around London and looking at the current live music scene in London. This will continue to be filmed when the Covid 19 situation is safer and live music returns to pubs/venues etc. I also now run a open mic which I have taken online every Sunday live from 7pm on Insta @londonliveandunsigned . My blog reviews will start back up this week and I will continue to support all unsigned artists on my social media and share with you all any amazing new music I find.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Single Review: Frankie Urbano - 'Everytime'

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'Every time' is a powerful yet delicate soulful single from singer-songwriter Frankie Urbano. The slow tempo of the song is actually very clever as its a complete contrast to the lyrics and the meaning of the song. Frankie wrote the single about how people are constantly rushing around and competing in life to find their place, rather than just slowing down, stopping and appreciating what they have. The slow tempo and raw vocals make you stop and listen to the lyrics and what the song is about, this works by simplifying the track too with just Frankie her guitar and vocals. This is definitely Frankie's niche and it is very brave as it leaves you exposed as a vocalist with little room for error.

This style does not surprise me with Frankie as she comes across as a very brave inspiring young artist who is fearless when it comes to writing her music. She writes from the heart and shares a lot of personal experiences and feelings in her writing which in turn I feel earns the respect of the listener and helps them maybe connect to the music in their own way.

Frankie's tone is very relaxing,. soothing and  therapeutic and you can hear her jazz and soul influences in her vocals. If you are looking to spend some time relaxing and appreciating good music check 'Every time' out you will be inspired, comforted and possibly come away feeling some gratitude for life.

                                                Photograph: Jamie Panton

I managed to catch up with the Lovely Frankie for a quick interview which I have featured below:

Firstly how long have you been singing and playing guitar? 

I started learning to play guitar and piano when I was 14 year old at my local church in Tenerife. Thats when I realised I could also sing and absolutely fell in Love with sound and all things musical. 

What inspired you to start singing ? 

I would always sing along to classic 90s pop groups like the spice girls, S club 7, backstreet boys and also loved Avril Lavigne and Kelly clarkson at the time, but I never really found my own voice until my teenage years when I joined the local church band alongside my dad who was the guitarist and my oldest sister who played bass guitar. This was where I found my feet musically and was able to experiment and evolve musically around people who encouraged and pushed me to pursue my talents.

When writing your own music do you have a routine ?
Or can you write anywhere at anytime ? 

Writing music for me comes in flows. I find I get a lot on inspiration and ideas from other artists music and grooves, but the best way for me to write is on my own in a quiet beautiful location where I have space to think, breath and create without any distractions. I prefer to write lyrics with my guitar as I feel I can flow better and I also prefer to use a pen and paper rather then typing out lyrics onto my laptop. Drawing images whilst I’m songwriting always inspires me and that’s why I prefer to do things on paper.

Who are your influences when it comes to music ? 

My musical influences are Peter Gabriel, Gabrielle Aplin, Kelly Clarkson, Tori Kelly Ella Fitsgerald, Frank Sinatra, Jamie Cullum, Etta James, Ella Mai… I listen to so many different genres but these are the deeper more soulful, jazz vibes that I feel I can relate to my own music and emotions.

What genre would you put yourself in? 

I would say my music is alternative acoustic soul. But I don’t like to put myself in a category as I feel music is creating through emotions and knowledge so it can change genre at any time. Putting yourself in a box will only restrict the musical flow.

What’s the dream? Plans for the future? 

I have so many dreams, but my next goal is to perform on cruise ships which is currently in process as I just got accepted onto the P&O carnival cruise liners books. My parents met on cruise liners and its been something I’ve always wanted to experience for myself. Performing on cruise ships will be an amazing opportunity and I am very excited to say the least!

Can you tell us a bit about the background to every time and what it is about ? 

“Every time” is a song I wrote at university a couple of years ago. I was writing about a topic I am extremely passionate about and have strong views on to this day. This song is about the corruption of this world we live in. The lyrics focus on how everyone is constantly rushing around trying to earn their place in society. Competing against each other and buying the latest gadgets, cars, houses searching for this empty happiness that dissent last. No one takes the time to just to a deep breath and appreciate life for what it is, good health, the trees, and fresh air, the people around us. I feel so strongly about having gratitude for the things we have as gratitude is one of the healthiest of all human emotions. If you can appreciate what you have and learn to be thankful where you are, you will automatically end up having more.

The chorus to the song explains how the only time I can truly connect with my dreams is when I close my eyes. This is just a metaphor for myself and my way of switching off to the dramas of the world and believing in myself and my dreams that I know I’m on a journey to fulfill. 

You were recently involved in a music documentary with BBC Sesh , how was that ? 

I was approached by BBC Sesh Wales to work with them on a project that connected my music and the grieving of my dad. This was something I was really excited to do as my dad was a huge part of my musical journey and still is so I was proud to talk about the way I used music and lyrics to grieve him and share this with other people. I had some amazing feedback from people who had been through similar circumstances and could relate to the video so I was so thankful for this opportunity as it helped others.

Your music seems very personal , do you find writing music can be therapeutic? 

Yes I definitely think songwriting is therapeutic for my personally as its a way for me to express my emotions and create a feeling that I then hope others can engage with.

I think it’s very brave as a musician to write about personal issues as you are really putting yourself out there , would you encourage other young singer/songwriters to do the same ? 

I think music as you say is very personal to each artist and you can choose to be as vulnerable or as low key as you wish to be. For my personally the way I write is very open and honest. I find people can relate to my lyrics better when I am clear and authentic about my situations. In the past people have taken a song of mine and related it to a completely different circumstance that they are going through and I think that’s the beauty of music and sound. Everyone is on their own journey, but music can always connect us in some way.

Lastly it’s seems especially over the last few years their has been a drop in young people going to college/university to study music. There seems to be abit of a stigma behind studying music and people are being pushed into degrees they are told are more academic. Any advice for young musicians out there wanting to go and study music ? 

I personally don’t see an issue with doing a degree in music as I did this myself. I think I learnt a lot of valuable skills throughout my degree as it was performance based but the theory was really helpful too. However I do feel that studying creative arts can in some ways dampen the creative flow that you have when you’re just doing something because you love it and it excites you. I think things like deadlines and specific topics that you’re encouraged to do are great is some aspects as you learn to work under pressure, however it can also take away the creative flow so id just say be sure its what you want to do and be prepared to work on things that may be exactly what you would do musically without the structure of university.

Remember guys it's important to support young artists like Frankie they are the future of music, and it's inspiring to see a young artist like Frankie try and use her platform to help others.

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Monday, 22 October 2018

Single Review : Cornelis Gerard 'Look Back and Laugh'

Cornelis Gerard is an extremely honest punk poet/ singer-songwriter coming from a Dutch and Northern Irish background, its perhaps this background that makes him the great storyteller he is. The genre of music he plays is quite unique and can range from punk, indie and a bit of jazz swing throw in there for good measure. Gerard is now based in London and gigs various venues with his band making audiences laugh with his witty lyrics. Over the Autumn months, Gerard will be releasing four singles and below I take a look at his second single release "Look back and laugh", enjoy the read.

As a fellow London resident, I connected with 'Look back and laugh' straight away and felt I could really associate with the lyrics. Cornelis talks about his experiences when he first headed for the bright lights of London Town. I think a lot of people will connect with his honest style of writing he is very relatable as an artist. The Great thing about this track is by the second time the chorus comes around you know it and you can't help but sing along, smile and dance. As a musician this is all you can ask for really that your music makes people happy, dance and relate.

The melody to the song is very happy and positive but yet some on the lyrics are quite serious, this style of songwriting reminds me of the Smiths in the 70's it's very clever. One of my favorite lyrics from the song is "cause scars remind us who we " even know its a small line in the track it gives a sense of empowerment to the song and the listener, it sends out a positive message within the song and makes the song personal to each individual listener and their personal challenges and scars.

Cornelis style reminds me of Elvis Costello, Ian Drury, Mickey Jupp and the whole pub rock scene in the 1970's. The pub rock revolution was an thrilling time for live music in London and created a fresh interest in Rock and Roll and really focused on bringing back live music to smaller live music venues. Furthermore this encouraged lots of bands to sign to independent music labels. I would love to see the music scene back like this in London and around the world for that matter. On that note, this is why it is so important to support unsigned artist such as Cornelis out there gigging on the live music scene and recording their stuff independently.

Cornelis is releasing four singles this Autumn 'Look back and Laugh' is the second release the third single 'It Won't Kill You' is out Wednesday 24th of October. Cornelis and his band will be performing on Thursday 25th of October at the Roadtrip near Old Street to celebrate. If you enjoy some punk rock, poetry and a good old pub singalong please go check them out.

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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Summer Isle of Wight Special 2018: Live Review: Tankus the Henge

                                              Photo credit to Cirque de la Quirk @cirquedelaquirk 

Tankus the Henge Live,The Discovery

It was the final day of the Isle of Wight festival and if I am honest the summer heat and the 3 days camping was taking its toll but I was rocking on of course. I decided to head away from the main stage and see what some of the smaller stages had to offer and this was definitely the best decision of the weekend. On approaching the very Unique Cirque De La Quirk stage I could hear what I can only describe as a jazz, Funk, Punk and rock mash-up in a circus (sounds fun right). There were flames, aerial performers, and a contortionist on the piano and this my friends was my first Tankus the Henge experience. The frontman Jaz by this point was topless and sweating from all the flames of course and his vigorous piano playing. The sounds coming from the band on stage sounded like there was a mini-orchestra up there and Jaz's vocals were strong, passionate and had a deep bass to them. I knew I had stumbled across something epic and I was excited. It felt like I was in the final scene of The Blues Brothers movie  but it was more bohemian and hopefully, the band wasn't going to be arrested at the end like in the movie.

The Gig

As the gig went on I started to concentrate on the band and the music more than the visuals, incredible as they were. Jaz is not only a frontman but he is a showman and that makes the difference in any band. He has lots of character, charisma and no arrogance which is the perfect mix. As much as I don't like comparing any musician to another, as I believe everyone is an individual Jaz did remind me of the great Freddie Mercury. I am sure any frontman would not mind being compared to such a wonderful performer. The comparison is also important to me because one of the main reasons I wanted to review Tankus the Henge, and spread the word about these guys is I believe given the right stage and chance they could reach legendary status. The band as a whole have amazing timing and work together well and you can see and feel the fun they have playing together. The brass section of the band just add that pure old time class to the band, they transport you to the roaring 20's in a smoky club in New Orleans.  I have been to see the band a few times now since the Isle of Wight and I can not praise their show and music enough.  But I can only imagine what they could do with a bigger stage/set and thousands of more people in the audience.

Crowd Reaction

Anyone that has been to a live gig knows how important the crowd reaction is, it really can make or break a gig for the fans and the band. At both the Isle of Wight gig and the most recent Tankus the Henge gig I went to in London the crowd reaction was amazing and very positive. However I got to see the band perform in two very different settings and it was great to actually get feedback off the crowd at the London gig. One fan told me that they couldn't take the smile off their face when they watch the band because the music makes them feel so happy. Another fan told me that they just couldn't stop dancing and the gig was making them feel really positive and high on music. By the second set of the night I joined the crowd on the dance floor and soaked up that infectious Tankus the Henge positivity. It was an amazing night in an outdoor London City venue, and under clear skies with the bright city lights of London around us and the view of the iconic shard in the background, people from all different backgrounds danced, laughed and come together for the music. It's nights like these when you forget that we are in a time when London's live music scene is struggling, and get a glimpse of how great it can be again.


The Music

Normally when I write reviews I will talk about what genre the band is, I can't do that with Tankus the henge. That's what I love, one minute you feel like you are at a fairground, then you could be jumping around to ska and then you have your jazz hands out. The band are fearless, not afraid to be different and definitely do not follow the trend. To me, they have taken 50's rock and roll shaken it up a bit and taken it where it may not have been able to go in the 50's when the audiences may not have been ready for it. Now maybe the problem is not as many people are appreciating it as much as they should be in a time where live music is suffering. Times have sadly changed, but that's why Tankus the Henge are my saviors of the summer out there touring working hard and not giving up. The band are all multi-instrumentalists which I think helps with the unique Tankus the Henge sound and why their first album self-entitled "Tankus the Henge" is something you have to listen to if you want to be taken on a journey.

Watch this space for info on there forthcoming second album!

Below is a short interview with the frontman of Tankus the Henge Jaz Delorean:

So, let us go back to the start. When and how did the band come together?

Jaz: The start is a blur. No-one remembers the start. It’s like the big bang. Not even everyone believes in it. Some of the band think that we just appeared - you know that stuff, the grit and grime that you find swept into the corner of filthy music venues, well, put a lightning bolt through that, add a bit of Szechwan sauce, and you get a musician. 

I heard that some of you guys were from a circus/funfair background is this true?

I have worked on a freak circus, playing the accordion and pulling the knives out of the eyes of the model we strapped to a revolving disc (the knife thrower left, so the truck driver stepped in) and I also used to drive a steam engine which drove a set of galloping horses. The music from the Dodgems, which tended to be Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, and Chuck Berry mixed itself into a mad trifle in my head, with Johann Strauss wafting in the other ear. It was all pretty weird, and the characters therein, are some of the most brilliant people I’ve ever come across. A few of them make it into Tankus the Henge songs in one way or another. 

I have to ask about the name, who came up with it? 
And what is the meaning?

If we told you, we’d have to kill you. 

Have to keep guessing then!
Well, I definitely don't think I could put you into a genre which is what I love! but who do you think has influenced you as a band?

We’re all from different musical backgrounds although there are large, crashing overlaps. There are really too many to name as we listen to music all day long. Big ones for me are the groundbreaking, innovative frontmen and bandleaders such as Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury, Cab Calloway and Alex Harvey. Then we all love listening to artists like Tom Waits, Fats Domino, Vulfpeck, Snarky Puppy and Ennio Morricone. 
Even more importantly, we get to discover and see bands on the same circuit as ourselves. Two of the most exciting bands around at the moment are My Baby and Shishko Disco who are both creating truly exciting music right now. Go check them out. 

you guys tour a lot, what's the funniest stage moment you have had? 

Mainly George (trombone) every night. Just watch him if you want laughs. Funny stuff does happen all the time onstage because it’s all live, and non-stop. 

Favourite gig or most memorable?

I remember all the gigs. Some are more chaotic than others. Recently, for instance, we played Rhythmtree and had a stage invasion at the end. About thirty audience members onstage singing and dancing. That was pretty memorable. 
Also at the Isle of Wight Festival this year, we collaborated with ten circus performers to give the festival a totally unique Tankus the Henge show. There were aerial performers above the stage, fire everywhere, stilt walkers in the mosh pit and a contortionist on the piano. Every gig is memorable and different, but some are very special. 

Any funny tour stories?

Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Tim slipped on a banana once. 

What is your favourite type of venue to perform at?

Big ones. Our performance is a rock show designed for thousands of people, not hundreds, and when we get the chance to do that, as we do more and more, it’s a lot of fun and can be a proper collective emotional rollercoaster for everyone there. It’s supposed to be transcendental chaos. 
Small venues are fun, but big venues are really fun. 

Jaz do you write all the lyrics?

Yes, the vast majority of them.
Words are really important, and it can take months to finish a lyric. Sometimes it happens pretty quick though, like ‘Smiling Makes The Day Go Quicker’ - that was written in a couple of hours. 

Do you tend to write the lyrics then build the song around it or is it always different?

With me, it’s always lyrics first. I like to have a complete lyric before I start writing the music. 

How many of you are in the band? When I saw you at the Isle of Wight you were all having a right party up there!

There’s six of us, but that night at the Isle of Wight there was only five. We’re always having a party onstage. 

How many instruments do you play between you all?

I’ve never thought about that before. We’re all multi-instrumentalists, so we can all play at least two different instruments. Comes in handy in the studio, and on the road. I play the piano, accordion, and trombone. 

Are you all living in London?

No, not anymore. Half the band live in London but the rest of us are split between Barcelona, Stroud, Cardiff, Southampton and as we spend most of the year on tour it doesn’t really matter. I lived in Clapton Pond for years, next to Biddle Bros. Great bar. It used to have a talking parrot named after Reggie Kray which would steal lighters and dive-bomb redheaded girls. 

Whats next? What the plans for the future for Tankus the Henge?

There’s an album coming out after the summer. We’ve been working on it for a while. It’s very exciting. It’s a heavier sound than the first album and we can’t wait to drop it. 
The future - keep touring, keep the faith, with bigger shows in more countries. We’re expanding Eastwards into Europe and beyond. The future is East. England is doomed at the moment for live music. It’ll probably recover at some point, but it’s going to have to implode first. Grassroots music is being sidelined and railroaded into oblivion and replaced with bland greyness. London was great when we started, it really was, but it’s a disaster right now for anyone trying to create original music and get it off the ground. 

Whats the dream?
Never to wake up. Keep dreaming the dream.

Any advice for any musicians just starting out in London?

Sure. Play the jam sessions if you stay. Don’t let it get you down. Go watch your friends play. Support each other. Music is a community.

                                                        Photo credit to Cirque de la Quirk @cirquedelaquirk 

Monday, 30 July 2018

Single Review:Robbie Zereka-'Favourite Feelings'


Robbie Zereka is one of six children from a loud, rural Irish family, currently living and studying in London. Although he sang in the local choir from an early age, he struggled with his confidence until secondary school, where he auditioned for the school musical after encouragement from his music teacher.

During this time Robbie became close friends with another cast member, who sadly, later on, took his own life. Robbie says "It really forced me to think hard about depression and how people bottle things up. I owe that experience for teaching me to vocalise my feelings. I wrote my first song about him". That experience helped shape Robbie as an artist and influenced his approach to lyricism. Further influences were fellow singer-songwriters such as KT Tunstall and John Grant. Robbie appreciated their honest and fierce approach to songwriting.
Robbie has been performing now for a number of years his first performance in his current style was at The Stage Door in Waterloo for an open mic night back in 2011. Now as he gears up for his headline slot at the Hospital Club Covent garden on the 8th August, I check out his debut single 'Favourite Feelings'.

ReviewAfter talking to Robbie briefly I was excited to hear his debut single , he has a passion for songwriting and writes lyrics that mean something to him personally. This is an honorable style of writing as you really put yourself out there as an artist which puts you in a vulnerable position. However, this often leads to the best results with the listener being able to relate and connect to the music personally. When I listened to 'Favorite Feelings' I certainly wasn't disappointed. Robbie wrote Favourite Feelings to help a friend who is suffering from anxiety and depression. The song is basically his way of trying to offer comfort and reassurance and saying that we all want to be happy but it’s not always that easy.

Favorite feelings is a strong debut single from Robbie who wrote the track in London and recorded it with Jack Parry in his Fulham studio (Jack is a producer as well as Robbie's guitarist). Robbie is an alt-rock artist but 'Favorite Feelings' is full of funk too with a strong bassline in the intro. Its an intriguing intro and the bassline stays strong throughout the track.
Robbie's vocals are strong and simple in the track the main focus being on the lyrics and the meaning behind the song. The song also features some beautiful female backing vocals which add to the depth and sincerity of the track. The track flows great and Robbie uses the question  "what is my favorite feeling?" as a clever hook line throughout the song. This really catches the ear of the listener and leaves you asking yourself what is mine?

The chorus is also extremely catchy and seems to explain the broader meaning of the song. I found that every time I listened to the track I understood it a bit more and was soon singing along. The song is very empowering and all about pushing through the hard times and carrying on. I felt Robbie wrote the lyrics then built the song around them which is not always an easy task. Favorite feelings is a strong personal piece from Robbie and a great debut single. It is relatable, simple but very memorable and I can't wait to hear more from Robbie in the future.

Robbie's single launch is at the Hospital Club, Covent Garden on Wednesday 8th of August. With the background to the song, it felt right for Robbie to align with the mental health charity, SANE, to use the event to raise awareness of the issue. As well as combating stigma, SANE is a leading force in mental health research and they offer direct and vital support and advice on treatment through their helpline and website.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Verity White- 'Breaking out' Album Review

Well what a interesting rocktronic (yes its a thing) masterpiece breaking out  is. Verity collaborates with her husband Alex on the album and it really is a match made in musical heaven. With verity focusing on the vocals and lyrics for the album and Alex working on the production the finished project is the exciting album Breaking out.

The first track and album title 'Breaking out' sets the tone for the rest of the album which is empowerment, attitude and a sprinkle of sass. Verity's strong raspy vocals are very empowering and her sound really draws you in. The mixture of Verity's powerful rock vocals featured in songs like 'Breaking out' and 'I don't care' against Verity's haunting classical angelic vocals in songs such as 'exhale' and 'Zeroes and ones' is not a combination you often come across in music. This shows real talent and also shows Verity is not afraid to stand out and try something abit more daring with her music.

Breaking out really has something for everyone and would appeal to a wide range of genres. However there is definitely a progressive rock influence and I love the sound produced when rock music is combined with a classical sound.

Breaking out is definitely a singing into your brush in your bedroom album, whilst air grabing and doing some air guitar of course. It is an album you could listen to on repeat on a road trip and never get bored. It is a album you could never get tired of and discover something new everytime you listen to it. Verity should be very proud of this achievement, the album is strong both musically and lyrically and her vocals are powerful and endearing.

Below I have featured a short interview with Verity to get to know the crazy cat lover behind the album. I also had the pleasure of watching Verity live in London on her recent tour promoting the album and I would highly recommend going to one of her gigs. There was lots of giggles and dancing and great music... a perfect gig night. Her next gig in London is on the 30th March at 93 Fleet street, East London and you can email verity directly for tickets. Hopefully see some of you guys there!

Email: veebear@me.com

Remember its so important to support live music venues and live artists!

Verity White interview 2018

Hi verity, great fun watching you and the band perform, so how long have you been together?

I actually only made the leap to start releasing my own music about 18 months ago! Until that point i did not have the confidence to put anything out there, but when i came back from a tour of Europe as a backing singer in the band Pendragon, people started asking if they could buy MY music - I never thought anyone would be interested before! Alex and I had a chat and decided that we’d work together on my first release (Parentheses) and it went from there. He writes the basic structure and then I work on lyrics and melodies and we finally record it all and then add incidental parts. The boys in the band only came along in November when I started to focus on getting gigs as Alex plays all instruments on the releases (yeah, he’s one of those annoying people!)  

When did you first start singing and writing music ? Did anyone in particular inspire you?

 I’ve sung since forever, my folks regularly tell me that I’ve always been loud and wanted to be Centre of Attention! I started learning guitar at age 9 and writing songs at 11. I even had a recording studio trip for my 16th with my Dad who got his band to come and play some extra parts for me, I think I still have that on cassette somewhere! My parents inspired me really as they were in a function band and I loved listening to them rehearse, I remember also listening to Fleetwood Mac and Aretha Franklin and just thinking - YES - this is what I want!

What genre would you class yourself as?

Oh MAN! I find this so hard... I’ve taken to saying RockTronica as it’s a combo of rock and electronic music is most of the songs.

What's your favourite type of venues to perform in ? 

Small fun ones where I can get a great sound and good energy from the audience!

Most memorable experience performing? 

We supported Pendragon on their European dates last year. I walked out to a sold out gig in Holland, about 1000 people and introduced myself to a massive cheer, I then introduced Alex to another cheer and told them he was my husband - that got a massive BOO! So funny! 

Highlight of career so far ?

Probably actually just completing my very first tour and making it a success! That was such a sink or swim moment for me and I never knew how it would go!

Future plans ?

Loads more gigs, music and happiness!

Where would you like to be at the end of this year what's the dream ?

Ideally with some festival dates under my belt and a bigger fan base than I started with! Obviously music full time is the dream so however that can happen I will try!!

Do you have certain techniques when writing songs ? 

Alex and I work separately on them actually, he works up structures and I then work on the lyrics and melody and then we come together to finish them off. As my confidence grows I’ve taken to writing a bit more with my guitar, which is fun, and we're working some of those into songs for he new album too.

Is there a theme for your album ?

Breaking Out is a very real account of overcoming my personal demons that hold me back.

Best thing about touring ?

Friendly times and fun!!

Biggest diva in the band ?

Definitely Alex - he’s the only one of us who can’t live without a proper bed and a hairdryer!!

Funniest person in the band?

That’s so hard! Everyone is SO funny which is why it’s so much fun touring! Though I think I have to say Mac (drummer) as he comes out with some classics!

Funniest moment on stage on your recent tour ?

Evil Death unicorn! I’m just gonna leave that there with no other explanation.

Any band secrets ?

If I told you they wouldn’t be secret ;) 



Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Martyn Peters- 'Veins' Review!

Martyn Peters is a singer songwriter from North Wales whose passion and love of Music has brought him to London. He is currently gigging around various venues in London promoting his first solo album Veins.

Martyn is abit of a one man band providing all the lead and backing vocals on the album and playing the guitar, organ, piano,bass and even the percussion on his the track Once (show off ha). There are 10 tracks on his debut album and the overall theme seems to be one of  love and relationships. Veins to me is like a great novel using music and intelligent lyrics to tell a story. Martyn's writing style flows beautifully and from start to finish his tracks take you on a bitter sweet journey, with each track creating a different mood. Interestingly Martyn told me how three of his tracks on the album are actually linked, something he didn't intentionally do at first. The first track of the three Drowning is describing an end to a relationship, the following track Sunday prelude is a instrumental piece about the moments just after it ends and Sunday is about moving on and pretending you are ok when really you are still hurting. These are definitely my favourite tracks on the album the power and pain of Drowning can be heard in Martyn's deeper powerful vocals. The songs seem to be a turning point for the more serious part of the album, and I feel the relationships Martyn writes about on the album change more from friendships to lovers from the song Drowning onwards. 

Sunday is a magnificent track and I can't help but imagine what a great Movie soundtrack it would make, I can just picture the ending scene of a great Rom com movie with this track on in the background and the credits start to role, leaving you feeling calm and warm inside. These three songs are not the only thing linked on the album. The title track of the album "veins" is taken from the line in the song This City 'Like blood we flow through the veins of this city'. Which in turn is reflected in the street map imposed on Martyn's face for the album cover. The album for me shows off Martyn's story telling talents which makes you connect with the songs on a deeper level and I think people will be able to relate to Veins on a personal level. Martyn has a great way of building a song up to a powerful ending which leaves you intrigued when listening to all ten tracks on the album. This is a very exciting debut album from Martyn and he definitely has a raw talent and a lot of dedication to his music.

I am looking forward to hearing more from Martyn and catching him live in some cool music venues around London. Unsigned artists like Martyn are really what the music industry today should be about. He is hardworking, talented and original.

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