Sunday, 3 February 2019

EARGASM Feat-Mark Sullivan

WOW! Where have you been hiding ?  Those were the exact words I sent to Gifted Singer/Songwriter & Musician Mark Sullivan after listening to his track "Warm Your Bones" and discovering he only lives down the road in Hitchin Herts.  Turns out that far from hiding he has a majorly long impressive list of gigs that are worthy of a feature all of their own, from Dublin Castle, Opening at Wembley Arena, performing at the Houses of Parliament, Ronnie Scotts, Osfest, The Hard Rock Cafe...hey come on, leave some gigs for everybody else ?   

I had been patiently waiting since the end of  2018 for something special to come along worthy of a review and tickle my eardrums back to life, and Hallelujah "Warm Your Bones" has been well worth the wait:

His vocal tone had me thinking along the lines of  Joe Cocker & James gray, it just has that chocolate rasp quality that you never tire of listening to, an unmistakable  recording voice that's enough to warm anybodies bones.

After learning to play the guitar, Mark formed his first band Gekko at the age of 15, but their tender age was certainly no barrier to success  as they travelled the country performing at BBC introducing, Rock In The Park  & Bulldog Dash to name just a few. After the band split he became frontman of acoustic duo "The Marksman"  But in 2013  decided to  pursue his dream of a solo career and has been soaring ever since, which  has included performing at the US private ambassadors London residence & even receiving an award from progressive Rock legend Rick Wakeman .
Having recorded three E.Ps It was time  to check out some of his other material, and oh how my ears continued to be stroked  at "Words Fail Me- Feat DPART:

A track worthy of being at the top of the ITUNE charts for sure, and shows that he's not just another acoustic artist, his very much a credible and current artist, who knows how to craft a song. 

But Mark's just as comfortable when it comes to putting his stamp on a cover and that shows with  "Human" by Rag n Bone Man:

In 2016  after talking with a couple of top producers he flew to the states  to record some new music for his E.P , working with grammy nominated producer Steve Greenwell (Joss stone, Jonas brothers.. ) and was also lucky to have some top session musicians on board including bass player Jack Daley ( Michael jackson, Beyonce ...) . On his return back to the UK he was invited onto London TV to chat about his music and flourishing career. 

A career that has kept Mark busy ever since, and having recently been added to the Roster of  an exciting  live agency called Talentbanq, 2019  looks set to continue propelling him to  even bigger audiences.
Ed Sheeran? James Arthur?  add the name Mark Sullivan to the list. 

To keep up to date with what Marks up to you can follow him at:
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Friday, 14 September 2018

EARGASM Feat-Disciples Of Babylon

Just like good food can excite your taste buds & leave you wanting more, the similar can be said for Music & my ears have just experienced a gastronomic gourmet in the shape of Album "The Rise And Fall Of Babylon"  First track up, Freedom, & anti Trumpsters are going to love this, with lyrics: 

"Oppress us no more
We've waited for this day
Our rights have been taken
Your rule is coming to an end
The faster that we rise above
And we scream from our lungs


Cue Kickass guitar and my automatic response was to whack the volume up to max & watch as my morning cup of coffee rocked into life on top of the speaker, who the hell are these guys?  Disciples of Babylon from California Hollywood, that's who. Founded in 2012, Eric Knight -Lead vocals & Rhythm Guitar, Ramon Blanco on Lead guitar, Gui Bodi on Bass Guitar & Drummer Chris Toeller .

Eric, Ramon & Gui  all attended the same music school while Chris attended another & are all seasoned musicians in their own right, individually performing with the likes of Aerosmith, Kiss, The Dave Matthews band & Kid Rock. 

Ramon was living in an apartment block where in the same complex lived an up and coming producer Andres Torres, they'd already struck up a friendship without really knowing what the other did, it was only later Ramon found out that Andres was a  drummer and a producer, and Andres found out that Ramon was in a band, it was only a matter of time before they all got together. Andres was so impressed with the bands passion for Rock music and how well they all gelled together that he ended up playing drums as well as producing the Album. 
Some of you may be familiar with the name Andres Torres & that's because the Grammy award-winner was responsible for producing the biggest Latin hit of last summer Despacito with Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee feat Justin Beiber. If that wasn't enough, the album was mastered by Grammy-nominated Joe LaPorta best known for his work with  Foo Fighters, Muse & Imagine Dragons to name but a few, generating a sizeable buzz around this release, not that it needs one. 

Second track up "Without you"  & the first track I actually heard after the band and I followed each other on Twitter. Halfway through the first verse I knew I was listening to Something that is going to be globally huge, Rarely have I  pressed pause so quickly and got in touch about a review.  Hear why for yourselves......

Third track   "We Are The Ones" 
"Desire the thoughts that creep through our minds
That fire that builds you up inside
Get up and take a stand
The powers in our hands
We'll fight until the end... because?..."

We start to see a theme running through the lyrics, not  of angry young men but musicians with substance determined to use their gift for wordery to make a difference, this isn't disposable Rock, each track ingeniously crafted to form an addictive melodic Anthem ...I'm hooked.
Eric's vocals meander through tender and emotional to war ready warrior & next track "Lift"  is no exception, it ends with yet another to die for guitar solo.  "Idiosyncrasies"  is a track about Eric's relationship with himself & the different sides & quirky traits that make up who he is. I, for one can relate to this, 

"To keep my sanity
I really want to believe in us
In you and me
There's harmony
But I'll fight
To keep my spirit free
I really want to believe in u"

"Simple Life" is anything but simple, I think as complicated human beings most people will be able to relate to this thought-provoking song  & as if not to disappoint the lead guitar seems to cry in empathy. Another solid track, vocally, instrumentally and in terms of quality, it's evident Disciples of Babylon are Gold. 

"Civilized" completes this epic creation and we start as we began, with a Kickass finale that will have the crowds on their feet, it's a fast & furious head-on performance. Ironically one of the verses starts: " I'm stuck on repeat"  and I can't help thinking that replaying the D.O.B Album which I guarantee I'll be doing is a great place to be stuck?  The band have their sight set on global domination and if "The Rise And Fall Of Babylon" is anything to go by the world better get ready to rock, grab your air guitars the Disciples are coming.....

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Saturday, 25 August 2018


You'd think offering up a review would be simple wouldn't you?  You come across some awesome music, contact artist or band behind awesome music and offer them a review, they respond by saying "Thanks but no thanks" or " Great, thanks, what do you need? ".....Sorted?  Only it rarely works out like that much to my frustration.
Music Reviews haven't changed much since I first started out, there's just more people doing it due to social media and many people charge for that service now.  But I'm not one of those people, I do it for Free because I believe in supporting artists/bands & good music. Eargasm started life as part of my Column at the Watford Observer, where individuals & record companies would get in touch and send in their latest music offerings for review consideration, I also peruse social media looking for something special.  I'm quite a tough cookie to crack & having been around the music block it's got to be damn good for me to give up my time to write about. Having a credible review that hasn't been written by your Mum or your best mate can make people sit up and take notice and it only takes one right person to take notice for an opportunity to come along, all I ask is to be shown a little respect, not too much to ask surely?

I'm often asked why I don't review more Rap/Hip-Hop artists seeing as that's my first love, well sadly because it's the worst genre to deal with.  The majority of the time I'm met with things like:  "Yo, I'm busy, back atcha soon"  Followed six weeks later by "Yo, so about the review?"  My response  "Yo, too late"

But other genres don't fair much better either, I have promises of info being sent over the next day only to show up three weeks later, or worse still, not at all.  And when I ask about a bands name I end up being sent such fictional stories: " We were Mice that died but have been reincarnated as humans so we can come back and take revenge for being kept in labs " yadda, yadda.... really?  it's not only naff, bands and artists were coming up with such drivel in the 70's, it was naff then too, but it was just part of the music scene back then, back then being the operative word, it's 2018 don't do it. 

In the past two months I've offered up 5 reviews, but only 1 has made it  to the Eargasm Column and that's been down to the artist/band and a lax, unprepared, unprofessional attitude.
So if you make Music & you expect people to take you seriously then act professionally, even if you have to blag it, we all have to start somewhere but showing a bit of respect and professionalism when someone is trying to help you costs nada. 

Many moons ago when I was starting out ...yes, that far back, I was sat chatting to Paul Weller  & Mick Talbot post Style Council gig, when Paul suddenly asked what I'd thought of the Gig?  I was thinking, yeah right, here I am in the presence of a Music god and his asking  ME what I think? He obviously read my facial expression & finding it amusing continued  "No I'm serious, it's always great to have feedback, how would you review the gig, I really want to know, was it okay? " And I realised at that moment he was serious indeed, not only that, in his own way he was giving me an opportunity and so I took it. 

I started by suggesting he lose the sound guy because the balance throughout had been erratic and often drowned out the vocals & to hold on to the 17 yr old drummer Steve White because he was phenomenal for one so young and that the gig had been excellent because as with most of Wellers gigs they always smacked of credibility and you felt the blood, sweat and tears of his performance.  He laughingly agreed about the sound engineer, thanked me for my honesty and we continued chatting. I didn't expect for one minute  someone of  Wellers magnitude to give me the time of day, but there was no ego, in his presence I was  an equal and he treated me as such and that's what I've continued to do throughout my life, regardless of who I'm dealing with, be it signed Run DMC or Unsigned Ron & the Racoons, whether 9 or 90 yrs of age, I treat everyone with the same respect, and as I want  to be treated, and that's the moral of the story, or in simple terms, Don't be an arse when somebody is trying to help you.😂😂😂

On a positive note, I've been blessed to review some brilliant bands and artists who are easy and awesome to work with, and who are going to go far because they have a great attitude. Yes the Music industry is tough, Yes it's often cut-throat, but that doesn't mean you have to behave disrespectfully.  

Ending the week on a positive note, I had an awesome E.P & lovely little thank you note drop through the letterbox from Amy & the Calamities Re her review earlier in the year: 

Plus a Hollywood Rock bands E.P showed up in my inbox the other day and immediately my ears were doing somersaults (yes, I'll leave you with that image ) I've no doubt there's exciting times ahead for them. When dealing with overseas artists/bands It can be hard to gauge how well known they are & I may be a tad too small fry for them agreeing to a review but I've asked & it's now in the hands of their publicist, so watch this space?  UPDATE: I've been granted a review with the band & hope to share it with you shortly. 

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Monday, 16 July 2018

Eargasm Feat-Tom Craven & The Chapter

Word Up!  it's only taken them 9 yrs, but holy moly some things are worth waiting for.  While Tom Craven has recorded & put out music as a solo artist over the past decade, The E.P  "Take Courage" out on 30th July is the first offering from Tom Craven & The Chapter under the band banner, but I believe it's been to their advantage because the growth, the maturity, lyrically, vocally & musically has been well & truly nailed, Chapter and verse some might say? With a perfect blend of Folk Rock, acoustic, "Take Courage" is like listening to the soundtrack of a West End Rock/Tragedy yet to be written. 
Kicking off the E.P & also debut Single "Parisian (Trial by Fire)" dramatic yet melodic, the leading man takes to the mic. 
"The kiss of  life, the kiss of death, they'll save this kiss for you, A pinch of salt, the word regret & it echoes through & through"                     
Tom is, without doubt a storyteller, the teller of tales, Shakespeares Romeo, Guerilla, defender of Love, taking us all on a journey.

While each track sets a different scene, the transition is effortless as though it has a golden thread of musical mastery running through its core. 
There's often a duff track....or two, on an E.P or album but it's not the case with "Take Courage" and every track is worthy of a mention.  With "Scene From An Ending"  the acoustic intro really allows us to hear  Tom at his vocal best, & even when the drums &  guitar ramp up he maintains a vocal vulnerability, my favourite track for sure.  A few seconds into  Lock Stock  ( & two smoking Angels ) and from a music perspective I'm thinking of one of the UK's most successful 80's bands, Simple Minds. 

It may well be a debut E.P from this outfit but The Chapter are far from  Virgin musicians, tight, accomplished and ready to go thanks to : Miles X Dawson on lead guitar, Joshua Saunders-Bass & backing vocals & James Harrison on Drums. Mathew Parisi added his lead guitar solos to Anthem & also engineered the E.P.  As well as lead vocals Tom also plays acoustic guitar. 
And like a smile that hides a heartache "Under postcard skies" has a rhythmic summer  vibe  while lyrics of reflection take a stroll underneath " I've made my mistakes, fallen for the wrong girl but I grow older, I grow wiser"

Lastly  "Anthem" with sing-along chorus "Wherever I end up I will sing my way there, wherever I belong will give me my song. Wherever this life will lead me will make up this tune to my Anthem"
Tom certainly has grown older and wiser and with The Chapter finally found his musical home, let's just hope it won't be another 9yrs before the next offering.  "Take Courage" Is available to Pre Order over at Bandcamp  you can also check out the website where you'll also find all social media links to follow and show your support. 
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Photos-Jon Self   Band Logo-Mike Camp

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

EARGASM Feat- Minnie Birch

Where to start with the talent that is Minnie Birch? Plentiful as a Blackberry bush, she's a first-class female that puts the fact & fable into Folk.

About to self-release an AA-side single John BarleyCorn/ Emeralds on the 13th July to draw attention to her second full-length album Tethered released at the end of 2017 .......
Is there no stopping this Hertfordshire lass? 
Minnie has a  distinct sound, so even before her vocals enter the track "Emeralds" at 17 seconds you know whose music you're listening to. She said it was written post Brexit referendum & coupled with a personal situation left her feeling at a loss with the world  & thinking "We're not in Kansas anymore" a line from the Wizard Of Oz where Dorothy realises nothing is what it seems. In fact, there is many a lyrical nod to the Film, amongst them: " With a Lions Mane & a Scarecrow Pride".  Minnie also created part of the percussion with her tap shows that are Ruby Red, which as she said was "Rather Fitting".  

The film references are also rather apt  coming from a lady that  could well be  described as a modern-day Dorothy,  she has the ability to see the world and those around her with a childs vivid imagination & curious eyes, exudes kindness and compassion especially towards those that are different and is brave enough to stand up to injustice, and with that said there is no separating Minnie and her music.... they are one. 

The track John BarleyCorn is an old traditional Folk song that  local creative Mark  Crane Commissioned her to  rework for his film based on Leslie Tates memoirs "Heavens Rage" 
with guest vocalist Cian Davis of Molly & the Beekeepers, it had traces of the same dark haunting vibe of Kylie Minogue/Nick Drake  "Where the wild roses grow"  I say traces because Birch & Davis vocals blend so superbly and the quality of the track produced by Lauren Deakin Davies means this is on a totally different level of class. I can't tell you the number of times I've played this track since receiving it, there's something very special about it. 

"I just felt the track needed another haunting vocal because the moment in the film, itself-for-me is all about the many demons of alcoholism and the different lives, the protagonists lives , the different sides of himself he feels he can or can't show to people, so it made sense for there to be another vocal" said Minnie.

This gem of a lady also finds time between her busy schedule to work with prisoners, helping to develop their musical skills and also record stories to send back home to their children, but humans aren't the only ones to benefit from Minnies big heart, she's been bringing up an orphaned duckling, which has entailed a helluva lot of work and a helluva lot of  poop but determination is something this lady has in bucket loads, and bucket loads of radio play is  what  I'm predicting for  this John BarleyCorn/ Emeralds AA release, available for Pre Order on BandCamp  

In the meantime, you can  check out Minnie on her website   where you'll find all her social media links & be able to follow her & show support. 

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Thursday, 12 April 2018

EARGASM Feat-Surburban Dirts

A Film I haven't seen yet is the simplest way to describe the new album "I Want Blood" by Suburban Dirts, but it's anything but simple.  Some of you may recall that back in December I reviewed the bands single Eli and spoke about my surprise at them coming from right here in Hertfordshire? 

Performing on the Americana/roots scene are John Wheatley- Lead vocal, acoustic guitar, harmonica, Chris Varley-Bass, David Austin-Drums, Vocals, David Moyes-Guitar, Jay Seymour-Keyboards & Joolz Addison-Violin. As I opened up the thoughtfully wrapped rustic packaging that dropped through the letterbox, I  smiled, realising it was just some of the words I'd use to sum up the band. 

There has without doubt been a shed load of thought gone into the making of this album, and there's a lot to say about it.........The wrapped CD slipped out of a folded card, a story in itself, but as an eager beaver I placed it to one side to read later, I wanted to hear their musical offerings.

It's certainly not what I expected from their third album,  my inner head chimp was throwing out Concept album? Film Soundtrack? although individual songs, they flow effortlessly from one to another, each creating an atmosphere and the emotions of some deep dark love story, As the album journeyed along, so my thoughts automatically pictured the next scene, I'm watching a film play out before me that hasn't even been written yet?  

There are plenty of stand out songs, from the intro "The Harpe Brothers Theme"  to a heartfelt track four  "To Dance With You Again"  but it's impossible to review them separately, This album is a body, a torso with its limbs branching out, and I can't bring myself to focus on just one part when it's very much a whole.
In the bands own words   "I Want Blood" tells the story of  brothers Micajah  "Big" Harpe & Wiley "Little" Harpe, American war mercenaries, highwaymen, river pirates, rapists,  thieves who are generally accepted to be Americas first serial killers."  The opening lyrics " We cut them open, carve out their guts and fill their innards with stones" immediately gives listeners a window into the mindsets of these psychotic men......or were they psychotic? 
Having listened to the album I'm now very much invested in this story, and there's a part of me that thinks that they may well have been Sane but just devoid of all emotion due to something that happened in their childhood?  The album and accompanying story left me wanting to grab my jacket and head off to the nearest cinema, Dagnamit!  Can someone please hurry up & turn this into a film? in "I Want Blood" the Suburban Dirts have the perfect soundtrack waiting right here. Released 1st June 2018.
You can keep up with the band by following them on  FACEBOOK  TWITTER  YOUTUBE   INSTAGRAM

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Friday, 16 February 2018

EARGASM Feat-Zoë Wren

As someone who hears, analyses and can appreciate every element of a track in minute detail from lyrics, cowbells, brightening effects to an accidently recorded studio trump, I've always considered myself the queen geek/nerd of music..........But cue Folk-Inspired Singer/Songwriter  Zoë Wren who Is on another level, we're talking the chocolate hobnob of nerdiness here but it's fascinating for one so young, as is her new Six track E.P  Gold & Smoke out for official release on 3rd March.

First to the music, as someone who is a bit wary when it comes to that medieval folk vibe, I breathed a sigh of relief, not a Nonny-Nonny-No in earshot.  In fact, there's a significant continuity throughout the E.P that flows like a gentle stream in the form of Zoës vocals, beautiful is a thought that surfaces rather a lot, along with  pure. 
There were also some lovely lyrics, so simple and poetic it took me back to courting days.  In Gold & Smoke, she sings "Gold & Smoke are my romance tonight, I'll lie in the arms of victory's might"   And In "If I Had A Voice"  one of those clever lines most Songwriters wished they'd written, "I've been written out of my own song" ?  
As well as nerdiness, add wild imagination to the compliments, For Zoë has an in-depth story and explanation for each track that belies her years, which leaves you wondering if she's walked this earth before?

In the track "Lady Mary"  there is such maturity to her vocal and storytelling delivery, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were listening to a middle-aged pro.

In the last five years she's been busy honing her craft and really making an impressive impact on the music scene. Which has included being the youngest person to play the main stage at the  2013 Folkstock festival, at just 16 & went on to record her First E.P Pandoras box, also with Folkstock. She's been played on  BBC2 radio on the Whispering Bob Harris show, been reviewed in the Sunday Times Culture Magazine by Clive Davis and was chosen by Ralph McTell to open for him at the Cambridge Corn Exchange in 2017
You know you're in for a treat when somethings been recorded/produced by the multi-talented Lauren Deakin Davies. 
Gold & Smoke has six beautiful tracks and  Gold is just how Zoë Wrens future is looking after this. 

you can follow her  via: Website  Facebook   Twitter   And don't forget 3rd March The E.P is released on Folkstock Records 

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

EARGASM Feat-Amy & The Calamities

I was introduced to Amy & The Calamities via the jam-packed talent that I recently reviewed on  Spiritual Live No.2 Album. Amy had a track on it "Now That I Know This". She is also releasing her own 6 track E.P this week titled:  "The Suspects"  I'd assumed Amy & The Calamities were a band?  If I'd checked out Youtube first I would've had my answer? DOH! was time to find out more.

She is, in fact, Amy Wawn a solo singer/songwriter/ musician hailing from Zimbabwe, the added  "Calamities" came about after a jokey conversation with her best friend who coined the phrase after an open mic night in Cape Town, about the comedic mishaps on stage. It's also about the coming together of friends and spontaneous performances that give way to mistakes, As Amy believes, all part of being human, and part of learning and growing.  
Now that's sorted it was time for me to check out the E.P. and first track Bless, straight away I'm immersed in a bluesy folk vibe and my foot starts tapping. A  sucker for strings I fall in love with the sound of a violin that teases as it dances around Amys impressive vocals & guitar skills. Turns out to be recently nominated Instrumentalist of the year 2018 session musician Georgina Leach, and if you know class, you can hear why? 

It's an intimate album, the kind you want to listen to alone, I am, and as I fall back onto the bed, arms behind my head for second track Dream, a song that takes you on a journey.....I go, with my foot still tapping.

While the anchoring rhythm continues into Track three  " No Advice" our minds are taken above it, riding on the waves of that violin once again.

I swear at the start of track four  I was mentally singing "Woke up this morning"  Blues fans will know exactly what I mean? It had such a familiar rhythm and yet it has Amys originality stamped all over it both vocally and musically.   
Having lost my own brother & sister, track five, "Brother" was a tough listen, but it was a lyrical celebration of siblinghood and had the hallmarks of a beautiful storyteller and songwriter.

Last track "Now That I Know this" ends with the same superb quality as the EP began.
Amy is as exciting to listen to as she is to watch, she oozes a natural talent that commands attention. The only Calamity would be not catching "The Suspects" E.P when it drops this Friday 9th February.  You can Pre-Order on ITunes   listen on Spotify    checkout her Website   and show support by following on social media: FacebookTwitter,   

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

EARGASM Feat- Spiritual Records Live No.2

Scrolling through Twitter when up popped an interesting black & white photo that caught my eye with the text Spiritual Records Live No 2. 
I contacted the guys to find out what they were about and what they were up to?  Turns out Spiritual Records based in Camden London was set up in 2015 so that they could release some of the artists that regularly perform live at their Spiritual Bar.

Hundreds of artists and bands have passed through these doors from general singer/songwriters to blues and folk. The credible  2017 X-factor finalist & Frenchman Kevin Davey White is also a regular and appeared on Spirituals first album. 

After a couple of individual artist releases, this month saw the release of Spirituals Second 10 track compilation album, it was time for the audio fest test?  As the vocals began   "To Hell With Love" by Tommy Hare  I was hit right know?  There! where a really good track hits you?  For those old enough, think 40 Malborough?  think Joe Cocker? with just guitar and vocals it makes such an impact and a great way to start things off. Next up was Amy and the Calamities "Now that I know this"  Amy has one of those gorgeous vibratoes and lilts to her voice and once again the guitar playing is superb. 

As track three begins Ferris and Sylvester  "Vices" the measure of the album & its quality hits home, outstanding acoustic performances from equally outstanding artists, Ferris's vocals could easily be mistaken for Norwegian songstress Ann Brun, beautifully haunting. 

What! no dud yet?  Let's face it there's usually a couple on a compilation right?  Well, it wasn't going to be track four, with hints of a lone Arctic Monkey William Poyer sings "Weight In Gold" like a true storyteller.

I wouldn't normally review all 10 tracks, but in this case, it would be a sin not to, so buckle up as I talk you through the rest of this talented bunch. 

Burnz was up next, a band and sometime's a solo act I was fortunate enough to see  play at the Flag in Watford as part of a Papermouth event a couple of years ago, and this track "Weather" is a reminder of his vocal ability & the reason he stood out that evening & why I've been a fan ever since.

Track 6 "Artifact"  Sam Ryder And it's hard to believe this is a live album, another breathtaking performance & a track Ed Sheeran could've written.

We're back to vibratoes and lilts with "Come My Way" by Simeon a short track at only 2.27 but she packs a vocal punch with a track you won't be forgetting in a hurry. 

The emotion of the album changes  as Josh Heppinstall steps up to the mic and announces his track "Lizzie" is for a friend that he thought had died in the Paris attacks. Everything falls silent in my house and I imagine it was the same in the Spiritual bar on the night of the recording so that we can all take in the lyrics?

"Feel My Soul" sings Danny Toeman on track number 9, no worries there, I'm feeling it, so much so that I check out his website, there's no doubting this is a true soul man in every sense of the word, he looked nothing like I'd expected but had me smiling from ear to ear with his old school look and sound.

Last up is "Smoke" by Nick Edward Harris   which includes the cries of a harmonica, and as I'm sat tapping my foot and nodding my head at another solid, sound performance, I can't help feeling disappointed that we're at the end already.

If you're in to the acoustic singer/songwriter vibe you'll be having this on replay, it's an exciting gem of an album extremely well produced, and now that I've been musically spiritualised I'm off to listen to their Spiritual  Records Live No.1 album which i'm sure you'll be doing to.  You can also show your support by following the individual artists listed above, all live linked for ease, and to check out Spiritual Records & their Spiritual Bar forthcoming gigs head to  their Website  Facebook   Twitter  & to listen to their back catalogue: Spotify & to purchase Apple music
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                               Til Next Time, Stay Blessed 
                                                        Back Before Elvis  
  Credits: All photos thanks to Spiritual Bar, Except Keven Davey white ITV/Syco .                                    

Friday, 5 January 2018

EARGASM Feat-Great Reckoning

I was looking to kick the new year off with some balls, when as if by magic along came "Great Reckoning"  a fairly new 4 piece hailing from  Tyldesley in Greater Manchester consisting of Lewis Tooby -Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar, Laiton Price-Bass/Vocals,  Andrew Pendlebury-Lead Guitar, Jordan Lawley White-Drums.  
I always think there's a pre-assumption when bands/artists come from this neck of the woods, it's like when a singer says they're from Wales and no matter your age you automatically think Tom Jones and expectations are high?  As for  "Great Reckoning"?  Manchester can add another corker to the list, they certainly don't disappoint.   
Drawing their influence from bands such as Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters & Royal Blood the band wouldn't sound or look out of place sharing the stage with any of their superiors and are equally known for their energetic live performances. 

In 2016 the band released their first single "House Of Cards"  and this was followed by their first 5 track  E.P  "Owls Eye" in February 2017.

It was 6.45am when I gave it a listen "Do you hide the scraps of paper? Do you hide them under your bed?  Do you do it twice maybe three times over?" sings Lewis with equal gusto & energy as the rest of the bands' musicianship.  The opening track was enough to blast away any morning cobwebs, with its solid catchy riff who needs coffee when you can wake up to this?  Another exciting Riff on track 2  and the E.P's title track "Owls Eye"  musically gave me distant memories of a very early Blondie, think  "Detroit 442" era, or maybe that's just me?  other tracks:  Back To Reality, Mary & House Of Cards leave no mistaking the boys mean business.
Looking at 2018, With some notable  hometown gigs under their belt, radio play &  positive reviews, the band are planning to keep writing and recording, release some music videos and grow their fan base with gigs throughout the UK & by my reckoning they're only going to get greater, defo one to watch and catch live if you can. 
Owl's Eye E.P  is available to purchase on Apple Music You can also show your support & find out what the lads are up to by following their social media pages  Facebook  Twitter , SoundCloud  Instagram.
                                        Til Next Time, Stay Blessed
                                                 Back Before Elvis