As always I return from a hiatus with a completely different genre… So what this time?
It’s both an easy and rocky path for musicians now isn’t it? I mean the technology is much easier to get hold of nowadays but getting spotted is even harder. Empire hit the scene with their first single “We Speak For The Dead” and to be perfectly honest it’s a great start, for what seems like a hobby and passion project it comes off extremely professional with clear experience with music coming from the new band.
You know me, you know what I like by now and you also know that as a “review” I don’t actually give a “proper” review, I give first impressions. And for band to come and impress me in a genre I don’t usually like or listen too and for it to be their first song, I was caught by surprise, I couldn’t help but notice things that I didn’t expect, clear undertones and passion for indie music, some of the riffs during the song sound completely different to what i’ve heard before and would usually find them coming from an alt rock band.
If you enjoy screamo or a shouty band this is a fantastic single, it has clear inspirations and something that metal fans will absolutely adore, I won’t be the only person out there that listens to this and can’t wait to hear what they do next.
If you want to hear the song check out their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWBv0Zlp9vM
I want to address one thing first, this EP is just great, some of the artist featured I have fallen in love with over the last few months. I eventually got to “Color Blind” with a faint bit of worry, so far I’ve liked one “Lil Xan” record and have yet to listen to his debut album but bloody hell did this surprise me.
Diplo has always been a producer that I was never going to follow, i’ve never been an EDM fan so it’s easy to miss releases like this but when I saw the line up for his “california” EP i couldn’t really miss out and I was completely right to give it a try.
For me this single does more for Xan than Diplo, it brings him out massively, his previous big hitters were on the slow side, slight no hoper vibes in his lyricism is fine but when it’s paired with beats that also fight with melancholic vibes it often gets shrouded and labelled as depressing. This isn’t so different for Diego Leanos but with Diplo’s roaring track behind him it really does propel his talents.
It’s an interesting track that I believe both EDM fans and Trap fans are going to love, personally over that last couple of days I’ve had it on repeat with not much else being able to push it out the way.
A relatively new adventure for me this week, Prime a local band who has made name for itself touting the classic rock set but I’ve had the pleasure of having an early butchers at the new single “Bye Bye”.
To me this doesn’t remind much of american pop 90’s rock but more of the Britpop era, early Britpop before Oasis hit the scene shouting obscenities and making brilliant music you had the equally brilliant calm before the storm so to speak, the early “Inspiral Carpets” tracks give me the same vibe catchy lyrics filled with a lot of great musicians and again this is what I get from “Bye Bye”. Lee Heir’s strong catchy vocals mixed with an eclectic but decent track makes this feel like a perfect way to see out March and welcome spring.
There is a slight melancholic tone to the song, for me that helps it shows off the band’s true roots and it’s background being a mix of Notts and sheffield folk, both cities having the same problem, bleakness and being altogether boring but it helps Prime for me have soul which gives the music more meaning. Sheffield has clearly had a big impact on the band you only have to look at its bigger groups to see the trend from Arctic Monkeys to Human League, the lyrics run deep, poppy and catchy but deep all the same.
For me this is how i’d like Prime to stay for the foreseeable future I liked “To Be Or Not To Be” to a certain extent, something to play in the background but for me “Bye Bye” is a stronger track, a lot stronger and Lee’s vocals excel more here than they did then.
I really enjoyed Bye Bye. Prime are a strong band with a lot of talent, but for me I will have to hear more to really pass out my judgement on them.
(Bit of context – This is again another piece I wrote for the Chad this one made it on the site and I am still extremely proud of it, sorry for double posting today)
Nottingham’s brightest pop punk star shines again with Catch Fire’s latest release, after taking several hard listens to the song I can clarify that they have another brilliant track.
Catch Fire’s greatest element is the clear band chemistry that flows through them first beginning as Layby in 2013 they have continued to evolve and grow throughout the past year and months, going on a tour mid 2016 has enabled them to get a real taste of what I feel they can become. The track has the perfect example of melancholy lyrics with the emphasis on it’s fast paced tune that completes their usual oxymoron of bringing their pop punk music and bringing it hand in hand with a clear grunge mentality.
Catch Fire has a sense of pure originality and love for the music they create with the obvious and clear intentions to make a name for themselves, the nottinghamshire fivesome have clearly lived and breathed music and played with other musicians to finally come together and create something much greater.
This is a giant leap from the earlier EP “The Distance I Am From You” and even “Wild Things” and leaves me extremely excited for the new EP that is expected March 24th if any of the other tracks are anything close to this then you can be sure that it’ll be the hottest EP that Nottingham has seen in some time. “Guilty As Charged” is a perfect anthem that believe it or not for it’s genre is extremely catchy and you’ll be singing it without even noticing, the rawness of vocals gives a sense of fragility to the lyrics and helps the track be more accessible and enjoyable.
Overall this is a track that you need to listen too, Pop punk fans will love this but more importantly music lovers will love it, it’s the perfect example of a young band proving that they can make it in the industry by having a lot of talent and knowledge for the genre they most clearly love. Remember to keep your ear to the ground for the upcoming EP “A Love That I Still Miss” on March 24th
(Some context – I wrote this for my local newspaper “The Chad as my first published piece or so I thought, the Band sent off to receive a review and I was drafted to write it, I wrote it, sent it and it was “Lost” and I heard nothing about it so here is the review as I don’t think it’s fair they didn’t get any shout outs from “The Chad”)
After spending the last year playing pubs and clubs with cover songs, Derbyshire based band “Those Who Knew” are finally showing off their own sound with their debut single “Losing Touch”. It’s hard not to hear other bands in this song, from my very first listen I heard a touch of “Nickelback” which is something I thought I’d never have to say again. The band cites “Lower Than Atlantis” and “Paramore” as their biggest influences but I feel fans of the mid nineties alternative rock rise will be right at home here with a clear and definite sound of “Nickelback’s” “How You Remind Me” which to some might be a wonderful achievement but for others they might not want to hear something that sounds so similar.
For a fairly fresh faced band they have taken extreme care in honing their skills, the production value on the single is of chart quality and comes a long way from footage filmed on a phone in the back of the room, you really get to hear each individual’s talent shine throughout the track. Abandoning the genre is sometimes worthwhile doing for some Pop Punk bands when it comes to lyrics but here it feels almost forced to create a much more poppy sounding song, which confuses me as to who this is marketed towards, the lyrics are fairly straightforward and safe whilst the music is well grounded in its punk roots.
It’s an incredibly promising start from the young fivesome, this track will either go down as a great start for some or a minor miss for others, but still promising none the less and with a new EP on the horizon titled “Take It!” if you’re a fan of this genre it’s worthwhile finding out when they’re playing next in and around the Derbyshire area. The new single “Losing Touch” is available to buy on Itunes and stream on Spotify.