ASHFIELDS

I thought I’d write a tiny piece about a band that were pretty rad… ASHFIELDS have decided to end and for people that read my crap then you’ll know I held them in high regards and wished them all the luck in the world. I wish I could have known them a lot better and to be honest I can never thank them enough for the love they showed my piece on them!! I have fond memories of that “New Skin” launch gig and won’t forget having the tickets hand delivered to me by Carl.

So with all my heart, good luck lads in what ever you do next and when you do something drop me a line and I’ll be at the gig pen in hand!

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It’s Been A While Since I Talked About The Smiths

I mean do I really need an excuse? The Smiths have been the biggest influence on my life whether it’s down to the way I want to carry myself or to my general attitude towards life. The Smiths taught me a lesson that no other band, musician, hell even media platform ever has, It taught me how to be proud of who you are, it’s super corny to say out loud but that truly is the point right? They represent the unwanted, the undesirables, me.

Hell look past Mozz and straight to Marr and he looks nothing like you’d expect one of the greatest guitarists in the world to look, he makes a decent attempt to the look the part but he’s just a music nerd with a love for how it used to be, rockabilly, slicked back hair and a leather jacket.

I’ve cried, I’ve giggled and most importantly I got closer to my Dad through it. The Smiths mean so much to me that it’s scary. I’m alone and yet I feel safe and comfortable when I put them on.

To top it all off though The Smiths are by far the greatest band to ever come out of the UK and the world in general and no one can ever tell me differently, The Queen Is Dead is the best LP ever written and still isn’t even their best record.

The Smiths have done something no one else can do for me, I’ve been able to use them for any situation I’ve been in, when I was lonely and wanted to love, when I was loved, when I was hated and when i’m lonely and alone again. I suppose everyone has that cycle, we all die alone right? We never really have someone with us until the end because no matter what we do, no matter who we have next to use on our death bed, they aren’t there in the abyss.

“Is it really so strange” to think that I actually want to be happy?

Empire – We Speak For The Dead – Single Review

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

Paris – One Night In Paris – Album Review

Looking for an album to impress the genitals off of you? Well Paris has produced it! “One Night In Paris” is truly one of the best albums so far this year and we’ve already had a Blossoms record.

Paris is a serious up and comer this year with eggs in multiple baskets, by far the biggest track on the 8 song album is “Gone” featuring the Ohio born rapper Trippie Redd and bloody hell is it a tune! The two artists blend and gel so well together you’d think they’d been working together for years, the reason I see this as a big deal is the current meteoric rise of Trippie and the effect this could have on Paris is something i’m keeping my eye on. The other big factor in his definite future is his tour alongside “21 Savage” and “Post Malone” one of the biggest names in the game and he’s going with him.

Paris bigged this album as a true reflection on who he was and what music he wanted to make and I’ll admit I was super pleasantly surprised by it, the mix of vocals and trap rap work incredibly well but what shines foremost is his ability to write and sing almost pop punk songs with a seriously hard trap beat underneath, the kids got talent and fully deserves all praise.

For me “ONIPO” is hit after hit and never hits a low point, the lyrics are catchy af and the beats really hit hard, the production on the album sounds brilliant blasting through speakers and headphones is really how it should be played. The lad is top quality and will definitely be a big name by the end of the year. Watch this space people. To be honest I challenge anyone to listen to this album a couple of times and not belt out “Is this love or is it lust” if you don’t I guarantee you are either dead or deaf.

Bailey Armstrong

 

My Hiatus and Other Boring Nonsense

It’s been a while… A long while to be precise and to be honest a reason for my absence has totally vacated my mind. Music has still been quite a large part of my life since but I haven’t felt the need to write about it. Since we last conversed I visited a very soggy but wonderful Y Not, I oggled at the fireworks above Stereophonics and swayed rhythmically to Blaenavon (Who I am most excited to see in November). I spent a lot of time in the rave tent feeling very out of place, for a larger man I am still quite distant and unseen, as if people are unaware of my pure existence, never the less I rather enjoyed myself. Letting go of that shallow feeling and judgment. Letting go is the purest you can humanly feel. Drugs were abundant, I stayed as straight as ever with the stuff not touching a thing for a worry of death for I know not of drugs or their affects. It was another great experience, different from last year but still great.

Life is very slow currently for me, not bad, but not good. Certain aspects are great whilst others lag behind as if it were a yobo playing with a trolley behind the back of a run down Tesco, that kind of analogy perfectly sums it up. I feel particularly interested in the way people tick recently and with the current outrage at a very charming man I became very political for subsequent minute. My beloved Morrissey made a joke to which the British media and public made a joke out of themselves, their brash and bullish ways continue to astound me. Is this really the Britain I grew up admiring? Or is it it’s lost forgotten brother, wasting away, suffocating on it’s last breath? I feel shame and I see no light at the end of a privately owned tunnel. Can we blame the young? Can we blame the old? Can we blame anyone? They all scream, looking for a scapegoat. Bring me the head of “Jezza” Corbyn and Theresa May on a silver platter only then will the world settle, only then the British public will resolve it’s issues. Well we can hope can’t we?

Ashfields Rock Bodega To The Ground

It’s taken me a few days to get back here and since I last reviewed something i’ve had a great time, on the 8th of March I had the great pleasure of seeing Ashfields launch their Brand New EP “New Skin” into all our faces and ears.

Ashfields played a brilliant set of new and old tracks which had a packed crowd screaming every single lyric back at them and the best thing about the whole night was seeing the smiles and genuine delight on the bands face, they have worked so hard to get to this very point and it has totally paid off for them.

After hearing comparisons to Oasis and how they might be the next iteration of the Manchester rock and roll stars then it might be worth continuing to watch Ashfields and how they might continue to change and develop.

Catch Fire might be the brightest star for pop punk in Notts but Ashfields are definitely the brightest Indie star in the local area.

If I get to doing a review for “New Skin” then stay tuned

Photography by Montanna Rose Canning

Blossoms Hit Lincoln Hard

Bit of context to start the post, I didn’t post on Sunday because I had a very important gig last night and i thought i’d postpone the post till tonight to review it.

Blossoms really are the next great British Band, stemming from clear inspirations all the way from the Smiths to The Coral and Oasis, Blossoms continue to blow my mind. My first exposure to Blossoms had to have been “Charlamagne” long before the album and my love for them grew after seeing them headline “The Quarry” on sunday night of Y Not now almost a year later and both Standard and Deluxe versions of the album bought how did they sound now? 

Bloody brilliant to put it bluntly. The show man ship is top notch and last but not least the talent between all five lads. On stage it is almpst screamed at you that these are five mates from Stockport just enjoying the time on the road together.

Honestly if you can get down to a Blossoms show you need to imediately, if you want to know what the future holds for british bands you need to support them if you love indie music see them!

Blossoms are the next big thing!

Bailey Armstrong

Photography by Montanna Rose Canning