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?

Prime – Bye Bye Single Review

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.


Bailey Armstrong