Jammin’ In July: My Musical Alphabet

Greetings readers,

Today I’m taking inspiration from fellow music-blogger Daria, from The Music Wonderland, who created her own musical alphabet. I thought it was a great way to share your favourite artists, so I asked if I could upload my own version and she said yes. So, I’ve combed my ITunes, album collection, and previous blogs to bring you my favourite artists for each letter of the alphabet – complete with some throwbacks in there too.

(There are a few gaps towards the end though, sorry!)

 

A – Against The Current

One of my favourite bands at the moment, New Yorkers Against The Current also dropped one of my favourite albums of 2016 with their debut release, ‘In Our Bones’. They have a lot of different elements to their sound, from danceable pop-driven tracks to dark, brooding rock vibes, which all combine to make something undeniably addictive.

To see my review of ATC’s debut album ‘In Our Bones’, click here.

 

B – Bring Me The Horizon

BMTH have been around since my early teens but, admittedly, I have only really gotten into their music recently. Whilst I liked the rough and raw screamo sound of previous releases, I couldn’t listen to it for too long; I couldn’t understand the lyrics, I couldn’t sing along, it just didn’t hit me in the same way that bands like Bullet For My Valentine did at the time, with their darkly twisted debut album ‘The Poison’. However, with their newest release ‘That’s The Spirit’ came a new sound that I’m totally into. Gone are the undecipherable lyrics and discordant arrangements, to be replaced by a melodic stadium-rock vibe. Their trademark ferocity is still there, but has evolved into something different – a change for the better in my opinion.

To see my review of Bring Me The Horizon’s newest release ‘That’s The Spirit’, click here.

 

C – Cassadee Pope

If you were into the pop-punk scene in early 2007 when the female fronted era exploded, then you may recognise ex Hey Monday front woman Cassadee Pope. Having been a fan of the band since their formation in 2008, I was crushed when they decided to go on hiatus with only one album to their name – 2008’s ‘Hold On Tight’. Following their short-lived time as a band, I was beyond intrigued when I found that Pope went on to become a contestant on The Voice USA; following her journey through the competition, which ultimately saw her crowned the winner. She has since released her debut album ‘Frame By Frame’, which reached #1 in the US Country music chart.

To see my article on Cassadee Pope following her win on The Voice USA, click here.

 

D – Demi Lovato

Quite simply, I absolutely adore Demi Lovato. From her musical ability and captivating power-house vocals, to her confidence to speak candidly about her personal struggles, I think that she is someone to be admired.

For more about why I like Demi Lovato, and why she is #1 on my ‘Top 10 Interview Wish-List, click here.

 

E – Ed Sheeran

Simply put? Ed Sheeran is amazing. I truly believe that he is one of the biggest icons of my generation. He has gone from strength to strength within the industry over the years, not just with his own albums but working behind the scenes on hits for other artists, including Justin Bieber, Major Lazer and One Direction. Everything he has done, to this day, has been absolute fire; with one chart hit after another. And, since the release of his newest album ‘Divide’, 2017 has so far been another massive year for our favourite red-head – already having made history by occupying both the #1 and #2 spot in the charts with ‘comeback’ singles ‘Shape Of You’ and ‘Castle On The Hill’ respectively. He gets better and better with each album.

To see my review of ‘Shape Of You’ and ‘Castle On The Hill’, click here.

 

F – Francheschi (Elissa)

I’ve been a fan of Elissa Franceschi’s music since my late teens. Introduced to her after she did guest vocals on You Me At Six track ‘Always Attract’, I then went on to check out her solo music – and fell in love. The soulful songstress has a beautifully delicate, yet powerful, quality to her vocals and her music is always mesmerising; full of honesty and overflowing with poignancy. She is currently on a musical hiatus, as she has been for the last few years, but there have been some little signs online that could hint at a possible return to music soon – here’s hoping! It’s been far too long.

To see my review of Elissa Franceschi’s EP ‘Devoid of Rue’, click here.

 

G – Green Day

One of my first favourite bands back when I first discovered rock music, Green Day were a huge part of the soundtrack to my early teens. Admittedly, I don’t listen to them nowadays, but there will always be a special place in my heart for them.

 

H – Hobbie Stuart

Honey-voiced heart-throb Hobbie Stuart, is a pop singer-songwriter and vlogger. Having built an online following via YouTube over the last six years, Stuart uploads both cover videos and original material to his channel. His smooth, r’n’b-tinged vocals seem to be able to wrap themselves around any song; leaving their own stamp on existing tracks and giving life to his own songs. Having seen him play a short set in Brighton, where he also turned on the town’s Christmas lights, it’s fair to say that he’s just as good live as he is on record – a rare quality nowadays. As well as his hypnotising vocals, Stewart’s hilariously candid personality also comes across in his vlogs, making them even more entertaining. You just can’t help but love him, really.

To check out my initial ‘One to Watch’ on Hobbie Stuart, click here.

For my live review of Stuart’s short set at Brighton’s Christmas light’s switch on, click here.

 

I – Issues

I discovered this metalcore six-piece after recommendation from a friend of mine, and I’m so glad I gave them a listen. Their thrashing yet melodic sound draws on a multitude of different genres, from heavy rock to electronic, and even some R&B. There is a brutal heaviness running through every track, which is lifted by honey-voiced vocalist Tyler Carter’s melodic tone as it drizzles over the gravelly sounds of Michael Bohn’s aggressive screams. This provides a great contrast and incorporating elements of other genres also brings something different to the table, keeping things interesting.

To see my introductory ‘One To Watch’ on Issues, click here.

 

J – Justin Timberlake

Sorry, I’m not sorry. Justin Timberlake is up there with some of the best male vocalists in the pop scene. From the curly-haired kid in boyband Nsync to the suave pin-up that girls fantasize over, JT and his music continue to stand the test of time – his smooth brand of r’n’b drenched pop still winning hearts, and awards, worldwide.

 

K – Kelly Clarkson

Again, another artist whose vocals continue to always cause a stir in the pop charts, fifteen years after she became the first ever winner of American Idol. Kelly Clarkson has an amazing voice; strong, bold and powerful, both on and off record. The majority of her music centres on themes such as heart-break, self-empowerment and independence, much of which really speaks to me. Her second studio album ‘Breakaway’ was a big part of the soundtrack to my early teens, with its pop-rock sound and dark undertones.

 

L – Luke Pickett

Luke Pickett is an artist that, I don’t think, gets as much recognition as he should. I discovered Pickett’s music 10 years ago, thanks to my friend using his track ‘Empty Corridors’ as her profile song on Myspace – remember those days?! I fell in love with it and soon became addicted to other songs such as ‘Going Down With This Ship’, ‘Dream Love Cure’ and ‘Cruel Love’. I even came close to interviewing him for this blog at the very beginning, after emailing his management, but somehow it fell through. I still go back and listen to those old songs from time to time, and I’m always keeping an eye on his new stuff. With his level of talent, impeccable, addictive vocals and ability to craft a captivating, poignant song, I can’t understand how he’s not a mainstream artist!

 

M – My Chemical Romance

The mouth-piece for an entire musical movement, and responsible for starting a conversation about the misunderstanding of subcultures, My Chemical Romance became the voice of a generation of misfit teens and in the process became revered; seen almost like heroes. Their music spoke to so many people (including myself) and created a community. Over the years, and the many colours/styles of Gerard Way’s hair, they created so many iconic moments that will always be remembered. I’m so glad I got to see them live before they split; it still hurts my heart a little that they’re not together anymore.

 

N – Nirvana

Another band that I, admittedly, don’t listen to anymore, but who influenced my music tastes back in the day. When I started listening to rock music in my mid-teens, Nirvana were a band that I inevitably came across; I say inevitably because you can’t have not heard of them if you’re into rock, I mean everybody knows who Kurt Cobain is, right? I loved the overall vibe of their music, (I used to be into the heavier stuff!) Kurt’s gruff and gravelly vocals, and I’ve always been interested in their/his compelling story. It’s not at all surprising to me that their music continues to influence musicians and have an effect on people, to this day.

 

O – Out Of Sight

Having disbanded quite a few years ago, you might think it’s weird that I chose to include pop-punk band Out Of Sight. However, after seeing them supporting You Me At Six live back in 2009, they were a band that left a lasting impression and I loved their music. Luckily, when I did work experience for Kerrang! that same year, I was given a copy of their demo CD by Katie P after I told her how much I liked them. To this day, I’m still so thankful to her for that because, if she hadn’t, their music would be 100% lost to me – and I’m so glad that it isn’t. I still listen to it from time to time and it never fails to put a smile on my face.

 

P – Panic! At The Disco

Another band that were a big part of the 2007 explosion of ‘emo’/pop-punk artists in the rock scene, you couldn’t not like Panic! At The Disco. Their single ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’ is now a cult favourite among people of that era – there was a time when everyone was singing along to that chorus!. Over the years they’ve headlined the likes of Reading Festival and gained national airplay on Radio One, and continue to sell out arenas to this day.

 

Q – Queen

Not a band that I listen to regularly, but Queen is an absolute classic – there’s no doubt about it. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, ‘I Want To Break Free’… everyone knows at least one of their songs, and they’re great to dance to!

 

R – Room 94

I discovered Room 94 thanks to Twitter back in 2012, and they quickly went on to become one of my favourite bands at the time. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you may know that I tried for an entire year to get an interview with the boys and, after meeting them at multiple shows, luckily got that chance at the Brighton date of their 2013 ‘Three Brothers and One Kit’ summer tour. It’s still one of the most fun interviews I’ve ever done and they’re really lovely and funny guys – I’d interview them again in a heartbeat!

To see my interview with Room 94, click here.

 

S – Set It Off

This Floridian foursome have been one of my favourite bands for a few years, after discovering them when I was invited to interview them at a show. I’d never listened to them, or seen them live, but their stage presence and show changed that irrevocably. So taken was I that I went straight to their merch desk after their set and bought their debut – and at the time, only – album ‘Cinematics’, which I listened to in its entirety for months. I’ve kept up to date with their releases ever since, and seen their sound evolve from dark and twisted orchestral pop-rock, to something lighter and increasingly pop-based, all whilst retaining that certain Set It Off something.

To see my review of Set It Off’s second album ‘Duality’ click here.
I’ve also done short reviews of a handful of their songs from newest album ‘Upside Down’. To see those, click here (Uncontainable), here (Something New) and here (Crutch).

 

T – The Summer Set

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, then you’ll know that The Summer Set are one of my Top 5 favourite bands ever! I try to see them live every time they come to the UK and each time is always more fun than the last; they never fail to put on an amazing show, it’s like a party that nobody wants to end. I love their unique brand of inspirational, poignant, summery, feel good pop-rock, made even more distinctive by Brian Dales’ original vocal tone. I’ve bought every album they’ve ever released and their music just gets better and better over the years. Their newest release ‘Stories For Monday’ was one of my top albums of last year and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next!

I’ve actually been lucky enough to chat to John Gomez, Jess Bowen and Brian Dales on separate occasions and they’re all lovely (the latter I even managed to interview before a show at Kingston Peel, despite him being a little worse for wear!)

To see my review of the band’s newest album ‘Stories For Monday’, click here.
And, to see my review of the last time I saw them live, at Portsmouth’s Wedgewood Rooms, click here.

U – —–

 

V – Versaemerge

Another great band that, sadly, aren’t together in this format currently, Versaemerge were part of the second wave of the pop-punk/emo scene. When the likes of Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco were established they paved the way for similar bands to breakout, one of them being Versaemerge. After being signed by the front-running label of the era, Fuelled By Ramen, Versaemerge released their debut – and sadly only – album ‘Fixed At Zero’. Over the years they battled a lot of obstacles, including significant line-up changes, as well as the long wait between releases. By the time a second album looked to be forming it came with a change of sound, gone was the dark melodic rock, in favour of an electronic vibe; times and the scene had changed. Shortly after, remaining members, Sierra Kusterbeck and Blake Harnage decided to reinvent themselves as Versa, an entirely new entity. However, the status of the band is unclear as no new material has been released, and vocalist Sierra now fronts new musical project ‘Neaux’. One thing’s for sure, I hope they revive Versa at some point because I’d be so sad if they just faded away.

As a female, Sierra was one of my main inspirations of that time, and while I was at university I was actually lucky enough to interview Blake Harnage for an article I was working on about fan-funding. To see that article, click here.

 

W – Waltzz

A young aspiring rapper that reached out to me for a review back in 2015, Waltzz is now a name that you’ll definitely be familiar with if you follow my blog regularly. Full of passion and unrivalled drive, Waltzz – real name Liam Stewart – is an artist that I really admire. From his music (and his passion for it) to the overall message he tries to convey, he is definitely worth checking out. I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting him and he’s a really great, down to earth guy too – which is always a plus!

To see my review of Waltzz’s most recent single ‘I’m Alright’, click here.

 

X – —-

 

Y – You Me At Six

You Me At Six have been one of my favourite bands since I was seventeen and, now in my mid-twenties, they still are. Over the years I’ve seen them grow with their music and, in turn, I have grown up with it. So many of their songs serve as a reminder of many different events and happenings, and I have nothing but fond memories of seeing them live – all 10+ times! They have yet to make an album that I dislike, and my only hope is that they continue making music for a long time yet!

To read my review of You Me At Six’s latest album ‘Night People’, click here.

 

Z – —-

 

And there you have it – if you got this far, to you I give the biggest of high-fives. I hope that I inspired you to give some of these artists a try, if you’ve not heard of them. What did you think of my choices? If you’ve got any recommendations for the letters I missed feel free to let me know in a comment.

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Tracks of the Month – June

Hi everyone,

I’m a little late with posting June’s ‘Tracks of the Month’, and that is simply because I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to upload it. So, I thought I’d kick off this year’s ‘Jammin’ In July’ with a look back at the previous month and some of the songs that have (and still continue to) dominate my stereo.

 

Talia Mar – The Voices Are Me

Posted in honour of ‘Mental Health Awareness Month’ back in May, ‘The Voices Are Me’ is an extremely poignant piano-led track, born out of singer-songwriter Talia Mar’s desire to speak out about mental health through her YouTube channel. However, as she says in the video, she couldn’t find the right words to say so she wrote the song instead and, in my opinion, couldn’t have said it better. As someone who suffers/has suffered from anxiety, I can really relate to this track on a personal level; I feel as though some of the phrases were written straight out of my head, making it really moving to listen to. Personally, I feel that it perfectly describes how anxiety can make you feel, and I encourage everyone to really listen to the lyrics and take it in. Mar’s vocals are impeccable as always, and the contrasting quiet/loud dynamic of the verses and the chorus are a perfect fit for the vibe of the song. It also shows off her range brilliantly, the flawless quality of both the higher and lower notes creating an undeniably beautiful effect.

This song touches me so much that I can’t help but tear up (cry like a baby!) every time I hear it, and I can only commend and profusely thank Talia Mar for releasing this online. I hope that it helps people, whether that be finding comfort in dealing with your own issues or helping a friend or relative understand what someone else in their life is going through. It’s a beautiful song.

 

Tom Cochran – Life is a highway

You can thank The Summer Set’s Brian Dales for this one. If you follow him on Instagram you’ll know that he posts a daily Instagram story of himself miming along to the chorus line of this classic rock song in various settings. After a week or so of waking up and seeing said Instagram stories first thing in the morning, it’s really hard not to have it stuck in your head all day! But, with its upbeat, feel-good, summery vibe I’m not complaining.

 

Anne-Marie ft. Ed Sheeran – Ciao adios

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, is there anything that Ed Sheeran can’t make sound infinitely better? It appears not, as he comes together with R’n’B/Pop singer-songwriter Anne-Marie for this acoustic version of her song, ‘Ciao Adios’. Filmed on tour, in the dressing room before a show, the stripped-back vibe allows both the vocals and lyrics to shine even more; highlighting the pitch-perfect harmonies and Anne-Marie’s ability to switch between her lower and higher register with ease. The little looks and laughs between the pair throughout the video present an endearing quality and works to draw listeners in – and the addition of the tongue-in-cheek ‘you mug’, never fails to make me smile. 🙂

 

Charlie Puth – Attention

The lead single from Charlie Puth’s upcoming second album ‘Voice Notes’, ‘Attention’ is an addictive R’n’B/Pop song that, I imagine, a lot of people can relate to. The elements of funk in the arrangement work to create something that you can really groove to, and the lyrics are dripping with sassy vibes. Puth’s vocals are stellar as always; contrasting his main, deeper vocal line with a higher chorus and falsetto accents throughout, giving the track more depth. Full of charisma, it’s a song that you can’t help but be charmed by – and let’s face it, I’m sure everyone’s got at least one ex-whatever that they’d like to sing this to.

 

Bruno Mars – 24k Magic

I know I’m super late to the party with this one but…better late than never right? I mean come on who can’t sing-along to that chorus? The lead single from Mars’s album of the same name, 24K Magic is drenched in a funk/disco vibe set to Mars’s smooth R’n’B vocals. It’s a feel good track that doesn’t take its self too seriously, and the infectious beat also makes it impossible to sit still while listening to it – I dare you to try. C’mon everyone…put your pinky rings up the moon! 🙂

 

As always, thank you for reading! I hope I inspired you to give these songs a listen. In case you didn’t know, I’ll be posting twice a week this month as part of my ‘Jammin’ In July’ series, so if you like what I do here and want to keep up to date with my upcoming posts, feel free to come and join me on:

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Here We Go Again: ‘Jammin’ In July’ 2017

Hola readers,

This month I’ve decided to bring back a series that I started on my blog two years ago, known as ‘Jammin’ In July’.

This means that throughout the month of July I’ll be attempting to post twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, ending with (hopefully) 9 uploads. As I’ve said before, Summer is always a busy time on the music scene, so I thought it’d be fitting to bring back this series – and I really enjoyed it last year.

I’ve loosely planned the posts already, however, depending on what crops up throughout the month things may be subject to change. I’ve tried to include a mix of reviews, articles and chatty blogs so hopefully there’s something for everyone 🙂 . You can check out the full list below.

(As the posts go live I’ll add the hyperlinks so you can just click on each entry to see it.)

 

COMING UP:

  • Tracks of the month
  • My musical alphabet
  • Tuesday Chats: Is blogging a hobby or my job?
  • Talia Mar ‘Tough Decisions’ EP Review
  • Tuesday Chats: My Favourite band
  • Live Music: What Really Matters?
  • The word Fan-girl and why I hate it
  • Goodbye to ‘Jammin’ In July’

 

As always thank you for reading, and be sure to check back on Thursday for my June ‘Tracks of the Month’!

 

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Goodbye to ‘Jammin’ In July’ (+ A Few Thank You’s)

Why hello there, thanks for stopping by.

It’s actually the last Thursday in July; I can’t believe we’re already over halfway through 2016!
In my introduction to this Jammin’ In July series, I originally said that today was going to be a #ThrowbackThursday review of Set It Off’s sophomore album ‘Duality’. However, I’ve decided to roll that post over to next week because I just wanted to write more of a spontaneous, chatty post to end this series, and I feel a few thank you’s are in order too.

Firstly, I’d just like to reiterate that this blog is primarily a hobby. Yes, I do have a degree in music journalism and I would love for it to become my career but, at present, I do not get paid for anything you see on here, and I don’t have an established publication behind me that I work for. It is just me: my creative outlet.

To that end, I’m extremely grateful to anyone who takes time out of their day (or night) to read something I’ve written, because if there was no one reading during the six years I’ve been doing this, I wouldn’t be able to do it – what would be the point?

Similarly, it’s always such an amazing feeling when an artist I’ve written about ‘likes’, re-tweets or shares my work on social media, reaches out to thank me for a particular review, or to say that they like what I’ve done. As I’ve said in previous blog posts like my ‘Top 10 Interviews Wish List’, the reason I write about any artist is because, at the core of everything, I’m a fan of what they’re doing and there’s a certain amount of admiration and respect there. So, to get any kind of positive feedback is an awesome thing for little ol’ me who sits in my bedroom and writes reviews about music that I’m passionate about and want to share.

Over the course of this month I’ve received some lovely messages, as well as multiple ‘likes’ and re-tweets on Twitter, from artists that I admire and I never feel entitled to that. I never automatically expect, because I’ve written a piece about someone’s music, they’re going to share it on social media or reach out to me in anyway, so it’s always exciting when it happens.

So, I just wanted to take the time to say a massive thank you to those who have ‘liked’, re-tweeted or shared my work in any way; in particular singer-songwriter Alex Marshall, young emerging talent Lianne Kaye and rap/rock duo Stevie P and Sketch. It means so much to me that you’ve read what I’ve written and like it enough to share it with your fan-bases and friends, please know that it never goes unappreciated. And, to anyone who has read or shared any of my reviews over this last month (or quite frankly, ever) thank you, I truly appreciate it all.

click to see some of the kind words from artists on my reviews.

click to see some of the kind words from artists on my reviews.

But, what happens now? Well, I’ll be going back to uploading once a week throughout August and the coming months. I’ve really enjoyed posting these pieces and getting back into a routine – as they were all reviews that I was really excited to share with you – so I’ll definitely be continuing to upload regularly. Watch this space (not literally, that would be kinda weird, but you get what I’m saying right?)

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Stevie P & Sketch – Street Lights (Single Review)

The loveable rogues recently dropped the video for new song ‘Street Lights’ – and it’s about time.

Stevie P and Sketch Streetlights screen shot

Following the positive response from their previous collaboration, ‘Everything Part 2’, singer-songwriters Stevie P and Sketch released their brand new track ‘Street Lights’ earlier this month – and it’s about time too.

We’ve been being teased with the idea of a new song for a while, with Stevie P playfully suggesting that when ‘Everything Part 2’ hit 10,000 views he and Sketch – who you may recognise if you’ve ever watched E4’s Tattoo Fixers – would “consider releasing their latest vid.” However, for whatever reason, things have been on hold; Stevie also saying via his social media that it’s something he’s been waiting “too long” for.

But, the wait is finally over. Released on July 9th, ‘Street Lights’ is a poignant rap ballad that sees the guys baring their souls once again. The track opens with a beautifully sombre piano melody that really compliments the vibe of the lyrics and adds to the emotionality of the song. The darkly candid nature of the lyrics also sets it apart, they’re not rapping about bitches and money, it’s a real snapshot of the guy’s thoughts; the heart and passion they put into their performance throughout is undeniable.

The star of the show though is the chorus; switching up the vocals from rapping to singing it’s a surprise of the best kind. Adding in some beautiful harmonies – Sketch tackling the higher notes effortlessly, and Stevie gliding through the lower – it creates a somewhat haunting effect, as well as adding another texture to the track alongside the grittier vibe of the verses.

As well as the song its self, the accompanying music video – produced by One Take ‘OT’ Visuals – is extremely slick and atmospheric. Shot in at black and white, and seemingly during the evening, it’s an all-round perfect fit for the song.

Overall, it’s fair to say that the guys have done it again and created something undeniably captivating; something that makes you pause and take notice. Though it does pose the question, they can rap, and they can both sing for sure, what are they going to work into their sound next? (my money’s on some Oli Sykes-esque scream vocals.)

Unfortunately, the duo did face some “minor issues” regarding the release of this track, but by the looks of things we won’t have to wait as long for the next one. A few days ago Sketch shared a short collab the guys “threw together” during a recent studio session, on his YouTube channel Sketch TV. As is their style, ‘Harsh Truth’ sees the pair dig deep and gives us another little glimpse inside their thoughts, dealing with life, love, and getting some things off their chests with some hip-hop flair. The ‘Tattoo Fixers’ star has also said that there are loads of upcoming videos in the pipeline (does happy dance) so, fingers crossed there’s much more to come.

 

Favourite lyrics:
The whole thing?!
“I think I’m lost to the point where I couldn’t even find myself / heaven is a myth but inside my mind you’ll find a hell.”

 

As always thanks for reading, I absolutely love this song so I hope I inspired you to give it a listen. If you’ve ever stumbled across my little corner of the internet before, you may remember that I’ve included Stevie P and Sketch in a few of my posts. See the list below and check them out if you’d like to :).

Click here for my review of their previous track ‘Everything Part 2’,
Click here to find out why the duo are #3 on my ‘Top 10 Interviews Wish List’,
and if you’re a fan of E4’s hugely popular TV programme ‘Tattoo Fixers’, on which Sketch is one of the featured artists, why not click here and have a read of my article about the show.

To keep up to date with everything Stevie P and Sketch are up to, go and show the guys some love, on Twitter: Stevie P / Sketch.

 

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Lianne Kaye – Clear (Single Review)

21 year old singer-songwriter Lianne Kaye gets fans all fired up with brand new single ‘Clear.’

Lianne Kaye Clear

UK based singer-songwriter, and guitarist, Lianne Kaye recently released her brand-new single ‘Clear’ online, having gained popularity by posting impressive cover versions of well-known songs on YouTube. Now with over 82,000 subscribers and a whopping eight million plus views, Kaye is also establishing herself as an artist in her own right; she’s anything but ‘just another…’ covers artist.

Having recently played on the acoustic solo stage at UK festival Slam Dunk, alongside the likes of The Rocket Summer’s Bryce Avery and Grumble Bee, the emerging young talent seems to be making a name for herself. Also in the pipeline is Kaye’s – as yet untitled – follow-up to her 2014 debut EP ‘Vacancy’, which she’s been “busy recording and writing” for recently.

New single ‘Clear’ sees Kaye move away from the typical acoustic vibe of previous tracks, and into more electronic-pop/pop-rock territory. The track is fun, upbeat and jaunty, with an addictive pop chorus that will get stuck in your head for days – trust me. There are definite rock vibes within the arrangement, but it’s undoubtedly a pop song at heart with an, almost, slight country feel in there too at times. Kaye’s vocals are bold, strong and flawless throughout, her unique tone wrapping its self around the lower and higher notes beautifully. It’s a definite summer hit with major radio potential and I could see it sitting comfortably in the current pop charts.

Personally, I think we’re only just scratching the surface of what Lianne Kaye has to offer, in the best possible sense. I’m excited to hear what else she has coming because I absolutely love her voice, and she sounds exactly the same live as she does on record – a rare quality nowadays. One thing’s for sure, this is just the beginning.

 

You can download ‘Clear’ now, through ITunes and Loudr, and it’s also available to stream through Spotify. If you want to check out any of Lianne Kaye’s previous videos head on over to her YouTube Channel, she recently uploaded a great cover of Demi Lovato’s new single ‘Body Say’ (click here to see it.)

To see my previous review of Kaye’s cover of ‘Earned It’, originally by The Weeknd, click here.

 

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Against The Current – In Our Bones (Album Review)

The young and relentless three-piece prove they’ve got too big for the cage they’ve been locked up in, with debut album ‘In Our Bones’.

ATC In Our Bones album cover

Two years after the release of their breakthrough EP ‘Infinity’, New Yorkers Against The Current have finally unveiled their debut full-length offering ‘In Our Bones’. Having begun their career online –posting both covers and original material on YouTube – the band are quickly making a name for themselves.

And, rightfully so; with tours with All Time Low and Set It Off under their belts, a headlining world tour to their name, and not to mention taking the stage at this year’s Vans Warped Tour alongside the likes of Issues, Mayday Parade and New Found Glory. The band – made up of frontwoman Chrissy Costanza, lead guitarist Dan Gow, and drummer/keyboardist Will Ferri – look set to take the music world by storm.

Released on May 20th, ‘In Our Bones’ is ATC’s first release with record label Fueled By Ramen – home to the likes of Paramore and Panic! At The Disco – after being signed in 2015. Explosive album opener ‘Running With The Wild Things’ kick-starts proceedings and sets the tone for the record; this is a band that won’t be held down. This dark and brooding rock vibe is carried through tracks like ‘Blood Like Gasoline’ and the creepily atmospheric ‘Wasteland’.

Alongside this, there is also a strong pop element in the mix, demonstrated in addictively upbeat numbers ‘Forget Me Now’ and ‘Runaway.’ Acoustic title track ‘In Our Bones’, shows another side to the band’s sound; stripping everything back and letting the music speak for its self. Similarly, there is something beautiful to be found in slower songs such as, haunting ballad ‘Chasing Ghosts’, the inspirational ‘Brighter’, and album closer ‘Demons’ – where, arguably, some of the most standout moments lie.

Overall, ‘In Our Bones’ incorporates a mixture of sounds and vibes, giving a taste of the different facets of Against The Current’s sound. Having said that, everything flows and there are no eyebrow raising moments. This is a brilliant debut full of stellar tracks showcasing what the band are capable of, and I suspect we haven’t heard the best of them yet. “I bet you won’t forget me now”? Couldn’t have said it better myself.

 

Favourite Tracks:
Forget Me Now
Chasing Ghosts
Wasteland
Blood Like Gasoline
Roses

‘In Our Bones’ is one of my favourite albums at the moment; I’ve been listening to it non-stop and I’d recommend it to anyone who’s partial to a bit of pop-rock with strong female vocals.
To see my previous single reviews of ‘Chasing Ghosts’ and ‘Blood Like Gasoline’, click here.
To see my previous review of the band’s cover of Carly Rae Jepsen’s sophomore hit ‘I Really Like You’, featuring singer-songwriter Max, click here.

 

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