Happy New Year 2016 (and Here’s to 2017!)

Happy New Year everyone! I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas, and that 2017 got off to a great start whatever it is you got up to – whether that was downing shots in the pub or cosied up in front of the TV. As has come to be tradition around here, I wanted my first blog of 2017 to look back on the previous year, talk you through the highlights and give some much-deserved thanks.

If you’ve been around here for the last couple of years then you’ll know that I totally re-designed the blog at the beginning of 2016. After starting this site back in 2010 it had become increasingly apparent that it was showing its age and in desperate need of a face-lift. Honestly, I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out – it’s undoubtedly a massive improvement!

Speaking of behind-the-scenes type things, we managed to hit over 5,500 views last year, with an average of 400-500 hits a month. Considering that it was on (just over) 3,500 in 2015 – with an average of approximately 2,000 over previous years – it totally blows my mind. To have grown by that many views – for someone who just sits in her bedroom and writes about things she’s passionate about – is an amazing feeling. Another thing that I’m always indescribably thankful for, is when an artist I’ve written about shares my work.

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Click here to see some of the really lovely things people have said about my work.

As I’ve said in previous blog posts, I never expect – just because I’ve written about someone – that they’re going to share it with their followers in any way, so it’s always really flattering when it happens. Throughout 2016 my work was liked, read and shared by artists that I have great admiration and respect for, as well as people who have read and found something they like in it. That never goes unappreciated – after all, there wouldn’t be much point to me writing this blog if no one was reading it!

On that note, I’m beyond proud of all the posts that I uploaded last year. I remember when I interviewed Brian Dales (The Summer Set) back in 2012, he said “the more you practice your craft, the better you get at it”, and that is something that really resonated with me. When I set up this blog it was as a requirement for a university project, so priority-wise it always came second to something, whether that was my degree or a full-time job. However, over the last 2 years I’ve really focused a lot of my time and energy on writing and I think that shows, both in my skills as a journalist, and the amount of views this blog has gotten over the last 12 months.

However, whilst I feel like I’ve really honed my skills as a writer and I’m happy with my current style, that is by no means saying that everything I do is perfect – it isn’t – and that there isn’t always more to learn and improve on – there is.

My Top 5 most viewed posts this year

My Top 5 most viewed posts last year

I also saw some great artists live last year, including The Summer Set – on the UK leg of their ‘Stories For Monday tour’ – and Waltzz, the latter of whom approached me to possibly review some of his music at the beginning of the year. Following that, and also meeting up with him at a music showcase event in November, we’re now on each other’s Christmas card lists!

As well as that, I also reviewed Costa-Blanca based band Snowblind when they came over for a UK tour in the spring. Subsequently my review was then published in Spanish/English magazine ‘QR’. This was a huge achievement, and very flattering, for me as it’s not every day that I’m approached to have my work published. Seeing it in print was such a surreal feeling; I love how it came out.

Snowblind review in QR

Snowblind review in QR

There were also some amazing releases from some fantastic artists including, The Summer Set, Against The Current, rap/rock duo Stevie P and Sketch, and former member of The Cab Alex Marshall, who dropped his debut solo single during the summer. I won’t go into that in too much detail though because I have my ‘Top Songs of 2016’ coming in the next few weeks, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for that.

Going forward into 2017, I’d like to incorporate more of my interests into this platform that aren’t necessarily music based but more lifestyle. Over the course of last year I wrote about non-music related subjects and they seemed to be really well received. I opened up about my disability ahead of The Paralympics – something I’d never thought I’d do but I’m proud of all the same. And, I wrote a follow-up to my Tattoo Fixers article about the ‘On Holiday’ spin-off of the show. If you’ve started following my blog recently then you’ll also know that I actually got a piece done by Tattoo Fixers’ very own Sketch, at his South-east London studio Reppin Ink in November. Having wanted a piece done by him for a few years (not to mention being a big fan of his music) that was a major highlight of the year. It was a really fun experience, and he’s one of the nicest, most down-to-earth people you could ever hope to meet.

Click here to see the blog post all about my tattoo experience with Sketch

Click here to see the blog post all about my tattoo experience with Sketch

I’d also like to make these lifestyle posts a bit chattier; I’m thinking of posting one a week and calling it ‘Chatty Tuesday’ or something. I also hope to make my ‘Book Club’ reviews more regular again, and perhaps even do a ‘YouTuber of the Month’ segment; I have a lot of ideas. As I’m getting older I just want to widen the scope a bit, while also making sure that the blog remains very music-based. As such, I met and discovered some amazing talent last year, so I hope to get some interviews in the pipeline too.

With that being said, I also want to remember to live in the moment and spend time with family and friends. This means that I’m not going to try and review everything anymore, but instead focus on the music/things that I 100% love and have a strong desire to promote. So, if you’ve ever sent me something to review and I haven’t got back to you, I’m sorry but I am just one person, it’s a busy life and I can’t do everything – as I’m sure you can understand.

However, thank you for your support over the years and I hope that you’ll continue on this journey with me throughout 2017 – let’s make it a great one!

 

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Exciting Things Have Been Happening!

Hey everyone, how’s it going?

If you’re a regular reader here then you may’ve noticed that I haven’t been posting as much in recent weeks. One of the main reasons for that is because the sun’s been out and, as my fellow UK-ers will know, British summer time is very hit-and-miss; you’ve got to enjoy it while you can because it’s never around for long. Case in point: it’s raining today.

Anyway, I just wanted to sit down and write a bit more of a spontaneous, chatty post and talk about a few really exciting things that have happened recently, as well as filling you in on what I have coming up over the next few months. I was originally planning to film these as two separate videos, like I did with my Rogue Re Vera thank you video, but I’m just not in a position where I have time to sit and film and edit at the moment – writing is so much quicker!

So, as you may remember, at the tail end of last year I posted a review of young aspiring rapper WaltzzUk – real name Liam Stewart – after he contacted me via this very blog. If you can’t remember back that far don’t worry, click here to check it out. A few weeks ago Liam sent me some things to say thank you for what I’d written, and for agreeing to be involved in his next project in terms of reviewing what he has coming.

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As you can see, Liam sent me a signed copy of his 11 track EP ‘Inspire to Inspire’ with an inspirational quote written on the sleeve, an ‘Inspire to Inspire’ wristband, and a handwritten note; again, thanking me for my previous review and saying that he’s pleased that I’ll be continuing to review his material.

As I’ve said before on this blog, I never expect anything like this, I just choose to write about music and artists that I admire and believe in, in the hope that others who come across my little corner of the internet will hear something worth believing in too. It’s an amazing feeling when someone I’ve written about takes the time to Tweet me or send me a message saying they like what I’ve written, let alone send me anything, so I would just like to say thank you to Liam and reiterate that I really do appreciate it – hopefully one day I’ll be able to say thank you in person.

Ahead of the release of his upcoming EP, the young rapper also recently released an exclusive remix of Craig David’s ‘One More Time’, entitled ‘London and Back’, with an accompanying music video detailing WaltzzUK’s journey from his hometown of Ipswich to the fast-paced hustle and bustle of London. Check it out below.

As well as that, if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter then you may’ve seen that I also had some of my work published last month (insert many dancing girl emoji’s here.) In recent months I’ve posted a few blogs about a band based in Spain’s Costa Blanca called Snowblind; I included their song Memories in a ‘Tracks I’m Loving’, I did a ‘One to Watch’/album review on their self-titled debut offering, and most recently reviewed their set at Camden’s Dublin Castle while they were over here on a UK tour.

After I uploaded the live review I was contacted by an employee of a publication called QR Magazine, based in Spain. The person expressed interest in using my article in both the digital and print versions of the magazine if I was willing, and I was put in contact with the editor. My review was then printed in the May edition of the free magazine, and it looked pretty damn good; I was really pleased with how it turned out and I love how everything was laid out on the page.

Snowblind review in QR

Snowblind review in QR

Sophie Brown in QR magazine

QR were also kind enough to send me a few copies of the magazine, and I was ecstatic to actually have a physical copy in my hands. It’s really surreal to think that people who pick up this magazine will see my review; I know that I post things on this blog for people to read but seeing something in black and white and holding it in your hands is a totally different feeling. So, again, I’d like to thank the team at QR for liking my piece enough to print it, and for expressing interest in me possibly contributing more. I’ve only had two other pieces published aside from this one, and ultimately my goal is to find a full-time editorial position so I can make my living writing about music, so I’m grateful for the opportunity.

In other news, I just wanted to say that I have a lot of posts planned for the next few months; including bringing back a thread I started last year known as ‘Jammin’ In July’, and completing my ‘Throwback Thursday’ series, charting the evolution of my taste in music. I also have some interviews and other things in the works, but I don’t want to say too much just yet in case they fall through last minute. Just know that things are coming and I’m really excited to get started on them!

 

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Snowblind (Live Review)

Wednesday March 30th 2016
Snowblind @ The Dublin Castle, Camden

Versatile young four-piece jet in from Spain to show the UK what they can do, taking up not one but two slots on the bill.

The rosy hue of the warmly lit surroundings gives a cozy and inviting feel to Camden’s independent live music venue, ‘The Dublin Castle’, as soon as you set foot through the door. The renowned haunt has witnessed the start of many a music icon’s career, from Madness and The Libertines, to Muse and the late Amy Winehouse. The walls are plastered with music memorabilia from years gone by, and the phrase ‘if those walls could talk’ comes to mind; I bet they’d have some stories to tell. Look past the revellers enjoying their drinks, and there are a set of double doors leading into the live performance space. With its black walls, stacked speakers, and Jack Daniel’s themed bar, the intimate venue has a very dingy, punk-rock feel. It’s the kind of space that could see you get close enough to smell the artists’ sweat – if you should feel so inclined.

Among those gracing the modest stage tonight are a band embarking on a UK tour after jetting in from their home in Spain’s Costa Blanca, and whose members make up two of the acts on the bill – why have one slot when you can have two?

First up are Black Sheep Puppets. Made up of Josh Watts, Jac Bentley and Stuart Hodge – three of the original members of Snowblind – the guys have been joined by keyboardist Zac Rush, for the start of this new chapter. Watts swaps his drumsticks for a guitar pick and steps up to the mic to be the voice-box for this new project; his raw and husky vocals a perfect fit for the rough-and-ready sound. Their song titles also reflect this punk-rock-esque vibe, including set opener, ‘Fox on the Rocks’, ‘Lipstick’ and ‘Bloodstain’.

A quick rejig of the line-up see’s keyboardist Zac Rush exit the stage and Josh Watts take a seat behind the drum-set once again, with vocalist/guitarist Charlie Ledger taking the helm as front-man. Opening with ‘Red Light District’, the band work their magic with a blistering set of original tracks, including ‘Getaway’, ‘My Sweet Valentine’, ‘Let It Rain’ and ‘Behave’; all the while demonstrating their ability to captivate an audience.

Comprising of great melodies and absolutely addictive hooks, Snowblind’s straight-up rock sound is more melodic than that of Black Sheep Puppets, thus showing the versatility of each of the band members. It’s great to see Snowblind perform their own material – as opposed to the cover heavy sets they play in Spain – as it further proves that these guys are artists in their own right. They’re definitely not ‘just another covers band’, there’s something special here and tonight we got a little taste of that. I reckon we’re only just scratching the surface of what they can do; I’d go and see both bands again in a heartbeat.

 

For my previous review of Snowblind’s debut album, click here.

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My Top 5 Albums of 2015

Hello again, (as you can probably tell from the title) I’m going to share my Top 5 Albums of 2015 with you.

Now, if you’re a regular reader of my blog then you may notice that I have done full reviews of all-but-one of the following records. Be that as it may, I couldn’t not include them as these are all albums that were like the sound of 2015 to me. While some of them were released before 2015, I personally discovered them all during the course of the year and each of them really stuck out to me. (Please note: The albums are in order of my earliest to most recent finds.)

 

#1 Ed Sheeran – X

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I was given a copy of ‘X’ for Christmas 2014, and upon receiving it I listened to it every day for pretty much six months. On the whole ‘X’ is a fantastic album that demonstrates Sheeran’s ability to capture his listeners entirely…every song is packed with emotion and demands your attention. I love the seamless mix of the hip-hop and acoustic sound, and no song disappoints – there are some absolute gems here that need to be heard. I’d recommend it to everyone.

To see the full review click here.

 

#2 Taylor Swift – 1989

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Whatever your opinion of pop music’s darling, there’s no denying that Taylor Swift is slaying the music industry at the moment. I’ve been a fan of Swift’s music since the early days of ‘Love Story,’ and it’s awesome to see how far she’s come as an artist – deservedly so. I realise she is a little bit like Marmite; some people love her and some people love to hate her, but personally I think ‘1989’ marks a totally new stage in her career. It’s clear that Swift has found her place within the industry and is comfortable in her own skin – and she has every right to be.

To see the full review click here.

 

#3 Rogue Re Vera – Don’t Bet On It, Kid

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‘Don’t Bet On It, Kid’ – the debut offering from New York based four-piece Rogue Re Vera – is a well rounded EP that works to showcase not only the band’s sound, but the diversity of it. Full of addictive tracks with insane hooks, the melodies are stunning and the lyrics, and vocals, are always brimming with passion and conviction. Whether it’s ballsy and raw or stripped-back and heartfelt, both are captivating – albeit in totally different ways. It’s clear that Rogue Re Vera are a force to be reckoned with.

To see the full review click here.

 

#4 Snowblind – Snowblind

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As I’ve said in previous posts, Snowblind are a band I discovered whilst in Spain towards the end of the summer. I caught their set in a local bar and, after a brief chat with their vocalist, I was passed a copy of their debut self-titled offering – and the rest, as they say, is history. The album has fast become a firm favourite, as has the band. It’s definitely a case of ‘all killer, no filler’, each song bursting at the seams with emotion and passion that seems invariably deep rooted. With such a compelling sound not one track is flimsy or one-dimensional, it makes you wonder why these guys are not mainstream artists – I could definitely see them on the main stage at Reading Festival.

To see the full review click here.

 

#5 Bring Me The Horizon – That’s The Spirit

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My most recent favourite; I’ve always known of Bring Me The Horizon but I couldn’t really deal with their hardcore/screamo sound of the early days, so my liking of their newer music kind of crept up on me. A far cry from their 2006 debut ‘Count Your Blessings’, ‘That’s The Spirit’ see’s BMTH shift away from their metalcore roots in favour of a more melodic, electronic sound. But die-hard fans need not fear, their trademark aggressive sound is still intact, complete with the gravelly, growl-like vocal tones from Mr. Sykes (but the upside is that you can actually understand it these days.) The result? An awesome album with some pretty anthemic tracks.

Keep an eye out for a full review of ‘That’s the Spirit’ in the next few weeks.

So, there you have it. What do you think of my Top 5 Albums of 2015? Do you agree with my choices? Are there any other albums you’ve been loving that I haven’t included? Feel free to let me know in a comment – I’m always on the lookout for new music.

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Happy New Year. 2015: A Year in Reviews (and Here’s to 2016.)

Happy New Year everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that your New Year is off to a great start. After taking a little break from the internet over the festive season, I’m feeling revitalised, reenergised and ready to get back to blogging.

After not being as active on the blogging front during 2014 I feel as though I upped my game throughout 2015, and as a result I discovered some great new artists, and produced some of my favourite pieces that I’m really proud of. Among these is an article on E4’s hugely popular show ‘Tattoo Fixers,’ which I became a fan of after watching the first series. I really enjoyed writing the article, and apparently you guys enjoyed reading it too as it got 758 views from when it was first published in August, through to the end of the year, which is no mean feat.

Click the picture to see my review of E4’s Tattoo Fixers

Click the picture to see my review of E4’s Tattoo Fixers

Coming in at a close second was my September ‘Tracks of the Month,’ which featured songs from Stevie P and Sketch, as well as a band I discovered in Spain called Snowblind. This review was great to write as both tracks are full of such emotion and conviction that they left a lasting impact; making me just want to listen to them again (and again, and again.) This particular post went on to become the most viewed in a single day, gaining nearly 300 views, which I was chuffed with because I love both songs.

Click the picture to see my September ‘Tracks of the Month’

Click the picture to see my September ‘Tracks of the Month’

Another review I’m really happy with is my Snowblind album review; I was passed a copy of their debut offering while in Spain, and it’s fast become one of my favourite albums, as they have become one of my favourite bands. Their straight-up rock sound boasts beautiful melodies, addictive hooks and stunning vocals; captivating in every sense of the word. I personally think they need to get their music on ITunes so more people can hear it for themselves… so lads if you’re reading this, what’re you waiting for?

Click the picture to see my review of Snowblind’s self-titled album

Click the picture to see my review of Snowblind’s self-titled album

Alongside Snowblind, another artist that I came to be a fan of in 2015, is singer-songwriter and online vlogger, Hobbie Stuart. Stuart has been uploading cover videos, original tracks, and the occasional vlog, to his YouTube channel since 2010. Having amassed over 300,000 subscribers and an impressive 28 million views, the honey-voiced heart-throb also had the opportunity to light up his hometown in December, with an intimate performance before he turned on Brighton’s Christmas lights.

Click the picture to see my review of Hobbie Stuart’s performance in Brighton

Click the picture to see my review of Hobbie Stuart’s performance in Brighton

Now, if you’ve read my blog before then chances are you’ll be familiar with this next band, as they have featured quite heavily since I discovered them in late 2014. Alt-acoustic four piece Rogue Re Vera, are a band that I happened to stumble upon and quickly got into. Following my reviews of their music, they were kind enough to send me a ‘Rogue Re Vera Care Package’ consisting of a t-shirt, a copy of their debut EP, and a handwritten note from vocalist Brittany Brutality. That sort of thing has never happened before so it was a totally unexpected gesture, and I’m hugely grateful for it. It’s always exciting when a band/artist that I’ve written about takes the time to get in touch to say they appreciate what I’ve written, let alone sends me anything, so I never take it for granted.

Click the picture to see my review of Rogue Re Vera’s debut EP ‘Don’t Bet On It, Kid’

Click the picture to see my review of Rogue Re Vera’s debut EP ‘Don’t Bet On It, Kid’

Moving on from 2015 and going into the New Year, I’m looking forward to discovering even more new music and getting to work on reviews, as well as trying my hand at vlogging. I also hope to conduct more artist interviews (seeing as the last interview I did was with Set It Off’s Cody Carson back in 2013 *shocked face*) as that is one of my favourite aspects of what I do. As well as this I plan to finally finish my Throwback Thursday series that I started in 2013, charting the evolution of my music tastes, as that is something I’ve wanted to tackle for a while. I currently have a lot of posts in the works and I’m not short of ideas, so watch this space. 🙂

Click the picture to see my Q&A with Set It Off vocalist Cody Carson

Click the picture to see my Q&A with Set It Off vocalist Cody Carson

Finally, I’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has read my blog this year (or ever.) I know it sounds cliché, but it really does mean the world to me that people take the time to read and engage with what I’ve written, because this is what I’m passionate about and what I love, so I hope you stick around for more throughout 2016 – cheers!

One To Watch: Snowblind (+ Album Review)

Meet Snowblind, an emerging rock band based in Spain’s Costa Blanca. The four-piece – made up of vocalist/guitarist Charlie Ledger, lead guitarist Jac Bentley, bassist Stuart Hodge and drummer Josh Watts – play a “diverse set of original and well-known tunes”, according to their Facebook page.

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Alongside their original material they also put their own stamp on familiar hits, from Pink Floyd and Led Zepplin to The White Stripes and Kings of Leon (there’s even some Phil Collins tucked away in there.) Now if you’re sat there thinking ‘their music must be Spanish though, right?’ Wrong. The band formed in early 2012 after meeting in Spain, however, none of the four were born there; vocalist Charlie Ledger originally hails from UK county, Essex.

In an article by local newspaper ‘Costa-Blanca People’, published earlier this year*, it was said that it can be quite limiting when it comes to sharing their own material in Spain, as the majority of people want to hear songs they know. However, the lads have journeyed over to the UK a number of times – most recently for a spring tour in April – where they got the chance to play their original material, and it’s a whole different ball game. Though, judging by their self-titled debut offering, it doesn’t take long to figure out why.

Citing influences such as the Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro, and Nirvana, among others, their music is straight-up rock, boasting beautiful melodies, addictive hooks and stunning vocals. Thematically, the album appears to center around the darker side of love and the conflicting emotions that come with it. For instance, beautifully powerful track ‘Memories’ is a story of missing someone and the frustration of being in that situation.

However, don’t assume this album is ‘all doom and gloom’ – it isn’t. While it does largely center around a deep and emotional theme, tracks like ‘Mastermind’ show the band’s fun side, with its jaunty, almost Ska-esque, instrumental. And there are also pockets of humour in songs like ‘Regrets of a Heart Throb’; its tongue-in-cheek lyrics telling the tale of a regrettable turn of events after one too many drinks, with a hook that is sure to get crowds singing along. ‘Getaway’ and ‘Downtown Poverty’ both have a smooth old-school rock quality to them, as does album closer ‘Red Light District’, which sounds like it was made to fill every corner of an arena.

Each song is absolutely captivating, bursting at the seams with such emotion and passion that seems invariably deep rooted. Ledger sings every word effortlessly but with such conviction that you can tell he means it, and that raw honesty is what will connect with an audience. It’s definitely a case of ‘All killer, no filler’; each track is extremely fluid and well-crafted that it makes you wonder why these guys are not mainstream artists – I could definitely see them on the main stage at Reading Festival. With such a compelling sound not one track is flimsy or one-dimensional; every element combining to create something that you’ll want to hear again (and again, and again!)

Final verdict:

I’m totally obsessed with this album, I’ve listened to it pretty much once a day for the past few months and it has fast become a firm favourite. The same can definitely also be said for the track ‘Memories’; it’s a beautiful song full of raw emotion that I can hugely relate to – I’d love to sing it with them! The guys are artists, there’s no doubt in my mind about that. I just hope they continue to make music.

Favourite tracks:

Memories (to check out my previous review of this track click here.)
Undefined
Regrets of a Heart-throb
Red Light District

Check out the band’s manager’s YouTube channel for live videos from their performances both across Spain and the UK.

To keep up to date with everything Snowblind are up to, go and show them some love on Facebook, and if you’re ever in the Costa Blanca I highly recommend checking them out live if you can (and of course nabbing yourself a copy of this album.) You won’t be disappointed.

 

* A picture of the article from ‘Costa Blanca People’ was posted by Snowblind to their Facebook page in August 2015, so I’m assuming the article was published around that time also. However, if the article was in fact published earlier I can only apologise for the mix-up. 🙂

Tracks of the Month: October

Greetings readers,

I can’t believe it’s nearing the end of October already! The jackets have come out, Halloween’s in a few days – it’s definitely not summer anymore. But let’s not dwell on the fact that the clouds are eclipsing the sun, and focus on the positives; one being that Christmas is just around the corner, and two being that, as it is the end of the month, I’m going to share with you the songs that have been dominating my earphones over the past few weeks.

In terms of genre it’s quite a mixed bag; including stripped back acoustic tracks from a popular actor/musician, to a mainstream metalcore band who have recently shifted in style in favour of a more alternative – and at times electronic – sound…

The Darling Buds – Waiting

If you’ve seen Tim Burton’s Sweeny Todd, then you may recognise this artist from the 2007 movie starring Johnny Depp. Jamie Campbell Bower – who starred as Anthony in the film – is also a musician. Previously in a band known as The Darling Buds, the foursome headlined London’s Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on April 18th this year. The band recently underwent a name change following the departure of drummer Dan Smith; the three remaining members (Jamie, Tristan and Roland) stating that they wish to continue making music under a new name and new sound. Now under the moniker ‘Counterfeit’, the lads have an upcoming UK show at London’s 02 Islington Academy in December, as well as a European tour including cities such as Berlin and Milan.

This acoustic version of The Darling Buds’ track ‘Waiting’ was the first time I’d heard Bower’s musical talent (outside of the theatricality of Sweeny Todd,) and what I was met with was a beautiful melody, great vocals and an addictive chorus. Consisting solely of an acoustic guitar and Bower’s smooth vocals, the two work brilliantly together to create a track that is both catchy and captivating, with a hook that’s sure to get stuck in your head.

Another song I’ve also been listening to of theirs is ‘Better Man. Again, it’s a stripped back version made up of an acoustic guitar and Bower’s vocals, and much like ‘Waiting’ the combination of the elements at play culminate in something that’s absolutely charming to listen to. You can’t fault Bower’s vocals both as he flips between the lower and higher notes, hitting both perfectly, and I think both tracks demonstrate his ability to write a great song. I’d definitely be interested in seeing these guys live.

 

Bring Me The Horizon – Drown

A far cry from the days of their 2006 debut ‘Count Your Blessings’, ‘Drown’ see’s Bring Me The Horizon shift away from their metalcore roots in favour of a more melodic, almost cinematic, sound. But die-hard fans need not fear, the song still has their trademark aggressive sound complete with some gravelly, growl-like vocal tones from Mr. Sykes (but the upside is that you can actually understand it these days.)

Released last year originally as a stand-alone, a re-recorded version made its way onto the band’s most recent offering ‘That’s The Spirit’ – and I for one am glad it did. It’s an anthemic track, made to fill every corner of an arena; both the chorus and the swelling ‘you know that I can’t do this on my own’ chant possess a really captivating quality that is sure to get crowds screaming along in unison with their fists in the air.

 

Bring Me The Horizon – Throne

Contrastingly to ‘Drown’, ‘Throne’ features a more electronic rock sound. It opens with a synth-led pattern that wouldn’t be out of place in a club setting, but as the guitars and drums crash though it retains that BMTH sting. Things smooth out during the verses, and the change in dynamics works to ensure that the chorus really packs a punch.

With lyrics like “you can throw me to the wolves, tomorrow I will come back leader of the whole pack,” the chorus is an empowering one, and it’s Sykes spitting the lyrics with such an aggressive passion that really drives it home.

 

I’ve also been listening to a lot of Costa Blanca-based rock band Snowblind, and Brit singer/songwriter Hobbie Stuart this month; both of which I have reviewed previously.

Click here to see my review of Snowblind’s Track ‘Memories’ (as featured in last month’s ‘Track’s I’m Loving’.) A full review of the band’s debut album is on its way.

Click here to see my most recent post, a ‘One To Watch’ on singer-songwriter and vlogger Hobbie Stuart.

 

What songs have you been listening to this month? Do you like any of the ones that I’ve included? If there are any that you’ve never come across I hope I at least inspired you to give them a listen, and I hope you enjoyed reading 🙂