Friday, 30 September 2016

Feature: Frank Hamilton (30/09/16)



Three years after the success of his hugely popular project '#OneSongAWeek', which ended with a #1 on iTunes and featured the likes of Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner, Jose Vanders (Oh Wonder), and Lauren Aquilina. His track 'Flaws & Ceilings' was chosen as iTunes' Single Of The Week and became one of iTunes two most popular SOTW's in 2012 (along with Emeli Sande). His follow up EP 'Summer' went straight to #1 in the iTunes singer/songwriter charts and featured a cover of Teenage Dirtbag with Wheatus (the first and only time they've featured on a cover since the original release in 2000). He's since had two sold out headline UK tours and played the likes of The Great Escape, Secret Garden Party, and BST in Hyde Park, and most recently supported Scouting For Girls. Now Frank's back with his hugely anticipated second album 'Songs To Make Life Slightly Less Awkward'... 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
Does wailing along to Buddy Holly in the back of my folks volvo as a toddler count as getting involved in music? I vote yes. 

2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you’ve ever seen?
Probably Elvis Costello at Hyde Park. Songs for days. 

3. Who have you been listening to lately?
Weezer, The Crimea, Vant, Flyte, Hudson Taylor. 

3 Qs for Frank:

1. You’ve been on many tours over the past few years, but what do you find is the best and worst thing about touring?
Best thing? Not having to make decisions. Everything's kind of planned so you can just enjoy the moment (for once). Worst thing? Coming home. 

2. Where do you usually find inspiration for your music and projects? 
I dunno, I like people watching and I think too much? 

3. Which track from your forthcoming album ‘Songs To Make Life Less Awkward’ are you most excited / apprehensive for people to hear and why? 
All of them. It's been a long time coming :) 

Random Q:

Ideal Saturday night?   
Not losing my head on a dancefloor, that's for sure.  

'Songs To Make Life Slightly Less Awkward' Album Review:
I think it's fair to say the wait for album two from Frank has been well worth the wait. The album opens with 'AOTC', a slowish, acoustic stripped back track, with Frank's trademark whistling intertwined throughout and stunning vocals with female backing harmonising too. 'Lovedrug' follows on and is a fun, infectious, upbeat and very danceable song. It was probably the perfect track to release as the lead single to get everyone's attention and I think it did just that. '10 Days' is another upbeat tune with catchy hooks. Frank's reworked his older track, 'Had Enough', which has always been one of my favourites. Now he's added stuttered guitars and heavy percussion, and yet another fantastic chorus to singalong. The first track to be shared from the album, 'Songs We Fall Asleep To', bridged album one to this release perfectly, it's grown on me since the music video dropped and really is a song to get you 'through the darkest nights'. 'Saturday Night' is the second and most recent single, another memorable chorus and more catchy whistling throughout (which has genuinely been stuck in my head since the first time I heard the track); it's also got a really neat break down with layered vocals. 'Recycling' is yet to grow on me, however, it is undeniably catchy and blends Frank's acoustic sound with his newer indie pop music. 'Red' is a rockier track and has a brilliant combo of guitars and percussion throughout, the poetic play on words with lyrics really stands out in this one. His songwriting skill shines throughout the album, but in particular on 'What If', a song full of the world's unanswered questions. It's one of my favourites from the release, with mellow vocals combined with indie rock instrumentals and a verse of speech creates a brilliant structure to the track. 'We Started A Band' is an emotive track, slower and stunning harmonies create a raw atmospheric track which really stands out amongst the others, yet in a strangely subtle way. '21C' and 'The Only Cloud' are both great tracks, full of fantastic guitar riffs and drums throughout, and the latter has emotive lyrics that really stand out. The album finishes with 'More Or Less' which features Dodie Clark and is the stand out track for me and my personal favourite from the release. Frank and Dodie's vocals compliment each other so well and it's just a genuinely stunning song. 


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'Songs To Make Life Slightly Less Awkward' (iTunes): https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/songs-to-make-life-slightly/id1094285865

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

What I'm Listening To... (28/09/16)

1. We'll Never Be Alone ft. Lucy Rose - Believe In Giants
This was a Spotify find from one of their new music playlists. I've been a big fan of Lucy Rose's music for a long time now but I'd never heard of Believe In Giants, I'm very glad that's been changed. This song has now been played countless times over and over again over the past week or so and I'm sure that'll continue into the future too.



2. Shadow Wind - Dotan
Another new find for me, thanks to Spotify again I believe. I'm really into folky singer/songwriter music with a good beat carried throughout, especially at this time of year as Autumn draws in. This track encapsulates that perfectly, it's dreamy and atmospheric with a realistic punch to it too, thanks to this song I've found a new favourite artist in Dotan. 


3. Get Out Of Bed - itoldyouiwouldeatyou
Thanks to my circle of friends, itoldyouiwouldeatyou are regulars on iPods, vinyls, jams, gigs etc. Their latest EP 'I Am Not Your Fault' was released last week and it hasn't disappointed. I really liked their previous release, 'Don't Cheer Up', and this one has managed to surpass that. Here's the lead track 'Get Out Of Bed', enjoy! 


4. Alcohol - Joe Waller
We were lucky enough to have Joe headline our Courtyard stage at MIT Fest this year and I'm excited to see him again live again in a couple days. This is a bit of an ear worm track and has been stuck in my head for the past couple months and I doubt it'll be leaving any time soon! The perfect acoustic pop track, it's pretty fab live too! 


5. How Would You Like It? - Lauren Aquilina
Lauren's debut album 'Isn't It Strange?' was released at the end of August and I had a hard time choosing one track from the release; however, I settled for 'How Would You Like It?'. A stunning and wonderful song that showcases Lauren's talent for not only music, but songwriting too, it's emotive and raw. 


6. We Used To Be In Love (Acoustic Version) - Clean Cut Kid
Ever since seeing Clean Cut Kid live at Barn on the Farm, I've been listening to them non-stop, their latest EP 'We Used To Be In Love' is fantastic and also features another of my favourite songs 'Hospital Lights' - so have a listen to that too if you get a chance! But here's a chill version of a song that has been on repeat over summer! 


7. God - Bon Iver
Of course Bon Iver would be included in this blog post. This is a massive step forward for music, and surpasses their previous sound even more. '22 A Million' is a stunning release from start to finish and if you want a taster of what the album's sound is, 'God' is the perfect song for that. Other highlights from the album are '22 (Over Soon)', and '715 - Creeks'; be sure to have a listen - you won't be disappointed! 


8. Cancer - Twenty One Pilots
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of My Chemical Romance's album 'The Black Parade' (a lot of people's favourite album - ever), Rock Sound released a CD with bands covering each track from the release. The stand out cover from the album is from everyone's favourite alternative rock duo, Twenty One Pilots. They've done an incredible job with this song and the animation that accompanies it is just as great - enjoy! 


9. Sleep - Vinyl Staircase
Vinyl Staircase are another band that we've seen live a fair bit in the last couple months, and every single time they've done such a great job! Their sound is a mix of incredibly ethereal soundscapes and  alternative psych-math rock. This is my current favourite of theirs purely cos it's listenable anywhen, but both their EP releases, 'Aquarelle' and their self-titled debut are worth a listen all the way through. 


10. Natalie - Milk & Bone
This is the most recent, the song came up as a suggested track on SoundCloud, so I pressed play... This talented duo have created a unique electro pop sound and I've struggled to stop listening to them and this song in particular. It's spacey and atmospheric, and just pretty incredible really... Enjoy! 


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Monday, 26 September 2016

Feature: Liam Hudson (26/09/16)



Liam Hudson started writing music from a young age, but didn't hone his skills oil his mid-teens when he started writing Jazz, Baroque and Movie style compositions. After finishing school, Liam started learning electronic production and recording, leading to writing and recording entirely from his bedroom. Now he's released his debut single, 'You'll Be Fine', so we caught up with him for a Q&A... 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
I began music at the age of two, when my parents forced me and my brother into taking piano lessons every week, and we absolutely hated it, but I am very thankful now looking back on it that we were made to do it, it really started off my entire musical journey.

2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you’ve ever seen?
It was this tiny gig in a local Adelaide Pub, called The Gov, saw Bootleg Rascal, Boo Seeka, and LyMo, play. When Bootleg came on, it was just the most fun, relaxed, and connected audience I had gotten to be a part of. It really inspired me, cause their song writing, and their performance was just so engaging, but unique, and I went home straight after wanting to write anything I could think of.

3. Who have you been listening to lately?
Been getting into Safia’s debut album “Internal” lately, especially the songs “My Love is Gone” and the closing track “External”. Also really enjoying the new sound from Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker), this kind of experimental Psychedelic sound, that still holds true to Nick’s style, while also having moments that sound like Radiohead, or even portions that give off a nearly Pink Floyd vibe early in the song. 

3 Qs for Liam:

1. For people that haven't heard your music, how would you describe your sound in three words? 
Mellow, Simple, and Emotional

2. If you were to go on a headline tour, which country would you most like to tour and who would you like to have as your two support acts?
I would love to tour through the United Kingdom, I've been over there a few times, on holidays and also for music previously, in a concert band. Every time I go I just always love it, and always want to stay for longer. They probably wouldn't be supporting me but I would love to tour with Jack Garratt, or Everything Everything, their music has both had influence on my own writing, and would be amazing to do anything with either of them.

3. What process did you go through creating ‘You’ll Be Fine’ and how has it differed to your other songs? 
You’ll Be Fine really came around very naturally compared to my other songs, my usual writing technique, is really a trial and error technique, I write hundreds of things, and just keep working on the ones that make me feel something, or make me dance. But You'll Be Fine, really just came around naturally as a fully formed idea from the beginning. I wrote a basic acoustic version of the song in around 2 hours.

Random Q:

TV show you wish was still on air?
Breaking Bad, I love the show to death, it was amazing, I wish there was more of that story (I know “Better Call Saul” is on, but its just not quite the same), but as much as I miss it, It was smart to finish while it was still amazing.

'You'll Be Fine' Review:
This is a brilliant release, reminiscent of Simple Minds and Chet Faker. It's a stunning track with emotive and honest lyrics running throughout the song. A fantastic blend of synths combining to create this catchy, upbeat single, Liam and his music deserve to go far and I'm really excited to see what the future has in store for him. 


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Friday, 23 September 2016

Feature: Young Kato (23/09/16)


The British six-piece are back with their much anticipated four track EP 'One. Two. Three. Four'. Tommy (vocals), Jack (guitar), Joe G (guitar), Joe L (bass), Harry (keys), and Sam (drums) have taken a huge leap with this release and are also set to head out on a five date UK tour in October to support the EP. Produced in a converted chapel by rising UK producer JJ Mitchell and mixed by Raudhri Cushnan, it's a solid departure from their well received 2015 debut 'Don't Wait Til Tomorrow' and sees the Cheltenham alternative pop band take control with their sound... 

General Questions: 1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
Most of us started in bands around the age of 16/17, playing small hometown shows every other week to a handful of mates. I think only Harry (Keys) was introduced into music from an early age, his dad being an incredible Jazz pianist.

2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you’ve ever seen?
I think I don’t have a definitive answer to this question, although I can honestly say that I’m constantly inspired in some shape or form by every artist I’ve ever seen live. From seeing a young band live at a local show to seeing Stevie Wonder at Glastonbury in 2010, I can always take away something from watching an artists performance.
3. Who have you been listening to lately?
I found a gem of an album in a band I’d never thought I’d be into; Bear’s Den's recent record ‘Red Earth & Pouring Rain’ is an all rounder in terms of what I look for in an album. Each song compliments the last and it oozes class and conviction. 3 Qs for Young Kato: 1. You're heading out on a five date tour across the UK in October, but which three countries would you most like to tour and why?
I think it must be every band’s dream to break America and tour big venues across the USA, it’s certainly mine. I think our band is definitely ready for that challenge, when it comes we will take the opportunity with both hands.
After our debut album was released last year, Tower Records in Japan featured us as their Band of the Month’ which was a great honour. I would love to travel and see how much of an impact, however big or small that month did for YK over there.
Honestly, we would travel to the ends of the earth to play a show if it meant our band could play in front of a new crowd, who are into their music and eager to have a great time.
2. This EP is the start of the next chapter of Young Kato, what has been the biggest change between your debut ‘Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow’ and this release?
We took ourselves away for around half a year to write as much as we can. We didn’t have an agenda or a specific way we wanted to write/sound, it was an incredibly natural process. The biggest change would be the maturity in our song writing, we’ve learnt so much over the past 4 years and are incredibly proud of who we are today.
3. Which track from your forthcoming EP ‘One. Two. Three. Four’ is your favourite and why does it stand out to you?
We all have our own favourite tune from the 4 track EP. Personally my favourite is track 3 ‘Sweet Desire’ as I believe it is the best song myself and Joe G from the band have written to date. Each song from the EP stands out in its own right, we feel we’ve created something that sounds like no other band around at this moment in time.

Random Q: 1. Favourite pizza topping?
Everything and anything as long as its pizza! Excluding olives and pineapples.

'One. Two. Three. Four' Review:

Young Kato are back and they're heading for even bigger things with this release. Reminiscent of the 80's music scene and full of catchy upbeat instrumental layers, I'm excited to hear what's next from these guys. It's an incredibly memorable track and one that should be getting a lot more recognition, it's raw and honest lyrics are brought to life by Tommy's fantastic vocals and backed by a fantastic combination of guitars, bass and keys, kept steady by a groovy beat too. Their forthcoming EP is definitely something to get excited about.




See Young Kato Live:
2nd Oct: Louisiana, Bristol
3rd Oct: Komedia, Brighton
4th Oct: Sound Control, Manchester
5th Oct: Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
7th Oct: The Garage, London (SOLD OUT)

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Check It Out #27 (21/09/16)

1. Thantos - Zeitgeist
Leeds based progressive rock trio, Zeitgeist, are getting ready to unleash their unique 'terrorjazz' all over the place. 'Thantos' is their debut single and is self-admiteddly their heaviest track they've ever played. It's a fantastic taster of what's to come in the future from Aleks (keys), Sam (electric bass), and Tom (drums)...



2. Another World - Ofelia K
Ofelia K's music has received spins from Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, over 2 million Spotify plays, and features on multiple television shows. 'Chaos Cave' is her new EP and features five song, each bringing a different mood and style to the body of work. 'Another World' is the lead track and is a stunning song, pop with hints of alternative folk, added strings, powerful beats and Ofelia's whispery vocals. Enjoy! 


3. This Is The News Today - Helene Greenwood
'This Is The News Today' is the new single from cult singer/songwriter, Helene Greenwood, and is taken from her new album 'Exquisitely Hopeless' (out 7th Oct). This track showcases Helene's frank lyricism and atmospheric sound, subtle addition of saxophone and delicate synths. With nods to the likes of Julia Holter and Joanna Newson, Helene's music - and especially this track - has a dusty, ethereal feel to it... 


4. Oh Daisy - Hunter & The Bear
'Oh Daisy' is the new single from Hunter & The Bear, a band currently setting the standard if the contemporary UK rock scene. They received air time on Bob Harris' BBC Radio 2 show, supported Eric Clapton on his recent arena tour. With an anthemic chorus and electrifying instrumentation throughout, this is a great single that tie together rock and country in a brilliant way. 


5. Crest Of A Wave - Big Wave Riders
Big Wave Riders hail from Helsinki, Finland. They are inspired by waves, echoes and experimental rhythms with an electronic touch - which is apparent by their music. 'Crest Of A Wave' is about ochrasy; the feeling that everything is possible and open for exploration. Not always waiting for something more but truly living in the moment - listening to this makes you want to do just that. 


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Monday, 19 September 2016

Feature: The Tin Pigeons (19/09/16)


The Tin Pigeons formed at school in 2011, comprised of Fraser (guitar/lead vocals), George (banjo/vocals/percussion), Doug (guitar/vocals), Tom (bass/vocals), and Benedict (percussion). They've developed a unique and exciting brand of pop music, which has seen the East-Midlands five-piece appear at Secret Garden Party, Boardmasters, Lost Village, Barn on the Farm and Y Not Festival, as well as the taking to the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds this year. These guys are the indie-folk band to watch right now. 


General Questions: 1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how? When we were all teenagers. I think it's the same for a lot of a lot of bands; it was just something to do at lunch time and free periods at school. 2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you’ve ever seen? Very hard to say... Saw Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros a few years ago and they were just amazing. Sometimes you see a great band or artist and it's almost depressing because it makes you question everything you're doing, but they created such an inclusive and positive atmosphere as well as doing an incredible set. It might be a virtue of having loads of people on stage... 3. Who have you been listening to lately? Just whatever comes, really. Flyte, Fickle Friends, Nathaniel Rateliff, Port Isla, Clean Cut Kid. Really enjoying the new Bon Iver stuff. 3 Qs for The Tin Pigeons: 1. How did the name ‘The Tin Pigeons’ come about? Oujia board. 2. You’ve performed at a string of festivals this season, but which would be your dream festival to perform at, alongside whom and why? We'd love to play a big stage at Glastonbury ,it would be amazing to tick that off the list! And yeh, maybe a support slot for a supergroup made up of Kanye West, members of the Wurzles, Right Said Fred and Dolly Parton? I'd take that. I'd take that very much. 3. Which track from your latest EP ‘Sparks’ did you most enjoy creating and how much did the process differ to the other two tracks on the release? Definitely "Sparks", the title track. Of the three, it was the only one to be written in the studio, based around riffs we were jamming with between takes for another song (much to our producer's chagrin). It made the whole process feel a lot fresher and naturally we were so pleased with it that we made it the lead song on the EP. Random Q: 1. Any pre-gig superstitions / traditions? We tried yoga once but Fraser was nearly asphyxiated by his unitard.

'Sparks' EP Review:
These guys have created an infectious indie pop EP that is brilliant from the opening note to the very last. The title track 'Sparks' opens the release with a folk singed indie pop theme throughout, smooth layered vocals and a wonderful breakdown that slowly builds back into the upbeat tempo that makes you want to get up and dance. 'Sirens' follows on, building with steady drums, warm vocals, and guitar into a wonderful track. There's a real honest and charming feel to this track in particular, but can also be found intertwined amongst the other tracks from the release too. The EP closes with 'What Would You Say', another fantastic upbeat track that's impossible not to sing along to. The bass line compliments the drums and guitars and banjo that skip over the top. The ultimate festival sing along track from the EP (to be honest, they'd all be pretty phenomenal live with the audience singing along I'm sure...)


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Friday, 16 September 2016

Feature: Pedro (16/09/16)


Pedro is an up and coming singer/songwriter from the South Coast (England). He's written songs and played in bands since the age of 15, and now the 19 year old is taking to stages and festivals across the south, performing alongside some great artists (as well as headlining shows too). Known for his simpler songs and honest lyrics, he's creating real sound waves with his emotive acoustic music. 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
Well I got into singing little nursery rhymes when I was like five I guess, but I properly started singing on stage, singing rock music, around the age of 10 (no 10 year old is good enough to sing AC/DC, but heck, it was fun). I started writing my own music around the age of 15. 

2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you’ve ever seen?
Blimey, that's tough... I've seen a ton of live shows over the years! Seeing Twenty One Pilots at the Electric in Brixton in 2014 has to be up there though. It was a little 400/500 capacity club full of hardcore fans, and it was before they were famous all over the world! An incredible, life-affirming show. 


3. Who have you been listening to lately?
Honestly, I'm always listening to so much music! That said, one of my favourite bands at the moment is Sundara Karma, and they've just released a new single. Oh, and there's this band I've found called Kaleo, who've just put their record out, and I can't fault it. Proper rock'n'roll, too good. 

3 Qs for Pedro:

1. You’ve performed at some big venues and festivals over the past few months, but which is your dream venue to headline and which two acts would you choose as your support?
I'm glad you think I've been doing well aha! I've been working hard, hopefully the shows will get bigger and better. My dream venue in the UK has to be KOKO in Camden, or the Shepherd's Bush Empire - SUCH beautiful rooms. That said, my favourite venue in the world is easily Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado... google it, trust me. In terms of support, I'd probably just want to bring a couple of bands along who I'm good friends with! 

2. What inspires you lyrically and who influences you musically?
Pretty much anything can inspire me, to be honest. Lyrically I like to be honest most of the time; I write about my mental state, my anxieties, anything that I'm going through. It can be really cathartic for me. Sometimes I like to try and tell stories about people or subjects though - there's a song on my EP about cheating. Luckily, I'm yet to be cheated on (or cheat on someone), I just wanted to write down some thoughts on the subject. Musically, anything at all inspires me - usually other, better musicians! 

3. ‘Runaway’ is the first single from your forthcoming EP ‘Eden’, what process did you go through creating it and how did it differ from the other tracks on the release?
'Runaway' was my attempt at writing a proper out-and-out rock song, something with real wind-in-your-hair energy! I wanted to prove to myself that even though I'm an acoustic solo artist, I could still write a tune to make people lose their minds. The riff just came from me noodling away while I was working on a photoshoot, and then the lyrics poured out of me over a few days... I've been felling pretty ready to leave my hometown for a while now! It's definitely the most energetic tune on the EP, and probably my most energetic tune to date. 

Random Q:

1. A TV programme you wish was still on air?
I bloody loved a show called 'Community'. Pretty much a perfect sitcom in my eyes, really brilliant writing and one of the best ensemble casts I've seen on telly! Me and my friends still quote it relentlessly the whole time. RIP.

'Runaway' Review:
'Runaway' is an upbeat acoustic song, it's a brilliant indie track that deserves to be sung along to loudly. The song has an anthemic touch to it and is reminiscent of every indie rock band's best selling song that everyone knows. Pedro has still written raw and honest lyrics that would usually be backed with acoustic guitar, but he's stepped out and shown he's not just 'another male singer/songwriter with a guitar'. This is a great tune and I'm really excited to hear what the rest of his EP 'Eden' has to offer... 


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