Ivory is the intensely beautiful and entrancing new single from local singer/songwriter Adam French.
The delicate guitar in the intro glides you effortlessly into what can only be described as 4 minutes of pure serenity, despite the emotion channelled into the song. The lyrics are crafted excellently and the raw talent that shines through really sets this track apart. The song as a whole is faultlessly executed and has a calming, hypnotic quality which completely immerses you in another world.
This single has huge support and has even been playlisted on BBC Radio 1, and if that doesn’t show potential and a flare of genius then I don’t know what does and I’m certain even more great things are to come from Adam French.
Moving Moscow’s new single A Shape Has a Concept is one of the best tracks I’ve heard in a while and I’m very impressed. With an infectious quality to it, the song reminds me very much of Mallory Knox’s boisterous spirit, which is perhaps one of the reasons I enjoy this track so much.
The vocals hold power but also a more delicate tone which creates a magical effect with the powerful guitar playing and drumming. The build up to the chorus is brilliant and the piano surprising blends in well despite the rock vibe. The song finishes on a slightly slower note but this only adds to its striking impact. Definitely worth checking out!
Latest track Who Says I? is my prolonged overdue encounter with Shakedown Stockholm, and for a six piece who are ceaselessly ‘touted’ as rock, conflictingly all I can construe is an undefined, illusive elegance.
Tainted melodies; gristly, quelled guitar work and galvanizing drums; evidently, that radiating rock influence resides profoundly entrenched within the musicianship. So, why oppose its unshakable rock tag? Well hold on, I’m getting there – the irrefutably distinguished component here is the voice; take the enchanting authority of Siouxsie Sioux, supplement with hypnotic Cocteau Twins harmonies and not only do you get the silky grace of Shakedown Stockholm (whose vocalists coincidentally are also twins) but personally, you achieve complete isolation from any orthodox musical classification. In one word, unique.
First gig in Hanley for Wrexham lad Luke Gallagher, first ever gig for Bonamalis and one of The Black Widows last gigs, it was a night presented by Venombase studios at The Exchange.
Smartly dressed, friendly faced Luke Gallagher kicked the night off. For a young fella, he has grown into a great songwriter and intriguing solo performer. Luke takes influences from the 60s and 90s era heavily and for just one guy the music is raw and pure. As well as musically talent and captivating, Luke’s stage presence for an intimate gig is spot on, his cheery personality and charming charisma is something that you come away and remember, he makes every gig personally which the local crowd love. Someone to definitely keep your eye out on.
Bonamalis were well and truly welcomed into the local music scene on Friday night. Their promising sound, didn’t disappoint the crowd or anyone for that matter, I saw no miserable faces. There is a raw natural feel about the four piece, the connection together for the first gig was electric and the talent musically was great. Something that grabbed my attention was the decision of covering The Animals House of the Rising Sun. I’ve never seen that performed live and they twisted it into a modern Bonamalis way. There is an obvious indie rock, 60s era 90s britpop era influence that seeps through their music. The popular crowd and good vibes from the audience massaged the lads egos and gave Bonamalis a stand out personality. They’ve ticked off a solid first gig as this band.
One of The Black Widows last gigs turned into a headline due to Suburban Radio pulling out. They never disappoint with their good old folky rock and roll sound. Over the past four years they’ve created some vibrant songs, especially in the album Love&Lust. All five members tell the tales behind the songs through their talent, they all add a different texture and create a different sense of musically drama in each individual track. The Black Widows are excellent live performers, especially fronted by Scott, his friendly personality makes the band loveable and memorable. The crowd were loving the live music, dancing and singing along with the good old favourites!
Not only is Scott Powell a special local talent, but with LazyEye’s new single I’m a Stone he also proves his good heart by donating all its sales to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice. It’s nice to see someone out there who is doing music for both their passion but also for good, so make sure to grab yourself a copy if you can.
The track itself is superb. It has a refreshing country feel to it and has a cracking chorus. Scott’s vocals are the icing on the cake and give the track a very authentic sound. A nice guitar solo also fits well into the song and I can’t really fault it. A* for both talent and the ability to hit the nail on the head every time!