Ryan Dooley – The Beach 

Coming from a band and pursuing a solo project must be incredibly daunting, but Ryan Dooley has stepped up and set the bar high for those that brave the music scene alone. With a successful history with band All The Young, Ryan’s new solo single ‘The Beach’ offers a more gentle acoustic sound. After hearing glowing feedback from his recent home show at The Sugarmill, I was interested to give his new music a listen and I wasn’t disappointed. 

Although we all love an upbeat and feel good song, everyone has a soft spot for a slightly slower track that completely takes you away from everything, no matter what genre you’re into. This is what is so great about ‘The Beach’ as it’s such a lovely, mellow tune it’s hard to resist warming to it. Ryan’s vocals and the gentleness of the guitar in particular bounce off each other so effortlessly that the track sounds so genuine and natural. This special knack seems second nature to Ryan, and the track is executed with such ease it’s really no wonder that his heartfelt solo material is proving to be such a hit.
I can’t urge you enough to spare a few minutes to give this single a listen, especially if you fancy a brief break away from everything, and definitely keep an eye out for Ryan Dooley in the near future.
Alisha 

Pacific – Those Nights

‘Those Nights’, the brand new single from Pacific, is guaranteed to be your summer anthem for 2015. 

If you thought they couldn’t build on ‘Time To Forget’, you were very clearly mistaken. Everything about this song, whether it’s the soft choral tones of the piano that define Pacific’s sound so brilliantly, or the nostalgic aftertaste that this track emits, will leave you feeling entirely refreshed. 

Very rarely do you hear a track where every single component fits into place as well as ‘Those Nights’ demonstrates, and that’s the something that will take this band to where they belong – at the top. And rightly so. Anthony Orzels vocals pour gallons of nostalgia into a well structured, well built and well delivered example of pop and rock at its best. 

Everyone should download this song instantly. Not just to show support to a visibly passionate and extremely promising band, but because Pacific are going places. 

Let ‘Those Nights’ be the song of your summer.

Em Jones 

Lazy Eye – First Thing Tomorrow EP Review

Having listened to a few of Lazy Eye’s records I had an idea of what I’d expect, however I’ve proven myself the true definition of the word philistine as Scott and the lads keep on surprising their public, front man Scott Powell seems to have found a new lease of life, true the Miles Kane/Kinks influences are still there but there is a sense that the band are moving towards more eclectic tastes!
First song Katie Jones starts off like a mod revival record with its ambient subway sounding build up however it comes across more indie pop then mod rock something I’ve been critical of with most local bands, it  includes name checks such as Carly Simon and Carole King. Katie Jones is a fine way to start an already promising E.P.
Rich Man improves on the promising start, from the first 30 seconds it sounds like the best thing the band have ever done and hearing it 2 or 3 times more I cannot see my opinion changing.
Killer Ooh is a track most fans will already be familiar with, this was early implication of the bands change of style, Killer Ooh is not too dissimilar from the previous two songs adding to the all round vibe of an impressive EP.
Its obvious that Lazy Eye have progressed from Miles Kane influenced Rock and roll to an all round British sound. Its sounds to me like Ray Davies and Parklife era Blur might have been an influence in the songwriting process. While early tracks like ‘Get, Get, Get’ give the implication that the band had such started walking in songwriting terms its tracks like the ones on this E.P prove that this band can run with the best of them.
Tom

We Few @ Sugarmill 

A night full of dirty rock and roll. 

Still fresh as a daisy in the Stoke on Trent music scene The Manalishi opened the night with an incredible set, the best I’ve seen them yet! The setlist as full of original tunes that could maybe be anthems for the new generation of local bands. The song writing structure from front guy, Josh Alcock askes a series of inside questions like; who is mummy’s little hooligan? So many layers of each song come together to make a gripping unique sound. So High has slowly become my favourite and they started with it, I was a little fan girly when I heard that starting riff. It’s got this quirky 60s pop influence and howls an influence from The Beatles which conflicts with their debut single which they ended with, Alive as that howls a Rolling Stones influence (especially with jagger legs on bass). Out of the Blue again another ace track, it added some funky bass and we heard more of the gravelly vocal from Josh. A hard working intelligent modern rock band with challenging melodies, they will make a big footprint in the local scene, as they walk off stage with the audience screaming ‘encore’. What more can the four piece offer? 

Dirty Rotten Souls never disappointment, I have ran out of compliments for this band. The technique of this band is mesmerising, so mesmerising it makes you wonder how just three men can make this sound and create so much intelligence in the tracks. Still Dirty Rotten Souls play there good old favourites from the beginning in their set. Everytime they have a new element and just show how much better they can be, they won’t stop being excellent till they end (which I hope isn’t soon). The performance was full of swag and melodic weighty rhythms stirred with the confident enjoyment of every member. Seeing a smile on stage makes it all the more better to enjoy. I bet she’s filthy from their EP is full of driven passion to be brilliant, making me yet again speechless. Another hard working band making their stamp clean and shiny for new people to find. 

Wow, just wow. Money For Rope delivered enough hype and energy to supply me for a month or two. From Melbourne they sure are energetic bunch, more interesting, from Holland to Stoke on Trent in one night, that’s pretty impressive! They were full of rock and roll layers with jazzy grooves and psych madness. You haven’t heard rhythm so intense until you have seen Money for Rope. They had two drummers and introduced a saxophone during some tracks. The attention to detail has taken passion and determination to make perfect it’s intriguing. I have nothing to compare to these lads but what is created was admired by the whole of The Sugarmill, the desire to explore bizarre sounds is what makes them so entertaining. 

What an excellent night for We Few’s headline, amazing support, cracking set and Tom had his hair cut. “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers” there is no other better slogan for this band. Their aggressive beats and arrogant performance is what the audience adored. An erupt of screams and appreciation exploded after every tune, which they truly deserved. Every track to their debut single Push, these lads are perfectionists and spot on every time. The dirty feel of the music makes you want to get involved even the lyrics are catchy and as they ended their set their melodies were eating me alive. We Few have got it all, the rock and roll look, attitude and music. One to watch for 2015.
LC 

Regale @ JJM Studio

After travelling 30 plus miles down the road, Stoke to Walsall, Ryan Jarvis, Pleasure House and Regale made the boring m6 drive worth it! JJM Studios is a great intimate, alternative venue, definitely a venue to check out.

Singer/songwriter Ryan Jarvis kicked the night off with already the impact room pretty packed. Being from Manchester Ryan could easily get stuck in the Gallagher/Fray musical circle but safe to say Ryan isn’t going round and around he’s going one way and that forward. As I walked into JJM Studio’s live room it was amazing to see the support just a young lad from Manchester can get in Walsall. As Ryan smashed through his set he played tunes from his debut EP Outside This Town and it was very clear Ryan loves his Manchester hometown and he’s very much in love. With just him and his catchy guitar riffs it is faultless, I walked out the room humming the melodies.

A band that have easily made my favourite unsigned band list is Pleasure House. What an incredible live band, even with only ¾ of the band present. Alex took on the frontman, rhythm guitar and bass drum role, his thigh and ankle may have been aching but it was totally worth it. The rhythm of all the signature bouncing beats were still there. Walking into the room and witnessing that straight away I knew I was in for a great set. The humour and intelligence of the bands stage presence made the gig more comfortable and entertaining. Pleasure House are a feel good band and evidently put a groove in everyone’s step, especially in JJM studio. The sensitive meanings and dark themes within the lyrics blended with the smooth energetic mesmerising melodies by far baffles my mind how they are so much fun to watch and listen too.

Finally the day had arrived, Regale release their new single Tonight along with their rather raunchy music video. It was totally packed out, you could feel the music shaking through the dance floor then into my body. As always Regale put on an original performance full of plenty of bouncy beats and groove riffs. Playing good old favourites and we even heard some brand new exclusive tunes, the mash up of different genres, booms of bass and the mental dancey vibes were utterly infectious throughout the whole room. Regale sure know how to party and sure know how to have a party on stage.  Whilst dancing and of course Bail cracking out the hilarious yet pathetic jokes the whole band are razor tight and the funky groove have plenty of sharp edges. Regale smashed their single launch and should be treasured within their hometown for sense of innovation and bringing the biggest party to JJM Studio.

LC