Category Archives: New Music

Album Review: The People The Poet – Paradise Closed

The People The Poet – Paradise Closed

Release date: April 1st 2016

Members: Leon Stanford – Vocals, Tyla Campbell – Guitar, Pete Mills – Bass, Lewis Rowsell – Drums

The Pontypridd rock outfit made lots of new friends at SXSW in Austin, Texas – so much so that the have been invited back again this year. In addition, they will shortly be releasing a new 6 track EP ‘ Paradise Closed’ – a follow up to their critically-acclaimed debut album The Narrator (2013).

‘Happy Being Miserable’ – an upbeat song that is the opening track for a more carefully produced and accomplished collection of songs than the band have previously released . This track is a witty,  heavily laden sarcastic track that is both fun and catchy

‘Club 27’ follows and is by contrast a blues based track and the forthcoming single to be released on 15th March. With a sound that could be likened to Bruce Springstein’ this is a strong anthem track that deserves to receive due acclaim being a stand out song that pays tribute to some of the music world’s young losses; this will definitely engage audiences and have them singing along

‘Matchday’ – this previous released single which has received an encouraging amount of airplay as well as having been used for Welsh Rugby Union coverage – reminiscent of the Killer’s Sam’s Town, with Leon Stanford duetting with occasional support singer Greta Isaac.

‘Same Heart’ – reminiscent of Kings of Leon – an undulating and rolling track with strong drum tempo, lyrically very clever and thought provoking, supported by haunting and delicate guitar riffs.

‘Needle In A Haystack’ – a track that would slip easily into a Coldplay album, another catchy track with changing tempos, it is quite simply instrumentally brilliant.

‘When The Fire Goes Out’ a memorable track with strong acoustics and leading piano. The soft tempo of this track, with delicate guitars, builds to showcase a depth to Leon’s voice that is a match for Chris Martin or Bono.

This EP is superb and showcases a variety and depth to their music and songwriting that few bands around at the moment have, and without doubt the best they have written so far. This band have produced an EP of quality that deserves serious recognition; this band have a strong future.

5/5

Written By: Lindsy Stott

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AWAYDAYS’ (EX-BLITZ KIDS) DEBUT SINGLE

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Following the split of Blitz Kids in 2015 three members of the band – Jono Yates, Matt Freer and Nic Montgomery have returned with their new band Awaydays, and a fresh, exciting new sound.

Their excellent debut single ‘Messiah’, taken from the band’s forthcoming debut EP,can be downloaded from Rocksound.tv

Music News: Good Charlotte are back

Good Charlotte have returned with one of their first new songs in four years, ‘Makeshift Love’. We’re hoping that there’s a new album on in the making as well.

Good Charlotte have also been announced as the support act for All Time Low on their UK and Ireland tour in February of next year. check out the tour dates below

February

10 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
11 London O2 Arena
12 Manchester Arena
13 Birmingham Arena
15 Glasgow SSE Hydro
16 Dublin 3 Arena

Written By: Samantha Stott

MUSIC NEWS: Away Days band start recording

Keep a look to for a new band who have spent the past week recording new material. Just weeks after Blitz Kids played their final show, former members of Blitz KidsJono Blitz, Nic Montgomery and Matt Freer have once again been making music under the name of away days .

With lyrics penned by the inimitable Jono Yates the expectations from this new group are high. Jono Yates has been posting excellent solo covers on youtube for a while now and he really is a hidden talent who deserves the opportunity to step up into the limelight as the lead singer of away days. Jono Yates stated on twitter ‘Hope you all like really sad punk rock songs about anxiety and alcoholism lol

Looking forward to hearing the new material!

@awaydaysband @jonoBLITZ  @MattayFreer @BLITZnic

Written by: Lindsy Stott

Album Review: That’s The Spirit – Bring Me The Horizon

Bring Me The Horizon

That’s The Spirit released on 11 September. 

Oliver Sykeslead vocals, programming, keyboards (2004–present)

Lee Malialead guitar, backing vocals (2004–present)

Matt Kean bass guitar (2004–present)

Matt Nichollsdrums, percussion (2004–present)

Jordan Fish − keyboards, vocals (2012–present)

Bring Me the Horizon are a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2003, consisting of lead vocalist Oliver Sykes, lead guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls and keyboardist Jordan Fish.

Bring Me the Horizon’s latest album That’s the Spirit follows on from Sempiternal, released in 2013, which became their most significant commercial achievement to date.

That’s the Spirit however, is a much more mature album that will undoubtedly raise this ambitious group to the next level. It is guaranteed to swell their fanbase as it’s appeal extends beyond the ‘shouty heavy metal’ that we are so used to towards a sound that surprisingly hints of ‘pop’!

The distinct lack of Oli Sykes trademarks screams are due to the fact that his vocal chords can no longer sustain the immense strain put upon them and is a factor in the new direction of this album. With few traces of the bands recognisable aggression, this fresh direction may stem from Oli Sykes decision to check himself into rehab two years ago after coming clean about his addiction to the party drug ketamine, and this album reflects the emotional vulnerability and paranoia that inevitably came from this difficult period in his life.

The release of Drown in October 2014, originally as a stand-alone single, received such a positive reception from even their stalwart fans and this reaction spurred the band on to complete That’s the Spirit – an altogether smoother and sleeker offering than previous releases.

Doomed is a larger than life opening track, showcasing the strength and quality of Oli Sykes voice, whilst providing a leaning towards the previous album Sempiternal.

Happy Song, following this powerful opener, is an album highlight that neatly sums up the band’s transition to arena-ready rock.

Throne – with it’s unmistakable ‘Linkin Park’ sound is a powerful piece of pure rock, followed by True Friends which provides a heavier lift to the middle of the album.

Follow You sees Oli Sykes displaying a touching and emotional side of his personality; perhaps influenced by his recent marriage, the mellow vocals are backed up with poignant lyrics such as “promise me you’ll never leave my side” and “you can drag me through hell and I will follow you”.

What You Need is a track that not only highlights the impressive vocal range of Oli Sykes but also features a rarely heard but sublime guitar solo from Lee Malia .

Whilst Avalanche boasts memorable, driving singalong choruses, Run counteracts this with a mix of darker and deeper drum rhythms and synthetic sounds

Drown is huge – a classic arena track, a festival must that will reinforce Bring Me The Horizon’s entry into the rock scene.

Oh No is a track that will undoubtedly cement their position as rivals to the likes of You Me At Six and could set the band on track to achieve their ambition of headlining Reading and Leeds Festival next year!

This Sheffield band are ambitious and with That’s The Spirit have adapted their sound to help them achieve their dreams. The UK rock scene has a new band who appear determined to challenge for the top spot and will be bringing with them a host of new fans.

Written By: Lindsy Stott

Album Review: The Gospel Youth – Empires

The Gospel Youth:

Sam Little – Vocals/Bass

Julian Bowen – Guitar­­­

Kev Deverick – Guitar

Max Wingell  – Drums

The Gospel Youth, an up and coming band from Brighton are made up of members from two previous bands The Auteur and Fleeing From Finales.

Following on from the release of last year’s debut EP Kids, The Gospel Youth have been hard at work writing and recording the follow-up EP, Empires, set for release on 13th July. Bassist and vocalist Sam Little says that Empire depicts ‘The highs and lows, the love, the hate’ and ‘It has been, and is a trip that we’ve lost ourselves into and tried to pour into this record’.

The result is an accomplished and memorable follow up EP that should set this Brighton quartet on course to follow in the footsteps of other current, notable British bands. Their sound, can be likened to and draws on the strengths of both Deaf Havana and Mallory Knox, whilst successfully managing to maintain a uniqueness and individuality.

The EP is delightfully varied. Upbeat catchy tracks such as Homesick, Stay Positive and Empires highlight the very adept guitar playing of Julian Bowers and Kev Deverick – displaying delicate finger work and complex riffs, set against the accomplished, driving drum rhythms of Max Wingell.

In contrast, the mellow and beautifully written If She’s The Rope showcases the on-point vocals of Sam Little – a voice of surprising depth and strength, which successfully duets against the subtle yet deft strains of a single guitar.

Each member of this band provide a talented contribution, displaying vocals and accomplished musicianship that will take them far. The Gospel Youth are a band that deserve greater recognition – they are certainly a match for the bands currently at the top of they game on the UK rock pop scene.

Look out for this band; I am sure you will soon begin to hear a lot from them and deservedly so!

Written By: Lindsy Stott

Feature: Kids In Glass Houses, London, Koko, 29th October 2014

KIGH - Koko - 29th October-40Wednesday 29th October, Kokos Camden; a date and venue that for those privileged enough to have got a ticket to this sold out event, will never be forgotten.

It was here that Kids in Glass Houses performed their penultimate show, to a packed house of emotional and vocal fans. The atmosphere was that of a raucous party – with everyone set on having an unforgettable night whilst trying hard to ignore the fact that this was probably the last time that they would witness these five great guys together on stage!

Kids in Glass Houses, despite struggling at times to remain composed in the face of such ardent support, performed a phenomenal set, doing what they do best – entertaining a crowd with great music! Aled Phillips vocals were superb throughout, and his talent clearly showcased in his solo acoustic delivery of Raise Hell – he possesses a voice that begs to be heard, whether belting out the anthemic choruses of Diamond Days, Lilli Rose and Saturday or the softer ballad Morning Afterlife.

The 19 song set, played with sheer talent and true passion from the band members, Aled, Iain, Joel, Philip and Shay included a four song encore which ended with Matters at All, a fitting and emotional end to an overwhelming night, yes, there were tears flowing not only from the band but from so many of their loyal fans and friends. This group of genuinely humble guys from South Wales (who I don’t think have ever really believed just how good they are) will be sorely missed; they have succeeded on leaving the British music scene on a high and deservedly so, but will leave a void that will be so very hard to fill!

Written By: Lindsy Stott

Photography By: Samantha Stott