Monday, 22 December 2014

VALENTIINE - SINGLE REVIEW

Valentiine - Beauty Lies (Integrity Records) 
Valentiine - Beauty Lies

Vanessa, Erica and Shelly are three punk rock femmes from Victoria, Australia, and through the magic of the world wide web they are bringing out a new, free single via British indie label Integrity Records. 'Beauty Lies' is a free download single for your listening pleasure and it starts with a rumbling bassline and Courtney Love-esque vocals before a wall of distorted guitars comes crashing in fuelled by a thumping drum sound. This is grunge with a punk ethos and a guitar sound that is straight out of the 90s with the spirit of Breeder, Nirvana and Veruca Salt running through the middle like the white stripe up the back of a skunk. With this being a free download coming out at the time of year when only novelty songs tend to do well there is a chance it will get overlooked but if you need to water down the overwhelming festive cheer then this is exactly the tonic you need.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/valentiine/122326437362?fref=ts


Listen Here/Free Download: https://soundcloud.com/integrityrecords/valentiine-beauty-lies 

Sunday, 21 December 2014

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE - SINGLE REVIEW

Justin Townes Earle - Call Ya Momma (Loose Music) 
Justin Townes Earle - Call Ya Momma

When a man who splits his time between Nashville and New York  tells you to 'Call Ya Momma' you tend to listen up and pay attention. Justin Townes Earle is such a man and his new single is more gentle persuasion than forceful a forceful suggestion. Lazy, late night guitars and some gently shuffling beats underpin the gravelly, slurred vocals of Justin Townes Earle. The beautiful thing is that this song would be great heard on a stoop in the early evening sunshine or chiming out of a blues bar in one of the more bohemian quarters of New York. One tale, two cities.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/justintownesearle?fref=ts

Live Dates:

17th January - Oran Mor, Glasgow
18th January - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead
19th January - Band On The Wall, Manchester
21st January - John Dee, Oslo
23rd January - Sodra Teatern, Stockholm
24th January - Pustervik, Gothenburg
25th January - Kulturbolaget, Malmo
26th January - Gruner Salon, Berlin
28th January - Nochtspeicher, Hamburg
29th January - Paradiso Kleine Zaal, Amsterdam
30th January - De Oosterpoort, Groningen
31st January - Rotown, Rotterdam
1st February - Tivolivredenburg, Utrecht
3rd February - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
4th February - The Glee Club, Nottingham
5th February - The Tunnels, Bristol
6th February - Union Chapel London, London

12th February - Cosmic Charlies, Lexington

ANDREW COMBS - SINGLE REVIEW

Andrew Combs - Foolin' (Loose Music) 
Andrew Combs - Foolin'

Dallas boy Andrew Combs is heading over to tour Europe in 2015 so, as a common courtesy, he's been good enough to send across a new single as a kind of calling card. 'Foolin'' is an undeniably country influenced tune with sunshine tones and a wanderlust at its heart that makes you fall in love with it immediately. Combs has a smooth, suave vocal style that could charm the birds from the trees with a simple croon and the guitars slide and glide all over the melody like a snake hipped cowboy with a glint in the eye. This is alternative country with a sharp edge and if the album is more of the same then its January release is really something to look forward to.





More information: https://www.facebook.com/andrewcombsmusic?ref=ts&fref=ts

Live Dates:

8th January - City Winery, Nashville
18th January - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead
19th January - Band On The Wall, Manchester
21st January - John Dee, Oslo
23rd January - Sodra Teatern, Stockholm
24th January - Pustervik, Gothenburg
25th January - Kulturbolaget, Malmo
26th January - Gruner Salon, Berlin
28th January - Nochtspeicher, Hamburg
29th January - Paradiso Kleine Zaal, Amsterdam
30th January - De Oosterpoort, Groningen
31st January - Rotown, Rotterdam
1st February - Tivolivredenburg, Utrecht
3rd February - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
4th February - The Glee Club, Nottingham
5th February - The Tunnels, Bristol
6th February - Union Chapel London, London
12th February - Cosmic Charlies, Lexington
13th February - Rumba Cafe, Colombus
14th February - Zanzabar, Louisville
19th February - Duling Hall, Jackson
20th February - Bottletree, Birmingham
26th April - Stagecoach Festival, Indio

1st May - Queen of the Prairie Festival, Guthrie

SOUND OF THE SIRENS - SINGLE REVIEW

Sound Of The Sirens - Next Year/Shoelaces 
Sound Of the Sirens - Next Year/Shoelaces

My favourite Exeter based duo, Sound Of The Sirens, are back with a new single in time for Christmas and every copy you guys download raises money for the highly worthy St. Petrock's homeless charity. So even if it's awful  you should download it anyway but let's give it a listen just in case. The A-side, 'Next Year', is a reflective look back and a hopeful look forward set to the trademark acoustic melodies and lush vocal harmonies that Sound Of The Sirens are so good at. The undulating, rolling instrumentation and tune gathers pace and power through increasing percussion and foot stomping. B-side 'Shoelaces' is a slightly more up-tempo number with a rattling guitar, jangling tambourine and impassioned vocal performance that is a beautiful mix of folk, country and pop all wrapped up with a punk spirit. So two great songs released to help bring money and attention to a great charity - you know what you need to do.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/SoundoftheSirens?fref=ts

Listen/Download For Charity: https://soundcloud.com/soundofthesirens/next-year


St Petrock's Homeless Charity: http://stpetrocks.org.uk/ 

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

BOUNDLESS BROTHERS - EP REVIEW

Boundless Brothers - Untold EP (Riverfish Music) 
Boundless Brothers - Untold EP

Now regular LWM readers will know that I am adopted son of Cornwall and a Devonian by birth so I'm always keen to champion new music from round this way. The trouble is, there's always the chance the music will be crap no matter where it comes from. So, on receiving the new EP from Penzance quartet there was a mixture of trepidation and excitement in my soul. The five track EP opens with 'Light & Dark', a tune full of Mumford-esque banjo and rich vocal harmonies that make you stop what you're doing and pay attention. The song goes on to go full Mumford on our asses before giving way to 'Broken Bridges' which retains a strong folk element, like Crowns, but with a smoother, more poppy production quality. 'Dance With The Devil' has a more country'n'western feel to it and you can almost see the mocked up barn dance video set that should go along with this complete with pretty girls in cowboy boots and pigtails.

On 'Domino' the band could be mistaken for placing themselves somewhere between Nickleback and Travis which is dangerous territory indeed but given the general vibe of the EP I'm going to let them off with this one. Closing track, 'All Of The Stars', is akin to a rom-com theme tune performed by Semisonic or Crash Test Dummies in an Irish bar in Boston. This last track kind of sums the band up for me in that there are elements that I can entirely get on bored with but there are also parts that make me slightly uncomfortable as they veer a little close to the cheesier side of the musical spectrum. Definitely ones to keep an eye on but not the finished article - and don't ever tell me I'm partisan!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/boundlessbrothers/timeline


Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jpO5nPP6Pg&feature=youtu.be 

MARY JOANNA - SINGLE REVIEW

Mary Joanna - Fade (Tired Eyes) 
Mary Joanna - Fade (Tired Eyes)

Manc lass Mary Joanna Coogan has shed her Southern Elektrikk skin and has formed a neat little trio around her voice with the first fruits of this labour being debut single 'Fade (Tired Eyes)'. From the easy, country inspired acoustic guitar to the breathy vocals there is an effortlessness about this tune. Effortlessness in music always makes me feel that the musicians are doing it because they have to let the music out rather than because they want to achieve all the trappings. Coogan's voice has a beautiful lightness to it and when the guitars and drums kick things up a notch you get a real sense of an artist growing in stature in front of your ears. This is great British indie with an American influence behind it all wrapped up in a feeling of regret and longing. Gorgeous.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/MaryJoannaMusic?fref=ts


Listen Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV7Ki4pR-So&feature=youtu.be 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

DAN MICHAELSON - FREE DOWNLOAD/SINGLE REVIEW

Dan Michaelson - Another Messy Christmas (State 51) 
Dan Michaelson - Another Messy Christmas

The Christmas songs are coming thick and fast now and this one is a particularly sombre affair but there's a certain forlorn beauty to it that's hard to ignore. 'Another Messy  Christmas' opens with a lonely piano melody preparing a bed for Michaelson's croaky, hungover vocal that puts Nick Cave to shame in the grumpy singer stakes. Lyrically, the song takes a look at Christmas from Santa's wife's perspective which, let's face it, is a pretty crappy place to be at Christmas. Beautiful, brief, amusing and with just enough sprinkle of Christmas magic to make it festive. When he sings "I know you're Father Christmas but there's one house that you missed" I don't care who you are, it kinda tugs at the heart strings. So, when you're opening your stockings this year, spare a thought for poor old Mrs Santa.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/danmichaelsonandthecoastguards

Free Download: https://soundcloud.com/danmichaelson/another-messy-christmas


Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFUoLV2noRE&feature=youtu.be