Monday, 23 March 2015

EVA UNIVERSE - SINGLE REVIEW

Eva Universe - Trapped 
Eva Universe - Trapped

Release Date: Out Now

What a wonderfully bold statement it is to launch a pop career under the name Eva Universe!? I mean, you are giving yourself the title of Miss Universe without even slipping on a swimsuit or rubbing lubricant on your teeth. Regardless of the name, this new single and video, 'Trapped', opens with a spot of Lady Gaga-esque piano and earnest singing from our heroine. Before long, the verse is building ominously towards the chorus and soon there is a r'n'b lite feel to affairs with some proper girl power passion behind the vocals. During the video Eva changes outfits to look like an extra the Bold and the Beautiful at one point and then the star of an East European version of TOWIE in another. Lacking the punch or sophistication of many of her contemporaries, Eva Universe leaves me only able to compare her to a low-budget Anastacia without the voice or the glasses.

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


Watch The Video: http://www.artistdirect.com/entertainment-news/article/exclusive-video-premiere-eva-universe-trapped/11314526  

BURN DOWN RYDELL - SINGLE REVIEW

Burn Down Rydell - Fight 
Burn Down Rydell - Fight

Release Date: 30th March 2015

There is something strangely reassuring about finding out that a rock band hails from the midlands so when the Grease obsessed rockers Burn Down Rydell reveal that they were forged in the belly of Wolverhampton I immediately dusted off my air guitar. The band's new single, 'Fight', also features Fred Mascherino of Taking Back Sunday and is, well, American sounding. From the video shot in the midst of an ice hockey game to the slick, Fallout Boy esque riffs and harmonies this is a tune tailor made for our American cousins. There's melody, a catchy chorus hook and about the same level of power that the likes of Feeder or Everclear would put out but I can't help feeling like this is a little disappointing having set myself up for a huge slice of heavy rock. That's my problem, though, not theirs.

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

Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KV3MZCk0e4&feature=youtu.be

Live Dates:

27th March - O2 Academy, Birmingham

30th March - EP Launch @ The Ice Rink, Telford 

WINTER - SINGLE REVIEW

Winter - Father Time 
Winter - Father Time

Release Date: Out Now

As a relatively new dad in this world this song and the accompanying video strike one hell of a chord. The acoustically strummed melody of new Winter single 'Father Time' is lavishly adorned by some gorgeous vocal harmonies and the kind of sparse by powerful percussion that Mumford & Sons employed with such success on their first two albums. The duo, who split their time between Bristol and Cambridge, manage to squeeze power, emotion, subtlety and pure melodies in to this simple song and if there are any advertising agencies out there looking for a song to put a lump in the throat of a nation in the run up to father's day this year then look no further. A beautiful song that makes me want to call my dad.....but I won't, he hates talking on the phone so I'm doing him a favour really and I'll only get caught in a conversation with my mum.........

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

Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayt6FbW1EW8

Live Dates:

1st May - Louisiana, Bristol
5th May - Servant Jazz Quarters, London

15th May - Portland Arms, Cambridge

Sunday, 22 March 2015

SCARLET BAXTER - SINGLE REVIEW

Scarlet Baxter - Down With It 
Scarlet Baxter - Down With It

Release Date: 23rd March 2015

London pop hopeful Scarlet Baxter looks like she is the product of two loved up and blissed out 90s ravers who got a little too handsy after missing their ride home one night. Ms Baxter has taken a different musical direction to mum and dad though and 'Down With It' is perfect evidence of that. Sounding like a rough mix of a Jessie J song, this latest single is full of hand claps, funky guitars and whole host of lyrics that don't make an awful lot of sense but then that's not really the point of this song. If Baxter had one the Voice or X Factor and this was her 2nd or 3rd single then you wouldn't be surprised at all so it's actually quite impressive the singer and her writing partner Dominic Ireland have come up with something as good as Cowell's group of market researchers...sorry, songwriters would come up with. This has a sassy rhythm, Baxter's voice is sexy and sultry and it has a sense of fun so, all in all, it's a pretty good pop song.


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

Saturday, 21 March 2015

THE LOVELY EGGS - SINGLE REVIEW

The Lovely Eggs - Magic Onion (Egg Records) 
The Lovely Eggs - Magic Onion

Release Date: Out Now

First of all, I'm fairly sure eggs (lovely or otherwise) and onions (magic or otherwise) are not a good combination, digestively speaking, so y'all might need to open a window while I digest this latest single from the infamous Lancastrian duo. 'Magic Onion' is a northern flavoured packet of psychedelic crisps with a Phil Spector wall of noise built around a droning guitar, slamming drums and hypnotic vocals. There's never been a doubt that the Lovely Eggs are as lo-fi as they come but the combination of the Fall, White Stripes, the Mighty Boosh and the Stooges is so utterly joyous that you really would be foolish to resist the persistent, endless waves of distortion that crash on your mental shores to eventually turn the solid rock of your brain in to a million sandy pieces of fragmented sanity.

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

Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdNfRF9pBMY&feature=youtu.be

Live Dates:

22nd March - Fibbers, York
24th March - The Lomax, Liverpool
25th March - The Zephyr Lounge, Leamington
26th March - LP, Bury St Edmunds
27th March - The Lexington, London
28th March - Soup Kitchen, Manchester
3rd April - Wales Goes Pop, Cardiff
18th April - Spillers Records, Cardiff
30th April - The Brudenell, Leeds
1st May - The Adelphi, Hull
2nd May - Pop Klubb @ St Dominics Social Club, Newcastle
3rd May - The Corporation Club, Scarborough
4th May - The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
5th May - The Musician, Leicester
6th May - The Queen's Arms, Reading
7th May - Album Launch Party @ Jazz Cafe, London
8th May - Westhill Community Hall, Brighton

9th May - Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate

JULIAN GRIMM - SINGLE REVIEW

Julian Grimm - Looking For Ya 
Julian Grimm - Looking For Ya

Release Date: Out Now

Julian Grimm is the 2nd Brazilian who has contacted me in the last month having made the trip from South America to London in search of musical fame and fortune. Having lived in London and visited Brazil, I still can't quite understand why you would swap the two over but I guess the lure of the bright lights and Camden High Street is still strong. Grimm's new single, 'Looking For Ya',  is an intense, grungy, menacing piece of rock that takes a little while to kick in but when it does then you'd better watch out. Galloping drums and crunching guitars all mingle with the low drones of Grimm's vocals to create something dirty, murky and thoroughly enticing. Add this to a video where our Brazilian hero dresses up as Russell Brand as imagined by the Yellow Submarine illustrators and dances expressively in the woods and you have an import worth paying the extra tax for.

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


Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPFmLr8V8RY 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

STORNOWAY - SINGLE REVIEW

Stornoway - Get Low (Cooking Vinyl) 
Stornoway - Get Low

Release Date: Out Now

I always a musical friend of mine getting whipped in to a frenzy about Stornoway a few years back. He (Chris) was absolutely convinced that they were going herald in a new dawn for music and some sort of revolution within the loins of the music industry. This never happened but the band have carved out a niche as one of the most respected and critically acclaimed bands in the UK. Ahead of an imminent album release, this new single 'Get Low' is a jauntily woozy piece of indie-pop that has the feel of The Thrills or Belle & Sebastian at their most rural. A generally strummed melody is embellished with some unexpected electronic bleeps and a hugely US friendly production quality that is straight out of the Killers' back pocket. Strangely, the video sees the quartet racing some geese along a airstrip in a convertible BMW whilst playing their instruments along to the song. Maybe Stornoway should be at the forefront of a revolution, I don't know, but they're pretty ace either way. Don't you agree?

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

Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTN1L-eyUAk

Live Dates:

21st April - Engine Rooms, Southampton
22nd April - Sub 89, Reading
23rd April - Islington Assembly Hall, London
24th April - Islington Assembly Hall, London
25th April - De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill On Sea
28th April - Junction, Cambridge
29th April - Waterfront, Norwich
30th April - Art School, Glasgow
1st May - Riverside, Newcastle Upon Tyne
6th May - The Globe, Cardiff
7th May - Gorilla, Manchester
8th May - Leadmill, Sheffield
9th May - Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

3rd September - Festival No 6, Portmerion