Bully: A Live Review

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So today I found out what you guys call a French fry sandwich…chip butty”, smiles Bully lead singer, Alicia Bognanno, before bouncing into 2014 single ‘Milkman’ which is best known for its appearance in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 – the soundtrack being played in the background whilst shredding the streets and inevitably falling off your board.

Bully, in Cambridge for the first time in their career, the Nashville band (completed by drummer Stewart Copeland, lead guitarist Clayton Parker and bassist Reece Lazarus) had a more close knit personal gig at the Portland Arms, as well as another London date at The Garage in Highbury. The crowd of young fans headbanging at the front and cheering throughout like they’ve been waiting for this event all year.

Part cool-new-sensation, part Kurt Cobain-reincarnated-screams, with sounds reminiscent of 1991, Bully’s ‘Too Tough’ sounds like a nostalgic grunge dream and is certainly representative of the rebellious youth in the south, struggling in the liberal Christian surroundings in the rural areas.

Bognanno guides the band through this era with the roaring vocals of ‘I Remember, as well as the mixture of soft and harsh melodies in their most popular song ‘Trying’. Then there is the mesmerizing drum and guitar riffs of the band’s breakthrough single ‘Brainfreeze’ which was released in 2013 as a casette single (adding a unique vintage quality)  which certainly hasn’t set them back, as they had CDs, vinyls and tons of T-shirts in the back, showing how far the band has come in just two years.

Bully are far better to be seen up close and personal as the clarity of the style can be seen to be expressed more clearly. 100% a must see whilst they are touring Europe.

 

Written by Zak Rosewell

‘Silent Communication’ by The Outside Illusion

Pioneering a guitar-led rock sound, with an experimental edge, The Outside Illusion are releasing their second album, Silent Communication.

Normally, guitar based music can be very narrow in its scope, often only appealing to guitar players themselves who appreciate the skill of what has been written, but lead guitarist, Denis Salgado, is trying to make The Outside Illusion’s form of guitar music more accessible to those not involved in the ‘guitar world’.

The new single, also called ‘Silent Communication’ employs an ambient backing track, full of whirling, resonant synths that combine unusually, yet effectively with Denis’ expert guitar solos. Any fans of Joe Satriani will be sure to find a bit of what they like in the music of The Outside Illusion.

Unlike their first, self-titled album, which the band released in 2012, ‘Silent Communication digs deeper into the world of emotions by keeping its style much more simplistic, thus allowing listeners to form their own images and thoughts from the record.

As an instrumental album, Silent Communication is an expertly crafted piece of work that true music lovers will enjoy wrapping their ears around, as well as the guitar gurus out there.

Silent Communication is out May 5th.

Find out more here:

Links:

www.facebook.com/theoutsideillusion

www.youtube.com/theoutsideillusion

www.instagram.com/denis_outside_illusion

www.theoutsideillusion.com

 

 

Matt Boroff’s ‘Grand Delusion’

The music of Matt Boroff takes fans on a musical journey through wind-swept deserts to the edge of the abyss with the help of well-known musicians in his third studio album Grand Delusion. Recorded at 11AD studios, the album features producer and multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes, former Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons and vocalist Mark Lanegan.

With such names backing Boroff’s music, I think it it is safe to say that we can expect big things from the talented songwriter with his latest collection of songs. In addition, over the years, Matt has even shared stages with acts such as Nirvana, Kyuss, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Queens Of The Stone Age.

The album explores the idea of ‘where is love in the new world and does it still have the power to save us from ourselves?’, posing questions, but not necessarily answering them. This way, listeners are provoked into investigating the issue themselves.

In ‘What A Shame’, Boroff’s powerful baritone vocals mix perfectly with screaming guitars, providing progressive alternative sounds that challenge the rock genre. Boroff’s emotive lyrics address themes including nationalism, war-mongering and greed, just to name a few. Quite clearly, Grand Delusion is a rock album on a whole other level.

In 2010, Boroff began working again as a solo artist, releasing two solo LPs, one EP and now Grand Delusion set for release May 5th. Matt will also be performing a headline show in London at the Old Blue Last February 6th.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1643784115922632/

https://soundcloud.com/mattboroff

https://www.facebook.com/mattboroff

https://twitter.com/mattboroff

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGzpDREeZBQzg1wBsS1HwNw

http://www.mattboroff.com/

https://www.instagram.com/mboroff/

 

 

James Kennedy is Back on the Scene With ‘Home’

Having found success with hardcore-rock band, Kyshera, front-man James Kennedy is continuing his musical journey solo with his change-of-direction album, Home.

James has a number of accolades to his career, having performed to many sold out crowds and even supporting fellow Welsh giants, The Stereophonics. However, after a long time spent touring, the glitz and glamour began to wear off and James unfortunately struggled with depression.

Despite this, his hardships inspired him to get back on the musical bandwagon and write his own album. James wrote, recorded and mastered the album within just a few months, showing how the process was a form of therapeutic catharsis for the singer songwriter. The melodic, emotional, but catchy sound of the album expresses his experience during the past few years of constant touring.

An entirely self-taught musician, James picked up a number of instruments at a young age including guitar, piano and bass, even though his formative years were made difficult due to three major surgeries to resolve hearing problems. As James grew, along with his talents, he went on to attend the Welsh College of Music and Drama where he used his skills in the field of music production to later form his own label, Konic Records.

Kennedy’s soulful rock style is sure to be a hit with a multitude of music fans and if you need one more reason to check him out, he was voted 32nd sexiest man in Wales. What more could you need?

Home is out 31st March – find out more on James here:

Links:

www.jameskennedystuff.com

www.instagram.com/JamesKennedyUK

www.youtube.com/user/jameskennedystuff

www.twitter.com/JamesKennedyUK

https://soundcloud.com/jameskennedyuk

www.facebook.com/JamesKennedyUK

 

Alternative rock group Screams On Sunday release ‘The Night’ early January

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Alternative female fronted rock group Screams On Sunday (SOS) blend melodic guitar solos with rock rhythms to create their upcoming single ‘The Night.’ The Spanish band that came together via the internet, discuss the idea of today’s generation being obsessed with creating an online persona, lacking real life relations. The meaningful lyrics sung in a rough but sweet manner brings something else to their music.

 Although they didn’t know each other before forming the band, SOS came together via the internet and now cannot go a day apart. They soon released their debut EP ‘Call Reality A Lie’, leading to them gaining a large following and becoming known for their live performances that were considered “pure dynamite”. The newness of the sound and the changes of melody and rhythm throughout the songs make the band’s music inventive and unique.

‘The Night’ was recorded at Sound-Hub in Belper and mastered at Metropolis Studios in London. SOS find themselves improvising as it creates a more honest raw sound, meaning the production process perfects that improvised sound but still portraying what is inside.

The Last Shadow Puppets reveal music video for ‘Les Cactus’

English supergroup The Last Shadow Puppets reveal their new music video for Jacques Dutronc cover ‘Les Cactus’. The track from their upcoming EP ‘The Dream Synopsis’ follows their earlier release of Leonardo Cohen cover ‘Is This What You Wanted’.

Watch the music video for ‘Les Cactus’ here:tlsp

Due to be released 2nd December, the tracklist for ‘The Dream Synopsis’ is:

Aviation
Les Cactus (Original by Jacques Dutronc)
Totally Wired (Original by The Fall)
This Is Your Life (Original by Glaxo Babies)
Is This What You Wanted (Original by Leonard Cohen)
The Dream Synopsis

 

Track review: ‘Team’ by Everything Under

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Everything Under the the musical project of Mark J. Heidecke and they putting their stamp on the music industry with their reinvention of the Electro-rock style.

After sadly losing his sister in a car crash, Mark embarked on a journey to a digital arts college where he learnt the trade of sound design, music theory and performance. He has also taught himself how to play guitar and keyboard showing that Everything Under is a band grown organically, straight from the roots.

‘Team’ is a dark, intriguing and complex track that utilises a variety of sounds and techniques. Clean struck guitars collide with deep, descending synths that evoke a deeply brooding and menacing aura, befitting of a horror or thriller film soundtrack. Alongside this, psychedelia meets hard-rock proving that Everything Under are setting up camp at the central crossroads of musical genres.

Heidecke’s vocals are a centrepiece of the track, too. Although minimal, Heidecke’s low growl is hauntingly mesmeric drawing listeners into a sort of hypnosis. Not only this, but his vocal qualities are comparable to a number of 80s acts such as Frankie Goes to Hollywood and so it is easy to see the influence from the time period.

The band have been honing their industrial blend of sounds for a while now and their new album, Where Have the Kids Gone at Night? from which ‘Team’ is taken, was mastered by the world renowned Bernie Grundman who had a hand in engineering Dr. Dre’s debut record, The Chronic.

Check out more on Everything Under here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/EverythingUnderEU

https://www.instagram.com/everythingundereu/