Friday, 31 July 2015

Feature: Ordinary Noise (31/07/15)

Ordinary Noise are a four piece alternative band and have just released 'You Are Here', the first track to be taken from their forthcoming EP (due for release 4th September). Lou Terry (vocals, guitars), Ross Cornell (electric guitar), Tom Tokley (bass, guitar) and Jonny Poole (saxophone, drums) first met whilst in different strands of education and have been together ever since. They've been played on BBC Radio 6 and BBC Introducing, have supported Jeffrey Lewis and The Jrams, and are playing main stage at Hop Farm Festival. I caught up with Lou to talk about music, touring and space... 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
My best mate got off with the girl I fancied when I was 12, and so I wrote a song called 'Backstabber'. 

2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you've ever seen?
Jeffrey Lewis' performing his poem 'WWPRD' (What Would Pussy Riot Do?) at Essex University's Lakeside Theatre... 'before you think it's cool to go record free at converse studio, before South by Southwest Showcases put free Raybans on your faces... the art you make, the things you say define what is or ain't ok.' 

3. Who have you been listening to lately?
Just finished reading Dylan's autobiography, and it's pointed me towards a lot of folk singers, Robert Johnson, Dave Van Ronk, Woody Guthrie for instance. 

3 Questions for Ordinary Noise:

1. What three countries would you most like to tour and why?
The UK would be a good place to start; we've got a great music scene on our doorstep. 
The US, East Village Radio in NY have just offered a slot on their show if we ever tour the States, so we've got one date booked. 
Hong Kong - Our #1 fan has just moved there so would be good to see him, he might be able to set us up some dates as well. Apparently you have to submit your lyrics to the government though so we'd have to cut out the line about people standing in front of tanks from 'You Are Here'. 

2. What is your favourite track from your forthcoming self-titled EP and why?
'If Fish Could Scream', it's about the treatment of animals, particularly pigs, in intensive farms, which is something I feel very strongly about. An adult pig's cognitive abilities are equal to that of a three year old child! 

3. What process did you go through creating 'You Are Here', was it a collective effort or did you have specific roles? 
I wrote the song before bringing to the band, but then they transformed it, adding in all the spacey effects and the rolling drums. The structure changed as well, we let the song thin out towards the end and built it up to an instrumental climax. 

Random Q:

If you could go to any planet in our solar system (inc. Pluto), where would you go and why?
Pluto seems to be the 'planet' of the moment. 

'You Are Here' Review:
This has made it onto several playlists of mine recently, it's easily one of my favourite singles I've written about this year, which makes it harder to write about, as I am currently struggling to put how good this song is into words... It's a beautiful song that really grows into a gritty and powerful track. Lyrically, it reminded me of Sleeping At Last, but musically it really stands out on it's own, with intricate guitars building into an intense and heavy layered section near the end of the track. The bass and percussion holds strong throughout and keeps with the song peaking and dipping, add in Lou's distinct vocals make it a really great track. I cannot wait for the EP, but for now I'll be replaying this track over and over again.

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Feature: Lewis Murphy (29/07/15)

Lewis Murphy is a young singer/songwriter from King's Lynn, Norfolk in the UK. Now with the help of his band, Jordan (bass) and Matt (drums) they've ventured into a fresh indie pop twist on his previous sound and released his latest EP 'Daydream'. Lewis and his band have been busy with festival performances, playing Latitude and The Level Summer Festival. They're heading out on tour in September and Lewis is definitely one to watch, the next year will hoping make him as an artist and push him even further into the spotlight... 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?

I think I was around 11-12 years old. Music was something that really surrounded my life from an early age, with an interest of going to gigs and concerts for as long as I can recall. This love for music developed through the help of my uncle., buying me my first guitar and teaching me the basics. From there on, I fell in love with performing and playing, so I started writing and playing more instruments.

2. What is the most inspiring gig/concert/festival you've been to?
For me, the most inspiring concert I've ever been to is seeing Taylor Swift at the O2 Arena. Taylor was my first real idol as a musician, so seeing her play to 20,000 people in a country where she's not from was incredible for me. There was a moment where everybody put their phone on with a torch, and the lights dropped with just her and a guitar on stage, and it gave me chills. It made me realise that music, for me, isn't all about money or anything like, my true dream is just to play to crowds who know my lyrics, so they can sing them back to me. That's why I started music, and that's been the dream all along.

3. Who have you been listening to lately?
Lately, Saint Raymond is the artist I always have on. A great musician and songwriter, and he's great with his band live too!

3 Qs for Lewis:

1. Who would you most like to duet with and why?

If I had the choice to duet with someone, it would probably be Lauren Aquilina, I've followed Lauren for a while now, and she's excellent. She writes great songs and her voice is brilliant. She's always so friendly too, and I feel that her voice suits acoustic tracks well, so I'd love to do an acoustic duet with her.

2. You've recently performed at The Great Escape Festival, where would your dream venue to perform be and why?
Alexandra Palace is my big goal at the moment. Fair enough that there are bigger venues, but to me, Alexandra Palace is such a great venue with a lot of huge bands playing there. It would be great to look up from the stage, and see a huge number of faces in such a historic venue, there to see us play! It's certainly a goal of mine!

3. What process did you go through writing the tracks on your forthcoming 'Daydream EP' and did this differ to your previous releases?
With my Daydream EP, the writing process was very difficult. Normally, with the previous two EPs, I wrote guitar and vocals for them, and then teamed up with the producer to write extra parts. However, with this EP, I gathered together a band with two of my best friends, Jordan and Matt, and we all worked on it together. Jack Murphy, over at Crystal Sound Studios, really did a great job too in expanding the tracks we went in there with, and between the 4 of us, we worked on each track separately to build the strongest possible outcome. From then on, with any new tracks, me and the band work together as a trio to nail them, which I find so much better than what I did with my first 2, as I really am able to utilise the bands experience with their instruments, so we can write some great tracks!

Random Q:

If you could have a pizza named after you, what would it be called and what would the toppings be?

Haha! I've never had a question like this before! Err, I'd probably go for Murpherita, based around Margherita haha! I'm quite a fussy eater, so it would probably be pretty plain to be honest; maybe some bacon / chicken on top, but if I added any more, I wouldn't like it myself!

'Daydream EP' Review:
This EP oozes originality despite ticking all the boxes for a great indie track, like some that are making it into the charts. The EP opens with 'Beneath My Feet', which hits you in the face with guitars reminiscent of Vampire Weekend but honest lyrics from Lewis and a heavy drum layer throughout, this song shows the start of new and brilliant things for Lewis. He's definitely stepping up his game. 'Daydream' has folky aspects dotted throughout adding to the track, and has slower and faster sections, mixing it up with the catchy chorus - that is bound to get stuck in your head. The bass, guitar and drums in 'Circles' create a gritty backing for Lewis' more intense lyrics and vocals in this track, making it a song that is a little different to the others on the EP, but still just as fantastic. The EP closes with 'Why Don't You?', it's got everything you'd expect/want from a great indie song. I can see Lewis following in the footsteps of Saint Raymond or Vampire Weekend, definitely not a bad path to be taking! Looking forward to big things from Lewis! 

See Lewis Live:
17th September: The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
20th September: Fiddlers Elbow, Camden
22nd September: The Mash House, Edinburgh
23rd September: South Sea Live, Sheffield
24th September: Bierkeller, Manchester
25th September: The Ferret, Preston
26th September: The Blue Room, Blackpool

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Monday, 27 July 2015

Spotlight: Drones Club (27/07/15)

Drones Club are a new post-pop band and art project comprising three members, Rory Cottam, Charlie Dobney and Louis Morlet. After receiving an email a while back and with not a lot of information alongside it, I let the music talk... So there's not much of a biography to give you guys for this one, have a read of our review, have a listen to their music and enjoy! 

Drones Club Review:
Drones Club have echoes of true 80s music but with a modern twist, allowing their sound to stand out  and be enjoyed solely for not reminding me of too many other bands or artists' work... 'Cabin Pressure' is an intense, electronic track with slight elements of funk phasing in. 'Notion' is one of my favourites from their previously released tracks. It's a little slower, led by guitars and keys and the imagery built from the lyrics allows you to be absorbed into the song. The 10 minute wonder track, 'Sphinx' seems repetitive on the outside but if you delve a little further, picking up on intricacies it becomes almost a work of art. Finishing with 'It Rolls On', back to upbeat and harsher electronic base for the track, this one summarises their sound a little more and joins everything together in a sense. I'm really loving Drones Club and I'm looking forward to August and their releases each week! 

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Check It Out!

1. Photograph - Foxes
Foxes took to the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge recently and covered Ed Sheeran's 'Photograph'. It is a wonderful cover and shows Foxes is a talented musician, she has also just released her latest single 'Body Talk', which is just as great but in a different way. If you wanna have a listen/download it head here.)

2. Lonesome Angel - Blitzen Trapper
Acclaimed Portland, Oregon rock quintet Blitzen Trapper, have built a solid reputation for joining their influences from Americana to psychedelic, to rock and to folk and making brilliant music. They're offering a free download from the new album (set for release on 2nd October) 'All Across This Land'. Who doesn't like free music, and when it's great music, it makes that little bit better! DOWNLOAD HERE:

3. Cash - Love Buzzard
Love Buzzard have been on the underground live scene around the UK for the past 18 months and have supported the likes of Slaves, Cerebal Ballzy and Goddamn. The Leeds/Guildford based psychgaragepunk duo have released a video for their latest single 'Cash' from their forthcoming album due out next month. You can get the single here

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