Serene Sundays//Music

In Glasgow today, the sky is grey and the rain is heavy. Just how I like it. Perfect day really to start my new theme that I promised over a month ago! I do have some bloody good music to share with you this afternoon that I hope will more than make up for the, I’m sure, agonising wait.

 

Augustines

 

 

Augustines, formerly known as We Are Augustines are my first pick for this week. After seeing a blinding set on Friday night, I feel like it’s mandatory that I tell you to check them out. The Brooklyn based indie act have taken everything I knew about them and turned it on it’s head. They are loud, they are unique, they are poetic and they are set, if there’s any justice in the world, to be huge.

Their show on Friday was an unforgettable one that I was delighted to be a part of. Their music is the kind that can be partied to or accompanied by a glass of wine and a book. They’re the best kind of indie band and I’ll be keeping a close eye on them. To check them out for yourself, click here.

 

 

Courtesy of Robert Blackham

Courtesy of Robert Blackham

With his song Budapest being on repeat in my house, my head, my Spotify, I was so excited to see George Ezra live two months ago to see if his live performance was as energetic, fresh and exciting as his single was and I was not disappointed. He’s been compared to Paolo Nutini and I can totally see why but I’d say that he definitely stands in a league of his own. For such a young, new performer he has so much confidence and is great with the crowd. He involved us in every song and created an incredible atmosphere.

He’s the perfect easy-listening music and his EP Cassy O’ is an incredible journey that perfectly exemplifies how fantastic his range is, how much promise he has and is highly recommended by me to basically everybody. He’s a breath of fresh air from a lot of the popular singer-songwriter acts that we’re facing at the moment. His voice and his lyrics are way beyond his years and come from that of a well-travelled, blues loving soul.

To check him out, click here.

Finally, there’s a girl I have been meaning to talk about for around a year. I’m nothing if not unreliable. Laura Hely Hutchinson is one of the most sorely under-appreciated artists that I have the pleasure of knowing personally.  Much like George Ezra, she has a voice and writes words that are way beyond her 18 years but her voice is incredible, her songs are incredibly touching and it’s really just about time people heard her. She has been compared, unsurprisingly to Laura Marling and on the back of that, I’d say she’s for fans of Laura Marling but should be tried by anybody who appreciates beautiful, understated music.

To find more of her music, click here

Quick Catch Up With A Pinch of Graphic Novel

I am trying to get out of the habit of apologising for looking after myself and putting my own interests first. I’m not actually sorry or even ashamed, I just feel that it excuses me but I never was the kind of person to ask to be excused for being myself and I won’t fall into that endless trap. I’ve not blogged in over a month and I have missed it so much but I’ve been busy. I’ve been so busy that by the time I’m not busy, I’m too tired, to desperate to spend time with my boyfriend or my friends, too busy being relaxed to sit down and write. I’m here now, though and that’s at least a start.

I got a job! I got a job in a digital marketing agency I have wanted to work in since forever and I still have to pinch myself every day, almost a month in because I just cannot believe I landed it based on my passion and writing. I GOT A JOB BECAUSE OF MY WRITING! I never thought I’d say that. I leave the house at 8am Monday-Friday and I get home anywhere between 6 and half 6. I’m a tired girl and I’m working hard so everything, even this blog, has had to take a back seat. I am ridiculously happy, I am being creative for a living and I have a lot of hope which was missing from my life at the beginning of the year. If you remember this post, I was so very sad then and had really lost all hope of ever getting where I wanted to be. 2 months later, I got a job in my dream place. Life is a bloody tricky one. If everything I went through at the start of the year was leading me here then that’s fine by me. It was worth it.

I’m definitely going to get back into the swing of blogging, though. I’ve missed it and I am settled into my routine eventually, after a month of it so now is the perfect time to pick it back up. Plus I have so many artists to talk to you about and so many emotions I want to word-vomit all over you that you’ll pretty soon get tired of how enthusiastic I am and how much I have to say about so many things.

Until we next speak, check out this Kickstarter by one of my favourite comic book artists, Rachael Smith. I’ve written about her twice before now and I am a genuine fan of her and all her work and would be delighted if any of you took a like to her too and donated!

Heavens Basement//Interview

This month, Heavens Basement will be touring the UK. They will do 15 shows in 18 days, kicking off in Norwich on March 13th and finishing in Brighton on March 30th. With Glamour of the Kill and The Dirty Youth supporting on all dates, this is set to be an unmissable tour and I caught up with drummer Chris Rivers to have a quick chat!
Heavens Basement
Describe Heavens Basement in three words?
In your face
If you could choose only one song as a favourite, what would it be?
Welcome Home, it kicks of our set and makes me wanna go ape shit on the drums.
Tell me about the most interesting gig experience you’ve had so far?
When we played a pizza shop in Northern Finland a few years ago, its one of the only times all our professionalism went out the window and each of us had too much to drink..I ended the set with a bass solo (I can’t play bass by the way) and our singer didn’t manage half the set.
If you could tour with any band in the world, past or present, who would it be?
ACDC or the Stones or Aerosmith
What have you struggled with most as a band?
Honestly, I can’t think of much struggle, in the past it was a struggle to find the right people to be in the band but I’ve always got a sick kick out of knock backs, it’s like poking a wild animal, we’ll always come back and attack.
Which do you prefer- touring or recording?
Touring for me personally, playing our music around the world is an amazing feeling but obviously its the album that allows us to do that :)
Who are your favourite bands at the moment?
Biffy Clyro are one of my faves at the moment, we’ve got a lot of respect for that band, great songs and they’ve really worked hard to get where they are. Also, the new Pretty Reckless songs are very cool.
What are your plans for 2014?
More touring for the album around the world!
Talk me through your song-writing process?
There’s no set formula, ideas come from anywhere and from anyone in the band. Put us in a room to jam and ideas will be flowing within a minute, Sometimes someone will bring a full song idea to the table too, it’s just a relaxed thing.
What can fans expect from upcoming shows?
Our best headline set ever.
March 2014 Welcome Home Tour:
13 – NORWICH Waterfront
14 – NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
15 – SOUTHAMPTON Takedown Festival
16 – LEEDS Cockpit
18 – NEWCASTLE University
19 – GLASGOW Cathouse
20 – BELFAST Voodoo
21 – DUBLIN Voodoo Lounge
22 – MANCHESTER Academy II
24 – CHESTER Forum
25 – BRISTOL Fleece
27 – LONDON Electric Ballroom
28 – PLYMOUTH White Rabbit
29 – BIRMINGHAM Academy II
30 – BRIGHTON Haunt

Kick Start Your Week//Music

Today in Glasgow we had blue skies and sunshine. It was freezing but it was the first sign of Spring! Great start to the week for those who have been missing the sun. I’d like to add to that great start with some great music for you. I like to think I’ve collected a good range of music to suit everybody’s tastes but as always, your comments and thoughts are welcomed.

picnic basket nosedive

photo courtesy of picnic basket nosedive

Scottish pop punk band Picnic Basket Nosedive are back with their new EP A Likely Story. Produced, mixed and mastered with Nick Scholey who has worked with Flood of Red, Yashin and Lower than Atlantis, it is out today and is undoubtedly their best work to date.

With songs about heartbreak, alcoholism, small town syndrome and lost youth, A Likely Story is everything you expect from pop punk with a heavy dose of cynicism and witty song titles including If You Can’t Handle Me at My Worst Then You Don’t Deserve Me When I’m Not Quoting Marilyn Monroe which features Ashley Cadwallader from Smalls.

Picnic Basket Nosedive have shared the stage with the likes of Hawthorne Heights, Johnny Craig, Me vs Hero and Scholars. This EP is the epitome of everything they have been working towards since 2010 and is a must have for any pop punk fan who is especially interested in supporting unsigned/local music.

To buy their EP for £4 or even just preview it, click here

sweet soubrette

photo courtesy of planetary group

Sweet Soubrette, a band that is the lovechild of Regina Spektor and Amanda Palmer have released a stunning album Burning City independently. It’s incredible. It’s a journey accompanied by beautiful, soulful vocals and an arrangement of strings, horns, drums, bass, piano and harmonies. It’s my new favourite album and I broke my rule of 3 listens before review so many times over.

The spellbinding album was inspired by everything from extreme weather to literature to love lost and gained. It has hints of cabaret as well as indie rock but in all honesty, despite comparisons made, I’d say this is the most unique and exciting album I’ve heard in a long time and I wish the band weren’t as sorely unknown as they are as travelling to Brooklyn is a little out of my price range right now. I will be keeping a close eye on them though and playing this album for the foreseeable future.

If you would like to listen to this album, click here.
To those that are close enough, catch them live on March 14th in Spike Hall, Brooklyn

frail grounds

photo courtesy of future pr

Sometimes, bands take me by surprise and Frail Grounds’s new release The Fields of Trauma was this weeks surprise. When I heard that Frail Grounds were Norwegian, I imagined black metal and to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of black metal. It turns out that they are progressive metal and fucking great progressive metal, as it goes.

This has stunning melodies, obviously fantastic riffs and the vocals are second to none. I have had so much fun listening to and experiencing this album but I will say, you either wait out the whole story or don’t start at-all as this isn’t just an album. This is something that has to be experienced as one.

Find Frail Grounds here
Buy the album here (I promise you it is totally worth it!!)

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes//Journal

I feel like I do a post like this every couple of months but here we are again. I’m making some changes. Basically, I get quite a lot of music sent to me and I’m not telling you this to brag but because I have no idea how to fit it all on here before it’s out of date. There’s a lot I want to show you, a lot of musicians, a lot of artists, a lot of comics and I feel like I can’t do it at the rate I post. I do post a lot though so I don’t really want to make it more often or you’ll get sick of me. Y’see?

I was never the most organised person and running my own website has always been a little tough for me. Especially when I want there to be a divide of 50% music, 50% everything else. SO from now on, I will show you some videos as and when I see them as I don’t really want to write full reviews of singles but apart from that, I’m going to have two posts a week that will have a few reviews on them at once. I always prefer these types anyway, especially with books and music because you can note down who/what sounds interesting and have fun exploring them for yourself! I’m going to do one on Sundays, one on Mondays. I’m doing this because I review a range of music and I don’t want to be mixing acoustic acts with heavier ones.

So, starting tomorrow, I will be starting a feature called Serene Sundays which is going to be reviews and introductions to the more mellow, less heavy music I want to promote. I thought it’d be a great way to wind down from the week and a perfect accompaniment to lazy Sundays. Then, on Mondays, I’ll have Kick Start Your Week which is definitely not a unique name but it is the intention. The heavier, more kick-ass music to start and get you through the week. I realise sometimes artists will be somewhere in between and sometimes the Monday music won’t always be very heavy but I’ll try to stick to these as much as possible.

Live reviews will basically still be random because I think it’s better to read about a gig not long after it’s happened and it is so much better to write about shows when you’re still on a high from them. I Wrote This For You will always be on Wednesdays and personal posts will be random, too because they’re pretty much never planned and always written as and when they come to me. Hopefully this will be the last post telling you about changes for a while. I’m getting a little tired of them, too.

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