Track Review: Leat Haber’s Vintage Inspired ‘Wait for Me’

She has been labelled as Israel’s own Amy Winehouse, but Leat Haber’s ‘Wait for Me’ has a unique vintage inspired edge that takes us back to the old days.

Having listened to the likes of the Temptations, Jackson 5 and Cat Stevens whilst she was growing up, Leat has honed a quirky pop sound based on her favourite elements of older music. Leat is so devoted to the vintage image and vibe that she even uses old equipment in and out of the studio to obtain the perfect retro sound and stay faithful to the music that has fueled her songwriting passion. You can’t knock her for being a perfectionist!

The clean guitar tone conjures images of a 60s American high school dance, like something from a movie, whilst Leat’s vocals provide a distinct richness to the track.  The subtle doo-wap back up singers complete the 50s/60s image and contribute to the overall texture of the song. This is one thing that makes Leat’s music so special, not only is it a delight for the ears, but it creates vivid imagery of the time period that one can easily imagine; Leat seems to be reinventing the music of then, for now.

‘Wait for Me’ was inspired partly by the television series, Mad Men, in which many of the female characters are stay at home wives, whilst the men work and often cheat without anything being said. Leat considers herself a feminist and so her inspiration for the song is justified as well as being an original starting point for song writing.

Comparing Leat to other artists is a difficult task when she is producing old-style pop music in the modern day, but vocally, she isn’t a million miles away from acts such as Paloma Faith, Gabriella Cilmi or even Duffy.

Overall, ‘Wait for Me’ is an wonderfully crafted piece of nostalgia made relevant for today’s audience, so watch this space when it comes to Leat Haber!

Links

https://leathaber1.bandcamp.com/album/flying-on-a-kite

https://www.instagram.com/leathabersingersongwriter/

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Cado – ‘Take Me Back’

cado-take-me-back-ep-coverAfter stealing a Beatles album age 10, Cado’s musical journey began, he is a rock and roll artist who sings and writes all of his own material, he is also a multi-instrumentalist and has a self-confessed obsession with the music of the fifties and sixties.

Cado, takes you back to the swinging sixties with his track ‘Take Me Back’. It is an extremely classic Rock and Roll track, which definitely makes you think of an era when girls would wear flowing dresses and the guys in dickie bows and they would dance properly, nothing like the youth of today where people don’t necessarily dance in couples, ever. I think maybe because of my age, this track reminds me of one of the scenes in Grease where they are at the competition dancing, I could imagine Cado’s ‘Take Me Back’ as the soundtrack.

‘Take Me Back’ really makes me wish I was alive in the sixties to experience the music, but instead I can only imagine whilst listening to Cado, which is good enough for me.

Check out the track here:

Listen: https://cadomusic.bandcamp.com/

 

The multi instrumentalist has toured the UK and Ireland with The Shades and in early 2016 he began recording a collection of songs inspired by the music he adores. Every instrument on the EP was performed by him allowing him make music that he truly loves.

This is not a genre I am overly familiar with but I want to thank Cado, for introducing me and sharing his music with me allowing me to find a new genre and passion for something different to everything else out there at the moment.

Healthy Junkies fighting the devils of trauma and 21st century captivity with upcoming punk rock release

Healthy Junkies at home

Healthy Junkies are an antidote to a generation that’s numbed by televised talent shows by reviving the punk ethos of a time when Johnny Rotten walked down Kings Road with safety pins in his ear.

Their attitude and musical purity have earned them respect from some of their heroes such as Knox of The Vibrators, Charlie Harper of the UK Subs or Strokes producer Gordon Raphael with whom they have collaborated in the past. Describing the upcoming album ‘Box Of Chaos’, out on 20th February 2016, in their own words as a “journey which starts with a party that quickly turns to anger and dysfunction”, it is a punk statement that celebrates the values of liberty and standing up for yourself, especially in the wake of the recent terror attacks in Paris and the often imprisoning nature of a modern capitalist society. Their single ‘Watch Out’, out on 15th December 2015, paints a picture of our time in which public surveillance and dependence on technology have taken over our lives.

Formed in 2010 by UK born guitarist and singer Phil Honey-Jones and French singer Nina Courson, Healthy Junkies have established themselves in the punk scene after playing with bands such as The Damned, The Boomtown Rats, UK Subs, Walter Lure (former Heartbreakers), The Vibrators or TV Smith of The Adverts, to name a few. Over the last four years they were regular acts at Rebellion punk festival in Blackpool and have been played on various radio stations, such as TBFM which voted one of the songs on the album, ‘Danny Trash’, to number one a few weeks ago. Songwriters Nina and Phil are taking inspiration for their lyrics from everyday life, including the struggles that arise when a crazy rock’n’roll lifestyle gets to the point of mental instability and destructive behaviour. Channelling such impulses through creativity and making music is what the band uses as therapy.

Healthy Junkies’ music thrives from a mixture of often distressing life experiences and musical proficiency. Lyricist Nina has been forced to live under harsh conditions from an early age after she left home at the age of 14 and ended up living with a Muslim transvestite in Paris’ red light district Montmartre, eventually falling into the abyss of drug consumption in the realm of shady characters. Meeting Phil in 2008 has turned her life around and she started focussing her energy on creating music. As a band they have also started promoting their own regular club night called Punk’n’Roll Rendevouz at a venue in Camden which has been going for over three years now. It has been a meeting place for the UK’s underground scene ever since.

Phil started to play cello at the age of six before he moved onto guitar and discovered punk rock. His previous band Nurotica has been acknowledged by influential DJs ranging from John Peel to Rodney Bingenheimer. Personal experiences play an important part of the Healthy Junkies’ songs. The new album is especially a diary of the last two years on the road – some of the tracks were literally made up on stage. It is a document of emotional stories as well as an observation of the times we live in wrapped up in a dynamic rock’n’roll sound that touches upon influences from bands such as Nirvana, The Sex Pistols, Blondie or Elastica.

The single ‘Watch Out’ is out on 15th December 2015, the album ‘Box Of Chaos’ is out on 20th February 2016

Links:

http://www.healthyjunkies.co.uk/

www.soundcloud.com/healthyjunkies

https://twitter.com/HealthyJunkies?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

https://www.facebook.com/healthyjunkiesband/

Rockstar Frame with new album ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Mafia’

Their new album, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Mafia’ drops on May 11th, and includes the single ‘She’s Hot’:

With a sound which follows naturally on from the likes of Guns ‘n’ Roses and Aerosmith, only with the powerful female vocals of Faith Blurry, they are already turning heads in their home country having won the national ‘Rock the Road Contest’. Competing against 70 hand-picked bands from across the country Rockstar Frame came out on top thanks to their killer songs and great live show.

Rockstar Frame have an origin story like no other. The band was started when founder Max was in a coma after falling from cliff. His family played him rock music while he was unconscious, and he woke with the belief that the music helped to bring him back – inspiring him to write his own.

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A Milan five piece whose spontaneous approach to songwriting lends their heavy rock style a frenzied energy, Rockstar Frame are a band who are going places.

From there, the band was formed, and has been growing ever since – only set to get even bigger with the arrival of the new album and the help of a growing fanbase.

That fanbase will, in fact, have the opportunity to pick up a free copy of the new album. The album launch gig – date to be confirmed soon – will see 20 free CDs on offer for the first 20 who come dressed as an old school ‘gangster’ to join the Rock ‘n’ Roll Mafia and get into the spirit of the evening.

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/rockstarframe

https://www.facebook.com/RockstarFrame

https://twitter.com/RockstarFrame