‘Grand Delusion’ by Matt Boroff

Grand Delusion is the latest record from alt-rock musician Matt Boroff, who has embarked as a solo artist after having been involved with previous band, Matt Boroff and the Mirrors, and his high school band who even shared a stage with Nirvana.

The new album is one that challenges listeners with its complex, yet well-crafted songwriting and its pertinent content matter. Greed, humanity, war-mongering and love’s role in the world are just a few of the topics covered by Matt on the record and at a time like this, perhaps music is an ideal medium for addressing these issues.

With Boroff’s distinct baritone layered above a pulsating grooves, screaming guitars and flickering organ notes, the alternative sound challenges musical genres. The emotive lyrics paint a bleak picture of a world where self-deception has reached critical mass.

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.

Matt will be performing a headline show in London at the Old Blue Last February 6th.

You can watch the video for ‘What A Shame’ here:

 

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/

‘Home’- The New Album From James Kennedy

If you’re up to date on the Welsh rock scene, then you may recognise James Kennedy from hardcore alt-rock band, Kyshera. Now, after long stints of touring and contemplating on his next move, James is back with his solo album, Home, that sees him move at a tangent from his previous work.

After touring Europe extensively with Kyshera and even supporting the Stereophonics, James began to suffer from fell depression which inspired him to release his first proper solo release. Kennedy used the process as a form of therapy, writing, recording and mastering the album within just a few months. His melodic yet emotional and catchy style expresses his experience during the past few years of constant touring.

At a young age, James had to have surgery performed on three occasions due to arising hearing conditions that could have jeopardised his entire music career. Fortunately, although eh was missing out at school, James became proficient as a self-learner, teaching himself guitar, piano and bass, as well as singing. He then took these skills to The Welsh College of Music and Drama which led to James working in recording studios and eventually, setting up his own label, Konic records.

Titled the 32nd sexiest man in Wales, James Kennedy doesn’t just have soulful raspy vocals and a dynamic performance style. Drawing similarities with Prince, The Script and Paolo Nutini, ‘Home’ reflects Kennedy’s journey of depression from dark to light.

Home is out 31st March 2017.

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

 

 

Jon McDevitt Brings Us The Present of ‘Father Christmas’

If you like your Christmas songs with a little more substance to them, rather than the usual tinsel-drenched tunes, then Jon McDevitt is here to save the big day with his festive offering, ‘Father Christmas’.

Having been a part of the 2000 record selling band, Geist, and also writing the theme tune to Channel 5’s A Different Life, Jon has a lot of songwriting experience that exhibits itself in ‘Father Christmas’.

Co-written alongside Dominic Hudson, ‘Father Christmas’ depicts a festive period without the gift-giving man and provokes listeners into thinking what it would be without him. As you can see, the track has a deeper subtext than most Christmas songs and the quality of the songwriting process is evident, knowing that it’s a song that makes you think, rather than one you simply absorb yourself in. All of this, along with a catchy melody, makes ‘Father Christmas’ the perfect new number for the festive period.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/jonmcdevittsongs/

https://twitter.com/jonmcdevitt

www.jonmcdevitt.com

 

‘Angel Touching Down’ by Bayonesse

Artist Christy Lee Rogers has teamed up with fellow artist and musician, Ryan Murphy, to form the ambient rock duo, Bayonesse.

Their latest single, ‘Angel Touching Down’ is an atmospheric piece of alt-rock full of brooding vocals and emotive guitar leads that make for a potent musical combination.

Rogers is known internationally  as the contemporary version of Baroque artists like Caravaggio, whereas  Murphy, the owner and designer of rocker jewellery line Silver Luthier, is also the front man for rock band Forty Point. He originally came into the band as producer to help structure Rogers’ vision, but eventually stayed on to solidify the duo.

The single will also be accompanied by a beautifully crafted underwater music video, exhibiting the artistic background and qualities of Rogers. Starring actress Elisabeth Donaldson and Bayonesse themselves, and edited by award winning filmmaker Ray Izad-Mehr, the video gives life to the darkness and turmoil underlying their heartfelt lyrics. Completely unaltered and un-coloured, the footage is raw out of the camera, with a unique and stylized editing technique.

The video goes live on 25th November.

Find out more here:

http://www.bayonesse.com

https://www.instagram.com/bayonesse/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3InZxvRcyXI9hubyV2OlLA

M’GOO release single influenced by unique true story

Blending genres to explore a range of moods, jazz trained group M’GOO release concept track ‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”‘. The track follows the story of a couple that are due to be wed but after visiting a fortune teller and being surprised by the outcome, their relationship is destroyed.

Like all of M’GOO’s music, ‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”‘ is influenced by a true story. The narrative was created by Glen Washington from Snap Judgement and composer and vocalist Mike Meiguh used this story to begin his writing process.

M’GOO’s writing process is entirely unique, creating their alternative tunes. Meiguh uses the inspirational story, poem or philosophical material to help him score the music, leaving him with just a basic structure. Then the rest of the band collaborate to re-form the song from a fresh perspective, bringing in elements of jazz, pop and rock. This forms a sound like no other, giving the music that extra edge.

Listen to ‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”‘ here:

LISTEN: Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla

 

 

Fuelled by five instrumentalists, Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla blend Celtic, jazz and Indian musical influences to form a completely unique sound for their single ‘Noel Nouvelet’ released 7th November.

 

Joe O’Donnell is famed for his 1977 violin led concept album with Rory Gallagher, ‘Gaodhal’s Vision’.

Shkayla (Gaelic for ‘stories’) blends traditional Celtic melodies, rock and jazz, creating an entirely unique sound.

 

After staging and producing ‘St. Patrick Goes To The Punjab’ at Coventry’s Albany Theatre, Shkayla are returning to headline Asian music and dance event ‘Fire and Light’ on Saturday 29th October. It’s expected that O’Donnell will be using his self manufactured 8 string Ceramic violin, giving the group that one of a kind combination of mediaeval English and Indian music.

 

Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla is now a power-house five-piece able to generate great energy and excitement, and also capable of the sensitivity and delicacy needed in keeping faith with Celtic music.

In the past the musicians have worked alongside artists such as Rory Gallagher, Thin Lizzie and Terry and Gay Woods.

New single ‘A Place Far Away’ from Goldsands

Effortlessly blending elements of pop, rock and jazz, fresh indie five-piece Goldsands come through with an excitingly unique and authentic sound.

 

Their latest single ‘A Place Far Away’ tells the story of a faded film star’s unlikely bond with a neglected young woman after crossing paths in Tokyo, drawing inspiration from cult classic movie Lost in Translation. Sonically it perfectly captures the size and scale of the movie’s cityscapes, whilst also encapsulating the mood of the relationship between the two characters.

 

Self-produced in a converted apartment in Birmingham, the track was later mastered by Geoff Pesche at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

 

Stream the single ‘A Place Far Away’:

 

Goldsands’ genre-defying sound is most comparable to groups like Radiohead, The Beatles and Coldplay, and is the result of the band members’ eclectic musical backgrounds. Liam’s rock background provides a driving groove, Tom brings a jazz flare, Ramsey takes his cue from the experimental sounds of the 60’s, James gives suitable guitar ambience and Matt is a sucker for a pop hook

 

Two of the bands members Matt and Tom Rhodes are brothers, adding to the group’s tight sense of synergy.