Track Review: Between My Teeth – Orla Gartland

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The cover for Between My Teeth

I have spoken about this young and exciting singer-songwriter from Dublin in previous posts on the blog. I raved about her, and to my excitement she recently released a new song named “Between My Teeth.”

Between My Teeth is a song about a topic I’m sure we can all relate to, in Orla’s own words “it’s a song about trying to save someone; balancing the urge to help with the urge to run.” I don’t know about everyone else but I felt that!

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Orla Gartland

 

Along with a relatable song topic, Orla has once again crafted some clever and catchy lyrics to compliment a stripped back yet full sounding instrumental arrangement, this seems to be a bit of a Gartland trademark. When friends ask me to describe the song (I talk about it a lot) I say it is Poppy but unique. In fact, that is exactly how I would describe Orla’s entire sound.

You can tell how meticulous she has been when working on the song’s arrangement and production, but you can also hear the chaotic process that every songwriter goes through, its as if I can hear all the rough takes, all the screwed up bits of paper (or deleted phone notes) and I really appreciate how its all come together to create one of the most unique sounds of 2018.

I really hope that Orla starts to get airplay on mainstream radio soon, I honestly think that this crazy, soulful musician from Dublin is the burst of hope that the music scene has been waiting for.

Check out “Between My Teeth” Here:

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Live Review: Past Kings @ The Edge, Basildon

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Past Kings @ Canvey FC. Pictured left to right: Jack Smith (Guitar), Sam Charles (Vocals), Matt Cruise (Guitar) and James Holland (Drums)

Past Kings are a 4 piece indie pop band from Essex made up of Sam Charles, Jack Smith, Matt Cruise and James Holland. All four of these lads are great musicians and song-writers in their own right, some may be more experienced on the live band circuit than others but that does not stop them making a huge impact on the Essex music scene with their infectious lyrics and laid back stage manner.

I’ll admit this review is very late as they performed at The Edge back in June, sorry boys! This was the second time that I had seen them live and I was thoroughly impressed with their stagecraft despite it being early days for the lads.

 

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Past Kings playing a live acoustic session @ Phoenix Fm

One of the things I admired about these guys from day one is the fact that all of the songs in their set bar one or two are original writings, they haven’t done the typical “new band” thing by starting their time on the circuit by playing covers and then progressing to original music, this takes real guts in my opinion because of course, music is a subjective thing and to be brave enough to share your creations with an audience from the word go, definitely shows me that these guys are serious about this whole music thing and definitely want to achieve success.

The best part of all of their performances for me, is the way they plan their sets. I always feel like I’m taken on a journey throughout with songs of varying tempo, style and lyrical meaning. The songs are also quite catchy, my favorite one is definitely “Night Time”, an indie pop ballad with the perfect blend of drums vocals and guitar.

Past Kings live shows are also quite interesting based on the fact that they don’t have a live bassist, instead, they choose to use an electronic bass sound generated by an SPDX drum pad. I’ll come clean right now and say that to start with, I was rather skeptical of this idea and even thought of the band to be a bit lazy because they didn’t have a “full line up”. Of course, I was instantly proven wrong and now see this as a potential unique selling point for the band.

Overall, these guys are great. They’ve got the right attitude, the talent and great songs to top it off, although they are a little green, I predict great things for Past Kings!

Check out their song “Night Time” HERE!

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Track Review: HARRY – Accessory

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“Harry” is a singer-songwriter and musician from Bow, London. Having already started making her mark throughout the local music scene with her interesting name, impressive list of venues she’s performed at and  catchy songs, this rising star has now began to release her original material for the world to hear, and her debut release “Accessory” is a great first dive into the recording side of the music industry.

I immediately fell in love with this track and had it on loop for weeks, its a perfect combination of original singer-songwriter integrity and your typical pop musical arrangement with lyrics to keep the listener enticed and wanting more!

For me, the lyrics are also something that I feel a lot of young females could relate to when it comes to relationships and the way they can be treated by their partners. However, the way the song has been arranged doesn’t make it too serious and depressing!

The music video is really cool too and does a brilliant job of bringing the song to life, not that it needed much for that to happen anyway. As a fellow musician myself, I can usually pick out at least one thing I don’t like about a song that I’m reviewing, this is not the case with Accessory, I simply cannot get enough of it and can certainly see why Harry is gaining more and more attention from industry people in London and beyond.

If you want something to help lift those weekday blues, this is the track for you! Take a listen (and a watch) of Accessory down below, trust me you will not be disappointed in the slightest, I can see great things for this lady, and will be following her career closely from now on!

The track is also available on all streaming platforms!

 

HARRY ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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Track review: Jump Stone – Won’t Last A Minute

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Won’t Last A Minute is the latest offering from Essex based indie-funk band Jump Stone. A song rumored to be about an ex girlfriend of one of the members running off with an older man, it is what I would dub a “funky diss-track.”

Despite the band only being a three piece, there are thick layers of vocal and instrumental harmony to fill out every space of the audio spectrum. This is a technique famously used by Jump Stone’s frontman, Harry Cash, who is also a producer in his own right.

As soon as I pressed play on “Won’t Last A Minute”, I was immediately pulled in with an ear worm of a guitar riff, closely followed by well thought out and (sometimes) funny lyrics. Harry’s smooth vocals sit comfortably on top of the strong rhythm provided by the  skill of Harrison Palmer (Bass) and Dan Rawley (Drums)

The track just builds at the right times and in all the right places, always leaving the listener wanting more before reaching a comfortable climax in the form of the chorus that is bound to give men, women, children and even animals satisfaction beyond belief!

For me, the mark of a great tune is when it sounds great on your car stereo and when its played live. I went along to Jump Stone’s launch event for this single at The Edge last weekend and can definitely say that this track ticks both of those boxes! The audience were up right at the front of the stage singing along to every word and THAT is when you know you’ve got a masterpiece on your hands.

Along with the single, the band threw in a music video which can be seen here:

Won’t Last A Minute is available on all platforms, I recommend that everyone goes out and grabs themselves a copy!

I for one am highly excited to see what Harry, Harrison and Dan have up their sleeves for future releases!

Live Review: Jump Stone at The Fiddler’s Elbow, Camden

Live Review: Jump Stone at The Fiddler’s Elbow, Camden

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It’s been a while since I’ve been able to go out and enjoy a solid night of live music, I took the opportunity to go and see an up and coming band named Jump Stone last weekend to rectify this.

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Harry Tuning up

Fronted on guitar and vocals by musician and producer Harry Cash, this trio of indie funk stars really had the Fiddler’s by the balls throughout their entire set, keeping everyone infatuated with catchy riffs, the tightest stops I’d ever seen and enthralling, energetic lyrics.

What’s more, despite Harry being on crutches due to a leg operation and having to sit down for the majority of his performance,  he still had the exact same stage presence he has whilst standing and throwing himself around the stage and he gave the best vocal performance I’ve seen from him. Bassist Harrison and drummer Dan were completely in sync from the get go, you can tell that those two were meant to perform together, they were practically reading each others minds, it was incredible to watch!

One thing I love about these guys is that despite being a trio, they still manage to fill every venue they play wall to wall with noise and musical genius, showing that its not about how big you are, but how you use the people you’ve got to make yourself sound big, and boy did they sound BIG! Especially on their final number “Won’t Last A Minute” which had everyone  dancing and singing the words back to them, you could see the delight on the boys’ faces as this happened, it certainly shows that they are going in the right direction!

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Harry, Harrison and Dan at Soundhub

A few weeks ago, Harry, Harrison and Dan spent a few days with the guys of Soundhub recording some more material for their fans, I have had a 30 second preview of some of the songs and it really blew me away, these guys have finally found their place on the musical spectrum and have a solid plan to take the industry by storm, keep an eye out for Jump Stone, with the things they are achieving at the moment and with a polished live show down to the last note and songs that stick in your brain like superglue , you won’t want to miss their rise to excellence!

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Review: Work. Home. Bed – Hummer

hummerHummer are a Punk/Alternative band from the North West UK, and does what it says on the tin.

Will and Joe originally formed as stereotypical noisy high school punk band “S.F.R” in 2004, with college classmate Cainy coming on board in 2008 at which time they also changed their name; after going through 3 drummers in 7 years, Cainy moved from guitar to drums in 2011, with the lineup remaining the same ever since.

Following an extended spell of general inactivity brought about by a combination of education, work, other bands, writer’s block and general bone-idleness they came back at full-throttle in late 2015, now armed with a raft of new songs plus the occasional oldie.
I have to say, after listening to their latest release “Work. Home. Bed (released on Horn &Hoof Records in July 2016) , I have officially been blown away! From track one, these guys grabbed my attention and sucked me in for the rest of the album. I love the high octane energy that has been thrown into each track, they haven’t dropped in their commitment once!
I could definitely tell that these guys had worked really hard on this release and I have to say that Hummer are possibly one of the best bands I’ve ever had the pleasure of reviewing on this site!
The one thing I instantly fell in love with was the brilliant use of harmonies and how tight the band were, I could definitely tell that these guys have been working together for a long time. I will 100% be adding these guys to my playlist! Check them out and you’ll fully be able to understand how good Hummer are!
Work.Home.Noise is available on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/album/0yP83J9mCOVWj0FivvcOf0
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Review: Xander & The Keys – The First Marker

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Xander & The Keys are an indie-rock band based in Bournemouth, they have been together since late 2013. Since then, they have experienced lots of success as their time together continued and they are now signed to MBM Management.

Today, I will be giving my thoughts on their latest release “The First Marker.” Overall, I think that the record is really solid, the band are very tight which is to be expected giving how long they have been working together, the lyrics and the riffs are extremely catchy and it is clear that each member of the band is very skilled on their instrument.

I can certainly see why MBM have chosen to work with Xander & The Keys and I must say that considering how much work the band did whilst they were self-managed, I can only imagine what’s going to happen now that they are under the wing of a fully fledged management company!

The First Maker drew me in instantly from the first note, I was expecting great things and I can safely say that I was not disappointed. However, I do feel that some of the lyrics are too repetitive, this could be down to personal taste but, for me, there is a very thin line between creating catchy songs and just repeating the same line over and over again and calling it a chorus. This is not to say that the songs aren’t brilliant, I just feel that this is something that the band should work on for their next release.

Listen to The First Marker HERE:

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