‘Land of Hope’: a new protest song from Beldon Haigh

Scottish singer songwriter has already written himself into the history books, being one of the only modern day curators of protest songs, but now he is back with ‘Land of Hope’- a song inspired by the refugee crisis which has seen so much exposure in the media of late.

Beldon started off his career back in the 80s playing in a number of bands such as Mikifin and Boxing Clever, but after taking a long break from music, he returned to his passion with a vengeance – penning a protest song about Donald Trump after a dream gave him the inspiration.

However, ‘Land of Hope’ depicts all the feeling and sentiment that you would expect from a song that was written after Beldon saw the famous photo of Alan Kurdi, a 3 year old Syrian boy, who drowned and was washed up on the beach after his family tried to cross into Europe.

Despite the severe nature of what Beldon is addressing in his music, ‘Land of Hope’ is actually a very upbeat song, and whilst some may find this odd, or even disrespectful – those people would be missing the most important word here: ‘hope’. This is a jovial, upbeat song because it needs to be; after all, it’s aim is to get people really thinking and acting on the atrocities they see on the news.

What drink to accompany ‘Land of Hope’?

It doesn’t seem right that we pair an intoxicating beverage with a song of such seriousness and relevance but if anything, perhaps a strong coffee might propel you from your sofa into becoming an activist against the refugee crisis. It might happen. You never know.

 

Links:

https://twitter.com/beldonhaigh

https://www.facebook.com/Beldon-Haigh-Freedom-An-Anti-Trump-Protest-Song-1270990246327550/?fref=ts

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/freedom/id1195525999?i=1195526008

 

 

‘Three Faces of You’ by Corinna Jane

The highly talented Corinna Jane is restoring the lost ethics of quality pop music with her clever songwriting and catchy tunes, most evidently exhibited in her song ‘Three Faces of You’.

Having grown up in 90s MTV era, Corinna has always been surrounded by music and at the age of just five, she was already taking piano and singing lessons. Her discovered talents quickly bloomed and she began writing her own music during her teenage years.

‘Three Faces of You’ is an instantly catchy tune driven by an unusual, yet quirky violin melody and Corinna’s versatile vocals. It then takes a rocking turn as the electric guitar kicks in powering the memorable chorus lines.

Corinna’s song follows the fascinating story of her relationship with someone who lived in their own fantasy world with various personalities residing in them. The feisty feel to the song is mirrored in Corinna and her band’s performance in the video, which has a strong resemblance of the powerhouses of Fleetwood Mac and No Doubt.

What Drink?

There’s a cheekiness and edge to Corinna’s music that calls for a glass of red wine, make it a big one.

 

Links:

www.soundcloud.com/corinnajane

https://www.facebook.com/corinnajanemusic/

https://twitter.com/Corinna_Jane

https://www.youtube.com/user/Corinnajane

Get the mulled wine ready – Jon McDevitt releases contemporary, creative Christmas single ‘Father Christmas’

Geist’s former frontman and writer, Jon McDevitt, is returning with his alternative take on a festive anthem, ‘Father Christmas’.

Out today, ‘Father Christmas’ avoids the cliché of the typical Christmas song – really making people think about its meaning and thus helping them understand what Christmas is truly about.

Stream here: https://soundcloud.com/jon-mcdevitt/01-father-christmas-m1-08-09-16-01-44100hz-24bits

McDevitt’s Christmas sing-along includes thoughtful lyrics by co-writer Dominic Hudson which paint Father Christmas as a figure missing from Christmas, whilst allowing the listener to interpret it as to how or why.  An infectious melody, combined with Jon McDevitt’s harmonious vocals make for a great, catchy, Christmas single that you just cannot argue with.

Jon McDevitt has a number of local shows lined up to support the single release – you can see the full list here: http://www.jonmcdevitt.com/

What Drink?

Mulled Wine of course! Sit back, relax and get yourself in the festive spirit with the help of McDevitt’s contemporary Christmas classic.

Review: Cameron Davidson

The latest single ‘Invented’ from Cameron Davidson, a Southampton based artist, is a relaxed rock inspired track.

Cameron’s pure and soft vocals are beautifully contrasted with the strong guitars and drum beats it is layered over. The musical elements and the lyrics build together and culminate in a strong powerful vibe. It is clear to see from this track why he has been recommended as BBC Introducing’s best act of 2015.

This seems to be the perfect soundtrack for a relaxing gin and tonic at the end of a long day.

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/camerondavidsonmusic

https://www.facebook.com/camerondavidsonmusic

https://twitter.com/cadavidsonmusic

https://youtube.com/camerondavidsonmusic

 

Matty T Wall Lifts You Out of the Winter Blues and Brings You Stunning ‘Blue Skies’

Perth born and bred Matty T Wall is already well on his way to joining legends just like Dave Hole, Bon Scott (ACDC) and the John Butler Trio. “I am like an elastic band pulled really tight, ready to go,” he says. “That’s how I feel about my music.” In his youth following bands like Metallica and Sepultura he recognised how they honored the blues masters before them, aspiring to be at their level he got into the blues and since Matty has “never gotten out of it.” 

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The ‘Blue Skies’ single showcases his creative playing through the wonderfully detailed virtuosic inflections he decorates his music with.  As observed by Geoff Scott, “One of the best blues guitarists that I have ever witnessed.

The album has a blues/rock feel to it making it the perfect soundtrack to accompany a classic ‘Manhattan’ cocktail.

To make a Manhattan you’ll need…

3 oz. rye whiskey
1 oz. sweet vermouth
3 dashes Angostura bitters

1 maraschino cherry

Instructions

Mix whiskey, vermouth, and bitters in a shaker with ice; stir to chill. Strain into a martini glass, or a rocks glass with ice; garnish with cherry. AND ENJOY!

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Liberty Ship Return With New Single ‘Don’t Wish’

“We’ve heard two Liberty Ship tracks set for release early this year and they are, no word of a lie, phenomenal. Lee Mavers like phenomenal. That good.”
This Feeling / Fred Perry Subculture ‘Big in 2016’

“Liberty Ship”

  • 12 oz. Red Bull
  • 12 oz. Chilli pepper Vodka
  • 12 oz. Monster Energy Drink
  • 1 bottle Ginger Ale

Combine in highball glass and serve.

Hot on the heels of their debut single, ‘Learning to Fly’, which was playlisted on radio stations in countries around the world including the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and across the USA from New York to LA, Liberty Ship are set to release their follow up single, ‘Don’t Wish’ on 8th July 2016.

Hailing from the Sheffield suburbs, which have produced some of the UK music’s most exciting bands, the four piece have already toured with the likes of King Charles (2013) and Reverend and The Makers (2014). They have played their own sold out home-town shows and were picked from over 1500 applicants to open the main stage at last year’s Tramlines Festival. They recently opened for Joe Carnall Jnr at his annual Xmas Show which featured performances from various members of Milburn, Reverend & the Makers, The Subways, The Zutons and Arctic Monkeys and were also asked to open for Milburn at their triumphant sold out four night run at O2 Academy Sheffield.

This recent succes has led to the band being invited to play some of the UK’s most prestigious festivals in the Summer of 2016, including Isle of Wight Festival, Kendall Calling and the main stage at the increasingly popular Blackthorn Festival, adding further weight to This Feeling / Fred Perry Subculture’s words, who dubbed the band as ones to watch in 2016.

Liberty Ship are producing music that demands recognition – authentic, energetic rock n roll tracks which perfectly capture the wild exuberance of youth, a band to define a generation.

The fantastic artwork for ‘Don’t Wish’ once again comes courtesy of Sheffield’s world renowned graffiti artist, illustrator and MC; Kid Acne in a continuation of the this hugely successful artistic collaboration.

“[Liberty Ship] really are on it at the moment, the new stuff we’ve had through from these lads has been PHENOMENAL!”
Christian Carlisle, BBC Introducing Sheffield

 

Social Links:

LibertyShipBand.com

LibertyShipBand.Bandcamp.com

Facebook.com/LibertyShipBand

Instagram.com/LibertyShipBand

Soundcloud.com/LibertyShipBand

Twitter.com/LibertyShipBand

YouTube.com/LibertyShipBand

@LibertyShipBand

 

Live Dates:
Saturday 11th June – Isle of Wight Festival (Jack Rocks This Feeling Stage)
Saturday 18th June 2016 – Live in Barnsley Festival (Walkabout Stage)
Saturday 23rd July 2016 – Tramlines Festival (Crystal Stage)
Sunday 24th July 2016 – Blackthorn Festival (Main Stage)
Saturday 30th July 2016 – Kendal Calling Festival (Off Axis Woodlands Stage)
Saturday 6th August – Dronfest Festival (Main Stage)

 

Retro rockers Big Zero drop new EP ‘Mainstream Propaganda’

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Rustle yourself up a Harvey Wallbanger or some other fancy cocktail that all those perm-loving partygoers used to drink – we’re going back to the eighties!

Punky New Wave revivalists, Big Zero, are into retro in a big way. Not only is their new EP recorded entirely on an 8-track cassette, their music videos are all recorded in VHS quality.

As for the music, it’s a mix of groovy guitars and fluorescent synths. The lyrics meanwhile are politically-charged but charmingly so, underpinned by a sense of humour. The vocals meanwhile borrow from an array of eighties band including New Order, Killing Joke and even a bit of The Police.

Overall , Big Zero meld their old skool influences into something creatively fresh and new.

Watch the video for ‘Tear It Up And Start Again’ below:

Some links to have with your drinks:

www.twitter.com/bigzeromusic 

www.youtube.com/bigzeromusic 

http://www.facebook.com/bigzeromusic 

http://www.instagram.com/bigzeromusic 

www.soundcloud.com/bigzeromusic

 

Bull Funk Zoo deliver new single ‘Would You’

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ASSAAD DELIVERS ALL THE ENERGY OF A VODKA RED BULL

Assaad Lakkis AKA Bull Funk Zoo is a rock multi-instrumentalist and singer who has been making waves in his hometown of Dubai, now ready to take on the rest of the world. His influences span Earth Wind and Fire to Metallica. ‘Would You’ is his latest single, a raw and raucous funk-rock tune with an entertainingly  nutty feel reminiscent of acts like Primus and Mr Bungle.

Listen below:

Links:

htps://www.facebook.com/bullfunkzoo/

https://twitter.com/bullfunkzoo

https://www.instagram.com/bullfunkzoo/

https://www.youtube.com/user/BullFunkZoo

https://soundcloud.com/bullfunkzoo

https://bullfunkzoo.bandcamp.com

 

Japanese Fighting Fish release exhilarating new album Swimming With Piranhas

Promo Artwork - Swimming with Piranhas

Pour yourself a glass of saké, add a shot of wasabi, finish with a sprinkling of cocaine, consume until unconcscious…

Swimming with Piranhas is an album based on personal experience – singer Karlost and drummer Sweetman having once gone swimming in the Amazon whilst staying with indigenous tribespeople in Ecuador.

Sounds wild, right? Unsurprisingly, the band’s sound is equally feral. The London rock band meld frenetic guitar riffs, fast-paced drums and a shrieking raspy vocal style, achieving brilliantly dizzying results. The self-titled opener is a carnivalesque rollercoaster of a track that rides a sinister bass groove. ‘Egyptian Sunrise’ is a wild jam that ends with manic laughing, as if all the Egyptian plagues happening at once. ‘Provocative Cat’ is a vaguely latin theatrical song as suitably mad as its title. And that’s just the first three tracks.

Rock can be all too sane and boring these days.  Japanese Fighting Fish are keeping it excitedly bonkers.

Links:

http://www.japanesefightingfish.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/Japanesefightingfishuk

https://twitter.com/jffuk

https://soundcloud.com/japanese-fighting-fish

Bourbon Sleaze signees Hurricane#1 release romantically named new track ‘I Wanna Kill You’

Recently signed to record label Bourbon Sleaze (very fitting for this blog), formerly disbanded rock group Hurricane#1 return to deliver this blistering track. Drinking suggestions? A dirty pint?  

The fearsome group attribute their sound to classic sixties Rock & Roll, Soul and Country Rock with a contemporary edge. Soaked in muddy distortion, the result is something truly monstrous

This comeback single marks frontman Alex Lowe’s winning battle with cancer.

The single comes from the band’s forthcoming album ‘Melodic Rainbows’.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/Hurricane1-553409248094185

http://hurricanenumberone.com/