NEW MUSIC: Archie Sylvester // EP: One

Are you a fan of hard rock, bluesy riffs and guitar solos? If you are, you MUST check out Archie Sylvester’s latest material. His EP One was launched on September 23rd 2015 at Camdens Spiritual Bar.   

Archie is an exceptional guitarist and creative lyricist who has revitalised and modernised blues rock.

You can listen here:

  1. Spotify // Archie Sylvester
  2. YouTube // Archie Sylvester // Disease
  3. SoundCloud // Archie Sylvester // Woman
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GIG REVIEW: The Wombats @ Alexandra Palace 01/10/2015

 
Portaloos, overpriced cider, an array of fast food eateries, band tees and a crowd of fans with sequins glued in an ‘S’ around their eyes… The festival vibe was somewhat created despite being in a 19th century Palace. Recent memories of The Wombats at Reading 2015 instantly flooded back and I could not wait for their set to begin. 

This was the bands first, 10,000+ capacity gig… Exciting to be part of, huh?

  

Following the release of their latest, top 5 Album, the trio performed a strong set of singalongs, inclusive of 9 “Glitterbug” tracks.

Catchy. Up beat. Feel-good. I found myself singing along to their unconventional, slightly random but melodic lyrics. 

The highlights

  • Jump Into The Fog
  • The English Summer
  • Techno Fan

For me, these are the 3 which were most memorable. 

Firstly, Jump Into The Fog, which reached the UKs Top 40 Singles Chart the year it was debuted was my favourite performance of the night. I guess it’s those personal ties and reasons which connect you to a song, and for me, this is ‘one of those songs’. Jump Into The Fog was the first song I ever learned to play full-length on the drums and for that reason it remains to be my favourite Wombats track. Alongside having a personal achievement attached to it, I think it’s undeniabley a favourite for most fans of the band.

Next up, The English Summer.  Catchy, synthless (unusual for post-debut-album Wombats, right?) with a strong vibe of  A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation.  The shortest track of their 2015 release Glitterbug but definitely one of the most effective. Epigrammatic. Short but sweet.

Finally, Techno Fan, which you may recognise following the use of it in EasyJet’s TV ad in 2011. (That’s if you’re not totally familiar with the band, or, if this provoked you to download This Modern Glitch). A track that sucks you in and gets you hooked. Cheesy. Up-beat. Summery. Feel-good. 

(YouTube // easyJet // The Wombats)

GIG REVIEW: Florence & The Machine @ Alexandra Palace, London 21/09/2015

  

Day 1 of a four day sell out at London’s Alexandra Palace: What. A. Show. 

Non-stop anthems. Flawless talent. Atmospheric. Loud. Creative. 

Firstly, the venue. Alexandra Palace is a great standing venue with a brilliant view for all. Great acoustics, sound and lighting. The only negative is its location. Not a direct journey on the tube nor an underground station directly nearby. But what’s an uphill jog to a gig when you’re seeing one of London’s finest vocalists? 

 
 

9.10pm: the lights dimmed, the crowd roared and the band took to the stage.  The backdrop glistened, casting light upon their iconic harp and the spotlight shone on front woman, Florence Welch. Barefoot & dressed in a satin co-ord made up from flared pants and a matching waist coat. The show began, opening with What The Water Gave Me followed by their third studio albums (How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful) leading single Ship To Wreck

The whole show was brilliant. A very energetic performance full of pirouettes, leaps & tiptoe sprinting across the stage. A mixture of singalong anthems and acoustic solos.  A contrasting yet balanced variety of powerful and delicate tones. She was flawless. They were incredible.

The Highlights:

  • Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
  • Cosmic Love
  • Dog Days Are Over

For me, these songs stood out the most. Two of the above are very established, recognisable anthems, which had the the crowd belting the lyrics alongside Florence. The other, more delicate had the audience was awe-stricken by her breathtaking vocal range and ability. 

GIG REVIEW: You Me At Six AND All Time Low @ O2 on 14 Feb. 2015

The big tour that Sixers and Hustlers have been waiting on for YEARS is finally here in the UK. The co-head tour of All Time Low and You Me At Six- February 14th 2015 @ The O2 London.

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ALL TIME LOW
First to the stage were All Time Low. Full of energy they opened with Love Like A War from their most recent album ‘Don’t Panic’. The crowd were instantly engaged and letting loose, jumping to the rhythm, fist pumping and singing along.

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Highlights:
Damned If I Do Ya, (Damned If I Don’t) from their album ‘Nothing Personal’. This song is a big hit with their fan base so brought a lot excitement to the Arena. Upbeat. Buoyant. A lot of fun!

Therapy also from their album ‘Nothing Personal’ was spectacular. The Arena was beautifully lit up with lights from phones and lighters, as Alex Gaskarth sung acoustically. The crowd in awe as he sung his heart out to a lyrically touching and emotional song. This performance was truly heart-felt and admirable.

Time Bomb from their album ‘Dirty Work’ was a lot of fun. The band chose a handful of fans out of the audience to join them on stage to rock out and sing along. Guitarist, Jack Barakat swapped his guitar for a t-shirt gun, firing merchandise into the crowd.
This performance was very crowd-engaging, lively and entertaining.

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Even better if?…

As much as I enjoyed their performances, I feel like they could have had a stronger setlist. I was a bit disappointed that All Time Low chose to play The Irony Of Choking On A Life Saver as for me this is a ‘skip song’ off their album ‘Don’t Panic’.
I feel that that they could have included a few bangers from their earlier albums, such as Coffee Shop Soundtrack or 6 Feet Under The Stars.

Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed their show and would definitely like to see them live again.

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YOU ME AT SIX
The lights dimmed in the Arena and the crowd instantly went crazy. Each band member took to the stage individually, creating a suspensive atmosphere, as the crowd patiently waited for Front Man, Josh Franceschi to appear.
The band began to play a heavily instrumental intro which quickly dissolved into Room a To Breathe off their number 1 album ‘Cavalier Youth’, in which Josh Franceschi emerged from behind the scenes. The crowd ROARED with excitement!!
I think this was a perfect way to start off their show- the song itself is ideal for a stadium tour as it is strong & powerful and has lyrics which can be easily sung along to.

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Loverboy, their lead single off their album ‘Sinners Never Sleep’ was my favourite performance of the night. The crowd were massively involved in the intro, replacing the music with their “lalalala” chants. The build up to the vocals was incredible. The atmosphere was incredible & the performance was incredible.

Underdog from their album ‘Hold Me Down’ is a fan favourite and a very well known You Me At Six song- an absolute classic!
The song was very fitting to the tour because during the night front man, Josh Franceschi told the audience he’d always dreamed to stage the O2 but in the bands eyes it would never happen. However, the ‘underdogs’ did it- achieving their dream; headlining the O2 arena in which so many famous musicians have stepped.

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Crash from their album Sinners Never Sleep was beautiful. For the second time of the evening the Arena was lit up by phones and lighters; the mood of the Arena dropped as the tempo slowed and the crowd were in awe once more.
Juxtaposing ‘Valentines Day’ the heart-ache song was welcomed by the crowd as they sang along and waved their arms to the rhythm.

Bite My Tongue off their album ‘Sinners Never Sleep’ was their first performance of their encore. The original version if this song features Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes who has a break towards the end if the song- fast pace, aggressive & ‘screamo’.
For this performance it was down to Franceschi to ‘scream’ Sykes’ part.
Throughout the song I reminisced of You Me At Six’s pre album songs where they had heavy, ‘screamo’ vocals in their music, such as This Turbulence Is Beautiful.
I have been a long term You Me At Six fan so thoroughly enjoyed this performance, as I took a trip down memory lane!

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Even better if?…

I would have loved You Me At Six to have interacted with the crowd more. I don’t know whether it was down to nerves that Josh didn’t really talk to the crowd or because he wanted to play as many songs as possible in the time scale allotted. Who knows?
Nevertheless, I had a GREAT time and am looking forward to seeing them perform at Isle Of Wight festival in June 2015.

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GIG REVIEW: Bombay Bicycle Club with support from Peace @ Earls Court on 13 Dec. 2014

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I was looking forward to seeing Peace just as much as I was looking forward to seeing Bombay Bicycle Club and they didn’t disappoint. Tonight was my first time seeing both bands and they were both brilliant.

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Firstly, Peace.

Unfortunately I missed the first two songs on their set, therefore the first song I saw was // Money which was a thoroughly enjoyable performance. Smooth and quiet sensual.

My favourite performance of theirs was their cover of Led Zepplin // Since I’ve Been Loving You. This performance was very instrumental which made it very pleasing to watch and hear. They definitely did the cover justice.

Bombay Bicycle Club.
Three word review: Unique, Fun, Crowd Engaging

Bombay Bicycle Club were a lot of fun. Very instrumental and quirky; very talented musicians. Vocally flawless- voices both very delicate but very powerful.

My favourite performance: Feel. A thoroughly enjoyable performance, a lot of fun and energy. Probably my favourite song of their most recent album // So Long, See You Tomorrow.

Highlights: They had 3 special guests who performed alongside them. These were: Pink Floyd’s David Gilmore; Ray Morris & Lucy Rose. The collaborations were incredible. Their ability to sing in harmony with a range of different vocalists was spot on, superb.

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