|Eddie Hinton||Cover Me||@contra_flow|
|The Four Tops||Reach Out I’ll Be There||@_fi_bee|
|Carole King||You’ve Got a Friend||@gryfffez|
|Beach House||Take Care||@chops_top_fives|
|Fleet Foxes||Your Protector||@heliumdelirium @sparkes74|
|David J Roch||Hour of Need||@_fi_bee|
|Idlewild||Safe and Sound||@heliumdelirium|
|The Stone Roses||Ten Storey Love Song||@_fi_bee|
|Fine Young Cannibals||Johnny Come Home||@tattybeard @gaynorpaul|
|Electric Eel Shock||Rock & Roll Can Rescue the World||@grantsales|
|Boomtown Rats||Looking After Number One||@shep_1972|
|The Specials||Too Much Too Young||@makerzmark|
|The Clash||Protex Blue||@skylarkingmatt @robertleith|
|The Clash||Safe European Home||@vaguemclarity|
|Rolling Stones||Gimme Shelter||@sparkes74 @steve8x8|
|Bruce Springsteen||Cover Me||@ledmunds|
|Elbow||An Audience With the Pope||@_fi_bee|
|Bob Dylan||Shelter from the Storm||@makerzmark @andrewlabmonkey|
|The White Stripes||This Protector||@_fi_bee|
|Ghostpoet||Cash and Carry Me Home||@_fi_bee|
|Massive Attack||Safe From Harm||@lippykidbuzztap|
|Massive Attack||Protection||@grantsales @rorsdm @turvenator|
|Nina Simone||Save Me||@guylongworth|
|Donald Fagen||Security Joan||@chasethegroove|
|Tony Christie||Avenues and Alleyways||@tonylazarus|
|Blind Willie McTell||Lord, Send Me An Angel||@_fi_bee|
|Woodman Stone||When Tigers Claw||@_fi_bee|
|Simon & Garfunkel||Bridge Over Troubled Water||@richard0x4a|
|Mumford and Sons||Winter Winds||@turvenator|
|Mansun||When the Wind Blows||@tazismad|
|Queen & David Bowie||Under Pressure||@philmonkey|
|Patrick Swayze||She’s Like the Wind||@lickleamyb|
|Flying Colours||The Storm||@peterminihane|
|The Submarines||Grey Skies Blue||@rich_w27|
|The Seeds||The Wind Blows Your Hair||@chasethegroove|
|Tracey Thorn||Why Does the Wind||@iancpeacock|
|North Sea Radio Orchestra||Heavy Weather||@nobrightside|
|David Bowie||Wild is the Wind||@loopybear96|
|Van Morrison||Full Force Gale||@skylarkingmatt|
|Richard Hawley||There’s a Storm Coming||@richard0x4a|
|Kansas||Dust in the Wind||@monkeymarl|
|Donovan||Catch the Wind||@drfilth @carldogwalker|
|Crooked Still||Wind and Rain||@substandardnerd|
|Cat Stevens||The Wind||@steve8x8|
|Joni Mitchell||Let the Wind Carry Me||@realpaulmurray|
|Bob Dylan||Blowin’ in the Wind||@mattowlgale @lycan33|
|Tanya Donelly||The Storm||@garykaill|
|Neil Young||Like a Hurricane||@bannahhanana77 @andrewlabmonkey|
|PJ Harvey||The Wind||@sparkes74 @slowthrills @sadpad21 @rorsdm|
|The Doors||Riders on the Storm||@instantkarma80 @buttersstotch11 @eva_mulder|
|Led Zeppelin||When the Levee Breaks||@grantsales|
|Jimi Hendrix||The Wind Cries Mary||@drfilth @stfudonny76 @westburtonlad @contra_flow @antmeals|
|Donald Byrd||Wind Parade||@guylongworth|
|Etta James||Stormy Weather||@gryfffez|
|Jimmy Cliff||Hurricane Hattie||@vaguemclarity|
|T-Bone Walker||Call it Stormy Monday||@_fi_bee|
If you support unsigned Indie music, and also have an interest in Mental Health (which, let’s face it, everyone should!), then this is an excellent project to back.
You can pledge pretty much any amount you wish, and contribute towards this excellent cause. Depending on how much you pledge, you will receive a different package, from a thank you email for £1.00 right through to a CD and VIP pass to the album launch night for £20.00.
The music is certainly not secondary to the cause – with artists such as Mog Stanley, Debs McCoy, Snippet, Wullae Wright, The Travelling Band, The Bedroom Hour and Tom Robinson (of 2, 4, 6, 8 Motorway fame), you won’t be disappointed!
Keep up to date with progress via Twitter
You have until 9.20am on 3rd January 2014 to make a pledge – time’s ticking away – it would be amazing if the £5000.00 target could be reached!
So, if you can spare between £1 and £30, or more if you’re able, please make a pledge to this amazing project.
Hailing from The Forest of Dean, folk/indie/pop singer Andrew Ferris is currently based in Austria, where he’s focussing on studio work rather than gigs. Exploring musical opportunities and ideas, he’s keen to share his songs far and wide, and now his music has made it to my ears.
His first solo release was the Red Lorry EP in May 2012. A journey that starts with a skip in the step with The Fall of Man, the jaunty What I Know (La La La), via the comfort of Home, a gentle touch from With This Heart and the heartfelt Song For You, this is a great insight into Andrew’s style, influences and ability. It’s considered, beautiful, clever and brilliant.
Ferris released his debut album, Yellow Lorry, in October 2013. Andrew says he wants to challenge you musically and lyrically, and has compiled this album specifically to attempt to do that.
The opener, Smile, does what it says on the tin – I found myself bopping around with a silly grin on my face during this song! Indie pop at its best!
Ferris treats us next to an indie/acoustic/blues mix in the shape of Moving On. Lyrically clever, and punctuated by distinctive bluesy guitar, this is one of my favourites from the album.
Lost at Sea is heartbreakingly honest, wonderfully crafted and beautifully hopeful. The song tells us that no matter how alone and frightened you feel, you shouldn’t think badly of yourself, and that there will always be someone ready to help you, to “stop you from floating away”.
Next up are The Little Things You Do and Little Bird, two really fun, upbeat folk songs. Foot tappers at worst, they will bring a smile to your face and a dance to your heart. The former even has a harmonica solo! I love this style – Ferris does it very well indeed.
The Fall of Man has made it onto the album, too, and fits in very well here. It’s a great inclusion, and follows on really well from the last two songs. Actually, the whole order of the album is extremely well thought through. It must be a bit like doing a playlist, ensuring that each song follows on from and moves into the next song. Andrew has achieved this perfectly.
Faster than the Leaves is about how life changes as people change and move apart, but in a positive way. It’s making the best of what was a difficult situation, and seeing light where there could easily be dark. It’s a wonderful sentiment.
Ferris surprises us next with one of the quirkiest starts to a song I’ve heard! Something Changed tells us about being energised by new feelings of love, along with the uncertainty about how the other person may feel. I really like the addition of brass at 1m50, after a little chuckle from Andrew! This is a great little song.
As an insight into Andrew’s deepest thoughts, the album finishes with strength and beauty in the form of The Remainder. He really does wear his heart on his sleeve, I think. “I sold my soul. I’ll have to buy it back if I’ve ever got a hope of going home.”
I am so excited about this music. Some days, you just need something that covers all bases, that makes you feel every emotion, and Yellow Lorry does this for me. Andrew Ferris is on my Must See Gigs 2014 list!
Because it’s Christmas, here’s Andrew’s take on Jingle Bells… it’s so lovely!
|Bob Dylan||Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat||@carldogwalker @makesleekkills @cuyahoga68|
|Mark Knopfler||Don’t Forget Your Hat||@chasethegroove|
|The Mountain Goats||Wizard Buys a Hat||@_fi_bee|
|The Blue Nile||From a Late Night Train||@rich_w27 @melmarriott|
|Electronic||Getting Away With It||@ccbriggers|
|Brian Eno||King’s Lead Hat||@darkladyofsonnets66 @lippykidbuzztap|
|David Bowie||Queen Bitch||@richard0x4a|
|Cud||Under My Hat||@infolib_robin|
|Prince||Raspberry Beret||@vicaviber @tomkentsen @keithj_gmb @redlikejungle|
|ELO||Don’t Bring Me Down||@thelastpenmon|
|Cornershop||Brimful of Asha||@ablufia|
|Boy George||Karma Chameleon||@danthompson78|
|The Proclaimers||Cap in Hand||@vaguemclarity|
|Men Without Hats||Safety Dance||@n1ckbab3r @jamesoldham|
|They Might Be Giants||Hovering Sombrero||@sipperana|
|Steeleye Span||All Around My Hat||@skylarkingmatt @monkeymarl @cheezyuk|
|The Spinto Band||Direct to Helmet||@steve8x8|
|A Show of Hands||The Blue Cockade||@gryfffez|
|Echo and the Bunnymen||Thorn of Crowns||@rorsdm|
|The Kinks||She’s Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina||@louisbalfour @flintsghost|
|Tankus the Henge||Hat||@tonylazarus|
|Beck||Feather in Your Cap||@_fi_bee|
|Del Shannon||Hats Off to Larry||@clairhorne @realpaulmurray @substandardnerd|
|Marvin Gaye||Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)||@contra_flow|
|Joe Cocker||You Can Leave Your Hat On||@eva_mulder|
|Etta James||You Can Leave Your Hat On||@andrewlabmonkey|
|Charles Mingus||Goodbye Pork Pie Hat||@instantkarma|
DoNY are Ipswich based Pip & Will, friends since high school who have naturally progressed to forming their own band after playing music together for many years.
Founded in 2011, they’re now signed to Cabin Fever Records and managed by Snake Plissken – if that’s his real name, that’s ultra cool!
Essentially an acoustic duo, they’ve also recently teamed up with other musicians to record 7 songs for their website, and to gig with.
I’ve listened to the songs on their bandpage a few times, now. There are some definite strengths in there, and also room for improvement, in my opinion.
They know their instruments, but are a bit too restrained – almost shy, really! Having said that, “About You” and “Take Me Over” both show glimmers of what could be, as there’s way more energy, especially vocally, than in “Not Another”, “Just Real Good” and “Nails”, for example.
“Ventura” has a bit of a bluesy feel, as does “On Our Way to LA” which also provides a touch of psychedelic sounding guitar at 1m27s! For me, sometimes the acoustic guitar work goes on slightly too long, and could have more in the way of a melody, but it’s a pretty good direction generally.
Kudos to these lads for getting their music out there, it’s a tough business to get into and I really hope they stick at it. I reckon a bit less self restraint is what is called for here – I’d like them to just get stuck in and go for it. No holds barred!
I’ll be keeping my eye on their progress, so be ready to hear more about them in the future!
You can also download their seven recorded songs on their Bandpage!
Wullae finally released his long awaited album on 20th August 2013 – he spent 18 months recording it, and I like to think it’s his method of escapism, the journey that he tells us is the theme of the album. I thought I’d wait a little while to review it, and take the time to listen until it’s embedded into my mind. It’s been like my very own journey. I didn’t mean to leave it quite this long, but here we are!
The album kicks off with “UFO”, which is an impressive combination of acoustic, classical and indie rock. You can feel the pain in Wright’s vocals. I’m immediately gripped.
“A Stage With Your Own Fears” is dark, melodic, perfectly punctuated with crashing cymbals and later petering off into lone strings, which lead gently into the next song.
My favourite song from the album is “Survived Unpromised Souls” – it’s absolutely sublime. Indicative of Wullae’s style, the simplicity of the guitar is a beautiful thing, and his voice is the strongest I’ve heard it.
I love the faster songs on the album, too – “Roadtrippin’”, “You Never Said Anything” and “Plasticland” have layer upon layer of musical goodness. Wright’s musical imagination knows no bounds. This is A Good Thing! “Plasticland” also gives a nod towards the 60s with a slightly psychedelic/Beatles-ish feel to it.
He’s also highly capable of slowing things down – listen to “Nostalgic”, “Living on the Edge” and “Superhero”, and feel the songs seep around you and into your mind. I’m certain this is the intention with these quirky little tunes – I’d love to know what inspires him.
“Beware: Angels Beckon” showcases Wullae’s voice with a very interesting drumbeat. I’m intruiged, and hooked. The only thing that doesn’t really work for me is the strained vocals at certain parts of the song, but I can get past that!
Wright’s penultimate song is what I would describe as a goodbye song. “A Story of a Wall” is, to me, about experiencing the aimlessness of life sometimes, and wanting to escape. I love the echo and the atmosphere it provides. I feel like I’m inner city wanting to be somewhere with space to breathe.
“All The Time” is just gorgeous. Wullae’s voice is superb here – you almost need nothing else. A crescendo that will break your heart and make you fall in love at the same time happens at 1:50 – I defy you to not feel moved by this song. A wonderful end to a superb album.
Wright has put his heart, body and soul into this album. He’s worked his fingers to the bone to get it just how he wanted it. It’s evident he’s passionate about what he does. I cannot wait to see what else he has to offer. Watch this space – he’s destined for a huge career.
A Christmas song has recently appeared on Wullae’s Soundcloud… have a cheeky listen here!
|Bay City Rollers||Shang-a-Lang||@clairhorne|
|PWEI||Dance of the Mad Bastards||@gilbertgubbins|
|The Lemonheads||Manchester Academy 1992||Into Your Arms||@sammartinsmith|
|My Bloody Valentine||Leeds 1988||Thorn||@steve8x8|
|Lindisfarne||Newcastle City Hall late 70s early 80s||Winter Song||@andrewlabmonkey|
|The Eagles||2000||Take It Easy||@ianwebb1982|
|Michael McDonald||Manchester Apollo 1984||Soul Train||@bluegirl_66|
|Adam and the Ants||Deeside Leisure Centre 1982||Dog Eat Dog||@monkeymarl|
|Metallica||Milton Keynes Bowl||Master of Puppets||@xplusyequals13|
|Biffy Clyro||Yeovil August 2002||Bubbles||@ajcarvell|
|The Stranglers||No More Heroes||@colinb65|
|Duran Duran||Planet Earth||@jcrowther9|
|Stereophonics||15/01/98||The Bartender and the Thief||@lycan33|
|Saxon||Manchester Apollo 1981||Ride Like the Wind||@lippykidbuzztap|
|Spear of Destiny||Mickey||@antmeals|
|OMD||Liverpool Empire 20th November 1980||Dresden||@ellibin|
|The Mission||Birmingham NEC 1988||Into the Blue||@spookshow71|
|Status Quo||What You’re Proposing (Just Supposin’)||@ashleighgoldmd|
|Jean Michel Jarre||8th October 1988||Equinoxe part 1||@fepnoid|
|The Cure||Hammersmith Odeon May 1981||All Cats are Grey||@iancpeacock|
|Steve Vai||Astoria||The Audience is Listening||@dukesofnewyork|
|James||Getting Away With It||@rachjaynesmith|
|Kate Bush||1979||Symphony in Blue||@paulie9461|
|Grover Washington Jr||Hammersmith Odeon 1976||Inner City Blues||@tonylazarus|
|Marillion||Hammersmith Odeon 1986||Garden Party||@chops_top_fives|
|Hazel O’Connor||Eighth Day||@sonicanne1|
|Peter Andre||Mysterious Girl||@flourella_|
|Take That||1990s||Never Forget||@trish_savine|
|Carter USM||Preston Guildhall 6th October 1993||Only Living Boy in New Cross||@sprungatom|
|The Housemartins||Labour Conference early 1980s||Happy Hour||@guylongworth|
|Billy Bragg||Greetings to the New Brunette||@adamczuk|
|James Brown||Get On Up||@makesleekkills|
|Chapterhouse||Bristol University||Falling Down||@jonezyt|
|INXS||Bournemouth 1991||New Sensation||@sparkes74|
|Everly Brothers||1987, Liverpool Empire||Love of the Common People||@laugharne71|
|House of Pain||Newcastle 1984||Shamrocks and Shenanigans||@danthompson78|
|Uriah Heep||01/03/77||Let it Ride||@robertleith|
|Madness||Wembley Arena December 1993||Night Boat to Cairo||@boundaryboy1|
|Shakin’ Stevens||This Ole House||@lazerguidedblog|
|Depeche Mode||Wembley Arena 1990||People Are People||@seanhannam @nicktheowl|
|Killing Joke||Manchester Apollo||The Wait||@drfilth|
|Saxon||Mansfield Leisure Centre 1990||Waiting for the Night||@seismicshed|
|Leon Russell||1972||A Song For You||@chasethegroove|
|The Stranglers||18th October 1982||Golden Brown||@moodymitchy|
|Ian Gillan||Corby Festival Hall 21st November 1982||Bringing Joanna Back||@guitartutorrich|
|Paul Young||Come Back and Stay||@skylarkingmatt|
|The Cramps||Hamburg 1986||Human Fly||@sparkypatrick|
|Crowded House||Distant Sun||@stiggy_78|
|CSS||2007||Off the Hook||@christensendrg|
|Bryan Adams||Hyde Park||Thought I’d Died and Gone to Heaven||@lickleamyb|
|Ralph McTell||Streets of London||@richard0x4a|
|Manics||1995||From Despair to Where||@captain_parsnip|
|Ramones||Hammersmith Palais 22 Oct 1981||We Want the Airwaves||@amcyoung|
|Aztec Camera||1983||Down the Dip||@archieslander|
|Five Star||Rain Or Shine||@kid76a|
|Herman Brood & His Wild Romance||Rock n Roll Junkie||@contra_flow|
|Simple Minds||1987||Don’t You Forget About Me||@damjef|
|Happy Mondays||Whitley Bay Ice Rink 23 Nov 1990||Kinky Afro||@danscreaton|
|Yazoo||Dominion Theatre, 1982||Only You||@robbingham|
|Siouxsie & the Banshees||Spellbound||@eclecticfriend3|
|The Music||The Truth is No Words||@flintsghost|
|Muse||30th October 2012||Plug in Baby||@heliumdelirium|
|Chris De Burgh||1988||A Spaceman Came Travelling||@jamesoldham|
|The Strawbs||1970s||Lay Down||@melmarriott|
|The Jam||01/05/79||Strange Town||@oneoclockgun|
|Buzzcocks||Ever Fallen in Love||@mickyfisk|
|Bon Jovi||1993||Keep the Faith||@philmonkey|
|Ned’s Atomic Dustbin||Reading University||Kill Your Television||@schmatt|
|Squeeze||September 1980||Cool for Cats||@gryfffez|
|John Martyn||Hebden Bridge Picture House||Dancing||@jacktatty|
|REM||Slane Castle 1995||Try Not to Breathe||@oneillpaudie|
|John Miles||Croydon Fairfield Halls 1978||No Hard Feelings||@hewnique|
|Shed Seven||Getting Better||@lsherrington1|
|Tori Amos||Bristol 1994||Cornflake Girl||@substandardnerd|
|Billy Bragg||Accident Waiting To Happen||@tazismad|
|The Grateful Dead||The Rainbow, 1980||One More Saturday Night||@woodmanstone|
|Saxon||Glasgow Apollo 1983||Wheels of Steel||@vaguemclarity|
|Faces||Edmonton Regal 72 or 73||Miss Judy’s Farm||@westburtonlad|
|Queen||1977||Tie Your Mother Down||@zanylala|
|Dire Straits||Wembley Arena 1991||Brothers in Arms||@_fi_bee|
Rock band Lucks Lane, who hail from the Peterborough area, are currently working on their second album, due for release in early 2014.
Their first album, A New Someone, was released in 2012 under a slightly different lineup to how you see them now. It was a punchy, brave debut, with gems such as Some Scars Must Remain that will have you singing along, and I’ll Keep You Inside to which you’ll find yourself nodding your head to the beat.
Lucks Lane have now released their EP, A Million Hours, and have subsequently found that their songs being aired on radio stations in the UK, US, Canada and Australia! They’ve also undertaken their first radio interview along with airplay of acoustic live songs. They really are getting their name out there!
This EP is very strong – three songs long, it’s comprised of the anthemic Running For My Life (I challenge you to listen to this song without then singing it in your head for the next few weeks!), the beautiful title track, A Million Hours and the quirky, assertive Turn the Tide.
This is a great introduction to the band as they are now, with Pete Moore writing the songs and the band performing them to an extremely high standard. They’ve worked out their individual strengths and manage to showcase them all as a whole, without losing any of the main aim: producing good music.
Potter’s outstanding guitar work; Cairney’s sometimes fierce, sometimes emotive vocals; Stimpson’s bass playing, which is positively melodic; and the talented Daglish on keyboards and rhythm guitar are all topped off by King’s drums, which are exceptional – he leads the band with vigour through each song, and he’s clearly an accomplished drummer.
I’m so impressed with this band. They are exciting, energetic, passionate and superb musicians, and I cannot wait to hear their second album, The Story of Our Lives. I’m also keeping my ear to the ground for tour news, as I will be in that crowd!
[Disclaimer: I am the sister of one of the band, but that in no way means I am biased. If I like something, I like it – it’s that simple. I genuinely love their music, and think many other people will, too! Thank you.]
About a year ago, I heard a song on the radio that caught my attention. That song was Little Bag of Bones by one Mog Stanley. Its bluesy quality is what grabbed me – I dig the Blues!
It’s a travesty that I’ve not written about him until now, but since then he’s released his EP, Inside the Mindbox, and a single, Tricky Mouth Blues, from his as yet untitled upcoming album. All exciting and promising stuff!
Mog Stanley’s style, although distinctively Blues, is incredibly soft, especially vocally. Sometimes (with his older songs), the lyrics get slightly lost behind the louder music, but in general I really like the way Stanley delivers his songs.
His most recent Soundcloud offering is Move On, and it’s my favourite song he’s done yet. He’s really honing his style, and it’s very pleasing to the ear! The tune is so melodic, the lyrics a perfect match. I’m looking forward to this appearing on an album.
I’ve had the honour of being able to listen to a couple of other new tracks which are demos for the album. All I Know is classic Blues, with Stanley’s vocal becoming stronger than I’ve heard it before – he’s matching it well to the music – a much better balance. You Don’t Know is a bit quirkier than other songs I’ve heard from Mog. The tempo and melody is pretty varied – he’s obviously trying new techniques, and forming new ideas. This bodes very well for his future, in my opinion.
I’d love to go and see Mog Stanley in a gig setting at some point – I can imagine him engaging well with an audience, and I think his songs would be very well received. I will endeavour to see him in 2014!
I’m also really looking forward to a full album from Stanley, hopefully incorporating his roots and experimenting with improved styles. It’s going to be worth hearing, that’s for sure!