After one of the most respected punk-rock bands from New Jersey, The Gaslight Anthem, announced an indefinite hiatus back in 2015, their frontman Brian Fallon went on a mission to establish himself as a solo musician. Brian released his debut solo record Painkillers in March 2016, which became a success and received a lot of positive responses from his fans and music critics; and so he quickly took a solid place among his fellow Americana singer-songwriters. Almost two years have passed and not only we are now very close to the release of Brian’s new album Sleepwalkers (out on February 9th) but to amplify the buzz, The Gaslight Anthem have recently announced tour dates in the US, UK, Ireland and Europe to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of The ’59 Sound record. It ought to be a great year for the fans of Brian and TGA.
In a world of Divides, our love of The Virginmarys brought us together – Simon
We were riding out to meet the sun, we were shaking from the things we’d done
We were breaking every pattern, straying from the map to make a new life on the run
It was early 2012 and one of my friends made me a playlist featuring a bunch of new bands for me to check out. Little I knew that this particular playlist included one band that would inspire my entire world. Their name was The Virginmarys.
MGMB recently interviewed a York based duo …And The Hangnails where we discussed the band’s upcoming record Rut, and today we finally see the release of this 13-track punk rock masterpiece.
It’s been exactly one year since I’ve interviewed New Jersey’s Morningside Lane for MGMB, and it looks like the guys have been working really hard towards their brand new 6-track EP A Fifth of Elvis. The record, produced and mixed by Pete Steinkopf from The Bouncing Souls is a clear step forward for the alt rock four-piece. The music and lyrics on the EP show the band have come a long way since their previous release. MSL’s guitarist Jon says: ”This record is something that doesn’t sound like our first two. It’s broader and it covers more ground. We’ve grown a hell of a lot as a band and we’re still growing. Our sound is always being upgraded and new influences are always coming about. This album is more about wasted youth and anger. It’s about remembering the past, the way things used to be and kissing those days goodbye. It came out better than we could ever dream and it’s everything a Morningside Lane record should be.” That’s right. A Fifth of Elvis certainly features all the right elements of a well mastered record.
I have been waiting to write a review of this album for over two years now, but mostly, I’ve been waiting for the day to finally blast this record out loud in its full beauty. And today is the day when Whales In Cubicles‘ debut Death In The Evening officialy comes out, so excuse me if this review might sound a bit personal, but as some of you may have noticed, I’ve been a huge supporter of the London based 4-piece ever since I first saw them live at the Green Door Store in Brighton a couple of years ago. I immediately fell for the band’s raw sound and a unique realness in their music. There was a real heart in the music then and there is a real heart in it today. I have seen Whales play at various venues in London and Brighton a number of times, and with each experience of watching them rocking the stage, nevertheless the line up, my admiration towards their sound and lyrics grew closer with each time. And now, I am extremely proud to see the guys finally unleash the beast of a debut record extraordinaire for everyone to hear.
Death In The Evening dazzles with ten remarkable tracks and each one of them carries its own message. The record kicks off loud and clear with an opening killer riff in Yesterday’s News, followed by We Never Win – a striking favourite of a tune that shows off the outspoken songwriting of the lead singer Stef Bernardi. Things slow down with the hypnotizing All The Pretty Flowers and most definitely one of the greatest tracks produced by the band. Strong melodies, fierce guitars and a true lyrical mastermind flow through the whole record and whether you’re taken to the heavier side and let your hair down with Golden Medal and Disappear, having a sing along to Nowhere Flag or simply absorb the intense beauty of Across America, Wax & Feathers, I knew It and Find Your Way; the fact is you will find yourself surrounded purely by a raw, mind-altering music mastered by one of the best and realest bands to hit the current UK music scene. So don’t you dare thinking that honest guitar music is dead because you have it right here in front of you. So go on, don’t be shy and grab yourself a copy. Death In The Evening is a must in everyone’s record collection.