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EP Review / Windmills – Tilting

Windmills

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Last year, I interviewed a Canadian loop artist – Windmills aka Cory Myraas, who is about to release his new EP called Tilting this week (February 9th), and the very lucky me has had the privilege to listen to this stunning piece of work before it’s available to all of you music lovers.

windmills - tilting

At the time of our interview Cory spoke about his excitement for this EP and described it as a more advanced, and a step forward from his previous record – Keep Moving. And after hearing Tilting from start to finish, I have to say that Windmills really keep moving in the best direction possible. This gifted artist composes music that’s nothing like you’ve heard before. His unique creation process draws a colourful world of a truly original sound and vocals, all full of depth and meaning. It has such a charismatic appeal and you find yourself wondering, how it is even possible to master something so special. But it’s here, stretching towards you and taking you into its world.

The first track – Things Fall Apart engages you with its magnificent melody and lyrics ” And these words, they’ll echo with the fallen tongues of poets, drunks, and thieves… and that sounds good to me”. There is something beautiful and heartbreaking happening here…

The following song – A Body At Rest features soft guitar tunes and a few simple but powerful words, leaving you in awe of the true beauty of music and its never ending spells, while Architects makes us question different affairs as we get lost in Cory’s songwriting “But now I’m left with all but words, and questions still remain defining what is sinister and adding up the blame”.

Gentle guitar riffs, calming melodies, the sincerity in Cory’s voice, goose bumps all over… all these remain with the following tracks Thirst (Water, Water Everywhere…) and the beautifully mastered Tilting, which closes the record with “But maybe I was blind, I couldn’t realize that with time, you always hurt the ones that will come asking for more”. 

Windmills take us on a pure, heartfelt journey with this 5-track EP full of emotion and relatable matters. It’s truly compelling.

One thing is for sure: Windmills keep moving us.

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MGMB’s BEST OF 2012

Another year full of great music is coming to an end and I must say it’s really been my favourite one, especially for live shows. This year, I have discovered many outstanding bands and artists, extended my music collection with hundreds of amazing tunes, made many wonderful friends around the world with the same passion for music, and I have seen some life changing live performances. Overall, I’ve been doing what I love the most – surrounding myself with music every day of my life.

I’d like to thank all the bands and artists I’ve interviewed and the ones that asked me to review their music this year. It’s been a huge pleasure! Also a big Thank You to all my music friends who keep sending me new tunes on every day basis – you are the best!

I am sure we all have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming year, so here is to 2013! Keep listening and sharing good music my friends. There is much more to be discovered!

Here are some of my favourite records and shows of the year, plus top posts of the blog that gained the most views.

Albums:

The Gaslight Anthem-Handwritten Tribes - Baby

Sharks - No Gods The Maccabees - Gvien To The Wild

Soundgarden - King Animal The Chevin - Borderland

Dry the River - Shallow Bed Cory Branan - Mutt

Bloc Party - Four Jack White - Blunderbuss

O Children - Apnea Pulled Apart By Horses - Tough Love

Hives - Lex Hives Paul Banks - Banks

Spector - Enjoy It While It Lasts The Enemy - Streets In The Sky

Lincoln Durham - the shovel vs the howling bones Young Guns - Bones

A Place To Bury Strangers - Worship Exile Parade - HIT THE ZOO

EP’s:

The Lost Souls Club - High Noon  The Gaslight Anthem - Here Comes My Man (EP)

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Electric River - In Your NameFossil Collective - Let It Go

Singles:

Whales in Cubicles - Nowhere Flag Dan Mangan - Radicals

Jamie N Commons - Devil In Me Kick to Kill - Avalanche

Catfish and the Bottlemen - Broken Army fiN - Life is Wasted on the Living

Top Gigs:

1. The Gaslight Anthem – KOKO, London 11/06/12

2. Justin Furstenfeld – Dingwalls, London 09/03/12

3. Ryan Adams – London Palladium, London 23/04/12

4. The Revival Tour – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth 12/11/12

5. Dan Mangan – The Haunt, Brighton 29/11/12

6. Frank Turner – The Brighton Dome, Brighton 28/11/12

7. The Gaslight Anthem – Brixton Academy, London 18/10/12

8. The Black Keys – O2, London 12/12/12

9. Tribes – The Concorde, Brighton 21/04/12

10. Whales in Cubicles – Nowhere Flag Single Launch 09/08/12

Top Posts 0f 2012:

Album Reviews:

1. The Handwritten Project

2. Van Susans – Album Review / Interview

3.  Album Review – The Chevin / Borderland

4. The Voyage Andromeda – EP Review / Interview

5. Album Review – Mummy Short Arms – Old Jack’s Windowless Playhouse

Interviews:

1. Tying Tiffany Interview

2. Hot New Band Q&A: Catfish and The Bottlemen

3. Windmills Interview

4. Ones To Watch – Electric River Interview

5. Special Feature – Recovery Child Interview

Gig Reviews:

1. Justin Furstenfeld/Blue October – Dingwalls, London Review

2. Review / The Gaslight Anthem at Koko, London

3. The Lost Souls Club EP Launch Review

4. Tribes – Brighton Gig Review

5. Live Music / The Revival Tour 2012

The Lost Souls Club EP Launch Review

The Lost Souls Club have released their highly anticipated EP High Noon on Friday 8th June via rocktastic EP launch at The Joiners in Southampton. All their close friends and fans have gathered together to come and celebrate with the band at this very special occasion and enjoy some great support line up from the Dolomite Minor and The Witches.

Being just 16 year old, the opening act from Southampton, blues/rock’n’roll duo Dolomite Minor left the audience stunned with their incredible performance and a rare talent coming from the singer/guitarist Joe who could be easily compared to the likes of a young Kurt Cobain and a drummer Max who might as well be one of the best young drummers out there. Their songs have a great energy and a quality guitar tunes and if they are able to achieve this at such a young age, we can only imagine what’s about to come from Dolomite Minor in the future. Check out the music on their Facebook Page.

Next up were The Witches. Seeing them live for the third time (check out my review of their latest EP launch here) the guys never fail to surprise me with their ability to create a unique and fun atmosphere while giving all their energy into their performance.  Loud and exciting, amazing full on vocals and little jokes between the songs put a smile on people’s faces. The Witches’ power left everyone pretty warmed up and ready for the main act whom we all came to support, The Lost Souls Club.

EP release is always a very special moment for any band . For The Lost Souls Club it means a step forward, a green light to the next path of their musical journey. Their music is officially out there for more people to make a connection with it and to gain more like minded followers who will be touched by the sound coming from their deepest selves.

And that’s what you get when seeing The Lost Souls Club live. A deep, charismatic performance coming from each one of the members, widely reaching to the audience while expressing and releasing all the emotions and feelings they put into their music and lyrics.

The great connection and passion on stage is unmissable and creates an intense and soulful atmosphere which makes seeing this band a truly enjoyable and unforgettable live experience.

The High Noon EP consist of five tracks, each one of them deep and moody, with various stories to tell. Starting off with the famous Romeo which sets off the vibe of the record with its killer riff while the second track Kiss Away the Sun is more laid back but still very powerful with it’s melancholic tune.

The sound gets darker and fuzzier again with Shoot Me Down and lyrically epic and energetic track We’re All Gonna Die Anyway for which the band made a special video showing a footage from their exciting tour in Asia, Australia and Canada (watch below). Finishing off with the calmest track on the EP I know I Spoke Too Soon, the record leaves you with a desire to hear more of the Lost Souls Club’s moving sound.

The band played a great set at the launch including all five tracks from the EP and many other songs among which we got to hear Son You Look Like You Need Jesus, Heathen, Compassion Fatigue, Ordinary LoveSlipping Away or Leave the Light On.

It was a truly memorable performance with people dancing away and clearly enjoying all the rock’n’roll noise while getting a chance to win some limited t-shirts from the band.

With announcing the last song but audience not having it and cheering for more, soon after the guys were back on stage rocking away and closing the gig with Leave the Light On.

Everyone who was at The Joiners that night knows that this band doesn’t belong on a small stage but to big sold out venues. But with the EP finally out and more material waiting to be released, I believe that The Lost Souls Club fan base is going to grow fast.

Check out more pictures from the show here => The Lost Souls Club EP Launch

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The Wytches EP Launch – The Hope, Brighton

A few months ago, I was lucky enough to come across a band that completely blew me away with their live performance.

Since then, I have waited for the right moment to feature them on my blog while I’ve been digging their music and following the updates including the exciting news about their new EP.

So after having the pleasure of attending the EP launch on Tuesday night (May the 8th) at The Hope in Brighton, now my dear music lovers, let me properly introduce you The Wytches – a Brighton/Peterborough based band to which this saying applies without a doubt: ‘Once seen, never forgotten.’

You might think The Wytches are just another band swinging through the underground music scene and playing some loud grunge rock, that will make your ears ache.

Well, they might be, but not many of those bands, especially after you see them live, leave you with such an impression that literally screams out the words ‘Holy Shit’.

Kristian Bell (vocal and lead guitar), Gianni Honey (drums) and Dan Rumsey (bass) have a special gift to give the crowd something unique and original.  And it’s not easy to describe to those who haven’t seen them play, how incredible and powerful the atmosphere they provide while on stage is.

It’s their charisma, realness and a simple ‘Don’t give a fuck’ attitude while playing and singing as loud as they can (sometimes even throwing things around) that makes you just shake your head in disbelief and go ‘Wow’.

That’s the power of The Wytches. Trust me. This is a band you want to see live.

Their Tuesday EP launch was full of great music from the start thanks to the supporting bands Kid Capola, Sky Harbour and Rising Tide! All three bands rocked and it was so good to discover some new music!

Some very close fans came to support The Wytches on this important night and enjoy the great set of all their tracks. It was an insane, sound cracking and a brilliant experience once again!

The lead singer Kristian is an incredible singer/guitarist and both Dan – playing the bass and Gianni the drums, have totally smashed it through the whole thing. Simply ‘kick ass’.

I was glad that my friend really enjoyed their performance, so the band has gained a new fan. All the guests had a chance to get their hands on one of the awesome limited hand drawn EP’s from the band!

The whole night was just a really good fun filled with friendly people and a quality music!

I’ll be definitely seeing the guys soon again!

Here, you can also listen and download their first EP below!

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The Voyage Andromeda / EP Review + Interview

To kick off the month with something great and special, let me introduce you The Voyage Andromeda – Brighton based alt rock band whose first EP ‘They Thought The World Was Round’ will be released on May 26th.

Now having had the pleasure to review this EP and interview the lead singer Dan Rumsey, I am happy to discover a band that has so much potential for their diversity of songs and instruments,  great melodies and a quality vocal.

The EP consists of 6 tracks, starting off with Don’t Drown Yourself (watch video below) which is the best track to kick off the album for it’s epic guitar intro, catchy melody and lyrics. As Dan says below in the interview, Nirvana was a big influence on this song. You can’t help but be highly impressed with the guitar riffs through the whole track. Simply rocking.

Next track Years and Years is a very laid back but powerful piece with heartfelt lyrics, featuring piano and a guitar which builds up amazingly through the song and gives it a special wow factor.

One of my favorite songs on the EP is called Waves, for it’s dark appeal and striking sound. Plus Dan’s vocal in it is absolutely amazing. It’s a song you can get completely lost in. Mesmerizing.

One of the band’s influences and also one of my favorite bands is Interpol. And I bring that up because of the next track called I will never sleep which reminds me a bit of their sound and it’s truly fantastic. This shows that The Voyage Andromeda can pull off any sound.

In If My Heart Stops Beating, Dan is really pouring his heart out as well as in the last track on the EP –  Heart To Follow, Shore to Find; a heartwarming acoustic guitar track that gives it the perfect finish with a statement that this band won’t go unnoticed for much longer.

Just because you’ve might not heard of them, doesn’t mean they don’t make some cracking music.

So give it a go and let The Voyage Andromeda take you on a very special musical journey. It’s worth getting on board!

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Here, the lead singer Dan Rumsey answers some of my questions about his band, EP, etc.

Could you describe the meaning/purpose behind both, your band’s and EP’s title? 

Yes, the name of the band came about because I found I was writing songs about things I yearned for and only ever dreamed of doing. So I wanted a title which would encompass that. I think it’s fair to say, the Andromeda galaxy is pretty far away and the chances of anyone ever getting there, even after our lifetime are extremely slim. So The Voyage to Andromeda would be full of risks, but full of excitement too, and if you never got there, think of the adventure you had along the way. That’s the long version anyway!
The EP title came about partly because I love that people did believe once that our world was flat, that fascinates me. But it’s also a statement. See the world how you want to see it, and live your life how you want to live it, not how you’ve been told, you know?

How long have you been writing and recording songs and what’s the best part of making music? 

I’ve been writing and playing for about 10 years in various different bands, some good, some great and some plain awful! A great part of making it is hearing something you’ve just jammed in your room by yourself be transformed into a finished song, all ready for people to hear. But the best part is when people tell you how a song affects them, because everyone has a different way of interpreting your songs. Someone told me once that one of my songs made them cry and I was shocked at first and couldn’t understand how that could happen, but it’s knowing that someone can connect that deeply with your work that really is the best part.

I’ve shared your track ‘Don’t Drown Yourself’ with some other fellow music critics and a few of us agreed that it has a bit of Nirvana feel to it, which is a good thing. Do you take any inspiration from them or any other bands/artists? 

Thank you, I’m glad you said Nirvana because they were a big influence on that song, in fact I remember seeing a video or clip of the recording of the guitar on “Smells like teen spirit” where the guitar feedback decays through an entire verse. In verse 3 of this song I tried to do a similar thing, it’s obviously no teen spirit but hey! Other artists I love and take constant inspiration from are Alkaline trio, Modest Mouse, Interpol, Tom Waits, The Cure, The Smiths…. the list could go on.

Do you have any special/memorable experiences from live shows so far? 

We are a fairly new band at the moment so haven’t done many gigs as this line up but gigs I played when I was gigging the band as Dan Rumsey and the Bitter End were all great and I’ll always remember them as special, mainly because I was onstage each night with two really awesome friends, that’s what it’s about. If you hate each other it’s not worth it. Some people say there needs to be friction and I agree with that to a certain extent but you it can’t work if you dislike who you are playing with.

The EP release show is happening on May 26th at the Prince Albert in Brighton. What do you have in store for people? 

It’s going to be a good one, rehearsals for it are going great, it sounds really big and epic. We have lots in store… but beware as there may be a storm… and whales. Also on offer are two other incredible bands, Spit Shake Sisters and Emperor the Stagit’s basically going to be a great party with three really great bands making a load of noise! 

The EP will be available to purchase from the 26th of May on iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp.

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