Some pictures I took when I went on a walk to Attenborough Nature Reserve the other day.
It’s coming up to festival season soon, and I wanted to go to a festival which I surprisingly have never been to…Leeds/Reading festival. I’ll only be going for one day this year(I know), specifically the Sunday, as there are few bands that I really wanted to go and see on that day.
Firstly, Cage The Elephant are coming back from half the world away in America. They’ll be taking over the NME stage right before the Wombats and the headliners, The 1975. I absolutely love this band, because their music takes leaps in different directions throughout the albums, as inspiration is obviously and pleasantly present on their earlier albums, while the latest two albums have had their own evolving sound take the lead. There is always a capturing and undeniable energy at Cage The Elephant shows, and I am sure that that energy and atmosphere that they generate so well will concoct nicely with a festival environment.
A second band that I’m really looking forward to seeing for a third time is ‘The Vaccines’. With three solid albums and a relatively new album released in 2015 named ‘English Graffiti’ this band never fail to impress in the studio and in a live environment. Nothing’s more fun than hearing a live rendition of Norgaard played in the space of what seems like 30 seconds. Great stuff!
Half Moon Run are another band that I’ve started to appreciate over the past few days. The indie-rock band from Canada radiate talent, and have been managing to capture my attention easily over these past few days. With a more mellow tone to their music in comparison to many of The Vaccines and Cage The Elephant songs, I can’t wait to see them in a live space!
As I mentioned earlier I’ve never actually even been to Reading/Leeds and this of course is a massive reason for me wanting to go. Despite me only going for one day like an absolute amateur, I’d love to write about my time when I’m back, especially about seeing bands like Cage The Elephant, The Vaccines and Half Moon Run, as well as many more.
Exciting times ahead!
Born out of Kentucky, the now six-piece named Cage The Elephant released their fourth studio album in December of 2015. Produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, the listener can really hear his influences splatter painted all over the album which in this reviewers opinion, isn’t a bad thing.
Starting out with the lively, psychedelic and spirited track ‘Cry Baby’, the tone for the album is immediately set. With an instant infectious opening riff and bouncy verse, which leads into a thrashing and aggressive pre-chorus and chorus, the track had me hooked. The track finished with a blues-rock inspired and zingy breakdown, in which was filled with top notch bass lines and guitar riffs which faded until the song ended.
The fuzzy and in some cases psychedelic tone of the track carries through the entire album, especially in songs such as ‘Cold Cold Cold, ‘Mess Around’, and ‘Punchin’ bag’ which have the listener involuntarily tapping their feet to these easily lovable and twist-taking songs. Their is also a 60’s aura that runs around the album which ties in nicely with front man ‘Matt Schultz’s’ vocals. Tell Me I’m Pretty’s instrumentals suit him very well, and he connects with them so naturally.
It’s great to hear Cage The Elephant expanding their sound as a band, and to see them exploring other areas of music and creativity, as they could have quite easily just replicated the sound of grammy winning ‘Melophobia’, which was released in 2013, however they have decided to deepen their identity as a band which is always brilliant to see.
A retrospective blimp,
dominating the sky of my body.
The present is paused,
while the opening of a door,
takes me on a unique kind of tour.
I joyously jog, or I tearfully trudge,
down a lane in which many are familiar with.
Held dear, for various reasons,
for many, this lane committed treason.
Different experiences, happen in separate seasons,
a quick escape from any situation,
the number one cause of procrastination.
The reason I lay awake at night,
staring into black, but visualising in colours.
You’ll always be my dear friend,
my buzz kill.
The love of my life.
Due to my love of writing I have a FictionPress account in which I have post on here and there, when I get the chance. I post the odd poem and descriptive writing piece, as it’s just something I enjoy. I’ll post the link below, and if anyone who reads this uploads their writing anywhere on the internet, feel free to share it with me. 🙂
Before last night at 8PM, it had been over twenty years since the legendary quartet, hailing from Manchester known as The Stone Roses released new music. First debuted on Radio 1 with host Annie Mac, the single ‘One For All’ swept the earth and within minutes, millions of people had heard the track. It was a very exciting occasion, as new music had been promised since 2012, and I have to admit I was actually doubting that new music would actually come about, but it did and it was very pleasing to hear!
Every since the Stone Roses burst onto the scene during the mid 80’s up until when they reformed in 2012, there has been a chemistry that I feel just can’t be replicated with any other band, or group in general. There’s always been a magic that you the listener can literally feel when listening to their music, be it live or studio version, and this chemistry and magic is very much present in the single that they released. The combination of Renis’ drums, Mani’s bass, and John Squire’s guitar licks all come together so perfectly with Ian Brown’s indistinguishable voice layered over the top. It just works. It doesn’t just work, it works as well as it ever did.
The opening riff from John Squire had me hooked instantly, the Roses were actually back. As Ian Brown’s voice came into the mix with the rest of the band you knew it was real and what a surreal thing it was. The track overall was great in my opinion, however the lyrical content I felt, was lacking significantly. I felt as if the lines ‘All for one, one for all’ were repeated all too frequently which added a bland flavor to the the rest of the song. Don’t get me wrong, Ian Brown sounds great on the track, however the lyrics in my opinion were lack-luster which did have an effect on the track.
The Stone Roses could have replicated the exact same sound as their debut, self-titled album released in 1989, but they didn’t and this pleases me greatly. All For One to me seemed like a taste of the new Stone Roses that we are yet to hear on the new album. A new modern identity for the Roses? I surely hope so, they most definitely still have the ability to do so, as they demonstrated that in the new single.
Overall, All For One demonstrated that the chemistry and magic that used to be demonstrated by the Stone Roses is still very much there and the song left me feeling as if that chemistry would never die. The musicianship is absolutely top level, with John Squire’s capturing intro guitar lick and solo being the most memorable element of the song. The rest of the band tied together very well also, however as I mentioned, the lyrical content was lacking which left a stale element being present in the song. Despite this, I feel like ‘All For One’ is an incredible song on the whole which I indeed loved. I cannot wait to hear this new track, as well as others (maybe) in Ireland later this year. The Stone Roses are indeed back!