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HANNAH

Now, let me introduce you to this up and coming quartet from the North-West of England who are beginning to make a name for themselves, playing lots of small venues around Liverpool and Manchester.

The band consists of Hayley Faye performing vocals & guitar, Marcus Mayes on the drums, K DaSilva on guitar & effect, Jack Corocoran on Bass, and finally Emma Lomax performing Backing Vocals. Having formed in 2014, and self-releasing their debut album – recorded on a shoestring budget – in 2015, HANNAH are definitely a band you need to look out for.

Their debut album ‘As The World Turns’ (released in June 2015), consists of 9 tracks, and is available for download on their Bandcamp page for free, or you can name a price! The music on the album is a mix of The Smiths, Elvis Costello and The Shirts. The album even includes a Pink Floyd inspired track called ‘Where the Ocean Meets the Sky‘.

The album kicks off with fast-paced Somewhere or Nowhere and finishes much slower with Empire.  Stalker has quite a scary feel to it (as said on the website), with the pace building up as the song goes on.  Other tracks on the album include:

  • Fallout
  • Give or Take
  • Just a Child
  • Disguise
  • Star Struck.

They have also released an EP consisting of 5 tracks, 4 of which you’ll recognize from the album, but also adding a new track called You’ll Remember.

If you enjoy listening to alternative/indie music, I would definitely suggest taking a listen to HANNAH. Although their album was recorded on a shoestring budget, the quality and the whole general sound is to an absolutely professional standard and you would believe it had been done on a much more expensive budget.

 

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My Universal Mode – Scarlett & Saffron

As some of you may know, I am always on the look out to discover new music. Last week, it was suggested I listen to indie rock, guitar driven trio Scarlett and Saffron – you can view their Soundcloud here. Consisting of Rob Boswell, Olly Croft and Louis Kershaw, they have played gigs up and down the country, and seem to have built up a large following of fans.

2 years ago the band uploaded Suffocate Me Softly Katy to their soundcloud, and now they’re back with a brand new EP, available to download from iTunes.

The bands EP ‘My Universal Mode’ consists of 3 fantastic tracks.


Pushrod is an absolutely top quality song, with likeness to some of Catfish and the Bottlemens music. Not only is the song upbeat and full of great guitar sounds, but it is also the sort of song I could imagine singing back to this band at one of their gigs.

Following on from Pushrod is 45, which unlike the first track, has a punchy start and no musical intro. It’s fast pace, vibrant energy, and melodic guitar riffs keep the listener interested and eager to hear more!

The final track Marfinkla, starts off slower than the previous two, the tempo builds up as the track goes on. With top guitar and drum playing throughout, this tune definitely keeps up the brilliant reputation this band has already earned.

If you have the opportunity, I would definitely recommend having a listen to this band. With their brand new single being released in March 2016,  and their following only growing, this is sure to be a big year for Scarlett and Saffron.

*They are also looking for slots in Liverpool & Manchester between March & May*

The Balcony – Catfish and the Bottlemen

Release Date: 12th September 2014

Rating: 8/10

Let’s go way back to August 2013, Catfish and the Bottlemen were seen performing on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds festival. Almost 2 years on and they’re still growing, playing at numerous festivals in the upcoming weeks, having a sold out UK tour, and apparently also having lots more content which they are planning on releasing in the coming months.

Influenced by the likes of The Beatles and Oasis, Catfish and the Bottlemen are a four piece, fronted by Van McCann, formed in Llandudno in 2007. Their debut album ‘The Balcony’, was released in September 2014, and reached number 10 in the UK charts.

Homesick, their first single was released in 2013. It was written by Van, evidently talking about the strain of being away from his girlfriend whilst he was touring.  Then there is ‘Kathleen’, inevitably the bands most popular/well known song, hitting number 11 in the UK Indie Chart. The band also have become close friends with actor Ewan McGregor, he featured in the music video for ‘Hourglass’ another of the 11 songs on this album, it’s one of the slower more acoustic ones.  ‘The Balcony’ also consists of other songs such as ’26’, ‘fallout’ and ‘Rango’ which was written about Van trying to win back an ex-girlfriend, are we seeing a trend here? Many of the songs were written when Van was still in his teens. Van has even said many of the songs on the album are ‘from all over the place really’.

The song ‘Kathleen’ uses lyrics such as “I gotta give it to you, you give me problems when you are not in the mood.”, the lyrics in ‘Homesick’ include, “I said, ‘i’m only looking out for you,’ she said, ‘it’s obvious that’s a lie'”. These are all lyrics you can almost hear the large crowds at their concerts singing along with. Catfish and the Bottlemen have evidently written lyrics that an audience will love, and also enable them relate to the mood of which the band are portraying especially when performing them live.

Tyrants is the final song on the album, and they have clearly put their all into this track. Not only is it the last song, but it is also the longest of all 11 tracks on the album at a length of 4 minutes and 41 seconds. It starts off quite slowly and then gets louder with the use of guitars and banging of drums, giving the song a dramatic opening. The song gets  increasingly  louder and more intense over the duration, until the end when it just completely cuts off. This leaves you wanting more, and I certainly can’t wait to hear more from this band.