Review: Nosebleeds by The Lost Boys

Track by Track Review: Nosebleeds by The Lost Boys

Southampton indie four piece band The Lost Boys are releasing their debut LP Nosebleeds on January 8 (David Bowie’s and Elvis’s birthday!). Their Indiegogo supporters received their copies just in time for Christmas, but you can purchase the album on iTunes and it is available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.

The band kindly sent me a digital copy of their debut LP, thank you so much!

First, a little background on the band: Daniel Ash is the singer, guitarist, and songwriter; James Millar is the bassist, Shaun Ashley plays guitar, and Joel Doherty is the drummer and does some vocals. The band have played the Hammersmith Apollo, Plymouth Pavilions, and The Cavern Club. They’ve opened for legendary musicians like Paul Weller, The Buzzcocks, The Zombies, The Undertones, and The English Beat. They’re definitely a band to keep an eye on.

You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud.

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Exclusive: The Keepers new single “Another Night” + Q&A

On 15 December, Northampton retro inspired indie band The Keepers will release their newest single, “Another Night” b/w “Cerise.”

To celebrate this milestone, they will play at local venue The Pomfret Arms on December 15 at 8 PM.

If you’re in the area and on a tight budget because of Christmas shopping, don’t worry as entry is free!

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The Classic Rock Lifestyle: London

I was thinking about writing this post for a while. London is a city I love so much and I have been to London five times, more than any other city I’ve visited in Europe (besides Dublin, but I live in Ireland so I end up going there a lot). I love many cities in Europe, but something about London made me come back and visit multiple times. And I love other parts of England too! I love Brighton, Liverpool, and Oxford and these cities are great day trips from London. I’ll talk about these places in the post.

I still haven’t seen everything in London, but every time I visit, I love it more. I hope to move to London one day.

Since I was a teenager I had a fascination with British culture – music and movies mostly.

I even used to pretend I was English, talking in a London accent on a regular basis. I’m a wannabe English person (with a bit of wannabe Californian) and I can’t deny it.

London has a rich classic rock history. Lots of bands from London, recording studios in London, and everyone plays a show in London. Let’s talk classic rock history and then we’ll talk about the cool places to go in London!

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Review: “Here Comes Spring” by The Keepers

The Keepers are a four-piece Indie and Mod inspired band from Northampton, England. They are made up of Jordan Jones – guitar and lead vocals, Liam Taylor – guitar and backing vocals, Oli Rumens – bass, and Taylor Hart – drums. Jordan Jones founded the band in 2015 and the band released their debut EP, No Exit, in October of that year. You can find it on Soundcloud or buy it on iTunes. One year later, they released the single, “Lancashire Rose,” which has a psychedelic sound with a touch of punk. You can listen to it on Spotify or buy it on iTunes.

The band will debut their follow up single, “Here Comes Spring,” on the radio on the 5th of May and release it on the 9th of June.

The single has a psychedelic, droning, polished sound reminiscent of Temples and The Urges. It shows a growth and evolution in their sound since their debut EP, sounding more complex and layered. It has an energetic, garage rock feel and will make you feel like it’s the late 60s again. The vocals by Jordan Jones have a Britpop and British Indie sound, the guitars by Jordan Jones and Liam Taylor have a psych sound and they work well together, and the rhythm section by Oli Rumens and Taylor Hart is solid, adding layers to the song.

The artwork for the single, which has a beautiful, trippy film photography look, fitting perfectly with the sound of the song, is by Jordan’s girlfriend Nallie.

Overall, I would give this single 5 stars and I am looking forward to future work by the band and I see them making it big in the psych scene. Give The Keepers a listen! You won’t regret it!

Update: The Keepers debuted their single on BBC Introducing in Northampton on 29 April. Click here to listen to the programme.

Review: Volcano by Temples (2017)

Here’s an article I wrote for my uni’s newspaper:

I enjoyed Temples’ debut album Sun Structures when it came out three years ago in 2014. It is an album I can listen all the way through and not skip a track, or as I like to call it, a perfect album. It is an album that is pure psychedelia. If you’re like me, a big classic rock fan, you will love this album.

Since listening to Sun Structures, I couldn’t wait to hear more from the band. Temples just released their sophomore album, Volcano, on March 3 and it is well worth the wait.

The band released two singles ahead of time as a teaser for the album, “Certainty” in September 2016 and “Strange or Be Forgotten” in January of this year. The music video for “Certainty” is influenced by Japanese pop music and anime, and it feels like an acid trip. It fits perfect with the sound. It is the opening track of the album and I think it’s a great opener. “Strange or Be Forgotten” is the final track on the album and it has a very 80s dream pop sound to it.

These two singles had a different sound than their previous material. Similar to Australian psychedelic rock band, Tame Impala, their sound evolved into a beautiful combination of synthpop and psychedelic rock, but the band do not forget their psychedelic sound. In an interview with Paste Magazine, singer and guitarist James Bagshaw describes the album as “a result of implementing a load of things we didn’t know about the first time around.”

As a whole, the album has a chill, trippy, dreamy sound to it. It is hard to pick my favourite tracks on the album, but if I had to choose, I would pick the dream like “(I Want to Be Your Mirror),” the beautifully written “Oh the Saviour,” the catchy “Mystery of Pop,” and “Roman Godlike Man” with its combination of 60s pop and 80s synthpop.

The album is beautiful sound and packaging wise. The album has a limited edition on yellow vinyl from Heavenly Recordings or neon orange vinyl from Rough Trade Records for those who pre-ordered very early. The album is also available on beautiful pink tie-dye vinyl as a limited edition from Fat Possum Records.

It is an album that is absolutely worth buying and I give it an A plus. It’s another album that I will add to the perfect albums list.

I am looking forward to seeing Temples in concert in Berlin next month.

Volcano is available on LP, CD, and cassette. You can buy it on the Heavenly Recordings website, Amazon, iTunes, or at a record store near you.

Hip Hop in Classic Rock and Oldies

Classic rock took influences from everywhere. Hip hop/rap started in the late 70s, but it influenced classic rock musicians in the 80s and later. Let’s see how classic rock influenced hip hop and how it incorporated hip hop. So what were hip hop’s influences? Looking at the chart from School of Rock, it seems like it came from disco and funk, which took influences from R&B and doo-wop, and from there the blues. We can see that this is true because many rappers have sampled soul, funk, and r&b songs like Isaac Hayes’ “Theme From Shaft”, Ohio Players’ “Funky Worm” (this song reminds me a lot of early hip hop and I can see how it is influential), James Brown’s “The Payback”, “Between The Sheets” by The Isley Brothers, “Amen Brother” by The Winstons, and “The Harlem Shuffle” by Bob & Earl. Many more have been sampled and we can go on and on. A good resource if you want to check and see what has been sampled or what used samples is http://www.whosampled.com/. Turns out that in a way School of Rock was right!

Even before funk, disco, R&B, and soul music, there was talking blues. One of the earliest examples of talking blues is from the 20s. This was a time before the LP record, a time before television. Mind you, the sound quality isn’t great because they didn’t have the best recording technology at the time. Chris Bouchillon is “The Original Talking Blues Man”. His father was a banjo player. His first talking blues song was recorded in 1926 and released in 1927. The idea of him talking instead of singing was born from the recording director telling him to talk instead of sing. He made a sequel to the song in 1928. This sub-genre of blues inspired musicians like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. From the blues came genres like soul and R&B, so talking blues is an ancestor of rap, when you think about it. So is rap really almost 90 years old? Or is it even older than that?

Actually, according to some sources, there were roots of rap before talking blues. In West Africa stories were told rhythmically and blues music came from work songs and African-American spirituals. By the 20s during the Harlem Renaissance there was jazz poetry, and in the 50s and 60s, beat poetry. According to Elijah Wald, hip hop is “the living blues”. The Last Poets, poets and musicians who came out of the black nationalist movement in the 60s and 70s were influential to many hip hop musicians. Their music was political, and their rhythms were tight. I like the drums in “When The Revolution Comes”, from 1970. The Last Poets formed in 1968 in Harlem and were influential to Gil Scott-Heron and later on hip-hop musicians.

An important part of ska music was “toasting” which is making sounds, repeating words, rhyming, and talking over the beat of the music. Ska music started in the 60s in Jamaica and has spread all over the world and is an important part of the skinhead subculture in Britain. Toasting is a precursor to rap.

Here’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues”, by Bob Dylan from 1965. This is one example of talking blues that’s a bit more contemporary.

A lot of people pit different genres against each other. Many musicians from all different genres have a lot of respect for each other. So these supposed rivalries are a bit fabricated. You also can like more than one genre. There’s a lot of stereotypes about rap, such as “Rap has no meaning.”, when really, a lot of early rap had a meaning and was very political and very intelligently and poetically written. This stereotype is not true at all. Let’s find out what classic rock and oldies musicians have been influenced by the genre or influenced the genre.

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Jewish Classic Rock and Oldies Musicians Part 1: Europe and South Africa

Easily one of the largest religions amongst classic rock musicians after Christianity and non-religious is Judaism. There are many Jewish musicians who have shaped classic rock and made it what it is today from songwriting to performing the music. Jewish classic rock musicians come from both sides of the Atlantic. Let’s start with Jewish musicians from Europe and Africa.

This is a topic that really hits home with me since I was raised Jewish as a child, however I was never particularly religious. You end up finding that it seems that everyone is Jewish. My dad told me that my great grandfather told me that. According to my dad, my great grandfather was the kind of person to point out who is Jewish and not let you forget it. Now it’s my turn to do that with classic rock! Let’s get started! I hope you enjoy it.

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Muslims in Classic Rock

Classic rock is also diverse as far as religious beliefs go. Not everyone in classic rock is Christian or non-religious. This post will talk about the most famous Muslim rock stars: Yusuf Islam, Richard Thompson, and (most of the members of) The Action/Mighty Baby.

Note: This is being reposted because of a glitch that the mobile version of WordPress made regarding the date stamp. I didn’t make this post a month ago. I also like my blog to be organised. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Black Classic Rock Musicians

Rock and Roll is a black American invention. The first rock stars were black. Rock and Roll started picking up in popularity in the 50s with musicians such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Chuck Berry, Larry Williams, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, James Brown, Goree Carter (some say he made the first rock song: “Rock Awhile”), Jimmy Preston, The Isley Brothers, Wes Montgomery, and Fats Domino. Every rock musician you can think of from the 60s and 70s and beyond took inspirations from these musicians from this era. Songs by these musicians have been covered by many rock bands. For example, The Beach Boys’ “Surfin USA” borrowed from Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen”. The Beatles have covered Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Rock and Roll Music”. They have even covered both “Shout” and “Twist and Shout” by the Isley Brothers (although “Twist and Shout” was originally recorded by The Top Notes). They covered “Long Tall Sally” by Little Richard (that was a blues song that Little Richard covered). The Beatles also covered Larry Williams’ “Dizzy Miss Lizzy”. The list goes on. Let’s explore the history of black rock musicians from the 60s and 70s!

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