Monday, 18 March 2013

'Atom Bomb' - Book Thieves Single Release Video



I love bands who put out videos like this.

They've not sat there at home and waited until the big record label in the sky comes calling, they've actually put the effort in to not only record their tracks and get them out but spent time, lots of time doing a video.

Getting your mates down to a video shoot is one thing, orchestrating them into something reasonable is a difficult task.  Few bands and their friends record labels are capable of doing this, but the Book Thieves and Rebel Soul do this brilliantly.

Liverpool, in my opinion is the home of great music, the circuit is alive and well, the bands work hard, play hard, they are not afraid to go the whole hog and make their time playing music in a band their "BEST SHOT".

The Book Thieves are a band I've seen a few times, and whilst a lot of bands seem to hit a level they never move on from, these guys just keep getting better. They are rock of the harder variety, they have a lot of energy and don't let up.

The band are no doubt inspired by the lighter grunge style of Pearl Jam, Death Cab for Cutie, the Cornell bands and the Seattle music scene in general and they provide a great backdrop to the video.

Atom Bomb, is a  massive song, lots of power as you would expect from this band,  it easy to let a song like this get sloppy, but it's not, It's as tight as you like it, bang on the button.

The video is a walkabout affair, starting in a local street ending in a pub, the idea is good, as I said earlier getting mates to act out your videos is hard enough, getting them to do it well is almost impossible, but this is pretty close to perfect.   With the extras acting out lyrics as the camera walks by them in the street, and in the shops, it's a good idea on paper and in practice hits the mark with this reviewer.


Will Maitland - Vocals/ Guitar
Dave Sutton - Bass
Gaz Shaw - Guitar
Dan Marsh - Drums

Get onto this band, I love them, 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V3M7BHyBk0

Filmed and produced by Andrew AB. Released in association with Rebel Soul.

http://www.bookthieves.com




Wednesday, 20 February 2013

The Hummingbirds

I love this photo of this band, they've been mentioned to me a few times on the timelines of the rich and famous social networking sites.

Without listening to the music, you can get a feeling of great music, harmonies and a knock 'em dead cheekiness that only comes around when the moon and certain star systems are aligned in a certain fashion.

So the music, which, and I say this to so many bands, is available to listen to IN FULL on their website, and the track i've picked out is "Emma".  The first thing you hear is Mumford and Sons, and to be honest I hate it when music journo's add in a known name band to relate to before actually reviewing the band in question.  The intro, hits you with (oh here we go again with another mumford and sons cover band) but then you are off on a diffierent and great individual track.

After great verse the bridge into the chorus gives it a lovely little kick into nice harmonies, the whole sound is very well recorded and I love it. It's quirky, It's upbeat, it makes me want to go and see this band live, it would be a blast, I KNOW IT WOULD.

I fully expect the bass player in the picture above to spin the bass as often as possible, it has to happen.  

This song would sit nice on main stream radio if the stations cared to stick their bonce over the huge signed acts being rammed down their throats by the corporate men of the big record companies.  I guarantee if this band stick at it they will keep on moving up the music tree.

Some other interesting tracks off their website, Back in Liverpool is a good sing along song for homecoming gigs, and The Ballad of Jon Doe stick out for me.  Some of the other songs hark too closely to the 50s/60s for me, and I think they should stick to modern style and feeling rather than hitting the old times like Bankrupt Blues.

I think they are worth their plaudits so far.

http://wearethehummingbirds.com/music/

The Sundowners - Hummingbird (Single)

It's been a while, I've been away writing for various non-music related sites and media, and spending time building up my main company. However, I've got a few minutes, so thought I'd venture back onto my music blog, and do a few reviews of music that's passed through my facebook/twitter feeds over the past few months. 

The first of these is a Liverpool band called the The Sundowners.  I've seen this band play The Zanzibar on my travels, and just watching the video here, I figured it was time to put pen to paper (virtually).

A few people I know in the business have been 'bigging' these guys up, they are a 5 piece from the Wirral who play Americana style west coast rock.  I've seen a lot of quotes about the "next big thing" from Liverpool.

Fronted by singer acoustic guitar players, Niamh Rowe &  Fiona Skelly, this band live have a very solid infrastructure, backed up by electric guitars, bass and drums they push forward the big sound of Americana despite them mostly playing in Liverpool.

Hummingbird is a strong first single, produced by James & Ian Skelly from The Coral (I'm guessing some relationship with Fiona perhaps), it trundles along with a yellow-tone video reminiscent of the West Coast style.  It gives a happy feeling, when so many bands go for moody, these guys have gone for fun, when so many bands try to muddle through intricate solo's they've gone for simplicity, when so many bands are (still) trying to copy oasis and the beatles in Liverpool/Manchester, they've gone for New Acoustic Rock.

I like the funky intro, I'm a big fan of good melodies carried through songs, and this delivers, the look is good the hook is good.

I think this band are solid, but I don't think they are the finished product, this single, whilst being a cut above most unsigned bands around at the moment still needs to find that next step, that wow that will catapult them into the bigger venues and main stream music.  They are certainly capable of making it, and I look forward to their new releases over the next few months.