The chiming keyboards and guitars opens Fallen followed by a soft breathy
vocal then, as the song continues it takes on a definite Bono sound.
As the guitar quickens, you find yourself exploring a fresh wind swept arena.
Quiet, quick passionate wavy lines of guitar underpinned with urgent drumbeats,
floating falling into deep wells of white noise.
Plaintive pianos will oft be pigeonholed as Keane and Coldplay influences but only
because of those bands exposure.
Simple to understand, tight little boxes ticked that only serve to categorise then constrict.
If a band does something different they are accused of having to re-invent themselves or
abandoning their principles or some such rubbish.
Hold on and pray for something, your faith has brought you nothing. We hear on Church Bell.
Searching, longing, I see rich thickened cream floating in black bitter coffee. Beautiful,
trembling lyrics poured out as poignant poetry.
Harmonious vocals with a searching tones shift to a powerful single vocal as you wait
with baited breath for the pay off which eventually comes two minutes into the song.
And what a pay off; as a single note is held for aeons and the drum explodes into life.
Rising ever rising, the keyboard builds heralding a break through of guitar sound.
It's so worth the wait. I can only imagine what, How Long have I Lost would feel like live.
Different vocal sections repeat as each part emerges and shines; folding and feeling
its way in over and under the whole.
The vocal deconstruction as the song closes is incredibly moving, where each voice
is left naked and unafraid.
Swirling piano sounds, familiar by now, point to the low key reflective feel of Permanent Disguise.
Third listen and I'm singing along to the poetic lyric. The words are clearly defined and easy to follow.
It's so much better when you can hear the words.
The repeated chants of, whispering lend an anticipatory feeling of togetherness.
Passionate and soul searching, euphoric and emotional. Guitar noise breaks the
collective reverie as the lead vocal pierces the heart, to a startlingly abrupt end.
Harmonies understated and simple introduce Momentum, beautifully timed minimalism
reach twitching fingers, as soft precise notes underlay the achingly serene swathes of sound.
Stretch open your mind, float your senses and let yourself fall into the flood.
Drown yourself in this confessional song. You won't wake up, no you won't wake up.
Imagine yourself bathing secretly, magically; starlight reflected, in crystal clear water.
A communion of chorus', a shiver of cymbals, exploring heartache and heartbreak.
These songs reach into your soul and demand honest answers.
By now, I know that the Leeds band demands a place in the rich and varied soundtrack of my life.
Misty eyed, I have found my mood music for after dark.
The sound reproduction is faultless every wavering note beautifully controlled, every
different texture perfectly realised, every drumbeat beautifully timed.
This is a demo of the highest quality; it could easily have been recorded in
the most expensive studio. In fact the word demo and the ideas it often conjures
are becoming less relevant as musicians produce polished work that rivals the
top recording artists such as this shining jewel from Vib Gyor.
Album Reviews - The LVRs - Death Has Become Her (Undergroove) Release date: March 13th 2006
Reviewed By Steve Rudd
This dazzling spoken-word album is a side project for two of the members of
LA rockers My Ruin, with the singer in Tairrie B doing the talking and musician
Mick Murphy providing the background noise, mainly in the form of
atmospheric soundscapes that are genuinely dark and deadly.
Listeners of a nervous disposition might want to give this a miss, especially
Single Reviews - The Somatics - Elemental (Engine Room) Release date: 27th February 2006. Reviewed By Steve Rudd
After the sad demise of cult heroes Ultrasound, ace guitarist Richard Green wasted
no time in forming the Leeds-based trio The Somatics.
Thus, we have Richard on lead vocals and guitar, backed up by bassist Stephanie
and drummer Bruce.
This single was also recorded and produced by Richard, to further prove just
how talented he is both in front of and
Album Reviews - Yeah, It's Supposed To Sound Like That Vol 2 (17 Track Compilation Album - Colchester Recordings) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
The second compilation release on the label that's run by the singing and
songwriting force behind the ace band The Party, James Sherry has once
again collated seventeen hugely exciting and varied tracks from some of
the best underground and unsigned bands/ artists not only from around the
UK, but from around the world.
Having said that, most of the tracks
Music News - Zhain on Tour in USA By Rocky
Three guys from Hull prove U.K. bands can still successfully play the U.S!
We prove not only older people can still rock 'n' roll but that U.K. bands
can still successfully play in the U.S. contrary to articles in The Times etc.
We left for Los Angeles for our first shows in 27 years with, due to
circumstances beyond our control, Anners daughter being born
Music News - Barmby Bash Could Kickstart DJ's Career
Hull DJ Chris Plant has warmed up for a transatlantic trip by taking to the
decks at a party held by Hull City star Nick Barmby.
Chris is heading to America to meet with radio station bosses
and representatives of broadcast giant CBS, hoping to hit the big time.
But, just days before the trip, the star in the making agreed to play
at Barmby's birthday party.Chris said: "Nick told me
Album Reviews - Babar Luck - Care In The Community (Rebel Music) Release Date: March 13th 2006 By Steve Rudd
Rewind a few years back into the early 90's, and a hugely original band called King Prawn
was taking the underground music scene by the storm, especially on the back of superb
albums such as Surrender To The Blender.
Fast-forward back to the present day - 2006 - and the former King Prawn (RIP)
bassist/ backing vocalist in the
Album Reviews - Keeping It Peel (Thisisull Compilation Album) By Steve Rudd
A fitting tribute to the legend that was DJ John Peel, this 12-track CD commemorates
Peel Day from October 13th 2005.
The good people behind the high-profile website www.thisisull.com
put on a concert in
memory of the man, and the bands that feature on this CD appeared at such a gig.
In total there are six bands on this release, each with two
Album Reviews - Kelley Stoltz, Below The Branches (Subpop) Release date: February 6th 2006. By Steve Rudd
This man is amazing; a true star-in-the-making.
Kelley is San Francisco-based, and a home recording artist to boot, following-up his
2001 album Antique Glow with this astounding 13-track album that stuns the
senses with its down-to-earth and humbling sensitivity that streaks through
every song right from the curtain-raising Wave Goodbye: a tune that's both
Album Reviews, - Richard Ashcroft - Keys To The World (Parlophone) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Thank God for the songwriting talents of Richard Ashcroft.
He is now some six years into his solo career since the nation's favourite band from
Wigan - The Verve, that is - split.
Luckily, the material that Richard has released as a solo artist has consistently
been just as enticing, and this latest 10-track album of his will have surely to
goodness attracted plenty more
Music News - Vib Gyor Press Release
Combining the intensity of Radiohead with the subtle soundscapes of
Sigur Ros, Vib Gyor have become purveyors of the finest atmospheric, explosive rock.
With shimmering guitars, pounding drums and aching sweeping vocals, they
project a rich anthemic, yet totally original sound.
Frustrated with everyday life, the Leeds based band formed in 2004 through
Music, Band Biog- Introducing Silverjet
Since their live debut in late September 2004, Silverjet
have been taking the music scene by the scruff of the neck and shaking
it with their own dose of Rock 'n' Roll.
Their songs are raw, catchy, loud and infectious drawing from influences
such as The Faces, The Black Crowes, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC,
The Quireboys and Aerosmith to name but a few.
The result is
Single Reviews - The Fallout Trust - Washout (At Large) Release date: Feb 13th 2006 Reviewed By Steve Rudd
At just over three minutes long, the latest single from the London sextet in Washout
perfectly showcases just how talented this band is.
Given that there are six members, the music naturally has immense depth, and fortunately
no elements are drowned out in the mix.
The guitars ring especially proudly, as band frontman Joe Winter sings out his pretty little heart.
Come the sublime
Single Reviews - Cherubs - Paper Cut Moon (Cargo) Release Date: Feb 6th 2006 Reviewed By Steve Rudd
You might already have caught this extraordinary outfit during one of their 2005 festival
appearances... perhaps at the Carling Weekend or T in the Park for starters.
The widespread consensus seems to be that to hear them is to love them, and
there's no wonder if this attention-demanding single is anything to go by.
Paper Cut Moon pits beautifully rousing guitar
Single Reviews - Fallout Boy - Sugar, We're Going Down (Mercury) Release Date: Feb 7th 2006 Reviewed By Steve Rudd
A chart-friendly anthem for the masses, the wall-of-sound vibrancy that blasts
out of this beauty of a single release is the ultimate wake-up call for
anybody who even remotely finds their ears attracted to high-calibre Pop-Punk music.
Sugar, We're Going Down is melody and harmony-saturated to the hilt, thus ensuring
that it's ludicrously catchy in the extreme, as the energy
Single Reviews - Jeffron - Dance Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Having started playing the piano at five years old, Jeffron was something of a
child prodigy when it came to music, and he is a self-taught guitarist,
keyboardist and vocal arranger.
After he left school he started to indulge in the twin arts of song production and
song arrangement, and he's worked with the high-profile likes of the
Sugarbabes, Liberty X and Errol Brown. Now, though, he's trying to make a
Single Reviews - The Holloways - Generator (Sensible Recordings) By Nick Quantrill
Hailing from the Holloway Road area of London, this limited edition,
vinyl-only debut release is a prime slice of ska-tinged pop from a
band destined to be one to watch out for in 2006.
Lead track Generator is a three-minute snapshot of what the band have to offer.
With its prominent harmonies and choppy guitars, Generator is something
approaching a 21st Century take on