Barbara Manning – Chico Daze – Album Review

Barbara Manning - Chico Daze

Barbara Manning is a legend, and is often referred to as the Godmother of the good old fashion DIY scene.

Though Barbara Manning doesn’t live a Rock ‘n’ Roll lifestyle these days, she was around in the late 1980s, which was a defining moment for punk, rock and the mixture of the two created Grunge!

Barbara Manning latest album Chico Daze is a solo effort of a collection of songs recorded between 2004 – 2009; as she had a backing band on past recordings called The Go Lucky’s.

What to expect from Chico Daze is a combination of grunge-rock-punk of different volume levels, and a sweetness to her voice that doesn’t scream or try to do anything other than convey the message of her songs.

The highlights of Chico Daze is the punk-rock driven two minute and a few seconds song I’m Running, though there are longer driven-rock tracks Island and Sweet Oblivion. Moments of Americana are displayed in How Did You Know and Better by Sounds. Getting slightly experimental on Ladies of the Sea and Wishes Don’t Tie You Down featuring great guitar wah-wah licks, and the cheeky Slot Machine song that describes making-out!

  1. Don’t Hold Back
  2. Reverse Disguise
  3. I’m Running
  4. How Did You Know
  5. Ladies of the Sea
  6. Better by Sounds
  7. Why, Why Won’t You Love Me Back?
  8. Slot Machine
  9. Island
  10. Sweet Oblivion
  11. Tape You To A Star
  12. Wishes Don’t Tie You Down

Chico Daze is available through Bandcamp.

 

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Lewis Clark & The Essentials – Vinyl Love – Album Review

Lewis Clark & The Essentials - Vinyl Love

Lewis Clark and the Essentials album Vinyl Love is one which focusses on journey’s of the past, which most of the lyrics are based on.

The style is mostly a sort of rockin’ jazz – body poppin’ groove, with that free-flowing-travelling feel mixed in. The sense that roots are not going to be laid-down until the purpose of the quest has been achieved.

Though meeting new people in new surroundings, especially if they’re far away, there has to be a time when these friendships have to break due to the sheer logistics of keeping in touch; which you hear in the emotional way Lewis Clark delivers his songs.

 1. I Know It’s Over Now

2. Lew’s Blues

3. Goodbye

4. An Irregular Song

5. Kathy

6. Jack O’Kennedy

7. I Feel You

8. Let Me In

9. Bad Timing

Lewis Clark has returned to his home city of Bristol to conquer as he did so well abroad in the exotic surroundings in India and Thailand; both countries have a growing music scene, which are now a global success.

Vinyl Love is available at Apple Music

Skies Turn Black – EP Review

Skies Turn Black

Skies Turn Black self-titled EP release is a six-track collection of hard rock with metal leanings, especially in the drumming department.

  1. Smoke & Mirrors
  2. Life Goes On
  3. Cold
  4. Play The Game
  5. Choking On Air
  6. Departure

Expect to hear lots of guitar virtuoso playing, solid riffs and interestingly you can actually hear the bass, which goes well with the drums. The vocals you can actually hear what the song is about.

As far as the song material it ranges from deception, getting besotted and being given the runaround, delusionment, being put into your place, oppression and consuming way too much oxygen than you need!

Skies Turn Black EP is available through Apple Music

Laura Comfort – Little Wing – Single Review

 

Laura Comfort - Little Wing

Laura Comfort’s latest release is the single – Little Wing.

When you cover songs especially one by iconic musician Jimi Hendrix you have to either get it spot on or make it your own.

This version Laura Comfort has recorded with the talented international rock guitarist Matt Backer has achieved both in their quest of perfection of Hendrix’s song Little Wing, containing references of American Indian spiritual themes.

Little Wing is available at iTunes.

Roslyn Moore – Hazy – Album Review

Roslyn Moore - Hazy

Roslyn Moore is a singer with a laid-back approach to her songs in her debut album Hazy.

The music that gets you bouncy is the single The Burbs, which is about love by using alternatives to paint you the picture you start to imagine in your mind, while listening to this starting song on the album.

Is this a statement Pretty Girls and Gin? Could it be this easy? Better not let the male-race know this cheap trick!

Seems like a lot of smoke was produced to write this song Hazy, with a touch of spacious music to project the mood.

A clever plot in the album is Lost Girl, because afterwards you then get the sense of a troubled young woman hereinafter.

The album overall is described as a desert opera and when you listen to Motel 6 apart from the references of ‘getting high’ you feel you are away and apart from inner-city civilisation.

When Roslyn Moore sings Red Roses you get the message of a woman wanting her man of choice to treat her badass, though the music traps you into a sense of tranquility and you get slightly confused of thinking this young woman enjoys pain and blood that is the reference of ‘liking red roses!’

This trampled sounding track Drama Queen turns Red Roses on its head as the woman in the lyrics feels let-down by this badass boyfriend at being labelled a ‘drama queen’, which isn’t uncommon for men as it’s a last ditched frustration button.

This leads to the next few songs of ending it all in the torturous sung Suicide Note and the result of such a self-inflicted action in The End.

Does this mean this track Malibu is heaven? Maybe your choice if you wish.

The last song is Shampoo and this could indicate the washing away of all of the dirt, blood and bodily fluid of destruction sung about in these songs on this album.

Hazy is available at iTunes.

Scarlett Taylor – Churches – Album Review

Scarlett Taylor - Churches

Scarlett Taylor has released Churches her second album, though it is freely available free through Soundcloud, which really ought to be released on iTunes as it is a good piece of artistic material.

What Scarlett Taylor does is mix her music and the image perfectly, like a nice pair of tailored warm gloves.

The first part of the album is focussed on the ‘person’ that doesn’t hold back with Fucked-up, then if you’re feeling strange then Crazy will hit a nerve. Then the last song that goes together is Imprisoned, which has had a remixed makeover.

You’ve then got Vacancy that sounds like you’re in the middle of nowhere and wish it would be a place of sanctuary? The next song Off puts you in a guessing frame of mind as to whether Vacancy was a scary place, or it could-be where the ‘person’ hung themselves?

Relating to the closest concept of the depth of pain is best conveyed in Confessional and after this song the album changes direction into ‘other people’ and different situations.

You would think Ignite would be a blistering high level track, it is actually the softest song on the album.

The closest we are going to get on Churches of ‘I’m so wrapped-up into you,’ are Velvet and the next song Without You.

Christmas Eve and Shampoo probably mean something different, but with the sadness displayed in the lyrics and the sound of music, it would be thankful if anyone survived until the festive period! Still while you’re celebrating you can give it some sweet smell of cleanliness of your sins.

Getting back to more of the theme of Churches the last song Cutting can be quite shocking if you think you see the redness of blood flash before your eyes.

Churches can be fairly morbid but is enjoyable to listen to and there is plenty of people who will not only get this album, but can relate the themes within the lyrics.

Churches is available at Soundcloud.

 

Arcade Messiah – III – Album Review

Arcade Messiah III

Arcade Messiah certainly has a powerful message without uttering a word, let alone sing a multitudes of words – in their third instrumental album III.

The music is powerful heavy to hard rock and the themes are of destruction to our earth, which by going by the name of the group equates to the ‘arcade’ element of our world and lives. Though together with ‘Messiah’ makes it quite scary and sinisterism could enter the fray.

The list of tracks makes sense as you enter a journey of explosive power with Revolver and then you’re bombarded further and have to make sure you’re not overrun in Citadel.

Then if you think the intensity is still going for maximum overload you are blessed with Deliverance, which is a very mellow and soft melodic piece of music to start of with! Things get heated and tries to calm-down midway but doesn’t really. It is if their is a battle within the world or even within ourselves and the mindful electrical waves never seem to want calmness.

Life Clock seems to continue the theme of life and you get periods within the composition of a ‘tick-tock’ lull, but then as life gets upset the music kicks-off again.

The heaviest track on III is Black Tree. This track is full of heavy metal guitar work that even among the dampened chords being played are thunderous doom and darkness.

Once again entering a period of softness and more of a tranquil tune is the last track Sanctuary. The music is more involved and the drumming is busy until the end.

III is available through Bandcamp.

 

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