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!
- Don’t Hold Back
- Reverse Disguise
- I’m Running
- How Did You Know
- Ladies of the Sea
- Better by Sounds
- Why, Why Won’t You Love Me Back?
- Slot Machine
- Sweet Oblivion
- Tape You To A Star
- Wishes Don’t Tie You Down
Chico Daze is available through Bandcamp.
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 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.
Ali Ingle – Hey Kid is a modern hymn of life!
Gus Garcia – Medieval EP release is a mixture of soft acoustic driven and lively songs that will last in your memory long after hearing these four tracks.
Clocks & Crocodiles is the first track, which is a lively and uptempo song dealing with not wasting time with tales of dreams.
Getting the more lively aspect to Gus Garcia’s music begins in the second track Rhythm.
Showing the vocal talents of Gus Garcia is prevalent in this subtle track, Two for One.
Probably the best song on this EP is Medieval, a mixture of acoustic and soft rock elements that builds around the song.
The Sailor is a rather melancholy song that starts with a slow piano that goes through until it gets quite experimental with sounds reminiscent of the waves of the sea, and adds to the story and tales of the high seas.
Medieval EP is available @ CD Baby