Posts

Showing posts from September, 2017

ANDY SUZUKI AND THE METHOD

Image
This New York based band are a multi-cultural set of musicians, mainly fronted by half-Japanese, half-Jewish Andy Suzuki and Kozza Babumba, grandson of Grammy award winning Nigerian percussionist, Babatunde Olatunji.  These diverse backgrounds serve up a mix of styles, mainly but not tied to Folk, Blues and Rock!
The band formed at University when Andy met Kozza in 2005, in 2008 they enlisted violinist Jason Gorelick.  They released their first E.P. "300 Pianos" a year later and in 2012 released their second, "The Ghost Stories E.P.".  In 2011 they were selected as Manhattan's winner for WNYC's annual Battle of the Boroughs and also in 2012 they toured Brunei, sponsored by KFC and UBD FM.  The Brunei fans called themselves Methodons or Methodonnas! The band have been touring their shows around the US, building a solid fan club and have released their debut album, "Born Out Of Mischief", which was hotly anticipated by the music press and media.  Th…

PUPPET REBELLION

Image
Puppet Rebellion are a five piece Indie band from Manchester, England.  Comprising of Oliver Davis (vocals), Danny Moss (drums), Paul Trochowski (guitar), James Halliwell (bass) and Craig Gibson (guitar), the band are currently releasing their 3rd E.P. in August 2015 entitled "Life Is In Your Hands".
Following the first two E.P.'s "Chemical Friends" and "No Means Yes" the band have been amassing a fan base and media attention, primarily with their live performances supporting the likes of Reverend And The Makers and Catfish And The Bottlemen around the Northwest and other UK venues. For me, I think the band are a mix of Razorlight and The Jam, although that's just my opinion.  There are elements of Classic Rock guitar riffs and some great melodies, like a really rocky version of Inspiral Carpets.  There is obviously a Manchester sound but the band are breaking the stereotypes of the likes of Oasis, for reasons beyond me, the new bands want to be l…

GINA ZAVALIS

Image
Gina is a singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, USA and her multi-faceted voice is making big waves on the music scene.  The radio and international press are buzzing about this new star as she has been named as an artist to watch in several media outlets.
 I heard the lady on ReverbNation singing the gorgeous song "I Am Here", it reminded me a little of Classical singer Katherine Jenkins, a big, very emotive, powerful voice.  She also has some Barbra Streisand/Olivia Newton-John vibes going on.  Praise indeed to be compared to the aforementioned great singers but this lady is one of a kind. A mix of Country/Pop/Classical styles has given her the strength in depth that not many singers possess.  Gina also has acting background appearing in roles as diverse as Eva Peron in "Evita", Rosali in "West Side Story" in regional and national productions.  A very talented lady she has also embraced social media, working extremely hard promoting herself on Twitter and Fa…

LIVE GIG REVIEW - THE BRINDLEY PRESENTS THE FIREFLYS: STORYTELLERS! 13th June, 2015

Image
The Fireflys, for anyone living in a box over the last year are a great Runcorn band who I innocently found during my Music Journalism course assignment about Halton music when achieving my diploma.


I kind of owe a great deal to this band as they got me noticed as a serious reviewer and gave me the confidence to move on with this blog and beyond.  So the story goes, I review the band on this very blog, a few months later I contacted Music Insider Magazine in California, The Fireflys appeared in print.  My blog blossomed, these guys continually support me, so I continually support them.
So when the chance arose to go to my first gig in years, almost on my doorstep at The Brindley, Runcorn it was a no-brainer.   Including The Spase and Chasing Infinity, who I'd also covered in print for a "Cheshire Rocks" article in InCheshire and Prestbury Living magazines, it had to be done!
I decided to drag my brother Mike along, thinking he would appreciate an Acoustic gig as he has p…

ALEX MARIE BRINKLEY

Image
Alexandra Marie Brinkley was born in Fort Worth, Texas in USA.  So the story goes her musician mother was happy her daughter started singing at 1 years of age, unable to talk but could carry a tune! Certainly born to perform then!
Alex says she wants people to relate to her music and not be alone with their problems.  The first song she wrote called " Fly" was about her being bullied at school, she went on to perform for other people and though only young she listens compassionately to her friends and other people and writes from her point of view of their troubles.

Alex sings and plays piano and has over 60 original songs in her repertoire as well as 40 or so cover versions.  She sings around the state as much as she can and anywhere she can.  Her influences include Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato.  She is apparently a down to earth personality and very humble of her talent.  She will go far. When I first heard about Alex I instantly thought of Vanessa Carlton's style who …

CHASING INFINITY

Image
(This article is from print publication in INCheshire magazine and Prestbury Living magazines' June 2015 issues as part of my "Cheshire Rocks" article.

Although coming from Liverpool, Chasing Infinity are regulars on the Cheshire music scene.

Playing a great blend of pop rock, they formed in 2009 and released their debut album, “Chasing Infinity” in 2012.  An acoustic E.P. entitled “Chinfin Unplugged” was released in 2013 and the latest single is “Dance With The One That Brought You”.

Their line-up consists of lead vocalist Adele Halsall, Paul McCormick on guitar, Rob Saunders on bass and harmonica and drummer Mark Rice.

If you love Blondie, or No Doubt, then you will love this quartet.  Bright, bubbly and infectious, they bring an enthusiasm and bounce to any theatre.

Chasing Infinity joined The Spase in supporting The Fireflys at their “Storytellers” acoustic show on June 13th at Runcorn’s The Brindley.

Have a listen to the tracks “If It ‘Ain’t Broke, Break It” and “…

CHIMPS ON DEATH ROW

Image
(This article is from print publication in INCheshire magazine and Prestbury Living magazines' June 2015 issues as part of my "Cheshire Rocks" article.

Crewe band, Chimps on Death Row, are as you would expect from the name, not a pop boy band!

They are a Metal Rock outfit and consist of Bidder Jones (lead vocals/rhythm and lead guitar), Howie Tonge (bass guitar), Nik Thomas (lead and rhythm guitar and backing vocals) and Pete Mehlmann (drums and percussion).

The band’s sound can only be described as mixed rock.  Sometimes there is an influence of heavy metal Iron Maiden, then you could hear grunge rock Pearl Jam which then leads to Guns N’ Roses or Aerosmith!

They are an original rock band but they do play covers from time to time such as AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” and Judas Priest’s “Living After Midnight”.

My favourite tracks are “Fly Away” and “Find Me”, you can find these and more on YouTube, Soundcloud and Reverbnation and the Facebook page.






DIANA BARASH

Image
Diana, born in Eastern Europe began her Classical music training at seven years old amidst the falling Soviet Union ruling.  Her influences have become wider with Jazz, R 'n B and pop after travelling across the world to base herself in L.A. in the USA.
The debut album, "Miracle Of Love" was released in 2013 and upon first listen you can hear a little Olivia Newton-John in her voice, a pure, sultry vocal.  Then you pick up a little Kylie or Delta Goodrem.  I am sure there are more influences hidden in this talented lady's library. Diana's songs provoke the listener to feel the emotions of love, hope and are delivered in such a soulful way it's hard not to relax and immerse yourself into the soothing lyrical delivery. The album has several tracks co-written with Sunny Paxson, the Jazz pianist and composer.  There are a couple of tracks with that instant Jazz feel such as "After The Rain" and "Life" but also the soft and beautiful "Save…