Monday, 16 September 2019

Road Man

I rarely offer up reviews straight away, I sit on someone's Twitter profile, not literally of course, apart from being extremely uncomfortable it would probably get me  arrested? 
But if I keep going back then it's for good reason and that's exactly what happened in the  case of  Road Man a.k.a Funk, Soul, Roots, Reggae man Jon Petronzio .
When I checked out his work, and  I'll get  to his new album shortly, it was the discovery of his 2014  album "Light At The Speed Of Life" and the opening track "Dangerous Road- Feat John Browns Body"  that kept reeling me back for another listen. 
 Jons vocals are  very clean cut and while in a lot cases that could equate to boring, it's anything but, in fact there's a vulnerability in his tone and an honesty in his delivery which is all part of the draw. With  "Chosen"  and it's Old School Funk vibe, I was transported at the speed of a Starsky & Hutch Car chase back to the 70's.  This album was a  13 track Slam Dunk Delight to listen to from start to finish & one I'd recommend you check  out in full.


A child piano prodigy, by the age of 12 Joe  was earning money playing ragtime in a local ice cream parlor, and after graduating with a B.A from the Ithaca College in New York he went on to form The Funk Band Revision recording six albums and averaging 150 shows a year. 
Having established himself  as a professional musician  he then decided to start  dabbling with some creative ideas. Ideas, as he says that would "Lead to the most  transformative time of my life"  Cue Road Man, the solo project that took him seven years to unleash on the public, blending not just a mix of genres, but also a whole mind, body, spirit experience . 

The latest album "Midnight Hour" also doesn't disappoint with it's mix of genres and Joe's distinctive pure tone, and once again the title track kept drawing me back for another listen, it has an uplifting musical drive but with lyrical substance that almost feels like opposite emotions colliding, but it works beautifully.  While "Daydream" just feels like a wonderful Old school reggae track  that had me hooked from the brass intro and my only grumble is there wasn't any more  noticeable moments of it during the track, but that aside, it whisks you back to an era of girl meets boy musical innocence and I absolutely love it.  



In light of what's going on in the UK right now I  couldn't help but nod in agreement at "The Other Side" and lyrics "I blame the leadership, the ones in charge, these are the criminals".
With over 14 years touring experience, Road Man has shared the stage with top of their game  artists including some of my own personal faves like Third WorldCollie Buddz, Freddie McGregor and Black Uhuru to name just a few and both albums have reached  an extremely impressive #1 of Billboard & Itunes chart, Jon said that he is a changed man since the start of the project and  he wants to " provide light at the end of the tunnel for others" And after listening to both of these offerings  I think he can safely tick yet another achievement off the list. If you'd like to find out more about Road Man, Download his music, show your support and follow on social media? then check out his website  for all the details.

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Friday, 9 August 2019

Leech

WHOA! rarely do I come across an album where my first thought is WTF! This guy must be stoned or a crazy genius ?  Well, let me introduce you to the stoned crazy genius that is Rapper Leech and his debut album Underbite. 
Real name Aidan Nolan, he's from a  small farming town in upstate  New York called Mcdonough and was prized with the name Leech by a friend during his freshman year at College because he was so broke he never had any money for anything. hopefully that's about to change with his  9 track 20 min debut  album?  Apart from distant echoes of an early Asher Roth it's like no other rap album I've heard in recent times. I felt strangely stoned myself despite the fact all I was inhaling was caffeine & a kit kat.                                                                                                                                                                   

The Nickname Leech wasn't the only thing he picked up as a Fresher, it was here he started to seriously discover a love for music and became obsessed with rap trio Injury Reserve & Odd Future  which  after checking out, I can hear were strong influences, but that doesn't take away from the fact that Underbite is very much Leeches own unique creation. When you listen to alot of albums  many of them can be rather Vanilla  &  tend to have a linear vibe, Yaaaaaaaaawn! but that is so not the case here. 

An equally stand out factor is the production, all hail Elda, with  a combined age of 40 this creative pairing are a mightily exciting force to be reckoned with. Even more amazing, is the fact that Leech only decided to try his own hand at music last summer 2018 & never intended to release an album so early on, but encouraged by friends and with a ton of tracks written he decided to go for it. 
I believe you have to grab a listener within the first few seconds and  hearing the opening bars of Bongo,  Leech's expressive vocal doesn't disappoint  as it starts  "Clap clap clap clap clap clap Stop, Clap clap clap here we Fuckin go,  ( And hook) What's up? What's good? How ya been man?  the  track has a drive about it from start to finish  but the production keeps changing throughout leaving you not knowing what's coming next and that's true of the entire album. 

His videos are just as bonkers as his music, but that's what makes this uber talented creative so listenable and watchable.  


When his not making music he's grabbing life by the balls because he believes it's a waste to waste time and likes to be doing something, whether it's skating, making scrambled eggs or walking his dog Chico .

With features from  Zoë with 2 dots also banzai florist  Edward Glen  this is an amazing debut album that Leech and Elda should be proud of.  If you like different?  Off the wall ?  Creatives that don't walk the line?  Then Underbite is something you're going to want to get your teeth into. I for one, love it and look forward to the future that is Leech. You can Follow  and show your support at:  Spotify    Instagram   Twitter  Youtube   Apple Music       Soundcloud

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Monday, 29 July 2019

Cody James


The  recent Twitter follow by someone named  Cody James  stopped me in my scrolling  tracks because it sounded like a name that belonged to a superstar creative, intrigued, I checked it out pronto and turns out I wasn't wrong, better still he gets creative in my fave genre so I was eager to check out  "All Gas No Breaks Ft Mvstermind"  Don't expect crotch grabbing, or  spits of   "Yo look at the size of ma Rolex" This is Cody James with his raw honest, emotional, relatable story, just as it should be. 

"I been living broke for too mafucking long,
Debt pulling up, debt collectors blowing up my phone
I just pray my mamma get the things she wish fo
Ain't no promises that Ima Ima make it home
Aye Ima tryna give back for the shit she did
Tired of living broke, I gotta change this shit
Gotta monetize the dreams I had back as a kid. Ayeee"



Living in a small town in the Southern region of Illinois with  less than 50,000 people, Cody lives by his Company Slogan "Keep It Local, Make It Global" and very much believes in  helping others  and backs this up by  representing "Underground Collective Support Art"  boasting 15 talented  producers and music  artists, where he is also creative marketing director . 

A man after my own heart, he doesn't do labels and instead of specific genres prefers to refer to himself as a "Painter of Words" a "Sculptor Over Beats"    
"So, you don't think of yourself as a  Rap-Hiphop artist?" I asked.
"I guess you could say I am, but with a twist"  he replied . Due to a minority of artists/bands and  lazyass media there is  often a misconception of  rap/hiphop which gives the genre a bad image and this is something Cody is  keen to distance himself from,  he's an "Against The Grain" Rapper, all about the bars and the punchlines. 


While he reckons it was listening to Kanye  College Dropout that took him deeper down the Rap road,  the real love affair began after hearing artists such as Common, Andre 3k, & Lupe to name just a few.His daily listens are eclectic though ranging from John Mayer  to  J Cole depending on his mood. 
Recently sponsored by College bar Spikes, he plans to keep writing & recording and  building on his impressive resume, but his ultimate goal is to pave the way for others in his City. Cody is definitely one of the good guys in the business that you want to succeed,  and I 'm left in no doubt that with his grit and determination they'll be nick naming him the Pied Piper of Illinois,
You can  check out more of his toons & follow Cody at: Website   Facebook  Twitter

                               
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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Dax Brooks

When the furthest you've travelled is to the local shops to pick up  a jar of coffee and a bag of mint imperials, it's rather mind blowing to hear that a young boy was on his own at 16 and went on to journey through  42 countries in search of  themself and their own unique musical sound. Welcome Dax Brook with his  debut release  "Only Human."




I asked him, why so long & why now?    
Dax: "Releasing a body of work (songs) has always been a dream of mine, I've written many songs for film and television but none really for myself. Only Human is the first of many songs to come. This is a personal labor of love project that finally found its way out of my system and into the world. "  

And who inspires him? well, it turns out a very surprising mixed bag, from his dad's love of classic rock,  to his own curiosities in reggae and jazz and the likes of Sam Cook and Otis Redding. 



I have to say, when I  heard Dax's vocal I was immediately transported back to  Old school soul, Al green, The Chi-lites, Donny Hathaway, and The Stylistics among others; everything from production to song structure  more than pays homage and yet it doesn't sound out of place in 2019, and that's the mark of a great artist who has honed their craft, knows exactly who they are, where they are going, and delivers with style. 


While  he admittedly writes across many  genres there is no mistaken that vocal and you can expect to hear more from this  Soulster very soon. Having recorded his debut E.P  only Human with Alabama Shakes producer Andrija Tokic in East Nashville, once back in L.A  he hooked up with award winning Multi Platinum Producer/Mixer/Engineer Jason Schweitzer, responsible for twiddling the knobs  on tracks such as:  Won't back down by Eminem ft Pink, Stand Up For Coloured Girls (Soundtrack) Macy Gray, to John Legends forthcoming album and a whole mightily impressive list of other tracks and artists .

In the meantime enjoy "Only Human" which is available to download now & you can also follow Dax and show your support on the links below. 
 

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Friday, 19 April 2019

William Poyer

Seeing as Spiritual Records are awash with talent, when they tell you they have a new release you know you're in for a treat, cue William Poyer and his new single "Weight In Gold" . The official video shot in Mexico and directed by Jose Tato Grageda will be released on 3rd May, in the meantime check out this  live version from the Spiritual Sessions while I grab my stetson.  Darn! I feel like I should be chewing Tobacco .........



The track could see Poyer elevated to where he deserves to be, it's not only incredibly catchy, it's also lyrically clever and as if with a large branding iron stamps a seal on his songwriting ability.  With an Americana vibe and a  mix of wild west & modern he puts his inspiration down to artists such as Ray  Lamontagne  Shovels and Rope  & Jason Isbell    and I can see the similarities in the sense that from a musical style they all seemingly lived well before they were born into this lifetime, maybe there's something to be said for reincarnation?   Poyer uses light and shade in his vocals like a true storyteller and  I'm transported back to the days where kids and adults alike were sat  in front of the TV watching Jackanory, eyes wide, jaws dropped & ears open , it's a believable story telling performance that has you mesmerised.
In 2013 he left his native welsh home and began a journey of discovery  that saw him living in Mexico for three years, and it was whilst there he found the musical sound he was looking for which helped him create a stunning collection of songs for his 2016 debut album "Born Lucky"  One of the stand out tracks on that album has to be  "Makings Of A Man. 



Following on from that he went on to release a live version of "Weight In Gold"  in 2017 for the Spiritual Records Live No.2  release recorded live at The Spiritual bar in Camden. While 2018 saw him play all over the UK including supports slots for Tom Walker  &  also  Great Lake Swimmers  , 2019 has kept him just as busy as he supported  Spiritual bar pals Ferris & Sylvester on their headline tour. With the release of single  "Weight In Gold"  on the 19th April and a second album on the horizon, Poyers wagon of success seems destined to keep on rollin. 

You can  Download the new track Weight In Gold follow Willam and  Spiritual Records  on the links below: 
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Sunday, 3 February 2019

Mark Sullivan

WOW! Where have you been hiding ?  Those were the exact words I sent to Gifted Singer/Songwriter & Musician Mark Sullivan after listening to his track "Warm Your Bones" and discovering he only lives down the road in Hitchin Herts.  Turns out that far from hiding he has a majorly long impressive list of gigs that are worthy of a feature all of their own, from Dublin Castle, Opening at Wembley Arena, performing at the Houses of Parliament, Ronnie Scotts, Osfest, The Hard Rock Cafe...hey come on, leave some gigs for everybody else ?   

I had been patiently waiting since the end of  2018 for something special to come along worthy of a review and tickle my eardrums back to life, and Hallelujah "Warm Your Bones" has been well worth the wait:


His vocal tone had me thinking along the lines of  Joe Cocker & James gray, it just has that chocolate rasp quality that you never tire of listening to, an unmistakable  recording voice that's enough to warm anybodies bones.

After learning to play the guitar, Mark formed his first band Gekko at the age of 15, but their tender age was certainly no barrier to success  as they travelled the country performing at BBC introducing, Rock In The Park  & Bulldog Dash to name just a few. After the band split he became frontman of acoustic duo "The Marksman"  But in 2013  decided to  pursue his dream of a solo career and has been soaring ever since, which  has included performing at the US private ambassadors London residence & even receiving an award from progressive Rock legend Rick Wakeman .
Having recorded three E.Ps It was time  to check out some of his other material, and oh how my ears continued to be stroked  at "Words Fail Me- Feat DPART:

A track worthy of being at the top of the ITUNE charts for sure, and shows that he's not just another acoustic artist, his very much a credible and current artist, who knows how to craft a song. 

But Mark's just as comfortable when it comes to putting his stamp on a cover and that shows with  "Human" by Rag n Bone Man:


In 2016  after talking with a couple of top producers he flew to the states  to record some new music for his E.P , working with grammy nominated producer Steve Greenwell (Joss stone, Jonas brothers.. ) and was also lucky to have some top session musicians on board including bass player Jack Daley ( Michael jackson, Beyonce ...) . On his return back to the UK he was invited onto London TV to chat about his music and flourishing career. 




A career that has kept Mark busy ever since, and having recently been added to the Roster of  an exciting  live agency called Talentbanq, 2019  looks set to continue propelling him to  even bigger audiences.
Ed Sheeran? James Arthur?  add the name Mark Sullivan to the list. 

To keep up to date with what Marks up to you can follow him at:
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Friday, 14 September 2018

Disciples Of Babylon

Just like good food can excite your taste buds & leave you wanting more, the similar can be said for Music & my ears have just experienced a gastronomic gourmet in the shape of Album "The Rise And Fall Of Babylon"  First track up, Freedom, & anti Trumpsters are going to love this, with lyrics: 

"Oppress us no more
We've waited for this day
Our rights have been taken
Your rule is coming to an end
The faster that we rise above
And we scream from our lungs


FREEDOM! GIVE US FREEDOM BACK 
WE CRAVE FREEDOM 
WE STAND STRONG" 

Cue Kickass guitar and my automatic response was to whack the volume up to max & watch as my morning cup of coffee rocked into life on top of the speaker, who the hell are these guys?  Disciples of Babylon from California Hollywood, that's who. Founded in 2012, Eric Knight -Lead vocals & Rhythm Guitar, Ramon Blanco on Lead guitar, Gui Bodi on Bass Guitar & Drummer Chris Toeller .

Eric, Ramon & Gui  all attended the same music school while Chris attended another & are all seasoned musicians in their own right, individually performing with the likes of Aerosmith, Kiss, The Dave Matthews band & Kid Rock. 

Ramon was living in an apartment block where in the same complex lived an up and coming producer Andres Torres, they'd already struck up a friendship without really knowing what the other did, it was only later Ramon found out that Andres was a  drummer and a producer, and Andres found out that Ramon was in a band, it was only a matter of time before they all got together. Andres was so impressed with the bands passion for Rock music and how well they all gelled together that he ended up playing drums as well as producing the Album. 
Some of you may be familiar with the name Andres Torres & that's because the Grammy award-winner was responsible for producing the biggest Latin hit of last summer Despacito with Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee feat Justin Beiber. If that wasn't enough, the album was mastered by Grammy-nominated Joe LaPorta best known for his work with  Foo Fighters, Muse & Imagine Dragons to name but a few, generating a sizeable buzz around this release, not that it needs one. 

Second track up "Without you"  & the first track I actually heard after the band and I followed each other on Twitter. Halfway through the first verse I knew I was listening to Something that is going to be globally huge, Rarely have I  pressed pause so quickly and got in touch about a review.  Hear why for yourselves......


Third track   "We Are The Ones" 
"Desire the thoughts that creep through our minds
That fire that builds you up inside
Get up and take a stand
The powers in our hands
We'll fight until the end... because?..."


We start to see a theme running through the lyrics, not  of angry young men but musicians with substance determined to use their gift for wordery to make a difference, this isn't disposable Rock, each track ingeniously crafted to form an addictive melodic Anthem ...I'm hooked.
Eric's vocals meander through tender and emotional to war ready warrior & next track "Lift"  is no exception, it ends with yet another to die for guitar solo.  "Idiosyncrasies"  is a track about Eric's relationship with himself & the different sides & quirky traits that make up who he is. I, for one can relate to this, 

"To keep my sanity
I really want to believe in us
In you and me
There's harmony
But I'll fight
To keep my spirit free
I really want to believe in u"


"Simple Life" is anything but simple, I think as complicated human beings most people will be able to relate to this thought-provoking song  & as if not to disappoint the lead guitar seems to cry in empathy. Another solid track, vocally, instrumentally and in terms of quality, it's evident Disciples of Babylon are Gold. 

"Civilized" completes this epic creation and we start as we began, with a Kickass finale that will have the crowds on their feet, it's a fast & furious head-on performance. Ironically one of the verses starts: " I'm stuck on repeat"  and I can't help thinking that replaying the D.O.B Album which I guarantee I'll be doing is a great place to be stuck?  The band have their sight set on global domination and if "The Rise And Fall Of Babylon" is anything to go by the world better get ready to rock, grab your air guitars the Disciples are coming.....

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Saturday, 25 August 2018

R.E.S.P.E.C.T

You'd think offering up a review would be simple wouldn't you?  You come across some awesome music, contact artist or band behind awesome music and offer them a review, they respond by saying "Thanks but no thanks" or " Great, thanks, what do you need? ".....Sorted?  Only it rarely works out like that much to my frustration.
Music Reviews haven't changed much since I first started out, there's just more people doing it due to social media and many people charge for that service now.  But I'm not one of those people, I do it for Free because I believe in supporting artists/bands & good music. Eargasm started life as part of my Column at the Watford Observer, where individuals & record companies would get in touch and send in their latest music offerings for review consideration, I also peruse social media looking for something special.  I'm quite a tough cookie to crack & having been around the music block it's got to be damn good for me to give up my time to write about. Having a credible review that hasn't been written by your Mum or your best mate can make people sit up and take notice and it only takes one right person to take notice for an opportunity to come along, all I ask is to be shown a little respect, not too much to ask surely?

I'm often asked why I don't review more Rap/Hip-Hop artists seeing as that's my first love, well sadly because it's the worst genre to deal with.  The majority of the time I'm met with things like:  "Yo, I'm busy, back atcha soon"  Followed six weeks later by "Yo, so about the review?"  My response  "Yo, too late"


But other genres don't fair much better either, I have promises of info being sent over the next day only to show up three weeks later, or worse still, not at all.  And when I ask about a bands name I end up being sent such fictional stories: " We were Mice that died but have been reincarnated as humans so we can come back and take revenge for being kept in labs " yadda, yadda.... really?  it's not only naff, bands and artists were coming up with such drivel in the 70's, it was naff then too, but it was just part of the music scene back then, back then being the operative word, it's 2018 don't do it. 


In the past two months I've offered up 5 reviews, but only 1 has made it  to the Eargasm Column and that's been down to the artist/band and a lax, unprepared, unprofessional attitude.
So if you make Music & you expect people to take you seriously then act professionally, even if you have to blag it, we all have to start somewhere but showing a bit of respect and professionalism when someone is trying to help you costs nada. 

Many moons ago when I was starting out ...yes, that far back, I was sat chatting to Paul Weller  & Mick Talbot post Style Council gig, when Paul suddenly asked what I'd thought of the Gig?  I was thinking, yeah right, here I am in the presence of a Music god and his asking  ME what I think? He obviously read my facial expression & finding it amusing continued  "No I'm serious, it's always great to have feedback, how would you review the gig, I really want to know, was it okay? " And I realised at that moment he was serious indeed, not only that, in his own way he was giving me an opportunity and so I took it. 


I started by suggesting he lose the sound guy because the balance throughout had been erratic and often drowned out the vocals & to hold on to the 17 yr old drummer Steve White because he was phenomenal for one so young and that the gig had been excellent because as with most of Wellers gigs they always smacked of credibility and you felt the blood, sweat and tears of his performance.  He laughingly agreed about the sound engineer, thanked me for my honesty and we continued chatting. I didn't expect for one minute  someone of  Wellers magnitude to give me the time of day, but there was no ego, in his presence I was  an equal and he treated me as such and that's what I've continued to do throughout my life, regardless of who I'm dealing with, be it signed Run DMC or Unsigned Ron & the Racoons, whether 9 or 90 yrs of age, I treat everyone with the same respect, and as I want  to be treated, and that's the moral of the story, or in simple terms, Don't be an arse when somebody is trying to help you.😂😂😂

On a positive note, I've been blessed to review some brilliant bands and artists who are easy and awesome to work with, and who are going to go far because they have a great attitude. Yes the Music industry is tough, Yes it's often cut-throat, but that doesn't mean you have to behave disrespectfully.  

Ending the week on a positive note, I had an awesome E.P & lovely little thank you note drop through the letterbox from Amy & the Calamities Re her review earlier in the year: 

Plus a Hollywood Rock bands E.P showed up in my inbox the other day and immediately my ears were doing somersaults (yes, I'll leave you with that image ) I've no doubt there's exciting times ahead for them. When dealing with overseas artists/bands It can be hard to gauge how well known they are & I may be a tad too small fry for them agreeing to a review but I've asked & it's now in the hands of their publicist, so watch this space?  UPDATE: I've been granted a review with the band & hope to share it with you shortly. 

                                                             
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Monday, 16 July 2018

Tom Craven & The Chapter

Word Up!  it's only taken them 9 yrs, but holy moly some things are worth waiting for.  While Tom Craven has recorded & put out music as a solo artist over the past decade, The E.P  "Take Courage" out on 30th July is the first offering from Tom Craven & The Chapter under the band banner, but I believe it's been to their advantage because the growth, the maturity, lyrically, vocally & musically has been well & truly nailed, Chapter and verse some might say? With a perfect blend of Folk Rock, acoustic, "Take Courage" is like listening to the soundtrack of a West End Rock/Tragedy yet to be written. 
Kicking off the E.P & also debut Single "Parisian (Trial by Fire)" dramatic yet melodic, the leading man takes to the mic. 
"The kiss of  life, the kiss of death, they'll save this kiss for you, A pinch of salt, the word regret & it echoes through & through"                     
                                            
Tom is, without doubt a storyteller, the teller of tales, Shakespeares Romeo, Guerilla, defender of Love, taking us all on a journey.

While each track sets a different scene, the transition is effortless as though it has a golden thread of musical mastery running through its core. 
There's often a duff track....or two, on an E.P or album but it's not the case with "Take Courage" and every track is worthy of a mention.  With "Scene From An Ending"  the acoustic intro really allows us to hear  Tom at his vocal best, & even when the drums &  guitar ramp up he maintains a vocal vulnerability, my favourite track for sure.  A few seconds into  Lock Stock  ( & two smoking Angels ) and from a music perspective I'm thinking of one of the UK's most successful 80's bands, Simple Minds. 

It may well be a debut E.P from this outfit but The Chapter are far from  Virgin musicians, tight, accomplished and ready to go thanks to : Miles X Dawson on lead guitar, Joshua Saunders-Bass & backing vocals & James Harrison on Drums. Mathew Parisi added his lead guitar solos to Anthem & also engineered the E.P.  As well as lead vocals Tom also plays acoustic guitar. 
And like a smile that hides a heartache "Under postcard skies" has a rhythmic summer  vibe  while lyrics of reflection take a stroll underneath " I've made my mistakes, fallen for the wrong girl but I grow older, I grow wiser"

Lastly  "Anthem" with sing-along chorus "Wherever I end up I will sing my way there, wherever I belong will give me my song. Wherever this life will lead me will make up this tune to my Anthem"
Tom certainly has grown older and wiser and with The Chapter finally found his musical home, let's just hope it won't be another 9yrs before the next offering.  "Take Courage" Is available to Pre Order over at Bandcamp  you can also check out the website where you'll also find all social media links to follow and show your support. 
                                      
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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Minnie Birch

Where to start with the talent that is Minnie Birch? Plentiful as a Blackberry bush, she's a first-class female that puts the fact & fable into Folk.

About to self-release an AA-side single John BarleyCorn/ Emeralds on the 13th July to draw attention to her second full-length album Tethered released at the end of 2017 .......
Is there no stopping this Hertfordshire lass? 
Minnie has a  distinct sound, so even before her vocals enter the track "Emeralds" at 17 seconds you know whose music you're listening to. She said it was written post Brexit referendum & coupled with a personal situation left her feeling at a loss with the world  & thinking "We're not in Kansas anymore" a line from the Wizard Of Oz where Dorothy realises nothing is what it seems. In fact, there is many a lyrical nod to the Film, amongst them: " With a Lions Mane & a Scarecrow Pride".  Minnie also created part of the percussion with her tap shows that are Ruby Red, which as she said was "Rather Fitting".  

The film references are also rather apt  coming from a lady that  could well be  described as a modern-day Dorothy,  she has the ability to see the world and those around her with a childs vivid imagination & curious eyes, exudes kindness and compassion especially towards those that are different and is brave enough to stand up to injustice, and with that said there is no separating Minnie and her music.... they are one. 

The track John BarleyCorn is an old traditional Folk song that  local creative Mark  Crane Commissioned her to  rework for his film based on Leslie Tates memoirs "Heavens Rage" 
with guest vocalist Cian Davis of Molly & the Beekeepers, it had traces of the same dark haunting vibe of Kylie Minogue/Nick Drake  "Where the wild roses grow"  I say traces because Birch & Davis vocals blend so superbly and the quality of the track produced by Lauren Deakin Davies means this is on a totally different level of class. I can't tell you the number of times I've played this track since receiving it, there's something very special about it. 
          

"I just felt the track needed another haunting vocal because the moment in the film, itself-for-me is all about the many demons of alcoholism and the different lives, the protagonists lives , the different sides of himself he feels he can or can't show to people, so it made sense for there to be another vocal" said Minnie.

This gem of a lady also finds time between her busy schedule to work with prisoners, helping to develop their musical skills and also record stories to send back home to their children, but humans aren't the only ones to benefit from Minnies big heart, she's been bringing up an orphaned duckling, which has entailed a helluva lot of work and a helluva lot of  poop but determination is something this lady has in bucket loads, and bucket loads of radio play is  what  I'm predicting for  this John BarleyCorn/ Emeralds AA release, available for Pre Order on BandCamp  


In the meantime, you can  check out Minnie on her website   where you'll find all her social media links & be able to follow her & show support. 

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