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Grapefruit - Soak

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“Cut a Grapefruit in half and use your imagination…viva la vulva!” explains Ange, the front-woman of female and LGBT-fronted band ‘Grapefruit’. Characterised by epic drums, silky vocals and seductive hooks, this five-piece from Kent sound as sensual as her depiction of the fruit they’re named after. Initially a duo, Grapefruit has grown organically over the past two years and though very much still in its infancy, their distinguished, slick sound would have you believing otherwise.

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Grapefruit boast a strong, female vocalist at their stern, who fondly remembers her first CD as being a compilation of independent, power-women including Pink and Avril Lavigne. Ange grew up with a dad who loves pop punk and a mum “that didn’t understand or like English music” – but who would sing in Chinese in all day long. Perhaps it was her musical upbringing or the fact that between them, the band has an extensive range of musical tastes (ska, hardcore metal, indie and Frank Sinatra!) that owes them their unique sound and sense of self. Whatever it is, it works. 

 Romantically written in a cabin by a riverbank, their new single ‘Soak’ explores the feeling of dissociating. “We live in a world that is so overwhelmingly chaotic and cluttered that you can lose yourself as life rushes past” explains Ange; a concept they bring to life by pairing drowsy vocals with powerful, pulsing drums. Vocally, Soak is soft and caressing, though the track itself manifests the same kind of intoxicating recklessness as a nightclub romance – hazy, exciting and flooded with urgency. It’s a song oozing with intensity whilst still encompassing an introspective calm – maybe a stamp of the idyllic setting it was created in. 

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This young, alternative band, who proudly represent the LGBT community, seem posed to take on festivals and stadiums alike. For fans of Warpaint, The XX and The Smiths, catch them in and around Kent this Summer, starting with Faversham Beer Festival on 26th July.

Author: Sian Williams

 

 

Unit 48 - Dopamine Girls

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Unit 48 are a Kent based experimental funk/pop band. They draw on influences from a range of artists from the likes of Snarky Puppy, Prince, Submotion Orchestra, Jack Garratt, The 1975, Knower, The Funk Apostles and so on. The band has recently released their live studio recording ‘Dopamine Girls’ and we are extremely impressed with the depth of talent within the band and are very excited about the fresh material these boys are bringing to the music scene.    

The track highlights how social media has potentially changed the outlook of relationships within society.

 Darren Barnes (Vocals) States:

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“I've always been deeply engrossed in music, and it stems back to early childhood, listening to the beach boys on my granddad's vinyl. When I think about that time, I remember listening to 'California girls' and the way it resonated with me. They were singing joyfully about girls of that generation. 'Dopamine Girls' is a tongue in cheek jab at a girl who represents a trend in our generation, posting provocative pictures of themselves for the hit of getting "likes". The tagline "I'm not falling for you" is a statement of not falling for her tactics, rather than falling in love.”

 What we love about the track is the amount of texture created from a live recording. Pumped up brass sections, punchy bass lines, keys and clever guitar work create a complete performance. The instrumental developments support each other and craft a masterpiece. The vocals are crisp and possess a raw passion that really connected with us as the audience. It’s almost like a more chilled out Streetlight Manifesto vibe. The instrumental section at 1:50 really shows Unit 48’s class and ability as musicians. We are hit with a range of developments that spiral us into a musical trance before bringing it straight back to the catchy hooks and chorus. As far as live track recordings are concerned this is up there with the best! Have a listen and let us know what you think! We highly recommend catching Unit 48 Live. We are 100% certain they will deliver a performance that you will not forget.

 

Next Event:

Unit 48’s Live single launch  at The Ship, Gillingham Dec 21st   8PM

Grapefruit - ASTR/Colder

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Grapefruit are a female-fronted alternative band from Maidstone. I was lucky enough to witness their performance at The Nags Head on 30th November and have since been eagerly anticipating the release of their latest tracks A Swim Through Red and Colder. Grapefruits’ performance instantly turned my head as I was captivated by the deep and intense atmosphere created from the very first note. The new track releases are an absolute treat and they are going straight onto our playlist!

 

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A Swim Through Red –

ASTR has a superbly intensive depth that gathers an enchanting momentum as it progresses. Melodic breakdowns and clean guitar work propel listeners into a huge emotive finale, that really mesmerises and catches a hold of you. This combined with dark moody vocals, with similar vibes to the likes of Hannah Reid (London Grammar) and Alexandra Savior, charm throughout the track creating a truly exceptional and captivating experience.

Colder

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Colder holds a similar intensity as ASTR through beautifully constructed layers and drops to kill for. It reminds me of The Antidote era by Foals, only juiced up on a darker and deeper enticement. Colder develops into a whirlwind of attitude and lyrically sounds innocent to begin with, but progresses into an almost murderous tone. Repetition of the lyric “I grow Colder” brings a real aggression to the track and this is reinforced by a dirtier and slightly heavier guitar sound that produces a highly driven finish. I really enjoyed the emotional ties behind this track and I feel the meaning of Colder has been put across to audiences brilliantly.

I highly recommend seeing Grapefruit Live to experience the captivating depth of their performance. I was very impressed with their chemistry on stage and how they all contributed something unique which created a complete performance that will really stick with you. I would not be surprised to see Grapefruit reach real heights.

The next performance:

15th December - The Five Bells - London

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Salvation Jayne EP Review

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Salvation Jayne’s EP has absolutely blown us away. They have crafted a masterpiece designed to take listeners on an emotional ride at different paces. Each track is sewn together by a darker and deeper meaning presenting the EP as a complete collective bursting with attitude.

Cortez - The first track on the album and we loved how this track is inspired by American Horror Story. It features passionate distorted drive, draws on heavy rock influences and a riff that is going to ensure that crowds are bouncing off the walls at their gigs. Cortez was originally released as a single and featured a brilliantly produced music video.

Juno - The second track on the EP is lyrically ingenious and the flow of the song cleverly develops as you listen. The passionate dense drive really gets a hold of you and the lyrics “get yourself together” followed by “ain’t no love in the mirror” draws out an element of self-reflection. The outro then repeats this phrase but becomes more uplifting changing the emotional tone of the track. Juno is extremely captivating and deserves the highest of praise.

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Black Heart- Shimmering with excellence and more fuzzy drive. Enticing build ups and a belt your heart out chorus will really ignite fans in a live environment. The attitude behind this song is gripping and you will be singing this is your head all day.

Tongue Tied – The melodic guitar combined with a dirty bass fuzz creates a contrast that continues to gain momentum until it opens up to a chorus that sounds BIG. The perfect song to really let yourself go in a live environment.

Next Performance:

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The Priory Hotel Dover

1st December 2019

The Art of Falling – Lyrically touching, the deeper meaning behind the lyric really creates a moving experience for listeners. Toning down the drive, this track really adds a dynamic to the EP. I personally think this song is a dark horse and when listened to carefully I found it develops on from the earlier self-reflection experienced in Juno. The outro of this track is going to force out an incredible live music moment. I found this to be very motivational and a beautifully constructed piece of art.

Juno- Stripped – What a treat this track is. The original Juno meets a chilled RNB track creating an entirely new feel that completely captivates audiences. The moody vibe transforms the song into a magical masterpiece. A very brave choice to add this track but I think it finished off an exceptional EP perfectly.

Sam Simmons - RSN