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The Gallerys - Lucid Trail EP

Every so often when reviewing new material you come across that band that has just got it right. They have drawn on influences but stayed original, had a story that has shaped the tracks and convey a message that rings a relatable truth. As listeners we are enticed to solely tune into the music and allow it to take you to a certain place in a dreamlike state. The latest EP Lucid Trail by The Gallerys does just that.

The EP was recorded at Square Head Studios in Sittingbourne Kent and it was expertly mixed, produced and mastered by Dave Young and James Simpson.

LUCID TRAIL

In the opener “Lucid Trail,” we are hit with an impactful indie/rock acoustic number that really sets the tone of the EP. The track illuminates The Gallerys song writing talents; James Wood’s lead vocal is exceptional and draws a raw emotion. The backing vocals from Craig Barden and Dan Maggs produce perfect harmonies which creates a unique depth to the track. Lucid Trail conveys a powerful message about a struggle to overcome anxiety and although “the lucid trail is hard to find sometimes… in time you’ll figure you have done just fine.” When listening to the lyrics it really inspired me to take time to self-reflect. It is a hit for us as it has all the elements of a top track and we are not surprised that there is such an excitable buzz surrounding The Gallerys. Lucid Trail also has a music video…that must have been unbearably cold at the end!  

SHADOW STREET

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Shadow Street, the second track on the EP offers a change in dynamic and we begin to pick up the pace and open up into that classic Britpop 60’s influence. Crunchy guitar drives through the track and guarantees to send fans into frenzy. So if going to one of The Gallerys gigs is not on your 2019 to do list then you should really fix that. Shadow Street is all about being born and growing up in gloomy circumstances and how you can channel inner ambitions to get out of these circumstances.

STEADY BEAT

The third track on the EP is titled Steady Beat and draws on influences from punk rock, Britpop and new wave genres. This track cranks the EP up another notch I found myself driving along and turning this one up just a touch. Steady Beat carries over a similar message from the previous tracks and expresses how it can be difficult for young individuals to make money in the modern age.

SILVER LINING

It can be a struggle sometimes to balance creative ambitions like being in a band, acting, writing and being in a relationship; this is what the final track Silver Lining is all about. The track is 60’s influenced rock with outstanding dual harmonies. The vocals throughout the entire EP are first class but they really do shine in Silver Lining. My personal favourite arrangement is the harmonies at around 2:11. They are constructed and executed beautifully and contribute so much to the passion behind the track.

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The Gallerys have really upped the level with this latest release and we cannot wait for what the future holds for them. We have added them to the Raw Step Network playlist and we suggest you add them to yours!

Upcoming performances:

12th Jan – The Black Market VIP Venue,

10 George Street, Hastings, East Sussex

 

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