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Siobhan Mazzei - Consumed By Chaos

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Succumb to her siren song and Siobhan Mazzei will lure you in to her spell before blasting the very sails from your ship. A singer-songwriter with a penchant for crafting spellbinding grunge, Mazzei is making waves on the alt-rock scene, supporting the likes of Mollie Marriot, The VirginMarys and Broken Witt Rebels.

For a Leicester-based artist, there’s an edge to her voice that’s strikingly Gaelic - an interesting adornment to her fiery, folky sound and a hook for fans of The Cranberries. Her voice, paired with the ferocity of her band who she says “sprinkle fairy dust” on whatever she writes, merge to embody the chaos she declares follows her wherever she goes -the inspiration for her latest EP.

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Mazzei grew up in a family of able singers – a musical childhood that would fine-tune her ability to express herself through music. Her EP ‘Consumed by Chaos’ flaunts this skill being comprised of emotionally-charged, gritty yet enchanting stories; stories that are sung in commanding, Celtic tones to thrashing drums and indulgent guitar solos.

The first track ‘Never There’ is somewhat of a nostalgic device - a musical time machine back to the bouncy pop-punk era of the early 2000s. That’s not to say this EP sounds dated, in fact, it cleverly scratches a sentimental itch whilst still sounding new and exciting. ‘What Have I Become’ is slightly darker with an addictive, ever-changing tempo and showcases Mazzei’s impressive vocal ability – flipping from serene to full-on scream (whilst pulling it off!).

The slowest of the collection, ‘I’m Not Scared’ feels like the closing of a chapter and aptly concludes the EP. The pendulum of emotion swings between fragility and power – a manifestation of the main theme throughout ‘Consumed by Chaos’: that behind Mazzei’s mammoth sound is delicate story to be told.

Catch Siobhan Mazzei at The Dog and Moon in Derby on August 16th.

Jonah Hitchens - Floating

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Jonah Hitchens is a young musician with an old-school Jazz style that’s sophisticated beyond his years. Home grown in “a place near Exeter”, his youth was spent jamming to Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin - but it wasn’t long before he swapped covers for creation. His primary school years were focused less on schoolwork and more on song writing, eager to establish his own musical voice. Now, heavily influenced by his recent studies in Jazz, Hitchens has crafted a unique, soul-infused sound that could be likened to a fusion of Jason Mraz, Leon Bridges and Frank Ocean.

 His new EP ‘Floating’ blends the sound of a slow, cosy, Sunday morning (‘Just the Simple Things/Ballad’) with foot-tapping, sun-kissed, pop soul (‘Let Love Guide You/The Island’). Describing it as a conceptual EP, Jonah’s perception of ‘floating’ is embodied by the laidback, immersive quality to many of the tracks and his contemplation of “the way the mind moves”. Inspired by the idea that our thoughts can be “uncontrollable and sometimes directionless”, this EP emanates the feathery-lightness of a daydream interwoven with romance.

 The final track on the EP, ‘The Island’, is the catchiest and most lively of the collection. A satisfying brew of smooth vocals and groovy guitar licks, let this be the soundtrack to your summer afternoon - drink in hand. Perhaps a nod to his childhood by the sea, this song definitely evokes visions of road trips to sandy beaches. Swirls of jazzy melodies and funky bass give this track an infectious, hip-swaying rhythm that would have even the most reluctant listener bopping along. As a conclusion to the EP, ‘The Island’ leaves us feeling warm, content and wanting to hear more.

 Within the next month, Jonah and his band will be performing the EP via a live YouTube session and releasing the live album on Spotify and iTunes. Be sure to follow ‘Jonah Hitchens Official’ on Facebook for more information, plus gig updates throughout the Summer!

Author: Sian Williams

The Petty Thieves - "Heavy Soul"

The Petty Thieves are a Ska/Reggae/Soul/Funk phenomenon from Medway, Kent. The Thieves natural groove oozes through each track and creates a vibe that puts a spring in your step and walks you straight into a feel good zone. Their latest release “Heavy Soul,” is yet another step up for The Petty Thieves and we are super excited for what they can bring to the 2019 music scene.

Biography

 Since early 2016 The Petty Thieves have quickly established themselves in the local music scene, putting their dirty Reggae footprint firmly down in the Medway towns. The Thieves released their E.P 'Better Things' in 2017 leading them to play shows up and down the country, headlining Wigfest as well as main stage at One Love Festival, ending the year by support Ska legends Bad Manners at Concerde 2 in Brighton.

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 2018 has been a huge year for the Thieves and it kicked off with a new single 'Riddles Of Madness' in the build up to the thieving rapscallions eagerly anticipated debut album 'The Right To What Is Wrong'. The gigs came thick and fast, taking the underground Festival scene by the cahoonas. This summer they played Jurassic Fields Festival, Ey Up Mi Duck Fest, Chin Up Fest, Gig In The Park, Tonbridge Calling, Glastnost plus a headline slot at One Love Festival.

2019 has brought us “Heavy Soul” and to put it simply we LOVE LOVE LOVE this track and its accompanying music video. It has it all from smooth lyrics, complimenting harmonies, groovy reggae vibes, brass sections and an amazing break down sequence at 2:26 which gathers a strong momentum, before propelling us further into the raw feeling of the track. There is a real depth to the track, we have been looping it for hours and we still want more! “Heavy Soul” is an absolute hit with us, listen below and let us know your thoughts!

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