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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!

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

 

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

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Wake Up The People - Tres Kings

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Three hard working lads - Wes King’s guitar and song-writing magic brought to light by Lachlan Fuller on bass and Rhu Fuller behind the sticks.

 Now we are in for a treat with the latest track Wake Up the People from Maidstone based band Tres Kings! Gritty guitar, clever shouty meaningful lyrics and a pumped up drive give a fresh taste of a unique indie sound. The sort of track that fans will absolutely relish in a live environment. Throw your arms around your mate, grab a pint and sing your hearts out. The more I listened the more I felt a concoction of influences from the likes of “old school” Arctic Monkeys, The Fratellis and The Libertines. Lyrically, the track reminds me of Slaves if they did Indie. This said, the track feels new, fresh and entirely original!

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 We are very impressed from the debut release and we expect to hear a lot more from Tres Kings as we eagerly anticipate their new releases coming in the future. Wake Up the People is a brilliantly constructed track that should be out there on all of your playlists.

Not Telling You - Pacific

Pacific are a Chesire based piano driven band made up of brothers Anthony Orzel – Vocals/Piano and Daniel Orzel – Synths/Bass/Backing Vocals, Dave Bithell – Guitars and Drew Burns – Drums/Percussion.

 They have shared stages with the likes of, Razorlight, Maximo Park, Newton Faulkner, Toploader, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Wheatus, The Hoosiers, Starsailor and many more alike.

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 “Not Telling You” is the title of their latest release and we just excited about this track as we are of the prospects for Pacific in the future. The track features that unique Piano/synth sound that Pacific have mastered. This, combined with extremely catchy vocal hooks, propels momentum throughout the track, transpiring a raw passionate drive to audiences. Not Telling You lyrically voices a message of keeping your cards close to your chest. The poker scenes within the music video cleverly support the tracks message and the high energy of the performance ensures the passionate drive is easily visualised, creating that connection that is all so vital.   

We expect to hear big things from Pacific in the future and will not be surprised if they can reach the very top. We cannot wait to catch them live and really experience the band in person.

 Watch them live:

 The Independent – Sunderland 15th Dec

The Salty Dog – Northwich –18th January

Jimmy’s - Manchester (Supporting Modern Strangers) – 08th Feb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aid Lewis "Love" Music Video Review

The new music video from Aid Lewis “Love” directed by @Sagar_Gaut is out Now! We have been eagerly anticipating the final cut of this video and it was so worth the wait. The track itself has a very embracing feel about it. The vocals are effortlessly flawless and bring out a strong feel good vibe. The catchy melody, raw emotion and smooth progressions grab a hold of you and refuse to let go throughout the entirety of the song. This combined with the music video further draws out the emotional side to the track as we are hit with references of love from the start. The Church performance, the message exchanges between a couple, the candle lit conversations and so on, superbly add to the meaning of love being portrayed in the track. In comparison, I feel there’s an influence from the likes of Damien Rice and in some respects early Ben Howard material, not only because of the clever acoustic work but with its aim to make the audience embrace a particular emotion. The entire performance we feel deserves a huge amount of credit and the production is something to be very proud of. Have a listen and let us know what you think in the comments below! If you would like to see Aid Lewis perform live you can catch him at Pizza Express in Maidstone on Thursday 29th November.  

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