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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.

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

 

 

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

 

Harico - Bloodline EP

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Bloodline Ep is the latest release from Birmingham band Harico. The four- piece electronic indie band have really pulled out the stops, if you’re going to do anything today then put these guys on your playlists.

 Dressed up to the Nines

From the off we are hit by iconic chilled indie vibes that set the uplifting tone of the EP. Catchy riffs and crafty developments throughout the track kept me hooked and wondering where the track was going to take me. It has a consistency that indie fans will absolutely adore as it effortlessly encourages you to pop along to it. I can imagine indie fans having to quickly Shazam when it comes on in high-street retailers as we cannot simply listen once.

Piece by Piece

A change of dynamic with this track as the keys spins us into a dreamy spell. We really begin to feel an electronic influence and theatrical performance. The track is a lot shorter than all the others and acts as an interlude that mesmerises and entices audiences deeper into the EP.

 Doves

Melodic guitars and keys create an atmospheric feel; it’s almost as if this was produced by The Gallagher Brother’s if they actually liked one another. I found Doves to encompass a very inspirational tone. The final section of the track will offer fans a moment to lose themselves in the music and really just let it all out.

 

Catch Harico live at; The Bristol Pear, Selly oak, December 14th

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.

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