Rocketsmith roll out feelgood-rock forged in friendship

When you consider that Rocketsmith’s roots trace back to the rural town of Pickering – which, per head, probably has one of the most vibrant music scenes in the UK – the formation of a band of this ilk makes perfect sense. In a place where there’s little else to do other than go to the pub, play music and be in bands (in this case, all three!), they embody the very nature of reet-good rock’n’roll. A fact that is reflected in the title of the EP ‘Balancing Act‘, which nods to balancing their hectic work lives with their desire to perform.

Collectively they are consummate performers both live and in the studio but strip away the rock’n’roll and you’ll find that Andy is an egg farmer, Hank is a painter and decorator, Anth is a tiler and Matt is an electrical engineer. Between them, they’ve played in countless bands over the years, but have always known of their desire to step out of the shadows with their own original material. A family friendly bunch, led with the track ‘Give Love‘, which stands as a resounding proclamation of all people really need to give to one another – Be it a smile, a laugh, a hug or any simple gesture that can change someone’s life for the better.

Andy has commented how, on a personal level, Rocketsmith helped him through a trough of depression and elevated his sense of self-worth and confidence. In the true essence of what forming a band is all about, that love for meeting new people and that feeling of winning over a crowd are in equal parts overwhelming.

The EP ‘Balancing Act‘ (Out Now) was written over the autumn of 2018 and early 2019, incorporating two previously recorded tracks ‘Hope in the Beat‘ and Give Love backing up Jenny, Chasing Ghosts, Beautiful Soul and Real Life – six songs that the band feel are the strongest material they’ve recorded to date.

See Rocketsmith Live

July 13th – Rocking All Over the Wold, Easingwold

August 18th – Rocketsmith live at Tribfest! Tribfest, Driffield

September 13th – Apollo Bar, Scarborough

September 15th – The Little Angel, Whitby

September 22nd – Sun Inn Beer Festival, Pickering

November 23rd – The Little Angel, Whitby

December 7th – The Lettered Board, Pickering

December 20th – Market Hall, Scarborough

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rocketsmithuk1

Website: https://www.reverbnation.com/rocketsmith

Embracing her Celtic Roots, Emily Jean Flack Releases the New Sound Of Electro-Folk with EP ‘Throwing Shapes’

Through bridging the traditional sounds of her homeland in Ontario to those of her current home in Limerick, the new EP ‘Throwing Shapes‘ from Emily Jean Flack is perhaps her most accomplished work to date – showcasing her gorgeously pure vocals and the Celtic music she was raised with, whilst injecting cool electronic textures to create a genre-spanning mix that defies expectations and delivers on every level.  Produced by Belfast native Peter Wallace, and mixed by three-time Grammy Award winner David Bottrill, ‘Throwing Shapes’ also features guest performances by two Irish folk stars, whistle and flute player Brian Finnegan from the band Flook and guitarist Marty Barry.

“Although I come from a traditional instrumental folk background, I’ve always listened to so many other styles of music. And my own music has always been more personal, more modern and more contemporary. Being in Ireland is wonderful in the sense that it’s so culturally rich, but there is a ferocity and sense of independence within the music. It’s not cute or quaint. It’s quite raw and organic. Ireland has offered me an environment to openly make the music that moves me”

Harnessing an impeccable musical lineage as the daughter of Denise Flack – a member of the groundbreaking Celtic-pop band Leahy, Emily Jean Flack grew up immersed in traditional Irish music and dance. Emily cites her mother as her main influence and inspiration, with her family experiences being what has given her both an undeniable stage presence and an aptitude for performance. Her first public rendition was at an Irish Ceilidh near Peterborough, Ontario where she sang “Katie” by Mary Black, accompanied by her aunt on piano. Despite this being a small performance, this clearly had a profound effect of her maturing musically at an early age, and she had been quoted as saying that this moment felt in some small way that she was following in her mother’s footsteps. Her love of ceilidhs and festivals meant that her eventually uprooting to Ireland was a transition was one that was both effortless and empowering.

Through honing her craft while studying for a Masters in Traditional Music at the University of Limerick, vocalist, songwriter, musician and dancer Emily has spent her life surrounded by music and musicians, but has always harnessed a keenness to express her influences in a way which was entirely her own. Despite the dynamic and joyous feel to her music, there is an inherent degree of heartbreak behind the veil, which emotionally, allows the tracks to feel more wholesome and real. With the spirit of the Emerald Isle permeating her material, Emily also incorporates jazz, pop and Americana influences to create a sound that she describes as progressive folk. Lyrically, the concept of love is explored in all its various forms, with all of her songs coming from a degree of personal experience – Love is hard, love is beautiful, love is worth the fight.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/emilyjeanflack

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emilyjeanflackmusic/?hl=en

Website: www.emilyjeanflack.com

Bristol Folk band ‘Apple of My Eye’ are set to sail folk scene with new album ‘Seven Tides’

 
 
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‘Apple Of My Eye’ are one of the most exciting acts around at the moment and they have just  announced the release of new album ‘Seven Tides’, due out 1st December.
The London lads are originally from the historic maritime city of Bristol and their songs draw inspiration from both cities and from the sea, a theme that runs throughout their second album. Their engaging storytelling style and four part harmonies explore tales of love, loss, adventure and ruin.
You may spotted the guys at a festival this summer as they played the, Tall Ships Festival Greenwich, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness and headlining Exile festival in Sheffield.
The band describe their music as “brand new old songs” and collectively generate all their own material drawing on personal experiences and carefully arranging the music on the guitar, bouzouki, violin, double bass, mandolin and harmonica.
Catch the guys live in action here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsyM68eQux4
The bands musical talent is most certainly something to boast about, check their credentials…
Kit Massey (Violin) and Phil Cornwell (Bass) are both full time professional musicians. Cornwell is the musical director of West End musical “The Scotsboro Boys’’ and Massey  was formally a violinist with the Santiago Philamonia in Chile and has worked as a session musician with artists such as Emile Sande, Dizzie Rascal, Muse and Jamie Cullum. Arran Glass (Vocals and Guitar) and Alex Scott (Mandolin) are both professional Actor-Musicians and Puppeteers who perform and compose the music for a variety of theatre and television. Chris (Bouzouki), Dan (Harmonica) and Ellie Rusbridge (Vocals) are all siblings and come from a rich folk music heritage as their parents met in a folk club and still perform in their own folk band Thornbridge.
Links:
www.applesinlondon.com
https://www.facebook.com/applesinlondon
https://twitter.com/applesinlondon
https://soundcloud.com/apple-of-my-eye

Adam Protz Releases Intangible EP – ‘Movements’

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Hailing from St Albans after a period of studying in Sheffield, Adam Protz has had several years to perfect his craft of composing. Using delicate piano melodies and intricate instrumentals, Adam Protz has created his beautiful EP ‘Movements’, consisting of four alluring and exquisite tracks. In the past, Adam has written music for films, animated shorts, a dance show, an educational DVD and even a brewery documentary!
Watch his latest video for ‘Movements’ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS41YT2sxZ8
Protz has been writing music since the tender age of fifteen and began his journey into music writing heavy rock songs with soft orchestral bridge sections as a contrast, this developed into a desire to write for Hollywood movies. However, after listening to minimalistic meditative piano music, written by the likes of Ludovico Einaudi, Adam soon discovered that he was much more suited to creating emotive music in which he could incorporate his own personality and spirituality.
The lack of lyrics in the music leaves it up to the listener to interpret the piece as they wish. It provokes an emotional reaction and is also incredibly relaxing. The ‘Movements’ EP is proof that lyrics aren’t a necessity to provoke powerful sentimental thoughts
Protz aims to inspire relaxation and offers the perfect setting for escaping to through his music. A firm believer that the world is over-obsessed with Smart-phones and social networks, Protz encourages listeners, from all walks of life, to return to the roots and escape with him into his musical world of beautiful, elegant minimalism.
‘Movements’ is due for release on the 30th November.
Keep up with Protz here:
http://www.adamprotz.com/
www.youtube.com/adamprotzmusic
www.facebook.com/adamprotzmusic
www.soundcloud.com/adam-protz
Twitter – @AdmProtz

Fireproof Giant find ‘A Place to Start’ with debut EP

Hot off the Circus, the EP is now available from bandcamp.com
Fireproof Giant LogoHaving been described as a “terrific four piece band” (The Times) whose music is “intense, haunting and pulsating” (The Independent), it is sure enough that Fireproof Giant are experiencing a whirlwind of recognition with the release of highly anticipated EP ‘A Place to Start’.
The EP has a refreshing, poignant sound with honest lyrical and musical influences. The soulful, charming vocals make for a relaxing composition which leaves the audience truly captivated. It is no surprise the EP is receiving such positive appreciation from fellow musicians including Coldplay front man, Chris Martin.
The making of ‘A Place to Start’ can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oYnr4z24cQ
Listen to the EP here: https://soundcloud.com/fireproofgiant/sets/a-place-to-start-ep
The EP opens with ‘Pandora’, an eerie, hypnotic piece which intrigues the listener, giving a taste of what else is on offer. Other tracks, ‘Gather You’ and ‘Cover Up’ are more upbeat with intricate guitar riffs and catchy hooks. However, title track, ‘A Place to Start’, is a powerful and moving piece about starting over again which includes a melodic piano and double bass accompaniment to give the single a more layered tone. Having been mastered by Andy ‘Hippy’ Baldwin (Blur, Mark Ronson, The Who), the EP has a top quality, solid sound production.
The idea behind Fireproof Giant came from front man, Gareth Jones, who was writing and performing with Nofit State Circus, collaborating with numerous musicians from a variety of cultures globally. Audience demand for more music and live performances increased, resulting in the conception of Fireproof Giant. After touring with the circus and live theatre for 6 years the group decided to leave and pursue their musical ambitions producing raw, original and sincere pieces.
Fireproof Giant’s wealth of experience has seen their music played on Channel 4, S4C, BBC radio 2 and BBC London; with vast potential and support, 2014 could well be their year.
Fireproof Giant:
Gareth Jones – Lead vocals, guitar, piano, accordion, glockenspiel
Ashley John Long – Double bass, backing vocals
Joel Rees – Drums, trumpet, backing vocals
Cat Jones – Violin, backing vocals
 
Links:
http://www.fireproofgiant.com/
https://soundcloud.com/fireproofgiant
https://twitter.com/fireproofgiant
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV_2ZeTrKPaTYKKu71h3rmg
http://fireproofgiant.bandcamp.com/

New rock project Gravity Rain unleash ‘The Shining Silence’ EP

Russian songwriter offers up 3 track melodic metal release – Out Now
äèãèïàê_cdSpecialising in rhythmically complex, melodic rock with all the power of metal music but with added tunefulness, Gravity Rain is the new music project of Russian songwriter Danny Klaven.
His new three track EP ‘The Shining Silence’ is out now, and showcases a mix of influences including Tool, Devin Townsend and Staind to name a few. The EP demonstrates a real talent for balancing effective melodies with the power of full on rock music.
Available to stream and download at a price of your choice – visit gravityrain.bandcamp.com – ‘The Shining Silence’ is out now and highly recommended for fans of all types of contemporary rock.
SoundCloud EP: https://soundcloud.com/gravity_rain/sets/the-shining-silence-ep
The blended sound of powerful metal music and contemplative, lyrical vocals is summed up perfectly by the EP artwork. Showing an unnaturally huge, stoneborn giant staring at the natural beauty of a growing tree, it demonstrates the mix of ideas that sums up the three songs – the impact of metal music married to the beauty of melody.
In the words of Danny Klaven himself: When I was forming this band, I wanted to create music for the rock lovers that is not aggressive, that you could think and somewhat meditate while listening to it, that will have a lot of melody, beautiful vocals, but will retain the power of metal guitars and drums.”
It’s an ambition which is more than met with ‘The Shining Silence’ EP – available now online.
Links:
http://www.gravityrain.com
http://gravityrain.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/gravityrain
https://vk.com/gravityrain
https://soundcloud.com/gravity_rain

Aussie four piece Velshur precede stunning debut EP with single ‘Spanish Sound’

Single out June 6th, soon to be followed by self titled debut EP and EU/UK tour
Velshur HD BeachA combination of funk rock, pop and soul, four piece Velshur are set to explode onto British shores this summer. Having just been to the UK and EU for some debut shows, they are now set for their first international release and will be returning to the UK and E.U in September!
One of the hardest working bands on the Australian circuit, a combination of residencies and touring saw them play 96 gigs over the four months of the Aussie snow season, very quickly building their fanbase and a reputation for performing their brand of soul warming funk rock. They are most often compared to Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Dandy Warhols and The Strokes.
In the months since, the band have been working equally hard to put together their first 4 track EP, to be introduced in early June with the debut single ‘Spanish Sound’.
Listen to hear the track here: https://soundcloud.com/velshur/spanishsound
Watch the video trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AplXvhl9d2g
The track is a bombastic, slow build funk rock song with solid rhythms, basslines and guitar riffs that work together to support a rasping rock vocal. It’s all wrapped around a huge, hooky chorus that leaves little wonder as to why Velshur delighted hundreds of fans night after night during their Winter residencies.
The single and EP were put together under the watchful dials of Grammy nominated engineer Blake Eiseman, who has worked with the likes of James Brown to Beyonce, Justin Beiber, Pink to Pearl Jam and a number of other big-name artists, with initial production help from Nicholas Wilson, who has recently worked with Wolfmother and toured with Seasick Steve and John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin . Once it’s out fans around the globe will undoubtedly be tuning in and dancing to their much anticipated debut release.
Links:
www.velshur.com
www.facebook.com/velshurband
www.twitter.com/velshur
www.youtube.com/velshur
www.soundcloud.com/velshur
www.instagram.com/velshur

The ‘Love Addiction’ EP, out now from JoBee

Military man turned soul songwriter invites you to sample his sound
56844_10151928895161542_809057504_oOriginally hailing from New Orleans, JoBee is an American songwriter whose ‘Love Addiction’ EP is now available in the UK. Real name Joseph McKeel, JoBee is a vibrant vocalist who specialises in an on trend falsetto and a melodic nature.
His music, influenced by soul, gospel, jazz and more, creates an immediate pop sound in the tradition of the classic soul singers, while retaining a sheen that is unmistakeably contemporary.
In ‘Love Addiction’, he has created an autobiographical reflection on a compelling, addictive, exciting, and not always healthy, relationship he experienced while he was writing. The EP includes the single ‘I Need Your Love’, which you can hear here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdDPFxbzpQY
Nominated for an Independent Music Award after performing at the Canadian Music Festival, JoBee is now looking to the UK to continue spreading his music. And having featured on the prestigious singersroom.com – an award winning site known for recognising talent – it’s obvious that this is one singer-songwriter with something genuine to offer.
Prior to launching his music career, McKeel is also proud to have served for eight years in the US Army, including tour in Iraq. Now, having swapped the military for the studio, JoBee is an artist with the potential to go all the way.
Buy now on iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/love-addiction-ep/id593960443
Links:
www.jobeeonline.com
www.twitter.com/jobee4eva
www.reverbnation.com/jobee
www.soundcloud.com/jobeemovement
www.facebook.com/jobeeoffiical
www.instagram.com/jobee4eva
www.youtube.com/thevoiceofjobee