If you ever wondered what music The Police would be doing if they still around look no further than BULLiT. This Southern English 3 piece are a re-incarnation of Sting/Summers/Copeland which is no bad thing.
Their debut EP is released on Monday and is a great collect of 4 tight songs, any one of which could have been released as a single. They have caught the Zeitgeist with the 80s revival in music and television.
Check them out on the MySpace page
Although Crow Road were only formed 6 months ago their music shows a maturity beyond their years. The three piece from Glasgow, whose name I presume comes from the Iain Bank's book, release their first single, 'What Your Hand Can't Hold', next week. Paul Gibson's distinctive, broad Glaswegian, voice soars above the simple acoustic intro before plugging in the guitar and getting into his musical stride until we get a rousing crescendo where voice and instruments compete for supremacy (with the vocals having the final say).
Danny Mahon is the antithesis of tradional folk music. No gentle, mellow tunes evoking images of English country charm, Danny is full, in yer face, punk played acoustically. The lyrics are explicit reflections of inner city life - not always comfortable on the ears. The music is a full rip roaring sound, not surprising given the musicians who helped out giving a 'full band sound'.
Projekt are a 4-piece northern indie rock and roll band based in London. They played their first gig in January 2009 and haven’t stopped since, just pausing along the way to pick up The Best New Band and Best Indie Band awards at the Recharged Radio awards in London last week.
The Compass is their second single and it's a real humdinger of a song (does anyone say that anymore or is it just in The Simpsons?). It's the sort of track where you would end up doing yourself an injury if you were listening to it on the treadmill. It's out on the 4th May but you can hear it now on their MySpace page.
Daniel Pearson is a singer/Songwriter from Leeds. Having 'paid his dues'on the circuit for over 10 years he set up his own record label, Saint in the City and released the album satellites contain 10 of his own compositions. He has supported many bands along the way including Wild Beasts, The Bluetones and Travis (well 2 out of 3 aint bad).
Daniel claims that his music is indie/folk/powerpop (powerpop?) and someone has said that the songs were 'halfway between Ryan Adams and Elliott Smith', which I think is a fair description.
Pareto - an Italian economist from the turn of the last century, a financial principal (Pareto's Law of 80:20) and a Scottish band. Thankfully we're going to review the EP from the 3 piece from Glasgow.
Their 4 track EP is now out and is in the Biffy Clyro mould of crunchy. jagged guitars with big melodic vocal lines. Although the Scottish trio have only been together for just over a year they've already supported bands such as General Fiasco and People in Planes and show a maturity and confidence usually obtained after years of 'paying your dues'.
Cernan is, in his own words, a 27 year old sheet metal worker from Manchester. His songs are all acoustic based, but after his initial recordings found that the traditional 'acoustic only' setup was quite limiting, so he got himself a drum machine and a loop pedal. Now about half of the record has drum samples and electric guitar loops.
Dirty Laws are a 5-piece indie/rock band from Coventry/Birmingham. They were formed in mid 2006 and their music is influenced greatly by Led Zeppelin, Kasabian, Ocean Colour Scene, Hendrix, Oasis etc
With Mike on vox/harmonica slotting in the blues feel; H (Surely not the guy from Steps?) on lead guitar ; mixing different sounds, fusing together with second guitarist Neil. Craig switched from guitar to bass and drummer Matt is the thunder of the band, playing with extra heavy aluminium sticks.
CCU are an unsigned act although they have quite a pedigree in the music business. I enjoyed their sound. It didn't demand that you stop what you're doing and listen but (without wishing to sound derogatory) it was enjoyable playing in the background. I tried hard to identify their influences but with 20 years in the biz I guess there are too many although I felt at times that it was a very 80s sound and reminded me (perhaps the voice?) of Talk Talk who were, I feel, a very underrated band.
In their own words -
TRANSFENSCH constructs its music by combining sound worlds inspired by the cyber-media culture, oscillating between math-metal and psyche-electro. Beyond styles and standards, TRANSFENSCH produces its own experimentation and gathers a heterogeneous audience to discover what they call Cyberpunk Psyché. So there you have it!