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Blowsight to release benefit single in aid of the homeless

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 21st February 2014 by Pieni

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“Winter Show Mercy (Thank You)” is the title of Blowsight‘s upcoming single, to be released this Thursday, 25th February. This is more than just a new song, the single release has another purpose than just bring you good music – all profits generated by its sales will be donated to the homeless.

Last Christmas, singer/guitarist Nick Red bought a cup of coffee to a homeless person named Björn and “Winter Show Mercy (Thank You)” was inspired by the conversation between the two of them. Quoting Nick: » Something that most of us will never experience is the humiliation of not even being recognized, being completely ignored by people that pass you by as if you didn’t even exist. Björn lost his wife three years ago and after that, it all just went downhill for him. While he admittedly needs shelter, food, or someone’s spare change; what he wants more than anything is for people just to acknowledge him even if they can’t spare a dime. The man is still a human being! «

You can purchase the single on Amazon (http://smarturl.it/tq6qaf) or iTunes (http://smarturl.it/9ehbqd), the latter including a digital booklet with art drawn by Nick himself and the lyrics for the song.

Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BLOWSIGHT

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Paramore unveil video for Ain’t It Fun

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 30th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Modern pop punk icons Paramore have finally released the video for Ain’t It Fun, following a delay in its original release. The song is the fourth single from their 2013 self-titled album, Paramore, release and the video fits the track title perfectly as you can see in the video below.

Paramore online:

http://paramore.net
http://facebook.com/paramore/

 

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Ben Parcell – Expectations

Posted in CD, Folk, Pop Punk with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 5th September 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Ben Parcell
Expectations

Released 14th September 2013
Acoustic/Folk/Pop Punk
Released via By The Sea Records

Since becoming a solo act, Ben Parcell has gained a relative amount of fame through the East riding area and beyond for his soul-fuelled songwriting, distinctive voice and hard working attitude. Ben has clocked over 250 shows around the UK, playing both gigs and festivals. Taking influence from a wide range of different acts and genres such as Frank Turner, The Beatles and Green Day, Ben has established his own sound whilst staying true to his roots.

Opening up the album is the title track, Expectations, which proves to be a gentle yet honest song filled with emotive lyrics as well as distinctive accompaniment of piano. Out Of Here has a different sound all together, with a new pulse added to it by the use of percussion while the lyrics and vocals a certain tension to the music that rings out with all the strength of church bells minus the inducement of headaches. The use of guitar has a slight jig to it, blending in elements that are hard to explain. Gracie Falls‘ vocals inject a docile but rare touch into the song.

Forget The Pain has a misty, Stygian atmosphere that is reflected gracefully through each note and dances seductively with the lyrics. Given the darkish sound of the song, would it be safe to classify this as doom folk? Painted By Numbers is the upbeat number that appeared on Ben‘s EP of the same name (the review of which can be found here). The backing vocals, as provided by Edwina Hayes, adds a pillar of strength to the song while Ben‘s vocals and guitar work laid the foundations. I Don’t Need You continues with the upbeat tempo though the lyrics and vocals leave a trail of dusk and solemn feelings in their wake – A contrast that clearly works well for Ben. The piano medleys add a handsome sound to the song, keeping it fresh yet gloaming.

Undertow sails down a similar route to that of the opening and title track Expectations but some interesting changes of course throughout its journey whereas Jetsam a stable and silky campaign from beginning to end – A perfect chill out song. Stay In Touch is another song from Ben‘s Painted By Numbers EP and makes for easy and pleasant listening, though the pace picks up ever so slightly after the introduction. Too Late To Say Goodbye also appeared on Painted By Numbers, capturing the sobering and reflective side of Ben‘s music. The last song to feature on the album from Painted By Numbers is Love Song, which rings out with emotional lyrics and soul-filled music.

The album finishes up with Light At The End Of The Tunnel. The guitar passages whistle out a partially majestic sound, underlying the subtle emotional tones in Ben‘s voice. The organ sounds summon up a thoughtful, somber sound that makes the song almost infused with doom-flavoured elements which are eventually added by the grave use of Black Sabbath-based electric guitars.

Since his career began as an acoustic act, Ben Parcell has slowly become one of the well known musicians of East Yorkshire’s acoustic and folk scene and Expectations is a testament to Ben‘s talent and is one of the most important albums in the East Yorkshire’s folk scene – If not, the UK’s. Blending influences and elements from different genres and musicians, Expectations also clearly shows an evolution in Ben‘s sound and style.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Ben Parcell online:

http://www.benparcell.com
http://benparcell.blogspot.com
http://gplus.to/benparcell
http://benparcell.bigcartel.com
http://benparcell.bandcamp.com
http://www.twitter.com/benparcell
http://www.reverbnation.com/benparcell
http://www.myspace.com/benparcell
http://www.soundcloud.com/benparcell

Paige unleash lyric video for Down And Out

Posted in News with tags , , , on 4th September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Fast rising Pop Punk act Paige have been away hard at work on their debut full length album, the follow up to last year’s Young Summer EP. The record is now written and in pre-production stage, with a spring 2013 release now scheduled.

To give you a taster of what to expect from this forthcoming collection of bangers, they have uploaded a lyric video for the brand new song Down And Out.

Keep an eye out for this lot – tunes this infectious don’t stay under the radar for long!

Abbie Lammas w/Ben Parcell @ Shades Nightclub, Bridlington

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , on 23rd August 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Abbie Lammas & Ben Parcell
Shades Nightclub, Bridlington
Saturday 18th August

Shortly after leaving Brid Rocks, I headed down to Shades to see Abbie Lammas with her new (currently unnamed) band as well Bridlington’s own Ben Parcell. It had been some years since I last saw Abbie performed, so I was rather excited to see her perform in Brid again.

IMG_0122A calm, friendly atmosphere hovered in Shades as Ben hypnotised the crowd with a soothing, gentle sound that softly echoed across like a whisper in the wind. Ben performed a couple of tracks from his latest EP such as the folky title track Painted By Numbers which still retained a subtle, discreetly heard pop punk vibe and the catchy number Love Song, both of which Ben performed flawlessly. Of course Ben threw in a few covers as well such as Driftwood and Remembering Sunday, the latter of which came across powerfully. Ben ended his set on with an entertaining encore of Baby One More Time.

Shortly after Ben’s set, Abbie’s band had a quick jam on stage which IIMG_0135 unfortunately missed due to fulfilling my carnal cravings for nicotine. Once I placed myself back firmly in my seat, Abbie began her set, beginning with a song entitled Twinkle, which was like her own rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star only with some new parts thrown in to make it more suited to her style of playing. The second song she performed, which I never caught the name of, really demonstrated the strength and versatility of her voice as it left people watching and listening in both awe and appreciation of her talent.

When her band began playing along with her later in her set, new musical dimensions were opened up with Abbie’s music as thunderous riffs and solemn bass work boomed throughout the venue, enhancing Abbie’s vocals grandly. Later in her set, Abbie swapped from acoustic to electric and to say it was her first time playing electric guitar live, she did superb, especially during in the performance of the mesmerizing, alt. rock sounding song Save Me.

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In a vast landscape of female fronted acts, Abbie and her band have got a lot of potential and really do stick out, both musically and vocally, from the other female fronted acts.

Nico Davidson

Photography by DAVID FERRET TAYLOR – http://facebook.com/DFTPhotography

Versus The World–Drink. Sing. Live. Love.

Posted in Alternative, CD, Pop Punk, Rock with tags , , , , , , on 27th July 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Versus The World
Drink. Sing. Live. Love.
Released: 31st July 2012
Alt. Rock
Released via Viking Funeral Records

Versus The World rung a bell the second I received their new album Drink. Sing. Live. Love. however at first I wasn’t sure where I had heard the name (aside from the Amon Amarth album of the same name) but it wasn’t until recently I realised I’d first discovered these Santa Barbara rockers through one of the WWE games that one of their songs were featured on.

The album is taken on a wild ride at the beginning of She Sang The Blues. While the riffs display a furious raw sound which I’m somewhat familiar with, the vocals are more tame compared to the music. Mason Grace changes completely from the previous track, becoming more of a heavy pop punk track that does match the vocals very well but can be a bit of a come down for anyone expecting driving force of angry riffs.

A Fond Farewell is another pop punk based track where the riffs, again, work well with the vocals, emphasising their unique sound. Following the short dialogue at the beginning, The Kids Are Fucked offers up a lovely serving of aggressive, in your face and melodic guitar playing and violent drum work. The vocals have a callous touch to them as well, adding emphasis to the song. Fortunately Lullaby allows the fierce guitar stylings to continue for a short while before coming more tame and laid back.

These Bones sounds very much like a Paramore track but with male vocals instead, which can be somewhat entertaining. A Love Song For Amsterdam keeps the pop punk sound flowing from the last track, minus the Paramore sound. The following track Crooks & Liars takes on a different sound to everything else on the album, featuring more emphasis on the bass, which rings out powerfully like church bells in the morning. Oh Brother Where Art Thou doesn’t particularly stand out though some of the riffs are well composed and played.

The next two tracks, In The Fear Of The Finale and Donner Pass, travel down the same road, musically, displaying angsty riffs and callous drum work. Angry February is a very sombre affair, mixing a range of different, solemn emotions together in the form of staunch vocals and slow guitars and rhythm. We Were Alive finishes the album in a melodic, pop punk fashion.

Drink. Sing. Live. Love. is a hard one to judge due to its diverse sound though this might cause it to not be everyone’s cuppa tea. However, the album is enjoyable though there are some parts that need polishing.

4/5

Nico Davidson

Of Fortune & Fame Join Panic

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 15th March 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Syracuse, NY pop punk outfit Of Fortune & Fame have signed to Panic Records. Forming only two years ago, the band already have an EP and two tours of the US east coast under their belt. July 24th will see the release of their newest record Perspective, which is said to have a more refine sound than their last release Earn It. You can also check out a new song from the band here.