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My Interview With Millie Manders

Recently I got a chance to put a few questions to my old buddy Millie Manders, a fantastic singer-songwriter who is a force to be reckoned with in the British music scene. When I first met Millie in 2013, I was blown away by her powerful vocal work and intricate lyrics which told such fascinating stories.

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As it’s 2019 and a lot has happened, I saw this the perfect time to speak to Millie and I am happy to share with you now the outcome of that chat…

You had a huge 2018, it was an incredibly busy year for you and The Shutup, what did you see as your personal highlights?
Releasing a new EP after two years was a huge highlight, and seeing the reaction to it was amazing. We got to tour to new towns, we went abroad as a band for the first time, we had more people coming to our shows than ever before… So many highlights….
In 2018 you released the new EP ‘Shutup’ and I loved hearing it over and over. What made this release different to the previous EP’s?
Collaborating as a band for a start was always going to make it different. You then have the cumulative interests and sonic preferences of a group begin to merge making it, in my opinion, more interesting – the previous EP was also a collaboration but with other producers and songwriters. I have always retained topline (melody) and lyrics though, on the most recent EP too.
To answer your question though, the processes were different. George wrote a horn line that became the basis for Right To Life. Brave was a jam session that focussed around the drums and bass. Lolipops was originally a poem I wrote and One That Got Away was a hook I had in my head for days. 
For the first time we went to a professional mixing/mastering engineer who really knew how to craft our vision sonically and made our recordings sparkle beyond measure. Each person involved in creating Shutup is, I believe, very proud of the end result.
Last year I saw a lot of updates from you with your shows and festival appearances. What show was probably the most memorable of last year?
 Rebellion without a doubt. There were some incredible shows – Boomtown, Nice N Sleazy, Bearded Theory were all incredible – the crowds that came and supported us blew our minds, but to be on the Empress Ballroom Stage – a 3000 capacity room at 1:30pm and to see it packing out for a band barely known was one of the most emotional experiences I think any of us have experienced. I nearly cried. I also nearly threw up. Haha!
2019 has just begun, what shows have you already got in the pipeline for fans to come and see you?
We are at Rebellion again this year, plus we have Nice N Sleazy, Camden Rocks and a few others, plus we will be coming to Scotland for the first time since 2014 and a bunch of other places. Loads of shows in loads of places!
With the release of various Eps over the years, have you looked at maybe doing a full album in the future or would you prefer another EP next?
It’s something we want, but it has to be right. I’d love to release an album but I would rather release another EP than release an album with songs I only half believe in. A body of work needs to be as good as you can make it. So yes, but not til it’s right.
I have over the last few years seen you rock the Ukulele. Is there a particular instrument you would love to learn to play?
Sure! Loads. I’d like to pick up my clarinet again. I’d like to learn guitar properly and get better with my sax. I’d love to be able to play the piano. I’d quite like to try learning trumpet….
The mix of ska and punk is very evident in the latest EP. But, I remember when I heard you sing ‘I Feel Good’ live and was blown away by your vocal range. Would a cover album ever be on the cards? Or a recording of that track?
Super unlikely. But who knows?
By the end of 2019, What would you like to see achieved by yourself and the band?
I’d like us to have a heap of new material written if not released. I’d like us to be touring in other territories both in and outside of the EU. I’m always looking to progress musically.
A fun question to finish on. You are stuck on a desert island and you are only allowed one album, one food item and one luxury item. What do you pick?
The album thing is really hard because that’s not something that has ever stayed the same for me. When I was 15 it would have been Dookie by Green Day. At 18 it would have been Stoosh by Skunk Anansie. Two years ago it would have been To The Moon by Popes Of Chillitown. Right now probably I Was Broken When You Got Here by Call Me Malcolm… Tomorrow who knows? But surely no matter how good the album, if you only had one, at some point silence would become more appealing?
One food item?? God this is a horrible question haha! Is there other food on the island?? ummmm……. Vegan Sriracha Mayonnaise. That stuff goes with anything…
One luxury item… Coconut oil. Cheating a bit but its a brilliant moisturiser, healer, hair product and cooking oil. Boom!
Millie, as always, thank you very much. If people want more information on you and the band, how can they do that?
You’re welcome!! Thank you Jonjo!!
Here’s a list:

 

If you have never heard anything by Millie Manders before, here are a selection of her songs for you to get your teeth into!

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Krigarè – The Album. REVIEW

Available Now on iTunes, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify and other channels.

Years ago, well about three years ago, I was presented with a track called ‘Cross over’ by this young singer called Kennedy Noel, which I immediately found fun and powerful. ‘Never Stop’ was also another thumper of a song which showcased a young star in the making. We set up an interview and I learnt a lot more about this artist than I thought I would.

When I had heard about the personal challenges that Kennedy had faced in her life, I saw that the music was her way to fight through what she had come up against and that this was her celebratory call for where she is now! After bringing herself back as Krigarè in early 2017, a shift in style and influence was absolutely perfect for Kennedy to take the next step in her career. A little over a year later, we have the album unleashed onto the world!

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‘Silhouette’ is the first song I got to hear, co-written with Joseph Trapanese (and Kennedy seems to be a BIG fan of his work), it establishes that mature sound which I have seen come from Kennedy over the last 15 months. Even from this track, it is personal and emotional with enough fire power to hit you hard immediately.

‘Heights’ was a track I was lucky to hear in 2017 and this thumps into life with that alternative beat that would not go amiss in a club. Kennedy is not afraid of mixing the genres, proving that you can make a song that you can both dance to and feel emotion towards.

‘This Time’ is rock! You had the operatic masterpiece and the dance tune, now it is time to break out that air guitar and strum like you’ve never strummed before. Whether you want to be on your feet or just clap along, you will be pulled into this song whether you like it or…well, actually you will LOVE it!

‘Falling Apart’ was my favourite song of 2017. In my previous review of the song, I mentioned how I could see Kennedy describing her own mortality and fighting through the darker moments that had eventually brought her here. A cancer survivor who took everything that came at her and turned it into something truly beautiful. The song is soaked with so much raw passion and heartfelt lyrics that you take in every word and feel every beat that comes your way.

‘Royal Blood’ I could see as the perfect opportunity to bring back the dancing vibes. Imagine a slow-motion shot music video in a night club, everybody is moving at a snail’s pace but Krigarè and her band are controlling the world around them. Like the other songs, this demands your attention.

‘If I Just Wake Up’ is a piano-led ballad which I could almost feel a tear erupt from my unblinking eye. It is the personal songs which really hit me and all I could see was the stories Kennedy had told me about her fights with the illness that would have made any person crumble. The soft tones of her voice perfectly compliment the track and I just want to say that I am not crying, you are the one who is crying! OK, maybe that tear did eventually make it’s escape!

‘Sleeping Awake’ pushes the tempo back up in a pop-influenced track which again digs into Kennedy’s personality and her life where all is there to be seen. If you need to scream, this is your perfect opportunity as the artist herself feels the need to do so herself!

‘Deep End’ again sees a change in genre, the upbeat track makes for an intriguing listen and sees Kennedy add to the ambience with a variety of vocal styles featuring a captivating hum and a call to the ends of the world.

‘Destiny’ was originally featured on the album CHRONICLES by Generdyn. Generdyn has contributed music to films such as The Maze Runner series and with a wide array of different artists. Hearing this song last year, I enjoyed the atmosphere created by this one and I am happy to see it on the album.

‘Let Go’ sounded like it was the start to an amazing TV series from HBO or Showtime. The tune is attracting and there is a great use of instruments throughout the track. Maybe one of them networks could pick this up for their next drama?

‘Sparks’ coming near the end of the album gives Kennedy the perfect chance to re-emphasize that her music is here to grab you and not let you go. Though the sounds may vary throughout the album, you can’t say that it doesn’t hit you with every single song!

‘Let It Go (Remix)’ is maybe the perfect ending to the album, KNGHT has provided a great remix which accompanies the other eleven tracks very well and indeed makes its own signature on this impressive body of work. That lyric “You’re fighting a battle that’s already been won” sounds like a great way to explain the place that Kennedy is in today and brings a fantastic conclusion to this album!

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So that was Krigarè: THE ALBUM! I must say, this was worth the wait. I may sound biased, but I honestly and truly loved this album. Not since Noah and the Whale’s second release THE FIRST DAYS OF SPRING have I really enjoyed an album so thoroughly. There is a lot of love, attention, energy and heart in this release. I as always look forward to the next step that Kennedy takes in the world of music and hope that everyone gets a chance to hear this masterpiece.

Krigarè is a european word for warrior, Kennedy proves that she is an almighty fighter in both her own life and in the musical realm!

Final rating: 10/10 (yes, I said 10!)

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Metallica – Live At The O2 Arena!

London, England. Sunday 22nd October 2017

*support from Kvelertak (check them out, they are great!)*

There was a great sense of anticipation for Metallica’s first UK tour for over 8 years! The band have come over many times for festival appearances and it was great to finally see James Hetfield and his band of merry rockers take over the O2 Arena for 2 hours of pure rock!

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As this is a tour to promote their latest album HARDWIRED…TO SELF DESTRUCT, the album is given plenty of life in a setlist which blends the new songs with a great mix of the classics! ‘Hardwired’ and ‘Atlas, Rise!’ kick off the fresher section of the list, then we move on to ‘Seek & Destroy’ which gets the old and new fans jumping!

While the set goes between the old and new, there are very few gaps for air as the show is relentless and exciting throughout. The stage, being in the middle of the arena, meant that everyone could see the band clearly. Also, a great number of boxes floated around the stage which projected various images and added to an already incredible aesthetic for the show. We see the screens look like old TV’s, display fan art of the band and even depict music video sections.

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‘Fuel’ sees the literal flames rise from the stage and ‘Moth Into Flame’ see a great array of lights fly around the stage in a visual spectacular! The highlight for me was reaching them last few songs. With ‘Master Of Puppets’ leading the end of the set with a blistering nine-minute performance and the encore providing the beautifully chilling ‘Nothing Else Matters’ and the almighty ‘Enter Sandman’ which was the perfect end to a brilliant show.

While I would have liked a few more classic tracks and a couple less of the newer songs, I can’t say I wasn’t blown away. The stage was set perfectly for all to see, the screens provided a great visual spectacle for all to see. Whether it was the ever-impressive vocals of James Hetfield, the hard-smacked drums of Lars Ulrich or the great guitar work of Kirk and Robert, they all made it work well. For a band that have 36 years of history, they still can pack out a crowd and wow them with so much energy!

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All I will say is that it better not be eight years again for the guys to tour our fine country. This is rock music at its finest!

Final Rating: 9.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Foo Fighters – Live at The O2 Arena, London

Tuesday 19th September 2017

You wouldn’t expect to have such a great concert in the middle of the working week, but Dave Grohl and his band of merry men shook The O2 with a near 3 hour set of hits that wowed and amazed the crowd throughout.

The band begin their set with a rocking rendition of ‘I’ll Stick Around’ and then quickly blister through ‘All My Life’ before wowing the crowd with the almighty ‘Learn To Fly’. This show, as well as being part of the 10th Birthday Celebrations for the Arena, was to promote the release of Foo Fighters ninth studio album CONCRETE AND GOLD. Yes, there was plenty of new songs too…

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‘The Sky Is A Neighbourhood’ was slotted into the setlist early and it was amazing to see almost everyone singing this. Along with some other new tracks, we do get a version of ‘Rope’ with a greatly extended outro and ‘My Hero’ which begins as an intimate performance between Dave Grohl and the 16000 fans inside The O2.

Fancy a cover? ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ was performed by the rock band, and it was played in the presence of Roger Taylor and Brian May who were in attendance. Want another cover? How about ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ with Rick Astley singing on stage with them? This was indeed so damn good, you couldn’t help but rock out to it.

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The night continued with a great blend of tunes from all nine albums, I can’t think of many songs that were left out, this was a real collection of hits! When you get to ‘Best Of You’ and ‘Everlong’ at the end of the show, this is where the ultimate conclusion comes in. I will say I sung hard with every song that came on. Never have I known so many tracks by one band at a show.

For a one-off show in the UK, this was done with incredible precision and sounded fantastic throughout. Playing on stage for nearly 3 hours, the guys didn’t seem to beat a single drop of sweat. Dave Grohl was as usual on top form and could out-sing every single person in that arena. Then you have the awesome Taylor Hawkins on drums and then guitarists Nate Mendel, Pat Smear and Chris Shifett and not forgetting Rami Jaffee on keyboards. The whole band were tight and controlled without hitting a duff note.

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I loved this gig, the Foo Fighters met all my expectations and more. I was unable to see the guys in 2015 when Dave broke his leg, but this surely was the best concert I have ever attended. Can it be topped? Only when the Foo’s return to these shores!

Final rating: 10/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Interview with Abby Holden

So I just posted my review of Abby’s latest album TIME ON MY WRIST, and I was lucky enough to chat to Abby about her new music and what she has been up to. It has been a while since we spoke, but as usual, it was a treat!

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JC: Congratulations on the new album, what helped inspire Time On My Wrist?

AH: Thank you! Usually I write from what I think another persons perspective is. This album, I wrote from my own. It was more challenging and more rewarding. The inspiration for it? Life. Good old crazy life.

JC: How does the new album compare to the previous releases?

AH: One thing I’ve noticed is that I come at songs from different angles. During the writing and recording processes – which can mean that they sound worlds apart. This happened a lot during the earlier recordings. I’m working on creating more flow with an album, and I’m getting closer with this current release.

JC: You seemed to go very quiet for a while, did this help with the album?

AH: it’s good to take a step back and look at things from the outside. Have a breather so to speak. It meant I had more energy returning to the studio and my passion for music is bigger than before.

JC: The variety in music genres is rather expansive in the album, did that come naturally or was that purposely done?

AH: Completely natural. I did scrap a few songs from the album as they did not fit well (that was me trying to improve the listening flow). The average album length still sits above 12 tracks – but then I noticed Bruno Mars’ latest offering is 9 tracks. So I beat him with 8.

JC: One song I would love to see on an album (and maybe a few other people) is ‘Ginger Pubes Are Amazing’. Would you ever look at officially releasing that as a song?

AH: Everyone says that! So I’m going to listen this time. I feel it would be a single release. Not sure how that gem would fit onto an album of ‘serious’ songs. You know what, I’m taking it back into the studio to polish it up. Apparently there is a national red head day. I could perform it there.

JC: I enjoy the music videos you made before, is there any songs on the new album you would like to record a video for?

AH: Thank you very much. Jukebox will be the first video from the album. Out very soon …..possibly in two days. Primrose Hill was the back drop for dragging a jukebox down the street. Every resident loves an early Saturday morning music video wake up call right? After that the next video with either be ‘Long way to go’ or ‘It’s you’.

JC: With the album now out, will you be doing any live shows in the near future?

AH: At the end of this week, I head to America for a few weeks. Will definitely be trying out the tracks live in New York. Here’s the thing….I need to learn them on the guitar or piano in a way that translates. Doable, but it’s the hardest part of performing an album solo. Maybe I’ll put a band together in New York! Joking. Kind of.

JC: You do perform some great covers of hit songs, is there a particular track you would love to incorporate into your live show?

AH: I love playing acoustic versions of hit songs. Yesterday I was talking with Jay Picasso – producer at Starcity Studios – about that very thing. We were discussing how covers of older songs sometimes take off, rather than covers of what’s on the charts. There is an old Kylie song that I want to do a cover of….fully produced…..studio style. I think it could work. It’s not one of her famous ones either – but I guarantee all Kylie fans will know of it.

JC: Have you already got plans for album five? And what would you like to do for the album?

AH: Yes I do – it’s more of an interlude album. Then album 6 will be from scratch again. The ‘interlude’ will be a dance album. Using a couple of pre released dance tracks, and remixing tracks from Time On My Wrist. I expect this to be ready by September 1st. An album to play while getting ready for a night out.

JC: Finally, if you could choose anyone to record a collaboration, who would you choose and why?

AH: Sara Bareilles. Her construction of a song is superb. Sara majored in communications at University – which possibly explains why her lyrics suck you into a track. But maybe it’s just raw word smith talent. Something that can’t be taught in the classroom. You can hear her talent with words and melody progress through the albums. Her wordplay with my weird take on the world will produce an awesome song. I must tell her that.

TIME ON MY WRIST is out now! Here is the music video for Abby Holden’s song ‘Jukebox’

And here is a photo taken by Hanlan of Abby from the video:

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Abby Holden – Time On My Wrist. ALBUM REVIEW

It was nearly 5 years ago when I first heard the fantastic Abby Holden, it’s fair to say I was hooked on her music within moments. The New Zealander is one of the few artists that can master both the stripped-back tunes and the club bangers in equal measure (plus her cover of Crowded House classic ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ is marvellous!). It was the remix of ‘Strange Affection’ which got my attention immediately and I still see this as a favourite of mine. I could talk about Abby’s past music for a long time, but I want to speak about her brand new album. TIME ON MY WRIST is the 4th album from Abby (I hope I got that right) and it again is filled with some incredibly varied tracks.

Opening with ‘Long Way To Go’, the first track is a mellow intro to the album. One thing I can say is that Abby can always surprise me, and that is no easy feat. After swaying side to side to this ballad, I then find myself suddenly in dance mode. The next song reminds me of Coldplay’s ‘True Love’, ‘It’s You’ is a slow build to upping the tempo for what is about to come. ‘Jukebox’ features some great lines being dropped by Abby Holden and we get some solid Hip-Hop/R&B vibes from here. The title track again evolves the sound and ‘Time On My Wrist’ feels like homage to the 90’s/00’s R&B acts while making its own mark as a catchy and addictive song.

Moving on to ‘Play’, the mood to dance is still there from an electronica style, and this only continues with ‘Over Turning’ which itself just provides yet another edge to this portfolio we are experiencing. ‘Run’ feels like a more serious track with a truly wonderful beat. I am sure many people will look to a deeper meaning to this tune, but the same can’t be said for ‘Say Ha Oop’ which is just a fun groovy cut that concludes this album. All I will say is that if Haim need a bit of help with some tunes, Abby has them covered. How can so much variety be in one album?

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This is a great album, but it is over incredibly fast. Eight songs are really not enough, but there is plenty more music from Abby Holden that you can get your teeth into. Need I say more? Treat yourself to this great piece of pop/electronica/dance/R&B and all the other genres that come to life.

Final rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

TIME ON MY WRIST is available now to buy on iTunes and listen on Spotify!

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Katrina Marie Interview!

When I used to present on radio, Katrina Marie was one of the first musicians to agree to an interview. Coming from the United States, Katrina has seen her music presented to thousands of people over the years. Her album ‘Wake Up’ was a favourite of mine and I still enjoy hearing it today, but now I am pleased to say that Katrina has agreed for another chat today to see what has been happening recently…

JC: Its been a few years since we spoke and now you are fronting your own band, how is life leading a band?

KM: I love being in a band. I always felt so lonely playing by myself. I used to ask audience members to come up and sing with me so I wasn’t up on stage alone. Its way more fun being part of a team. The group I’m working with is made up of a bunch of pros who have had a ton of experience performing so they have taught me a lot. They are supportive of my original music and genuinely love playing the soul/blues/rock genres so I’m lucky to work with them. The only thing I might add is a female member. The guys are awesome but it would be nice to have another girl around!

JC: I remember when I first heard your music was when I heard the song Wake Up, still a favourite of mine. How did you come to write that track?

KM: Hate to spoil any magic for anyone but “Wake Up” wasn’t a personal song. The hook just kind of came to me. I rarely write songs with instruments so this one just popped into my head and I wrote it very quickly, just kind of humming along. Once I realized what the song was about, I wrote verses that completed the message. Typically I write lyrics and melodies at the same time.

JC: The album Wake Up featured a great collection of tracks, do all the tracks have a special and/or personal meaning to them?

KM: Back when I wrote the album “Wake Up,” I was trying to promote myself as a songwriter. I just wanted to be behind the scenes getting a high off of writing exciting songs for well-known artists. The idea of fame sounded terrible to me. I just wanted my songs to be famous. Does that make sense? Most of the tracks were not personal, just written with other vocalists on mind. But since I didn’t have a dime to my name I decided, “Hey, why not just sing my own songs and shoot some videos so I don’t have to pay for promotion.”

JC: The new album When There Is No Color is out now. How does this album compare to the previous releases?

KM: My new album is different in that it is 100% raw and personal. I’m not sure if I did it because I was owning who I was as a mature songwriter or if I just needed to get shit out. Probably a combination of the two. I remember taking the song “Not Afraid” to my writing buddy Dave Cohen. He listened to it and said “Sounds like we’re heading in the direction of a blues album.” Never thought I would end up singing the blues, but I guess life takes you there sometimes.

JC: What was the biggest challenge when making the new album?

KM: Recording! I hate recording. I get stressed out when singing doesn’t feel natural. I think there’s two songs on the album that we ended up doing in one vocal take. It’s a lot easier pretending to sing live.

JC: Many musicians have some strange ways to help them relax and keep their vocals in check, is there anything special you do to keep yourself in check (not saying you do anything strange)?

KM: I’m literally the worst when it comes to taking care of my voice. I’ve had very minimal vocal training and I used to work as a teacher so I’ve had every cold known to man. Possible reason for why my voice can be so gravelly. My saving grace is hot loose leaf green tea. As far as relaxing goes…um…bourbon.

JC: With the new album out, are you going to be out performing any shows soon?

KM: Yes! We’re gonna be playing at an outdoor summer concert series in Westford, MA on August 6th. Come hang with us. You can keep up with future shows on our website KatrinaMarieBand.com

JC: Is there any songs you didn’t get to put into the new album, and will ever be revealed?

KM: Just one song that we decided wasn’t cohesive enough to put with the others. It was about a loved one who helped me get on my feet after trying times. It’s been hanging out on my computer for a couple years. Perhaps one day I will let it loose. I’ve also got a bunch of new songs hanging out in my head. I think I will write my next album with the audience in mind. Next mission: How can I show my band and our audience a good time?

JC: Last question, who in music today would you like to collaborate with and why?

KM: Would love to collaborate with Paul McCartney. Or maybe I just wanna rack his brain over a drink or two. Some of the first songs I ever heard were written by him. It would be nice to learn from his experiences. He must have a lot of crazy ones.

 

You can see Katrina Marie on YouTube and her latest album ‘When There Is No Color’ is available to download on iTunes now https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/when-there-is-no-color/id1189187067! Also look her up on the website http://www.katrinamarieband.com

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MY INTERVIEW WITH KRIGARÈ

Starting off 2017 with a bang, KRIGARÈ is definitely one of the greatest singer-songwriter’s to come onto the scene. Previously releasing music under Kennedy Noel, Krigaré has proved to be a strong presence and a great change from her previous persona. With songs such as ‘Falling Apart’ making me want to punch the air and ‘Sleeping Awake’ taking my breath away, I knew it was time to finally have a catch up with Kennedy/Krigaré to see how everything was going and find out more about that EP.

 

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Krigarè – Sleeping Awake. Single Review

How great is this girl? Bringing her third some under the Krigarè moniker, Kennedy brings another fantastic addition to her collection with this banger!

‘Sleeping Awake’ is surely a pop-influenced track compared to the first two songs, but this still hits hard. What I always enjoy about Kennedy is that she doesn’t shy away from singing about her experiences, this track is brimming with personal nods to her own life and what she has been through.

I never tire from hearing Kennedy’s music. Truly one of the nicest musicians on the planet and a soul which you need to hear as she pushes the boundaries of music by crafting these brilliant tunes. Hopefully we aren’t too far away from the eventual E.P. due for release later this year.

Final rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

You can hear the song on Spotify and buy now on iTunes!

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Charlie Fink – Cover My Tracks. Album Review

It’s been over two years since Noah and the Whale disbanded and all the members went their own way. Charlie Fink was initially keeping a low profile, but then released the song ‘My Heartbeat Lost It’s Rhythm’ in 2015 to give us a taster of what Charlie was going to later unleash onto the world…then we got COVER MY TRACKS which is indeed a fantastic and well-rounded album with plenty of offer, but a different direction to what I was expecting.

The album kicks off with the quaint and chilled ‘Firecracker’. The album opens with a relaxed melody which then carries on to ‘Anywhere You’re Going Is On My Way’ which is a very enthralling track that is so laid back, you could listen to this one song a million times over.

This is not to say the whole album is mellow, especially when track three kicks in. ‘I Was Born To Be A Cowboy’ will definitely get your foot tapping and the song will sit in your head all day. From this point, there does seem to be a lot of reflection (plenty of first person lines too) and it’s always nice to have that unique perspective which Charlie has always incorporated into his music.

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As the album goes on, there are certainly more peaceful, chilled-out tones with a few peaks along the way. As with many works by Charlie, there is a very personal feeling towards many of the songs. ‘The Howl’ and ‘Here Is Where We’ll Meet’ definitely keeps the album grounded.

It would be unfair to compare this to Noah and the Whale, but a couple of tracks were bound to get inspiration from the work that came before. That is the strength in this album, Charlie Fink has stuck to his roots and knows exactly what works for him. It would have been nice to see the more electronica side come out as teased from a few years back, but hopefully that will be for the next album.

Overall, I really enjoy this album. It works well as a complete story told from a female perspective, which is different to come from a male singer-songwriter, but that is the hook as you don’t expect it. After doing work on the stage adaptation of The Lorax and music for the film A Streetcat Named Bob, I couldn’t be happier to see the former NATW frontman back to making music!

Final rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

The album is available now through Amazon, iTunes and can be streamed on Spotify!

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