Glen Hansard New LP & Tour

  David Ford 2017 Tour

  Ani DiFranco’s New LP For June

  Imelda May’s New LP

  Grandaddy Live

  George Vjestica’s Bandante

  Laura Marling Live

  Seen & Heard Jan-March 2017

  The Swingles New LP & Shows

  Michael Schenker ‘Live’ CD/DVD

  Xylouris White 2017 World Tour

  The Pigeon Detectives New LP

  Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes

  North Sea Jazz Festival 2017

  Grandaddy Are Back (at last)

  Martha Wainwright Live

  A Thousand Horses Live

  Rachael Yamagata Live

  Jimmy Eat World Live

  My Best Albums of 2016

  Swans Live in Manchester

  Nick Cave With Feeling

  Ben Folds & yMusic Live

  Dan Patlansky Live Blues

  Beverley Knight Live

  Ash Live in Manchester

  Meilyr Jones Live

  On The MONEY

  Ludovico Einaudi Live 2016

  Barry Adamson Live Manchester

  Jess Glynne Live 2016

  They Might Be Giants Live

  The Temperance Movement Live

  Courtney Barnett Live

  Mercury Rev Live

  Asian Dub Foundation Live

  Mew Live in Manchester

  Elevant Live in Chester

  James Live in Liverpool

  Joanne Shaw Taylor Live

  Asia Live in Manchester

  Foreigner Live Manchester

  The Feeling Live in Liverpool

  Glen Hansard & Friends Live

Amber Run New LP

amb-1Amber Run FOR A MOMENT, I WAS LOST. Easy Life Records/Sony Music Entertainement

Band Members

Joe Keogh - vocals, guitar
Will Jones - guitar
Tom Sperring - bass guitar
Harry Wyeth - keyboards
Glyn Daniels - drums (on album)
Producer - Ben Allen

The new album trims the fat from previous music, and gets down to the bare bones of the songs. We’re songwriters, and where our last album was a collecton of songs written in our youth, these new songs are, for us, a timely response to more recent experiences.”

The way an album opens generally provides a strong indication as to how good an album is. ‘Insomniac’ opens this one in epic style. There’s a strong melody, radio-friendly choruses, great lyrics, a passionate vocal and instrumental arrangement that is nothing short of a triumph. ‘No Answer’ is next and slows the pace fractionally. It’s unperpinned by another strong melody, mixed pace that speeds up like a bullet train. The vocal is tremendous and instrumental performances add deep drama.

So far the lyrics are good and seem to point to a male on male romance. Or could it be that the subject in question be the music industry? Take the following: “Oh my friend/you remind me of someone that I used to know/you’ve got his eyes/You’ve got his shadow/But when did you/become the kind of man to dance at funerals?/Are you lost?” ‘Island’ is track 3 and one of my favourites. It’s an easygoing ballad which throws the quality vocal into sharp focus as the wonderful lyrics are sung: “You think you’re pretty special don’t you?/Handsome face, and fairly cultured/A devil in the dark.” Towards the end the pace gathers as Keogh’s voice becomes more emotional. Geat song. Check out ‘Haze’ with its multi-layered vocals passages and contemplative vibe. Just wonderful!

There are twelve songs here ranging in quality from great to very good. There are echoes of Keane and Coldplay but the band has created something of their distinctive own helped by excellent song-writing and superb performances. It’s a moving album with welcome divirsity of pace, and production which brings it all together beautifully. This is adult pop-rock of inspiring quality and worthy of endless airplay. Highly recommended.


UK Tour 2017

Feb 18 Plug, Sheffield

19 Feb Welly, Hull

22 Feb Stylus, Leeds

23 Feb Academy 2, Manchester

24 Feb SWX, Bristol

25 Feb Forum, London


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