Guildford based four-piece Following Foxes are something of a new name to me, but apparently the indie rock band have been picking up plaudits from the likes of The Musical Melting Pot and BBC Introducing, whilst making a name for themselves for supporting the likes of Winter Island and Yearbook among others.

A couple of previous singles have picked up radio play on the likes of Eagle FM, Radio Warwick and the alike, with the band’s debut, self titled EP likely to see the band further enhance their reputation.

The band mix and match a combination of infectious vibrant indie, with a touch of folk and the harder hitting sounds of Biffy Cylro to create a sound that’s both unique and instant.

The opening track, Almost Like It, serves as a tasty introduction with frontman Gid Smedgwick emoting over a combination of laid back acoustic and electric guitars aside a barrage of meaty drums before winding up to a glorious harmony-enriched vocal hook and a passionate holler.

I Saw, You Saw Me Back is even better, opening as a somewhat folky number before a choppy guitar joins the mix, creating a jerky indie sound, reminding me of a harder hitting, Mystery Jets, whilst the brief middle section has a Floyd like quality. Waiting For Someone comes complete with the aforementioned vocal harmonies, a towering sing-a-long chorus, a number of interesting time changes and a lovely acoustic outro, whilst Mother Brother is an equally impressive genre straddling combination of folk, infectious indie and driving acoustics all topped with those aforementioned winning harmonies.

The self titled EP is an intriguing and infectious introduction to an inventive take on the indie genre, if Following Foxes can continue in the same vein you can expect the band to move onto to bigger and better things in the near future.

Rhythm & Booze Rating 9

www.followingfoxes.com

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The Blues is one of those genres that seems to fall in and out of fashion or at the very least in and out of the mainstream public eye, currently it seems to be riding a crest of a wave with the likes of Joe Bonamassa leading the way and young guitar slingers such as Laurence Jones, Danny Bryant, Jo Harman and the alike all snapping at his heals.

Krissy Matthews is another up and coming blues guitarist who to date has shared the stage with everyone from john Mayall and Greg Allman to Beth Hart and Derek Trucks among many others. The 22 year old has already picked up plaudits from the likes of Maverick and R2 magazine, whilst legendary songwriter/producer Peter Brown (Jack Bruce, Peter Green, Jeff Beck, etc) fell for Krissy’s talent and promised to collaborate, having seen him perform live, with the eventual unison resulting in Krissy’s new album, Scenes From A Moving Window. The album bridges not only the generation gap between Pete Brown and Krissy but also blues sub-genres from the full on blues rocker to delicate finger-picking via a bit of boogie-woogie piano as the duo explore the possibilities of their union.

The album opens with a weathered voice and an incredible piece of classic finger picked acoustic guitar before If I Had A Time Machine transforms into a brilliant infectious homage to Krissy’s forefathers name checking the likes of Cream, Hooker, Hendrix and the alike over a collision of blues and powerpop complete with 70’s styled backing harmonies, Hammond like keyboard and a barrage of drums and riffs. The chorus and aforementioned backing vocals instantly hook the listener, whilst Krissy and his backing band kick up a proverbial storm before returning to the acoustic finger picking bringing the track full circle.

I’ve Been Searching proves that the opening track was no one of fluke, as Krissy lays down a Zeppelin/early Purple like groove with hard hitting drums and riffs collide and compliment funky keyboard, whilst Krissy proves he’s no slouch with a short and sharp solo that has both flair and substance.

It Ain’t Worth It promotes Paul Jobson’s keyboard to the foreground as Krissy lays down a blistering slice of boogie-woogie, complete with an instantly infectious sing-a-long chorus and enough swagger to get any bar room swaying, whilst Pete Brown himself joins in towards to the end on backing vocals, with his aged vocals complimenting Krissy’s smooth delivery wonderfully.

Highlights come thick and fast, funky guitar licks and pumping organ signal the glorious groove-laden Out Of Control, Bubbles And The Seven Phones is an otherworldly psychedelic number complete with hovering harmonies, pattered percussion and a flooring, mesmeric instrumental wig-out, Roadsick Blues sees Krissy hit the dirt track with an irresistible, rollicking tongue in cheek country number complete with holler along vocals and parping harmonica, whilst the near ten minute Heading South is a beautiful slice of sun-kissed soulful blues with dazzling instrumentation and bewitching vocals.

Krissy Matthews has delivered a varied and truly intoxicating take on the blues, welding influences old and new to create an album that should be an essential purchase for anyone with a passing interest in rock or blues and see Krissy spoken in the same tones of the modern day giants of the genre.

 

www.krissymatthews.com

 

 

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Electro Swing, Gypsy Folk, Vintage Mayhem

Can mean only one thing – Swingamajig is back!

Do you dream of times gone by? Of a party in a utopian future where scintillating circus performers meet under night club lasers? Where the streets are alive with frivolities, festivities and music day and night? Where jazz and swing fuse with thundering synths and everyone parties like its 1929!?

Then you have dreamt of Swingamajig festival.

Swingamajig is the UK’s first one day urban festival dedicated to Electro Swing, Gypsy Folk and vintage mayhem. It mixes the decadence of 1920s glamour with the urban setting of the iconic Custard Factory complex.

It is unlike any other festival you know. A sea of smiling faces old and young, hands raised in the air or flinging a dancing partner around, everyone looks ravishing and yet still dances like there is not a care left in the world!

Back for its third year Swingamajig Festival brings together the most unlikely yet wonderful people, from students to original swing fans in their 70s and beyond. You can expect the finest in live music, DJS, Burlesque, Swing Dancing Circus tricks, magic and more.

The eclectic line up boasts French trip hop from Chinese Man, saucy 20s swing meets stomping electro beats from Electric Swing Circus, bass heavy vintage sounds from theDutty Moonshine Band and hi-octane genre blending from The Correspondents.

Across four live stages there is an impressive array of musical live acts and DJs and throughout the festival site all manner of food, entertainment and curiosities.

One thing is certain there is no other festival like Swingamajig, it is totally unique like its performers and its audience.

Will you enter the world of Swingamajig?

Bank Holiday Sunday 3rd May 2pm-6am, The Custard Factory, Digbeth
For more information and tickets – swingamajig.co.uk
Swingamajig 2014 video – Swingamajig

 

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SET IT OFF ANNOUNCE PREMIERES ‘ANCIENT HISTORY’ VIDEO

UK HEADLINE TOUR ANNOUNCED FOR MAY

Set It Off is premiering their high energy, cinematic music video for their impossibly catchy new single ‘Ancient History’ on setitoffband.com!

Not too long ago I was in a relationship with someone that was very serious. We had a very firm connection, we lived together, it was great, but one day we had to split ways. Once the initial storm from the breakup had settled we realized something. We missed the sex. We knew it wasn’t a smart choice, but it was an easy choice. So then came the 2AM calls and the sneaking off. We eventually realized we were doing more damage than helping so we decided to call it quits and just stay friends,” reveals vocalist Cody Carson of the song.

This song is about that particular situation. Also, the foundation vibe for this song was “That Thing You Do” from the popular Tom Hanks film and I LOOOVEE that song so much so I’m happy that double clap made it’s way into a Set It Off song.”

The band are also excited to today announce their return to the UK/Europe for their first headline run across the pond shortly before returning to America for Warped Tour. 

We just returned home from our recent tour in the UK/Europe with Crown The Empire, and were so overwhelmed with the response from the crowd. So…we are coming back for our VERY first headliner overseas!! I can’t wait to see everyone over there again and to see the full extent of what these crowds are capable of. European tours are a force to be reckoned with, but so are we, so all I have to say is, bring it on!”

The band is currently headlining The Glamour Kills Tour – the band’s first full US headline run in support of their new album Duality. Joining Set It Off on the nearly six-week tour is Against The Current, As It Is, and Roam.

Duality is out now and available digitally through iTunes, AmazonMP3, and Google Play, and at physical retailers such as Best Buy, FYE, Newbury Comics, MerchNOW and more.

TOUR DATES:

Set It Off w/Decade and Brawlers

May 01 Belgium BE @ Groezrock
May 04 Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s
May 06 London, UK @ Underworld
May 07 Manchester, UK @ Sound Control
May 08 Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
May 09 Birmingham, UK @ The Asylum 2
May 10 Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
May 12 Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
May 14 Cologne, DE @ Underground
May 15 Wiesbaden, DE @Schlachthof
May 16 Hamburg, DE @Rock Café
May 17 Berlin, DE @Comet
May 19 Munich, DE @Backstage Club
May 20 Eindhoven, NL @ Dynamo

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Worcestershire based, three-piece alternative rock behemoths Kill The Romantic follow up their debut album (reviewed elsewhere on this very site) with a brand new four track EP (once again produced by Dave Draper), that sees them retain their combination of hard hitting riffs and infectious riffs, whilst adding a new found urgency, to create a punchier more immediate sound.

Each of the tracks have those impressive time changes and sudden twists and turns that compelled on the band’s debut, Collapsed Under Our Creation, but now the structures are condensed and instant, with the band moving effortlessly through the gears from melodic to raucous in the blink of an eye.

Bipolaroid Picture kicks proceedings off with a barrage of drums and an orgy of riffs before twisting into a glorious, melodic post hardcore/alternative rock monster, complete with intricate guitar twists, crooned and bellowed vocals, thrilling stop-starts and an all important killer hook, compelling the listener from the off.

A Great Day To Die is a fantastic showcase of the band’s vision, uniting crunchy riffs and battered drums with an almost sedate, melodic middle section that sees frontman Dale Tomkins unveil a delicate croon before the song twists again before its conclusion. The contrast of light and shade is stunning with the heavier elements seemingly hitting even harder after the more melodic passage.

The two remaining tracks, the intriguingly named How Tall Can A Midget Stand and the title track, Fight Or Flight add harmonies and oft kilter hooks to an already potent sound giving the band an almost commercial sound (in the same way that Biffy Clyro are radio friendly these days!!) yet still retaining their own unique identity and vision.

Kill The Romantic’s debut album was impressive, but the new EP sees the band progress to another level entirely, this is essential for anyone with even a passing interest in textured alternative rock or melodic post hardcore.

Rhythm & Booze Rating 10

www.killtheromantic.com

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