Worcester’s finest purveyors of infectious folk-pop, Jasper In The Company Of Others return with a brand new EP, after the successful release of their debut album, back a year or so ago.
Since the release of the aforementioned album the band have been hard at work gigging, taking in festivals such as Wychwood along the way, as well as writing and recording the four tracks that make up Kind Regards.
For the uninitiated jasper In The Company Of Others mix upbeat melodies, acoustic guitar, frantic ukulele and elastic rhythms to create a contagious and instantly memorable sound, so much so that if you don’t find your toe tapping or head nodding, you might just want to check your vital signs, the band whether it’s live or on CD never fail to raise a smile and Kind Regards continues the trend.
The EP opens with the high spirited Between The Lines, a glorious pop-laden indie folk number that contains more hooks than most band’s muster in a life-time, it’s a blustery fun opening with frontman, “Jasper Malone” trading riffs with Uke star Jak Hayward, whilst the rhythm section lay down an infectious groove and new addition, Ed Roser weaves in and out of the mix with a blur of fiddle, further enhancing the sound. Passive Smoke follows and in comparison is something of a refelective number that sees Jasper initially deliver a wonderful heartfelt croon accompanied by a lonesome acoustic guitar before the rest of the band join in with a combination of expressive fiddle, driving bass and drums, Passive Smoke concludes with a lovely line of delicate vocal harmonies that showcases how well the band work as a unit as well as the warm production values of the EP.
Something In Water, opens again, as a subtle reflective number, with understated drums underpinning that omnipresent combination of acoustic guitar and fiddle before slowly building up to a rousing chorus that’s pre-meditated by an almost punk thrash of the acoustic guitar. The chorus itself is instantly contagious, whilst the middle section of oohs and ahhs will have you singing along by the end of the first spin.
The band finish the EP with the glorious ode to going out and having a good time, Wait For The Weekend, a track that seems to unite the various different elements that make up the sound of jasper In The Company Of Others in a glorious three and a quarter minutes, folky verses make way for a pulsating (dare I say slightly Mystery Jets influenced) indie pop chorus, that’s peppy, fun and ultimately unforgettable.
Jasper In The Company Of Others always deliver live and with the release of their debut album and indeed this brilliant four-track the band could well find themselves (and justly s0) on the cusp of something very big indeed.
Rhythm & Booze Rating 10
September-October 2014 UK & Ireland Tour
A powerhouse performer with a giant soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter Matt Andersen has built a formidable following the old fashioned way – touring worldwide and letting the converted audiences and Andersen devotees spread his reputation through word of mouth. With widespread acclaim for his new album Weightless, a 2013 European Blues Award, and winning Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge, the entire world is now discovering Matt Andersen.
On Weightless, the New Brunswick native shifts his formidable talents as a blues performer to his song-craft, where Andersen comes out of the gate swinging with ‘I Lost My Way’, one of two co-writes with Joel Plaskett. Then he channels Van Morrison on ‘My Last Day’, before delivering ‘So Easy’, a gorgeous country ballad co-written with David Myles., while ‘Alberta Gold’., so-written with Dave Gunning, Andersen tells the all-too-common tale of Maritimers heading west to work on the oil sands. Tom Wilson (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) helps craft a rockabilly ode to a battered rust-belt town, ‘City of Dreams’, while Andersen’s Wolfville, N.S. neighbour Ryan Hupman lends a hand on three songs, including the title track, ‘Between the Lines’ and the spiritual ‘What Will You Leave’.
With 150 shows already this year, including a sold out solo performance at Toronto’s prestigious Massey Hall, after hearing the instant classic material on Weightless, it’s hard to imagine any fan of Matt Andersen – old or new – leaving unsatisfied.
MATT ANDERSEN • SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2014 UK & IRELAND TOUR
Weds 24 London The Islington
Fri 26 Newcastle The Cluny 2
Sat 27 Sheffield Shakespeares
Mon 29 Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare Mick Murphy’s Bar
Tues 30 Dublin JJ Smyth’s
Weds 1 Belfast The Errigle Inn
Thurs 2 Glasgow The Admiral Bar, Glasgow Americana 2014
Fri 3 Liverpool Johnny’s Blues Club, Liverpool Marina
Sat 4 Southwell, Notts. Southwell Library JUST ADDED
Sun 5 Leicester The Musician
Praise for Weightless
“a rich mixture of blues and Americana supplemented by excellent songwriting.” The Blues Magazine (9/10)
“If you haven’t yet heard Matt Andersen, you really must, and you should start here. Not only weightless, the Canadian’s latest feels effortless too, that shoulder-rub of a voice putting the icing on some staggeringly good modern Americana.” Classic Rock (8/10)
“With his distinctive smoky soulful voice and mastery of the guitar Andersen is made for the blues… However with this album Andersen is making a compelling case for the quality of his offering in a much wider range of musical styles.” Maverick (4/5)
“Weightless is a great album from a great musician.” Blues In Britain • “soulful … a powerful, commanding vocalist …” R2 (4/5)
INXS ‘ALL THE VOICES’ 10 LP BOXSET
OUT SEPTEMBER 1ST ON UMC
We are pleased to announce the release of INXS – ALL THE VOICES, a 10LP deluxe Boxed Set housing all 10 key studio albums – re-mastered and packaged in exact replicas of 9 of the original vinyl albums. This is the first time ‘Elegantly Wasted’ will be available on vinyl.
With a career spanning more than 25 extraordinary years, OZ – Music icons, INXS are undoubtedly one of the world’s great bands. They have sold more than 30 million records worldwide, countless awards from their peers and fans, platinum certifications, and a history peppered with outstanding achievements, the band are arguably Australia’s most successful rock export.
The Australian TV event of the year has proved to be INXS-NEVER TEAR US APART, and drew in a combined audience of 2.881 million viewers (1.974 Metro). ‘INXS The Very Best’, the careering-spanning compilation release, topped the iTunes Album Chart and we also saw five of the ten studios albums and numerous hit singles dominate the charts.
This new 10 LP vinyl boxset features the following albums:
• Underneath The Colours
• Shabooh Shoobah
• The Swing
• Listen Like Thieves
• Welcome To Wherever You Are
• Full Moon, Dirty Hearts
• Elegantly Wasted
EP ‘SEEN LEAVING’ DUE FOR RELEASE ON SEPT 29TH
BAND TO PLAY LONDON’S HOXTON BAR & KITCHEN ON SEPT 8TH
Reporters – Seen Leaving EP
Phret Records 29th Sept
EP Launch, 8 September, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London
“THEY’RE FANTASTIC” – Simon Raymonde – Amazing Radio/ Bella Union
“These guys are great, pure rock n roll” – Catfish & the bottlemen
REPORTERS are a two piece band from Buckinghamshire featuring song writer Dan Stock (vocals/guitars) and Josh Ringsell (drums/backing vocals). With real heads for song craft on the bodies of such young musicians, both still 17 years old, the Seen Leaving EP perfectly captures the sprit, zeal, fizz and electricity of what it is to be young and restless in 2014.
With a raft of successful city shows under their belts already, and being granted the opportunity to gig with some of their own personal favourites in bands such as Catfish and the Bottlemen and Merchandise, Reporters marry the influence of Damon Albarn, Nick Cave, John Cooper Clarke and Arctic Monkeys to produce something that sounds like an even snottier version of early 00’s The Cribs, given a slightly more sophisticated posture.
On an EP that showcases just how much they’ve refined their sound already, without losing any of their early passion and exuberance, it’s lead track Hold The Controls that starts proceedings, set in the world of the literal, where life is controlled by a TV remote. For Reporters, it’s about being young, not being stuck on the same page, moving on and being in control. As the band put it, “so you’re not stuck watching Antiques Roadshow all your life”. As far as introductions go, Hold The Controls is over before you’ve realised how great it was.
Seen Leaving EP Tracklisting:
1. Hold The Controls
2. Have You Got a Good Side?
3. Take My Eyes
- Johny Brown Of Band Of Holy Joy Reveals His Perfect Ten
- Hollie April-Together Alone
- Teenage Wildlife-Most Beautiful Thing/The Last Great Love Affair
- Band Of Holy Joy-A Place Called Home
- Blind River Scare-Point Of No Return
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