HEART AVAIL

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HEART AVAIL (from l-r): Greg Hanson (guitar), Mick Barnes (bass), Aleisha Simpson (vocals), Seamus Gleason (drums)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Heart Avail are a four-piece from the northwestern American state of Washington.

The talented band have lovingly crafted a sound that combines emotional hard rock, catchy guitar riffs and the Amy Lee-style vocal delivery of Aleisha Simpson.

Their recently released self-titled EP, with a lyrical theme of the loss of loved ones which is frank and relatable to anybody going through the same situation, has had universal praise from critics and fans alike.

About to embark on an end-of-year mini-tour, as well as busy working on their debut full-length album, due out next March, I spoke to Aleisha about all things Heart Avail.

How did the band get together initially?

I met Greg through MySpace in 2008. We both had our own style of music we were doing, we highly respected each others talents and decided to see if we could collaborate.

From day one, me and Greg just clicked and our musical style meshed so well together that we gave up all of our other projects and began working exclusively as a team.

In 2013, we were approached about doing a show at Spokane’s Knitting Factory.

I gathered my favourite members of bands I had previously worked with and Heart Avail was formed.

After going through various members, we added Mick on bass in 2015 and added Seamus on drums in August 2016.

How did the name Heart Avail come about?

When the band initially started, we were known as Aleisha and Greg since we were the composers and writers.
But after a few shows, we decided it sounded too folk and that we needed a more rock name. After debating many names, Greg threw out the name of one of his songs which happened to be called Heart Avail.
Heart Avail is about helping others, so Heart Help, aka Heart Avail seemed like a perfect fit.
To somebody who is discovering your sound for the first time, how would you describe it to them?
Symphonic rock or female fronted metal.
What are your musical influences?
Nightwish, Within Temptation, Evanesence.
What is the band’s approach to songwriting?
Greg composes all of the musical parts and then sends the song to me. I then listen to the song, sometimes for days on end until the song’s story comes to the surface.
Once I have my vocal melody and words, I then send the words to Greg and we record the song in his basement. Sometimes, this means changing parts of the music but it seems to work really well for us.
With the addition of Mick and Seamus, we began to let them add to their parts when we record.
You recently released a self-titled EP. How was the recording process, from initial ideas through to completion?
Well, most of it I described in my last answer, but I will say that these first few songs were composed and inspired by the loss of loved ones, and they acted as a sort of therapy session to get over it.
During that time, we went through some other challenges that also helped spark inspiration. The five songs’ honesty took much longer to put together than we had planned due to these losses, but we feel like every song was full of the emotion we felt and that the fans would appreciate really feeling the music.
How has the reaction been to the EP so far?
We have been blown away with how well our EP is being received, and we have had so many good reviews that it’s stunning.
When you present your music to the world, you are essentially laying your heart out for everyone to judge and see, and doing that isn’t always easy.
People are brutal in this business, so we have been so grateful for the wonderful people who have taken us on and promoted us.
How is it for the band playing live?
We love being on stage! We try to put just as much emotion and talent live as we do on the record, and we firmly believe you should be just as good or better live.
Currently, we aren’t doing the symphonic stuff on stage, but with the addition of our new drummer, we have every intention of adding the symphonic back into our live performances.
Do you think Donald Trump’s election as U.S. President will have any impact on the American music scene?
This is just my own personal view and not that of the rest of the band, but I personally am scared of how music will go. Trump is so irrational and unpredictable I am very afraid our freedom of speech, or music if you will, will be taken away.
I don’t think the American people really realize what they have done to us and what our future with him as president will be. He lashes out like a child and retaliates on anyone who speaks up against him, and those in the arts industry tend to be the biggest anti-Trump supporters.
I wish I could say I was hopeful that things won’t change, but we just made America a living version of idiocracy, so it’s hard to keep positive right now.
What have you got planned for the near future?
Oh so much! Over the next week, we are doing a mini tour of Utah, Idaho and Wyoming for New Year’s Eve, I will be attending the Sundance Film Festival for the second year and attending some pretty cool parties with some good press happening.
In February, we will be in Hollywood to attend some of the Grammy parties and playing the Whiskey A Go Go on February 11th with the Greg Kihn band.
We are also working with Landmark Events and our label, Milagro Records, to get a Canadian tour going, then intend on touring the entire U.S.
We will also be releasing our first full-length album in March, so we are really excited for 2017.
What is the band’s long-term aim?
Fame, fortune, a large house and nice car (laughs). Totally kidding, kind of, but really, we would love to do a European tour and spend 365 days a year out touring.
As a whole, the band is unified in wanting music as our career and we believe we are on the right track to achieve this goal.
We would also love to play with some of our musical heroes like Evanescence, Nightwish, Hail Sagan, and Within Temptation.
HEART AVAIL’S RECENTLY RELEASED SELF-TITLED EP IS AVAILABLE NOW, AND THEIR DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED IN MARCH 2017.
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THE TORCH

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

The Torch are a four-piece from Stoke-on-Trent, comprising of vocalist/guitarist Owen Hodgkinson, guitarist Kieran Breese, bassist Josh Wood and drummer Harry Poole.

Having only formed early last year, with Hodgkinson now already the sole survivor from the original line-up, the band, with their eclectic sound and lyrical subject matter, have rapidly gained a devoted following.

With all this and their recently released EP ‘Welcome To The Torch’ getting rave reviews, the future does look bright for The Torch.

I chatted with them backstage before their headline gig at The Underground in Hanley.

How did the band get together initially?

OWEN HODGKINSON (vocals/guitar): I started The Torch in February 2015, and I wanted a band with musicians who were into the same sort of stuff as me at the time.

We practiced every day for months on end, playing, headlining gigs and all that, but then it sort of broke up for a while.

I started the band back up again, and the boys came in shortly after. It was good that all of us found each other at the right time.

KIERAN BREESE (guitar): It’s now a completely different line-up to what it was.

OWEN: Yeah, I’m the only original member left now.

How did the name The Torch come about?

OWEN: Well, we were originally called The Scene, and we didn’t really have a reason for the name.

The first time we headlined here, we looked at the poster and it said: ‘The Scene are supporting…’.

We didn’t like how it looked, so we started throwing names around.

I’m pretty sure that it was me who came up with the name The Torch, I’m going to say it was me, and I think the idea came from an old Northern Soul club in Stoke-on-Trent.

How would you describe your sound?

OWEN: I’d say it was quite unique, like we can go from a really punky tune to something that is more melodic and slow-paced, but still with a punky vibe to it, so we’re one to our own, and we’re happy with that.

KIERAN: It’s almost like a character rock kind of thing.

HARRY POOLE (drums): Like Owen just said, we can do something that is really heavy, and then we can also do something more slower.

What are the band’s musical influences?

OWEN: Personally, when writing the tunes, we’ve always looked to music that’s different, because that is what we want ourselves to sound, so we aim to make something along the lines of The Velvet Underground and The Doors, fused with the punk energy of the late Sixties and Seventies.

There’s all these sorts of influences thrown in, so we can go from that to something like blues and folk. It’s a real mix, really.

KIERAN: I’d say we are also influenced by the bands that were themselves inspired by The Velvet Underground, such as The Strokes, The Libertines…

OWEN: The Libertines are a big influence on us, we’re basically a rip-off of them. (laughs)

JOSH WOOD (bass): You couldn’t really say we’re like just one band, because we could have a song that sounds like nothing like them.

OWEN: A massive on us more recently has been another band from Stoke called The Control, who were huge around 2008 to 2012.

KIERAN: Our songwriting is a bit like The Control, and we’re actually covering one of their songs here tonight.

What’s the inspiration behind your lyrics?

OWEN: It changes every time, to be fair. We’ll go through really happy, upbeat stuff about looking to the future and that, and then it’ll go to something like drugs.

HARRY: Like ‘White Line Dress’.

OWEN: Yeah, we also write about our experiences, people we know and their experiences, we bring that all in and try and make it more poetic.

Most of our songs actually start off as poems, and then we turn them into tracks.

You’ve just released a new four track EP ‘Welcome To The Torch’. How was the recording process?

OWEN: Yeah, it was alright. We got it done pretty quickly, it was all recorded in only two days.

HARRY: We were pretty much done by the end of the first day.

OWEN: Yeah, it was sound.

KIERAN: We knew exactly what we wanted to do with the songs before we actually started recording.

OWEN: We recorded at the Riff Factory in Stoke with Tom Carter, and I’ve never met anybody who knows so much and exactly what they’re doing.

He helped us out a lot, and during the recording, he was always keen on getting the best out of us.

The band are all from Stoke-on-Trent. What is your opinion of the current Potteries music scene?

KIERAN: To be fair, I think at the moment, it’s doing really well, but until a couple of months ago, it wasn’t as good.

Recently, there seems to have been lots of good local bands coming through from nowhere, for example, one of the bands we’re playing with tonight, Jupiter’s Beard, they’re all only around fifteen, but they’re really good.

When I first started playing gigs with my old band, The Castaways were big on the scene, Bonsai and Release came out of that, and them and others have made a real impact locally.

I think it’s safe to say that Stoke music is in a much better shape than it was a few months back.

How is it for you playing live?

KIERAN: When I first started gigging with ALMA, the band I was in before this one, I was always nervous and shaking beforehand, but now, when I go and see a band, I get a real buzz from it, and I keep that feeling for the next time I play on stage.

HARRY: I don’t get why you would be nervous before a gig, because at the end of the day, the crowd have paid to come and see you. There’s a reason you’re on the stage in the first place.

OWEN: If you fuck up, it’s your own fault, no-one else’s. You can’t just ponder over the bad stuff, in a way, you’ve got to be arrogant about it, you have to think: ‘This is what we’re going to do’.

The band went on tour this summer. Will you be doing that again any time soon?

OWEN: Yeah, we’re looking to get back on tour for next summer. We had a good time on this summer’s tour, we played all the big cities of the North and Midlands, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, places like that.

KIERAN: Summer is really the only time we can realistically do a lengthy tour, what with all of us being at college and work and that.

What’s the best venue you’ve played on tour?

OWEN: I’m not sure, really.

KIERAN: I went to see this band before I joined, because I’ve always been mates with Owen, and they played at a place in Manchester called The Live Room, which is all underground.

It’s a sick venue, and that was a really good gig.

OWEN: I found Sheffield to be quite good as well.

HARRY: We played in a venue there that was rather like a pub, wasn’t it?

OWEN: Yeah, it was a small venue and we kicked ass there.

What have you got lined up for the near future?

OWEN: We’re supporting Clean Cut Kid at The Exchange in Hanley early in the new year, I think it’s January 28th.

JOSH: They recently supported The Courteeners.

OWEN: We’ll probably just be playing gigs around here for the time being, what with work and college. We have a few lined up.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

OWEN: Hopefully, to be as big as possible, and get recognition.
I personally think that if the music industry was actually about the music and talented bands getting the recognition they deserve, then we should get known.

KIERAN: I wouldn’t say that was the end goal though.

At the end of the day, millions of bands who play all over the world don’t get signed.

It’s always like a ‘what if?’, it could happen, but at the moment, as long as we’re getting our music out there and building a following, we’ll be fine.

OWEN: I can personally put it down to having a lot of people, whatever you play, actually wanting to come.

THE TORCH’S LATEST EP ‘WELCOME TO THE TORCH’ IS AVAILABLE NOW.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT NOW! ‘DON’T FORGET THE BUSINESS IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS’ BY ANTONIO PONCE

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The only ‘how to’ books that matter are by those who’ve experienced what they’re writing about, who have been in the trenches under fire, and Antonio Ponce most certainly has, applying years of musical experience to produce a fine book wisely titled ‘Don’t Forget The Business In The Music Business’, to enable up-and-coming bands to ascend the ladder of success, in his own words, it’s a “lean valuable quick simple guide.”

Based on his band’s experience from playing his first show to six months later being invited to play a festival in Tokyo, Japan, Antonio Ponce has put together a how to book for anyone wanting to enter the music business.

The book is a great starting point for those interested in the business side of the music industry. Think of it as a quick business foundation musicians can use to get things going.

All musicians want to share what they’ve created, but talent will only get them so far. There are a lot of talented people out there that don’t make it to the next level and are never heard. This book’s goal is to give musicians a good foundation to be ready for when opportunity knocks, but also to bring opportunity to their door.

Ponce explains:

I would have loved to have this information when our band started. There were so many unanswered questions that took years of searching and experience to learn. If this book had existed back then, we could have leaped over the fire instead of trying to walk through it! I know a lot of new and current bands stuck on the ‘what to do next?’ question will find value in the book’s contents. I hope this book is a tool musicians can use to help them get into a position to get to the next level and notice what we were able to do as an unknown band and that they can do it too!

The book was inspired by multiple experiences Ponce had over the years, but it was a conversation he had with a fellow musician that began the idea for the book.

“It was a combination of several things. One of the biggest was an interaction I had with a musician. We were at a conference in the U.S. and ended up seated next to each other. He was from my city and their band had been around for years, longer than my band. He was telling me how their band had just gotten on iTunes and how that was a really big thing for them. I thought to myself, this was something I could do in five minutes. A lot of conversations like that happened and I realized I knew how to do a lot of things really quickly that would really help a lot of musicians move forward.”

‘DON’T FORGET THE BUSINESS IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS’ IS NOW AVAILABLE BOTH DIGITALLY AND PAPERBACK ON AMAZON AND AP JONES PUBLISHING.

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THE TORCH – The Underground, Hanley, 09/12/2016

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SUPPORT: Bonsai, West Pier, Jupiter’s Beard

REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

The Stoke-on-Trent music scene has had a fantastic 2016, and what better way to cover my last gig of the year than to go to one of the city’s respected music venues and see four local bands who have truly made their mark.

Jupiter’s Beard were first up, playing a mix of original tracks taken from their forthcoming EP and covers, which included a sublime version of Oasis classic ‘Cigarettes and Alcohol’.

Next on to the stage were West Pier, whose set was interestingly half acoustic, half electric, which they seemed to pull off effectively, even though I did hear one or two groans amongst the patrons when they began to play a cover of a Justin Bieber track.

Even though Bieber is considered public enemy number one by the majority of proper music lovers, the four-piece performed the song well, making it their own and turning something rather mediocre into a good listen.

Bonsai, the final support of the night, are a talented outfit who I have had the pleasure of seeing live on a number of occasions this year, and every time, there has been a noticeable improvement, and this was no exception, with them playing what was their best set to date.

I really think that 2017 could be their breakthrough year, they already have all the necessary ingredients, a great sound, talented musicians and a rarity in music these days, a charismatic frontman in Chris Hough.

The majority of the females in the audience seemed to be enjoying it, when Chris did his now obligatory stage dive, some of them took the chance to eagerly grab the shirt off his back.

Headliners The Torch are another local fledging band that are tipped to go on to bigger and better things, and after seeing their performance, it would be difficult to disagree.

Despite the fact that some of the members may have somewhat overindulged in the liquid refreshment department, it certainly didn’t seem to affect them.

They wowed the crowd with their fast-paced, guitar-led indie rock sound with a few punk elements thrown in.

Towards the closure of proceedings, some members of the audience began to jump up on to the stage and join in, which in what seemed like a matter of seconds, had developed into a mini stage invasion, which was probably a health and safety officer’s worst nightmare.

Stoke-on-Trent is not normally a city you would associate with having a booming music scene, but after seeing so many immensely talented local bands this year, these four included, it is safe to say that at the moment, it is enjoying very rude health, and it should only get stronger in 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEMI THE DAREDEVIL

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Demi The Daredevil are an alternative rock/art pop outfit from the American state of Texas.

In the decade the band have been in existence, it is fair to say they have had their share of ups and downs.

Having experienced some initial success, they were dealt a huge blow in 2009 with the sudden death of original frontman and primary songwriter Jovan Ortiz.

With the departure of Marc Martel soon after, it was left to drummer Jeff Azar to take on the mantle of creative lynchpin.

Bringing on board some new faces, including his brother Thomas, Azar set about evolving their sound into a mix of bright alternative rock, dark theatrics and deeply psychological lyrics, influenced by an eclectic range of bands and artists.

All this, as well as the assistance of respected producer John McCracken, has resulted in Demi The Daredevil receiving much acclaim and a growing following worldwide.

With the success of their recently-released EP ‘The Secret Schizoid’, it was time to have a chat with Jeff.

How did the band get together initially?

It all started in our hometown of El Paso,”El Chuco”.

Our original lead singer Jovan (RIP) and Marc started playing guitar together, and a mutual friend of ours brought me into their mix.

I started off on the drums in this band, and we used to play in my grandma’s garage.

How did the name Demi The Daredevil come about?

Demi is short for demigod, which is a half man, half god.

Marc and Jovan chose Demi the Daredevil over the alternative, which was The Rootbeer KamiKazis.

To somebody who is discovering your music for the first time, how would you describe it to them?

Art pop with a dark theatrical twist. Think Queen meets Genesis meets Chicago if you’re an oldie. Think My Chemical Romance meets Twenty One Pilots meets Panic! At The Disco if you’re a youngen.

What are the band’s musical influences?

Minus the above mentioned, Green Day, Blink-182, Muse, The Used, Prince, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Billy Joel, David Bowie, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Danny Elfman, to name a FEW.

I don’t feel like I’ve chosen X amount of bands to take inspiration from. There’s a lot of stuff I listened to as a kid that comes out in the music now, like Savage Garden for example, my first cassette tape.

What is your approach to songwriting?

Who comes up with the initial ideas started from Jovan to Marc to my brother Thomas to me, and everyone’s approach is a bit different.

For me, I need to start with an emotional chord progression, one that grounds you in the present moment. A good progression is a like a true sentence, that is most important to me.

I try out syncopated rhythms with the core instruments, I blurt out melodies with my mouth or make them on the keyboard. I then tie separately written lyrics to the melody.

When recording comes around, I usually change the lyrics to be more like I’m shouting them TO someone, not just talking to myself, and the melodies change to ones that have more oomph to them.

Where does the inspiration come from for the band’s lyrics?

Lyrical inspiration starts from what I think is a big realization or feeling, like a fainting spell or burst of rage or a sad feeling after a reality check of some kind, then it takes a while to get a more of a bird’s eye view on it and to say it better than when I would try to describe it initially.

Your EP ‘Secret Schizoid’ came out recently. How has the reaction been to it?

Well, to the people that have taken the time to hear it, it’s been great, because they have been citing influences that I know have influenced me, so it affirms what Demi is doing.

As far as press, well let’s just say you’re the fourth person to give us the time of day, so thank you for that!

What is the band’s experience of playing live?

It’s had its ups and downs! Right now, I’m trying to have more fun and play with less inhibitions, which makes it more entertaining for people I think, in a different way than being purely a good instrumentalist.

What have you got lined up in the near future?

Well, just before speaking to you, I was at an Austin Music Foundation panel in regards to touring, which is going to be what we’re focusing on again now that we can promote the recent EP.

So, we’ll promote to our niche audiences in surrounding cities, and try to win over the bartender if no-one shows up.

We are still going to release singles I think, the next one is currently being mixed by Matt Neveskey from Blue October.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

Having fans in select cities across the globe who we’re playing shows to, and getting songs licensed out for the love of God, I mean, by the grace of my lucky stars, get a publishing deal and license some songs out.

DEMI THE DAREDEVIL’S LATEST EP ‘THE SECRET SCHIZOID’ IS AVAILABLE NOW.

BRISTOL REGGAE LEGENDS TALISMAN TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM NEXT MARCH

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Popular Bristol reggae crew Talisman are to deliver their stunning new album ‘Don’t Play With Fyah’ on Friday 17th March 2017 through Sugar Shack Records.

Most bands with a history that stretches back four decades are content to go through the motions, their creative peak somewhere in the past, but not Talisman.

Their forthcoming album includes some of the strongest material they’ve ever recorded, with seven brand new songs and the corresponding dub counter parts; this is their finest album to date.

With such strong material, they knew they had to pull out all the stops when it came to the final mixes and who better than legendary musician, producer, engineer and all round British reggae genius Dennis Bovell, who has worked with such acts as  Madness, Arcade Fire and Joss Stone.

The album kicks off with ‘Relijan’, a roots anthem with lyrics that resonate with contemporary relevance whilst the music has the timeless feel of the best seventies roots.

This track raises the game for Talisman and puts them on par with such British greats as Aswad, Steel Pulse and Misty in Roots at their best; it is without doubt destined to be seen as a classic of the genre.

The pace and the lyrical intent doesn’t let up as we start ‘Talkin’ Revolution’, which for long time fans of the band is a real treat; a brand new song yet imbued with the feel and vibes of their early eighties work.

It would not have felt out of place in their sets during those years and yet, this bridge between the past and present manages to surpass what went before, a real achievement and another certain future favourite for fans.

‘She Look Like Reggae’ is a charming piece of observational songwriting that rewards repeated listening with hidden depths and also provides a good opportunity to mention the very welcome use of a full horn section on some of these tracks.

There’s something right about Talisman with horns that once again ties their long distinguished musical heritage in with the present.

The title track is another strong tune with a different style of vintage feel and also lends its title to the album.

It is followed in a similar vein by ‘Hear No Evil’ and ‘Racism Never Sleep’, rounding off a trio of songs carrying a warning message, those messages perhaps being more
relevant now than at any time this century.

Rounding off the vocals with something of a change of pace is ‘Wheel and Come Again’, a joyful and upbeat song that has a pop sensibility but in the best sense; a song that will appeal to a wide audience.

It’s hard to overstate Dennis Bovell’s contribution to British music, reggae in particular and we can’t think of anyone more qualified to mix these tracks.

Dub mixes really are his forte, with more than four decades of experience mixing the best in British dubs. The seven dub versions here, deliver in every way, true dub re-imaginings and not mere afterthoughts.

Dennis has refashioned them into alternative mixes, shifting focus, taking whole new pathways as he navigates the multi-tracks, sometimes familiar, sometimes with an entirely new emphasis.

These dubs happily stand on their own merits and let’s hope that this is just the first of much collaboration with the great man.

TALISMAN’S NEW ALBUM ‘DON’T PLAY WITH FYAH’ WILL BE RELEASED ON CD AND DIGITALLY ON MARCH 17TH 2017.

ALSO AVAILABLE WILL BE A LIMITED EDITION VINYL EIGHT-TRACK LP, FEATURING FOUR OF THE VOCALS AND THEIR CORRESPONDING DUB VERSIONS.

ALT ROCKERS ELASEA TO RELEASE NEW EP THIS COMING SPRING

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Rising British rock crew Elasea express a sound that packs colossal riffs, smart arrangements, and layered vocals.

With influences ranging from You Me At Six, Bring Me The Horizon, and Lower Than Atlantis, the Berkshire five-piece are ready to climb as they release their brand new EP, Lesson Learnt, on Friday 17th March 2017 through all platforms.

Consisting of Andy Bradford (rhythm guitar/vocals), Liv Jones (bass/vocals), Calum Radmore (lead guitar), Ashley Haskell (drums), and Braydie Haskell (keyboards, synth and samples), the band take from a wealth of inspiration and have absorbed their predecessors’ influences before adding their own imposing stamp.

In doing so, they now despatch an enthralling sound that is refreshingly accessible and earnest.

Since their inception, Elasea have always been an industrious unit.

In 2015, the alternative rockers delivered their debut EP, ‘Where I Belong’, to much acclaim from the likes of Already Heard, Alt Corner, Toxic and Punktastic, as well as earning support from Rock Sound magazine.

After this debut release, they reshaped their line-up and added keyboard and synths to an already potent sound.

Support shows with the likes of Funeral For A Friend, AllUsOnDrugs, Veridian, and Echoic soon followed, helping to further refine the band’s own live performances, as well as allowing them to cultivate a growing fan-base.

Now the five-some are braced to strike out on their own. The ascending rocksmiths drop their sophomore EP ‘Lesson Learnt’ this coming March, and it greatly surpasses expectations.

Their new video single ‘Breathe’ starts proceedings in spectacular fashion with its eerie beginnings, before hammering out a soaring riff that ideally accompanies Andy Bradford’s emotive voice.

The track highlights the band’s thoughtful texturing with Liv Jones peppering the cut with her alluring vocals and Braydie Haskell’s adept use of synth.

‘Time Stops’ illustrates the quintet’s notable dynamism and shrewd phrasing, not to mention their towering ability to unleash a beast of a hook equal to Ashley Haskell’s pounding drumming.

‘On My Own’ parades Calum Radmore’s nifty guitar work, as well as exploring Bradford’s vocal diversity, as he bellows out Dave Grohl-esque screams.

By the time ‘Walls’ comes to light, which further reaffirms the band’s stature and quality, you should be suitably convinced that Elasea have crafted a record that truly shines.

CHECK OUT ELASEA’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE http://www.elasea.com AND THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES FOR TOUR DATES AND SHOW ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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