Well its big ol’ week on the Fresh Faves front with no less than 14 tracks being included. This surely is a bonus for everyone involved, especially me as I get to find out a little more about each of the chosen many, as opposed to just listening and deciding if I like them or not in the Listening Post stages. So without further or do, here they are…
BLONDE BUNNY – This Evening
Blonde Bunny are a five piece based in London and originally from Oundle. Now geography was never my forte and I did immediately think that Oundle must have been abroad somewhere, but after a quick search it is actually in Northamptonshire, so you learn something new every day eh. This is a great opening track to this week’s Fresh Faves. At first it seems rather unassuming, but when the main melody arrives you’ll be head nodding right through ‘til the end.
CRAIG HANSEN – Sunshine
Craig Hanson is a bloke from Sydney (Australia, I knew this one without checking my atlas) who apparently missed out on a great opportunity to make his way in music and is now giving it another crack, and rightly so I say. Although his sound has all the layers of Rock, his voice will certainly make anyone not overly keen on the genre sit up and listen. Keep on rockin’ Craig and I’m sure people will keep on rollin’ in to hear your music.
FLOORBOY – Yellow Roses
Floorboy, AKA Jim Smith, is a singer songwriter from Norwich. Now for me the recent upturn in the under sixties singing Folk music has been a struggle, mainly because it can sometimes seem a little at odds with the way the world is nowadays and also because it was traditionally sang by old blokes with beards. But for some reason Floorboy’s voice actually conveys some realness to me that can sometimes be missing and changes the track from being background music to something you sit and listen to. Lovely stuff indeed.
FORESTEARS – Against The Floor
I’m a sucker for a bit of brass in my music, I find it always adds that little bit extra something to a song as long as it’s not over done and thankfully Forestears have got it just right in this one. This six piece from Brighton certainly have a great laid back sound, and one I’ll be seeking out more of for sure. I don’t often say a band will go on to be bigger, because we all know of some great bands that simply just don’t make it, but I’ll take a punt here and say that Forestears will. Fingers crossed.
JAKE DOWNS – Seize the Water
No, no, no, there must be some mistake here. Jake Downs is asinger songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and by the sound of Seize The Water a very very talented one, but according to his biog, he’s 18 years old. I know many artists that would give up a limb for half his talent and they’d still be on to a good thing. His credited influences are range of the great and the good over the decades and it’s clear to hear in his music that he’s not just been listening to them, he’s been ‘listening’ to them. Thanks Jake for making me feel old and untalented. ;-)
KEVIN PEARCE – Get By
Hailing from Essex, Kevin Pearce describes his music as Alternative/Ethereal Folk. Now sometimes it can be fair to say that artist’s descriptions of their sound can be a little off, but here is an example of you get what it says on the tin, especially the ethereal. It’s this that makes Get By stand out and give it that extra bit of something
PALOMINO – Trapped
Palomino are local to my neck of the woods, Manchester, and were until recently known as Doldrums, a band I had heard of on the local circuit. As Palomino they are definitely rocking the Manchester sound with some aplomb.
SHOPPING – Santa Monica Place
I’m really glad that Shopping’s Santa Monica Place has made this week’s Fresh Faves, as it was personal Fave from the off. With home production being something that most musicians have easy access to nowadays it is really good to hear something that has that raw sound. All I can tell you about this band is that they are three piece from London. Shopping can easily be up there with new bands such as Savages and Pins.
THE AGENCY – Carnivale
The Agency are from up North (Newcastle to be precise) which can be heard in the wit of the lyrics of Carnivale. It’s a cleverly written track with more than hint of Americana, or as they describe it themselves, Gothicana. A good track that should certainly entice more fans to their music.
THE DEADLINE SHAKES – Dont You Be Too Cool
The ukulele is having a massive resurgence of popularity of late, and I know some people are getting a little tired of it, but I’m not one of them as long as it’s done right. Scotland’s The Deadline Shakes are one of these getting right. Don’t You Be Cool mixes some great classic pop/rock and could almost be a great ELO song without sounding like it’s from a couple of decades ago.
THE KIPPLE – Never Know
Liverpool’s The Kipple are here to give this week’s Fresh Faves a kick up the backside with some dirty beat laden noise. Never Know is a nice sharp shock of a track would certainly get a crowd whipped up into a sweat in a dark and dingy venue.
THE PATIENT WILD – Snowbound
The Patient Wild are a five piece acoustic rock outfit from Berkshire that started off as duo under a different name until new band members joined at the tail end of 2011. They only started gigging earlier this year and from the sound of Snowbound they have gelled very well together.
TIRED ARMS – Ursa Minor
Tired Arms are made up of Evan Gildersleeve and Lawrence King, who have been making music together since 2008. The dark instrumental of Ursa Minor is just right for those laid back late night/early morning restful sessions.
VINNIE & THE STARS – I’m Not From America…I’m From Hull
Well I don’t really need to tell you where Vinnie and the Stars are from, or for that matter, where they are not from either. This is clever and fun that will have your head bobbing from the off. This could easily be Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer’s working class Yorkshire cousin.
Fresh Faves reviewed this week by
Team Freshnet’s Simon Poole
FROM TOM: If you’ve submitted a track that hasn’t made the Fresh Faves you’re welcome to re-submit it again. But if you have been a Fresh Fave in recent weeks could you possibly hold back for at least six weeks before sending us another one. If you keep sending us great tracks every week it leaves less room for new names who haven’t had a chance yet…