Worth a Listen: The Oi Oi’s

New Single – Need To Breathe.

New Band with a new single. London based alternative-rock band The Oi Oi’s have just released Need to Breath and it will have you singing the chorus all day long! It kicks off pretty much with a heavy riff and the guitars throughout bring a real energy, especially the instrumental sections nearer to the end. In-fact the guitar sections almost bring a vibe similar to The Amazons at times with their song Black Magic. Not identical but both very electrical and you can just imagine the song bringing the same sort of energy to a live audience.

The song has a real sort of 90’s vibe about it and the lyrics are very relatable. After listening to it a few times, I realised I was singing the chorus, very catchy (can’t get it out of my head). This is the sort of song you’d turn up in the car, wearing sunglasses, head bobbing.

The sound is professional and the vocals have a Liam Fray (Courteeners) tone just with an added London accent… This makes is pretty authentic. I’m pleasantly surprised at the song especially the lyrics, I think many of you can put your own situations to the words and get a sense of the song understanding you. For example “I want you to know you’re not alone when you want to jump” and “You wanted to fly, there’s a mountain to climb”.

After speaking to vocalist Wilfy we found out that the song is heavily influenced on his own personal experiences. In his own words he describe Need to Breath as “a metaphor about life being a mountain to climb. To get to the top of the mountain there’s a breath taking view but only a few will make it. It’s about knowing you’re not alone in life and when things get tough, to remember the people that love you and to refocus, center and reach the top! Like someone you love saying its ok, let go but I won’t let you go. When you’re so high up that it takes your breath away and its frightening looking down. Its ok, look down because there’s a voice inside you that says I won’t let you down.”

The quartet similar to Pink Floyd, formed whilst studying music at the University of Westminster and describe themselves individually “Conor’s a poet, Wilfy’s a town crier and Joel’s the heartbeat of the band. The Oi Oi’s”.

Heavily influenced by The Jam, Oasis and The Libertines, The threesome get their tagline from what a young pre-fame Peter Doherty (Libertines) said on MTV about Liam and Noel Gallagher. Doherty described Noel as a poet and Liam a “town crier”.

Listen to Need to Breath below:

Worth a Listen: Trevor and the Joneses

The Las Vegas based band that brings Britpop vibes to the stage.

Trevor and the Joneses released their second album ‘Take You To Stay’ earlier in 2017 and it seems to be just want what Sin City needs! The instrumental sections throughout bring a calmness, then in contrast distorted guitars bring a real sense of rock ’n’ roll.

The album opens with Squares and it is what I can only describe as a modern Stone Roses tune. There’s an electric riff that runs throughout the song bringing a real ‘Waterfall’ by the Roses atmosphere. It will have your foot tapping and the instrumental section could cause a serious dose of head-bobbing whilst driving. It’s the sort of song you’d have playing on a summers day, it has that feel good, chilled out aura.

The second song ‘Gotta Run’ is upbeat and more Blur like. With a quick tempo and simple lyrics, it’s an easy song to listen to again the song is mainly instrumental. Reiteratively it seems to have that electric riff running through the track. Maybe this is a trademark of TATJ?

The album showcases an experimental side to the quartet with each song being slightly different. For example ‘Broken Bones’ starts with vocals that immediately remind you of The Arkells and with a bellowing base it gives off that underground impression that you probably don’t realise exists in LV. There is a real mix of atmospheres and cross genres going on, it would appear the band aren’t really sure what direction they’re going in.

After speaking with singer-song writer Trevor Jones I get the impression that a lot of his tracks are improvised when he’s strumming away on his acoustic guitar. He realises he’s playing an unfamiliar tune and later improvises vocals that don’t really make sense. To listeners the lyrics will make sense to them somehow, that’s the case with most song-writers … right?

As you progress through the album, ‘On my mind’ seems to stand out from the rest but not necessarily in a good way it sounds very young boy band-esque and the vocals are a little whiney, thankfully the guitars keep the standards up. Moving onto ‘Found’ there is as slower tempo and has absolute Oasis vibrations going on, even in the sense of some of the lyrics … “I’ve been lost, but I’ve been found” think of ‘Half the World away’ – “I’ve been lost, I’ve been found but I don’t feel down” and ‘cause it’s all too much for me to take”, think ‘Roll with it’. Found is probably a favourite of mine from the album.

The band definitely has a sense of 80’s/90’s rock ‘n’ roll, so when asked what artist/bands influenced them, it was no surprise when the foursome said that they all sort of meet in the middle on the classic rock scene. Clearly this was baked into their brains as young people. Names such as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Oasis, Happy Mondays, Black Revel Motorcycle Club, The Who, Robin Hitchcock and The Rolling Stones all came up as major influences.

Trevor and The Jones are planning a run of shows for the spring and are continuing the recording of 2 other albums that were being worked on simultaneously with ‘Take You to Stay’.  You can expect builds off the guitar based sound from the first album ‘There was Lightning’ with other instruments including keyboards, melodica, and sitar by Barnaby Gallagher on the title track. The band are also excited to announce that for the first time on bass, an influence of one of their influences, John Fallon, formerly of The Steppes will be making an appearance.

Below: Give their latest album ‘Take You To Stay’ a listen via Spotify.

Worth A Listen: William Patrick Owen

William Patrick Owen: First Person Singular

WPO brings you a fresh bite of Neo-Folk, when listening to his debut album ‘First Person Singular’ there’s a lot of experimental vibes going on with a twist of apocalyptic folk. He draws on a rich heritage of 60s style fingerpicking folk guitarists like Nick Drake and Bert Jansch and applies to it an updated dreamy melancholy, creating introspective soundscapes with a deeply psychological lyricism.

The album opens with the flickering strums and raucous vocals of ‘Settle Down’, soothes with the longing of ‘Lilac Thunder’, internalises with the guilt-ridden ‘Homme Fatale’, and mellows to a naturalistic hum on ‘Dionysus and Apollo’. The first songs are invigorating and life-affirming, with a hint of punk; this dissipates into songs you could cry, sleep or simply relax to.

The singer-songwriter grew up in South East England and being just a skip away from London say’s he was almost living in a bubble. As his twenties hit and he step foot into the ‘real world’ the bubble seemed to burst causing an eruption which ironically helped to create the musician that he is today.

Owen has recently been influence by the likes of James Blackshaw and Six Organs of Admittance. As he first put pen to paper Jeff Buckley was a major influence and in terms of his more acoustic and calming approach to music, Grouper and Juliana Barwick could be recognised for his more ambient style.

The album is inherently biographical and not; idiosyncratic and accessible, it is a sharing of the songwriter’s entire self but an expose of the common modes of being in postmodern life. Williams acoustic mindset to such deep meaningful matters is quite different to what is out there at the moment. I feel many will be able to relate with his music, I admire the boldness of some of the lyrics and the album has a sense of free speech, at times it is shocking but leaves you wanting more. It is music that begs to be listened to carefully.

Below: Check out First Person Singular via Spotify.