4 2 WATCH – Sneak peek at 4 up and coming artists! – Moose Blood/XIXA/Meilyr Jones/Sunflower Bean
MOOSE BLOOD –
Moose Blood are an Emo band who hail from Canterbury in England. They are four mates Eddy Brewerton, Mark Osborne, Glenn Harvey and Kyle Todd. The band formed in 2012 and released their debut album “I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time” a year later and saw it chart at number 45 in the U.S. Heat Chart.
They are currently with their fourth label, Hopeless Records and have just released their second album, “Blush”. The first single from the album, “Honey” was welcomed with widespread critical acclaim being played Radio 1’s The Rock Show and also claiming a Kerrang Magazine’s nomination for Best Track at the 2016 awards.
I have heard a few tracks since looking up this band and try to imagine a mash up of Blink 182, Sum 41 and Feeder and you will get an idea of the sound. Great Pop Rock tracks, feisty guitars and powerful vocals with hidden melodious harmonised gems. My favourite tracks were the aforementioned “Honey”, “Gum” and “Swim Down”.
The songs are honest and cover a range of subjects, on the first album, “Kelly Kapowski” surely must be a reference to the character in U.S. teen comedy drama Saved By The Bell played by Tiffani-Amber Thiessen? People of a certain generation, like myself, remember this show and the guys would surely remember Kelly! The band are currently on a massive tour taking in the U.S.A., Germany, Australia, France, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and Italy including dates in the U.K. The future looks very bright for these “four mates from Canterbury”!
Check out these links to find more performances and songs from this new U.K. band Moose Blood –
XIXA (pronouced “she-sha”) are a quirky, amazingly talented and incredibly strange, genre crossing band from Tucson, Arizona in the U.S.A. This is a really great band of musicians, Brian Lopez and Gabriel Sullivan are the key men behind this groundbreaking new sextet. Ironically, dressed as possibly the new Magnificent Seven (or should that be six) western heroes, thay have a brand of seemingly gothic, psychedelic, Mexican style Rock that simply captivates the senses.
The band have just released their debut album, “Bloodline” following from their first E.P. “Shift And Shadow”. To categorise the band’s music would be futile, they have such a unique style and take on various music genres. This is evident on the track “Shift And Shadow” which is like a Western Movie soundtrack before dipping into Psychedelic 70s Progressive Rock and The Kinks! Add to this a nice little Mexican vibe (as Tuscon is famous for its Mexican food this sounds about right!).
The songs are melodic, a little bit weird and totally enchanting, its very unique. One minute you’ve got them down as 80s kids with the Electronica and Synths vibes then you change your mind as the 60s hippie bands and 70s atmospheric Rock comes in. “Golden Apparition” for instance kicks off very eerily before cutting in to some funky and Reggae style, Cantonese guitar work, add a few chants and this is not what you expected at all!
The band have just complete their first tour of Europe and will be jetting around again in July. Originally a covers band called Chicha Dust they started to write original material and have not looked back. “Bloodline” is out now, check it out for some Latin, Western Rock…or whatever the band decide you are allowed to hear next!
Check out these links to find more performances and songs from the very unusual six piece named XIXA!-
MEILYR JONES –
Welsh singer-songwriter Meilyr Jones apparently became inspired after a trip to Rome to get away from the break up of his relationship at the time and his band Race Horses. He has just released his debut album, “2013” which has a full orchestra sound. Listening to Meilyr (pronounced “May” as in the month and “lyr” as in lyric!) it reminds me of a little Talk Talk, a little Divine Comedy and in some cases even Buddy Holly! The music is quirky, inventive and a very enjoyable listen.
Meilyr’s music ranges from the deeply emotional and sombre to the quirky, funny and upbeat. The Welshman’s first single “Refugees” is a piano led pretty song while “How To Recognise A Work Of Art” is a jolly, upbeat, fully orchestrated number accompanied by equally crazy video. This is where I got the Divine Comedy comparison when I watched it, it reminded me of something Neil Hannon would write!
Meilyr’s debut album, “2013” contains my favourite track “Strange Emotional” which is a mish mash of 80s Rock riffs, psychedelic screams, and and Edwyn Collins (Orange Juice)/Buddy Holly vocalised hybrid. Sounds weird and shouldn’t work but it does! The album also contains Meilyr’s 3 singles, the previously mentioned “Refugees”, “How To Recognise A Work Of Art” and “Don Juan”.
Meilyr is currently touring the U.K. and is sure to be a big star with his unique style. Other favourites of mine on the album are the whimsical sweet “Rome” and the extremely mix of Progressive Rock, Hippie and Dexys Midnight Runenrs backing. yes it really is that mad! Interesting guy and interesting album!
Check out these links to find more performances and songs from Welsh singer songwriter Meilyr Jones! –
MEILYR JONES OFFICIAL WEBSITE
SUNFLOWER BEAN –
Sunflower Bean are an Indie band from Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. The trio with Jacob Faber (drums), Julia Cumming (bass and vocals) and Nick Kivlin (guitar and vocals) formed as a teenage group in 2013. The band released their first E.P. in 2015 entitled “Show Me Your Seven Secrets” and have just released their debut album, “Human Ceremony” this year.
The trio’s sound is an eclectic mix of straight 70s Rock and Roll, early Punk to dreamy, psychedelic pop. I first saw the band in the video for “Easier Said” and they reminded me a little of The Cardigans early records, a light pop with beautiful harmonies and guitars. The genre hopping continues through “Human Ceremony” and its what makes this band look forward to a bright future, these guys and lady are no one trick ponies!
Julia is a model for Yves St Lauren and the band have had wide acclaim since their emergence on the scene. Apparently the launch party for “Show Me Your Seven Secrets” was filled to the brim, such as the growing reputation for this band has grown. There is an excitement about this band that can only get bigger, they are original and they work hard.
My case in point about the genre hopping, on the first E.P. the song “Tame Impala” is lurking in Deep Purple/Led Zeppelin/Kula Shaker territory while on the new album, “Wall Watcher” is an in-your-face aggressive Indie Punk rocker. Original and unique, I hope this band gets global success as I would like to hear more, its intriguing stuff!
Check out these links to find more performances and songs from brilliant trio Sunflower Bean! –
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