4 2 WATCH – Sneak peek at 4 up and coming artists! – Ten Millennia/Annabell/The Amazons/Steel Blossoms
TEN MILLENNIA –
Ten Millennia are a six piece funky grooves band from Yorkshire. Consisting of Rosie (vocals), Wayne (keys), Russell (sax), Rich (guitar), Colin (bass) and Jules on drums. Their debut album, “Give It Up” is scheduled for release in 2017. For the last seven years the band have toured and played gigs all over the country supporting the likes of The Corrs and Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.
The back story of the band started when a man called Derek advertised in a newsagent window asking for “aging rock and rollers” to get in touch. Drummer Jules got in touch and the band was born. Derek has since suffered from a long debilitating illness so no longer plays with the band. However, they continually dedicate their music to recognise the founding member and the affection they still have for him, which is nice.
The band’s music is a light Funk and is reminiscent of the early 70s grooves of Earth, Wind & Fire and the like. Rosie’s vocals compliment the backing superbly and it gives off this really nice pure sound. The members of the band have familiar backgrounds, Rosie was once a fashion model and the rest of the band have played with such household names as The Stylistics, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Candi Staton, The Four Tops and Corinnes Bailey Rae! With such esperience the sound of the Funk/Blues is effortless to these guys!
The album will be produced by Andy Wright, who produced albums by Simple Minds and Annie Lennox and has worked with Natalie Imbruglia and Shakespears Sister. Check out the live performances of the band on YouTube, surely big things are coming for the Yorkshire sextet!
Check out these links to find more performances and songs from Yorkshire Funk band Ten Millennia! –
Annabell are Swedish friends Johan, Simon, Jack and Gustav. The Stockholm band have a blistering Rock sound that is a little Guns N’ Roses, a little Bon Jovi and a little Iron Maiden. They formed in 2014 and decided to write some material and start rehearsing and going back to basics.
On the basis of the two songs released into the world, “Break The Rules” and “We’re The Reason Why” I will be looking forward to hearing the a debut abum by the guys, apparently they are causing a mini storm in Sweden but I would guess that the globe is ready for this great new Rock band!
The Facebook page stated that the album was released in October but I have yet to find it at the time of this article. I do intend to keep my eye on this band as I expect big things from them, they are a breath of fresh air in the currently average Rock arena in my opinion.
The music is fresh, energetic and pure power Rock & Roll, good luck to the guys, global recognition could be heading their way!
Check out these links to find more performances and songs from superb new Rock Swedes Annabell! –
THE AMAZONS –
Reading quartet, frontman Matt Thompson, guitarist Chris Alderton, bassist Elliot Briggs and drummer Joe Emmett had played together for a decade before embarking on their second Rock phase. Toying with an Indie and Electro sound they went back to their original starting point and haven’t looked back. In 2014 they began writing new material and rehearsing and choosing the name The Amazons inspired from the Swallows and Amazons novel title.
2015 saw the band supporting The Kooks in Europe and having their debut single “Junk Food Forever” produced by Grammy nominated Catherine Marks, who had previously worked with PJ Harvey and Wolf Alice. After appearing on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading Festival they got to working on their debut album to be released in 2017.
After just several songs released as singles and E.P.’s the band’s rise has been quite rapid since 2014. Gaining notable support from the media and fans alike, as well as Radio DJ’s Nick Grimshaw, Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and Steve Lamacq.
The band play an Indie/Alternative Rock power sound which is very accomplished from such a young band. The songs “Ultraviolet” and “In My Mind” showcase the band brilliantly. The Amazons are here and the world needs to take notice. Apparently the aim of Matt is to headline Reading Festival, I think there is much more that can be attained from this great, promising quartet!
Check out these links to find more performances and songs from Reading foursome The Amazons! –
STEEL BLOSSOMS –
Country-Folk duo Sara Zebley and Hayley Prosser moved from their hometown in Pittsburgh, USA to Nashville to pursue their dream. Steel Blossoms the band was created in 2014 after the pair met at a local festival in 2008, after multiple performances every week they created a large fan base all over Western Pennsylvania. Nasville beckoned in the background and the move was hard but the girls haven’t looked back and still have their Pittsburgh roots and personalities intact.
The girls play full time every week around Nashville, and their closeness to their fans is paramount to their success. They give a personal touch to their fans, sometimes playing “house concerts” to families they have met, they joke and share stories with their fans at concerts and seem to be just down to earth, genuine girls who like to spread a little happiness and positivity around. That’s never a bad thing and more bands should take a note or two from these girls!
Their debut six track E.P. “Year Number One” was released in 2015 and was entirely funded by fan pre-orders such is their growing reputation. The band have just released their debut album, “Country Enough” on the basis of songs like “I’m Still Me, You’re Still Me” “Love, Love, love” which I really like I am sure they will be giving the likes of Taylor Swift and other Country legends a run for their money in the years to come.
The songs are pure with beautiful harmonies and superb musicianship on fiddle or guitars. There are quite a few live cover versions the girls have put on YouTube, check them out especially the Taylor Swift cover “Blank Space” and Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go”. Very talented ladies and charming personas who will shine brightly in the home of Country and beyond.
Check out these links to find more performances and songs from charming country duo Steel Blossoms! –
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