First single ‘Breakdown’ released August 18th, followed by ‘No Shelter’ September 27th
Album ‘Saltwater’ released October 18th
Bristol based, the John Fairhurst Band are a newly formed trio fronted by their eponymous songwriter. Drawing from Rock, blues and world music, with a penchant for slide guitar and a distinctive deep growling voice, his songs, delivered in pure raconteur style, narrate all the hardships of life on the road
For the first time, John Fairhurst will be releasing his new album – and the preceding singles – accompanied by a powerhouse rhythm section of Bristols young guns: Toby Murray & Pete Episcopo.
For a taste of their sound, check out this video for ‘Breakdown’:
The new releases is a turning point in the career of John Fairhurst, marking the shift from solo artist and duo member to power rock blues trio. In the course of his career so far, he has spent the last decade travelling the world and supported the likes of Fun Lovin’ Criminals, performed with world beatbox champions Bellatrix and Reeps1 and the late, great, blues legend Johnny Winter. He includes Winter among his fans, as well as Robbie Macintosh of The Pretenders and Indian Sarod Master, K Sridhar– just a small indication of the quality of his live show.
The new material is the fruit of first class production: Alex Beitzke (Jamiroquai, Florence and The Machine, Nigel Kennedy, Ed Sheeran, Prince) , Paul Cartledge (Tony Visconti) and mastering engineer Ray Staff (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, The Clash).
This fantastic pedigree of collaborators is the result of a prolific approach to gigging, playing between 200-250 gigs a year between 2011 and 2014. Highlights include taking to the stage at SXSW in Austin, Texas, playing the Roundhouse in London and opening for Johnny Winter on his European Tour. That’s not to mention countless festival appearances and 35 gigs at Glastonbury alone since 2008, including a performance this year on The Glade Stage.
All highly impressive for a career that he “fell into” almost by chance. Taking a tumble down an unmarked manhole while labouring on a building site, Fairhurst had little mobility for a year following a serious knee injury. He used some of the money from the accident compensation to immediately buy a National Resonator guitar, playing it incessantly for the year he was bed bound, truly feeling the blues. It’s during this year that he really developed virtuoso finger-picking techniques and found the sound which carried him across four continents.
‘The Same Sky’ EP and ‘The Drink Talking’ single both released 29th September
Born in London and living in Hertfordshire, Lauren Rich is a singer-songwriter who certainly knows how to weave her distinctive voice around an effective acoustic chord pattern. With a taste for harmony and autobiographical lyrics that mean her songs border on country, Lauren is an artist with a bright future.
The next step in her musical career will see Lauren run a simultaneous release, with single ‘The Drink Talking’ taken from EP ‘The Same Sky’. Recorded with engineer Alan Emptage (Skunk Anansie, Arcade Fire, London Grammar, Adam Ant, Boy George) at OneLouder Studios, the single was written with a hangover when Lauren realised she sent a drunken text to a guy the night before: https://soundcloud.com/laurenrichmusic/the-drink-talking
Impressively, the full EP was recorded around spells in hospital where Lauren was recently diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. However, she made it a point of pride to continue with her work, not wanting to let people down seeing as the EP was paid for by her fans, who supported her through a successful crowd funding campaign.
It’s little wonder that she is turning so many heads. Having performed at prestigious London venues such as Proud in Camden and The Water Rats in Kings Cross, not to mention playing live during radio interviews with BBC London and BBC Three Counties, her knack for catchy, acoustic melodies is clearly catching on.
In the meantime, ‘The Same Sky’ EP and ‘The Drink Talking’ single are both released 29th September.
Track ‘Whatever It Is’ taken from debut album ‘Come Out To Play’
Based in Aberdeen and with classic 70s/80s rock influences such as Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Van Halen, AC/DC and Bon Jovi, Estrella are an energetic rock four piece who are planning a busy 2014/2015. Touring Europe later in the year with ex-Guns N Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, the band are gearing up to hitting the road in October with a single release that throws back to their debut album – initially released in 2012.
With a second album due in May 2015 and singles from it on the way later this year and early next, Estrella aim to set the scene with ‘Whatever It Is’ – an impactful, guitar laden screamer of a track about fulfilling what you set out to achieve, born out of the band’s desire to do nothing else but make music their career.
You can hear the track here which is released October 13th:
The band – a trio of brothers Paul Gunn (Frontman), Luke Gunn (Lead Guitarist) and Nathan Gunn (Bass) plus Leo McPherson (Drummer) – already have a storied career in music behind them having toured Europe with American rocker and UK chart topper Robin Beck. And it’s a mark of their growing stature that they have been selected to tour with Gilby Clarke this November.
It’s all thanks to a reputation for putting on an excellent live show, a buzzing, crackling gig that plays on a fictional ‘sibling rivalry’ between the three brothers and creates a tension which is only released by the heaviness of the music.
They combine this bristling live show with an ultra-professional approach to capturing that energy in their studio recordings, working with some top industry names in order to realise their ambitions. Their debut album ‘Come Out to Play’ was co-written and produced by John T Sinclair (ex-keyboard player for Uriah Heep, The Cult and the Ozzy Osbourne band). It was engineered by Ashley Howe (Queen, Led Zeppelin) and mastered by Grammy award winning Richard Dodds (Uriah Heep, FreddieMercury, Green Day).
Their new album – due May 2015 – will be overseen by producer Nick Brine (The Darkness, Bruce Springsteen, Thunder, Oasis) and will also see pre-production and mastering duties taken up by Pete Shoulder (The Union), Luke Morley (Thunder, The Union) and Pete Mayer (Rolling Stones, U2, Killers, Jack White, Katy Perry, The Killers). High calibre names who are extremely picky about who they work with.
It’s an approach which has won Estrella many fans, including Classic Rock Magazine and XFM presenters including Tom Russell and noted music tastemaker Jim Gellatly. And with the European tour, three singles and an album due by May next year, you’ll be hearing plenty more of them.
Röyksopp & Robyn’s ‘Do It Again’ has become one of this Summer’s most talked about records and live shows, garnering worldwide critical praise, a sold-out tour and chart success.
As Röyksopp & Robyn come to the end of their DIA tour they bid farewell in a fantastic fashion, with the release of their final video – the epic 10-minute long track ‘Monument’, which is the inspiring mini-album opener.
Director Max Vitali created a weightless and timeless space by shooting on a wire-based camera, drawing the viewer in on a journey of self discovery which is a central theme throughout the song.
“The video is about exploring the space around you and in you and finding your own space within it all. Half real, half fantasy. The way I see film is as a hybrid of technology and emotions, and hopefully there’s an artistic vision there as well. In a way that is what Röyksopp & Robyn also do, they merge something real with something computer-generated to create bigger landscapes than possible without the help of technology.”(Max Vitali)
“The video for ‘Monument’ is a kind of inner journey which I think is also what the music is about. Like space in time and physicality and your own experience of your body.”(Robyn)
“There is light and darkness colliding and it’s all being served on a lit-up platter to encapsulate this ceremony we are partaking in. It has been influenced by the iconic imagery in 70’s sci-fi comics that we grew up with.”(Svein Berge)
Röyksopp and Robyn’s ‘Do It Again’ mini-album hit #1 on the iTunes Electronic chart in over 10 countries including the UK, US, Germany, Sweden, Holland, Canada and Japan and entered the Top 10 on the iTunes Album chart in over 10 countries including the US, Australia and France with a #1 chart position in Sweden. ‘Do It Again’ entered the Official UK Album Chart mid-week at #8.The ‘Do It Again’ mini-album serves as an introduction to the new Röyksopp album, details of which will be announced soon.
The Franks are Jon, Kaleb and Tane. A Gritty Pop Soul Trio fresh out of London who released their debut single, Lies on 12th March 2012.
The Franks have been broadcast by Alex Lester of Radio 2 on 13th March 2012 and have received Regional airplay at Lionheart Radio FM Newcastle, Saint Fm in Essex and Alan Robson’s Night Owl’s Programme on Metro Radio to date.
The Franks have had a great deal of online activity. Links and articles will be pasted below along with Comment, Quotes from National and Regional Producers and Programmers as below*
The Franks BACKGROUND
Jon, Kaleb and Tane had been performing individually for several years as musicians. Jon played the piano, Kaleb the guitar and Tane the Drums. Their union was a little unexpected as they were all from very different parts of the globe. Jon was from Essex, Kaleb was from Newcastle and Tane from New Zealand. However, their passion for Gospel, Soul and Motown music brought them together.
Kaleb, Jon and Tane found that when they just sang together they were creating a big Soul sound. They each went on to front a track with the other two singers echoing sections, splitting the songs into three part harmonies.
They developed their contemporary, vibrant, commercial music, keeping the influence of 60s soul. Their sounds are reminiscent of The Four Seasons, The Four Tops along with the Pop Soul grooves of Duffy and Winehouse.
“Lies” is a hard-hitting pop soul track. It’s catchy and fronted by Kaleb who has the gritty soul voice. The echoes are harmonised by Jon and Tane. The song reveals the anger Kaleb is facing towards his ex-girlfriend. It tells the story of how she has had a hold over him and how the past relationship wasn’t real. It also reveals the emotion and passion he still feels for her.
In 2014 a second single and album ‘Love Drunk Soul’ will be released via #FTMusicBook. The band have already built a strong live fan base playing regular gigs at venues including, Ronnie Scotts, Floriditas, Café De Paris and Madame JoJos.
They are thrilled to be releasing their tracks via Freethemusicbook.com and will keep you posted via ‘The Book Review’ on their page of forthcoming news on the bands progress.
Quotes to date:
The Franks “LIES” – NATIONAL AND REGIONAL RADIO COMMENTS : Alex Lester – RADIO 2- Lies has received airplay.
MALCOLM PRINCE, Executive Producer – Graham Norton & Paul O’Grady Radio 2 “Lies is a good upbeat track. I have no problems with the production. It will be up for consideration on our playlist.”
Mark Plant, Producer DRIVETIME Radio 2 – “The track is a really strong song. I can very easily hear the song on the Radio 2 playlist.”
RADIO 2 – Broadcast assistant Joe Haddow – ‘I like the feel of this track…it’s fresh and soulful and has a really good rhythm. The chorus is quite instant and becomes catchy after a couple of listens. The lead vocal is really interesting – I think it works though, not too gruff, just the right side. It compliments the brass really well…and the harmonies at the end soften the blow too. It stands out from other singers at the moment and harks back to some of James Brown’s earlier efforts. I can see Radio 2 playing this – certainly spot plays, but perhaps a cheeky c-list too. I think it would work well on certain shows across the board’
Maxximum FM – “I’m going to fit this in to one of our shows”
Music Scheduler/Playlist Manager Saint FM – “’Lies’ has been aired on two Saint FM shows, Midnight Café & Local Talent. It will go out again on the Local Talent show on Monday between 7-9pm. We think it’s a fabulous record.”
BBC Radio Wales – “Good track. I’ll take it in to the next Playlist meeting.” – Music Scheduler/Playlist Manager
Smooth Radio – “ I would consider putting them on as the opening act on one of our ‘Love Music Live’ shows.” – Head Of Presentation, Smooth Radio Network
Metro Radio – “I have played this, more plays to come.” – Alan Robson, Night Owls Show
Smooth Radio Network – “Love the track, very Northern Soul-esque. Smooth is definitely a station that can play this band.” – Head Of Presentation, Smooth Radio Network
Live Session with Robert Elms, BBC Radio London 94.9 – March 28th 2012
Robert Elms and his producer Graham love the track “Lies” and have played it numerous times on BBC London and gave The Franks the opportunity to sing live and have an interview… Click on the link and go to 2:33.40