Thomas Ashby – Eat My Heart/Little Us E.P

For every artist in the top 40, maybe even the top 100, there are a thousand artists waiting to impress us. My maths is shaky, so don’t quote those stats, but my ears I’m pretty sure are doing ok. Thomas Ashby with his latest E.P Eat My Heart/Little Us is one of the things making giving them smiles.

Thomas Ashby, Eat My Heart, Little Us, Music, Acoustic, KentThomas Ashby is my one to watch this year, and recently featured in the themusicbit.co.uk’s Welcome To 2015 series. Eat My Heart/Little Us is quite delightful, delivered by acoustic guitars, piano, bass drum and even the occasional banjo or xylophone. All of these are played by Thomas and they help Thomas Ashby to tell stories in a touching, heart-warming and intelligent way.

It all starts with Eat My Heart. Lively and warm, Eat My Heart carries you with it as it persuades your feet to stamp. Joined by an instantly memorable chorus, a well-placed breakdown keeps Eat My Heart alive in your ears as even a little banjo creeps in. Little Us changes this energy with a tender subdued opening. Gradually it grows and expands as a story grows – hitting you right in that warm thing next to your lungs. At it’s end it’s a lively and warm beast (like a squirrel?), but still with that same tenderness. Aptly, Bittersweet End closes the E.P, told via a simple acoustic guitar. Bittersweet End showcases how Thomas can re-tell our world, elements reflecting it as it is but also making it sound finer.

Thomas Ashby isn’t reinventing the wheel here. However the place it takes you to and the road you travel on make this E.P an ideal travel companion. This three track E.P, released at the close of 2014, cries out for a full live performance and sharing with an audience.

8 / 10

David Horn

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Melic – An Hour to Anywhere

Melic create versatile, talented and creative rock music with pop hooks and an uplifting spirit.  This was written for GIGgle Pics.

Variety is the spice of life they say.  Probably because much like a curry plenty of variety will leave you with a big smile, a red face, streaming eyes and a runny nose; but all in a good way except maybe that last one.  With this in mind I hope your ears enjoy a good musical curry because Melic certainly give you plenty of sound spices.  Melic, on Beatnik Geek Records, are here with their debut album An Hour to Anywhere.

Read the full review here.

The Pantomime Villains – Dreamland

Dreamland  is an infectious and energised slice of indie from the Margate band The Pantomime Villians.

The Pantomime Villains have created an E.P which if anything is too short, although a psychiatrist might have something to say about the band’s attitude to relationships.  Even still if indie is your thing, this won’t fail to do nice things to your insides.

Click here to read the full piece.

David Horn

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The Pantomime Villians – Dreamland

Go-Zilla – Self Titled

Robot dinosaurs.  They’re great; arguably they should be the mark of quality for any good album.  This bodes well for Go-Zilla.  Their debut album not only has a robot dinosaur on the front but eleven diverse and brain hijacking tracks. Having played established venues such as the Tonbridge Wells Forum interest around Go-Zilla is starting to swarm like … people running from a robot dinosaur.

Go-Zilla introduce themselves with an ominous and pounding instrumental opening.  This reveals Go-Zilla’s inspired fusion of  drums and guitars alongside synths and electronic vibes.  Following straight out of this audio entrance music is the first contender, Camden Queen.  Camden Queen maintains the same level of energy and intensity as it storms out your speakers and down your brain holes.  Camden Queen starts off with an aggressive riff and urgent drumming before descending into driving synths.  Go-Zilla blur the lines between these two worlds skillfully as Camden Queen ends in a flurry of charged synth lines and guitars.

Go-Zilla, Self Titled

Vocals provide complete the tri-force of elements that make Go-Zilla’s sound so compelling.  They switch from melodic deliveries to rapping and spoken word with ease and even encompass female vocalists.  This creative approach to vocals is shown in Our Tomorrow. A triumphant and determined track, Our Tomorrow gives a platform for nearly all of the above complete with fitting moments of vocal production.  Chasing Shadows is another example of Go-Zilla’s vocal talents.  A moody electronic opening becomes a striking and brain hooking synth line.  Reflective and melodic vocals share the story with spoken word to help create a soulful and captivating track.  They give life to honest lyrics which are easy to relate to, something true across the album.

Go-Zilla cover a range of moods across the album, covering tracks such as the somber sounds of the stripped back Don’t Wait For Me to the demanding nature of Throwdown.  Throwdown features dominant guitars and synths that will make you bristle with energy, and think of pirates (you don’t believe me now I know but wait til it hits your ears).  This dominant nature peaks with tracks such as Get On The Dancefloor.  A statement of Go-Zilla’s live intent Get On The Dancefloor is laced with energy and intention.  The formula is completed by a direct and infectious chorus.

Go-Zilla Live

A strong album throughout, Go-Zilla have created some tracks that shine brighter than most.  The first of these is Keep Breathing.  Keep Breathing is a stripped back and bare track that shows Go-Zilla using guitars and synths in a more subdued and thoughtful way.  The second is the albums closer Wolfpack.  From the first second this is the sonic fusion at its best.  Wolfpack begins with a floor filling EDM influenced synth line which hijacks your ears instantly before entering the dubby and driving chorus.  The vocals are again diverse as a distinctive female vocal turns into melodic and spoken word deliveries.

This is a highly accomplished album using the combination of sounds to explore a variety of soundscapes.  A strong live band, Go-Zilla are a band you should experience .  A creative and versatile album Self Titled is entirely free.  Get it.  Find links to the album below alongside related posts and a video at the bottom of the page.

Go-Zilla on Facebook / Album Download

Live Photography from GIGgle Pics

David Horn

Track Listing:

  1. Go-Zilla (Intro)
  2. Camden Queen
  3. Our Tomorrow
  4. Get On The Dancefloor
  5. Throwdown
  6. Chasing Shadows
  7. What Would You Give
  8. Don’t Wait For Me
  9. Keep Breathing
  10. The Rise
  11. Wolfpack

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Wheres Billy Win The Vote To Open For OPM

Wheres Billy have topped a poll of 33 bands to win the chance to open for OPM on their Kent tour date in March.  Wheres Bill fought of competition from a sea of other talented Kent acts and even beat Rhianna, Justin Bieber and Slayer to the top.

Wheres Billy finished on a total of 1037 votes, followed by After the Enclave on 780 votes and Stone Kings with 280 votes.  Wheres Billy join Riskee and the Ridicule and Third Place Victory in support of OPM, brought to Kent by Below The Radar Events and Promotions.  The event itself will be on the 27th of May at Canterbury’s Beer Cart Arms and will make up OPM’s only Kent date.

Scroll down for links to free music from the bands playing on OPM’s Kent date.

Find Wheres Billy on Facebook.

See event details here.

David Horn

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Free Download: Wheres Billy – Anxiety

Free Download: Riskee and the Ridicule – King of the Dole

Free Download: Third Place Victory – Against Me

25/03/2013: Coco and the Butterfields – Low/Encore

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Fip Fok.  A genre you might not be aware of but one you need to wrap your ears around quick.  Coco and the Butterfields are the Canterbury based band that created this genre, and as well as having a live E.P available they’ve just launched their shiny new website.

Available from the site are three free downloads.  This weeks free download is the first of these, a fusion of Flo Rida’s Low and Jay Z’s Encore, brought together by Coco and the Butterfields’ unque sound.  Sailing in on a violin Low/Encore anchors in your head instantly.  Driven by a double bass, guitar and bango Coco and the Butterfields even have a beat boxer.  A genius combination already; the rapping completes this fast paced and joyful mash-up of Low/Encore alongside the inventive beat boxing.  You won’t have heard anything like this anywhere else today.

Your ears need this inside them.  Get your free download of Low/Encore by Coco and the Butterfields here.  Also find a cover of Just a Dream by Nelly and Feeling Good by Nina Simone.  They’re only available for a limited time however so get them quick.

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