26/02/2013: The Black Waterside – Ole Death!

Ole death, it reaches all of us sometime.  Which is why it’s important to fill the time between with fun happenings and lots of good music!  One song we recommend to keep your ears entertained is The Black Waterside’s newest track.  Ole Death! is another blusey monster from the band and yours to own for literally no more effort than some keyboard taping and a mouse click.

The Black Waterside once again use vocal samples to genius effect to enhance Ole Death! further.  As a thick southern drawl fades out the powerful voice of Adam Bray storm  in and fills Ole Death! with raw urgency.  Ole Death! soon finds its groove as creative drums add a new element to the track.  The feel of Ole Death grows and grows as the track continues, gaining a bigger and more accomplished sound as it goes on.  Adding to all of this is gritty and powerful guitar playing.

The Black Waterside

Get your free download of Ole Death! here!

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03/12/12: Live in the Living Room – Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Music is amazing.  Music with a purpose is even better.  That’s exactly what Live in the Living Room have produced.  With a host of Kent’s finest LTLR’s mastermind  James Vince has recorded this version to raise awareness of a very important cause.  The Meningitis Trust have been raising awareness about Meningitis for 25 years, and this follows an event earlier in the year also supporting the cause.

Down to the song.  Recorded by .. guess, go on – yep you got it, Dan Lucas of Anchor Baby Recordings it’s a faithful and strong version of the original showcasing the talent we have in Kent.  Opened by Alie Cotter of Blaise Paisel it even has extra flourishes of production, such as the vocals laid down by Ted Clark.  The Alex Beharrell Band play the backing track.  You can’t get anymore local than this and the level of quality shows how good our local scene is.  Get your copy here.

The video that accompanies the track was filmed by Colin O’Reilly from AMEBA.  Shot in the studio during the recording it shows the atmosphere of the session perfectly, showing the enjoyment and passion of those involved.  It even feature’s our own Mitch Emery singing and busting a move.

Here’s who is involved if you were wondering.  Alie Cotter from Blaise Paisel. Fred Clark. Alex Beharrell from The Alex Beharrell Band. Kerry-Lee Woollard from Sugar Skulls. Charlotte-Rose Ellis. Luke Pope from Small Crusades. Ted Clark and Connie Cummings from Brother Bare. Diane Dunn from The Oh Suzannahs. Vicky Barker. Mitch Emery. Jack Bowden.  Lota people!!

Loaded Pistolas – Underground

University; a fabled land of lie-ins, lazy days, 9p noodles and more time spent in the bar than a lawyer at a war crimes case. Apparently there’s also work involved but that’s just a rumour like the dustbin men.   Somewhere between all of this though three Kent University students have found the time to become a band.   Lonnie Storey, James Hogan and Adam Thompson have fought through the hangovers to create the Loaded Pistolas.  After recording with Dan Lucas they have a new track called Underground that you really do need in your life.

The indie vibes of Loaded Pistolas come through instantly.  A big and expansive riff floats across your mind lazily like an establishing shot of the desert in a Wild West movie.   Then the drums kick into life and transform the song entirely.  Underground takes on an energetic pace and a desperate energy as the track races through your brain.  The drums have an urgent feel to them, sounding tumultuous whilst the guitar riff morphs into something equally as urgent and expressive.  Together with the bass Underground has so much desperate energy you’ll start to look around.  You know, just to make sure nothing terrible is happening you should be avoiding.

The lyrics are a major factor in Loaded Pistola’s sonic adrenaline shot.  Starting off at a relaxed pace as Underground continues they become more and more determined. ‘You turn your back and they’re done for/It’s your dying day’.  This set’s the tone of Underground.  The story telling within the lyrics is also a major strength, something progressive and ambitious rather than circular and standard.  This is also aided by a solid chorus.

The Loaded Pistolas have created a track which can only be described as exciting.  A nearly four minute action movie, in sounds!  Check it out on their Facebook for free.

Loaded Pistolas on Facebook

David Horn

Track Listing:

  1. Underground

Blaise Paisel (Now Skies) – Magical

Let’s start off with a test, fill in the blank: It’s _____________.

a)      Raining sideways

b)      Magical, magical, magical

c)       Hurting my brain, who does a test?! I mean I chose to read this and you’re giving me a test?

If you picked C you’re very angry and should probably sit down with a cuppa for a few minutes.  If you picked A stop laying on the pavement in the rain, it always starts smelling bad.  If you picked B you’ve heard Blaise Paisel’s debut single and it’s repeating on loop in your head.

A live track, this has now been recorded into sonic velcro by Dan Lucas and sent out into the world.  Magical is built on a creative riff, strong bass line and delicate keys, joined by sincere and honest vocals.  Drums complete the wave of sound, and show Blaise Paisel’s sound at it’s most unique and undefinable.  This is the point where Magical will start to embed in your head.  A bit like crumbs in the butter it won’t leave easily either, but hopefully you don’t mind.

Magical shows Blaise Paisel’s ability to showcase all the elements of their sound.  Each instrument getting it’s moment to dominate your ears whilst also sounding genius together.  Magical also sees the strength of the vocals, working with the other sounds and holding the song together at some points.  The lyrics give the song a whole new level of infectiousness as a criminally hooky chorus temporarily replaces every word you ever learnt with ‘magical’.   Beyond the chorus however the lyrics tell a very honest story that everyone can identify with, laced with an edge of hope and self-reliance.

Just when you think it’s ending the band explodes in again.  Magical is a very strong and honest song showing a band at the peak of their powers, with more surprizes to come.   Check out gig guide to see the song live and to get a hold of it from Blaise Paisel face to face.

Blaise Paisel on Facebook

Review: What If It’s Too Late?

David Horn

Track Listing:

  1. Magical

Feature: Dan Lucas and Anchor Baby Recordings

The Mighty Boosh went all the way to the desert to the find the new sound.  Kent doesn’t have a lot of deserts (unless you’re reading this in the year 2100) but hidden away in the Garden of England is a place.  In this place not only will you find the new sound, but you’ll leave with the new sound sounding better than ‘want a cuppa?’  This place is called Anchor Baby Recordings.

Anchor Baby Recordings is the creation of Dan Lucas.  A musician and producer, he has connections running out throughout the music scene.  You could play the Seven Degrees of Separation game, it probably wouldn’t take seven degrees to link a band to Dan/Anchor Baby Recordings however.  Dan has a few musical skills (which helps with the general concept of being a musician).  He can sing, play piano, play drums, guitar and bass.  Not bad going, let’s be honest.  The musical call beckoned at the humble age of eight when he heard Pink Floyds ten minute epic Sheep, followed by Disintegration by The Cure.  Diverse from the beginning, it’ll come as no surprize that being a musician has helped Dan get around a bit.  He has toured with Unwed Sailor, an Oklahoma based instrumental band, and garage band The Higher State on their tour of Germany.

Maintaining this spirit of diversity Dan plays in three bands currently. I hope whoever first said men can’t multi-task is reading this.  If acoustic sounds are your thing then Dan’s band Tener Duende has you covered with alarmingly funky jazz and flamenco sounds.  If you want something a little louder however Jairus will send frantic energy towards like a sonic bulldozer. Dan has toured with Jairus in 26 countries! Fiery bluesy rock even comes into the picture via The Black Waterside.  Get your hands on a track for free right here.  Surely it’s only a matter of time before there’s a DJ/Rap project to complete the set.

So that’s Dan.  With all that variety it stands Anchor Baby Recordings in good stead.  Unsurprisingly with the amount of bands making up Dan’s musical history he’s been on the other side of a producer a few times.  The perfect environment for a love of producing to grow.  Like all the best this happened by basically pressing buttons to see what they did.  Having said this some respected engineers also imparted their wisdom.  Anchor Baby Recordings is armed with an 88 channel analogue desk as well as more musical equipment than Arcade Fire on tour.  Whilst a musician at his core Dan finds that ‘in the recording and production environment that I get to be extremely creative too’.

Enjoying sharing the experience of creating new music with the bands that go through Anchor Baby Recordings the list is building up.  The varied list includes fip fok band Coco and the Butterfields, rising indie band Chutes and grunge metallers Tortilla Army.  These are only three bands though; the list is longer than I know numbers for.  This says a bit about my maths skills but a lot about the reputation held by Anchor Baby Recordings.  Dan’s ambition for himself and Anchor Baby Recordings is to do what he does on a slightly grander scale, but just to keep working in and with bands.

With fifteen years of experience Dan at 29 years old has plenty more time to make an impact on music both locally and on a larger scale.  Not just a talented musician and engineer, he’ll give you tuition to.  Whether you want to learn the drums or how to produce sounds so good they actually sound shiny Dan has a service for you.  If you’re a band though thinking about where to record, Anchor Baby Recordings should definitely be on the list.

Dan Lucas/Anchor Baby Recordings on Facebook

Anchor Baby Recordings

Tener Duende on Facebook

Jairus on Facebook

The Black Waterside on Facebook

David Horn (not on facebook)