The completely unrelated Williams, Hayley and Ben, have already made a name for themselves on the Manchester acoustic scene, with Haylet’s thrilling, gossamer vocals marrying perfectly with Ben’s cultured guitar playing and harmonies. Having forged individually hugely successful solo careers, they found themselves as tutors to each other – Hayley guiding Ben through singing lessons; Ben teaching Hayley guitar. The common ground they found is Son of William, the sum of its constituent parts and a whole lot more.
Ben Williams’ previous musical life saw him wielding his guitar, sharing stages with the likes of Simply Red and Chic, whilst also receiving plaudits from Grammy Award-winning producer (Coldplay) Ken Nelson and go-to drummer, Steve White (The Who; Paul Weller). Hayley has forged her own path to success, achieving platinum sales in both Sweden and Norway. Their chance meeting when exchanging their respective musical skills swiftly lead to writing together and the formation of Son of William, giving them the opportunity to develop their passion for folk music, using sparse instrumentation and the Simon and Garfunkel-esque symbiosis of their harmonies to bring an authentic but entirely modern approach to the genre.
Son of William will be launching their EP at Manchester’s Whiskey Jar on the 27th June, entirely appropriately given their reputation on the city’s acoustic scene. Like Civil Wars before them, Son of William have taken the age-old tenets of the art of song-writing and stripped it bare, leaving nothing but the beauty of the music to shine through and enchant audiences.
Newly released this week, the first single from Donegan, a two-piece family band featuring Thomas and Emmett, whose “Reminisce” reflects a project that extends back a full twenty years from its inception.
Pulled from their forthcoming debut album, described as a concept album about love (though that would cover quite a few albums we reckon!), it’s the kind of slightly dreamy, indie-pop which flourished in the 1990’s. There’s certainly something quite endearing about the Casio-esque synth sound, whilst the chorus has the nagging, earworm quality that all effective pop songs should have. Have a listen here:
Bavarian-born and resident in both the US and UK, Cholesterol Jones, debuts his new single ‘Satan’s in Heaven’.
The single has an unusual video to accompany it. All animated, it’s sure to catch viewers attention.
The video tells a story of Trump and the election – heaven is America and Satan is Trump, on the off-chance you didn’t quite get it!
If you’re into gospel/country music then this song is definitely for you, though this only tells half the story, as the rest of the EP see’s him playing everything from pop to indie-rock. You can have a good old sing-a-long either way.
You can watch the video below:
Once you start watching it, it becomes disturbingly addictive. We dare you to tear yourself away!
You can catch Jones on social media below:
Adam Lanceley, someone living life to the fullest.
He was told all of his life, that he may not survive, walk or live life the same way ever again. At the age of 10, he was involved in a car crash, that caused serious brain and spinal injury.
Adams Mother and Father were told that firstly, he would not survive, however he did, but being warned that he may never walk again, he took that as a challenge.
Now successfully completing Marathons, Adams latest venture is a visit down the musical path, with the release of ‘A Film We All Saw’.
This soft rock pop track is a fun, charismatic tune that will have any listeners singing along, tapping there foot to the great song from the aspiring musician.
Be sure to check it out:
Clem Darling is the musical mind of Tuffet Bunnies and he writes charming, folk-pop songs with an easy listening quality to them.
‘Love Songs for Scarlett’ is a collection of four songs written in dedication to Darling’s girlfriend which (surprisingly) address the joyous feeling of being completely in love with someone.
Whilst Darling’s songs are simple, this is what makes him special as an artist. The strummed guitars in ‘Everything’ are uncomplicated and are joined by a wandering violin lead, yet they allow the honest and sincere lyrics of Darling to take centre stage.
Darling says that the tracks on the EP sound like ‘they’ve been written by a bunch of gypsies that popped out of the back of a caravan’ which is an intriguing observation that only makes you want to listen to it more!
If you appreciate folk songs driven by simplicity and authenticity, then you should definitely check out the music of Tuffet Bunnies.
Featuring perfect blends of bass, drums and jazzy guitar melodies, Young has created a real crowd pleasing track. Young’s effortless style draws on fusion players such as John Scofield but also more contemporary bands like Troika. This interesting mix has meant that Jamie Cullum has reccomended him as gig of the week on several occasions.
Young has remained witty and down to earth despite the hype surrounding his music. He is also calm with regards to the possible confusion surrounding his name which he shares one of the most famous songwriters of the last 50 years.
His success has been world wide, which has allowed him to play gigs globally from the UK to South America.
Now focusing on his UK fan base Young has many upcoming gigs in support of his new material:
Wednesday 20th July- The Blue Piano, Birmingham
Saturday 30thJuly – Cloudspotting Festival, Gisburn
Thursday 11th August – Matt and Phreds, Manchester
Friday 26th August – The Venue, Colne (Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival)
Friday 23rd September – Priory Hall, Lancaster
Travelling Man is a gorgeous guitar record that takes inspiration from rock artists as wide-ranging as Blur, The Kinks and Paul McCartney.
Velvety vocal harmonies and Gallagher-influenced guitar solos make for some solid rock ballads. The lyrics meanwhile are nostalgic and rich in feeling.
Highlights include the beautiful ‘Third Movement’ which deals with depression as a result of heartbreak and the comically spooky ‘Ghosthunter’ which has a semi-ska vibe to it. ‘Fever’ meanwhile is lively Britpop number revolving around mental illness and inspired by a time Nigel collapsed in his kitchen.
Overall, it’s a highly engaging listen and one of the most soulful modern indie rock albums you’re likely to hear for a while.