Sunday, 20 July 2014

Paper Days

'Four friends became family through music' - This quote from Paper Days Facebook page is so nice and exactly what music should be about - something that a lot of people forget.

Paper Days are a relatively new band from sunny California and are currently based in San Diego. They are an indie rock band and it is so easy to hear the influences of garage rock throughout. Although they do come from California, it would be completely silly to assume they are a sunny, beach band! Yes of course there are elements of this but you can tell their influences and that they are clearly willing to experiment with their sound. I would liken Paper Days to someone such as The 1975, as they are a similar type of band and similar sound.

My personal favourite track of their is Golden. I love the opening of the track and it is so easy to imagine this being played to a large audience, either an arena/stadium or festival. You can hear the talent these 4 guys have! The acoustic parts in this song are slightly unexpected but completely works and defiantly makes the chorus 'pop' more.

One thing I would say about their tracks is that there is quite a long intro to each. Although this defiantly gives you the chance to get a feel for what the track is going to be like, I would personally prefer it to be slightly shorter and get to the vocals quicker - I don't mean this in a bad way at all, just my opinion!

Paper Days are defiantly worth a listen and I can't wait to hear more from them. Click the links below to find out more about them and give them a listen!

Thank you to Paper Days for contacting me on Instagram too!

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Album Review: X - Ed Sheeran

After a long 2 years, Ed Sheeran has finally released his new album. With his first album '+' (pronounced plus) being so absolutely amazing and a hard thing to follow, I was anxious to see how 'x' (pronounced multiply) would bare up in comparison.

I needn't have worried and the 2 year wait can defiantly be forgiven! This album completely ups the ante from his debut album and every song synthesises the catchy qualities of 'The A Team' and 'Lego House'. It has potential number one singles left, right and centre and it is easy to imagine each and every track being played in an arena full of people. Ed Sheeran also does what a lot of male artist don't - have an endless bag of tricks. It is so rare that you will find a transition from a Justin Timberlake inspired dance track such as 'Sing' to 'Don't', a soul like hymn. You also have 'The Man' where it is more rap based. All of this is done without it feeling forced and you sort of come to expect it while listening to the album.

One thing I love about listening to any Ed Sheeran song/album is that none of the tracks sound over produced and have a simplicity about them. This is achieved through acoustic sounds and careful piano keys, but you still get the larger sounds in too. One of my favourite tracks from the album is 'I'm a mess'. This song is beautiful even with a couple of odd lines ("put your faith in my stomach"??) In An interview, Ed Said he wrote this in a low point in his life, but it isn't all about depressing thoughts at all and saying that he still believes in love. I mean everyone knows they are a mess sometimes and this track is perfect to commiserate to.

Ed's voice is simply incredible and the whole album is so well written and each song is brilliant - you will defiantly have this on repeat!

All I can say is - Ed Sheeran, keep doing what you do!

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Thursday, 10 July 2014


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Boyce Avenue

Boyce Avenue is one of my all time favourite bands and I personally love the fact that they do their own material along side doing covers of popular and classic songs. In case you haven't heard of them let me give you a quick lowdown. They are a Florida based band made up of three brothers Alejandro, Fabian, and Daniel Manzano. First formed in 2004 and then in 2007 they decided to share their amazing talent with the world by starting their YouTube channel, which now has over 5million subscribers.

Boyce Avenue has toured steadily and frequently since 2009 and have had both their own tours and as a support act, most have which been sold out, specially their European tour including sell outs at Shepherd's Bush Empire in London, the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. They were also the opening act for One Direction's "Up All Night Tour" in Great Britain & Ireland after been found by member Louis Tomlinson. This defiantly shows the talent this band has and also the dedication they have to playing live music.

They also have their own record label 3 Peace Records, which they now produce their own CD's with. This also shows how much the band want to be hands on with everything to do with their music, videos and websites.

Boyce Avenue are defiantly a band to listen to with their strong acoustic sound and slight rock edge, you can find something you like by them! Also, as they play their own instruments and write their own songs you defiantly have to give them a whole lot of credit for, especially with them having their own label too! I love the facts that each song they do a cover of they turn it on it's head completly and make it their own - so much so you actually think it's their own material

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This is one of my favourite covers Boyce Avenue have done - enjoy!

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

First post


Well this is my first blog post!
If you want to know anything about me, then click on the 'About' page at the top
Keep an eye out for my real first post on here soon!

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