After being involved in a horrific car crash during his childhood, Adam Lanceley was told he would not walk or talk again. However, he proved the Doctors wrong, showing unprecedented levels of grit and determination to make a full recovery and even run the London Marathon for the Brain and Spine Foundation. As well as this, Adam has forged himself a career in music, recording 5 albums and releasing the new EP, ‘Back To The Sunshine’ on 7th April.
At the time of his accident, not a lot of research had been done into the treatment of brain and spinal injuries, so Adam knows first-hand how traumatic the recovery process can be when the expertise is simply not available.
The Brain and Spine foundation was also in its formative stages when Adam sustained his injuries, but now he is donating all proceeds from sales of the EP to the charity. He says: ‘I know it is a charity well worth supporting so that the trauma is reduced for future sufferers and I am committed to trying to help as much as I can’.
With his new EP, Back To The Sunshine, Adam has been keen to experiment with new production methods and instrumentation whilst still maintaining his signature style. Whilst Adam has been compared to the likes of Lou Reed, Nick Cave and Johnny Cash, he takes inspiration from a wide range of artists including R.E.M, Roy Orbison and most significantly, The Beach Boys. As a result, Adam creates a genre-bending blend of music that evokes a definitive sunny, West Coast vibe.
On a songwriting level, a mix of factors help Adam form the ideas for his songs, but recently he has been looking to his past for inspiration. Locations from Adam’s childhood, in particular, have sparked ideas for him and he has turned these memories into introspective pieces of music that create a mystical grandeur of the power of reminiscing.
Paul Eccentric and John Dobinson are the minds behind the musical-steering wheel of The Senti-Mentals and they putting their stamp on the Christmas song marketplace with their cheeky festive number, ‘You Show Me Yours At Xmas’.
The pair have joined forces, creating a 50s style doo-wop duo with influences from ska and rock-pop too; it’s a potent combination.
‘You Show Me Yours At Xmas’ is intended to be an amusing Christmas party singalong based on “that one guy from accounts who assumes that every lady in the office wants to go home with him but he couldn’t be further from the truth.” The humorous track mixed by Pete Hammond was originally about the ridiculousness of the ‘chatting up’ process, but soon became an entirely different beast with a comedic edge.
Perhaps the best thing about the single from the Senti- Mentals is how they are diverging from the Christmas song cliche that we are so familiar with. Instead, with ‘You Show Me Yours At Xmas’, we are presented with an alternative that’s a little bit risque, but also hilarious (see the video) – what more could you want?
London based singer-songwriter, Adam Lanceley, is back with his latest rock- infused pop single, ‘Those Rose Tinted Days’.
Adam has proved himself to be an inspiration musician after suffering serious head injuries in a car crash at the age of just ten. Since then, he has proved his doubters wrong, re-learning to walk and talk, and releasing his latest track from his fifth album.
‘Those Rose Tinted Days’ is a reminiscent track that looks back gladly to another time, as suggested by the title. Adam’s signature, punchy vocals lead the track, but this time, they are accompanied by a bright, lilting guitar line that wanders off into the deep recesses of the mind where those fondest of memories are hiding. At times, the lightly overdriven guitar solos and licks even have a slightly bluesy feel to them, nodding towards the wide range of artists that Adam marks as his inspirations.
There is a distinctly summery feel to the track, a mainstay of a lot of Adam’s work, but ‘Those Rose Tinted Days’ evokes a warmth found only in the songs of acts such as The Beach Boys who are one of Adam’s primary influences.
When it comes to lyrical inspiration, Adam’s mantra ‘as long as it means something to you’ makes itself evident through contemplative topics and cryptic poetics.
‘Those Rose Tinted Days’ is taken from Adam’s latest album, Postcards From Then… , in which he exhibits more of his unique and often unconventional approaches to songwriting. Nonetheless, experimentalism should never be discouraged, so check out some more on Adam Lanceley here:
Portsmouth rock four-piece Free From Gravity gear up for the release of their upcoming EP with this new upbeat single ‘Dance With Me’.
The track sports a catchy chorus and some summery punky guitars. A music video is set to come out in June.
Stream the single here:
Playing a style of music they call ‘Kick Assed Chilled Out Rock’ (or Soft Rock With Attitude), the band have proved that they are just as capable at writing fun guitar anthems as they are writing emotional ballads, their last single ‘The Long Road’ inspired by frontman Vince’s mother and her battle with cancer.
In the last few months they have played several live venues including The Bedford Live in London, the Vikings Motorcycle Club Rally and the Centurion in Waterlooville. The band are set to play a number of festivals this year including Hoefest in Waterlooville, Gosport festival on July August 6th, Willow Festival in Dorset on September 18th, plus a load of other gigs in the pipeline.
Alongside these exciting live dates, Free From Gravity have also hinted that they will be playing several guerrilla gigs across the South Coast of England. The exact location of these guerrilla gigs will be kept a secret, the band announcing each one hour before on Facebook (so fans will need to keep a keen eye on their Facebook page!)
The band’s upcoming EP is set to include the singles ‘Dance With Me’, ‘Crazy Lady’, ‘Step Into The Sunlight’ and ‘Saints and Sinners’.
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A Milan five piece whose spontaneous approach to songwriting lends their heavy rock style a frenzied energy, Rockstar Frame are a band who are going places.
With a sound which follows naturally on from the likes of Guns ‘n’ Roses and Aerosmith, only with the powerful female vocals of Faith Blurry, they are already turning heads in their home country having won the national ‘Rock the Road Contest’. Competing against 70 hand-picked bands from across the country Rockstar Frame came out on top thanks to their killer songs and great live show.
Rockstar Frame have an origin story like no other. The band was started when founder Max was in a coma after falling from cliff. His family played him rock music while he was unconscious, and he woke with the belief that the music helped to bring him back – inspiring him to write his own.
From there, the band was formed, and has been growing ever since – only set to get even bigger with the arrival of the new album and the help of a growing fanbase.
Their new album, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Mafia’ drops on May 11th, and includes the single ‘She’s Hot’:
That fanbase will, in fact, have the opportunity to pick up a free copy of the new album. The album launch gig – date to be confirmed soon – will see 20 free CDs on offer for the first 20 who come dressed as an old school ‘gangster’ to join the Rock ‘n’ Roll Mafia and get into the spirit of the evening.
The show, like the album, is set to be a blinder. ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Mafia’ is released on May 11th.
- Single from debut album ‘Persistence’ out May 10th
- Raising money for Cancer Research UK through the ‘Make Chart History’ Campaign
Hard rock with an 80s twist inspired by the likes of Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Dokken and more, Wings of Pegasus are a rock band with a big sound and a fresh approach to the music industry. With new single ‘That’s Metal (To My Ears)’ due in May, the band are running a campaign called ‘Make Chart History’, aiming to take the independent release to the very top of the charts, all the while donating the proceeds to Cancer Research UK.
Hoping to whip up a groundswell of support, songwriter Fil Henley is working hard to spread the word on the campaign as well as the single itself – an independently produced homage to old 80’s bands with big hair and screeching guitar solos. Designed to encourage listeners to dust off the air guitar, it’s great fun and the most light hearted track on the ‘Persistence’ album, which is out now.
Produced in house by Henley, who taught himself the techniques to keep the band independent, the song is the perfect catalyst for the charity drive and ‘Make Chart History’ campaign to hang on. Key tastemakers Leona Graham of Absolute Radio and John Kennedy at XFM have already voiced their support for Wings of Pegasus’ music, and the band are working hard to continue getting the word out.
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Nestled in the heart of Soho, I found myself at a small club that seemed very reminiscent of a dive bar. Posters littered the wall and the floor was a bit…sticky. It was great. I had come to The Borderline for a chance to experience Cody Pennington in person. Once the lights dimmed, he stepped onto the stage wearing his normal snazzy getup composed of a waistcoat and tie, purple shoes, and slim fit jeans. He plugged in his acoustic and introduced himself, “Good evening everyone, I’m Cody Pennington, and I’ll be starting this show out tonight.”
He started the gig with two songs from his newest EP, “To Be Me”, I’m Afraid and About Love. Gently playing the opening riff to I’m Afraid, he slowly quieted the crowd to the point of hearing a pin drop. He created an intimate atmosphere that only an acoustic and vocalist could achieve. To which he followed-up with About Love. This track was a change of pace and got the crowd tapping their feet. Very somber lyrics hid behind this happy melody and it was true story-telling at its best.
Carrying on with the upbeat-ness, Cody introduced the next song as “one we would recognize.” The kick drum pounded, while he accented the down beat with a harmonic. I had no idea what this song was until he began singing. He started the first lines of the popular song Royals, and it instantly got my attention. He morphed this song into a spawn of Rock and Pop, building up the song and bringing down the house in the chorus.
Mr. Pennington continued with a few more covers of very noticeable songs, to include Your Love by The Outfield and I Can’t Make you Love Me by American singer, Bonnie Raitt. Both incredibly emotional performances that completely pushed Cody’s vocal range to the tip-top, and that is pretty far. My jaw nearly dropped at the note Cody went for (and GOT) in the second half of Your Love.
To close the show, Cody blew the crowd away with his version of Dirty Diana by the late/great Michael Jackson. This song kept me interested from beginning to end. The crowd shared the same sentiment as they erupted in applause after his final note. This song is actual planned to be released as a single along with a music video, so be sure to look for that.
Cody Pennington only took 30 minutes (albeit not the ENTIRE 30 minutes) to swing my judgment on whether or not I would like him. From a first-person perspective, I must say, I’m a fan.
Warners British Bublé to take UK by storm as BBC Radio 2 puts new single ‘Caught In The Moonlight’ on the B list.
Si Cranstoun was discovered busking on the streets of Cambridge, he was then picked up by a manager and later got signed to Warners. Since then he has gone on to support The Overtones on a nationwide tour.
With his music being compared with the likes of Jackie Wilson and Sam Cook, it looks like vintage is about to make a come back…