Oh what a week it has been, I mean, I’m assuming. It has been a week since the last one of these, that much is true. I’m not entirely sure what I’m going on about here. Moving swiftly on… Once more Tuesday sees the folks at Rormix have their say and there are some absolute gems in this week’s 5. So don’t forget, click on the images to watch the videos. You won’t be sorry;
The Xcerts – Shaking In The Water
The Xcerts are a three piece rock band originally formed in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 2001. They have released three studio albums, with their latest, There Is Only You (2014), peaking at #96 on the UK Albums Chart.
Last week they were featured in Kerrang! with a exclusive interview with Murray, the lead vocalist, about Valentine’s Day and ‘There Is Only You’.
There aren’t many tickets left for their show at the Mash House in Edinburgh on the 17th of April and Guildford, London, Aberdeen and Exeter are all selling quickly. So get your ticket quick!
Ayron Jones & The Way – My love Remains
Ayron Jones and The Way are a rock and roll band from Seattle, WA who fuse rock, pop, punk and soul into an urban rock sound. They’ve opened for B.B. King, Train, Michael Franti and are playing some of the bigger festivals in the USA.
Seattle guitarist and frontman Ayron Jones (Eh-Rahn), has become one of Seattle’s hottest up-and-comers with his brand of Seattle Rock. Jones has taken a hybrid style of guitar playing pioneered by Jimi Hendrix, in which the chord and solo are played at the same time, and infused the raw energy of punk with the inner-city attitude of Hip-Hop. The result is a soulful reincarnation of that iconic Seattle sound. Think, Stevie Ray Vaughan meets Nirvana.
Jack Robert Hardman – Nuclear Family
Jack writes and records his own unique brand of alternative pop from his ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ style home studio in Ascot. Flowing effortlessly between the intimate, the experimental, and the eccentric, his music is always catchy and always daring.
Once described as ’Something Syd Barrett might do in a dark room’ by a BBC panellist, his releases have picked up rave reviews and radio support from music scene luminaries like Huw Stephens (BBC RADIO 1), Dermot O’Leary (BBC RADIO 2), Tom Robinson (BBC 6MUSIC) and John Kennedy (XFM).
Kill It Kid – Blood Stop And Run
Kill It Kid draw on influences that range from Delta blues and ragtime to hard-hitting indie and classic rock, bluesy British post-grunge. This Americana outfit has been compared to bands like The White Stripes and My Morning Jacket.
Just 12 weeks after inception Kill It Kid hit Ryan Hadlock’s (The Gossip, Johnny Flynn) Seattle studio to lay down their début album – later critically appraised across the board (“An Outstanding British Record 9/10” Clash Magazine. XFM New Music Award finalists, alongside The XX & Florence).
Life on the road, coupled with a misguided ‘nu-folk’ tag, pushed the band towards a new, dirtier, blues inspired sound for the follow up album ‘Feet Fall Heavy’, recorded with producer Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Brett Anderson) it has been described as ‘raw, inelegant and untainted’.
SHEIKH – Fonda
SHEIKH is a collective formed in Bahrain. Mazen Almaskati (Vocals), Vish Mhatre (Drums), Rab Honar (Bass), Jad Habib (Guitar) & Josh Simcock (Synth, Vocals).
The formerly three piece were established after a series of chance meetings and introductions at house parties in and around London.
Their music has often been described as ‘guitar driven psych rock’ with a ‘pop’ influence.
Lovely sounds, eh?