Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Shambolic

Artist: Shambolic

Album: World Torn Apart 

Release date: 

8/10

This is Shambolic's first studio album the band  formed in the mid 1990’s in the north of England out of the ashes of various post punk guitar bands.


The line up has remained unchanged since then: Jonathan Wakefield – Guitar, Pete Dukes – Bass & Vocals, Matt Washington – Drums, Richard Heeley – Vocals & Guitar.

The band's mission statement is to serve up barbed slices of angry rock and roll that reflect the troubled times we live in. Shambolic achieve this aim, serving up heady slices of grungy rock and roll with an underpinning of attitude and a touch of Nirvana drama. All the tracks on this album have a raw energy and yes I found the sound sexy, even though the band might not have intended it that way. This is an album to blast the snowflakes out of the water and a much needed return to Rock and Roll with attitude. Richard Heeley's lead vocals have a feel of David Graham of Depeche Mode on a day fraught with attitude. Stand out tracks: 'Girl on Drugs' a track with a catchy head shaking riff and 'Summertime' a 'Clash' style track for the summer months 

I enjoyed this album partly as it reminded me of the nineties and partly as it's sound comes from a real and uncompromising place. 




Steve Hewitt


Artist: Steve Hewitt

Album: Bigger than Words

Release Date: 3rd June 2019

Label: Engineer Records 

7/10

This new album from Kent songwriter Steve Hewitt could be perfect for anyone out there suffering after a broken relationship. 'Bigger than words'  mixes acoustic. rock country, pop blues, and folk music and each track is about different aspects of emotional pain and offers advice on how to repair that sadness and recover from the past. The album could almost be defined as 'Easy Listening' in the vein of James Morrison. It is a rare and pleasant experience for me as a reviewer to hear a man singing about the emotions that life has thrown at him in a sensitive and thoughtful way. 

'Mind off of you' has a live acoustic feel and a country storytelling aspect. All good music should be about storytelling and a desire to connect your own personal story with the listener and Steve Hewitt certainly has that desire. There is a sincerity in his delivery of the songs. 


'Fix Me' has a pure sound and once again recreates that live gig intimate setting. 'Holding me back' is the reflection of a broken relationship and the need to move away from clinging partners. 



This is a great album for anyone wishing for a mellow healing sound.




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