Friday, 18 February 2011

The Brit's 2011

"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."

Thank you Walter, Now I'm not saying that anyone ever doubted or said that Laura Marling couldn't do it but I like the thought of causing possible controversy straight off the bat. All I can say is "About Bloody Time" I'll leave it there, Congrats Laura its well deserved! Laura was presented with her award by The Great Boy George who was clearly surprised saying "WOW" before announcing the win. It's refreshing to see someone win for creating good honest no thrills or gimmicks music, very rare these days. Not a leotard in sight! Other artists nominated in the category of Best British Female Solo Artist were - Cheryl Cole, Ellie Goulding, Paloma Faith and Rumer.

Tinie Tempah (pictured above) missed out to Plan B for the Best British Male Solo Artist award, but this didn't dampen his spirits as he went on to take Best British Breakthrough Act and Best British Single, beating - Ellie Goulding, Mumford & Sons, The XX and Rumer.

Best British Group was taken home by Take That, why Robbie entered the stage at a different entrance god only knows. Did the Shabba shouting piss anyone else off? What a K**B. Take that beat the likes of - Biffy Clyro, Gorillaz, Mumford & Sons and The XX, proving to dad's all over the world that there's still time to stick it to da kids.

The folk 4 piece Mumford and Son's beat the likes of Plan B, Take That, The XX and Tinie Tempah to win the MasterCard British Album of the Year award.

International Male Solo Artist was captured by Cee Lo Green beating Bruce Springsteen, David Guetta, Eminem and Kanye West.

The Beautiful Barbadian Rihanna hip charged the likes of Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue and Robyn out of the competition to win Best International Female Solo Artist.

The Highly touted Justin Bieber beat Bruno Mars, The Cast of Glee, The National and The Temper Trap winning the International Breakthrough Act.

Both International Group and International Album were rightfully taken by Arcade Fire coming up trumps against the likes of Kings Of Leon, Vampire Weekend and Eminem.

The Critics Choice award went to a very deserved Jessie J. And Finally, Best British Producer went to Markus Dravs.

I shall leave you now with a link to my favourite Laura Marling song "Ghosts" enjoy!

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Funeral Party

I believe its called a wake!

Funeral Party, a working class five-piece Punk Rock band formed park side in East Los Angeles. The band consist of 4 members Chad Elliott (Vocals and Keyboards), James Torres (Guitar), Kimo Kauhola (Bass) and Tim Madrid (Keyboard and Percussion).

Photo By Jeremy Adams
Funeral Party's sound can be likened to bands such as At the drive in, Mars Volta and the UK's very own Dananananaykroyd. What's great about this band and what also sets them apart from the competition is the spirit and energy of a group of working class kids borrowing guitars and making it up as they go along, very refreshing. You've only got to look at the way they play their instruments in live performances to see how passionate they are about the end product. They have the potential to tap into many sub-genres with their sound, look and energy. With many American bands at the moment floating over to our waters to find recognition Funeral Party have the potential to go home with a whole island of fans.

Lars Stalfors (engineer for Mars Volta) invited the band to record in Volta’s studio, From this chance meeting came a song called "Chalice" which destroyed ear drums in East L.A's underground youth scene. The Volta influences are clearly imprinted on Party's sound and the boys have many years ahead of them to perfect that new age slightly more comercial (loved by All) "At The Drive In" Sound.

Sorry had to add yet another picture, Loving Jeremy Adams photography.
If you like what you hear then check out the attached Youtube footage.

(Thanks as always to Youtube and Myspace)

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

The Joy Formidable

I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy deep in my heart,

The Joy Formidable, a three piece rock band from North Wales. The Formidable ones currently reside in London, Engerland. Members of the band include Ritzy Bryan (lead vocals, guitar) Rizzo to her nearest and dearest friends, Rhydian Dafydd (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Matt Thomas (drums, percussion).

Rizzo and Rhydian played together in various bands such as "Tricky Nixon" and "Sidecar Kisses", before destiny led them back to Mold....."Pause (Apparently Mold is a place in Wales) Continue" form The Joy Formidable. Their music has been described by world acclaimed best blogger types as Epic, charming rock, Arcade Fire esc with a hint of possibly Metric or the subways, mainly because both bands have blonde bob cut women in them, not unlike The Joy.

"The Big Roar" is on sale right now, Right Now! Get it!
The Big Roar Ultimate Fan Limited Edition Boxset consisting of - The Big Roar album, bonus CD "It's Just A World Apart" with six extra tracks, two DVDs, including their entire live set in May 2010 at the Mercury Lounge, music videos, commentaries, and behind-the-scenes, a signed authenticity certificate and an exclusive enamel badge. If all that wasn't enough the first 300 copies also get a piece of Ritzy's smashed guitar. Sadly the aforementioned is now sold out, Pissed off? Me too!

Lucky Bastards!!!

If you like what you hear then check out the bands official website and the video links below.

(Thanks as always too Wikipedia and Youtube)