Sonically and lyrically the track is a pure adrenaline rush.
Having been supported by the likes of U2, Simple Minds and supported The Who, The White Stripes and Primal Scream it is obvious Alan Mair is a force to be reckoned with. His involvement with Scottish band The Beatstalkers was instrumental in their ascension to being Scotland’s first ever pop stars. Thankfully Alan has now finally released his own music.
‘A few weeks ago we found ourselves back in the neighbourhood at the Birds Nest. After a couple of beers Carl had the bright idea of conducting an informal survey in the pub asking, who was the greatest British Actor of the last 50 years? We were pleased and surprised that the most popular choice that evening was the king of market-stall and marshall arts – Jason Statham. Carl was intrigued but not completely convinced that this was a fair representation of the voice of the people and so conducted some further research in the area. In all, after getting over 350 responses, he found that Statham was more popular than Michael Caine , Sean Connery and Sir Laurence Olivier put together.’
The next step is to make sure Jason knows about the release and this is the challenge with his new movie ‘SPY’ on the horizon , it is now down to the Men with Ven to do all they can to set up a meeting with the movie icon, they have numerous plans in the pipeline from flashmobs to lookalikes but all the guys really want is the thumbs up from the man himself, they have therefore put together a tribute video with which they intend to reach out and attract his attention and from there who knows ! maybe even get him to appear in the real video and truly help Mr.Statham to hit the pop charts and the movie box office charts at the same time.
The Line Of Best Fit – ‘They are a DIY band, but not as you know it. Somewhere between a forceful wave of 90’s pop punk and Britpop, they’re entirely eccentric and entertaining’
Some seaside fuzz for your Tuesday afternoon. Played (alone) 3 times last week by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music, Southend-On-Sea upstarts Asylums will be releasing their new single ‘Joy In A Small Wage’ on June 15th. It comes on like Orange Juice gene-spliced with Mudhoney, all pop hooks wrapped in barbed wire and wry social commentary.
It’ll be released via the bands own Cool Thing Records.
At the very top of the bill will be multi-Grammy award winner Patti LaBelle, christened the ‘Godmother of Soul’ thanks to a five decade career that has seen 50 million albums sold. After her 16 years as the lead singer of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, LaBelle made the decision to go solo and had several number one hits including ‘If Only You Knew’ and ‘On My Own’, a duet with Michael McDonald. Tremendous critical success followed from Grammy Award winning albums, making her one of the icons of soul music the world over.
Also headlining are LA four piece The Whispers, whose list of 33 top ten hits and twenty Billboard charting albums stretch back to the birth of soul in the 60s. One of the most influential groups of their generation, they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003, and accepted by popular vote into the Soul Music Hall of Fame in 2012. Their ground breaking rise in the 60s has also been recognised by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, who handed the group their prestigious Pioneer Award in 2008.
Meanwhile, from our very own shores, Soul II Soul first found fame in 1989 with huge UK number one ‘Back To Life (However Do You Want Me’)’, a track which also reached the top 5 in the USA and endures to this day. The band went on to win two Grammy awards, and have twice been nominated for ‘Best British Group’ at the BRIT awards, with five nominations in total.
The list of incredible talent on hand for the ‘Voices of Soul’ goes on, including:
Almost too good to be true, this line-up is one that celebrates the beauty of soul music through the decades, and will make for an unbelievable night of entertainment and spectacle – all taking place at the ‘SSE Arena, Wembley, November 15th.
With ‘Lose Yourself’, Shannon K continues to mark herself out as one of the most versatile young artists on the independent scene today. Previous singles such as anti-drugs tune ‘Just Say No’ and the festive track ‘Christmas Song’ first marked her out as a talented vocalist, but with this year’s quick punch of ‘Just Another Boy’, ‘MOM’ (released on Mother’s Day, lyrics by Brian Bogdanovic) which is an emotional track that really showcases Shannon’s vocal ability, and now ‘Lose Control’, she is showing herself to be a real contender.
The quality of her songs, which was there from the very beginning, only improves with each single release. It should come as no surprise to learn that she grew up with a parent who knows what it takes to make it in the music industry.
A glittering career as a vocalist in Bollywood has seen her father Kumar Sanu win a total of 69 awards including 64 in his native India (from Filmfare, Zee Cine, Kishore Kumarand more) plus 5 internationally (from Sunrise Radio-London, West Indian Academy, Grammy-West Indies, Bollywood Music-U.S.A. and Radio Lotus-South Africa).
But now, thanks to her developing mainstream sound and with many years ahead of her, Shannon K has every chance of eclipsing all those accolades – and with more top pop singles on the way, we wouldn’t bet against her.
Having already toured with or supported the likes of Interpol, Alan Parsons, British Sea Power and soon Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, most of whom they now count among their ever growing and dedicated fan base, it’s very easy to see Electric Litany breaking out of their cult status to mainstream success very soon.
Powered by a love for writing great songs as well as a strong social conscience, Electric Litany are teetering on the edge of something very special this year. Don’t take it from us – take it from the critics.