UK born and bred, Rhyn are a four piece band from Buckinghamshire who specialise in rock of all kinds. After they started performing together in 2003, they started to self-produce and develop their own album: the aptly titled “Home Recording Made Easy”. Even though you can tell the production values are low, it actually adds to the feel – and you can see they have real devotion to trying to get their music out and in the open. The album was released in December of 2005 and featured some of their biggest tracks they’ve performed. As they say, they sometimes also experiment with using piano and slower songs, and this is one – my personal favourite of the album which is gentle and relaxing. The entire album was licensed under a Creative Commons license and can be downloaded for free from Jamendo, but you might also consider donating if you enjoy it! Here is Rhyn’s “Wishing the World Away”:
Like Gatsbys American Dream before them, Forgive Durden (so named for Fight Club) brings about a concept album to an indie pop-punk rock mix of music – then throw in some social commentary, a couple of banjoes and maybe even a mandolin or two). The album follows several characters through “Wonderland” – a place of corruption, where life spends most of its time in a cubicle. If you can’t get into the story (or if you can relate to it far too much than you’d like) you can simply enjoy the rock! Here’s “Parable of the Sower” – which provides a suitable example of the band’s music, especially when all hell breaks loose at the end!
Kyle, Adam, Chris and Zak are “Jil Station” – and independent rock band with a feel for the more classic rock with pop-y hooks, that makes for good listening. In 2006, they put out their first album, “Still Love” which was engineered by Jeff Tomei (who has worked with Matchbox Twenty, Smashing Pumpkins and more) and, put simply: it rocks! Here is the first track, the amazing “Afraid of Who”:
The Servant, we’ve seen them before here on Something Chewie, but here’s something that you’ll appreciate is different from our last featured track. Personally, I feel there are three different feels to The Servant – there’s the traditional, whacky, what-the-hell-is-going-on music featured mostly in their debut album, “The Servant” and their two earlier EPs (one, “Mathematics” is where today’s track comes from); then there’s the “Cells” feel – when I show people that track and then introduce them to their other tracks, they’re freaked out; finally there’s the feel of their new album, “How to Destroy a Relationship”, which I think you’ll find is easy to argue follows more in the popular indie feel (although with slight hints of their previous style). Personally, I’m a fan of all three – but the first – the whacked-out – is my definite fave. So, in that case: here’s “Dripping on your Maths”:
Members of the band Convey have been playing together ever since their time together in Elementary school – two years ago they got together to form their band. They describe their music as alternative progressive rock, “whose melodies, riffs, rhythms and lyrics derive from a free-flowing and metaphysical place”. It might sound a bit of a farce description, but the music is good – this high school band could definitely go somewhere, something worth watching! This is their first track of their eponymous EP, namely “Chalkboard”:
From blues to blues-based rock, another fantastic Stokey band to fire your imagination. Blue Origin are a 4 piece who play an exciting brand of spiky, yet melodic, classic rock. However, there are also elements of indie, blues and metal all thrown in for good measure, so they sound very much like a strange mix of AC/DC, Led Zep and some un-nameable blues artist. With searing, Plant/Johnson-esque vocals layered over the top and a pounding heavy metal drum beat beneath, “Dead End Night” has got to be one of their best songs. The band are currently playing a number of gigs in Stoke and, on the 17th August 2007, will be heading up to Liverpool for their first gig at the famous Cavern Club (yes the same club that broke the Beatles), hopefully the first of many.
So where did I find this one? Rival Schools, featuring a member of a band I’ve once featured, has a track called Used For Glue – finding a band under that name, I had to check it out – and then it comes full-circle when they claim Walter Schreifels (of Rival Schools) as inspiration. These are always the best kind of finds – especially when the music on the end is so rocking! Enjoy “Light It Up”:
At this juncture, an important point should be made about the Chewier section of this site: every gem of a band listed here has been thoroughly researched and, unless otherwise stated, this means one of us has been to a suitably mind-blowing gig by said band. It is often said that nothing quite compares to a band in a live setting and certainly this is the case with “The Black Apples”, a 3 piece electronic blues band from Stoke. What initially strikes you about the guys is their no-nonsense approach to the music â€“ they strut confidently on-stage and blast through their exciting and electrifying set with the precision of a guided missile. The songs are well-constructed, with hard-hitting riffs and traditional bluesy lyrical commentaries, yet with a 21st century twist. If you thought the blues genre was just about slow, ponderous songs, full of super extended guitar solos – think again! The Apples are currently selling a 12 track Live EP which showcases most of the live set and are regularly playing shows across the country.
Steve (Chewbacca!) apologises for the lack of posts for the past two days – he’s been exhausted and around at a friend’s who is leaving… on a jet plane to America soon. Back to our regularly scheduled updates (for as much as possible) from tomorrow!
Sam Brookes, a singer/songwriter from Bath, presents a nice and easy going compound of folk and blues in creating his songs. Armed only with his guitar, occasionally a harmonica and his grand voice, he apparently gives quite a performance. My girlfriend who forced (:P) recommended me to post this track has seen him live in and around local pubs of her area, where he gives off an confident and crowd-pleasing performance. This short track is “Mr No Identity Man”, a staple to his music:
Reminder: I’m currently away on holiday and unable to reply to comments or emails until Monday 9th. Tracks have been posted in advance during my absence. Please keep on visiting every day for new music!
Solo artist, Backseat Goodbye (who’s really known as Chad Sugg) is a complete one-man operation: he writes his own songs, performs all the instruments, and as an unsigned artist, pays for all the cost in producing his music. A nice gentle mix of acoustic indie and folk and there you have his music! “Sorry to Interrupt” taken from his 2005 release “White EP” is a testament to the music you can expect – nice and easygoing songs to listen and chill to. Over 30 of his songs are available on his Pure Volume page, with most of them freely available to download. His latest self-released album, “Good Morning, Sunshine” – released April this year – features over 20 tracks is available to buy now!
Hi readers! Just to let you know – I’m going on holiday for the next week, and as such, I will not be available until next Monday – most likely I will never have access to a computer, let alone the Internet. However, I have already pre-posted songs which will start appearing over the next few days. I hope you will enjoy them, and I will see you all when I get back! Have a good time and keep on visiting the website!