Listen To This… Raised By Owls

Raised By Owls

May I introduce you to Sam, Alex, Mark, Tobias and Lee, five guys, all come from the deepest depths of Derbyshire who together make Raised by Owls. Raised by Owls are among the latest rock greats who fuse rock, metal, thrash-energy, sharp vocals with full-on screamo backing. And a passion for Mary Berry and The Great British Bake-Off (I’m as confused as you). For further listening check out The Great British Grind Off, Off to The Pub, Rot Stewart and The Almighty Sunday Roast. Derby, you’ve done us proud with these metal greats.

“I have a lot of respect for bands that are willing to experiment and try something different”

Who are you guys?
Hi! Raised by Owls is:
Sam Fowler – Vocals.
Alex LeGrice – Guitar & backing vocals.
Mark Bainbridge – Guitar
Tobias Cope – Bass
Lee Deane – Drums

And how did you all get together?
Me (Sam) and Alex just started messing around in Alex’s old bedroom at his parents’ house. We started ripping off bands that we really liked, and I would put ridiculous lyrics over the top of the songs. Shortly after we got our good friend Lee involved and started making daft internet music videos.
Once the videos started to take off online, we wanted to start making live appearances. That’s when we inducted Mark and Tobias to complete the line-up.
The five of us all grew up in a rural town in Derbyshire called Ashbourne. It’s a bit like Royston Vasey off ‘The League of Gentlemen’ which probably explains why our music is so odd.

What are your music influences?
Mainly extreme metal. However, I have a lot of respect for bands that are willing to experiment and try something different.
Some of our favourite bands are Carcass, Cannibal Corpse, Pig Destroyer, Napalm Death, At the Gates, The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, Aborted, Revocation, Every Time I Die, Mastodon. The list goes on.

On a scale of 1-10 how rock would you say you are?
We’re probably minus 10. We’re not a very cool band.

Story behind band’s name?
We can’t remember, which is embarrassing. I think it was during recording in Alex’s bedroom, I vaguely remember that we wanted to take a name that would normally sound metal, like ‘Raised by Wolves’ and replace with a less brutal animal, like an owl.

You released an album, The Great British Grind Off, wouldn’t be a reference to a certain cookery show?
ALL HAIL MARY BERRY, THE ONE TRUE QUEEN OF BAKING!

It’s a whooping 24 tracks long, how long did it take to work on the whole album?
It started as just a laugh. We never intended to release it to the public in the beginning. Then we started making daft videos for the songs and people online responded, so we decided to put it out.
We started recording it around September 2015 and finished around September 2016. We weren’t working solidly. We’d just mess around every few weekends and see what came out. The recording of the next release will probably be a lot more focused as we have a handful of people who actually care about our musical output now ha-ha.
Have you played in Nottingham before?
Yes sir, many times, It’s always a good laugh. it’s our home from home… as it’s only up the road, and we love Taco Bell.
Derby needs a Taco Bell!

And are you looking forward to Macmillan Fest this weekend?
Very much so. Our last show was Truck Festival back in July, so we’ve had a bit over a month off. I’ve been itching to get back on stage.
Looking forward to checking out some awesome bands and hanging with some cool dudes and dudettes that we haven’t seen in ages. It’s going to be good clean fun.

You’ve been together since 2015 and have an album as well as numerous gigs under you belt such as Bloodstock and Truck Festival, what can we expect from you next?
A few more gigs spotted about to see the year out. Then we’re planning to release another record in the first part of 2019. The last few months have been spent hiding away and writing, and now we’re just starting to record.
Next year there will be a new record, new daft videos, more gigs and hopefully some festival appearances! It’s all looking very exciting.

And finally, were can fans hear more of your music?
Go and download our debut EP ‘The Great British Grind Off’ for FREE on bandcamp here: https://raisedbyowls.bandcamp.com/
Like us on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/RaisedByOwls/
And watch us here: http://www.youtube.com/raisedbyowls

SHVPES & The Five Hundred, Death Blooms @Red Rooms 30/1/19, Nottingham

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The crowds slowly gathered themselves into the main room the moment the doors and continued to pour in over the next half hour till there wasn’t much floor space left to fill. As the crowd got more and more hyped with excitement enthusiasm you could practically smell the adrenaline, then the lights suddenly dimmed-down and the show was officially started.

First to take to the stage was Liverpool’s own Death Blooms. These guys were just incredible to see live on-stage and oozed sweat, energy as well as powerful guitar riffs and front-man Paul effortlessly owned the stage and had the crowd in his hands. Seriously, these guys could re-define metal madness they’re that intense when performing. Nottingham’s own metal pleasers, The Five Hundred, took the stage and put on an amazing set. I wasn’t disappointed, yet again they delivered and I absolutely loved every minute of their set. The Five Hundred definitely know how to get the crowds going and all the energy put into it was practically bursting at the seams. By now not only was the heat rising but so was the enthusiasm and love from the crowd.

Finally, SHVPES took to the stage to finish the night, however cos there had been an 8 – minute delay things had to be rushed a little, either way they were definitely worth the wait. Now I openly admit that I’ve never seen a band like SHVPES before but glad I stuck around a while as they were fantastic. One of the ways I can sum them up is the UK’s equivalent to Rage Against The Machine. Full-on, completely manic, full of energy, oozing adrenaline and excellent rap skills courtesy of front-man Griffin Dickson. Within moments of them starting fist were flying into the air, everybody was jumping and the Griffin had everybody in the palm of his hand s. An amazing night, three fantastic bands.

MusicNotts Talks With… The Five Hundred

An interview I did with Nottingham’s rock/metal 5-piece ahead of their gig this Wednesday on the 30th January 2019. If you’re a fan and going to the gig looking forward to seeing you there  🙂

http://musicnotts.com/musicnotts-talks-with-the-500/

 

On The TV… Claire Richards

Only just finished watching Claire Richards (former Steps front-woman) sing her new single These Wings on the TV, I’m just going to say now that even though I’ve never been a fan of hers I have to confess I liked her tonight. These Wings is quite a heartfelt song that definitely has that drive to it as it gathers momentum not long after it starts. Wings is one of those type of songs where it carries emotions and has that intimate feel to it. As a singer all I’ll say is that, despite not being a fan, she is quite talented and can hit the high notes required for such a track. On the whole it had a stage musical feel and added a bit more energy and power performance,  also it was nice to see Claire perform with a collective of musical individuals who weren’t steps.

Also on the sofa providing banter and gossip were former James Bond actress Judi Dench (the 90’s M), Cuckoo star Greg Davies, Kenneth Branagh and boxer Anthony Joshua

MusicNotts Talks With… Drawn Image

These guys have only been around over a year and a bit but they sound that professional they sound like they’ve been around longer. Ladies, gents, other rock lovers, here’s Drawn Image

http://musicnotts.com/musicnotts-talks-with-drawn-image/

 

Madness Rocks Big Ben Live

Spent a good half hour or so watching 80’s legends Madness put on one amazing gig this evening in the run-up to the stroke of midnight. Suggs practically redefines the term front-man as far as I’m concerned, then again he’s had 30-odd years of experience in doing it. As you’d expect they started their set with One Step Beyond before they continued with even more of their hits including Embarrassment, The Prince and Mr Apples. Eventually they did my all-time favourite hit of all time House of Fun which is one I just cannot get bored of no matter how many times I hear it. I absolutely love this band and will no doubt continue to do so for many more years to come.

The Script: Freedom Child

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I brought this the other day as a small treat for myself and it was well worth the money. Freedom Child is an amazing album and is another reason why I just love this incredible Irish trio. The songs are fantastic and can’t any fault with the album. I particularly like Freedom Child, Rock The World, Written in The Scars. My biggest listening pleasure though has to be Rain and I’m blaming/thanking persistent airplay on a certain radio station for that. Also the video for the song is really good to. My verdict on the album; 10/10…. well I did say that I couldn’t find any fault on the album.

In The Spotlight: Hozier – Take Me To Church

The first in a mainstream debut for the Irish singer-songwriter and the song is just amazing to listen to and a powerhouse in its own right. Take Me to Church has a sombre tone straight from the start and all the way to the finish and has very dramatic tones that accompany it. For a soul song it’s both haunting and melodious. The video itself was shot in Cork, Ireland which stands in for Russia and was shot in grayscale monochrome.
The video tells the story of two men in a relationship who, despite being very happy together, try and keep their relationship a secret from the community. However, the community learns of the men’s sexuality and kidnap and torture him in a violent homophobic backlash. The other man learns of what has happened to his partner and rushes to try and get him but realises he is too late the he sees a violent homophobic mob drag him towards a big pyre.
Hozier openly admits that the lyrics for the song came about from his anger on the Catholic Church’s stance and attitudes towards LGBT+ Rights. Judging by the way many religious organisations treat the LGBT+ community it can easily be argued that he’s got a point.
Another aspect of the song that highlights the issues is the lyrics as they are quite poignant
“Every Sunday’s getting more bleak, a fresh poison each week, we were born sick, you heard them say it, my church offers no absolutes”
“Take me to church I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies, I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife, offer me that deathless death Good God, let me give you my life”
In terms of the lyrics they give a direct reference on how religion is easily used to attack minority groups and how sermons are easily used to preach ignorance and lies.
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