Just seen and heard one of the most amazing bands to come out of Sweden since Roxette, Abba and Mans Zermalow. They’re a duo called First Aid Kit and they’ve performed their debut single, It’s a Shame, on Graham Norton and I have to say it was both abstract and contained some very soothing melodies and Klara Soderberg and Johanna Soderberg who form the duo have got the most amazing voices you’re ever going to hear. The performance itself looked like it was from a 70’s edition of TOTP, but either way it was worth watching and the song itself is one of those that you could listen to again and again. It’s a Shame is from their debut album Ruins. Also on the sofa were US actor Tom Hanks to talk about his new film with Meryl Streep and British MBA Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua and GoT actress Maisie Williams. All in all some great laughs, including the time Tom Hanks farted onset with Paul Bettany
Finally caught up with The Leading Ladies on Graham Norton on BBC1, well, BBC iPlayer to be more precise. Amber Riley, Beverley Knight and Cassidy Janson performed their latest single One Night Only and seriously these girls vocal talents are enough to melt ice and the coldest of hearts they’re THAT GOOD!!! You’ve got to hear these girls to believe it. If ever there was a soul super-group these three are it. Two Hollywood heart-throbs were on the red sofa tonight; Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman, his Showman co-star Zendaya, Churchill star Gary Oldman and Suranne Jones. All I’ll say that Zac’s come a long way since High School Musical and Jackman’s carved quite the career; virtual unknown to playing a clawed mutant to musical showman. There doesn’t seem to be anything that he can’t do. Catch Hugh and Zendaya’s new film The Greatest Showman in cinemas now.
See you next week/year in 2018
Just finished watching disco legends Nile Rogers and Chic perform at the Big Ben concert on BBC1 right now and what a party, what a way to see out 2017 and welcome 2018. Well if you’re going to see out the year, better see it out in style. As you’d expect the musical legends performed their classic tracks Le-Chic, Good Times to name but a few, they even did a Madonna cover Like A Virgin which I was impressed with. The crowds are/were loving it, and I hope that you guys did to. Anyway all that’s left to say now is Happy New Year to you all and
Heard this a while back on the radio whilst driving, and I haven’t heard played on the radio for some time either yet it’s always a firm favourite and always a joy to listen to. It’s one of those songs that you cannot fault. Insomnia by dance-trio Faithless. I can remember when this track first came out in the mid-late 90’s and have loved it ever since and no matter much it gets played I just can get bored of it. Insomnia is one of those dance-tracks that helped define a moment, not just for the group who made it, but also for the UK music scene as it helped carve the path for other dance artists to. Maxi Jazz, Sister Bliss and Rollo, I’ll forever salute you for making one of the best dance anthems of all time EVER!!1
Dave, Alex, Tim, Matt and Pablo, these five guys are from all over the East Midlands and form the newest band to get into the music scene. These guys produce much of their own material as well as the odd cover song but non-the-less are still worth checking out. If you like listening to melodic rock riffs and upbeat vocal check these guys next time they’re in town. Listen to Just A Soldier, The Man I Want To Be and Lion Bear Tiger Mama (live in Nottingham, you won’t be disappointed.
Who are you guys?
Singer – Dave Thomas (DT)
Guitar – Alex Lee (Big A)
Guitar – Tim Stone (The Juke)
Bass – Matt Morley (Pops)
Drums – Pablo Fernández de Dios (Pabs)
How did you get together?
I was in jamming with a couple of mates who had a covers band that was sort of on hiatus, that didn’t really lead to anything but in the mean time I’d recruited DT and Pops to join us. So a couple of adverts and we got Juke and Pabs in.
…. And your musical influences?
Loads, Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Gaslight Anthem, Kings Of Leon, Foo Fighters… the list goes on. All five of us like different stuff and we sort of meet in the middle.
How would you describe the band’s style?
Loads of Reverb!
What’s the story behind the band name?
It’s what happens when five guys who should be doing more important things have a Whatsapp chat and start geeking out about Thundercats.
On a scale of 1-10, how rock are you?
Dunno, 7 maybe… depends what 10 is really.
Best gig so far?
Probably the Sausage and Cider Festival, weather was great and in the daylight we could see the crowd singing along to our stuff, which was cool.
Your dream gig?
Sunday Night, Glastonbury.
How’s life in the band?
Normally it’s a lot of fun.
Have you played abroad yet?
Not yet, got some plans for 2019, but still some work to do here.
Have you had much airplay at all?
Some internet stuff, there’s a few stations who are really supportive of unsigned bands who’ve played us.
And lastly where can fans listen to your music?
Soundcloud for now…. There’s been much debate in the band about the merits of putting the songs up for sale at this stage.
Not long finished listening to Kelly Clarkson (her from American Idol) perform her latest single Love So Soft The Graham Norton show on BBC1, and I have to admit that even she’s not my type of artist her song wasn’t too bad. Kelly just carries a note with pure ease and possess a good vocal range. Unfortunately it sounded a little too pop/pop-rock for me which is a bit of a shame, I mean don’t get me wrong she’s a good artist and a talented singer to say the least it’s just that she doesn’t really appeal to me and this latest song isn’t actually doing anything for me I’m afraid.
Jason Momoa, Khal Drogo from GoT (Game of Thrones) provided quite a bit of entertainment, as well as eye-candy, demonstrating his battle skills with a trident from his role as Aquaman in the upcoming film Justice League. Let’s put it this way both rugged looks and toned physique (despite not taking his top, apart from a brief look at televised clip) didn’t go unnoticed.
Been listening to Morrissey perform his new song Spent The Day in Bed on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1. Now I openly admit I’m not much of a Morrissey fan at the best of times, or anytime to be honest, but I have to admit that this new single of his is quite catchy and found myself self-commenting ‘he’s got a point there’. See what I did there! just admitted to agreeing on a couple of things from a guy whom I can stand that much. Anyways as far as songs go it had a bit of a sci-fi/electro open to it which was interesting as not many songs have that these days. Also British actress Emma Thompson was on the sofa talking about a couple of projects she was involved in and her near-encounter with Donald Trump, which you could probably thank a small mercy for not happening (good on you girl).
An amazing song by US Soul legend Gregory Porter and he was joined by US Hollywood actor Jeff Goldblum to perform his new single Mona Lisa. I openly admit that though I’ve only heard of Gregory on an on/off basis this is the first time I’ve fully listened to a session of his. Seriously he’s incredible and just had an superb vocal and his singing is just soothing and melodic. I was very surprised by Jeff Goldblum though as I had no idea he could play an instrument, but seriously the guy was brilliant. Gregory new album Nat King Cole & Me. On another note though I’m very impressed with some of the musical sounds coming from the U.S right now.
Well, after making my way to The Maze in Nottingham during a very warm summers’ day I managed to cool off a bit, after all, I had travelled to see three bands play tonight. Lippstick, a band that were emerging onto the local music scene, in a big way. They’re one of a number of bands waiting to hit the big-time and when you see them perform you’ll see why they’re not far off. Think theatrics meets horror-flicks in terms of band-image. They performed a mixture of both original material as well as a cover Don’t Cha and Sexy Back, re-mastered for a more rock tasting sound. One super fan in the audience got to sing with the lead singer and some point during their set things got interesting when they did another song about hookers. The crowd seemed to like Lippstick. Now I’d seen Parasite before and they just seem to get better every time I hear them perform, though a technical glitch did cause a small problem but other than that it was business as usual. They did attempt a Paradise City cover which actually went down quite well in all fairness. Straight over from Barcelona, Stop-Stop really brought the house down and got the crowds, including myself, towards the edge of the crowd stage. Think Bon Jovi meets Guns & Roses with a bit of Kiss and that’s the best way to sum up these guys. They did a combination of their own material which included a song called Billy No-Mates, which was dedicated to a member of the audience of the same name. They even did one dedicated the front-man’s mum and another to Facebook called Spit It Out. Weird story behind that one. Queen’s song Fat Bottomed Girls got the cover treatment and it true rock fashion a lot of man-flesh was on display. Overall it was a great night.