Single Review: Bring Me The Horizon – Drown

Bring Me The Horizon are not a band that I would usually listen to, physician but like many bands and musician they continue to make music that can connect on a high level consistently, vcialis 40mg and ‘Drown’ is one of those songs. Along with a hard hitting riff and the help of a lyrically on point lead singer, Oliver Sykes, the newest single is one to remember. Do not be scared off by the label of heavy metal/rock tag because either way there is definitely more to this band that screaming and shouting and just plain racket. This song hits a lot harder than most ‘cry for help’ songs and makes us the listener take a step back a realize the deeper meaning. The band seem to have grown up in the last 18 months since there last record and changed the tone a bit differently adding substance and subtly to their music making it all the more exciting for those who are just beginning to take interest like myself.

 

It will take a few listens to click, it’s not an easily digestible song, but when it does you recognize the rise and fall and how it keeps you listening right till the last strum of the guitar. And as a stand alone single you really get a lot more of a song in there, they are not placing this on an album, making this stand out even more and can make the listener begin to appreciate the messages they bring to the song, “what does kill you makes you wish you were dead”/“it comes in waves, I close my eyes, hold my breath and let it bury me”. Heavy but also hauntingly beautiful one could say. Exactly what any music lover loves to hear.

 

The band has been on tour for a long time since there last record and are about to play at Wembley in December. And this song epitomizes why they are revamping there own genre, bringing it in touch with people through the help of clever lyrics and chorus you would pay to shout out whilst watching them live. They have connected with those who may have felt rock was just too much to handle. The next album is sure to be a strong one.

 

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Legends of Soul and R&B on NSR!

This week we’ve been in contact with some legends here at NSR-HQ! First up, we had a chat with Gwen Dickey, the former lead singer with the group Rose Royce. Gwen sang on timeless classics such as ‘Car Wash‘, ‘Wishing On A Star‘, and ‘Love Don’t Live Here Any More‘. Take a listen to our chat below:

NSR Meets Soul Legend Gwen Dickey of Rose Royce! by Newcastle Student Radio on Mixcloud

And if that wasn’t enough, we also had a chat with Mary Davis from The S.O.S Band this afternoon, which you can hear below.

 

NSR Meets Mary Davis of The SOS Band! by Newcastle Student Radio on Mixcloud

The S.O.S Band, Gwen Dickey, and Loose Ends will be in London 21st November, Middlesbrough 22nd November, and Manchester 23rd November.

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Live Session – Thom from Southern!

Earlier today we had the immense pleasure of welcoming Thom Southern into our studio for a chat, and he was kind enough to perform a couple of tracks for us. Southern are a brilliant brother/sister duo from Belfast by the way of Liverpool, who have found much critical acclaim with their EP ‘Southern’. Take a listen to the interview below!

Live Session with Thom from Southern! by Newcastle Student Radio on Mixcloud

ALBUM REVIEW: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Cheek To Cheek

Move over Beyoncé/Jay-Z, cialis there’s a new musical power couple in town. Yes, it’s the 28 year-old pop megastar Lady Gaga, and the ever-elegant 88 year-old Tony Bennett. This week the two released their highly anticipated album Cheek to Cheek on Columbia Records. Simply put, it’s fabulous.

 

Admittedly, the sixty-year age gap is a little strange when the two are singing songs such as I Can’t Give You Anything But Love to each other – but, they do it so well. The songs on the album are all staples of the Great American Songbook, and Tony Bennett has been singing these songs in the recording studio and on tour for the past six decades. Indeed, if there is one criticism to be made of this album is that these interpretations rarely deviate from past recordings, and, moreover, there is no room for any new material.

 

Yet, and as Gaga has pointed out in interviews, that’s not really the point of this album. The point is, rather, to introduce our generation to jazz – the genre of music which, arguably, has influenced every other genre since. Lady Gaga is in fine voice on this album, there’s no hint of auto-tune unlike her previous works, and at 88 Tony Bennett is still in his prime. One might even go so far to suggest that now he sounds better than ever: some of his earlier recordings and live recordings tended to be a bit, well, shouty. Clearly, his voice has aged but he has accepted it, and this album finds him still sounding incredible.

 

The album comes in two editions: either ‘Standard’ or ‘Deluxe’. The ‘Deluxe’ edition has a few more tracks, including one solo by each Gaga and Bennett. For Bennett’s take on take on Don’t Wait Too Long alone is worth spending the extra few quid for the ‘Deluxe’ edition.

 

Overall, the sound is brilliant. The instrumentation is provided by, in part, Tony Bennett’s long-time quartet, Gaga’s friends and on some tracks a full orchestra. On occasion Gaga tends to overpower Bennett vocally, as if to assert herself as a newfound jazz diva, rather than an auto-tuned pop-star. That said, Gaga proves she is more than an auto-tuned pop-star, but perhaps does need to tone down the vocal theatrics somewhat. She has all the talent, just – perhaps – needs a little refinement; and she knows a man who can help her with that.

 

A particular highlight on the album is their take on But Beautiful, one of the greatest jazz standards ever written. The lush guitar playing during the introduction weaves majestically with Bennett’s crooning, and when Gaga joins in they both sound incredible together. They All Laughed is a staple of Bennett’s live shows, and the trade-off between Gaga and Bennett works well, despite the track only lasting for one minute, fifty seconds. Here, the orchestra really shines.

 

As I’ve already written elsewhere, this album is not much of a risk at all for Bennett, for Gaga however, it’s quite a substantial gamble. Yet, it is refreshing to see an artist of her calibre and fame deciding their own musical fate, instead of pandering to management and record label demands. Having Tony Bennett on board, of course helps. At 88, if I’m still around, I expect to spend my days in a recliner in front of Dad’s Army repeats on BBC Two, with my Stanner stair-lift in the corner waiting to take me to the toilet. Despite all Bennett’s been through, including a crippling drug addiction, he remains on top of his game. Indeed, I was fortunate enough to see Bennett perform on consecutive nights on his recent UK Tour – once at the Royal Festival Hall, then at the iTunes Festival in Camden the night after – and I hold these memories to be very special. It’s not everyday you see such a legend twice in two days.

 

In summary, this is a highly enjoyable album. Sure, there are a few issues with it, but it’s an ambitious record nonetheless, one which seeks to introduce jazz to an audience hooked on synthesisers, bass, and computer-generated sounds. For that alone, Gaga and Bennett need to be applauded.

 

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga’s new album Cheek to Cheek is available on Columbia Records, with ‘Standard’ and ‘Deluxe’ albums being both available.

 

Win Example Tickets! #NSRPlays

Chart-smashing superstar Example is hitting Newcastle next month as part of his 2014 UK tour. A firm fixture at festivals, and responsible for his fair share of summertime anthems – Kickstarts, Changed The Way You Kiss Me, to name just a couple – the cheeky chappie’s latest outing is set to be a big one.

We’ve got a pair of tickets* to give away for the gig, which takes place on October 21st, and it really couldn’t be easier to win.

Simply Tweet us your favourite Summer Anthems – old, new, obvious, obscure – we want to hear your ultimate soundtrack to our favourite season.

Why not tweet us NOW @NSRLive with the hashtag #NSRPlays to be in with a chance of winning? We’ll even play your song for you live on air. Tune in, turn up and feel those (remaining) Summer vibes. Good luck!

Example’s new single, 10 Million People, is released on the 5th October.

* Tickets are non-transferrable.

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Win a signed THUMPERS Album and T-Shirt!

London’s finest alternative pop-rock duo THUMPERS released their fantastic debut album Galore earlier this year and are currently undertaking a UK tour. To mark the occasion we have a signed copy of the album and a free t-shirt to give away!

To be in with a chance to win, viagra 100mg all you have to do is Tweet us your question for the boys to @NSRLive using here "type":104}”>#AskThumpers– and one lucky winner will be picked by the band when we interview them next Wednesday!

You can post your question on our Facebook page if Twitter scares you a little too!

Whether you want to know – “Who they would love to duet with?”, “What’s the last thing they do before they go on stage?” or simply “Which was their favourite Teletubby?” – #AskThumpers now to find out!

THUMPERS are playing in Newcastle at the Cluny on Wednesday 28th May.
The debut album is out to buy now.

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