January Gigs | Sofar Sounds, Chris Belson, Dan Owen, Travis & more...

Sunday, January 31, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-

7th January 2016
@ Carousel, London

Another incredible Sofar Sounds London experience. Beautiful acts, great atmosphere! With Sophie Andrews, Richard Maule and Brother Zulu. Click here for more photos.





14th January 2016
@ Upstairs at the Ritzy, London

Chris Belson EP Moon Songs launch with guests Gabriel Angel Moreno, Hattie Marsh and Cecilia Meadows. For a full review of the album check our Play On, for more photos click here.






23rd January 2016
@ Montreaux Jazz Cafe, London

The last gig at the charming and lovely Montreaux Jazz Cafe before it closed down. Polly Money and Dan Owen were both great! For more photos, check this out.





25th January 2016
@ Roadmender, Northampton

After releasing two singles of their upcoming album, Everything at Once, to be released on the 29th April, Travis came back to the UK for three intimate performances, in Northampton and London. Supporting by The Half Earth. Check our Travis inspired Mixtape Mondays and see more photos here.




** All photos by Zaira Brilhante, Postmodern Mixtape.

Offstage | Seafret

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-

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Have you ever had something you cannot wait to share with everyone so good it is? That kind which makes you text your best friend in the middle of the night? This is how I've been feeling over the last two weeks. Friday 29th can't come soon enough. I've had the privilege of listening to Seafret's debut album Tell Me It's Real - for days & on repeat! - ahead of its release and just want to be able to tell everyone I know "you have to check this out, it's the best album I've came across in the past few years". Because it simply is. And Jack and Harry are probably two of the nicest lads in music at the moment. Perfect combo. I'm so pleased they've took their time to share with us their thoughts...

Ps: Check Play On for the full review pretty soon.

♯ When did music become a part of your lives? What's your first memory music related?

Jack: Music's always been in our lives and we've our parents to thank for that. We were both exposed to a wide range of music growing up, I heard artists like Tom Waites, Radiohead, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and lots more obscure things I didn't know the name of. My first memory of music is having a tape cassette of Michael Jackson's They Don't Really Care About Us. I used to listen to it with headphones on repeat in my bedroom. I think I was around seven years old. 

Harry: Music has always been a massive part of my life. My dad has been in bands all of his life, so I guess it was always going to happen for me eventually. The moment that I suddenly decided that music was what I wanted to do was when I heard John Martyn on the radio. I was instantly addicted to the sound he created from his guitar and that made me want to give it a go. After that, I never looked back!

Jack and Harry rocking it during the New Faces Tour, read full review here. Photo by Zaira.

♯ What sounds have most influenced you?

Jack: Acoustic sounds grabbed my attention as soon as I discovered Bob Dylan, he really changed what music meant to me. I loved the fact that he could get a message across in a song and still tug at your heart strings without any dramatic production. Also, The White Stripes, they've changed what I looked for in music. Raw emotive power that's stripped back so the listener can tell where every sound is coming from. 

Harry: We're influenced and inspired by a massive range of music, old and new. I grew up on my dad's music collection, so from a young age listened to a lot of blues and bluegrass music. People like Doc Watson and Howling Wolf

♯ If you could pick anyone, dead or alive, who would you have liked to collaborate with and why? 

Jack: I'd love to work with Tom Waites or Jack White. They're both established and do their own thing. I think you have to be honest with music and that's what they're are best at. 

Harry: For me, it'd have to be John Martyn. He'd sure be able to show me a thing or two! He's my biggest influence as a guitarist so to be able to have met him would be a dream. 

♯ I know it is almost like choosing a favourite child, but... Which is your favourite song to play live and which one would you say is the most personal?

Jack: Tricky! Missing is the first track on the album and it's probably my favourite to play right now. It's got to be one of the most personal too. I remember writing it and thinking "are you ready to sing this?" I was writing about something that was still fresh and very personal to me in my life. I'm glad I did though, because it's honest and I love the music behind it.

Harry: Be There has got to be my favourite song to play live. It's a massive rock out moment for us in the set and a lot of fun to play. Our song that's the most personal to me is To The Sea. It's one of the first songs me and Jack wrote together and it's always stuck with us. 

♯ You left a few known songs from your previous EPs off of the coming album. How was the process of choosing which tracks to include?

Jack: Another difficult situation to be in, we've been writing since we met back home, we had a bunch of songs and had to decide which ones we wanted to use and in what order. Playing them back to back and over and over, we finally found how we wanted the album to run.

♯ You've recorded two covers, Drown and Angel of Small Death & The Codeine Scene. Why these songs and which other tracks would you like to cover in the future? 

Jack: We supported Hozier last year and have been fans of his music for a while now, so deciding to cover one of his tunes was an easy pick. As for the Drown cover, I'd say we wanted a challenge, we love this band and once we heard this track we wanted to have a go at it. Covers can be a good test of your musical ability and the best part of it is making it into something of your own. 

♯ When not making/playing music, what are you guys usually up to?

Harry: I'm always playing so I don't really have much time to do anything else. When we aren't in the van traveling from gig to gig we're at home or in the studio working on new ideas. I do like a good few pints in the boozer mind... 

♯ Have you ever considered any other career or has music been always the first and only choice?

Harry: I was 13 when I started playing guitar, so from then on that was all I wanted to do. I guess I never had a chance to think about doing anything else. 

♯ What's the best thing about being on stage?

Harry: Being together, getting lost in the music, delivering our songs to new faces and people who don't know who we are and winning them over, and to hear fans sing back at you. Even if you get one person at the end telling you they've absolutely loved it. That can be the most rewarding thing. Using the songs we've written together to make people feeling something for a moment. It's an incredible feeling to perform.

♯ You must have some epic stories from touring all around the country. Any fun memory you can share with us?

Jack: Touring as a whole is an amazing experience. The things you see, the people you meet, everything contributes to making each part of the tour that little bit different and that little bit more insane. We had a crazy night and ended up jamming on the spot with rapper Fat Man Scoop. That was a mental night! 

Mixtape Mondays | The Invisible Band

Monday, January 25, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-

I am writing this post from the English country side, or at least that’s what it looks like from out of the window of this Midlands train to Northampton. I’ve heard a lot about The Roadmender and tonight I am going to see Fran Healy & Co. at this iconic venue.

Travis are probably my favourite band, if I have to pick one. I’ve been listening to them since I was 15, when The Invisible Band came out. As soon as I moved to the UK I literally could not wait to see them live, so when the first gig was announced I made sure to get tickets for it. Who cared if it wasn’t really in the UK, but Ireland? Or that I had never even heard of Kilkee before that day? And what if I had to camp on a beach under freezing weather? Or if I couldn’t even pronounce the name of the festival to save my life! It’s Cois Fharraige by the way, if you want to give it a go. I really didn’t think this through, but it didn’t matter, I was going to see Travis.

As young as when I first listened to them! Photo credit David Duffin blog

Mixtape Mondays | The Invisible Band



I couple of months ago I sort of went through the same thing, although with a bit more knowledge of what I was getting myself into. And this brings me to today. After London gigs sold out within a minute, I read a post from Fran Healy which said something along the lines of “if you missed out, there are still tickets for Northampton”. It was only logical, right?

As it is, having shared with you all of the above, to also share my favourite Travis’ tracks. As most playlists, this is really personal. I often repeat to myself “there is so much world outside the door” as a mantra. It works. I hope you enjoy it! :)

Mixtape Mondays | Awesome Covers vol.2

Monday, January 18, 2016 2 Comments A+ a-

Back in November I've compiled a playlist called Awesome Covers. It was only the second post in this blog! And I thought back then I had a pretty thorough selection of the best covers Spotify had to offer... Almost two months later, I can tell with conviction, I've barely scratched the surface of what's out there!

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So without further ado, please have a listen to this week's mixtape. From a James Bay version of Alicia Keys' If I Ain't Got You to a double bill of Hozier - playing Arctic Monkeys' Do I Wanna Know and Sam Smith's Lay Me Down. And talking about Hozier, Seafret takes Angel Of Small Death And The Codeine Scene and makes it their own. But no one has appropriated themselves of a song more than José González has done with Heartbeats. Can you even remember this is by The Knife?

Mixtape Mondays | Awesome Covers vol.2


We also have a series of classics: Gavin DeGraw plays Lennon's Jealous Guy beautifully, followed by the Black Keys soulful interpretation of Never Gonna Give You Up, originally recorded by American R&B singer Jerry Butler. Not far behind is Maverick Sabre distinctive voice singing A Change Is Gonna Come, released for the first time in 1964 by the King of Soul, Sam Cooke. And last, but not least, the combo of deep voice, stunning harmonica and raw guitar of Dan Owen playing Willie Dixon's Little Red Rooster.

If that's not enough, there is Glasvegas, The Killers, We Are Scientists, The Kooks, Lilly Allen and more playing from 80s classics to cheesy renditions of tunes such as Womanizer and Pumped Up Kicks.

Mixtape Mondays | Acoustic Sessions

Monday, January 11, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-

This Mixtape is pretty self-explanatory, so I will keep it short and sweet. There is just something pretty special when a band strips down and goes acoustic. I remember the first time I went to a Travis gig and they not only went acoustic, but also literally unplugged, switching off the amps to play Flowers in the Window with a guitar, a tambourine and Fran's vocal chords.

Paolo Nutini's acoustic version of Better Man gives me goose bumps. Photo credit Musictour.eu 

So this week you will find a selection of acoustic versions of very well known songs by some of my favourite artists - Paolo Nutini's Last Request and Better Man are two of my favourite songs of all time! And so are Radiohead's Creep and Fake Plastic Trees. There are also some classics, like Stone Temple Pilots' Plush or Muse's Muscle Museum, and some cheeky tunes - The Middle, by Jimmy Eat World, or The Kooks' She Moves in Her Own Way being great examples. Last but not least, there are versions you will probably fall in love with too, as I dare you not to with Maverick Sabre's I Need or The Fratellis' Desperate Guy.

Mixtape Mondays | Acoustic Sessions

Play On | Moon Songs by Chris Belson

Wednesday, January 06, 2016 4 Comments A+ a-

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I couldn't be happier with my choice to open this section of the blog. I remember the first time I've listened to Chris Belson live and he absolutely blew my mind. I was hypnotised by his voice. We were at the legendary Half Moon, in Putney - where the likes of The Who, U2 and Rolling Stones have played before - for the May Fix Festival when Chris went on stage to take our breath away. It was simply mesmerising. So here we are, a few months later, starting Play On with his first EP Moon Songs, being released by Laid Bare Records this month, on the 14th. 


With a deep and soothing voice, Chris introduces us to his music with Children, a song which will have you swaying to the chorus. It is a brilliant snippet of Chris' songwriting. The images in his lyrics are like beautiful paintings, and they draw you in to this world of peace and quiet.

His gentle guitar in songs such as Come to the Window is subtle but carefully arranged. It highlights the uniqueness of Chris' voice. Yes, there is something about it which reminds us of Elvis Presley, but the combo of influences ranging from jazz and soul, to folk, alt-country and indie-pop makes Moon Songs a very contemporary album.

Dogs reminds us of Mumford & Son's first album, Sigh No More, both in terms of melody and lyrics. It is not just yet presented in a super elaborate arrangement, Chris keeps it simple and introspective, but you can also picture it being played by a full on band, with double bass & metals, on a big festival stage. The Planets Align, the first single, is best defined as a cheeky song. It is definitely the most upbeat track, but does not lose the beautiful rawness so present across all of Moon Songs.

Last but not least, Without You Again sad piano intro by James Spinney will give you goose bumps and if that's not enough, wait until Chris starts to sing. This is not necessarily a lullaby, but as with Radiohead's No Surprises, the rhythmical patterns have you closing your eyes and being completely transported somewhere else. There is no better song in this EP to illustrate what I meant by being hypnotised.

There is so much beauty in the simplicity of an act like Chris Belson: a one man band sitting shyly on a stool with only his acoustic guitar to keep him company, but completely owning the stage. If you're in London, do not miss his EP launch next week, Thursday 14th January @ Upstairs At The Ritzy (Brixton Road, London SW2 1JG). Free entry