Have a drink with Albino and their new track ‘Belinda’

In 2017 the 60s are thriving as the decade seems to be making a comeback with the help of bands just like Albino. The four man folk rock band are about to release their new album Night At The Chemist which contains the retro track ‘Belinda.’

Listen to ‘Belinda’ here: https://soundcloud.com/al-bino-6/belinda

Fueled by whiskey and embodying a vintage rock sound Albino promote the iconic ‘flower-power’ that made bands like The Animals and The Doors unforgettable. The band themselves stating: ‘we may not change the world with our music but we’ll definitely leave a scar.’ Made up of Ben Tucker on guitar and vocals, Merv ‘Fuzzy’ Salole on bass, Gareth Morris also on guitar and Don Gibson on percussion, Albino have said their main aim is to entertain with their rambunctious and humours music. Two words perfect for describing the single ‘Belinda.’

The sound of the track alone reminds of an upbeat Johnny Cash with the lyrics telling the tale of a man in love with a woman who is too good for her lay about husband. The narrator of the song just asking ‘when ya finally gonna notice me, Belinda?’ The toe tapping tune contains comical and off-the-wall lyrics that will have you dancing and laughing hysterically at the same time. The music video for the song is both belly aching hilarious and simultaneously creative by using stop animation Lego pieces to form the narrative based video.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzNMThSkNBk

Ben, as the main songwriter, uses inspiration from his own life to come up with the simple but extremely catchy words. The rest of the album exploring topics from love and deviancy to distrust of priests and historical events. Much like ‘Belinda’ the songs seem to play almost like short stories that will no doubt keep listeners entertained for hours.

Since putting their drunken genius to work in 2005 Albino shifted through time and have grown as a band to the point where now they are confident enough to say they have found their own sound. Even if the sound is lost 50 years in the past! Although Albino’s multi-talented line up has changed over the years their unwavering commitment and electric energy has remained the same.







Review by Skye W.Winwood

‘A Light From The Other Side’ by Lisa Richards

Australian singer-songwriter, Lisa Richards released her new album, A Light From The Other Side, on 17th April – a record that looks introspectively into Lisa’s life and experiences.

Normally when you listen to new music, you can instantly place it into a genre-defining box, but this simply isn’t the case with Lisa Richards. It’s not unusual for an artist to straddle a couple of styles but Lisa’s music takes on a number of influences from all over the musical world including, folk, blues and jazz, plus elements from many more. Lisa admits this saying: ‘My music is difficult to pigeonhole stylistically, my voice is hard to pin down, it demands attention and yet it is unruly. My songs don’t quite fit anywhere’ yet this is the beauty of what Lisa is doing.

Personally, if you’re listening to an artist that you can’t even begin to categorise, you know that they must be good as they are pushing boundaries and defying the conventions in music that have already been laid down.

The talented singer-songwriter was born and raised in North Queensland, Australia, where her mother, who had previously worked as a concert pianist, had moved to for Lisa’s father. Her childhood was unstable to say the least, which eventually led to her flying the nest in search of a career in music in the city.

Track Listing: A Light From The Other Side

  1. Frank Sinatra
  2. Water Needs To Fall
  3. Milk and Honey
  4. Mr. Happiness
  5. You Got The Power
  6. Summer Afternoon
  7. Walking Woman
  8. Weather
  9. Where My Heart Used To Be
  10. What Lying Does
  11. Friends Out Of Strangers








Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla Release Special 40th Anniversary Version of ‘Gaodhal’s Vision’

Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla are a world music collective who create an exciting blend of Indo-celtic folk, joined with hints of rock, jazz and orchestral styles.

Joe found success back in 1977 with his innovative concept album, Gaodhal’s Vision, which tells the story of the Milesian people leaving Egypt for Eire (Ireland), a place foretold to them by Moses. The album displays Joe’s fascination with the esoteric and celebrates the origins of the Celts and many distinctive aspects of their famed culture.

The album also features the talents of legendary guitarist, Rory Gallagher, whom Joe became good friends with through their shared passion of creating music. Consequently, the record was met with strong praise upon its release, owing to Joe’s quality musicianship and Rory’s coveted guitar skills.

To celebrate the anniversary, Joe will be performing Gaodhal’s Vision in its entirety with his band Shkayla (Gaelic for ‘stories’) on 31st March and 1st April at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. The band will be joined by guest musicians as well as Indian fusion and Irish dancers. The performance will also be accompanied by narration, visual projections and Rory Gallagher’s original solos, synced with the live show, making for a multi-sensual, multi-media experience.

Joe was classically trained but from his early experience working in rock bands, he quickly grasped the affinity between Celtic modal and Indian Music, and now his band Shkayla bring together aspects of these, mixed with jazz, rock and classical orchestral styles. Shkayla generate great energy and excitement through their music, channeling the sensitivity and delicacy needed to keep Celtic music faithful to its roots.

The 40th Anniversary Special Edition of Gaodhal’s Vision is set for release 28th April 2017.







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Track Review: ‘After Eve’by Warsaw Radio

Warsaw Radio were founded in 2013 after front-man Brian McNamara read about the siege of Warsaw in 1939. The Warsaw Radio Orchestra kept playing their music throughout the siege until their transmitter was destroyed by an artillery shell. Such an inspiring story led to the incarnation of the band.

Consequently, Warsaw Radio take on the orchestral vibe of their inspiration with sweeping string sections combined with pop-rock hooks and the enticing vocals of McNamara.

‘After Eve’ has possibly one of the most interesting stories behind the lyrics: it takes on the perspective of Adam, after Eve and himself have been banished from the Garden of Eden. It imagines the situation of the pair separating after this key moment. It isn’t often that you come across a group with such original starting points for writing songs and it makes a refreshing change from the typical love songs that you hear in the majority of popular music.

The strings build a sense of sonic tension along with Brian’s warming vocals that are then accompanied gradually by the rest of the band. As the texture builds, so too does the emotion of the song. Even without knowing the context behind it, it’s the kind of song that tugs on the heart strings.

There’s an easy listening nature to the track, but this would take away from the quality musicianship at play from Warsaw Radio. ‘After Eve’ is crafted with poignant lyrics and delicate melodies that evolve into something much more powerful by the end of the song.

As a group W.R take influence from the likes of Wilco, Fleetwod Mac, The Waterboys and The Frames. They are all set for UK and Ireland dates from February, kicking off with a home town head-line show at Komedia Brighton on February 8th.

Overall, ‘After Eve’ is a beautifully put together piece of songwriting that draws on folk stories whilst adding a modern musical edge. This is the definition of ‘quality’ music and songwriting. Well worth a listen.







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