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‘Lovers In The Night’ kicks off the album with an extended intro. This song builds tension throughout and breaks into the fast-paced jig around a minute in. When listening to this song you notice just how many different layers are present. The rolling drum beat and walking bass line hold the song together while the other instruments dance just below the gritty, megaphone style vocals. With all of these layers playing off each other it makes the song light and playful with a summery vintage vibe that is distinct to The Recks and really introduces what to expect from this album.
Next are two softer songs with eerie vocals and heavy guitar tones. ‘Lights’ and ‘In the Garden’ are both songs that are perfect for those watching the sunset after a long lazy day under the summer sun, but still with the infectious rhythms of the rest of the album. When the band performed these songs at their album launch, I noticed that they had a weight behind them that showed a slightly darker side to The Recks that isn’t usually seen.
‘Low Life’ has always been a favourite of mine and every time I listen to it, the song brings back memories of dancing crowds in front of the swirling lights and smoky stage presence of The Recks. This song radiates good times and really shows off the band’s musical skill and song writing talents to the full.
‘You’re what I want’ has haunting vocals leading the textured instruments in a dark ballad. The highlight of this song for me are the tortured lyrics with the repeated refrain of ‘I’ve never heard your scream but I’ve never seen you smile’. Perhaps it is the English student inside me saying this but this refrain sets a fairly disturbing tone for the song that definitely works in the band’s favour.
This next song is my favourite on the album because of its combination of different styles from a distinct carnival vibe to an almost psychobilly chorus and breakdown. ‘Stranger’ is the kind of song that you could howl along to at the top of your lungs at a gig or you could listen to it late at night and it wouldn’t feel out of place.
A stark contrast to the previous song ‘She Wants That To’ is upbeat and light hearted. Led by the upbeat drums and scat-like vocals, giving it an uplifting atmosphere. The main part of the song is then followed by a soulful half-time breakdown that creates a small break as if the band are coming up for air before jumping straight back into the scat and rolling drums.
‘Spanish Relations’ starts with a saloon piano and crackling, vinyl-style audio quality that creates the same vintage, audibly sepia feel that has been a small part of their whole album but is strongest in this song. Alongside this vintage theme there is a mix of theatrical and dub-step influences that add to the song as The Recks tell a story using accompanying backing vocals and piano reminiscent of more theatrical songs with dub-step style bass lines and vocal reverb.
‘Trainwreck’ was released as a single earlier this year accompanied by an emotion filled video about the impact of social media and how it’s destroying some people’s lives. To me this song and its video go hand in hand with the hard-hitting lyrics to complete the song.
The last song on their album ‘Valentine’ is a song that sounds as if it was written to be played with a car full of people singing along. The verses have a kind of 20s feel which conjures thoughts of sped up flapper girls and busy sunny scenes. These verses are complimented by a typically Recks chorus completed by the duel vocals and the breakdowns of almost acapella heartfelt lyrics or jig like instrumentals.
To conclude, this album is a true success that leaves the listener with a smile on their face and summer on their mind. It’s worth multiple listens and I have found that the more I listen to these songs the more I love them.]]>
It’s a hub for all local music, with a gig guide showing you everything that’s on in the island, live videos of local bands, gig photos, reviews and even a new podcast about the local music scene.
I am on the blog team that does write ups on new local releases and gig reviews so why don’t you check it out at www.guernseygigs.com]]>
I really had to think hard before starting to write this, because, despite my own pets bringing a lot of happiness into my world, it makes me infinitely sad to see wild animals kept in a limiting environment where they do not have the freedom to be happy. Freedom is a very topical subject at the moment and I believe that the freedom of animals is not considered enough in debates and the media.
In my opinion to give someone true freedom you should try your hardest to give them the best platform to do, say or be whatever hey choose. When this rule is applied to animals it all gets a bit complicated, as most animals’ natural habitat is the wild. Where life is a constant fight for survival and although they may be free, they are constantly in far more danger. This life is-for most animals-where they are happiest and I believe that this is the environment they should be in, however, many of the animals we keep as pets are not adapted to this environment and somehow, I don’t agree with my dogs, who would not harm a fly, living in the wild and having to compete for food with far more ferocious predators such as wolves, bears or even badgers and foxes. I believe that the act of keeping pets helps both the animal and the owner in their development and improves the lives of both parties.
Being a pet definitely has its pros and cons for an animal, however, in my opinion the pros outweigh the cons in most situations. People have said to me that ‘keeping any kind of pet is cruel and unnatural’ whenever I hear this I find myself disagreeing no matter how compelling their argument is. This is because, many of our pets’ natural habitats are in warm and loving homes with people to feed, look after and care for them. In fact, domesticated animals such as dogs and cats would have never evolved if it wasn’t for the demand for pets in ancient times. These animals have been bred to be kept in captivity as working animals or compainions for humans.
As for the idea that keeping pets is cruel, I do agree that in some places animals are mistreated and forced to live in incredibly inhumane conditions but for the majority of pets this is far from the case. How many people do you know who snuggle up with their pet at night or take time out of their busy schedules to walk or play with their animals? I bet that this number is far higher than the number of people you know who mistreat their animals and charities such as the RSPCA are fighting hard to further reduce the number of cases of animal abuse.
Now, I have only discussed the advantages and disadvantages for the animals but they are only half of this relationship. Pets, to be pets, must have a human to care for them, but why would anyone devote so much time and money just to keep an animal in their home? There is no clear answer to this as everyone has their own individual reasons, however, science has given us some proven facts that may contribute to the matter.
Although not all of these facts are always a conscious part of the decision when choosing to have a pet the knowledge that pets are beneficial to both the owner’s mental and physical health is a common fact.
On a less scientific note, I know that I have always had a profound love for dogs and most other animals. I adore their faithful gaze and unconditional love (as long as you give them food or itch where they can’t reach). It makes me feel important in their world and even though everything might be going wrong elsewhere, the fact that your dog or cat or whichever other animal you keep will still be there for you, relying on you to repay their love, is a reason to be happy.
To conclude, despite the inconveniences that pets create it is all worthwhile when they lick your face in the middle of the night or their little eyes light up when you get home. I know that there are so many unhappy pets out there but those who are happy in their homes should be enough to tip the balance and make pets far better than they are bad.
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17th February – 3:00pm
The Condor Liberation set off from Guernsey heading in the general direction of Jersey. The waves rolled underneath the boat and three teenage girls were singing along to their own songs on the outside deck. Luckily for us there weren’t many people on the boat, although I’m sure the passengers would have preferred us to be a tad quieter.
We had arrived in Jersey! A small distance for man-kind, monumental trip for <track not found>. We then started our search for The Troubadour which didn’t take long with help from Google maps. Although the venue was fairly small, the punk rock, vintage décor created a good atmosphere for a gig. After having a quick chat with Shane Horgan, the organiser of the gig, about timings and setting up we headed off to find some fast food and get ready for the gig.
By this time, we had been greeted by the hotel staff and were up in the room making it look like a classic teenage bedroom; clothes, make-up and accessories lay everywhere, it felt like home. Putting on our war paint is a vital part of the band’s routine because it means that we are becoming our stage personas and are ready to go on stage with all the confidence that is needed for a good show.
So, we finally got to The Troubadour. The audience is steadily growing and filling the space in front of the stage where the tables and chairs are being moved around to provide a dancefloor. Mezra were the first band on, their ages range from 16-18 and have been gigging for around 2 years. Shortly after we were introduced to them the 5 members squeezed themselves onto the small stage ready to play a mix of indie-rock covers and guitar led originals. I thoroughly enjoyed their set and it seemed like the audience did as well as each song was greeted with a warm round of applause and many cheers. Mezra’s originals fitted well into the set of Arctic Monkeys, Muse and Royal Blood covers and showed strong song writing technique with catchy riffs and vocals. I felt a lot of sympathy for the vocalist of Mezra (Alfie Butel) as he was suffering from a sore throat and overall cold making it much harder for him to sing some of their usual covers, in light of this, they adapted the set well and still managed to warm up the crowd. Next up it was us, we plugged ourselves in while Emma was tinkering with the drum kit and then we began playing, we played a new song first and continued with our set of all originals except the usual cover of Bathsalts by Highly Suspect. Later in the set the audience warmed up and were nodding their heads and we seemed to get a good reception although I can’t say I noticed much more because I was focussed on stage presence and making sure the basslines were in time and in tune. After the set we had to clear up our gear and move it into the make-shift backstage area by the women’s toilets. Next the Outpatients took to stage missing a guitarist and sporting a new drummer. From what we saw of their set they played a mix of energetic originals and covers with their frontman Shane Horgan dancing in the audience microphone in hand. I would talk more about the Outpatients and Swajen, however, due to our age we had to leave the venue at 9:00pm so we caught a taxi back to the hotel and attempted to find some food to relax with and reflect on the gig.
We were sitting in our hotel room, now in pyjamas and blankets with pizza boxes covering the coffee table and we’re having a look back on how our first off island gig went. We all agreed that it was a great thing to do, and an essential experience for any musician that is starting up in Guernsey. For an island this size the music scene is large and diverse, however, it is important for musicians that have grown up on Guernsey to see and understand how the music community works in different places, even if that is only on our neighbouring island.
I would like to thank everyone who was involved in putting this gig on and I hope that <track not found> and other Guernsey artists that have not yet been given the chance will be able to gig in Jersey again soon.]]>
I am doing my GCSE with the WJEC exam board so we were given 15 different topics that we could have chosen for our sketchbook. This part of the qualification is worth 40% of the overall mark so it is worth spending time to choose which topic you think you will do best in. I decided to do one of the visual prompts with the caption, ‘You may wish to make a creative response to a limited colour range’ I was interested in a couple other ideas and prompts but this one stood out as the one I was most interested in. My plan is to link this to people’s emotions e.g. blue=sad yellow=happy and work with that idea. I plan to take inspiration from Natalie Foss who des some great art working to a limited colour scheme and I really love her style.]]>
My plan for the mock was to have a pencil and graphite drawing of the subject of the photo (the rat) and have the background in watercolour paints. Over the top of this I will put a slogan over the top with blue and white card. I ended up deciding on the slogan ‘#rat race again…’ this is because the photo is a selfie style photo so it links in with how social media contributes to the rat race mentality with snap chat streaks etc.
I am about to pack my bags ready for tomorrow morning, the mock is 5 hours split over the whole school day. We get normal lunch and breaks and finish on time like always so it is basically just a day of art. I’m kind of looking forwards to it, it should be very relaxing.]]>
Whether that was the cause of their troubles is a moot point.
2. of little or no practical value, meaning, or relevance; purely academic:
In practical terms, the issue of her application is moot because the deadline has passed.
3. Chiefly Law. not actual; theoretical; hypothetical.
Verb (used with object)
The word comes from a combination of old English words like mōt meaning assembly or meeting, and mōtian meaning to converse, and the more modern English word meeting.
I have got to say that I don’t think I will be able to us this word very often but I’m happy to know it exists and if I’m ever in the situation where the word mot is needed I will definitely take the opportunity.
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Cosmic Fish kicked off the night with their messy pop punk sound that they have been moulding over the past 2 years. The sound crowd has seen these three boys perform from the start of their career and were happy to dance and even attempt a circle pit during their set. The denim waistcoats and leopard print trousers they donned for the gig were a very good choice of Halloween costumes and gave us all something to giggle at.
Next up were Lord Vapour who have steadily become a sound favourite. Their stoner rock sound made the whole room sway slightly and, like always, were received well by the audience. Despite a broken string Henry (their guitarist) picked up another guitar and carried on with the extended solos and catchy licks. The band managed to fill their 45-minute set with long 5 songs and left the crowd wanting more when they had to pack up their stuff and shuffle off stage to make way for Watercolour Matchbox.
The 5-peice started their set heavy and carried the fuzz and riffs through to the end. For this gig, they left behind their synth and their heavy sounds brought the largest crowd of the night down in front of the stage. Their set was mainly made up of songs that will be on their second album, however the fact that most of these songs were new to the crowds’ ears didn’t stop them headbanging and dancing throughout the set.
Tantale were the last band of the night and despite missing a guitarist they successfully mixed the trance-like stoner rock and soaring vocals to create a spooky, thoughtful atmosphere in the Tav. The audience must have been tired out by Watercolour Matchbox because they were far more subdued however, this does not reflect on Tantale’s performance as they were very tight and seemed to be enjoying themselves on stage.
Overall the night was a success, almost everyone left with a sore neck and aching feet; the bands had a fun and each put on a good show. The night had a friendly, welcoming feel as sound saw new, younger faces coming through the doors.]]>