The Low Down: Joe Symes & The Loving Kind – Acoustic Variations EP Review

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Acoustic Variations EP

After the release of their debut album, Liverpool band Joe Symes & The Loving Kind toured all over the UK performing their material from their self-titled album. They have played some major support slots including Steve Cradock (Ocean Colour Scene/Paul Weller), The Blockheads, Dodgy, XTC, Bloc Party and Alt-J, headlining Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Aftershow Party. In addition to this they have played the Festival circuit, and have come to the attention of Creation Management’s Alan McGee. Their album was well received in America, with magazine and airplay all over the world.

 ‘Scousedellia’ – Alan McGee, Creation

The release of their last double A side single ‘Things Get Better/I’m Gonna Find Out Someday’, showcased how they have progressed with increasingly energetic live performances and a heavier sound; but still kept their distinctive feel found on the first album. ‘Things Get Better’ attracted attention at home and abroad, BBC Introducing, being played at Anfield (Liverpool Football Club) on match days, and major international airplay.

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In 2016, the band were asked to play Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Aftershow Party once again at the 02 Academy Liverpool, as well as featuring on LFC TV (Liverpool Football Club’s official TV station) Bay TV’s Arts Alive show, and Radio City Talk (105.9 FM). Last summer they performed at festivals around the U.K alongside bands such as Dave McCabe (The Zutons), Space, The Icicle Works, and The Christians, and have commenced work on their long awaited second album which will be released towards the end of 2017; recently working on the album at Peter Gabriel’s Solid State Logic Studios in Oxfordshire.

They recently released their Acoustic Variations EP. Here’s my review of the latest release from Joe Symes & The Loving Kind.

 

Review

I’m Gonna Find Out Someday – features a gentle acoustic start which picks up the pace before the melodic vocals come in. It has a stripped back sound which is easy on the ear and lovely. It has lyrics such as ‘down in my soul my heart is yearning’, quite a reflective song.

Fine Line – has a fast tempo, husky vocals, cheery strumming of guitars and is a catchy song. It’s a very upbeat tune and I like the percussion, it helps to make it sound very cheerful. It’s very Britpop with good harmonies and a sing a long infectious chorus. I like the ‘live’ sound.

You’re Not Coming Back Tomorrow – the live in the studio sound makes this tune sound quite atmospheric. The song features a sweeping but gentle melody with sway along gentler and softer vocals. It’s a slower paced song but still catchy and infectious nonetheless.

No Turning Back – again has a gentle stripped back start, this song moves along at a slower pace. It’s a melancholy song about love lost and the pain of missing that person with lyrics such as ‘my future is in the past’ and ‘there’s no way forward and there’s no turning back’. It’s an understated and gentle song, easy listening.

This is a really good EP from this talented band from Liverpool. It’s very likeable and easy to listen to. Understated and very well done.

They have some gigs coming up as part of a Spring Mini Tour over the next few months which you can get more details of from their website. Here’s the link to the new EP: Acoustic Variations EP

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Acknowledgements

Good luck with the EP Joe and the band, it’s a good one!

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The Low Down – Mark Anthony Interview

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Mark Anthony is a North London born and bred singer-songwriter that I had the pleasure of meeting while I was on a recent trip to London for the Unsigned Music Awards. On 31st October Mark released his debut album Reckless Caution (click on the album name to have a listen). Mark’s music fits into several genres such as Urban Pop/Hip-Hop/Trap Rap/House/Elecro. On 4 March 2017 he’ll be playing his first headline solo gig, and featuring some tracks from the album at the St Moritz Club in Soho, London.

As a teenager he and his friends would hang around the London estate where he lived imitating rappers and writing their own raps to perform. Mark met a rapper from South London, Hi Breed and a singer from West London, Paul Lee. Eventually after being friends for quite a while the trio formed the group ‘The Meds Collective‘. They teamed up with a London based producer BA Nusance and recorded tracks together.

In May 2012 The Meds Collective released their debut album ‘Heartbreaks & Remedies’ and in January 2013 released an EP ‘Change’.They toured all over the UK after both releases and they also built up a core fan base around Europe and beyond. The Meds Collective split in September 2014. Following on from this, in December 2015 after writing and recording solo material, Mark released his debut single ‘An 80’s vibe’. After that he released ‘London City’ in February 2016 and ‘I Still Miss You’ in May 2016.

On 24 September 2016 Mark supported Tony Mortimer, former member of  British group ‘East 17’ (who were one of the big pop bands in the 90’s) at the O2 Academy Islington in London.Tony has continued on as a solo artist, a record producer and manager of bands. You can hear more about this big and busy gig for Mark in our interview.

Mark is also a music columnist for North London magazine “The Crouch End Connection“, and has his own weekly radio show “The Evening Sessions“on Shoreditch Radio every Monday from 9 – 10pm. A talented and busy man!

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So onto my interview which was conducted after meeting and chatting to Mark for a while beforehand (topics of conversation included Peter Andre, Blur and our day jobs!). He’s a great person to interview; very warm, friendly and chilled out. Mark was a star answering all my questions with ease including rate or slate! We spoke about Queen, Damon Alban, what’s next for Mark, collaborations and who he’d like to go on a road trip with.

Click on this link to watch the full interview with Mark:

Mark Anthony – interview

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Acknowledgements

My thanks to Mark for being such a good sport, you’re never getting to forget your answer to guilty pleasures! Thanks also to Katie G from Radio Saltire for initially connecting Mark and I. Finally thanks to my fellow Owl GeeGee for again being my fantastic videographer.


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