Retrograde - Reviews

Charlie Leavy ' The Best Damn Ride'

April 6, 2016



                                                                        I’m not a big fan of acoustic acts and its clear if you know me, however Charlie Leavy’s song 'The Way 
Life Is’ is surprisingly, excruciatingly, good. Her voice is stunning and has a lot of soul which is increasingly rare when it comes to acoustic artists unfortunately, but what can you do. 

The lyrics are clear and understandable and she sings it with such sway that it makes you want her to sing for you, personally. It’s rare that I get excited about acoustic acts but she made my ears prick up even with the poppy structures. Every added element gives the EP depth and it is by no means just another album by a singer song writer.

 I’d like to see her live and I’d like to hear her belt  out a  song as it sounds to me like she’s holding something back,  all the way back. I would love to hear her sing something bigger, on stage with the loudest microphone you can find in the western world. The second song isn’t my favourite but still shows her unique and adaptable voice, the lyrics are very relatable,

  The entire EP from the ballads to the more upbeat songs all have such charm and at times sounds a bit poppy, like early Bieber poppy but the passion in her voice overcome any negative views I may have on certain songs’ writing styles. I‘m fucking falling in love with her voice, song after song.

 Most of the songs on this EP have the charisma of someone who’s head over heels in love and doesn’t know what to do which makes it all the more relatable because unfortunately we’ve all been there at some point.  

Charlie Leavy’s voice has hints of Jacqui Abbott at times with beautiful harmonies that work in perfect balance with her guitar work. Her passion is unrelenting through each song on the new EP, I hope to see her progress and I expect to see a lot more of her in the future. 

 

You can listen to ‘The Best Damn Ride’  and other songs here

http://www.charlieleavymusic.com

https://soundcloud.com/charlieleavymusic

https://twitter.com/charliemusic96

https://www.facebook.com/charlieleavymusic

 

The Forgotten Age

April 5, 2016





The Forgotten Age are a four piece metal core band from Bangor Gwynedd who have just released their new track ’Undone´. This track started off a little screamy for my tastes at the beginning but I held out hope. Incorporating mid 2000 style riffs and melodies with surprisingly clear vocals that wouldn’t be out of place in a pop songs however it seemed to work.  The guitarists know they’re way around their instruments and as much as I wish there was more of the growling that pricked my ...


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The Rash

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The Rash are a punk band from Ashford who have felt the need to bring this style of Punk back into the forefront. With interesting Lyndon-esque vocals and fleeting moments of typical early seventies harmonies, to say this band are reminiscent of the past would be an understatement.

Its no secret to my ears that this band really sounds Like The Sex Pistols on certain songs, but you’d be mistaken if you though they sounded like a tribute band. Taking all the crassness and charm of The Sex P...


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Sonic Revolvers - N.S.A

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This new release by band Sonic Revolvers has a simple but effective use of a very early 2000’s writing style that will make all ex Blink 182 fans lose their shit.  With bursts of uplifting melodies and very clear vocals the song has a very solid base.

Easy to nod along to and very radio friendly this song will definitely create a wide range of target audiences.  The song itself could do with a bit more complexity for my tastes however the bands have managed to sell out their next gig. The ...


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Me Me Detroit

March 14, 2016



Me Me Detroit is a singer songwriter based in the UK with a musical style reminiscent of The Smashing Pumpkins and Incubus. Her vocals draw out the 90’s Alt Rocker in you as she yearns for your attention. Definitely to be played on a lazy Sunday afternoon, gearing you up for your inevitable Monday morning. Her soft verses with ever so slightly grittier choruses that remind you of smoking indoors and council housing will leave you in peaceful mourning for the mid-nineties.

 ‘Adelaide´ l...


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WolfeSunday

March 10, 2016



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Technically the vocals could do with some work, however it only adds to the texture and soul of the music. Immediately your ears ...


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La Flamme Broken Hearted Sons Charity Release

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This EP will no doubt have classic rock fans nodding and singing along with its radio friendly melodies and lyrically simple yet effective use of solid guitar work. Most songs roll into one another in an a...


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Meta-Stasis

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The metal scene in the UK has been missing something. Don’t get me wrong its picking up the pace as of late, with new talent popping up recently. But this new wave of decent underground metal is lacking in something, we've got young black metal bands such as Aeternum, prog metal bands like Carpathia but we're missing some vital. Well we were, Meta- Stasis are made up of members of Ted Maul, Sikth and Man Must Die and are here to tear you ears apart. I'm not going to lie, when I came across ...


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