Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Picture This – A Concert Recommendation

     In September, Picture This will again leave the friendly confines of Ireland for performances is the United States. San Francisco is among the visits. The duo will be at Rickshaw Stop on September 21, 2017. For ticket information, CLICK HERE

     Picture This are Jimmy Rainsford (drums) and Ryan Hennessy (vocals, guitar) from Athy, Ireland. They have exploded in Europe and hope to do so on this side of the Atlantic. Here is a short video that provides a better understanding of their personalities and their shared history. 

September Tour Dates:
9/7        Cambridge, MA                        The Sinclair
9/8        Philadelphia, PA                       The Foundry at The Fillmore
9/9        Washington, D.C.                     The Rock and Roll Hotel
9/12      New York, NY                           Bowery Ballroom
9/14      Toronto, ON                              Velvet Underground
9/16      Chicago, IL                               Schubas Tavern
9/19      Los Angeles, CA                       The Echo
9/21      San Francisco, CA                    Rickshaw Stop (TICKETS)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

“Sliding” by Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire – A Video and Song Review

     “Sliding” is easily divisible into two sections with fundamentally different orientations. That’s true whether your focus is directed lyrically, instrumentally or vocally. The video adds a visual dimension to the difference.

     The orientation shift is most noticeable in the lyrics. For the first section, the song reflects a mental anguish and an uncertainty (a “swithering”):
“I can feel it all sliding away from me
And I can feel it all sliding
It’s getting hard to breathe
My head’s below the sea”

     In comparison, the post-shift lyrics declare “I’m doing well, can’t you tell that I’m over the worst.” The orientation change is telegraphed by the instrumental support. Shortly after the 3:50 mark, the sound of strings enters as a short downtempo passage ends. Vocally, the song switches from being driven by the lead singer (Roddy Hart) to placing the emphasis on group vocals. Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire have the luxury of including six members with the ability to contribute to the vocals.

     In the video, the first section involves images that travel outward from the person’s (Roddy) eye. At 3:50, the direction reverses. Interestingly, the song ends with a spiral staircase being rotated, withdrawn, and re-dimensioned to fit the eye.

     Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire are based in Glasgow, Scotland. The members of the band are Roddy Hart (vocals, guitars, piano), Scott Clark (bass, vocals), Scott Mackay (drums), John Martin (guitars, vocals), Geoff Martyn (piano, organ, vocals), Gordon Turner (guitars, keys, vocals), and Andy Lucas (keys, vocals).


“Sliding” by Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire 

The “Swithering” album

Monday, July 24, 2017

“Metal” by FEWS – A Song Review

    Some days require a more intensive energy infusion than others. Coffee is useful, but not enough by itself. Today, “Metal” made the difference. It arrived from Sweden by way of the UK.

     FEWS is a quartet formed of one member from Californian and three from Sweden. They are now based in the London. The band is intentionally secretive regarding individual names. If they continue to generate music with the appeal of “Metal,” such options will be removed from their control.

     “Metal” by FEWS