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Artist Spotlight: Strawberry Lace

Better watch out: those guitar hooks are set to reel you in, if you’re not careful.

Alternative 4-piece outfit tapping into the workshop of indie rock creativity, Strawberry Lace are creating music that is simply fun. This unmistakable blend of genres is a showing of that with their song-writing. How each song creates a different appealing side to a band who, through each song they deliver, comes many stories to their name, craft and songwriting work. They’ve been on my radar for a fair while and since they’ve released Wake Up recently, they’ve entered my peripherals yet again and have certainly stayed there.

Their sheer numbers gathered on streaming giants, Spotify, shows just how lovable their music has become within such a short time. The music is effortless at times, with the trailblazing drums setting such a fantastic tone throughout. Dipping their toes every so now and then with indie familiarities with SUGARTHIEF and The Night Cafe, Strawberry Lace are a band you’d not want to forget anytime soon. All of it is so so clever too – from the song structure, to the tone and tempo, they are on my HOTLIST! Question is, will they be on yours too?

Ever Be – Strawberry Lace
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The Brit Awards 2021: What Happened?

Weak punchlines, awkward moments, chaotic introductions and female artists stealing the show, the Brit Awards 2021 had all types of funny and momentous occasions.

Despite popularity trumping musicality with these award shows, it’s still a good laugh and a watch from all things current in the music industry.

With the controversial work of Jack Whitehall returning to host the show again for the third year in a row, the show was flux with jokes that failed to hit the mark, jokes that trump a snort or chortle, or jokes that didn’t catch on at all. But despite the awkward moments with the socially distanced audiences, and flight-testing COVID-friendly live performances, the award show allowed us to delve a little deeper into what we should expect post-lockdown for our live music industry.

Lapping up the fame and notoriety of powerful women in the music industry, Dua Lipa, Little Mix, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and HAIM all made stellar appearances for Best British Group, Best British Album, Best International Group and International accolades that trifled a new domination, the Global Icon award, where previous winners have been Bowie and Elton John.

As they fed off male counterparts with the likes of The 1975 and Biffy Clyro, they made a point to prove for their cultural impact with their music – and rightly so.

Swift and Lipa also both discussed within their speeches, the power of stepping up and rising against resistance from those before them. The iconic moment captured, and taken aboard as every single woman up and down the country effortlessly echo and agree their words.

After the sham of The Grammys, Awards for the Brits wanted to get on the good side of chart-topping electro-pop maestro, The Weeknd as he collected his Best International Male Artist while singing in the rain with his song, Save Your Tears, pre-recorded due to the inability to fly outside the Green Zone into and out of the United States.

The rising scenes of drill music also made an appeareance with J Hus and Headie One making fantastic live show performances and appearances at the awards show, demonstrating just how unique and varied our music scene really is.

Fashion-favourite and pop-lovin’ soloist, Harry Styles swept up the surprises with him taking home the Best British Single with Watermelon Sugar, whilst my favourite artist from the year, Arlo Parks got the fantastic praise she deserves by winning Breakthrough Artist for the year.

My top wtf moments from this year has to be the incontrollable use of ITV’s decision to mute the audio on some explicable language – despite it being past the watermark hour of 9pm. Whitehall made them hit the button a fair few times with him celebrating the majority of the audience being made up of our key workers – and the “corporate wankers” to boot in the boxes too. Capaldi also was a favourite of the mute, as his off-the-cuff introduction speech was simply hilarious and ridiculous at the same time.

“Hello motherfuckers! Listen guys… I’m fucking sweating – it’s like a swamp down there, I’m telling you. Sweaty bollocks.”

In an attempt to follow the controversial steeds of Oasis before him, he certainly made it more entertaining to watch nearing the final strands of the 2-and-a-half runtime of the show.

All in all, it was somewhat of a showing of what British music has to offer and really shows just how iconic and varied our scenes really are. Despite the fact that there are thousands more artists who create more compelling music than those who won but … popularity trumps musicality with these awards shows.

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The Home for Heavy Rock Lovers: Music Playlist of May 2021

Welcome, my pivotal Pit-dwellers. Please venture into the list below about the newest and strongest heavy rock music in the month of May right now.

My Town (feat. Joe Talbot) – Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes: Slow reproach from an otherwise chaotic sound … but new sound is fresh and promising.

The Chant – Gojira: The anthemic churns of Gojira with this song is befitting with a sense of euryopia. Raise your fists to this one.

He’s So Good – Trash Boat: Soaring choruses enthused with punk rock and post-hardcore – what’s not to love?

Dead Butterflies – Architects: Album review of this one pretty much sums up the new sounds from these lads. Greatness abound, worth every listen.

War – IDLES: Talbot and his crew joins the list a second time with their passionate, darkly intimidating work demonstrates the best in the UK scene of punk rock right now. Utterly damaging, it’s brilliant.

One+One – Death From Above 1979: Gritty configurations and dirty lyricisms, 1979’s new material is colossal and composes elements from Royal Blood’s new album, Typhoons.

NERVOUS – While She Sleeps, Simon Neil – Another cross-collaboration with Biffy’s frontman, Simon Neil, NERVOUS are redefining the works of modern metal. Cathartics matched with beauty.

Only Love Can Save Me Now – The Pretty Reckless – True classic hard rock empowered with an emphatic line-up. Matt Cameron, Kim Thayil, Taylor Momsen. Phwoar.

Whiplash – The Horrors – Electrifying horror-show by the Horrors. Hard rock at its best. See you in The Pit for this one in the summer soon.

THE PIT. THE PIT. THE PIT. THE PIT. THE PIT.

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Where do we all come from?

Morning folks. Hope your week is set to be planned with plenty of happiness and surprises. This imposing title does assume that we’ve entered a deep spiritual conversation, doesn’t it ?

But alas, I was thinking a lot over the weekend where the majority of my set of loyal readers come from. I’m always intrigued in where people have settled around the world so, let me know your place of residence! I’d love to find out. This way, I can certainly diverge and conjure up new news, industry talks and album reviews that reflects or is known to your ‘home town,’ just so we can connect to each other that little more!

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Gerry Cinnamon: The True Story Teller of Music

Fiercely independent in any scenario is a difficult task to undertake and complete well. Being fiercely independent in the music industry without any financial backing from that of a record label? – An unequivocally difficult feat to do and do well, mind. A true musician who personifies in relatable story-telling is the man that goes by Gerry Cinnamon.

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A brutish, relatable and genuine in design, Cinnamon is a brutally honest with his portrayal as a music artist, as he is with his lyrics. Held deep within an industry that changes to the consumer, Gerard Crosbie has kept himself to himself – with keeping his local accent in tone with his brutally honest lyrics. It is a tribal fusion of rock and folk at its best.

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Fashioning a reputation as the world’s greatest independent music artists, he has championed and broken great records in his journey. His sing-along anthems are emphatically powerful, rich and simply modest. With just a man and his acoustic guitar, he has reached impressive heights that gives Ginger Ed a run for his money.

Sometimes, Belter, Canter, Where We’re Going, Ghost.

An acoustic extraordinaire and a simple marvel in creating empathetic work, he joins the ever-growing list of prolific Scots who are turning the industry upside down into a Northern nuisance of fantastic music.

Biffy Clyro, Twin Atlantic, Paolo Nutini, Lewis Capaldi, The Snuts, Gerry Cinnamon. These are just a few artists that come to mind in an industry littered with them.

If it’s one thing the Scots do right, it’s writing music.