Max Hixon – Lovesick Loverboy – Review

Last week we took a look at Max Hixon’s Lovesick Loverboy single.

Yesterday Max released his first Album by the same title. Max has not only written & produced every song on the album, but has impressively performed it all himself painstakingly mulitracking each instrument.

He also edited the videos himself (with a little help to shoot them).

As we said last week the title track Lovesick Loverboy is truly outstanding and we are pleased to say that the rest of the album follows suit.

One thing we really did like is the tracks all sound individual and doesn’t all blend into one mass of noise like many albums we are sent.

Heres the track rundown: (See last weeks post for Track one)

Track 2 – “Picture Of Perfection” is a classic late 50’s early 60’s pop song which could be compared to songs like: Unchained Melody or The Great Pretender.

Track 3- “What Has Happened To Our Love” is a Del Shannon inspired song and has a really cool feel to it with an Organ making an appearance.

Track 4 -“Loneliest Man” is a moody stripped back Rockabilly Blues number with hints of songs like “All I Can Do Is Cry” about it.

Track 5 -“Loveless Arrangement” is a refreshingly modern sounding song which seems to be inspired by artists like Dion.

Track 6 – “Stolen Heart” is bound to be a new Rockabilly classic.

Track 7 – “Daydream Girl” is a simpler song with some catchy upright bass work.

Track 8 – “Where You Hidin’ Baby” Another very contemporary take on the Rockabilly sound.

Track 9 – “Dream On” – We’d say this one would fit onto a Dreamboats and Petticoats album pretty well.

Track 10 – “Tonight Is All For You” – This track really complements “Dream On” and has great pace to it.

Track 11 – “Call Somebody Honey” – A much heavier Rockabilly song with hints of Imelda May and Brian Setzer.

Track 12 – “Finally Fall In Love” – This acoustic track is like a part B to Picture Of Perfection and is a really great way to end the album.

Well done Max a fantastic debut album which we would call a: Gold Album

You can purchase yourself a copy of the CD here:

  https://www.maxhixonmusic.com/buy-cd

Max Hixon – Lovesick Loverboy – The Single – Out Now !

We are always happy to introduce you to  a new artist and we are really loving this new single by British Singer/Songwriter Max Hixon. Its a real catchy proper rockabilly track with modern lyric writing.

The Songwriting is absolutely top notch and i’m sure Max will become a new favourite for many of our readers. Easily on a level with some of the ReChords or Bellfuries releases which is really saying something.

The bassline is reminiscent of a classic sun early Elvis or Johnny Cash tune.The double bass doubled by the guitar makes it a central part of the piece. The vocals are very clear and you can hear every word. Overall a really nice mix.

He is also one of the first artists on the newly formed Moondream Records which we are sure will have a promising future if this single is anything to go by.

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After this strong single we are looking forward to hearing all the songs on his debut album due later this month which we will be reviewing for you.

Support the artist and buy the single here :

Google Play

Amazon

ITunes

Preorder the album on :

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Vist Max’s Website: Here

GOLD SINGLE

 

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox – Manchester – o2 Apollo – 3rd of March – Review

We were recently given the chance to watch a live performance of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox live at the O2 Apollo in Manchester.

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The venue’s Art Deco style itself was very appropriate for the bands styles of music and aided in setting the scene for the night. Many of the people who had come to watched also dressed up. Lots of the girls had done vintage hair styles (victory rolls everywhere). There was a real sense of excitement in the air and atmosphere.

The show was hosted by a confident Ariana Savalas in a quirky cool manner, with a jet lagged Scott Bradlee making an appearance towards the end of the show. They celebrated the success of the group and featured many songs from the viral youtube videos.

The show opened up very strong with Von Smith’s rendition of Call Me Maybe backed by the talented band with the very cool drummer. Other highlights included the three girls singing “Bye, Bye, Bye” and of course “Blank Space”. The crowd also loved Casey Abrams’s All About The Bass skills.

Giving the vocalists a break, the band played a medley of songs with a tap dancer.

When Scott Bradlee arrived he asked for requests to play on piano by the audience.Being a Manchester gig, a large portion of the audience cried out Wonderwall ! When he asked for another song the cried out “Wonderwall again, Wonderwall everytime” in the end he got some different songs to add in and played a mix of “Thriller”,”Ghostbusters theme”,”Wonderwall”,”Piano Man” and “Heart Of Glass”.

The show included all manner of entertainment; tap dancing, fun instruments, flowers thrown and even a little bit of a lap dance !

An enjoyable evening, recreating the vibe of the videos.Though would of even better if Haley Reinhart and Robyn Adele Anderson had joined them too !

We spoke to two of the other people who had attended after the show heres what they had to say:

  • “A little surprised when Scott Bradlee turned up about three quarters of the way through to be honest. I thought he would of been playing the piano the whole way through.”
  • “Amazing, what a night, absolutely cracked up at wonderwall”

Postmodern Jukebox – Album & Tour !!

Im sure you’ve heard of the viral Youtube sensation that is Postmodern Jukebox. They are well known for taking the hits of today and giving them a full on vintage styled makeover.

It all started as a bedroom project for US Jazz pianist called Scott Bradlee and has now gained over 650 Million youtube views.

The group was pleased to announce to us that they are now releasing their major label debut album called The Essentials ( released by Decca/Concord) in the UK on April 6th alongside this will be an exiting run of live shows, kicking off in sunny Bournemouth on Feb 27th and culminating in 2 nights at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on March 23rd & 24th.

The album will be a great introduction to the world of PMJ or a great release for all those in love with the youtube sensation.It will include eighteen tracks including favourites such as; Seven Nation Army, Hey Ya, All About The Bass and My Heart Will Go On.

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Bradlee writes “It’s my hope that this collection will lead you to discover a world of nostalgia for the music of the past – regardless of where you were born – and welcome you warmly into our community of amazing live performers, creative artists, and music lovers that are dedicated to keeping #RealMusic alive.”

They look forward to seeing  you at one of these excellent tour dates:

Monday 27th February – 02 Academy Bournemouth

Tuesday 28th February – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Wednesday 1st March – Brighton Dome

Friday 3rd March – 02 Apollo Manchester

Sunday 5th March – Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Monday 6th March – Vicar Street, Dublin

Tuesday 7th March – Vicar Street, Dublin

Thursday 9th March – Newcastle City Hall

Wednesday 10th March – Sheffield City Hall

Thursday 11th March – Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Friday 12th March – Liverpool Philharmonic

Tuesday 14th March – 02 Academy Leeds

Wednesday 15th March – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Friday 17th March – 02 Academy Birmingham

Saturday 18th March – Plymouth Pavilions

Monday 20th March – Colston Hall, Bristol

Thursday 23rd March – Eventim-Apollo, London

Friday 24th March – Eventim-Apollo, London

Look out for our future reviews of PMJ !!!!

RWA-( Richard Weize Archives) – New Releases

RWA and Rockstar Records (the parent company who also now look after Rhythm Bomb Records ) have some new releases they will be out the 31st of march ! They wil be availble from the all new store ( http://www.rock-star-records.com/ ) look out for our reviews of the following records:

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Rockabilly In : JAPAN

As we often get messages asking about Vintage or Rockabilly music scenes in different countries, this week we decided to take a look into the excellent Rockabilly coming out of Japan. It seems that it would be an understatement to say that there is a growing scene over in Japan at the moment. Even Rhythm Bomb Records have signed a Japanese band (The Pringles).

The Japanese Rockabillies have become famous for dancing in Yoyogi Park in Tokyo !:

 

They also have some great bands and original music.Here are some of our favourite Japanese Rockabilly videos:

 

 

 

 

An Interview With: Sharna-Mae And The Mayhems

Being one of the favourite bands of our blog, we were lucky to be able to have an interview with Sharna-Mae and The Mayhems. Heres what they had to say:

So how about you tell us all about how you got together as a band ?

It all started when James and I were at sixth form only a few years ago. He was heavily influenced by Johnny Cash and we performed as a duo as part of our music course. We entered music competitions with my younger brother, Scott and performed songs such as Tainted Love in a rockabilly style. We had known Danny for quite a while from being on the same music circuit and when he joined the band we couldn’t have got anyone better. We all get along really well and enjoy performing together.

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What made you interested in performing and writing in this style of music ?

We have all grown up with a variety of genres around us. It wasn’t until I was in my late teens I really fell in love with rockabilly, I had always been really into my musical theatre and country music. We love the energy rockabilly music gives and we enjoy playing it. When it came to writing our first album we just wrote the lyrics and music as it came out. We have quite a variety on the album from a slow country ballad, to upbeat rockabilly and an alternative track.

As a band with original songs, could you tell us a bit about your songwriting process?

As a band we wrote our songs together along with another song writer who has been in the industry for years. We had weekly song writing sessions and we always knew what we wanted to write about. A lot of emotions went into song writing because we either expressed events that had happened in our lives or situations in others.

Are you working on another album or release ?

We do have another album on the cards, it won’t be this year because we are focusing on other parts with the band but we are working on it.

What songs are you listening to at the moment ? ( just a few of your favourites that you have listened to recently )

We all listen to so many different artists. Danny our double bassist has been massively into Hillbilly music, he has even been gigging with another band in Europe. James and I have really been enjoying Chris Stapleton we love his songwriting as well as the harmonies on the album. Scott is currently in sixth form studying music so he listens to so many different genres each day.

Any upcoming gigs where our readers can go and watch you ?

We have so many exciting gigs this year, we have some brilliant festivals as well as playing in France and Amsterdam too in the Summer. Please check out our band pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates on our gigs.

Well thanks guys and gal ! Keep up the good work !