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

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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

 

An Interview With: Lew Phillips

Many of you may remember pop singer/songwriter Lew Phillips from his time on Rhythm Bomb Records and Wild but there have been many changes and developments in Lew’s career as we catch up with him in this interview.

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So tell us a bit of the Lew Phillips story so far ?

I was born in a small town in the province of Quebec in Canada called Joliette. I started being interested in music around the age of 4 because of my great late grandpa. I grew up in this small town and been to high school, then I thought it was about time for me to move to a bigger city, so I moved to Montreal. In 2013 while I was still living at my parents house, I got signed by Wild Records in California and released a single called “Mister Colter”! Then I got signed by Rhythm Bomb Records in 2013 and released my first album “Self Titled” in 2014! I left Rhythm Bomb Records in 2015 when my contract with them expired because I had bigger ambitions, aspirations and dreams and was tired to play rock n roll. I wanted to explore Pop music and make my music much more complex.

How would you describe your Sound ? What influences do you have ?

I would say it’s kinda hard to explain. I am basically doing Pop music, but I get inspiration from many different things. I get inspired by music from the 40s like Frank Sinatra, the 50s Rock N Roll and Doo Wop Stuff, the 60s Pop music like the Beach Boys, Neil Sedaka, The Four Seasons, Jay and The Americans, The 60s Merseybeat stuff like The Beatles, Gerry and The Pacemakers, the Dave Clark 5,Peter and Gordon, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, 40s, 50s and 60s Latin music, 40s, 50s and 60s Cha Cha music, the 40s, 50s and 60s Mambo music, the 40s, 60s and 60s traditional Italian music, All the Phil Spector work as a producer in the 60s (the wall of sound area), the Motown of the 60s, soul music from the late 50s and early 60s, and nowadays artists like Leon Bridges, Raphael Saadiq, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats, Whitney, Kevin Morby, Papooz and Sam Smith.

What are you working on right now ?

My second album which I’m actually recording. The album is going to be called “Orleans Avenue” because I’ve wrote all the songs on this street where I’m actually living right now. There will be 3 volumes Vol.1-2 and 3! But they will be separated volumes, it’s not a triple album, you can buy the volume 1 only if you want to for example.

There will be 13 new original and different songs on each volume. I’m pretty excited about it cause I’m producing the whole thing myself.

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As an artist who writes original music, could you explain your songwriting process ?

Yes I can! It used to be and come out only when I wasn’t expecting it, but later on I’ve started applied a technique from the famous Brill Buildings in New York rich consisted of locking yourself up in a cubicle from 10h00AM to 5h00PM trying to write one good song each day. And let me tell you, it really works!

What will be the next step for your music ?

Easy! Get signed by a good label in the music industry in Canada or the USA. There’s good independent labels on the Pop circuit like Mom+Pop Music, Dine Alone Records, Arts &Crafts, Secretly Canadian and the list goes on and on.

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How will your new album differ from your last ?

Like I said earlier there’s plenty of things which will differ from what I did earlier, but I guess the major thing is the switch from Rock N Roll aka underground music to Pop music aka commercial music (as seen by many underground music lovers).

What songs are you listening to at the moment ?

Puff! It’s pretty much hard to tell! I listen to do many stuff every day! I’m a sucker for Phil Spector’s genius and his famous Wall Of Sound! This guy is it! But I also listen to so many different stuff.

Well thanks so much Lew

We look forward to seeing your progress on: Orleans Avenue – Volume 1 

An old video made during Lew’s time in the UK:

The ReChords – Don’t Know Much – Self Released

Melbourne’s much loved trio The ReChords have released an outstanding single.

A snappy up to date song with real commercial appeal and perfect harmony. Its nice to see progression and modernisation in the Rockabilly scene.

They have the classic style and instrumentation with modern production and writing. We would love to see them continue down this path.

In our opinion completely under rated.

The release is accompanied by a simple yet super effective clean video.

http://therechords.com/ – Website

Recording Quality (out of ten): 10 

Authenticity (out of ten): 8

Songwriting (out of ten): 9 

Enjoyment (out of ten): 10 

Overall Score (out of 40): 37

GOLD  SINGLE