A Chat With: Easton Guillory

Interview, Pop, Prog, Uncategorized

Prog pop may not be the most obvious combination in the music-fusion canon but forward-thinker Easton Guillory is not putting on the brakes on his creative train. Ahead of his new EP, End of Walls, we got chatting to the man himself to find out more…

RR: What to you is the best rock album of all time and why?

Tricky one. I find myself going back and forth between a classic 70s-ish prog album like Gentle Giant’s Power and Glory, Bowies Hunky Dory or literally anything by King Crimson, and a more modern vibe like Alt-J’s first two albums or a selection of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. If I really must choose I think it would have to come down to a Radiohead album, choosing between them is like making me choose between my children (cats).

At the time of first listen I’d say the album that gripped me the most was Hail to the thief. A really great balance of tricky time signatures, everchanging modulation and general proggy vibes but delivered in a manner that is approachable by your average joe and not too scary on first glance. The range of instrumentation and general soundscape between tracks I also find interesting, almost an homage to how they have developed throughout the years since Pablo, giving hints of punk rock, electronic, heavy rock, orchestral etc. Always maintaining a very clear Radiohead sound and compositional approach.

RR: How did you first discover rock music?

I was pretty late to rock music to be honest, growing up the only music that was played in our house was traditional English or Gaelic folk music which was down to my mam, she’s a mega ‘folky.’ By the time I was a teenager and finally got my first electric guitar and started receiving lessons, my teacher introduced me to the world of classic rock like Gun’s N Roses, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin etc. Although it wasn’t until I came to Leeds to study music at University that I truly found my own musical opinion and fell in love with all things proggy and weird.

RR: How would you describe the current state of rock/alternative music?

I think every genre has its good and bad artists, and rock is no exception, however I do genuinely feel positive about the future for rock. The rise of bands such as Black Midi and Black Country New Road is extremely exciting for noise/prog rock and rock in general as I think they are really going in their own direction and bring a sense of originality, which gets harder and harder every day.

You have Richard Dawson with his last few albums, a strange mixture of folk-esque lyrics with very proggy composition and often quite purposely harsh performance giving it the very rawest of feels. The new band The Smile is also very exciting, again using typically very proggy compositional methods like crazy time signatures and sudden modulations, but with an overlying sense of punky jazz?!? I think underground scenes in cities across UK are getting more impactful so bands with your smaller ‘cult’ followings are getting more recognition in the wider community and it’s something I personally love to see.

RR: Who is your current favourite rock/alternative artist and why?

It’s gonna have to be Radiohead. They were the band that made me seriously fall in love with music and set the foundations for my musical opinion as a whole. As I mentioned earlier, the way they can disguise very proggy and general unconventional compositional techniques within user-friendly rock music is baffling. When you see your none musician friends nodding there head along to a song in 13/8 you know something has been done right. I’m almost always surprised when I actually start to analyse a Radiohead song because it always ends up being way more complicated than it sounds.

I read somewhere recently that Radiohead were defined as ‘stealth prog’ which I just absolutely loved because it explains this entirely. Radiohead are the kings of stealth prog, and that’s why they’re my favourite band.

RR: Do you see the genre evolving in any particular way at the moment? For good or for bad?

Yes like I mentioned earlier I have hope that the growth of underground scenes and smaller cult followings will bring forward these more unconventional bands/artists and more styles of music are being accepted into the mainstream media.

RR: Progressive pop is such an interesting and unique genre label, what made you want to produce music within this sphere?

At the risk of repeating myself, the whole idea of having unconventional, proggy ideas within a nice, easy sounding package is something that really appeals to me. Being my debut EP I want it to be accepted by a wider crowd but I’m also really not one for a 1, 5, 6, 4 progression if you feel me.

Personally I never listen to lyrics first in a song, I’m always drawn to the music and the lyrics come entirely second, which is parallel to how I write music 90% of the time. I wanted the music to be the main interest in my songs, however I still wanted to tell my story therefore the music needed to make way for that. This balance of trying to make the music interesting whilst not being too overwhelming for the lyrics to have actual meaning and impact, resulted in this Prog Pop blend.

RR: What was the general songwriting process on the EP? Were there any challenges to overcome?

It was a long and slow process the production of this EP. As usual, time and money was the main issue throughout the earlier stages and not to mention F*king covid and lockdowns. I worked in a restaurant as a waiter doing long hours for minimum wage while trying to find the time and money to work on this EP. It got to the point where I was pretty much ready to give up and pack it in due to how expensive it was turning out to be.

I then received the tricky news of my grandmas passing which I struggled with for a while and took some time off from music. We have a very big family with not a lot between us but when we sold our grandmas house we all got a share which finally gave me the financial boost I needed to record and produce the EP once and for all. She was always very supportive of my musical endeavours and turned out to be the sole reason I was able to take them further, even after death.

Easton’s new EP ‘End Of Walls’ drops 05/04/22!

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87 and The Toys Release diverse, alternative EP ‘Japanesy If You Pleasey’

Indie, Pop

87 and the Toys are back with ”Japanesy If You Pleasey”, which combines Japanese and American culture into their current indie pop style, pondering every day issues from goading incumbent Republican Governor of Georgia over his attitude of Covid-19, to the sadness of realising there are no more Bojack Horseman episodes to watch.

87 and the Toys subscribe to the school of absolute musical purity with no filters or overblown production techniques, instead choosing to embody a commitment to authenticity.

With Dave on stand-up bass and Guitar, Hana on min-drum kit, piano and vocals, and Patrick on Rhythm Guitar and Vocals, fans are in for a treat. As Hana hails from Japan, the rich culture infuses the EP thoroughly with Eastern elements. This is found in the tracks ”All you can eat Sushi” – a song initially written as a joke by Patrick to convince Hana to go to a sushi restaurant.

Another Track to set your psyche on a spiral is Bojack, written about the fascination of a new series (in this context ”Bojack Horseman”) after Patrick had binge-watched the show and suddenly realised their are no more episodes to watch.

Listen to 87 And The Toys’ Japanesy If You Pleasey here: https://soundcloud.com/87andthetoys/sets/japanesy-if-you-pleasey

Filled with different sounds and elements, 87 and the Toys have excelled in representing a multitude of genres with their new EP, and are an impressive showcase of why bands that don’t take themselves too seriously are more than capable of producing great tunes.

For all things 87 and the Toys, be sure to follow their social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/87andthetoys

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/87band/

Website: https://87andthetoys.bandcamp.com/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/87andthetoys/sets/japanesy-if-you-pleasey 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3pv3LeeMHwQtauS4aPrxHX?si=kRlGaG0vTtGRXZL8YYoUsw

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChwi1ucmaeMWuWLkJTE6HMg

Check out the latest episode of The Quite Great Radio Show

Episode 3 of ‘Just Checking In’ is now out – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pNt2GF_LcA&t=197s

90’s rock and psychedelic sounds, Keemosabe’s forthcoming EP is one that spans genres

Indie, Pop, Rock

From playing in small clubs in their little city on Lake Maggiore, to legendary venues and festivals of big city centres like New York, Milan and London, modern pop/rock band Keemosabe present a sound that is accessible to lovers of energetic grooves, powerful riffs and pop melodies.

Set to release their self-titled forthcoming EP, the Italian band fuse elements of 90’s rock and psychedelic break-downs to create an all-round euphoric, genre-spanning sound that caters for fans of the likes of Kings of Leon and Foals.

Having previously released ‘Stay Awake’ and ‘All is One’ the band are set to release their single ‘Out of the City’ next week on 7th March – a track that reflects the fury and drama of the world’s busiest cities.

Their London dates proved a huge success, selling out both The Islington and Servant’s Jazz Quarters, whilst their popularity in Milan saw them playing the city’s largest venues, including the 3,000-capacity Alcatraz. After recording and mastering their EP at Abbey Road Studios, they were subsequently invited to perform a live show at the fabled Studio One.

With live dates set for both Italy and the UK and their debut album nearing completion, Keemosabe are a name to get to know this year.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Keemosabe_Band

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSUlceo8qpA4bJY_DwqsjiA/videos

Website: www.keemosabeband.com 

A Sprint To Success – UK’s Biggest Unsigned Band Chasing Deer Release New Album, “Hands On”

Live, Music, News, Pop, Rock

Being labelled ‘The Biggest Unsigned Band’ isn’t exactly the label every band would want in the day and age, but when you are playing to crowds bigger than Adele’s, surely they are doing something right!

This fantastic compilation of tracks derives from the minds of three talented musicians; Rob, Adam and Peter, who make up the band that is Chasing Deer. Additionally, it’s hard to pin down what exact genre this band are. They may label themselves as ‘Pop’ but the elements of indie, and what can only be described as ‘Muse-like’ comparisons, make it very original.

The simplicity of the album cover almost completely contrasts from the complexity of their tracks, but this is an excellent way of hiding away all the excellence of this album, until it is listened to in full.

What does is sound like?

There are a lot of elements in most tracks which emit tonal comparisons of Arctic Monkeys (pre-2015/or when they were good if you want to call it that…). The guitars are very well mixed within the tracks, and overall the album has a fantastic fluidity to it, that doesn’t drop it consistency at anytime throughout, making it an excellent album to play on a long car journey!

Of course it is easy to sit and compare them to other existing bands, but what should really be focused on is the fact that they are incredibly talented musicians, with the idea of expressing their passions and stories through music which all can enjoy.

It is difficult to been even the slightest bit negative about this album, and there is no doubt that with the slightest bit of promotion, this will be an absolute hit.

The album will be released on Friday 30th November 2018, with an early physical release on 22nd November at their Album Launch Show, taking place at Bush Hall. This will will see them perform a fully BSL accessible show, with an interpreted performance on stage. Audience members will be able to get their hands on the CD a whole week before general release, in addition to copies of a very limited vinyl release!

Buy tickets here https://bushhall.seetickets.com/event/chasing-deer/bush-hall/1227795

To listen, click on the links below!

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6dYpvLzQD7hengPe9uhize?si=xk3A1vssRpGnlU1AuqfYdQ

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/chasingdeer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chasingdeer

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chasingdeerband

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chasingdeerband/

Website: https://www.chasingdeer-official.com/

A Combo Of All Your Favourite Fusions, Statue Thieves Feed The Sounds For Your Soul

Alternative, Experimental, Indie, Metal, Pop, Punk, Rock

 

The boys over at Statue Thieves have made it apparently clear that their blend of rock psychedelic fusion is no joke, and that they have every intention on standing out with their eclectic sound.

Comprised up of 4 musicians Craig Ingham, Ivan Muela, Gennaro Oliviero and Michal Domin, each with a key component to the weird yet strangely familiar style Statue Thieves preserve.

The reason i say familiar as they clearly draw inspiration from the 60’s and 70’s, with bright guitar effects reminiscent to the likes of Jimi Hendrix.

If this sounds like your kind of thing, be sure to check them out:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thestatuethieves

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5wHg2AqewiKhluNdAFamMV

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thestatuethieves/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/statuethieves

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestatuethieves/

Website: http://www.thestatuethieves.com/

 

Ben Ridley, Turning His Classical World Upside Down, With New Pop Album ‘Sing’

Alternative, Experimental, Folk, Funk, Indie, Pop

 

Being able to switch music genres, midway through your career is something that some musicians crave, to have satisfaction in your work in one field, to them do a full U-turn and create something complete new is one hell of a life goal, and Ben Ridley has made it clear that his new found pop career is here to stay!

Ben Ridley’s previous music path was quite different, consisting a classical piano compositions, however, with the recent release of tracks such as ‘Sing’ and ‘Dancing Mood’. These tracks take the traditional elements of a classic pop song, but with added flare that only Ben could bring to the table.

With the added addition of more pop treats guaranteed further down the line, Ben Ridley is definitely one to keep your eye on.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmbBMAky4e8

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ben-Ridley-194235297798511/

Instagram: BenRidleyMusic

Twitter:  BenRidleyMusic

Taking A Stand, Saint Mars Release New Project That Highlights The Effects Of Bullying

Alternative, Experimental, Folk, Indie, Pop, Rock

 

Breaking barriers between Europe and the USA, Saint Mars have incorporated the voice of 13 year old Tryzdin Grubbs, a talented young singer who found fame in a internet viral video, in which he covers Adele’s ‘Hello’, making him an instant hit!

This experimental, pop-rock project is a concept album that revolves around the harsh effects of bullying, especially in a younger generation. To convey this, the band gained the youthful, yet defined voice of 13 year old Tryzdin Grubbs.

The sweet and soft voice brings the track to life, and gives it a new and experimental twist. With a brand new single out on April 28th, be sure to check them out:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/saint_mars

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJDziNXZFtNpmd_BIZ1z_EA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SAINT.MARS.OFFICIAL/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarcDarcange?edit=true

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saint.mars/

Website: https://www.saintmars.net

Review: Hunter’s ‘So Gay’ Track Gets The Bigger Man Remix Treatment

Alternative, dubstep, Experimental, Hip Hop, Pop

 

Hunter, the man responsible for the recent release ‘So Gay’, a electro-blues fusion track which talks about social issues, and tells the story of a man declaring his sexuality in a bold and confident way.

With the song gaining traction within the LGBTQ community, as well as social media groups and larger scale radios, Hunter decided to take his tune to the next level, introducing the ‘Bigger man’ remix, mixed by Krupatron.

The track itself is a completely new take on the original with mainly techno and house based instrumentation, with his vocals having the occasional skip or double hit.

 

This is a great tune, and with a slightly techno/pop-bloodhound gang feel and Hunters husky blues vocals, it proves that the coupling of these two elements really do work and they stand out as powerful and brilliantly entertaining.

So be sure to check him out:

Website: http://www.hunterthevoice.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hunter-Hunter-126407388048990/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HunterTheVoice

Instagram: hunter.the.voice

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3eJ-jIzxaZ2ahFwDiva9dA?view_as=subscriber

Roman Zayats Is Making The Rounds With Surprise New Track ‘Cold’

dubstep, Experimental, Hip Hop, Pop

 

Roman Zayats, a Russian DJ who has been slaving away since he was young, writing, composing and recording his own material, however, now its time for Roman to take a step back, making way for his mystery guest vocalists.

His brand new single ‘Cold’ comes with the information that Roman’s latest venture will include different vocalists, and 1 very special guest vocalist. The track cold is a EDM and House/Techno treat, and a perfect pre-release to his upcoming project.

So if you are as excited as we are, be sure to check him out:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/romanzayats_official

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_bvM6qe5zrBy3EosF4yowg

Facebook: facebook.com/roman.zayats.80

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RomanZajats

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roman_zayats_80/

Website: https://romanzayats.com/

Luuk Lagrange Manages To Stay Out Of The Limelight, All While Releasing Brand New Track ‘Invisible’

Alternative, dubstep, Experimental, Hip Hop, Pop

 

 

Reading the title of the song, you may think that there is a strange link between the title and the artist, and you would be right, but what you may not know, is that it literal, Luuk is invisible!

Well, not 100% invisible, however he tries to not give his identity away frivolously, with fans left with just a name to recognize him by.  Luuk’s most recent release ‘Invisible’ is a homage to so many dance and EDM influences past and present, but with elements of house/techno and melodies that are dark and haunting, Luuk manages to spearhead a brand new style, giving his music an original feel.

With more fantastically arranged tunes yet to come, be sure to check him out:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-746655712/invisible    

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luuklagrange    

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LuukLagrange

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/luuk.lagrange/   

Website: https://www.luuklagrange.com/