“The Purple Stems” from The Silverbeets

By:   Jerome Fitts

In a world where we try to predict the next best thing or copy the remaining sounds of the strings that were left behind from those that created it, there are somethings or songs that remains original. You just have to look for it and we found it in Tasmania, Australia in The Silverbeets.

For starters in 2017, unfortunately we (the indie music community) have screwed it up with overly saturated athems that makes very little sense within the indie musical circuit. We can all agree that at the top of the music chain, which used to be considered the cream of the crop, there are more bird droppings than organic melodies. The search for bands that are genuine can be found in remote places or as one would think; the bottom of the world.  In this months music review, there is a certain Indie Pop band that can be found near the bottom of the earth that someday will rise to the cream of the top. – The Silverbeets.

The band, which is essentially the master mind of Farnz Cordeaux, was created in 2010 in Tasmania, Australia. Their current debut E.P. “The Purple Stems”  which initially generated a positive knee jerk reaction from their online music community has also garnered a list of enquirers and a respectable number of online engagements based on the unique writing style of their lyrics. Farnz seems to have made an effort to remind us where the melodic machine of music comes from.

The Silverbeets. 2017
Photo Used By Kind Permission. 2017

Farnz Corbeaux, explained it best;

 “The song, Does Not Equal Ten, is a song about love going wrong. It’s those relationships that you find yourself in that aren’t healthy but there’s something about the relationship that you can’t break, or you do but you go back. Perhaps it’s great sex, maybe it’s money, maybe it’s cos of beauty or power or whatever, but whatever it is everyone else can see that therelationship isn’t right except the two people in it.  Eventually you figure it out and split for good but until that point it can be painful for everyone. The chorus, well there’s this thing about being the perfect 10 right? So if we look at it that way, everything that these people do in this relationship is to try and make the relationship equal a perfect 10 but it never works and just never adds up, hence 2 + 6 + 4 Does not equal 10″

Music has forever been written in the form of stories since the beginning of time. It is refreshing to know that there are bands that are still writing about their experiences or journey through life. These days it is common to sample and cover songs  that has being quoted “writing from the heart” that someone else has written. It happens and no one can be blamed for covering a song that may or may not signify where they are in life or expressing what a particular song may mean to them. The difference is finding the gem from those classics which may be the reason why those artist picked up their instruments in the first place. The latter used to be known as inspirational classics.

The Silverbeets have managed to culminate lyrics and their experiences through their songs with bare facts. The talented musicians that make up the body of work in the sound can be heard as the production of the tunes should set a standard that is desperately needed in the new age indie music community.

The Silverbeets remarkable cover of Simon and Garfunkly – We Got A Groovy Thing Goin’ will cement the band in the coming months but should not over look the brilliance of the fine tunning of “The Purple Stems”.

FOLLOW THE BAND:

Website: http://thesilverbeets.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSilverbeets/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheSilverbeets

*The Purple Stems can be purchased on all major digital platforms:

CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/thesilverbeets2

I-Tunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/purple-stems-ep/id1082293952 

The Twin Cams…and their “Same Four Walls”

By:   Jerome Fitts

It is true the internet has made the world turn faster while becoming closer. There is also the element of attitude to speed up the process of compliments and recognition in the world of holding a mic and singing a song then putting it online and claiming to be in a band. For the most part, its a rather disgusting situation as the let downs after listening to the streaming of those songs meets disappointments just as a doughnuts with no sugar. Then there are exceptions and in this case its The Twin Cams

This particular band from Milton-Invergordon, Ross-shire, Scotland, The Twin Cams, who are led by two constantly gigging two brothers Tim and Matt Rattigan, claims to have gotten it right or simple doesn’t care. That is of course as long as the music is delivered.

In the spring of 2017, The ‘Cams  seems to have recognized the advantages and disadvantages of being from a rural part of the world while utilizing the instant distribution systems and platforms of delivering music. Confidence is a word that has yet to be overly saturated on the favorable instant gratication platforms in which these pair support however they are filled with confidence.

“We don’t write a song or record a song to appeal to any target audience, we write and record because it happens. It’s not as easy as breathing, we’re good enough at this to be able to do it in our sleep, songwriting is difficult, but when an idea comes along it can become a catalyst really and some magic just happens.”- Tim Ratigan stated.

The Twin Cams debut E.P.
“The Same Four Walls”. 2017.

The first question any true music listener would ask is; “Really, is that so?” Before leading into a list of questions to challenge the duo, I let Mr. Rattigan rant. My thoughts were he had better say something different or at the very least live up to their own hype because that rope in which himself and Matt has placed around their neck, will most likely get a new nickname.

Tim concluded; “The internet has changed things so much now that we don’t feel that being in any particular location is better than another as far as success is concerned – while some locations offer more gig opportunities than others, the difference between such locations is very small compared to the volume that can be targeted via the internet when it comes to gathering fans – we would even go as far as saying that for any band who is yet to be discovered, it is very possible that an audience will take to them if they happen to see them by chance while on a night out. However the truth of it is if you are half decent, most intoxiated individuals will enjoy what they hear – But how many of them will remember you the morning after? – Some will, but the majority will carry on with their lives because you have served the purpose of entertaining them for 45 minutes or so.”

“Online fans are different – they are more likely to follow you because they like you.”

It is a fact that some levels of  confidence comes from being located in a remote part of the world that on any given night there is an amazing musician that will subsequently out do each other in what is called a “session”. Then again, what if you transcend both and  the follow the rules of song writing, which is laying down tracks that are in your heart.

Judging by the opening tunes on their debut “The Same Four Walls” six track E.P., the band seem to be aware of what is out there in the big world of kitchen bands, but they have purposedly stayed true to their roots.

Follow and engage with the band:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thetwincamsband        Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thetwincams

Or buy the E.P here:

I-Tunes: https://t.co/Upn3zrz6Or   Amazon: https://t.co/PLAf36ma6P