“Job Life” By: Roberto I. Ercolalo- Short Film Review

Written By:  Jerome Fitts

For the life of me I don’t know why indie film festival award winning director Roberto I. Ercolalo started this relevant piece in Spanish without subtitles. According to the films advertisement, the following film has been selected to numerous festivals. Its your call as well as evaluate some of those festivals selection committee members. *Just saying!

Within the first 45 seconds of the short film Job Life, the director has his point across. This nineteen and thirty-six second black and white short describes how certain individuals within the Argentinian work force live to work as the burden of their job cements their oppression.

To appreciate the work of Mr. Ercolalo one would have to watch the film more than once while applauding the soundtrack composers Tomás Alegre and Victoria Korenblit  which may be the beckoning for such a second glanceUnfortunately both carry the film as oppose to the message that the director is attempting to convey.

Could his message be; “Some people has little to no choices with their career or is it in Argentina there are little to no opportunities once you start a career?”- 

Roberto I. Ercolalo in Job Life. Photo Used By Kind Permission. 2018

 

The drainy deposition of the film is one that some of us movie goers have when we are recovering from the fear of a brilliant weekend on a rainy Sunday while preparing to go to work the next morning. If you are looking for an uplifting film then you may want to check the next dial.  However if you want something that would make you appreciate the life you have while re-assessing your current career status then this is one for you.

Within the film overview, Ercolalo is quoted: “There is a message in the film.” We were looking for something that wasn’t so obvious.

By no means are we announcing an ill-rating for the film but we do think that Job Life will be appreciated more in the future once we are blessed with more work from Roberto I. Ercolalo.

Sir.. Its a decent start.. -WJ

EyeCue – Immediate Press Release

 Jerome Fitts

For those of you that are aware of the rich traditions that comes with Skopje, Macedonia, then you should be informed of the amazing band, Eye Cue. During the bands seven year history they have performed to over a half a million people as a main-stage act. The most notable of those festivals being the massive “Taksirat”. 

The bands notoriety due to heavy rotation on MTV (Adria) has resulted in awards such as  “Song Of The Year 2012” to “Band of the Year 2015” within the Balkan region.

The rock/pop/fusion/trance band that consist of  Bojan Trajkovski and  Marija Ivanovska are schedule to release their much anticipated European release “We Are Having Fun” on February 14th, 2018 via Crownn Records/Pivatell Distribution. To promote the release of the record the band will be undertaking a lengthy European tour throughout the month of February and March.  The album and tour will be highlighted by the hit single “Million Times”.

EyeCue accepting “Best Festival Song” Skopski Festival. 2015. Photo used by kind permission. 2017

Surprisingly the band has more catalog of music, videos and live shows than the average, wannabe western society, bands out there but has never crossed the border with their shows. The latter isn’t an excuse because of the lack of opportunity or interest but rather a choice based on the mastermind Bojan idea of the right time.

EyeCue Live. 2017. Photo used by kind permission. 2017

“The thing of it is, we noticed all of the bands in America and on the continent of Europe were rushing to release their music online. We didn’t believe in that. That isn’t to take away from some of the new main stream bands, but we wanted to corner our market first. Besides putting anything online is easy.  I also studied the market and just concentrated on the sound that was in our hearts and when the right opportunity came along we took it. We are excited to finally tour outside of the Balkan region while promoting our music.”- Bojan

EyeCue “We Are Having Fun!” Release Date: February 14th, 2018

Its seems as though the real bands that  have a live unit to perform their songs are out there. The likes, the followers and self propelled tags that so many are begging to have via the social media platforms to capture art these days are exposing themselves. Getting in the van or bus to play a show in any language and/or from any region can arguably be what music is about.

EyeCue are a band that has not used the excuse of being from a region that is seldom overlooked for talent. The end result is the talent within EyeCue that the public has enjoyed during the 300 plus shows thus far.  Keep your eye out for this band.

“We Are Having Fun” will be released on Crownn Records / Pivatell Distribution Feb. 14th, 2018

 Website:  https://www.eyecueofficial.com                                                                Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eyecueband/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/EyeCueOfficial

JointPop- Immediate Press Release

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 Jerome Fitts

It is extremely hard to find a band that isn’t apart of the new mainstream era that is road sturdy with a welcoming sound and lyrics that all genres can relate to. Does that sound dangerous or is it just what you have been looking for?

The riveting sound that JointPop, a Trinidad /Tobago band, has is completed by a live show that the new era musicians and gig goers alike yarn for. The band consist of lead singer Gary Hector with Damon Homer on the second guitar, Jerome Girdharrie on bass, Phil Hill -keyboard/synthesizer is completed by soothing yet complimenting drummer Dion Camacho.

The band formed in 1996 and has released an astonishing 7 full length albums over its 21 year history. Due to extensive touring, the bands loyal following that was ignited from the West Indies has stretched to the heart of Europe. In 2011, the band broke the Atlantic barriers with a selection of live dates to compliment the fist full of back catalog with an extensive tour of Europe.

The culmination of Gary’s vocals and lyrics with a mixture of a reggae/pop/rock is evident in the bands selection of notable singles: 

After a much needed break from the grinding road over the last two years, the band is gearing up for yet another European jaunt in early 2018 which is to be preceded by a festival circuit tour.

JointPop complete catalog is available here: http://www.jointpop.com/index.php/buy 

Website: http://www.jointpop.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jointpop

 

“Lost In The Kingdom”- Single Review- KOYO

   Jerome Fitts

The new single, “Lost In The Kingdom” by Leeds, England band Koyo, has certainly redefined the digital rewind button on any media player. You will find yourself listening to the track more than once. The song has the strength of discovering a third eye as one may make up their own video beginning with the opening lines of “Lost in the Kingdom of hopes and dreams’ .. This song can suit a road trip, a workout or a painter putting layers on a tapestry to reasonings behind making up to a love one. It is an inspiring track that fills the void in an industry that has run out of creative ideas while toying with their instruments. These guys have honed in on their craft and their journey has only begun. 

The track which is slated for a release date on June 9th, is the perfect example of modern day flawless productions that is suitable for all genres of conventional radio. I would be surprised if the track isn’t a rotational hit on both sides of the ocean.

“The strong interest in the band that has been garned recently from LA LA land, is validated by the captivation after listening to the first five seconds of the track.”

Lost In The Kingdom is a eternal gesture and gift from Koyo to music listeners that may become a virus to those who have given up on new music as of 2017.

  Catch them live: 

The Castle Hotel, Manchester– June 1st    

The Birthdays, London– June 6th

Follow Koyo:

Website: www.koyoband.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/koyo_uk

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/koyoband

Facebook: https://facebook.com/koyoband

Bandcamp: https://koyoband.bandcamp.com/releases

 

“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 

Trend- Single Review- “Just Another Friday”-

By:   Jerome Fitts

New Single : ‘Just Another Friday’ Out Now! on SoundHub Records. 2017
Download from iTunes
Stream on Spotify

The Trend, a rock/pop quartet that consist of members, Ryan Malone, Del Greig, Johnny Carroll, Josh Carmichael, wrote in their new single “Just Another Friday” that there is a growing trend in their native city of Glasgow, Scotland. The proof in the pudding is in the opening line: “Everybody running for cover, look around there isn’t another friendly face in sight….” while simplifying the brilliant melodies in the chorus: 

The Trend "Just Another Friday" Used By Kind Permission. The Trend Released on SoundHub. 2017

The Trend
“Just Another Friday”
Used By Kind Permission. The Trend
Released on SoundHub Records. 2017

Lets hope these are just lyrics or the tourist board in Glasgow and its nearby city Edinburgh will be going through the roof.

No one can deny that after listening to the song in its entirety that The Trend are steadily working on mastering their craft in songwriting. For a band that was once considered one of the top unsigned acts in the UK, it is a solid single that shows they are stepping away from their embryonic phase. Perhaps this is because the lads are constantly touring the U.K. and their engine doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Hint hint indie artist, get out there and gig.

Catch them live in supporting their recently released single  “Just Another Friday” (SoundHub Records. 2017) on any given day of the week. If you are in the area, go get your tickets as this will be one of those bands that you will claim to have seen before they take flight.

Friday 24th February: Record Factory, Glasgow w/ The View (DJ Set)
Saturday 4th March: The Arts Centre, East Kilbride
Saturday 18th March: Mad Hatters, Inverness

Social media:
facebook.com/thetrendglasgow
twitter.com/thetrendglasgow
Instagram.com/thetrendglasgow