Mark O’Reilly L’Etre Politique Album Review

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Marc O'Reilly Band; Kirsty Burge Photography

Marc O’Reilly pictured with his band; Photo Credit: Kirsty Burge Photography

Marc O’Reilly is an artist that cannot be defined simply as folk or blues, but instead teases elements of both, achieving optimal emotional depth that is unwinding and stirring. He understands his power behind those versatile vocals and in his wake, balancing and challenging genres. And between the trio’s synchronised drums, keys and guitars, they maintain off the scale rhythms and impeccable timings. The standout guitar solos of Walk With Me and Be Alive almost rival the folk elements.

Yet when those folk elements arrive mid-way, it’s exquisite – the unwinding, acoustics  of Fire with its sweeping strings and echoing vocals provides momentary calm. Think White Denim at their most pared back on ‘Corsicana Lemonade’ with echoes of Nick Drake’s instrumentals on River Man (‘Five Leaves Left’).

The lighter, huskier, James Vincent McMorrow-esque vocals and barely there instrumentals of Solitary Ease and Walk With Me are absolutely sublime – we reckon a collaboration between the pair is long overdue.

On this record there are more contemporary parallels with American/Canadian artists to be drawn and it’s the sharp timings and garage-rock leanings of Quiet Place which give warm echoes of Jesse Mac Cormack. While it is Walk With Me that takes centre stage, channelling the Americana-Psychedelia of White Denim.

This fourth album: ‘L’Etre Politique’ is inspired (as it’s title hints) by the politics of human interactions and of being; capitalism, war and globalisation. The album opener: Enemy Of and the epic closer: Shadows are equally full bodied explosions of guitar and drums encasing a solid record, that frames O’Reilly at his finest.

L’Etre Politique is out now via Dox Records!

Marc O'Reilly L'Etre Politique; Album Artwork




Acid Baby Jesus // Live Review // London

Live Reviews, Uncategorized

Acid Baby Jesus rocking The Victoria, Dalston (13/09/17)

It’s not often you discover a band that aligns with both a local show of theirs, plus an album release and, most importantly, happen to be one of the best modern bands out there. Acid Baby Jesus, a psych-garage-rock four piece from Athens, Greece, exceed (my already great) expectations onstage The Victoria, Dalston that it’s impossible to take your attention away from them; they have the audience in the palm of their hand. Playing to a sold out London crowd, up front everyone has just about enough room to bounce off one another, becoming comfortably close and sweaty, lead singer Noda plays off the audience and vice-versa, wanting to get “..everything loose and groovy” from the get go, the crowd’s response to throw some acid out, launches into the familiar footing of ‘Vegetable’ where audience participation comes easily. Tonight, older material is mixed with songs from the latest album ‘Lilac Days’ (29/09/17) which guitarist Tili eagerly wants to share with us and everyone can’t wait to get a piece of, by their set’s closure: “We only just got our hands on it today and it’s available to buy over there from our very much fifth band member, Kris”. IMG_3661

The experimental moments are tonight’s highlights, and when you attempt to pair their sound to another you’re left with so many cross references and contradictions – 60’s psychedelia to garage-punk to 70’s prog-rock, they even throw in a bit of glam-rock; comparisons to Marc Bolan’s aesthetics are natural with frontman Noda’s effervescent stage persona along with his silver glittered eyes, just about distinguishable under masses of curly hair.

There are so many off the wall moments and stand out guitar solo’s that everyone here tonight is left completely satisfied and speechless by Acid Baby Jesus’s departure. Speaking just days beforehand with drummer, Marko, he offered us a very valuable point in how modern music is so fortunate to have such an timeless back catalogue of ‘greats’ to reference: “…it’s the first time a whole generation grows up with all the history of recorded music at our disposal”. When you consider the concept of Rock n’ Roll, akin to an artist emulating another movement through their painting, Impressionism for instance, yet distinctly follows a path of their own making; as Marko continues “…rock n’ roll as an art form has strong roots in certain traditions and sounds. We try to continue on that path while bringing our own sensibilities to it”, all comparisons to other musicians becomes almost irrelevant. Acid Baby Jesus are exceptional artists in their own right, one’s that are set to become a legacy of our generation; long live Rock n’ Roll!

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Acid Baby Jesus Interview // Introducing

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Greek Garage-Psych-Rockers, Acid Baby Jesus

There’s an incredible feeling you get when you discover new music – one minute we complain about the amount of time wasted on social media but within the same instant a new band via Instagram, promoted by the venue you follow hits you and suddenly their post spirals into a subsequent listen to this promising band. It’s the very moment you tune in, and it’s instant love that the time spent on your phone can be forgiven; you’ve discovered an absolute gem and the world is suddenly so much better. Even better when said band are on a European/UK tour – performing today in Brighton (for you lucky few) Falmouth on Monday and Wednesday for us London folk! Let me introduce you to Acid Baby Jesus, one of the best new bands out there, alongside Ten Fé (naturally) – who we love over here at Spiral – line for line can now be recited of ‘Hit The Light’ and yet their album just keeps on giving!

Despite Acid Baby Jesus’s busy touring schedule, we very fortunately managed to catch up with their drummer, Marko, to gain a glimpse into their band ahead of their UK tour!

Can you introduce us to your music, we’re loving the psychedelic 60’s vibes coming through: Love has Left my House Today, feels almost throwback yet so completely fresh and different, how long have we been missing out on your music is really the question at stake here?

We’ve been a band since 2009, so we’ve been playing for 8 years. About our sound, we could say there’s a lot of referencing going on in modern music because it’s the first time a whole generation grows up with all the history of recorded music at our disposal. Also rock ‘n’ roll as an art form has strong roots in certain traditions and sounds. We try to continue on that path while bringing our own sensibilities in it.

So you’re from Athens, Greece, what is the music scene like back home?

It’s very active with a lot of bands and musicians from inside and outside the country moving there and doing their thing. Lately many bands have started touring more, which works wonders to get local music heard outside the country.

Very fortunately we stumbled across your music midst your European/UK Tour, and can’t wait to catch your London gig in a few days time! There’s so many small venues over here in the UK closing down rapidly, those that are left, are on the brink of survival. These venues are momentous to bands starting out, this is where they cut their teeth. Would you say there’s a decent gig circuit in Athens?

Not really. But it’s getting more alive. There used to be lots of small independent venues, but most got shut down in recent years. Now it’s picking up and things are looking better, with more things happening all around.

Really looking forward to your upcoming ‘Lilac Days’ LP can you give us a quick low down on your inspiration, any strong literary influences in the mix, and your favourite track off the album, and why?

It’s a mix of our personalities and tastes that gives our music its sound. We all have lots of musical and artistic influences that we combine in one direction that pushes and shapes our songs. Personal favorite could maybe be Love Has Left My House Today, just because it worked when we didn’t expect it to.

Lilac Days is out 29th September on Fuzz Club Records, details here

We recommend that you get yourselves down to Sticky Mikes (Tickets here) tonight (10/09) or you’ll regret it, if you can’t make it come join us at The Victoria, London, Wednesday (13/09)…Tickets here!

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