Joe Innes And The Cavalcade – Moscow

Imagine waking up one morning having dreamt that the love of your life is leaving you. And, they’re not leaving you because they’ve fallen in love with your best friend (which would, of course, be tough enough) but because they’re off to a cold, unfathomable place.

That’s the dream that Joe Innes emerges from in his wonderful new single, Moscow. Clearly, Joe is very much in love with the person who’s making plans to leave and yet that brings up all sorts of moral dilemmas. Do you accept their decision passively without trying to persuade them otherwise? Or do you run the risk of being labelled a controlling bully by pointing out the stupidity of their actions? 

(Click on page 2 for more about Moscow)

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The Watanabes – Over Romantic

“There’s no point looking back when it’s an insult to the present. There’s no point looking front when it might never happen.” – The Watanabes – An Insult To The Present – Spoiled And Nostalgic EP – November 2016.

When I started Sonic Breakfast, I had no ambitious, blogging master plan. I never thought that I might travel the world on money made from it, get rich quickly or live happily after. 

I’ve not been disappointed.

But, undeniably, unearthing new acts to write about has given me many pleasurable moments; e-mails of thanks received from bands living all around the world who I might have stumbled across in late-night listening sessions and simply had to feature.

That was definitely the case with The Watanabes. I can’t quite recall when I first saw the video to ‘Yuriko Yuriko’ but I knew I had to write about it (here). I remember how exciting it was that other readers of Sonic Breakfast seemed to agree that this was something special. 

Last week, a new E-mail from Duncan (of The Watanabes) popped into my mailbox. He has a generous writing style and is clearly a very decent human being. I was pleased to discover that The Watanabes are releasing a new EP, Spoiled And Nostalgic, at the end of November. I was even happier to discover that the lead single from it, Over Romantic, is already in circulation and has a video to go alongside it. 

This is a band that can do no wrong in my eyes. Or at least, the only wrong that they can do is to wear their hearts a bit too much on their sleeves and possibly over-complicate their romantic liaisons. And that’s OK in my book. From the opening acoustic flourish that leads into the confession that ‘I’ve got myself into a bit of a fix‘, this is a tune that draws you in and then holds your interest as it builds and builds. It has a beautiful, forlorn resignation within, a positive kind of melancholia and a video that I can’t help but keep watching on repeat.

The other three tracks from the EP grow on you in similar ways. In my favourite, ‘An Insult To The Present’, we find The Watanabes in reminiscent mood, thinking back to days gone by and wondering if the dreams of those times have been achieved. They conclude in the only way possible to live for the moment.

I think Sonic Breakfast readers will like this. 

 

 

 

 

Scam Avenue – Sailor

Sometimes, it pays to check your junk mail. 

 Every now and then , I open the folder within my google mail account. Mostly, I’m greeted with odd looking offers telling me that my cheque is waiting to be cashed or that I’d be a fool to miss out on my final-ever opportunity to take advantage of a great deal – the text of which looks remarkably similar to a mail that surfaced within the junk mail folder just a week before. 

 Sometimes, a female with a voluptuous sounding name (often Russian) wants to become my bride; at other times (and perhaps in anticipation of me taking up succulent Svetlana’s offer), I’m offered help with some sort of penile dysfunction.

 You can perhaps understand why dipping into my junk mail folder is a thing to do fleetingly.

 But, yesterday I was glad that I did.

 Lurking in that box was an E-mail from a PR company that I’ve got a fair bit of time for. Quite quickly it became obvious why filters had worked in the way they had for this was promoting a video from a band called Scam Avenue. Entirely new to me, I had a watch and a listen. 

 There’s no getting away from the fact that the video verges on the creepy. A woman in a zombie-like trance being followed down a dark street by man in a similar trance-like state can be nothing but. I guess that’s the overall point though? For ‘Sailor’ seems to be about confronting fears head-on in order to achieve something on a different, higher level. 

 It’s the exquisite indie-pop charm of the music that really appeals within this though. The male and female vocal lines might take influence from some fine pop from the 1980’s and the relaxed electronica some of St Etienne’s  better moments but the overall sum becomes something quite new and exciting. 

 This track, Sailor, appears to be the first release from a forthcoming EP of the same name. I’m very glad that Scam Avenue found their way from my junk.

 

 

 

Peaness – Fortune Favours The Bold

A friend of mine, Ellen, sent me a Facebook link for a band I’d never heard of. Ellen likes elaborate folk and clever classical stuff but we’ve been friends for long enough that I trust her taste when she’s sharing. 

The track she shared was for a band called Peaness. I can’t decide whether that is the most terrible name for a band or the most brilliant. But, it simply doesn’t matter when the music is as good as this. Yes, I’m a sucker for the slightly punky indie tweenage pop of ‘Fortune Favours The Bold’. I’ve listened to it on Soundcloud about a dozen times this evening. And I’ll probably do the same again tomorrow.

At its heart, this is a song about doing things differently and getting away from it all. It’s about enjoying your own company, choosing to take your own path and kicking back against routine. It might be about escaping from a limiting relationship or it might be about no longer wanting to confine yourself to your bedroom when there’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored.

Whatever, it’s hard not to feel invigorated as you let the perky Peaness harmonies in. It’s uplifting, motivating and guaranteed to raise a smile. This three piece from Chester have set the bar high with their first ever release and I can’t wait to see what they might do next. 

“I taught Jess music when she was at school, they’ll be up for any coverage you might be able to give”, Ellen mentioned. Surely, it won’t be long before Peaness are picked up by bloggers and others across the world? For now, Ms Woodrow can congratulate herself on such fine teaching and talent spotting.

 

 

 

Charlie Belle – Get to know

“I told you I loved you. You told me that’s exactly what you didn’t want me to do.”

And with that we’re off. There’s a momentum that’s building around Charlie Belle. It’s easy to see why when listening to their debut EP’s lead track, ‘Get To Know’.

Sonic Breakfast heads off into all sorts of other diversions but I’ll always come back to innocent indie-pop for a regular feast. I was no more than four bars into the shambolic shuffle of ‘Get To Know’ when I knew I’d need to feature Charlie Belle.

The cynical and jaded amongst us might sniff a con; it’s true that the level of recent press engagement with these new kids on the block might indicate that there’s big bucks behind their simplistic approach. But, to take such a guarded stance denies you the opportunity to enjoy the youthful optimism on offer. This is a song that helps me feel like a teenager again.

Austin based Charlie Belle are a trio. Sixteen year old vocalist and guitarist, Jendayi Bonds, is the eldest member. She formed the band six years ago with her younger brother, Gyasi, who plays drums. That sibling connection often seems important in bands of this ilk. The Magic Numbers might be an obvious reference point but there’s no beards or excess weight on offer here. Completing the three piece is fourteen year old bass player, Zoe Czarnecki.

Life presents so many opportunities. As we get older and more comfortable in the patterns we’ve learnt, our sense of curiosity can be stifled. We do the same things, meet the same people and get stuck into our own musical ruts. It’s well worth staying fresh and getting to know Charlie Belle today.