Posts byJames Wilson

Scott Lloyd is ‘Looking Out to Sea’

Since the release of his debut EP Long Live You in 2013, Scott Lloyd has developed a reputation for his storytelling quality within his music. Legends such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel, and Bruce Springsteen have inspired his work.   He has self-released five more EPs since his debut. Of them all,
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WHO ARE THE WOLVES OF CHERNOBYL?

When a band like The Wolves of Chernobyl describes their music as “Post Apocalyptic Folk/Weirdgrass,” it makes you curious about how it might sound. This is the creation of Tyler Nafe (vocals), Jon Seals (banjo), Michael Hauser (guitar, vocals), Ben Jobe (bass), Sean Fung-a-fat (drums), Victoria Olivares (vocals) and Dan Williams (mandolin, horns, accordion). These
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IN THE CARDS RELEASE ‘EYES BEYOND REFLECTION’

Over the last few years, the rock quartet In The Cards have been busy honing their songwriting craft and sound. This has led them to the creation of their new EP, Eyes Beyond Reflection. Amy Colclough (lead vocals), Danny Jones (guitar & vocals), Nathan Petherick (bass), Conor Chambers (drums) have used this time wisely to
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Soham De Wants Us to be ‘Brave’

Soham De is highly talented singer-songwriter who has been flying under the radar for a while now, but not for much longer. His new track “Brave” is a stunning release that will be grabbing a lot of people’s attention and deservingly so.   De has been quietly developing a name for himself for his mesmerising
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Leonard Sumner is ‘Standing in the Light’

Since the release of his debut album Rez Poetry, Leonard Sumner has been developing a reputation for his honest poetic style of storytelling. He uses his words to share observations on life which cover family, cultural history, the state of the world and other topics. To help express his lyrics, he uses a mixture of sounds that blend
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Ferris and Sylvester are ‘Made in Streatham’

2017 was a huge year for the duo Ferris and Sylvester, including the release of their debut EP, The Yellow Line.   Their EP and supporting tours caught a lot of people’s attention with their own blend of folk, blues, country and Americana. Songs such as “Save Yourself” and “Berlin” resulted in them receiving high praise
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Cold Years Release New EP ‘Northern Blue’

Since forming in 2014, Cold Years have gone from strength to strength.   They’ve developed a great reputation for their blend of punk, Americana, and rock, which has been compared to the likes of Gaslight Anthem. With all members — Ross Gordon (vocals/guitar), Finlay Urquhart (guitar), Louis Craighead (bass) and Fraser Allan (drums) — coming
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Amy and the Calamities Release ‘The Suspects’

If you’ve been lucky enough to see Amy and The Calamities perform live, then you will understand the talent that this songstress possesses. The solo artist Amy Wawn added the name The Calamities after an open mic night included some comedic mishaps and a few other interesting moments.   “You cannot plan the mistakes or
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PawnShop Kings Ask You to ‘Give Love’

The PawnShop Kings are back with their new EP Give Love, Vol 2. As soon as you press play, “Fare Thee Well” instantly introduces us to stunning vocals by the brothers Scott and Joel Owen. This song has a country-folk feel that would not be out of place on the soundtrack of O Brother, Where
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Michael Baker is Going Live

Nowadays it is difficult to escape a sound that features a singer-songwriter and their acoustic guitar, the world of music seems to be flooded with them. It can take time to wade through them all to find the real gems but when you do, it is worth it. One person who stands tall amongst them
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IBG Contributor James Wilson’s Top 5 Albums of 2017

Music from independent and unsigned artists is going from strength to strength nowadays. The world seems to be shifting. Major labels are no longer required. This means more freedom during the songwriting process which results in something that is more original. It also means that there are some stunning gems to be found. I’d like
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Leogun Return with Their New EP ‘Human’

It feels like a long time coming, but Leogun are back! London’s very own rockers have just unleashed their new EP, Human. After their impressive releases By the Reins and Majick Potion, they had set the bar high for themselves. But Tommy Smith (guitars, vocals), Tom Williams (bass) and Adam Lewis (drums) were up for
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The Dunwells Want You to ‘Colour My Mind’

Since the release of their debut album Blind Sighted Faith in 2013, The Dunwells have been a relentless music machine. They have gained a reputation as a hard-working band which have continued to grow over the years. It has seen them perform extensively across the UK and US to great reviews. Not only have they
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Idlewar Take You on a Rock Rite of Passage

Rite is the latest offering from the band Idlewar and, like its predecessors Dig In Ep and their debut album Impulse, it takes no prisoners. Bringing their own blend of hard rock with blues and grunge, James Blake (vocals, bass), Peter Pagonis (drums) and Rick Graham (guitar) continue to show that they are not messing about.
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No Half Measures from Miccoli

The musicians journey isn’t always a smooth one, something which the alternative indie pop band Miccoli can confirm. During the last four years, twin brothers Adriano (vocals, acoustic/electric guitar) and Alex (piano, vocals, acoustic guitar) along with their sister Francesca (vocals, piano, harmonica) have experienced their fair share of ups and downs. It has seen
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The Band of Rascals are Back and Kicking Up a Storm

2014 saw the Band of Rascals unleash their music onto the world with their debut self-titled release. With it, they showed that their style of foot-stompin’ blues rock was here and we needed to pay attention. It is filled with so many amazing tracks with “The Key” and “Held in Thought (Not by You)” getting most
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Emma Stevens is Returning to Her Roots

When it comes to music, there is nothing better than pressing play and hearing something which makes you smile. If you are looking for something to have this effect then look no further as the talented Emma Stevens is here. Since 2012 she has been busy sharing a sound which has a sunnier outlook. This
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Welcome to the Seven Sounds of Taped Live

What happens when you take old school blues and blend it with a modern day grunge rock vibe? You get the band Taped Live. This Glasgow duo comprising of Leo (guitar/vocals) and Sal (drums) have been working hard making a name for themselves for their authentic music, which can now be heard throughout their debut
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Welcome to the City of Sound

Thanks to an infectious sound and their army of fans (known as Beautiful Savages), City of Sound are a band who are causing a stir in the world of music. This LA three-piece are made up of Jordan Wright (vocals, piano), Andrew Leigh (guitar) and Lacey Ammar (violin). Together they deliver something which blends various
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Tom Speight returns with My My My

Over the last few years, Tom Speight has been gaining a reputation as one of the hardest working musicians on the scene. This has seen him performing live across the UK (which has included support slots for Turin Brakes and Feeder to name a few). Not only that, but he has released multiples EP’s of
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