Gig Review: Rupert Stroud

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Rupert Stroud’s latest EP Heart and Soul has been a long time coming and it was with bubbling excitement that I entered the Belgrave last night.

Jade Helliwell opened the stage with a smattering of country classics and songs from her EP. The northern singer impressed with array of new British country sounds interlaced with pop beats.

Next up were The Dunwells or half of them in any case. The pop/rock band from Leeds have been on my radar for quite some time now but up until last night I had always managed to miss them.

With a sound that is bright, bold and somewhat heroic Joe and Dave Dunwell reminded the crowd that we are ‘The Lucky Ones’

Their acoustic cover of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ was really something else and perfectly showcased Joe’s incredible vocals.

The disastrous floods of Boxing Day 2015-16 affected many of music studios around Leeds and Rupert Stroud was unfortunately one of those artists. It was therefore perhaps not surprising that Rupert has been fairly quiet over the past year, opting instead to play at a number of private venues.

Rupert’s intense, gravelly vocals (even when he’s not doing his batman voice) will instantly grab you, reeling you in.

I loved hearing songs from Rupert’s widely acclaimed back catalogue including the anthemic ‘Way Back Home’ which is pure Yorkshire gold.

‘Trouble’ has always been a particular favourite of mine and I was excited to hear that the song has had a bit of makeover as ‘Demons’

Songs from the ‘Heart and Soul’ EP have a introspective take on what it means to be alive and I loved the acousticy feel of ‘Believe’

Grab your copy of the ‘Heart and Soul’ EP here or on iTunes.

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Song of the Week: All The Pretty Girls 

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I don’t tend to put ballads in my Song of the Week playlist, but I had to make an exception for “All The Pretty Girls” by Icelandic band Kaleo. JJ’s sweet vocals float above soft acoustic guitar, gradually swelling to a heartfelt climax only to fade out to the same sweet notes it began with. 

Check out “All The Pretty Girls” below! 

Coasts announce new album and marathon UK tour

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How are your excitement levels right now? Mine are through the roof and it’s all because of Coasts who made not one but two massive announcements today.

Coasts’ greatly anticipated second album entitled This Life will be released on the 18th August.

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If this wasn’t enough good news for one Wednesday the guys from Coasts also announced a marathon 38 date UK album tour!

Coasts will be playing at many cities where they haven’t been before as well as some of their favourite haunts. So whilst we at Adore worry about how Chris Caines’ voice will hold up, the question isn’t so much will you be going but rather how many of the dates will you be going to?

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