Gig Review: Marsicans

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A Marsican is a type of Italian bear and usually answers to the names of James, Rob, Oli or Cale.

It was the last night of the Mariscans‘ UK headline tour last night so I grabbed my friend Emily and headed on down to Church for a night of hilarity, also there was that time when I got stuck in the toilet because the door handle fell off, so it all got off to a great start really.

The 700 strong venue was completely sold out and filled with family, friends and avid fans alike who sang along to pretty much every word. The mosh pit also got quite rowdy actually with beer sloshing all over the place.

First to the stage were Leeds locals The Golden Age Of TV who have only been around since 2016 but have already been causing quite a stir on the music scene with latest release ‘Beasts’ grabbing the attention of new-music stalwart Huw Stephens.

Top tracks of the set also included ‘Dust.’

Edinburgh based band Vistas made us ‘Feel Alive’ with a stompingly great set that had me shaking my tail feather and set the party off.

‘Retrospect’ was an absolute highlight for me and I can’t wait to see Vistas again.

Finally, it was time for Marsicans to ‘throw [them]selves in’ and to say that I was excited would be an understatement. Mixing beautiful harmonies with their infectious upbeat indie and dirty pop vibes there was no better place to be on Saturday 10th March.

Personal highlights included the ‘We’re Your Friends’ Vulture song (from The Jungle Book) intro before the band came onto the stage and opened with the super catchy ‘Friends,’ the guy in the crowd who kept miming that he was swimming, a nod perhaps to the single ‘Swimming’ or maybe he just wanted to go swimming, and latest single ‘Wake Up Freya.’


Review: “Close To Home” by Joe Dolman

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Joe Dolman, a 21 year old singer/songwriter from Leamington Spa, just released his new single “Close To Home.” I’ve heard about this song for a very long time now, but wasn’t sure what to expect from it. It was far from anything I could have imagined.

I could use any number of words to try to describe this song. Heartbreaking, poignant, tearjerker. Just plain sad. But the fact is that no words can come close enough to really describing the emotions this song evokes. Joe tells the heart-wrenching story of someone suffering from dementia. His soulful voice delivers the moving lyrics with incredible passion, pairing perfectly with the soft acoustic track.

No matter how many times I listen to “Close To Home,” I always tear up. Even if I manage to make it through most of the track, the last line gets me every single time. Joe has painted a tragically beautiful picture of living with dementia. It’s a song that sheds light on a serious subject that very few artists would choose to focus on. This isn’t just a run-of-the-mill pop song engineered for radio play. It’s serious. It’s real. It’s life.

In short, “Close To Home” is a very powerful track crammed full of emotions. Grab a box of tissues before you take a listen. You’ll need them.

Check out the video for “Close To Home” below. It features people sharing their stories of how dementia has affected their lives.

You can also listen on Spotify here.

Dual Review: You Could Have Been The One

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Coasts are back with a brand new single, “You Could Have Been The One.” Since they just happen to be not only my favorite band but Danielle’s as well, this calls for another dual review.


The Bristol boys are back at it again with a brand new bop, “You Could Have Been The One.” Fitting in with their name, Coasts have gone with their signature tropical vibe on this track, making it the perfect tune to dance the night away to.

Despite its carefree sound, the lyrics are a bit melancholy. If you have someone in your life that you want to be with, tell them! Otherwise you might find yourself relating to this song a little more than you want to.

After this single, I’m even more anxious to see what Coasts have in store for us with #vol2. Bring it on!


Coasts have done it again with an absolute banger that makes you want to get up and dance. From the party inspired marimba opening notes to the super cute (or is it just me?) vocal effects, “You Could Have Been The One” is oh so very relatable.

Check out the video for “You Could Have Been The One” below!

Gig Review: Joe Dolman

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On the evening of the 15th November, I crossed over to the Fox and Newt pub in Leeds for a relaxed folky evening with Joe Dolman, Sunflower Thieves and Amy J.

3 pints of squash later and Amy J was ready to ‘Rock The Boat’ with a beautiful set mixed with her own material and covers including Passenger’s ‘Let Her Go.’

Sunflower Thieves aka Lily and Amy mix stunning close harmonies and heartfelt lyrics in their serenely calm duo set.

It was the penultimate night of tour and Joe Dolman brought ‘Something Beautiful’ to Leeds. With a mix of old and new songs and injection of soul with a Ray Charles cover Joe delivered a pure an unforgettable night.

EP Review: A Light That Blinds

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Saint Raymond is finally back with a new EP, A Light That Blinds. It was completely worth the wait. 

This EP has such an incredible vibe to it. It kicks off with the infectious “Younger,” a song that anyone who has gotten that bubbly, butterflies-in-your-stomach feeling around a crush (so everyone, no point in denying it) can relate to. It’s a song to blast from a boom box while holding it over your head under said crush’s window. Okay, maybe that’s taking it a bit too far, but seriously, this song is amazing.

Next up is the sultry “Nightcrawling.” There’s a certain intensity in the imagery of this track that gives me chills. “Last Time” is a reminder that simplicity can be beautiful. The layers of vocals and guitars are mesmerizing, especially in the pre-chorus. The last song, “We Are Fire,” is nothing short of anthemic. I can easily imagine it being played in a packed arena with thousands of fans singing along. 

In short, this EP is absolutely stunning. This is undoubtedly Saint Raymond’s best work yet. I am forever grateful for the friend who said “hey, check this guy out,” because it led me to this fantastic EP.

Check out A Light That Blinds below! 

Bonus: Saint Raymond also released an alternative version of “Nightcrawling,” which is just as incredible (if not more so) than the original. Give it a listen below.

Joe Dolman Gives Us “Something Beautiful” With New Single

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My favorite singer/songwriter, Joe Dolman, released his highly anticipated new single today. Entitled “Something Beautiful,” the track is exactly what the title suggests. This song has a bit more of a pop feel to it than his earlier work, but still has that familiar acoustic sound I’ve come to love. I’ve always admired Joe’s lyrical work, and this track is no exception. He’s captured a feeling that I’m sure many can relate to, including myself. His melodic vocals are flawless as always. All in all, this single is nothing short of amazing. 

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The single comes complete with a b-side, “I Think It’s Strange (Acoustic).” This song is classic Joe, nothing but his voice, an acoustic guitar and subtle hints of keys. This beautiful ballad really lets Joe’s vocals shine, raw and full of emotion. I’ll admit it gives me chills.

In short, I am forever blown away by Joe’s talent. Both of these tracks are absolutely stunning. Give them a listen below!

Joe will be embarking on a UK tour starting on November 1st! Trust me, his live gigs are not to be missed (if you’re not stuck in America like me). Check out the dates below.

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Coasts Release Sophomore Album “This Life, Vol. 1”

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On August 18, my favorite band, Coasts, released their sophomore album titled This Life, Vol. 1. I never expected a second album this soon, as their self-titled debut was just released in January 2016. But hey, I’m not complaining. 

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The Bristol boys really outdid themselves with this album. It still has the “Coasts vibe” I’ve come to love, but shows a certain maturity that separates it from their debut. They kick it off with two lighthearted tracks, “Take Me Back Home” and “Heart Starts Beating,” both of which are absolute bangers live. “Come On Over” is the perfect pop ballad to listen to on a summer’s night, but it isn’t until after this track that we hit some real emotional depth. “Let Me Love You” is by far Coasts’ most powerful track. It delves deep into the world of mental health, shedding light on a subject others often deem too dark to write about. It never fails to make me emotional. Coasts keep it slow with “Paradise,” featuring floaty background vocals that I absolutely adore. 

“Make It Out Alive” kicks off the second half of the album, and I for one cannot wait to see the energy of this track live. The driving rock of the chorus backed by Chris Caines’ epic dance moves will be a sight to behold. “Chase The Night” is yet another moving track, featuring dark imagery that evokes strong emotions. Coasts give us one more lighthearted track, “White Noise,” which gets stuck in my head entirely too often. The chorus is too catchy not to love. They finish the album with two deeper tracks, but they have completely different moods. “Tomorrow” gives a message of hope, the promise that tomorrow will be better. “Born To Die” is a heartbreaker complete with a gospel choir. I dare you not to tear up during this track. It ends the album on a solemn note, something I found to be a bit of a shock. Not a bad shock, but a shock nonetheless.

This album shows so much growth for Coasts. They dive deeper with their emotions, not just on the ballads, but also on the upbeat tracks. Not only did they step up their lyrical game, they upped their musical game as well. I can easily see these tracks moving a crowd to tears or making them jump for joy. And I’m not the only one who took note of this: the album charted at #17 in the UK, their highest ranking yet. 

Oh, how far they’ve come since “Oceans.”

Give This Life, Vol. 1 a listen here.

Now that we’ve got Vol. 1, who else is ready for a Vol. 2?!?