This past weekend as part of Morrissey’s 2015 UK tour he went to Birmingham where he finished his tour. It was an astounding night filled with great performances by him and his opening act Buffy Sainte-Marie. He didn’t fail to wow the audience with his band and ringing incandescent vocals. When he first walked up on stage in modesty he managed to capture all the attention there was to capture. There was even a bit of Spain in his performance with the casual ‘gracias’ and the beautifully pronounced ‘paz mundial’ when he performed the song “World Peace is None of Your Business”. Despite him not talking too much between his songs, he truly had an individual presence on stage which is admirable.
The opening act was flawless with Buffy Sainte-Marie’s authentic and raw vocals. Her songs were very much down to earth and organic with sounds that could take you right to the Native Indians in some beautiful manner. She also had an enormous stage presence as she continued to inspire the audience with motivational and extremely sincere remarks in between the songs. This was one of the few opening acts that I’ve witnessed where I did not get bored at all, in fact I was quite bummed when it was over because I had hoped for her opening act to be longer.
Morrissey had some really great moments during “World Peace is None of Your Business”, the song was top notch with the perfect lighting and passion. Morrissey did not disappoint throughout the concert, even when considering his recent health scares, the man was still kicking at it as if he had not aged. “Meat is Murder” was a positively traumatising experience, some people may not have liked it, but then again why go if you won’t? Morrissey is an extreme vegetarian and you can see all that passion and dedication in this performance which is truly moving. Morrissey opened up with the song “The Queen is Dead” which was quite a good laugh and very entertaining as he completely went against the English monarchy with his witty and cheeky remarks. Even if you are a fan of the English monarchy it is still quite entertaining to watch as the song was catchy and Morrissey was still singing it like he did back in the day.
The concert was a great experience both moving and very entertaining. Morrissey is without a doubt an extremely intelligent artist, and seeing him on stage is a must! For being in his 50s he has not aged and hopefully we’ll be hearing more from him for a long way to come.
The Birmingham indie rock band have recently released their single “To My Brother” which will hopefully be in their much anticipated new album. Their single has now got a music video to it which was released just a few days ago.The music video is original and extremely abstract, featuring mysterious figures and symbols, all along with exotic birds. The music video was directed by Irrum who in an interview said that the band told him that they wanted to ‘created a new world’ in this music video, hence the ‘strange’ yet original images in it.
The band will be playing on March 31st at The Deaf Institute in Manchester, The Oobleck in Birmingham on April 2nd, and other places in the UK. Go check them out if you’re around, and stick your ear out for this song.
Canadian rising star Tobias Jesso Jr. is worth a listen with his beautiful piano infused songs. This man pours his heart into every single song he does, you can see his huge heart in his debut album “Goon” which features songs such as “Without You” and “Just A Dream”, his piano compliments his bluesy voice perfectly. His music resembles a beautiful ‘swan’ piano version of Bruce Springsteen (mostly Springsteen’s love songs). The unique thing about Tobias’ music (besides him writing and composing his own stuff) is that it’s not too cheesy, as you can’t help but be cheesy when you’ve got a piano by your side! His song “Hollywood” from the title is expected to be cheesy, but it is quite the opposite. Each part of the song communicates the beauty of dreams and chances instead of communicating the cliché “I’m going to hollywood and I’m going to be a diva. I’m going to party with Kanye and Beyonce. Ohhhh yeah!”. We can see that we’ve got an original young man in our hands! Another must-listen is “How Could You Babe” his voice is particularly gorgeous here with his heartfelt crooning and simplistic wording that clutch you deep in the heart.
Other than his music being stunning and far from boring, Tobias is quite the humble young man. Recently Tobias Jesso Jr. was featured on Pitchfork’s ‘Guest Lists’ segment where he was interviewed on his music and general things about himself. The interview reveals a humorous and humble person who likes mint toothpicks and idolises Adele.
You should go and check his music out, below you’ll find a couple of his songs from a Youtube playlist.
On his second solo album Noel Gallagher plays with some sleazy riffs and clean vocals that involve a great amount of harmonies, it is more or less in touch with today’s rock n roll but still in-keeping with its originality. It is clear that he has left his Oasis days far behind (but you can still sort of hear it faintly at the heart of his solo music) and now he’s working quite hard on his solo career. His new album Chasing Yesterday is filled with catchy and upbeat songs such as “Do The Damage” which has got some very energetic vibes along with it’s drumming patterns and bright-sounding sax solo. We can see an updated version (at least a little bit) of the ‘Oasis’ that we miss with Noel’s vocals in “Come on Outside” and in the guitar riffs in “You Know We Can’t Go Back”, it totally makes us feel nostalgic. This album is bloody brilliant in terms of lyrics as well, Noel never fails us with his lyrics in almost every song. Noel’s words always build a world inside his music, which is a very admirable quality for a musician to have!
Of course, Noel Gallagher has been around for a while and he’s sort of ‘died’ in the eye of the public along with the ‘britpop’ that was popular in the 90s, however to his fans he is still as invincible as before. Sincerely, Noel is one of the few artists that even more than a decade after still has it. Most of the songs in this album show that the musician is still doing well in terms of his music, for example the song “Freaky Teeth” is stupendously roaring with rock n roll, and don’t forget the brilliant “The Girl With X-Ray Eyes” which is unforgettably beautifully composed in all aspects! However, there are songs such as “Lock All The Doors” and “The Dying of The Light” that despite them being brilliant in terms of the lyrics and having their good moments, can however get a bit flat-sounding and not as ‘fresh’ as one would perhaps want them to be. Although there are certain flaws in this album, they are minor flaws that aren’t even that noticeable, the album has its authentically beautiful moments that completely outweigh its flaws.
Have a listen to the album which is out now (and of course on the internet as well). See for yourself if you like “The Girl With X-Ray Eyes” as much as I do and appreciate the world of colour and sadness that Noel Gallagher manages to create in this second solo album of his.