Jonnie Wallace has made big leaps recently ever since his departure into a solo career.
The singer/songwriter has developed strongly, stepping away from the more rock inspired music of his past with former band Ayakara. He is also evolving, changing things up musically as going from previously being solely a drummer to writing his own guitar songs, his new single ‘You’ is released next month. ‘You’ is a charming and sentimental love song dedicated to an anonymous someone. The song is sweet and warm, featuring careful guitar work and well mixed soft vocals. The song features accompanying strings which build up the wooing romantic tone of the song. Jonnie Wallace sings from the heart with a tune that you can’t help but smile and hum along to. The multi-talented musician writes music that’s made for anyone and this song is perfect for easy listening. Jonnie Wallace is inspired by other acoustic songwriters such as Lewis Capaldi but keeps his songs largely personal and meaningful. ‘You’ is anonymous and lets you fill in the blanks for yourself, maybe even reminding you of who ‘you’ would be to you.
‘You’ is released on the 15th of March. Listen to the rest of Jonnie’s music here:
Catch Jonnie’s next gig on the ninth of March supporting Cloud of Starlings at The Hug and Pint.
Follow Jonnie on Facebook (Jonnie Wallace Music) and Instagram (@Jonnie_wallace_music)
Jonnie is also part of a three-piece rock band ‘Felix and the Sunsets’. A review of their upcoming single ‘Deja Vu’ can be found here.
Photo – Cameron Avery
Following the release of their debut EP ‘Don’t Sleep’, Felix And The Sunsets are back with a new brooding single. The Leith band consisting of Felix Christie, Lukas Christie and Jonnie Wallace take influence from Jack White and The Stooges, and their new single certainly shows this. The atmospheric track erupts into the typical garage rock sound Felix And The Sunsets are known for. The song carries the same heavy riff throughout that gives you a buzz from start to finish mixed with Felix’s unique voice and big energetic choruses made for being played live, and loud. The imaginative lyrics and punchy beat stay stuck in your brain long after you listen to it and leave you wanting more. ‘Déjà Vu’ is the bands best song yet, and another reminder Felix And The Sunsets are definitely ones to watch.
‘Déjà Vu’ is out on the 1st of March. Listen to the rest of the band’s music Here
Catch Felix And The Sunsets next gig at Sneaky Pete’s (Edinburgh) with This Feeling on the 23rd of March! Tickets here: Here
Follow the band on Instagram (@felixandthesunsets) and on Facebook (Felix And The Sunsets).
Photo by: Lensy Henry
What is there to say about Fiendz debut single Tesco Elvis that many scholars and poets already haven’t. The song is, to sum up in one word, mental. It paints a perfect picture of what Fiendz are all about. The song is incredibly catchy, the words ‘Tesco Elvis’ chanted over and over again won’t leave you. Instrumental work on the song is excellent from all sides. There’s a consistent thumping bass line that gets you in to the rage induced mindset of the song, powerful intricate drums and a cacophony of screeching guitar, all of which puts you in a place where you feel like if a bus hit you, it would simply just break in half because you’re just so powerful. The lyrics are just surreal and feel like a very personal vendetta against an unknown Tesco employee. The scary thing is that you can’t help but agree. The song is a perfect opener to explain what Fiendz are and what it’s like to see them live. It’s high energy, it’s easy to remember, the lyrics are hilarious but most importantly it’s a fantastic song. Fiendz are a band that leave your jaw on the floor and then near enough punch it off.
Listen to the single: here
Follow Fiendz on Instagram (@fiendz_yt) and on Facebook (Fiendz YT)
Catch their next gig at Broadcast on the 9th of March!
The twilight sad are a band which crawls breathlessly forward, singing about so much pain and hardship but still providing hope to all who listen in a promise of ‘IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME’
Their newest studio album feels like a sudden sucker punch in retaliation from someone whos had enough of being pushed around. The sound of the album still carries that recognisable lonely, spacey guitar sound filled with fuzz and squealing pedal effects which the band are known for but welcomes in a new sense of strength to its angst. Many of the songs on the album feature powerful almost operatic synth which gives everything a higher sense of importance, especially to the very personal and brooding words that frontman James Graham cries out. Songs such as ‘Keep it all to myself’ and ‘the arbor’ exemplify this pounding choir of synths.The album departs at times from a more guitar driven past with 2014’s ‘fourteen autumns and fifteen winters’ and ‘nobody wants to be here & nobody wants to leave’ to a highly synth driven soundscape being built up with the addition of those staple fuzzy guitars, with some still containing that heavy guitar sound such as ‘VTr’ and ‘Shooting Dennis Hopper Shooting’.
The album feels like an unexpected but undoubtedly correct way for the band to evolve, perfectly incorporating something new and unknown while still keeping it as close to their original sound as possible.The balance of this doesn’t even sway, it divides perfectly.
‘IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME’ pulls you in seductively and keeps you there.
The album sounds as true and honest as ever with James Graham’s unedited Lanarkshire accent, lulling you into the echoey space the songs create.
This is a band that have clearly gone through a lot and instead of letting that overcome them, they’ve taken it all on and become stronger for it.
Star Rating – ★★★★☆
Listen to the album here: