Three releases for you to wrap your ears around. Here’s our top picks for July!
THE TRAGEDY OF DR HANNIGAN – ‘HEY LITTLE WORRIED ONE’ (Single)
One exciting project that has sparked a lot of interest this month is Tony Wright (VerseChorusVerse, ASIWYFA) and Dean Steven (Deany Darko)’s The Tragedy Of Dr Hannigan. This blissful folk single is extremely easy to listen to and the campfire-like melodies won’t leave your ears in a hurry. Taken from the upcoming LP ‘Methods’, it should be interesting to hear what the rest of the album has to offer. For fans of Tom Waits.
CENTRAL CITIES – ‘STILL BREATHING’ (EP)
We got a listen to the unreleased EP a few weeks early and you’ll be pleased to hear that we liked what we heard. I documented in the preview for this band’s EP Launch on the 27th of July in Voodoo that it seems from their that the purpose of their rebranding from The Haze to Central Cities is largely due to rather deliberate stylistic shift from rough and ready, gritty alt-rock band to a melodic pop-punk influenced indie rock act. This EP demonstrates that and I think it gives them a lot more freedom to express their various songwriting styles. Still Breathing is a nod to the folk rock background in which lead singer Matt Toner originates, while I don’t care lets us know let they still have a lot of riffs in them. For fans of the Gaslight Anthem.
SAINT SAPPHIRE – ‘TIME IS MINE’ (Single)
Following up a spectacular Debut EP these guys have dropped a brand new tune for us all and seem to have more on the way. It’s looking like the boys have contracted a very serious recording studio addiction, which is only good news for us. ‘Time Is Mine’ further highlights the strong Green Day influences in Sam Morgan’s writing. Displaying some of the more dramatic elements of their style in a Ballad format, the single is a side of the band we haven’t seen yet and shows the versatility that young Saint Sapphire can produce. For fans of Simple Plan and later Against Me!
SEND US YOUR SINGLES AND PROJECTS FOR REVIEW TO SEAN@BLACKSTAFFMUSIC.NET WITH THE SUBJECT ‘VIBRATIONS’ AND YOU MIGHT BE FEATURED IN NEXT MONTH’S ISSUE!
Words by Seán McD