Released to support the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, Alone Again Or is the riveting cover of the classic Love single by Scottish band Draw. The never heard before track has been brought into the light by Empire Records owner and the Fife band’s manager Nicholas Russell with all proceeds going to CHAS, a reason to grab the release as potent as the fact that the track is a mouth-watering proposition in its own right.
Formed in 2000, the quartet of Vocalist/guitarist Brent Proctor, lead guitarist Dave O’Neil, bassist Rozanne Boynton, and drummer Ryan Lees went on to play over 150 gigs across the UK and released a trio of well-received singles, as well as the album Simple To Severe in 2003. Named the Live Band of the Year by Radio 1’s Session in Scotland in 2002, Draw supported Arthur Lee and Love on their 3 week Forever Changes tour of the UK the following year. Seemingly on the brink of major things the departure of one of the band led to the cancellation of the original release of this single amongst many things and subsequently the demise of Draw.
Love’s Alone Again Or originally appeared as a very successful single off of their 1967 Forever Changes album, and now finds itself being warmly and inventively treated to a fine interpretation. Recorded in 2003 but we understand never released, the song is a vibrant flirtation of roving riffs and psychedelically spawned melodies around distinctive vocals. There is an appealing restraint to the track but simultaneously a thick enterprise which springs from the guitars and rhythms. Not just a cover the song is a tribute to the original and Love brought with an individual presence, a uniqueness confirmed by the single’s accompanying pair of songs.
Taken from Draw’s previously mentioned album, both Incidentally and Today embrace ears and imagination with resourceful and elegant propositions. The first of the pair is a gentle stroll which is prone to rawer flumes of guitar and passionate vocal incitements whilst melodies wander invitingly across the scenic landscape of the track. Its successor is a more inflamed slice of indie rock yet still moves within scenery of graceful melodies and reined rhythmic incitement. As its predecessor the track bursts with passion driven surges of raucous endeavour and fiery enterprise which is as unexpected as it is magnetic.
The two songs remind what we have missed from the early end to the band and help make Alone Again Or a release on music terms alone which should be embraced and devoured greedily.
Alone Again Or is available via Empire Records now for 79p at http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JWNHLFS/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp?ie=UTF8&qid=1408357146&sr=8-1 with all proceeds going to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland
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