SJ and the Flying Pigs – Fireball

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Few can escape the lure of a feel good proposal and that is exactly what is on offer from UK band SJ and the Flying Pigs and new single Fireball. With an engaging spring in its step and an infectious swing in its heart, the song simply gets under the skin and shows plenty of reasons why the band is igniting the music scene in their home city of Cambridge.

SJ is a country singer songwriter who has already lured attention and acclaim with her debut solo album, Nashville Sessions, which was recorded in Tennessee and released 2014. Since then she has frequently gigged across the UK and the Cambridge live music scene where she brought together her own backing band, it coming together within the walls of and taking its name from the City’s prestigious pub The Flying Pig.

sj-firebal-artwork_RingMasterReviewWith Kieran Morgan on banjo, Nicky Terry on fiddle, Ian Griffith on drums, Oli Steggles on slide guitar, and Joe Taylor on bass alongside the vocal and guitar craft of SJ, the band quickly show why they have gone down so well at festivals such as Secret Garden Party and Strawberry Fair with Fireball. From its opening melodic sigh, the track strolls with zeal and purpose, rhythms marking their territory as SJ’s voice calls upon ears and appetite with ease. Like flowing wine, that familiar country twang infests guitar and melody as warm harmonies tease, it all adding up for a rousing good time raising a smile in the listener as broad as the song’s own.

Written with her American songwriter friend Meghan Saletta and inspired by the popular Nashville whiskey Fireball, the song romps like a liquor fuelled shanty; a spirited proposition sure to spark fun in ears and hearts even within those not normally captivated by its source genre.

Fireball and the same-named EP it is from are out now through iTunes and Spotify.

Upcoming Live Dates:

29th March – Hard Rock Café, London (‘Hard Rock Country’)

8th April – Kings Head, Orford Suffolk

16th April – The Burston Crown, Diss

19th May – Faerie Fest, Sussex

3rd June – Strawberry Fair Festival, Cambridge

http://www.sjmortimer.net/   https://www.facebook.com/sjandtheflyingpigs   https://twitter.com/sj_mortimer

Pete RingMaster 21/02/2017

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Common Tongues – Beasts

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UK indie folk band Common Tongues continue to impress with their releases and now look at the end of the year with another thoroughly enjoyable single. Beasts is a magnetic little slice of melodic enticement, a song which reinforces all the good work built through previous unveilings and confirms the rising stature of the Brighton band.

From the release of their outstanding debut, the Jumping Ships single of 2011, Common Tongues has grabbed the imagination of fans and media alike across their live performances and releases. 2013 though has been their biggest year to date, the Solitary Thinker single starting it off in impressive style. The band built on that with critically acclaimed performances at the Secret Garden Party and Cambridge Folk Festival, as well their own successful shows and recently playing support for The Villagers. Now Beasts ensures the year comes to a pleasing close for the band and their fans.

An emotive ambience spreads around the ear at first instantly joined by the impressive vocals. It makes a compelling introduction to Beasts, a start which is enhanced by the slow dark call of the bass and gentle vocal harmonies, both eager yet restrained. With keys and guitars stepping forward with a suggestive breeze and country twang respectively, the song is soon filling the imagination and emotions with a mesmeric array of small but distinct twists and musical turns within a folk bred enterprise. The song never erupts into the festivities hinted at but just tenderly coaxes the senses and passions to enlist in its magnetic persuasion.

Beasts is a fully enticing treat, maybe not the strongest release from the band but one which continues with strength the impressive fascination of Common Tongues.

http://www.commontongues.co.uk

7.5/10

RingMaster 09/11/2013

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