MUSIC REVIEW: Quartet’s therapeutic fare
The Chevin - Borderland
YORKSHIRE quartet The Chevin hope to take their music to new heights and become the beacon of new British music.
After previously supporting Franz Ferdinand, White Lies and The Airborne Toxic Event, they are releasing their debut album on Monday and are hoping to be the headliners for some time to come.
Named after a famous hill in their hometown of Otley, West Yorkshire, it’s only two years since the four friends formed their band, but already they are making a bit of a splash on the other side of the Atlantic. The Chevin played to their biggest audience yet in August when they belted out their first US single Champion on the Late Show with David Letterman, during an episode which also featured First Lady Michelle Obama. Singer Coyle Girelli had suffered break-ups and the loss of friends in the run up to the recording and he said of the album: ‘Melodically it’s quite uplifting, but the undertone is constantly sad. These songs, personally for me, were very therapeutic, and I hope for other people they are too.’
Andy Burrows - Company
AFTER making his name as a drummer for Razorlight, Andy Burrows will release his solo album next week.
Having proved himself already as a great singer-songwriter with Razorlight (Burrows co-wrote some of the band’s biggest hits, including America) and as an influential part-time member of We Are Scientists, Burrows decided it was time to make his own way. And so, via some melancholic time spent in New York, Burrows arrived back with us thanks to Company, a piece of work with effortless melodic hooks, a variety of interlocking genres and even moments of Beach Boys style harmonies. Keep listening out for Keep Moving On, Somebody Calls Your Name and Shaking. www.andyburrows.co.uk
Chris Isaak Live
THE quiff was good, if not mesmerising.
The music was sensational, though sometimes a bit of a distraction from the well-rehearsed rock ‘n’ roll bravado dialogue that went with it. Seeing Chris Isaak at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall was a little like seeing Elvis at his comeback stage in Las Vegas, and a little like seeing a country rock impersonator at a small town bar in Tennessee where tourists are pulled in by a happy hour.
The stereotypes were all there, right down to the rhinestones, but then so was the quality.
First rate music and a first rate performance from Isaak, who delivered the beautiful Wicked Game superbly. But, much as we were wanting more of his classics, much of the gig was for his recent material on an album of covers from the masters.
So country gems like Pretty Woman and Ring of Fire became centre stage while Isaak worked through material made famous by Johnny Cash, Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis.
The album, Beyond The Sun, is out now.
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