Eureka Machines – Being Good Is Okay But Being Better Is Better (Single)
Am I the only person in Leeds that still hasn’t heard Eureka Machines? Seemingly yes, but my own musical inadequacies aside, this offering from the Alt pop favourites serves up a perfect introduction. Taken from 2008 debut ‘Do Or Die’, ‘Being Good…’ hits with an immediate blast of their playful upbeat rhythms and big addictive choruses. New song ‘Living In Squalor’ is more of a slow burner by comparison, but there’s no denying Eureka Machines have found their niche. The only uncertainty; deciding whether they’re a great band who like being silly, or a silly band who happen to be great.
Karl Culley – Bundle Of Nerves (Single) – 3 Minutes of Madness Records
Singer-songwriter. A term that fills me with dread on the grounds; a) they are ten-a-penny, and, b) often lack little more innovation than someone with an acoustic guitar trying to sound sensitive. Fortunately Karl Culley delivers something a lot better. There may be nothing new in his whimsical lyrics, but his superb finger picking really grabs attention, immediately setting him apart from the average strummer. His unique, more percussive style, gives the track a groove, moving along at a relaxed, but urgent pace. This may only be Culley’s second single release to date, but on this evidence expect big things.
Ian Williams – Bible Black Heart (EP) – Adventure Club Records
Never judge a book by its cover. With that in mind, I won’t judge this latest effort from Ian Williams by its artwork either – a rather grim picture of two sheep on a black and white landscape in case you’re wondering. Nor will I judge it by its rather morbid opening line; “What I want most… is to die” on title track ‘Bible Black Heart’. The reason why? After a few listens this five track really reveals its inner beauty. Williams’ vocals sound mature, like a man who’s really experienced both the highs and lows of life, and, most importantly, is a lot better off for it. Combining this brutal honesty with effective sparse production, Williams succeeds in creating a dark, yet warm and comforting sound, with highlights coming from ‘Amputation Song’, the hypnotic ‘No More Shall We Roam’ and mellow closer ‘Still Around’. One not to be overlooked