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Song Of The Week | Mar 02, 2015

Ben Ottewell – Shoreline

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Ben Ottewell came into contact with Ian Ball (vocals, guitar) while the two were studying law at Sheffield University. Ball was impressed by Ben’s big voice, and along with Tom Gray (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Paul Blackburn (bass), and Olly Peacock (drums, synths, computers), they formed the band Gomez. Ottewell’s deep, soulful voice has gained him some acclaim and has drawn some comparisons to Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and artist Tom Waits, and his lyrical style, and acoustical arrangements, especially in his solo work, have drawn comparisons to folk singer Nick Drake

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In an interview with Guitar World, Ben revealed “When it came to writing for Rattlebag I started afresh and all the songs were written specifically with the album in mind over a 12 month period, perhaps making the album a little more cohesive. I’m a great believer in the power of the riff, not just in the bombastic Zeppelin sense but also the more cyclical blues or folk licks, and most of the songs are written with a riff as the foundation. Once these ideas were formed, some as just a verse, some almost full songs, I’d take them to Sam [his writing partner, Sam Genders of English folk band Tunng] and we’d finish them. The recording took 5 days in Los Angeles with producer Will Golden, the other key ingredient.

We got in some great players and Clay Blair who is a fantastic engineer. It’s the most fun I’ve had in a studio since those early Gomez records.” Ben turned to his fanbase to crowdfund the album via Indiegogo.

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Song Of The Week | Feb 23, 2015

Butch Walker – Bed On Fire

butchwalkerAfraid of Ghosts is the seventh full-length studio album from Butch Walker. Walker spent a year writing this album, and recorded it in only four days, a year after the passing of this father. According to Walker, the album is a way of “coming to terms with the past and living for the future.” It’s about “coming to terms with your ghosts, taking what scares you the most. And turning it into something real.”

The album was produced by singer/songwriter Ryan Adams at his PAX AM Studios, and will feature guest musicians such as Johnny Depp, Mike Viola, and Bob Mould.

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