The Next Chapter in the E-CD Series
Inspiration: Postremo is a genius pick ‘n’ mix combination of tracks from the indie rock, punk and pop rock genres. All of these genres seem to be experiencing a rapid growth in popularity recently so with this album you will be bang on trend.
Not only does this CD offer something for every music fan, it also appeals to a vast age range. Tracks such as Exit Stage Left offers something for a young pop rock fan who enjoys going to gigs to have a good mosh, yet more mature tracks such as Gotta Get Out would appeal to an older listener who fancies a chilled out, sing-a-long instead.
There is an overall summery vibe to Inspiration: Postremo and whether the sun is out or not, one listen to this upbeat album and you are sure to be feeling like summer is on its way.
If the tracks alone were not enough to tempt you into this free download, there is also a free booklet thrown in to the package. Wonderfully designed by Jamie Topp, the booklet allows you to put a face to a name with pictures, information on all of the artists and various other named sources where you can find more.
A Look at the tracks
No Other Way has a very current indie sound, right from the word go. The track is laid-back with a non intrusive melody which is brilliant for when you want to stick a something on and not have to think about anything. There are long episodes of instrumental which nicely breaks up the catchy lyrics and would certainly sound fantastic live, especially at a festival this summer.
There is a slight resemblance to Kasabian in their early Club Foot days or The Enemy, so if you are a fan of either of those two bands then have a listen!
She Rules starts with a real punk rock sound, heavy guitar riffs and a loud bass, only to be immediately contrasted by the pleasant, gentle voice of Billy Mowbray. You would think of these two factors as being chalk and cheese but it is a clever combination as it increases the appeal to the punksters and indie rockers, alike.
She Rules is well produced and shows complexity, especially when halfway through the track, the sound drops away leaving the only the guitar. It then builds and breaks into a rocking instrumental which is sure to get any crowd pumping.
Man Or Mouse? could be compared to the likes of Feeder or even Biffy Clyro with a pop twist!
The track Gotta Get Out has an old school, soft rock sort of vibe to it– think Status Quo with a 21st Century twist. Now, it won’t be to everyone’s taste but that is to be expected when the 48Ks are brave enough to try something new. There certainly hasn’t been a band like this for quite some time and the wait for someone like this is long overdue.
It is going to sound odd, but whilst listening to this song, you can’t help but do the twist! It is funky, upbeat and fun – a great track.
Too High Hopes is a track which would sit nicely on the O.C Soundtrack or something similar. It has a relaxed sound which reminds you of sun, sea and sand, especially when the harmonica chirps in. Matthew Neel doesn’t opt for unnecessary complexity with his track as it is mainly compromised of an acoustic guitar, barely there drum beats and his vocals. The sound has almost a slight country and southern rock twist to it too.
The track doesn’t sound particularly like Jack Johnson as Matthew Neel has a very unique voice and distinguishable sound but it does share the same laid back, surf vibe that makes Johnson so popular.
Wow, The Eleven 37’s are really different and definitely a band to watch. They have a unique sound which mixes funk, soul, and indie rock– something that not many artists are brave enough to try, thus leaving a nice Eleven 37’s sized gap in the market at the moment.
Here Comes The Storm is a track that would appeal not only to the youth of today but your mum and even your grandma! You can’t help but dance to the infectious chorus and the track will indeed ‘make you happy to be alive’. There are no current similar artists to compare this band to but that can only be a good thing!
Exit Stage Left is a firm favourite track on the Inspiration: Postremo album. No Lights At Lockdown bring a great pop rock sound which is currently working so well for the likes of The Blackout and You Me At Six at the moment. The track does have some similarities to these power pop rock bands but No Lights At Lockdown pull it off with a more mature sound which could be attributed to Chris Edge having an almost indie, raw sounding voice which is a nice change from the plain tones that are present in so many pop rock songs in the chart today.
With the current market, I can see No Lights At Lockdown having great success. Everyone seems to be going crazy for pop rock at the moment and these guys tick all the boxes.
Brand New Day presents itself as another stand out track on the Inspiration: Postremo. The band play music and they play it loud but with the gravelly vocals of Louis Ellis anything less than that wouldn’t work.
The track sounds professional and something that could easily make it on to the Radio 1 or the Kerrang! Radio playlist. The band state that they take influences from the likes of Bön Jovi and you can definitely hear essences of this within the track but you can tell they aren’t trying to be anything that they aren’t. They are fresh, confident and know how to pull off a great guitar solo– everything you want from a band. This track is guaranteed to make you want to hear more of what they have to offer!
All The Way is a great little summer track which you can imagine listening to when driving with the roof down. The lyrics and melody are simple and repetitive allowing listeners to quickly become familiar with them. They therefore have a great tendency to get stuck in your head– an essential quality of any anthem.
The track has a similar sound to the Foo Fighters, with Colin Parkinson’s vocals bearing a striking resemblance to Dave Grohl but with a slightly purer quality to them. From the start of the track, the band rock out full throttle but around the half way mark, there is a breakdown which exposes the band’s tender side.
Catchy, well written and a great rock sound – Britain’s answer to the Foo Fighters.
Dark Dark is a very appropriate title for this song as it starts with a heavy and mysterious guitar riff. The conflict between the two vocals present on the track, combined with the frequently changing rhythm, makes it somewhat chaotic and busy however, somehow Corpus make it work by occasionally bringing everything back to normality, allowing the listener to catch up and reflect on the craziness that had just occurred.
‘We are not a metal band’ proclaim Corpus and they have certainly got that right. It is extremely difficult to pigeon hole them into any genre. The track sounds like an unusual combination of 36 Crazyfists, with a hint of the Arctic Monkeys, and even a little bit of old school Kings of Leon, all bundled in to one. Intrigued? Well, have a listen.
When Pretty People first kicks in, it sounds like a throw back from the 80’s as it starts with an electro pop sound that you would expect from the likes of George Michael or Duran Duran. When the vocals begin however, you realise you couldn’t be further from Simon Le Bön if you tried.
Looking through the band history, it is clear to see that Michael Trapp is somewhat of an individual who enjoys going against the rules and Pretty People most definitely follows suit. CrimsonFaced opt for a rather unique sound which combines heavy guitar riffs with singing/ talking vocals, similar to the style of Marylin Manson. The track also bears resemblance to Korn and Mindless Self Indulgence, both of which are artists whom have had huge success with a similar sound to CrimsonFaced.
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