ALBUM REVIEW: NEEDTOBREATHE “The Reckoning”

Centred around brothers Bo and Bear Rineheart, American rockers NEEDTOBREATHE have been building their reputation on the American circuit since 2000. Having grown in popularity and critical acclaim with each release, the troupe have set their hearts on conquering Europe with their fourth studio album, “The Reckoning”. A fusion of Kings Of Leon, John Mellencamp, John Mayer, Ray LaMontagne and most bizarrely Coldplay, NEEDTOBREATRE present country tinged stadium rock, without pretension and with clear relish and enjoyment.

“The Reckoning” is far from the most original record to date, but then it doesn’t appear as if it is intended as such. Full to the brim with radio friendly fodder, NEEDTOBREATHE have crafted an album that will take them further into the realms of commercial success. “Drive All Night” has Train written all over it, while the hum-along “Wanted Man” and lighter-in-the-air “The Reckoning” are clear singles. There is no doubt, NEEDTOBREATHE are assured of another notch on their bedpost.

However, it is when NEEDTOBREATHE step off the well-beaten track that they really stand out. The soul-drenched vocal of the gospel-driven “Able” and haunting “A Place Only You Can Go” demonstrates a depth to NEEDTOBREATHE that leaves the listener wanting so much more from “The Reckoning”. While without “Able”, “The Reckoning” would make for amazing driving music, it slots so neatly among so many already established artists, that NEEDTOBREATHE could easily be overlooked. But “Able” takes NEEDTOBREATHE into a league of their own. Heartfelt, mournful, uplifting, spine tingling, Bear Rineheart proves himself to be one of the music industry’s defining vocal artists.

NEEDTOBREATHE are guaranteed mainstream success if they continue to release records of this ilk, however, they could be so easily be so much more than just another Train or Kings Of Leon. Bear and Bo Rineheart make a distinctive writing duo, and Bear’s vocal trumps his contemporaries. If the Rinehart’s had turned off the radio and simply poured more soul-soaked emotion into “The Reckoning”, it  would have easily been the finest album of 2012. As it stands, it is enjoyable with stand out moments.

Rating: 3.55/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

 

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VIDEO: Nell Bryden “Sirens”

It is hard to believe that 11 years have already passed since 9/11. The collapse of the World Trade Centre in New York sent shockwavaes around the world, and left a hole at the very heart of the Big Apple. With a wealth of documentaries being shown on television this week trying to understand the event, and exploring the aftermath, here at The Kaje we have been most touched by New York’s Nell Bryden who has penned “Sirens” as a tribute to her city. The subtle, understated ballad is lyrically charged without driving home the point. Bryden explores her personal aftermath, as well as those of her city folk. Beautifully understated, Bryden brings the tears without the need for graphic fears.

NEWS: Plan B Announces UK Tour

Following his headline gig at last week’s iTunes Festival at London’s Roundhouse, Plan B (AKA Ben Drew) has today confirmed details of an 11-date headline UK arena tour in February. Kicking off at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, Plan B will head to Manchester, Cardiff, Nottingham, Bournemouth, Birmingham, London’s O2 Arena (2nd time he’s played the venue), Brighton, Plymouth, Glasgow, concluding in Aberdeen.  Tickets go on pre-sale exclusively to fans from 9am this Wednesday 12th September so make sure you head over to http://bit.ly/RNSncv early to reserve yours.

All the booking fees from the artist ticket website pre-sale will go to Ben’s charity ‘Each One Teach One Trust’. For more information, please go to: http://www.eoto.co.uk/

Over the past few months, Ben Drew has barely stopped. He released iLL Manors – the movie, filmed a BBC3 documentary, toured the UK and also appeared at a selection of festivals including BBC’s Hackney One Big Weekend.  He’s now starring in a remake of The Sweeneywith Ray Winstone and performed as one of the headliners of this year’s iTunes Festival 2012.

Plan B’s February Arena tour is as follows:

01 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
02 – Manchester Arena
04 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arnea
05 – Nottingham Capital FM Arena
07 – Bournemouth International Centre
08 – Birmingham LG Arena
09 – London O2 Arena
11 – Brighton Centre
12 – Plymouth Pavilions
14 – Glasgow S.E.C.C.
15 – Aberdeen Exhibition Centre

NEWS: Heaven’s Basement To Support Halestorm On Tour

 

Having earned the title of one of the UK’s most promising hard rock acts thanks to their relentless touring schedule HEAVEN’S BASEMENT announce their appearance as main support to Halestorm on their Autumn European tour, including UK dates.

The band has built their reputation of setting Britain’s underground alight with an uncompromising attitude and tireless work ethic and and not wanting the fun to stop they will be touring with Seether straight after this stint on the run.

After much success with their independently released EP, Unbreakable, HEAVEN’S BASEMENT are currently putting the finishing touches to their forthcoming debut album. Their first Red Bull Records release, produced by John Feldmann (The Used, Papa Roach, Black Veil Brides), is due out early 2012.

Catch HEAVEN’S BASEMENT at the following shows supporting Halestorm:

Friday 21st September – Birmingham – O2 Academy
Saturday 22nd September – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Sunday 23rd September – Glasgow – Cathouse
Monday 24th September – Manchester Academy 3
Wednesday 26th September – Newcastle O2 Academy
Thursday 27th September – Leeds – Cockpit
Friday 28th September – London – Islington Academy
Sunday 30th September – Portsmouth – Wedgewood
Monday 1st October – Bristol Fleece
 
http://www.heavensbasement.com | https://www.facebook.com/HeavensBasement

 

NEWS: Matt Cardle Announces New Album

Matt Cardle returns with new album ‘The Fire’, the follow-up to his platinum selling debut ‘Letters’, released 29th October on So What? Recordings.
 
‘The Fire’ was written and recorded in London, Toronto and Los Angeles, and features co-writes with Eg White, Steve Booker, James Walsh, and Paul Statham. 29 year-old Cardle produced the album and plays most of the instruments himself. Lead single ‘It’s Only Love’ will also be released 29th October.
 
One of a very elite group of male solo artists with a platinum-selling debut album, Cardle has sold over 2 million singles and albums combined. Following a sold-out 23 date tour earlier this year, he will embark on a short UK tour culminating in an album launch show at The Scala on Tuesday 23rd October.
 
Tour Dates:
Sun 21st  October                 Birmingham Institute (£22.50)
Mon 22nd October                Brighton Concorde (£22.50)
Tues 23rd October                London The Scala (£25)

Ticket pre-sale Wednesday 12th Sept from www.mattcardlemusic.com <http://www.mattcardlemusic.com
General on sale Friday 14th Sept.

Single Of The Week: Joe McElderry “Here’s What I Believe”

Joe McElderry has been written off by many as a flopstar, but this judgement is a beyond cruel assessment.  With album number 4 in the shops today, McElderry’s latest single is the heartfelt ballad “Here’s What I Believe”. Having realised his true potential post-Syco release album number 1, McElderry is going from strength to strength. The self-penned single is a tender, telling tale of heartbreak. “Here’s What I Believe” is strong enough to rebuff all the critics and prove that with album number 4, McElderry is capable of breaking away from his X Factor tale…

NEWS: BASTILLE Announces ‘Flaws’ As Latest Single

Only the brave and original survive the indie music maelstrom which either sucks new guitar bands down into the depths or produces identikit sounds based on trends at any given time. Bastille have moved away from the common output being churned out by indie bands to create great pop songs that are absorbing and genre-defining without ever being formulaic.

Live fan favourite, ‘Flaws’ is Bastille’s third single release on Virgin Records. The single was originally heard by fans when lead singer,/songwriter and producer Dan Smith uploaded a makeshift D.I.Y video for the track, piecing together footage from Terence Malick’s 1973 classic ‘Badlands’.

The video for the track has been watched over half a million times and struck a chord with youtube viewers from all over the world who posted their own cover versions.

The new video for ‘Flaws’ will be made available next week and has been directed by Austin Peters (Haim, ‘Forever’). Following on from the mysterious drowning in the video for previous single ‘Bad Blood’, ‘Flaws’ was shot in Coney Island, which was also the setting for cult film ‘Requiem For A Dream, the soundtrack of which Dan used in the band’s cover version of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Blue Jeans’ and features on their cinematic mixtape/mini-album Other People’s Heartache.

Like many Bastille songs, ‘Flaws’ was written and initially recorded by Dan in his bedroom on an old laptop. It is based on a story with characters going through their own emotions and existing solely in the universe of each song. Like Regina Spektor, Dan’s songs are his stories; vehicles to muse on things he wants to talk about and this resonates with their fans, who find a personal element to the music.

The band have appeared at more than thirty festivals this summer and recently played a storming set to a packed out tent at Reading Festival, 3000 fans, arms aloft singing along to all the words. Straight after their set Bastille appeared on BBC3 performing an acoustic version of their last single ‘Bad Blood’  and were trending on twitter after their performance.

Having sold out their first ever headline tour, Bastille continue to sell out shows across the UK and recently announced their second headline tour. Despite only releasing two singles, the band have already sold out London’s Koko as well as dates in Manchester and Birmingham seven weeks upfront.

With so much momentum and their debut album released early next year, it seems like Bastille are leading the pack as one of the major players of 2013.

OCTOBER UK TOUR

13-Oct-12          Manchester          Night and Day  SOLD OUT
14-Oct-12          Glasgow          ABC
16-Oct-12          Newcastle          The Other Rooms
17-Oct-12          Birmingham          HMV Institute  SOLD OUT
18-Oct-12          Brighton          Komedia
19-Oct-12          London          Koko SOLD OUT

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