The backing vocals have a certain delicacy & this contrasts rather brilliantly with the volume & swagger of those electric guitar solos.
San Diego 8-piece The Innocent Bystanders have released this four-track EP comprised of songs written over twenty years ago – reinvented for this project with a fresh touch of modern musicality
Great songwriting is something that I believe comes from achieving a true & natural balance between the deeply personal – that inner truth, nothing held back – and that which is widely accessible.
The ways we try to deal with loss can be vast & varied. For me, a piece of art or music, like this, offers a feeling of possibility & understanding; it makes you realise the inevitability of change.
It’s best to stick with people who love & understand you, through that you”ll find the peace you are searching for with time. It might be best to also stop hurting yourself with your own thoughts too.
Sweet Surrender offers a lot in the way of that big band, jazz-funk, almost Christmas joy style of musicality. A memorable, warm track – loaded with good vibes, soul, and a dash of rock & roll.
Their experience is undeniable, you can hear it in how the song has been crafted, the poetic lyricism, the build-up, the fluidity. They work as a unit & give the music so much strength & colour.
It feels like a totally natural progression for the band to take their music in this direction. The singer is fantastic, bringing the thick, powerful vocals of classic rock to a gentle & emotional soundscape.
The personal touch is hugely valuable, Joemayk offers a true part of himself up through his songs, and that truth is what will draw an audience in.
I refuse to release any music that I don’t fully believe in. Music should be visceral & beautiful, it should sting, while reminding you how lucky you are that you get to listen.
Sometimes memory can feel like a curse, and perhaps it is, but it’s an all too human curse & something of a supernatural blessing. Accepting loss or failure does not mean forgetting it happened, because remembering displays the deepest well of strength.
Placing lyrical weight into the darkness of negative space & emerging with an absolute & unspeakably heart-wrenching gift. I can’t say much more, it deserves to be heard first. More importantly, you owe it to yourself to hear it.