ARTIST OF THE MONTH MAY: THE CIRCUMSTANCES
For a while now, the artist of the month May can be found in the upper regions of the LabCharts: The Circumstances (NL). This band was founded in 2008 and combines a powerful sound with sensitive, poetic lyrics. They have a diverse repertoire, which reveals various influences, from Radiohead and Bright Eyes to U2. Intimite acoustic singer/songwriter moments are being alternated with powerful indierock and psychedelica.
The first EP of the band was released in 2009 and it resulted in a place on the main stage of the big Wantijpop festival, amongst other gigs. After some changes in personel, the follow-up was released: the EP 'Firing Neurons'. A song from this EP made it onto a compilation with the best new Dutch music and next to that the band was asked to perform live on the big national radio station 3fm. In other words, things are going great for the band en this year they will perform a lot to promote their EP and increase their fanbase. This tour will bring them to Labtones Live! in Bibelot (Dordrecht, NL) as well on May 25! As a little taster, listen to some songs on their profile: www.labtones.com/artist/thecircumstances.
"An album to seek out"
Compositions with an acoustic guitar based core and semi-acoustic mode of delivery is what Speech Machine provides on its third CD "III", occasionally flavoured with cello, bassoon and keyboards, and with half a foot or so placed on the borderland of grunge. An album to seek out for those who enjoy grunge just as much as acoustic rock, I assume, especially if you find music with somewhat of a detached mode of delivery to be fascinating.
REGGIE MILES - BOTTLENECK BLUES, NR-021, CD-R
""An absolute full bodied, dig down deep vocal and guitar... Miles growls, but the diction is solid and clear. The recording is clean. Miles' hesitations and pulse are a marvel and a trademark that distinguishes his work above most solo blues practitioners in the country... You can see those blue notes fall off Reggie Miles' hands... "Makin' Bacon" is a hoot... One of the most original interpretations of this classic blues gem. ...everyone has a great laugh with Miles' "It's The Slide Of Your Size"... Classic Miles having fun, but oh so musically... This was recorded live. Miles' very large persona does come through on recording much like it does on stage. He is a commensurate entertainer and skilled craftsman, particularly in the blues guitar, singing and harmonica that is delivered here live. For Blues lovers, it just doesn't get much better than this collection." Chris Lunn Ancient Victorys News Volume 5, Issue3 - Fall 2012 (Sep 07, 2012)
REGGIE MILES IN CONCERT at the CHALET THEATER 2/10/13
"The crowd got to hear a superb musician. Miles voice was clear, distinct and his guitar seeped into every fiber of the building. You got stories on his life, blues music, bottleneck slide, resonator guitars, making guitars from discarded items and how he wrote his songs. Miles opened with "Highway 51 Blues" a slide and story song that had the audience on the edge of their seats. When he finished, they exploded in a roar of hoots, hollers and applause. His "It's Not the Size of Your Slide", has great stop holds. The slow blues, "Love In Vain", was particularly haunting. Love his double meaning "Makin' Bacon" and the movement of "Mournin' Blues". The musical saw on the slow lovely, "Over the Rainbow" was superb. Miles played nineteen songs, closing with Robert OneMan Johnson's, "Life's Too Short". There was no song that Miles performed that was not an absolute gem or story that was not fun to hear and learn from. We did have fun!"
Catself at The Hague International Singer-Songwriter Festival - three sets!
It has recently been confirmed - I will play THREE sets at The Hague International Singer-Songwriter Festival (THISSFest)!
The first time I am going to play a short set at the opening of the festival at SuperMarkt on Thursday 27th, then a bit longer sets on 28th and 30th (on 29th I am playing too, quite nearby: together with Chabliz www.chabliz.com, in Leiden).
I will post about the hours of my performances and the venues as soon as I know!
The ticket for the festival can be purchased already, and the early bird price is 10 € - that is not much, as it is a pass for all the festival days and all acts! The ticket can be ordered from the festival's website: http://thissfest.org/.
I hope some of you can make it to this festival! I'm looking forward to this beautiful time.
NEW (still unposted) song played on Reading4U Radio today
Last November I spent two adventurous and enriching days recording in the studio of Dutch musician and producer Wim Oudijk in the Hague. He arranged and produced two of my songs - "Consolation Asteroid" (you can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzEAGKd2obM) and one more song which has not been posted anywhere online yet! Not even as a live YouTube performance, it is really nowhere to be found!
This second, mysterious song will be played on Radio Reading4U TODAY, in a programme of James Crowther called Psychedelic Pop Party, which has already started. It lasts from 12 to 6 pm UK time. The link is here: http://www.reading4u.co.uk/
Tomorrow - playing in Vlaardingen!! Welcome if you are nearby!
Do any of you my Labtones friends live in Vlaardingen, or nearby? Tomorrow (13 April) I am playing there, at Café de Hommel! There will be also another artist performing, Polish rock/gothic/poetry artist Lee-Leet, who I had the pleasure to share the stage with already several times before. We will both play full sets. It will be a great music evening - welcome if you can make it!