All We Are

All I am today is very tired but it was well worth it. Yesterday I went to see All We Are perform in Cologne, Germany. (Yeah, I know, that joke is as tired as me).

The gig experience was a short (the support group had cancelled) but very impressive one, as Guro (bass), Luis (guitar) and Richards (drums) create a very full sound. The energy flowed from the very first moment in Studio 672. And the songs (mostly from their self-titled debut album after two EPs) are beautiful, the harmonies take you higher, Guro’s voice is something else and then there’s the rhythm…I think the “psychedelic boogie” description really hits it on the spot. You cannot draw many comparisons which, I agree with them, is a good thing.

That groove is new to All We Are’s music. They had always wanted to make music people can move to but did not know how to. After all, when they started out in 2011, all three played guitars. Hard to believe that Guro is fairly new to playing bass and Richard to playing drums, then.

For those in the media who find All We Are’s album very slick…actually, it was not all in the production as the band can reproduce that sound very easily on stage and this without cheating.

As you can see, I was truly impressed and I was not the only one. They were well received in Cologne and I urge you to go out and see them play live and also enjoy their debut album.

I will give you a wee taster here of their album. Most of you will already be acquainted with ‘Keep me alive’ but there is so much more good stuff on their album (All We Are on Domino Records). Like that:

It has been mentioned a gazillion times that they are a truly international band, but first and foremost they regards themselves as a Liverpool band. What they praise as the virtues of Liverpool, All We Are themselves exude, too: They are a really friendly and funny bunch and it was an honour to have an interview with them!

Oh yes, I have an interview for you here. So without much further ado (and because I might do later but am in no state to do now: without typing the interview now) I will give you a link to the interview for your enjoyment.I will also play the interview on the Offbeat show next Thursday, 8-10pm, and there will be music by All We Are of course.

Find All We Are on their website http://www.thisisallweare.co.uk or for their Facebook page, click links above.

Jay Woodward

When I first listened to Jay Woodward’s music it struck  me how well produced his recordings sounded but not overly so – indeed he prefers a classical approach like in the 60s and 70s. He is absolutely not making up with production what is missing in music.

The music of Jay Woodward, as someone put it so nicely, renders itself perfectly for a drive through the desert. Now, I am in severe want of desert landscape here, but it works just fine in the woods and moors. Nature features big in Jay Woodward’s dreamy and delicate music. The instrumentation is sparse but just enough. Some fine guitar playing here and overall a (cannot think of a better word right now) pleasant and strong voice.

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Jay Woodward comes from California but if I hear his music I keep thinking of the soundtrack to dark fairytales, Tim Burtonish.

His releases include: “Winter Song” (featuring Justin Scott Linville) (single) and “Letters we told” (album).

If I seriously had to choose favourite tracks, then: “Mandolina” and “Howl” which show a bit of the diversity of his talent.

Contact Jay Woodward via his website. Of course you’ll find him on Twitter, Facebook , bandcamp and all the usual.

There is also a beautiful video for “Garden In The Sun” on YouTube.