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Monday, 28 December 2015

My Top 20 Albums of 2015

So I've noticed a fair few people making posts about what their favourite releases of 2015 have been, so I thought I'd join in with my personal favourites!
I'm not going to pretend to know all about music, because I don't, I just enjoy lots of different styles. This year has been a stand out year for me with music and I personally think it's been a very exciting year, with lots of new artists becoming well known and already massive artists changing their style, so here are my top 20 of this year...

20
Nothing But Thieves

19
Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color


18
The Libertines - Anthems For The Doomed Youth




17
Jess Glynne - I Cry When I Laugh




16
The Cribs - For All My Sisters



15
Justin Bieber - Purpose




14
Jeff Lynne - Alone In The Universe




13
James Bay - Chaos And The Calm




12
Foals - What Went Down




11
Jamie XX - Colour




10
Tame Impala - Currents




9
Circa Waves - Young Chasers




8
Years & Years - Communion




7
The Maccabees - Marks To Prove It




6
Mumford & Sons - Wilder Mind




5
Chvrches - Every Open Eye




4
Noel Gallagher - Chasing Yesterday




3
Florence And The Machine - How Big How Blue How Beautiful




2
Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool




1
The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness
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EP Review: Cabezudos


The last time that I was genuinely excited by an EP was from The Hummingbirds quite some time ago. However, around a month ago I had a serious case of deja vu; a buzz, a thrill and a fever which is often short lived with 'fresh new music'. Once again, with another band from the music capital Liverpool: Cabezudos.

Now, of course I'm going to be slightly biased when it comes to Liverpool music. I've been a big fan of new music since I first started going to gigs when I was 14 and realised that one of my highlights was listening to the support acts and then finding their music on MySpace the next day. Going to gigs in Birmingham was my favourite thing to do, until I moved to Liverpool and realised that the venues were busier and people were giving these fairly unknown bands a real chance.

Cabezudos are definitely worth a real chance right now. They recently filled the Zanzibar with their EP launch and their fresh new sound. Their EP 'She Waits' has a youthful sound to it but their lyrics and the obvious hard work and effort which has gone into each song is very mature. It makes it a very interesting listen, especially when you pick up on the old blues vibes.

The band is made up of Jack Hughes on vocals, Chris Bolton on guitar, Tom Maher on bass guitar & backing vocals and Harry Strachan on drums. The band's main music inspirations really reflect on their style of music in their EP with their favourite acts being everything from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones to The Who and The Beach Boys.
The 'She Waits' EP includes 'Foolish' a mellow track which rips into some serious rock and roll just as you begin to chill out whilst listening to it, it sure is full of surprises! 'She Waits' is upbeat and fun from the start and definitely the most sing-along track on the EP.

'I've Never Seen' is the most mature song on the EP and in my opinion, is the song which you can pick up their biggest influences the most. If you listen carefully, you will also pick up on snippets of thunder and rain which are surprisingly used too! The EP is completed with 'Could You Be Wrong' which is the most relaxed and easy listening track, listen out for the trumpet too which quite simply blew my mind!

For me, my favourite track is 'Could You Be Wrong' but all the songs on their fantastic little EP are quite something, with no song the same as the last.

After giving the EP a good listen, it's impressive to think that Cabezudos have only been together as a band since April 2015 and their first gig was only in July 2015. However, just because they are a very new band, this doesn't mean that they shouldn't be taken seriously. These boys are talented and incredibly motivated.

If you get the chance to go to a Cabezudos gig, don't miss it! They are currently planning gigs around the UK for next year, hopefully with a tour during the summer months. Their next gig will be supporting Billy Bibby, the previous guitarist for Catfish and the Bottlemen, at Studio 2 on Parr Street in Liverpool in February.

You can listen to Cabezudos and their EP on SoundCloud, iTunes and Spotify now...

iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/she-waits-ep/id1069082570
Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/4t8Gsdr4sB2RlMLMROaWfW?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

Also, don't forget to follow them across social media to keep up with tour news and new releases...

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/CabezudosBand (@CabezudosBand)
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/CabezudosBand/
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Saturday, 21 November 2015

2015...

Well, it's been a while. Honestly, I didn't realise how long I hadn't blogged for until it got pointed out to me. There's me thinking that my blog was like some kind of personal therapy session for me last year, and there's people actually reading it and waiting for the next post (apologies to those - by the way, I don't have a fan club, I don't think, but a handful of people have asked me where the blog has gone.) So I guess I ought to explain myself, right? Well what happened was life.

Lets be frank, I'm not the type of girl to post every single day. Firstly, there isn't something to say every single day and secondly, I'm not going to make posts about make-up and hair products because, honestly, I don't really care to tell people what shampoo I'm using this week and what shades of lipstick I'm a fan of for winter, that's just not me! Funnily enough, I watched the whole of My Mad Fat Diary again this week (judge me) and I remembered how great it is to just write something down and remember it. Two people have said to me in the past week how they remember a certain situation which happened a while ago a lot differently to how I did. I don't think this makes me crazy, we all just see, remember and react to situations differently. I think this is when blogging is great, because it's somewhere to write where it's not just a diary that will eventually be lost (unlike my 13 year old diary which keeps coming back to haunt me time and time again - doesn't help that my mum has obviously read it several times too.) Basically, what i'm saying is. I'm going to start writing in this little blog again.

So, what's happened in the time since I last wrote here? Well, what hasn't changed! In my last blog, I was freaking out about final year of uni, what my future held etc etc. So last year of uni was, well, last year of uni - stressful, breakdowns happened, 6am library sessions were held, it was a barrel of laughs. But, it all paid off. I graduated in July with a 2.1 degree after finding out my university results sat by the pool in Egypt. It was pretty cool. Then. of course, came the bit I was dreading the most: finding a gradate job. I'm going to be honest kids, it was a bloody nightmare - NIGHTMARE. I started applying for jobs in March, thinking I was ahead of the game slightly (this didn't work) but I managed to score my first interview a week after my final deadline in May. I was buzzing, in love with the idea that I would be able to stay in Liverpool and never have to move home to boring old Kidderminster. I didn't get it (and now I think THANK GOD because it was for a gardening website. Do I genuinely know anything about gardening? No, no you don't Beth.) I moved home and applied for an impressive 322 jobs, more or less. I had 15 interviews for various content-type roles, 13 of which were in the West Midlands, 1 in Manchester and 1 in Liverpool - I think we all know which one I wanted the most...well I got it! The one I was least nervous for and I got it. After I got over the initial shock of actually being offered a real job within six months of graduating, I packed my stuff up, moved back to Liverpool, got a flat sorted and started work at where I am now - as cliche as it sounds, determination really did pay off. I put every last bit of me into those interviews and each rejection was such a blow but I kept going and ended up getting one in the city I actually want to live in too, hoorah! Loving life is an understatement - funny how things work out, right?

Love life? In my last post I was moaning about how I had been single for agessss. Well, I'm still single and have been for nearly 2 years now. I've got into a way of life that I can't even imagine being with anyone now, I'm that used to being single. Despite this, I am genuinely happy with the way things are right now. I dated someone in the Summer and it didn't get any further than dating. But again, I just didn't really care. I haven't really cared for a very long time now. I think a guy would actually have to knock me off my feet a little to make me think about even making a slight change to my current lifestyle where I just care about my career and doing well, my friends, family and just having a laugh 24/7 - and right now, I'm OK with that! I've got it down to 2 times when I always wish that I wasn't single: when i'm hungover in bed wishing someone could make me a bacon sarnie and when I'm a bit cold first thing in the morning. Personally, I think 2 reasons out of how many is actually pretty good so I'm feeling rather proud of my little single self actually...

And that is a very brisk update of my life right now. I felt like I needed to give a bit of a back story before I get onto the posts that I'm desperate to write about like music and dating (we all know I love a good dating post. See 2014 posts: First Dates - loved writing that so much that it's even in my portfolio of work!)

I'll be back, trolley x


 


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