Before I get started I want to say a little about the artist, Djana Gabrielle is an incredibly talented and not to mention lovely indie folk singer based in Glasgow, I got a chance to meet her while taking a course at the Glasgow Academy of Music and Sound and she was kind and dedicated and was nice enough to grace us with her exceptional voice, I suggest you all listen to her EP as soon as you can because it's just something you have to hear.
That’s enough of that though because we are here to talk about Sway’s new single, speaking of which Sway’s ‘Planet Earth’ single launch is set for 21st April at Broadcast on Sauchiehall Street so make sure to go if you can because you’re in for a good night.
So I was able to get a hold of an advance copy of their new single to review and it I certainly liked what I heard.
You might have guessed it, but I’m now in a race. A race called Tough Mudder, and when I say ’race’, I actually mean a slow, painful drag across 12 frickin’ miles of assault course and jogging. I’m 37 years old, I occasionally like a drink during the day, i'm heavier than I should be, and my good knee is only slightly more robust than my bad knee, this will not end well. How long do I have to train? Well it’s either the 17th or the 18th or June, so that a whole 8 weeks or so to train.
I was pretty much a plug in and go guy but was finding that sometimes turning up for gigs and using the house gear which was of varying quality so i figured a nice OD pedal may be of use. I bought a Friedman Brown Eye which sounds like an old Marshall, very chunky and heavy in sound. It seems to be working at the moment. Otherwise a bit of delay and reverb to hide my mistakes seems to be about it! I don’t think Chuck Berry had a pedal board!
I got inebriated during a detour at Chrissy Mullen's earlier that involved a bottle of apple-flavoured Jim Beam, but once again I'll play the 'gonzo journalist' card with that one, and I've done very, very few of my reviews sober anyway, so this is no exception - (once back in the early days, I reviewed Culann and sent it in, wrecked, right in the middle of a houseparty that had raged for three days. Nobody was any the wiser, so I've got this).
Best track has to be Looking But Not Finding, as this one seems to have slightly more melancholic edge to it than the rest. It's almost a bit of rain amidst the sunny day, or a streak of dark cloud hanging in the blue skies above. Not everything can be sunny and blue and bright you see, a wee bit of rain every once in a while has it's place in the world, if only just to show us just how good the blue skies are whenever they come about. Lisa handles the rain just as well as she handles the blue skies in her lyrics, and this is the mark of a truly talented young song writer,
‘Birthday’ has a nice thrumming guitar intro, that is upbeat and again filled with a warm energy, I again think this track would be well received if and when they play it live. I think this was my favourite of the three tracks, it just gets you involved, especially with its catchy little hook about the festival down the road. I think this is another on the long list of songs that’ll get stuck in my head for an unfeasible amount of time, and I thank Tiny Vinyl for that, better this that something I don’t like.
‘Injustice’ is the final track on the set and it doesn’t let you down, in fact the audience were disappointed that this was there last song because it meant the night was over….always an encore though eh? But while they might have been sad that the night was over they sure did love this track. This song took all the energy of the previous songs and used it well, it had a lot of rhythm and a fantastic beat to it that it my opinion is hard to beat...sorry dumb joke. But honestly though this was a fitting song to go out on and it maintained the consistent Always Monday style without seeming repetitive or overplayed.