Thursday, 5 November 2015

Thursdays Double Up: The Deadline Shakes - Niall James Holohan

The Deadline Shakes - Sweeten the Deal.

Background - Glasgow's The Deadline Shakes are Greg Dingwall (lead vocals, guitars and keys), Iain McKinstry (guitars and vocals), Martin McLeod (bass), Thomas Booth (drums) and Sam Clark (piano), with Michael Muir (violin) and Kiera Pollock (vocals). 

Their debut album 'Zealots', produced by Greg in a tiny room in the east end of Glasgow, is the product of three years of hard work following the band's inception. Greg’s songs are often widescreen in scope, but lucidly lovelorn lyrics give the album a relatably human quality. This is an album recorded on a limited budget that sounds like a large scale, big studio production. 

Each band member is a multi-instrumentalist who has a passion bordering on compulsion to create, a drive which underpins everything they do. Even the band's unique artwork is designed in-house by bass player Martin. Guitarist Iain has edited their music videos.

Radio support for The Deadline Shake's singles leading up to this album release has been extensive coming from the likes of BBC's Vic Galloway, Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson together with Jim Gellatly (XFM Breakout track), Roddy Hart and and a range of DJs at stations across the world.  The band have also been championed by The List, The Scottish Sun, Daily Record, Louder Than War, God is in the TV, and Artrocker.

From the album 'Zealots' (out on Flowers in the Dustbin Records on the 29 November 2015), 'Sweeten The Deal' is a pacey guitar driven song with stand out vocals and harmonies. Indie pop 'come rock' in nature, it's a definite enticer for their debut album. The album has clearly been a labour of love and has far more depth, than one song can suggest, it's a case of, like the single - love the album.

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Niall James Holohan - New Wave (Is This Rock 'N' Roll?).

And we are told - Reminiscent of Odelay era-Beck and Morning Glory era-Oasis with allusions to 90s hip hop and EDM, 'New Wave' is the ambitious debut single from Irish born and London based solo artist and producer Niall James Holohan; the perfect introduction to an experimental musician with a lot on this mind.

With boundless thumping energy, 'New Wave' is a genre spanning song, that demands to be noticed. It's the mixture of ideas, enthusiasm and refusal to conform to any particular style, that makes this stand out. Having said that it is coherent and clever, and worth a listen at the very least.

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