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“Howl” by Alex Vargas

Another side to Alex Vargas than that of “Lie”, a truly chilling song that’s softly crafted, however not lacking in power by any means.

This is a new Folk/Rock band from London/Norwich that I went to see last night at the Half Moon, Putney. They’re young, full of energy and often switch instruments, making for an interesting live show. This is the last track they played on the night, “Sinking Ship”. It has some really nice harmony layers running through it and some great lyrics. Enjoy.

 

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If you haven’t had the opportunity to listen to the brilliant sounds of Matt Corby, stop what you are doing now and educate yourself! This particular performance of his song “Brother” is a moment in time that will not be replicated; a truly special display of originality, virtuosic vocals, and raw passion. This man has a vocal range and control that is indeed very special, even further complemented by his power and tone. and let’s not forget to mention the way in which he intricately plays his guitar with precision and rhythm, unlike most acoustic-chord-bashing players usually would play. All in all, Corby truly is a brilliant artist, and I’m waiting for the day he next arrives in England to go watch what will surely be a fantastic live showing.

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This one’s an old one, one I’ve been listening to for many years, but one I feel that not enough people know. “Sacrifice” by The Expendables is a dangerously infectious reggae-rock song that’s an easy listen, and has some great vocal lines. Aside from the entirely out of place solo (which is still cool, just not befitting), “Sacrifice” is one of my favourite’s, from a very underrated band, and i find that most people have never even heard of it! Despite this, everyone I’ve showed this to has found it very hard not to like, so with that, Enjoy!

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This is a track from this year by new band Zulu Winter called “We Should Be Swimming”. A fresh indie song with an infectious beat and rythm, capturing a similar essence to Two Door Cinema Club, albeit with a less snappy sound. Enjoy.

Alex Vargas LIVE at The Half Moon Pub, Thu 06 Sep 2012

The Half Moon Pub is a gig venue in Putney, South-West London, with a warm and welcoming feel to it. It used to be a renowned venue with legendary bands such as The Rolling Stones and The Clash gracing it with their presences, however days have gone by since the, and it is now a much more humble venue, but still home to some fantastic live music. Whilst attending a friends gig who were headlining that night, a band called “No Room For Giants”, i stumbled across a man named Alex Vargas, who was supporting them. He came on stage alone, just with an acoustic guitar, and as you can imagine on a thursday night, playing to a very sparing crowd, myself being only 1 of about 10 people in the room at the time. Despite the non-existent atmosphere, he began to sing and my ears pricked up to the sound of his incredible voice. He had power, range and control, all to an exceedingly high standard. I took a particular liking to one of his songs called “Lie”, which was stuck in my head for the rest of the night. When I got home, i decided to look him up and see if he had any music online, to which i discovered a small selection of songs on youtube. I also discovered that he was once part of a band called “Vagabond” and that he had left to pursue a solo career. I stumbled across one of his video’s which had over half a million views on youtube, a cover of Usher’s “More”, and realised he had quite a solid fanbase. After a comprehensive listen to most of his music, it was clear that he was, and is, one artist to look out for.

As an overall experience, this gig would get a 5/10, simply because of a lack of crowd, that being said, i thought for one man and a guitar, it was a gripping show.

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