Video Interview :: Austin Lucas, Jon Snodgrass, Cory Branan, Chloe Manor (The Budget Helicopter Tour)

“…The best bits of The Revival Tour”

Austin Lucas, Jon Snodgrass (Drag The River), Cory Branan and Chloe Manor agreed to chat with us for a bit at Leeds’ Brudnell Social Club. The Budget Helicopter tour was in full effect and the guys were ready to head out to the rest of Europe. Instead of boring your arses off with a wall of text, we made this a last minute video feature. We discussed everything from touring with the family to the drawing of helicopters. Enjoy!

Thanks to Austin, Jon, Cory and Chloe for letting us do this, and to Joe Brownridge for standing there for ages and filming it.

Germs Of Perfection :: William Elliot Whitmore

Don’t Pray On Me

We’ve had auto-tuned Danish punk from New Politics, the down tempo, acoustic, stylings of Tegan & Sara and now Bad Religion goes country with William Elliot Whitmore. Whitmore’s soulful, Blues infused, voice, with it’s wonderful Southern twang, may be the best and most interesting song on the album thus far. I’d go as far as saying I love it.

The Iowa-born singer/songwriter has covered ‘Don’t Pray On Me’, originally recorded for Bad Religion’s 1993 album Recipe For Hate. You can check it out here and be sure to check out William Elliot Whitmore on MySpace too.

EP Review :: Myles Pereira – Of Pears and Figs

Just who the hell is Myles Pereira?

London-based Myles Pereira is a Blues/Country/Rum influenced singer song writer, who curiously seems to be finding his place within local punk scenes. Surprisingly unknown, I first saw Myles play a low key punk gig in Manchester and was blown away. When he announced his EP was free to download, I felt I had to not only enjoy this five song gem, but also share it with the world. (well Moon and Back readers at least!)

The album opens with the track ‘Lumberer’ a track which truly sets the mood for the entire E.P. The sound is very personal and stripped down, giving a sense of intimacy that seems to be missing from even the biggest names of singers armed with acoustic guitars. (Yes I’m talking about you James Blunt, you don’t even come close to this kind of talent.)

The album continues in a similar fashion. Showing Myles as a very sensitive soul, tearing through his thoughts and emotions with a very unique a melodious vocal sound, which thankfully is not a product of careful auto-tune editing, as this euphony is not lost during his live performances.

As said earlier, the sound is very personal, and the production of the E.P echoes that with a kind of “high quality home recording” feel. This isn’t a hindrance, it only emphasizes the intimate nature of the EP. Each song feels to have it’s own sense of warmth which relates the subject matter of the poetic lyrical content.

The songs are in no sense “punk rock” but there is definitely something here that makes Myles Pereira playing alongside the upcoming bands of that scene work. What that is, I am not sure.

The four original works on this E.P are some of the most fantastic songs I have heard from a solo artist for a long time. In addition, there’s a cover of Danzig’s ‘Mother’ on here too!  It’s free, what more could you want?! So download Myles Pereira’s Of Pears and Figs, tell all your friends, find out when and if he’s playing near you and go and support this talented young man!

You can download the E.P from Myles’ MySpace page:

Album Review :: Dave Arcari – Got Me Electric

Traditional delta styled blues Dave Arcari delivers his latest album that grabs you by the throat and never lets go.

Dave Arcari

Dave Arcari - Got Me Electric © Dave Arcari/Buzz Records

With a powerful, gargling voice and fingers that spit fire across his guitar, Dave Arcari brings a little of the deep south from the windswept Loch Lomond in Scotland. His delta driven, pre-war blues guitar and lyrics that conjure up the far off images of a world much simpler to live in, Acari’s second album Got Me Electric offers new and old listeners a great contribution to the blues scene merging here in the UK.

The Scottish singer/songwriter Dave Arcari is now no stranger to the UK blue scene. Having been hugely successful in a number of indie, blues and country competitions and tours up and down the country, Arcari was recently commissioned by the BBC to compose music for the Robert Burns poem “Parcel of Rogues”. This honour, as part of the Homecoming celebrations and 250th Anniversary of the poet’s birth, has catapulted the bluesy, bearded, badass onto a major stage and subsequent stage, his most recent achievement coming in the form of an appearance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival on the prestigious Jazz & Blues stage.

His latest album Got Me Electric is a fantastic mixture of hard hitting blues and country riffs that shake up the potential stagnant genre. With a positive and progressive attitude towards the more traditional sounding, pre-war sound, Got Me Electric is an album that takes the listener on a journey through the misty, hazy by water way of life and taking the punches, kicks and beatings that life invariably throws at us.

Kicking off the album is the eponymous track “Got me Electric” a great little blues number that demonstrates Arcari’s superb guitar skills, his gargling voice and the meaty sound of the steel guitar he wields with a venom. “Nobody’s Fool” follows this with a melodic, more intricate form of the blues style. Arcari once again demonstrates his deep seated, grimy vocals that perfectly compliment the thumping, constant guitar that makes the listener bob their head with embarrassingly accurate timing. Other highlights of the album include “Homesick and Blue”, “Walkin’ Blues” and “One More Heartbreak” each a delight to listen to and enjoy either with direct contact or even as a background theme track to the drudgery of everyday life.

The jewel of the album is, however, the aforementioned “Parcel of Rogues”, the Burns lyrics given the twenty-first century treatment and pushed through the steel guitar with frivolous vivacity. Arcari’s manipulation of the tempo and historical lyrics are expert in both delivery and production, the audience captivated by the romantic image of Scotland painted by its most famous poet. Although not necessarily still relevant where lyrics apply and some would argue a little too romanticized considering the history that preceded its inception, Dave Arcari never the less brings his own, individual interpretation of blues and country to this piece of classical poetry. It is therefore a fitting tribute to both Burns and Arcari himself for taking material of this nature and bringing them to a wide, enjoyable audience. Got Me Electric is now widely available for both download and purchase from Buzz Records.

Jonathan Whitelaw

Check out Dave Arcari’s website and his record label Buzz Records for album availability and tour dates:, and

Album review :: The Invible Republic – The Invisible Republic

A Glasgow based ambient folk band’s first foray into the mainstream gets your toes tapping and knees slapping.

The Invisible RepublicThe Invisible Republic’s debut EP is a barnstorming introduction from a group who prove that there is still time for a good old-fashioned country and folk album in the modern music era. With their softly spoken ambient folk-rock, with occasional foray into the psychedelic, this Glaswegian quintet offers their first full EP for consideration.

This band of young men based in Glasgow offer listeners their first, self-titled EP after a string of popular and successful gigs that have taken them all over the world. Describing themselves as a psychedelic/ambient/folk band, the debut EP demonstrates the group’s love for a style of music often overlooked by up and coming bands who’s only purpose is to penetrate the charts, often resulting in a hackneyed, overplayed pop sound. The Invisible Republic on the contrary demonstrate their adoration for folk and country styles of music, successfully blending their native Scottish roots with a more traditionally American oriented folk style creating a pleasantly listenable and enjoyable mix of laid back and toe tapping songs.

The EP’s opening two tracks, “A Fool’s Dance” and “Eiderdown” are wonderful examples of the band’s fine ability to create and produce traditional folk ballads with the slightest hint of contemporary sound and passion that oozes from a soft sounding ambiance. “She Named a Bullet After Me” is a more high tempo country number, the pedal steel guitar of Eamon Brady providing a rhythmic heartbeat to the song that simple makes listeners want to dance.

This track, along with “A Statute Reading” and “Tuesday’s Girl” perfectly demonstrates the band’s fantastic dynamic between members. This enjoyable attitude taken by the band when approaching this style of music is a must for any band playing songs like these. With such a potent emphasis on traditional values and topics like love and friendship, it is good to hear this group sounding so closely knit and familiar with each other’s playing styles. Their harmonic sound and gentle acoustics remind the listener more than a little of The Eagles and Crosby, Stills and Nash, the godfathers of course of the country and folk scenes, an honour many bands would enjoy but sadly fail to achieve.

The debut EP from The Invisible Republic delivers more than an apt and very approachable/listenable introduction from the Glasgow based band. With their regular shows and now international reputation as they continue to venture stateside, this group are a great example of how folk music is still very popular and healthy as a music scene. A testimony to the band’s success has been their recent air time on two major Scottish mainstream radio stations, “She Named a Bullet After Me” featuring on both Radio One and BBC Radio Scotland. Their infusion of traditional American and Scottish folk styles, along with others of course, creates an enjoyable set list of songs that deserve more than a casual listen.

Jonathan Whitelaw

Check out the band’s official website for music and upcoming tour/gig schedules: