As a music lover, I feel very lucky to be from the North East. The scene here is thriving, and has gone from strength to strength over the years. There’s so much talent on my doorstep… it’s inspiring.
I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with it all as a radio presenter, band manager and promoter. Through my work over the years, I’ve been introduced to so many incredibly talented bands and artists, and I’m constantly in awe of what I hear week in, week out.
I’ve had a few songs stuck in my head this past week and they’re all from North East artists, so I thought I’d put together a little post of my five favourite songs at the moment, and hopefully you dig them too!
JAMES LEONARD HEWITSON – DREAM PERSON
‘Dream Person’ is the third single from James Leonard Hewitson, and definitely my favourite. It’s got a kind of psychedelic/dreamy pop feel to it as it begins, and a real infectious groove. As it progresses a heavier, darker tone emerges with jagged guitars and distortion, and I LOVE it. He has such a charming voice, and the laid-back vocals are quite sultry, too. I’ve had it on repeat. Brilliant stuff.
PLAZA – DEEP IN MY HEAD
The PLAZA lads have had a lot of hype this past year, and it’s easy to see why when they keep releasing superb tracks one after another. ‘Deep In My Head’ is a powerful track with regards to instrumentation, and meaning, as it touches on the subject of mental health, and Brad Lennard’s vocals are as mesmerising as always. The song reaches an explosive climax with fierce guitars and powering drums, which leaves me wanting more. I can’t wait for their debut EP! (Due for release 14th April btw)
SWINE TAX – CHRONIC
Swine Tax formed late last year, and I’ve really been enjoying what I’ve heard so far. ‘Chronic’ is their debut single that they’ve just released, and I’ve had it on repeat! The track seems laid-back as it begins, and is quite dreamy, but soon erupts into a wall of anthemic guitars, and that mix of quiet verses and loud choruses make it a really passionate and exciting song! They’re definitely ones to keep an eye on.
COHESION – NERVE LANGUAGE
So I’ve already said how much I love Cohesion, having made them my recent Band Crush, which you can read here. ‘Nerve Language’ is my favourite track from my their new EP, ‘Pleasures of the Earth’, and with its intricate riffs and explosive chorus, it’s a real nostalgic-fuelled summer anthem!
LISBON – TYLER
Lisbon have returned as a trio after their hiatus, and they’ve come back with a real ear-worm. I was already on board with the track before I’d even heard it, knowing that it took inspiration from one of my favourite films, Fight Club. ‘Tyler’ is a real summery, breezy track, mixing superb indie pop melodies with a hip-hop groove…and it’s a proper toe tapper! It’s an exciting new direction for the lads, and I for one am excited to see what the rest of 2017 brings for them.
So there we have it, my top five North East tracks at the moment. Give them a listen, get them added to your playlists, and enjoy!
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