Safehaus @ The Louisiana, Bristol, United Kingdom
+ Nick Parker & The False Alarm + Madyon
Safehaus hail from the Glastonbury area in South West England. They consist of Ben Kench (guitar & vocals), Jim Kench (guitar, percussion, vocals), Robin Davey (guitar) and Paul O'Reilly (Bass).
The Safehaus track “Leave It All” was chosen as the soundtrack of the Dark Souls III trailer released in November 2016. See the trailer here: https://t.co/Fq5v80Phc5
The Dark Souls III trailer gave Safehaus huge publicity resulting in a significant increase in global interest in the band’s music. This interest including reviews across the web, a huge increase YouTube hits and downloads/streams and, significantly, a tweet from @pewdiepie to 9.5 million followers…
The recent EP “Lyft” was recorded in the studios of Cristian Barra lead singer and songwriter from the Italian band Madyon. Safehaus were in the middle of a mini tour and had 2 days to record the tracks for all 4 songs which was a challenge. the mixes were sent to the UK via a file-sharing site with the band returning reams of comments to-and –fro; they got there eventually. The mastering was also done by Cristian Barra.
The songs on the EP were mainly written by Ben (Kench) with the other band members contributing ideas. The music has a bit of all sorts of influences but Radiohead are probably a key influence with a sprinkle of the folksy style of Mumford and Sons. The vocal harmonies of the two brothers, which are such a feature in the band's live performances provide a pretty compelling delivery of some great melody lines. The lyrics tend to focus on aspects of our existence which are strong enough to warrant an emotional response so there are bits of advice, anger, love and loss in equal measure.
These guys have played in a number of bands and solo projects over the years (including appearances at the Glastonbury Festival and supports with Jools Holland, the Alarm and Ezio) and were hand-picked by Ben in late 2015. Ben has been writing songs since he was in his early teens and his craft has taken a step up recently with a number of national and international collaborations. Safehaus deliver their sound with passion and style in equal measure and never fail to impress an audience. Recent supports with Red Sky July (Ally Mcerlaine (Texas), Shelly Poole (Alisha's Attic), Charity Hair (The Alice Band) and an extensive tour of Europe have tightened the delivery and embedded the groups sound. The uplifting and compelling soundscape they create and the vocal harmonies of Ben and Jim have never been better. Likened to a mix of Radiohead and Mumford & Sons, the band have mastered a contemporary and mature sound and their EP “Lyft” is definitely not one to pass over.
Madyon are an Italian rock band formed in 2012 by lead vocalist/guitarist Cristian Barra.
The other members of the band are Francesco Romano (guitar), Michele Cera (drums) and Paolo Bergese (Bass). Since the beginning the band joined the music industry with an international approach and a clear/detailed project.
Thanks to a good social media marketing strategy, they started a YouTube channel that fastly reached more than 2 millions views. From the first live show MADYON performed on the main stage of biggest festivals, as opening act of famous Italian and international artists like Jamiroquai and Elton john. On September, 6 2014 the band has released “Miracle EP” their first original EP, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London. The EP entered the Italian’s iTunes Top 100 chart without any label.
After the release of a special single for UNICEF called 'Your Love Is Not Enough' on May, 20 2016 the band has released “Roll The Shadows EP” their second original EP, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London. The EP entered the Italian’s iTunes Top 10 at the 9th position.
In 2016 they ended a tour of almost 30 dates all around Italy to promote the new EP and they performed also a special gig in London.
*NICK PARKER *
Glastonbury (UK) based Nick Parker was 13 when he first picked up a guitar and tried to string together a few chords. By 14 he had put down the guitar and picked up the mandolin. Not least of all because he wanted to be in his brother, Ant’s band and they needed a mandolin player. The first few gigs came and went, under the name ‘The Mandolin Brothers’ (genius) before they changed their name to ‘Why?’ (equally genius) and they spent the next 10 years bouncing around on stages at hundreds of venues around the UK and Europe, reeling out their folk/rock/skiffle (latterly known as friffle) sillyness to sweaty teens and twentysomethings. In February 1998 Nick finally put down his eight string and picked up a six (mainly because his fingers had gotten too fat for the intricacies of a mandolin) and started guitar band ‘Tobermory’. After various false starts, a few flirtations with industry ‘big’ boys and a few mini tours to Germany (including one where they went all the way to the east for a three gig weekend, two of which were cancelled) Tobermory played their last gig in 2004. ‘The Gadabout Crowd’ was next on Nick’s ‘to do’ list, which was more of a folky/rocky affair. The crowd dispersed after only a few months of gatherment and Nick decided to go it alone. Now under the name of ‘Nick Parker’ (again quite clever), Nick has released two full-length albums, 2010’s ‘The King of False Alarms’ and 2014’s ‘Angry Pork and the Occasional Bird’ on German label Tonetoaster Records. Starting to feel a bit lonely, Nick recruited a few mates who quickly became known as the False Alarms who took to traipsing around Europe with him, Tetrissing their drums, bass, guitars, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, lapsteel and accordion into the back of his tired old bandwagon. Playing his tongue-firmly- in-cheek folky/country/straggly songs, Nick’s shows – solo or with the False Alarms -are as intimate and light-hearted as they are passionate and downright sweaty.