Students take the lead in Gun Protests

Of all the people who are taking a stand, it appears the students, and more specifically the student survivors are the ones leading it.

Well done to Cameron Kasky for taking on Rubio and shaming him. How he can stand there and say he is for keeping schools safe whilst accepting funds by the NRA is a complete paradox. One which shows where his interests truly lie, and it ain’t with the victims of the shootings.

America is one helluva mess.

And L.A. shootings, these school shootings will keep coming because they are enabled by those in power.

But the 2nd amendment you say…take the amendment and shove it where the Sun don’t shine. Or better still, rewrite it. Isn’t that why it is called an Amendment!?

Self defence is such a non-argument. Australia’s legislative law changes after the 1996 mass shooting in Port Arthur and the subsequent data that proves that gun control works seems to be overlooked by many American politicians.

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But the problem is, too many of the old leaders in power are so easily swayed by their own legitimised sense of greed. Astonishingly, the scenes of a school shooting and dead children becomes forgettable to them.

And then Trump, with what I would call such a numbing sense of unsurprising audacity proposes the idea of equipping teachers with guns, and forcing the initiative to fund it despite little evidence to back it up.

Turning schools into anticipatory war zones.

It’s like banging your head against a brick wall.

A change has got to come. Students are sick and tired of it, and so they are taking a stand. Anyone who truly wants USA to be safer should join them.

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Musical Plans for 2018

A Happy New Year to everyone.

2017 saw the release of ‘Quirky Musings’, the second album by Kinky Wizzards and my first album with the two brothers. This is a project that we had been working on since the summer of 2014 and it was amazing to get the record out there after years doing live shows and recordings. This record is an instrumental rock jazz album that was a heck of a lot of fun to write and record, it is also very fun to play live and the three of us are very eager to do more music with this band and continue to push ourselves.

Following on from it’s release, we did a some shows with Magenta and these are amongst some of the most enjoyable concerts I have ever played at. Here is some GoPro footage of a cover of Rush’s YYZ that we performed in Cardiff.

I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has bought a copy of Quirky Musings or listened to it through other means and came along to one of our performances.

As we enter the new year, here are the following updates that I can share with you:

Eden Shadow 

Throughout last year, I have been working on the new material for album 3 and plans are currently in place to record it in the Spring and Summer. I very much look forward to putting this new material together and I will keep you up to date.

Kinky Wizzards 

I have also started working on new material with the brothers and we will be working on this throughout the year with plans for a live performance shoot later on in the year.

Live Performances

I am currently working in the Middle East but plans for live shows are being put in place for the summer of 2018 when I am going to be spending a few months in the UK. Live shows will definitely happen for KW but I also hope it can happen for ES too and that remains for me a big personal goal.

I wish you all the best for the coming year.

Ryan

 

Kinky Wizzards – Quirky Musings

We are pleased to announce that our second album ‘Quirky Musings’ will be released through WhiteKnight Records on the 31st March 2017.

The Track list is as follows:

1.) Caffiene Overdose
2.) Done With This Place
3.) Chocalate Teapot
4.) Kinky Joe From Mexico’s Burritoes
5.) Door Dancing Penny Collector
6.) The Snake
7.) A Poltergeist in Glenmore
8.) Stomp Foot Syndrome
9.) Free Spirit

The album will be available as a CD digipak with 8 page booklet, as well as through download and streaming services. You can pre-order a copy at https://kinkywizzards.bandcamp.com

The band will also be promoting the album by joining Magenta to play a live show at these three dates:

The Globe, Cardiff – 31/03/2017

CRS, Montgomery Hall, Rotherham – 01/04/2017

The Robin 2, Bilston – 02/04/2017

You can listen to a featured track off the album below.

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Music in 2016.

2016 has been a year in which music has been a very interesting topic for two particular reasons. The first of which of course is the abundance of records that have come out but the second is the constant shift towards access over ownership and streaming growing larger and larger.

Spotify now has 40 million subscribers to premium accounts whilst Apple has 17 million. Other companies have entered the competition such as the well established Deezer, Rhapsody and Google Play with Amazon and Pandora having recently entered, but I think Spotify is the winner here and there is the assumption from some industry analysts that it will go public before long.

It is still being booed down by some artists but the argument is a very convoluted one. Streaming has ultimately killed piracy, that’s a good thing right? Payment is still at a low rate, but it is dependant on a major area, and that is whether you have a hit….most people don’t, but if you are in the top 50, you are earning more money than ever.

Some artists have taken advantage of the debate in an insidious way, namely Adele who held off Spotify for a cash grab and ended up streaming eventually. Frank Ocean’s exclusive with Apple was a tipping point, causing frustration amongst fans to which Lucian Grange refused any Universal act to sign an exclusive deal. Exclusives haven’t been much of a thing since.

And with that, the major record labels have reconsolidated their power. When I was in university, the belief was that independence was all to play for, but the tables turned in 2013. Still, never has the bar been so low to enter the game. You spend a couple of hundred on recording through your laptop, you set up a license with CD baby or Tunecore and boom! You’re in the digital world with your record. Just don’t expect to make a living from it!

But is the top 50 any good? Justin Beiber had the come back of come backs, credit to his manager Scooter Braun, and the record he made was one of huge hooks that enraptured teenagers if you are able to listen to him as a pragmatist and concede that. The charts were almost ubiquitously dominated by Electronically Dance Music and in my opinion it is for the most part banal, but once again, acting as a pragmatist, it is music that is reflective of the current culture. Life is hard, no-one knows what is going on, there is uncertainty, there is brexit, trump and inequality. Music provides an escape to which people just want to dance and have a good time!

But if you are not a casual listener, if music is something that you listen to in self reflection, introspection and sincerity, there was so much music on the periphery that provided just that. (My top picks to follow). That’s the music I look for, a mainstream with streams that meander off into their own unique beauty. Less people will listen, but they listen closer, they voice their passions louder. This is the music I search for and whilst people can choose to stream, they are buying vinyl too.

The baby boomer generation is dying out. First it was David Bowie, then Glen Frey, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and the list goes on. It is tremendously sad but their resonance and legacy is one that is enormous, all generations old and new are listening, remembering or discovering. These people pushed the boundaries, and our generation in all honesty needs to step up if we are to have a fraction of the same impact as they did. Maybe we are but in a way that includes more people in a frustum. Read this fantastic article by Seth Godin released at the start of the year, it made me look at the state of play with sheer optimism.

It is a fascinating time for music, and the truth is more people are listening than ever. When music hits you, it makes you feel alive and the means to do so is more wider than ever. Choose the best way for you, stream it, spin it but most importantly…

Experience it.

Eden Shadow release single from upcoming second album ‘Melodies for Maladies’

Eden Shadow are thrilled to announce the release of their second album ‘Melodies for Maladies’ on 7th October 2016.

You can watch the music video for the featured single ‘Burden of Power’ here.

Here is the track list.

1.Ventriolquist

2.False Prophet

3.Burden of Power

4.Introspect part 1

5.Introspect part 2

6.Logos

Alex Broben – Bass Guitar

Aled Lloyd – Drums

Ryan Elliott – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards

Guest musicians on Introspect

Emma Davidson – Vocals

Stephen Preston – Piano

Theo Travis – Flute and Soprano Saxophone

Artwork illustration by Colin Elgie

Pre-orders can now be made at https://edenshadow.bandcamp.com

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