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GIG NEWS: Folk rock legends Lindisfarne open their 2023 tour at The Victoria Theatre Halifax


The band which first appeared in Halifax in September 1971 comprises a classic five-piece line up of long-time members fronted by original founder-member Rod Clements (vocals, mandolin, fiddle, slide guitar), Steve Daggett (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Paul Smith (drums), Ian Thomson (bass) and Alan Hull’s son-in-law Dave Hull-Denholm (vocals, guitars, piano).

It was Lindisfarne’s album ‘Fog on The Tyne’ that gave them their breakthrough in the UK. Topping the album charts early in 1972 for four weeks, the release remained on-chart for 56 weeks in total while “Meet Me on the Corner”, one of two songs written by bassist Rod Clements, reached No. 5 as a single.

“Meet Me On The Corner”, “Lady Eleanor”, “Run For Home” and “Fog On The Tyne” are all songs that continue to resonate down the years and in the process have slipped into the very fabric of British culture.

In 2023, Lindisfarne continue entertaining crowds with an extensive repertoire of world-renowned songs delivered in the inimitably engaging way that has trademarked the band’s stage act right back to 1970. That’s when band writers the late Alan Hull and Rod Clements emerged from Tyneside to quickly carve out a unique place for themselves fronting one of British rock’s most original bands.

Their pioneering sound, combining acoustic instruments like mandolin and fiddle with their electric blues roots, proved the perfect medium for their catchy, memorable songs.

Further acclaimed albums followed “Fog on The Tyne”, buoyed up by powerful live performances. An accessible, unpretentious style bestowed them with an enviable reputation as festival favourites, while the Lindisfarne annual Christmas concerts held in their native Newcastle became the stuff of legend.

Tickets for Lindisfarne are available from £31.75. Purchase tickets online, www.victoriatheatre.co.uk, or by calling the Box Office on 01422 351158

SINGLE REVIEW: Lucky Iris – ‘23’


Another wonderful release from those makes of pop with depth and an edge, Lucky Iris. The music is fab but, as always, it’s the fact that the song is about something that gives it that depth.

Here in ‘23’ the duo address the disappointments of being in your early twenties and not having the things you dreamt about having then when you were younger; a cat, a dog, a house. They’re small things in the big picture but small things are important. More significantly there’s not getting to do what you want to do, and having adulthood sitting on you already. Although being in my early twenties may be somewhat in my rearview mirror, I definitely remember these feelings. But there’s a hopeful note, there’s still time to get to where you want to be, life isn’t over.

The mixed feelings in the words are kind of reflected in the music and the vocals. There’s a hint of disappointment in the vocals at times, contrasted with a hopeful tone at other points. The music is pop, yes, but pop with depth. It sounds both upbeat and downbeat at the same time. Retro-ish synths are mixed brilliantly with more ‘of now’ sounds. Sounds with a brittle edge stab out. And all of this with a beat that you can’t resist. It’s a sound that is different from their previous releases but it’s an evolution in sound rather than a major shift

I love great pop – pop that makes you think as well as having a tune and a beat that’s addictively irresistible and this is that. And that’s what makes this so-so wonderful.

Stream/Download https://kycker.ffm.to/iris23

SINGLE REVIEW: The Strangerz – ‘Hit The Ground’


The Strangerz make shouty punky bloody riotous music that makes my heart smile. I love it when music does that to me.

‘Hit The Ground’ comes with something special. Yes, it’s punky, yes, it’s riotous. But it comes with the extra joy of the sounds of post-punk bands – specifically Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Slits. It’s hard to define exactly why, it comes in the feel; but you can hear it in the slashing swooping vocals and the loping rhythm that pulses through the song.

Another thing the band have as a trademark is song subjects that make you think ‘wherever did they get the idea that that would be a good idea for a song?’ In this case the song is loosely Inspired by vocalist Martha’s urge to never leave her bed and sleep as close to the floor as possible, Bizarre and strange it may be but it makes for a great song. And words that deserve a second listen, they work on more than one level.

‘Hit The Ground’ is The Strangerz at their best. A blast of raw music that has style and substance, and is fun. You do remember when music could be fun, don’t you? Let this remind you, you’ll thank me.

The info

The Strangerz are originally from Doncaster, but are now based in Manchester. Self-described shouty, feminist punk.

The band is made up of a pair of twins ( singer Martha and her guitarist brother Thomas) and their housemates ( drummer Shannon & bassist Will).

“Hit The Ground” is the third release of the Manchester based punk band. Recorded at Salford University by former student & upcoming producer Lewis Dean the single was first introduced into the band’s set as an opener after being written in the summer of 2022.

Gig Dates

13th April- Jacaranda, Liverpool (supporting Maggie Witch).
22nd April- Intermission Festival, Manchester


SINGLE REVIEW: Wolforna – ‘Break You’


If you were expecting classic rock, because that’s what Wolforna are known for, think again. This is going to surprise you, this is no classic rock track.

‘Break You’ is a raw punky rock track, kinda equally punky and rocky, if you get what I’m saying. From its ‘let’s mess around in the studio’ intro to its full blown noisy end this is a riot. To my admittedly older ears it has some of the elements of the early New Wave of British Heavy Metal when bands took the short sharp blast of Punk and applied that to Metal.

Look, whatever we’re going to call the sound, this is a devil may care raucous blast of raw guitar, shouted vocals and pounding drums.

The band say ‘the song is about the push and pull of a toxic relationship, and the agonising reality that comes with not wanting to entirely cut yourself loose from it, despite it being bound for disaster. While it’s written from the perspective of one person, it harnesses the intentions of both people’.So its form follows function.

This, people. is a riot, this is a thrash yourself stupid blast of noise that’s going to rock your world. Stop reading and get listening.

The info

The song was written in November 2022 and, within just a few hours of building out its structure, it flowed seamlessly and the band knew it just had to be the next release.

FESTIVAL NEWS: Twisterella announce first batch of artists for 2023



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Middlesbrough’s forward-thinking music festival Twisterella has announced the first batch of acts performing at this year’s event, with avant-garde prog-poppers Dutch Uncles topping the bill as one of their 2023 headliners, alongside other artists including Opus Kink, Arxx, Ciel, Avalanche Party and more.

Established in 2014, Twisterella is an award-winning multi-venue, metropolitan music festival that takes place in the heart of Middlebrough. Centred around Teesside University, Twisterella has become a vital part of the northeast’s thriving music scene and in 2019 received an AIF Independent Festival Award for its consistently forward-thinking approach to showcasing the most exciting emerging talent on local, regional, national and international levels.

Now in its 9th year, Twisterella has previously played host to established acts such as Sam Fender, Pip Blom, Dream Wife, Clean Cut Kid and The Howl & The Hum, whilst the festival’s co-promoters have a proven track record bringing emerging talent to the region having promoted shows for the likes of The 1975, Wolf Alice, Alt-J, Daughter and many more as they were breaking.

As well as all the live music on offer, Twisterella also features its own (un)Conference; a vital, inclusive forum which brings key figures from across the music industry together in Middlesbrough to share their expertise, offering advice and feedback to Teesside’s next exciting generation of artists.

Twisterella will be announcing more artists as well as the (un)Conference programme over the next few months.

Andy Carr, co-promotor Twisterella – ‘This is undoubtedly the most-important Twisterella to date, and the first acts announced so far for 2023 show a real statement of intent. Losing the Westgarth Social Club earlier this year was a hammer blow, but Middlesbrough is very much embedded in our hearts and minds, and we’re so excited to be bringing these incredible acts to the town. There are so many amazing new artists for people to discover in this announcement, and there is much more to come.’

Henry Carden, co-promotor Twisterella – ‘We’re delighted to announce Dutch Uncles as one of this year’s headliners. We’ve been fans of them for a while now, and their new album ‘True Entertainment’ is an absolute triumph. Organising a multi-venue music festival in a town with very few music venues is a challenge, but we’re proud to be bringing such an amazing line-up to our town this October and grateful for the continued support of Teesside University SU and our other partner venues.’



SINGLE REVIEW: Mabgate – ‘ I Asked’


This is the first single from Mabgate (the band formerly known as Mabgate Organ Trio). Now I know the name – who doesn’t – but the music I had, until now, not the slightest idea. I’ve been missing out.

For those of you who do know the band, the next bit isn’t for you. For those of you who don’t, this is a band who are frankly hard to define. The basis seems – at least as far as this release is concerned – to be jazz with just the right amount of funk. You should note here that I said basis because there are hints of desert blues, something kinda Middle Eastern and more than a hint of drug infused jazz based progressive music – like Gong and Soft Machine.

This is all downright confusing to be honest, if we’re approaching it from a ‘what does this band sound like’ angle. But that is the bloody wrong way to approach it. This is music to immerse yourself in. There’s that hypnotic pulse of that slightly funky desert blues, a guitar scattering compelling riffs over the track, the frankly wonderful organ floating i’s sound like a soft pillow. Oh a bass clarinet solo that’s going to blow your freaking mind. It’s mysterious, mesmirising and haunting. It’s visual music, it invokes pictures in your head.

Now look I’ve managed to get to this point without mentioning that there are no vocals on this. Why? Because you just don’t miss them, at no point do you find yourself thinking ‘well, this is brilliant but it needs vocals and words’.

This is glorious, music played and put together so fantastically. It’s music that can invoke any number of emotions and imagined scenes. In a phrase, this is all kinds of absolutely fabulous.

The info

The band say

This was a tune originally brought in by Nico, it’s the only one we scored out before recording it cause we really wanted the parts to mesh together cohesively. At the time of writing it he was listening to James Blake’s ‘Friends that Break Your Heart’ which was a super interesting take on writing about love. Specifically with this one it’s about wanting to do favours and selfless things for your friends because you care about them, and not receiving the same support back.

‘So the song is aggressive and the guitars dig in with this driving looped bass line that stews and broods underneath. We double tracked the melody with a lot of different instruments because it really needed to be percussive but it was the piano that really sells it. Then we got Joel Stedman in on Bass Clarinet and he absolutely nails the solo. He goes into some real powerful wailing and screeching which is just perfect for the track, he’s an amazing musician to work with.’

SINGLE REVIEW: Rosie Miles – ‘Pieces of Sky’


One of the musical trends I’ve really loved over the recent months is the rise of singer-songwriters making music that is some combination of folk and jazz, sometimes adding in influences from other genres. Rosie Miles is another brilliant exponent of this. This is her debut single, taken from her forthcoming EP, ‘Still Life’ (due out in May 2023).

‘Pieces of Sky’ builds from voice and guitar to swell after swell of sounds; sometimes these are harmonised vocals, sometimes the addition of keys and bass, and then again with layers of carefully chosen sounds. Sometimes the feel is folk-ish, sometimes richly jazz-ish, and sometimes it blends both. And I should warn you this song has a melody that’s going to haunt you forever.

The music does two things wonderfully; it both paints a picture in sound of the song, and provides ‘a platform’ for Rosie’s voice. I’ll come back to her voice in a moment but first the song’s subject. The song seems to be about living in an over-crowded city, but wanting to live in a place where there is space, freedom, nature and peace. The feeling of being there is expressed in a musical welling of joy.

And now to Rosie’s voice. Look, hers is a voice I have fallen for big time. She sings in a style that is both folk and jazz. And that would be lovely enough but Rosie has an expressive emotional voice that in sound alone tells the story of the song. But there is more, for the words she is singing are frankly amazing. Simply put these are words to listen to, to think about and ponder on.

There is no disputing that her music has something of the sound and feel of late 60s/early 70s singer/songwriters like Joni Mitchell but then again it’s not a copy or tribute because there are clearly other influences in the sound. The key similarity is one of richly emotional music and meaningful poetic lyrics. And that is a good thing, a very good thing.

I’ll gush for a moment, but only for a moment as I just really just want you to listen to the song. This is words, music and voice that make something so much bigger than its parts. This is haunting and achingly beautiful. I, for one, can’t wait for the EP.

Stream/Download https://kycker.ffm.to/piecesofsky

The info

Rosie Miles is an alt-folk singer songwriter and storyteller, who’s soaring melodies and poetic lyrics serve as her ink and pen. Living among the bustling DIY scene in Leeds, her music moves effortlessly between the world of Folk & Jazz, evoking a welcome nostalgia of the 70s songwriter movement. Inspired by the great writers Joni Mitchell and Laura Marling, her confessional lyricism exposes and explores familiar narratives with a shrewd vulnerability that is both comforting and deeply moving. Rosie’s band add warmth and depth to her tunes, weaving lush guitars and jazz-inspired rhythms beneath her powerful voice and lilting refrains.

Since moving north four years ago, she has worked with many familiar faces in the Leeds scene, singing lead vocals in art rock crossover group Yaatri and touring with nu-soul project B-Ahwe.

ALBUM, SINGLE & TOUR NEWS: Treeboy & Arc announce debut album Natural Habitat Out July 2023, drop new single ‘Retirement’


‘Natural Habitat’ is Treeboy & Arc’s most ambitious release to date, after the original version was scrapped. With the opportunity to really experiment in the studio, the songs recorded became darker, harsher, and more brutal sounding than any of the original demos the band had recorded themselves. With two singers and two lyricists, the meaning of each song feels completely separate from the last. From anxiety to the supernatural, whether disguised by cryptic language or told as “matter of fact”, the album discusses the full spectrum of emotions.

The band felt it important to keep things homegrown and chose to work alongside seminal Leeds producer Matt Peel at his studio The Nave, who has worked on the likes of TRAAMS, W.H. LUNG, Eagulls, Pulled Apart By Horses, Heck, and more, helping them create a brand new sound.

‘Retirement’ is one of the final songs written for the album with the majority of the lyrics hastily thrown together from note pages and then recorded the next day – not your average post-punk, but bordering on catchy brit-pop.

Guitarist Ben Morgan says, “We recorded the album in winter and at the time I was working at a cafe/restaurant. Most mornings I would have to get up at 5am, it would still be pitch black outside, hurriedly dress myself in multiple layers top and bottom and endure the 20 or so minute cycle through the bitter cold to work. I would arrive just before 6am where I would drag 20 or so tables and their accompanying chairs from inside the restaurant and onto the outdoor terrace, despite the fact that I knew for certain not a single person would sit on them all day in the sub zero temperatures. It was this utter futility that left me longing to retire, at 25.”

He adds, “It was frustrating that I had to work this meaningless job in order to survive but wasn’t able to commit the time and effort to the things I actually cared about. Being any kind of “creative” often takes a lot of hard work to do it properly is almost like a full time job in itself, except usually minus the financial gain. Many people are in a constant battle between survival and finding the time to do the things that truly matter to them, this is what retirement is about.”

For the video, the idea behind it was essentially for the band to be playing in the absolute smallest pub they could find in Leeds, with some retired folk around, completely unaware of the racket surrounding them. Instead, just focusing on enjoying their usual day-to-day hobbies. Crosswords, reading the paper, catching up with each other, having a pint and just generally chilling out.

After successful single releases, via Leeds’ Come Play With Me Records and London’s lauded tastemaker label Speedy Wunderground, the band self-released their debut EP Life Preserver to high praise from the likes of BBC6 Music, BBC Radio 1, So Young Magazine, DIY, CLASH, and more. In 2022 they played The Great Escape, Left Of The Dial in Rotterdam, and toured Europe. They’ve previously shared stages with Parquet Courts, Shame, Ulrika Spacek, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, and toured with Crows and LIFE, as well as being supported by PRS Foundation.

Treeboy & Arc have so far been confirmed to perform at Sound & Vision, Ceremony at Esquires, Blue Dot Festival, and a headline show at London’s Moth Club for October. They’ll also support DITZ next month at selected dates.

Natural Habitat

Out 7th July 2023 via Clue Records
Pre-order HERE


1. Midnight Mass
2. Retirement
3. Virtual Reality Check
4. Box Of Frogs
5. Human Catastrophe
6. False Objects
7. Character Building
8. Behind The Curtain
9. Winter Of Existence

Tour dates 2023

18/04 – Nottingham, Bodega Social Club w/ DITZ
19/04 – Manchester, SOUP w/ DITZ
20/04 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club w/ DITZ
21/04 – Cambridge, Sound & Vision
10/06 – Bedford, Ceremony @ Esquires
22/07 – Cheshire, Bluedot Festival
18/10 – London, Moth Club

Tickets on-sale now HERE

The info

Treeboy & Arc are:

James Kay – Bass / Vocals
Ben Morgan – Guitar / Vocals
Sammy Robinson – Synths
George Townend – Guitar
Isaac Turner – Drums

A project formed off the back of James and George’s teenage friendship, it’s hard to put a finger on exactly how long Treeboy & Arc has existed. The pair met Ben at college, bonding over a mutual disinterest in the course they were supposed to be studying, with Isaac joining a little later after a chance encounter at a New Year’s Eve party. Initially writing down-the-line post punk as a four-piece out of bedrooms in North Leeds, the band first entered the public consciousness in 2016 and quickly developed a reputation for their captivating and dynamic live performances. In the year or two that followed, the band did their best to strip the paint from the walls of most of the venues across the city, with relative success. After the purchase of a pawn shop synthesiser in early 2018 they quickly realised there weren’t enough hands for the job and Sammy joined, making up the current quintet and enabling the band to develop a more complex and expansive sound.

A DIY ethos is at their core, with the band championing their Northern origins.

In mid 2018 they moved into a redbrick terrace in LS6, with the main criteria for the property being: does it have a basement? Within a week the damp, underground room had been transformed. Large egg trays acquired from a nearby hotel were crudely glued to the walls as make-shift soundproofing and the floors covered with carpet cutoffs. This gave the band a space where they could truly forge their own sound.

Often with no stand out lead melody, Treeboy & Arc are a sonic example of “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Made up of meandering, interlocking guitar melodies propped up by a sturdy, yet intricate, rhythm section that often just won’t quit, plus synthesisers will make you wince with dissonant pads before punching you in the stomach with a driving arpeggiator sequence.

The band pits pop songs against avant-garde, kraut-punk noise to see which elements come out on top, perfectly setting the scene for abstract tales of disillusionment, loss, ill health and the occasional Bob Mortimer obsession. Typically spoken word-esque vocals are spat atop these vivid soundscapes with the vocalists choosing to prioritise lyrics and feeling before melody and harmony. Though often dark and sinister sounding, you don’t need to listen hard to hear the tongue-in-cheek wit and cynicism in their deliveries that is so often associated with the North of England.

After two successful single releases via Leeds’ own Come Play With Me Records and London based record label Speedy Wunderground, it was decided the next project would be a debut album. Despite many advising a couple of EP’s or Singles would be more beneficial, Treeboy & Arc chose to ignore this and instead do things their own way, quickly booking in studio time in Meanwood. It took less than four days to record the album in November 2019, recorded in a live fashion with each track blending seamlessly into the next, in an attempt to mimic their frenetic, non-stop live shows. Then, just as talks began on how to release the record, a global pandemic hit, putting everything on hold.

With the feeling that it would be counterintuitive to release the somewhat ‘live’ album without being able to tour it, they instead worked on a new 4-track EP, sending demos back and forth to each other during the lockdown until they were able to get back into the studio. A process very alien to a band that usually writes as a group in a dimly lit room. The result of this was their 2021 EP Life Preserver.

Fast forward a year and the album that the band had once felt so proud of, now felt dated. Songs that had been written two, three, even four years prior no longer represented who the band were or how they sounded. Keen not to cut corners, the decision was made to re-record the album. In the months that followed the band focused on experimenting, writing new songs and rearranging old songs, all from the confines of a new, yet equally damp, rehearsal space shared with friends and fellow Leeds musicians Van Houten.

By the winter of 2021, Treeboy & Arc were back in the studio to begin work on what they were already referring to as “Album Two”, despite the fact the rest of the world never actually got to hear “Album One”. Despite opportunities to record in other parts of the country, the band felt it important to keep things homegrown and chose to work alongside seminal Leeds producer Matt Peel, who has worked on the likes of TRAAMS, W.H. LUNG, Eagulls, Pulled Apart By Horses, Heck, at his studio The Nave in Stanningley.

The album however seemed destined to never be completed with work grinding to a halt after just the first session tracking drums, as Isaac got COVID. Things were hastily rebooked and a couple of weeks later the band were back in the studio determined to make good progress, but it was not to be. James got it next, though this time perhaps providing a saving grace as he had just boldly claimed he could “easily” run 20 mph in a pair of crocs, a ludicrous statement that could now conveniently not be tested. Needless to say, things didn’t stop there as each one of the sessions was prematurely curtailed or interrupted by at least one of the band or Matt contracting the virus, making progress slow. The band limped on though, recording what they could with the members available to them and after 10 days in total and many lateral flow tests, “Album Two” was eventually finished and their debut album was finally ready.

In 2023, Treeboy & Arc signed to Leeds based Clue Records (Bored At My Grandmas House, The Wedding Present, YOWL), who recently announced their partnership with EMI North, and are finally gearing up for the release of their debut album Natural Habitat out this summer.

EP REVIEW: Restless Youth – ‘No One Talks Like That’


For those of you that haven’t picked up on Leeds’s band Restless Youth, this is what they do. They make wonderfully played Pop tinged NuSoul heavy on the Jazz combined with great female vocals and what I’m going to call spoken word or possibly talking vocals. However they are, they certainly aren’t rap. Or to put it another way, they definitely do talk like that. This, of course, is merely the bare bones, there is more but I’ll get to that.

‘The Everyday Kind’ tells the story of the beginning of a relationship; the male talking vocals one side, the female vocal the other. The music leans heavily jazz-wise, fabulously. But it’s the words that compel. The story, the feelings they describe are ones we can all relate to, this is real life. And there are these wonderful moments of quiet humour in the words.

And now for something that I find difficult to describe, ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ combines jazzy NuSoul with Scottish folk music (Yes, you read that right). And it’s devastatingly beautiful. Particularly lovely is a fantastic violin break. Boy, oh boy.

And then suddenly there is the free-wheeling freeform of ‘I Forgive Us All Bro’. This is heart-wrenching. It’s about the difficult transition from boyhood to manhood, the pain of a mother with cancer and the difficulty of communicating at that age, the pressure to be ‘an adult’ and, most importantly, the regret.

The EP closes with ‘The Day The School Burned Down’.Somehow this isn’t quite as funny as the sirens in the intro might suggest, in fact it’s rather dark. I think this is one of those songs where we all might hear different stories being told. It, and I won’t go into why, resonates very strongly with me. Suffice to say that part of my old school indeed burn down after I’d left, and I wasn’t very sorry to hear it.

Restless Youth are one of those bands whose releases have been consistently wonderful. This, their debut EP, is a step up. The writing and the playing is at a different level of fabulous. The songs are both universal – all of us can relate to something in them – and personal – the stories they tell seem to come from real lived experience; and that is the reason they are so compelling. This is a truly beautiful thing.

Stream/Download https://songwhip.com/restless-youth/no-one-talks-like-that

SINGLE REVIEW: The Harriets – ‘Island Song’


It seems an age since I last reviewed a release from The Harriets; so it’s good news that we have the band’s new single here with us.

Now how to describe this; it’s either wistfully witty or witterly wistful depending on your take. You see this is about us Brits taking holidays abroad. The band say

“‘Island Song’ is tropical pop as dreamt in the poolside doze of your classic Brit abroad. Soon he’ll wake up and smell the suncream. French accordion, Cuban congas, Greek guitars – this traveller doesn’t know his Seychelles from his Scarborough, his Barbados from his Blackpool. He’s pink as a Pink Lady, greener than a five-Euro note – but he’s got a love inside him that burns hotter than the sun”

I think all know that it’s more than possible to be cutting about Brits on holiday but this isn’t that. It’s actually a charming appreciation of the fact that we fall in love with the places we go on holiday to, and want to live there. I think we’ve all felt like that.

Musically it does indeed include French accordion, Cuban congas, Greek guitars and rather lovely tropical flute (played by keyboardist Jess) in a lovely dreamy pop sound (and no I don’t mean it’s dream-pop, it sounds as if a person has just woken up).

I think the whole might be described as just a bit tongue in cheek given the sound of the song. It reminds me somewhat of the solo work of Neil Innes (a member of the Bonzo Dog Band) or the less cutting social commentary type songs by the Bonzo Dog Band itself.

Whatever your take on the song a smile (at the very least) least is guaranteed. It’s what we might describe as a bit of fun, and we all love a bit of fun don’t we? Brilliant stuff.

The info

The Harriets are a Leeds-based alternative pop and rock four-piece, fronted by songwriters and lead vocalists Daniel Parker-Smith and Ben Schrodel. They are joined for live shows by Jess Womack on keys and Ryan Bailey on drums. With accomplished and diverse pop compositions, unmistakable three-part vocals and a soul-lifting live show.