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JAMES WALSH FROM STARSAILOR

RGM RECOMMENDS – THE BEST TOP 5 LATEST SINGLES

CHRIS BRIDGETT – THINKING OF YOU

Songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist Chris Bridgett has long been a part of the alternative scene in Manchester. Playing in bands such as Dub Sex, Rude Club, The G-O-D and Cold-Water Swimmers, Bridgett is now turning his attention towards a solo project.

In late September, the project launched with the release of ‘The Deep End’, which is soon to be followed by ‘Thinking Of You’ – a song about obsession.

Instrumentally the song sounds more upbeat, but this is contrasted by the lyrics that seem to portray obsession as something that limits the ability to function. Altogether this makes for a telling story of someone or something that can really ‘have a hold’.

Bridgett’s upcoming single ‘Thinking Of You’ feels both heartfelt and melancholy all at once, as the track admits to the pain of having such an obsession.

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INTO YESTERDAY – METHOD ACTING

After forming in Edinburgh in 2022, Into Yesterday have focused on highlighting their name across the UK music scene. ‘Midnight’ was their first single from early 2023.

The four-piece band’s latest single ‘Method Acting’ looks at the feeling of facing an identity crisis as a relationship becomes more intense.

Calm delivery of the vocals against an energetic chorus showcases the great technical ability of the band. It also provides the right setting for the song’s topic, giving the sense that this is not the first time this crisis has been faced by either in the relationship.

In a sudden breakdown leaving just the guitar and vocals ringing out, the final realisation of this struggle is heard. This will also be a key moment to capitalise on with crowds clapping along in live performances.

As a clear sign of Into Yesterday’s development since its formation, ‘Method Acting’ is well worth a listen.

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STARSAILOR – WHERE THE WILD THINGS GROW

Formed in and around Wigan at the turn of the millennium, Starsailor are seasoned professionals who have been there and done it ‘back in the day’. But lead vocalist James Walsh says that the ‘feeling of being the underdog’ has never left.

With the band’s first album in six years set for release in early 2024, they recently released the title track ‘Where The Wild Things Grow’.

JAMES WALSH FROM STARSAILOR

 The single paints a good picture of the progressive direction the band wish to turn with their new album. An emotional blend of piano and acoustic guitar underlines most of the track. The combination reveals a deep concentration on personal worries.

Highly distorted and overdriven guitar effects help to build the song. This launches it forward into the kind of grand scale production seen from space rock giants of old.

Starsailor have supported the Rolling Stones and had many memorable festival performances. But ‘Where The Wild Things Grow’ shows that they are still ready to deliver.

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GIRL GORDON – CARETAKER

Emerging from Cincinnati, Ohio, Girl Gordon piece together classic punk, grunge and indie influences. They are bringing sounds crafted from Ohio’s DIY punk history to the fore.

You might have thought the band were ready to take a break. They have had a busy year after many live shows and the release of ‘Old Injury / New Problems’ as well as ‘Death at a Close Distance’.

The upcoming release of ‘Caretaker’ on 10th November suggests that they’re not done yet. Heavy guitar riffs and powerful grunge-inspired drums and bass mainly dominate the track.

Alhough, the most striking parts of the track are the harmonies between the two lead vocalists. This creates contrast from much of the punk energy that flows throughout. These smooth parts of as the song acts as a point of contemplation. This is before it’s reverting to a highly passionate rage.

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THE MADDOCKS – RONNIE O’SULLIVAN

The Maddocks are one of the latest bands born and bred out of Stockport. They formed in 2022 as an alternative four-piece group with a tip to the post-punk era.

The band kicked off 2023 with the release of ‘This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things’. Shortly after, ‘If Anyone Can’ followed. Both received critical acclaim from radio stations across the country, as they launched their debut tour.

The Maddocks are now looking to build on their current setlist with the upcoming single ‘Ronnie O’Sullivan’ – released on November 17th. Despite the void of any twist or turn to the second half of the track, there is a bigger and more open sound from the band that would easily fill any room.

‘Ronnie O’Sullivan’ could be “the rocket” the band needs to reach new heights.

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