Galway pop rock trio Hybrazil are set to release “Four Seasons”, the latest single from the genre-blending street band.
Throughout the track, the sound of a band forged by live performance is evident. Bright and smooth guitars and a brisk jazzy beat set the pace, before finding a clever contrast in Coughlan’s blues-infused vocals. A seamless fusion of soul, jazz and pop create a background for the tale of a recurring conflict, where emotional instability is compared smartly to fluctuations in weather. “When all four seasons come in just one day,” vocalist Orla Coughlan sings. The story is anchored by a spunky walking bass line, with a persuasive jazz swing to it.
“I originally wrote it as an acoustic song,” Coughlan says. “Someone at work had said the weather was like four seasons in one day – and it made me think of someone I knew like that.” She laughs, “I literally wrote it in twenty minutes.”
Then came the instrumental elements. The band has explored many genres while playing together, but found something that felt right while developing “Four Seasons”. “We realised – we’re a pop rock band.” Maxwell explains. “We love rock. A bit of funk. Orla brings a lot of soul. But I think this song helped us figure out who we are.”
From the Streets of Galway City
Hybrazil are Orla Coughlan, Willians Maxwell, and Luan Lopes; a pop rock band with jazz and soul influences, from Galway City, Ireland. Their story began when Luan and Will met working as sign-holders, in the rain on Shop Street. They began talking about bands they loved, and soon realised they might as well start busking.
Hybrazil was formed by Maxwell in 2018, with Lopes and Coughlan joining to complete its line-up in 2019. With increasing popularity and success, performing first on the streets and then to the packed and happy venues of Galway City, they began to turn their attention to releasing original music.
2020 gave them all the time and opportunity they needed to record, and saw the release of several singles, including the well-received “Orange Soles”. Their music has been featured by Listen to Discover (Ella McLaren), Indiecriollo, and Right Chord Music. In one year, Hybrazil has gained over 40k streams on Spotify alone.
Hybrazil take their influence from bands like Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles and Paramore, while being also indebted to soul and funk. The result is a deft fusion of sunny genres – a mix of the local and the exotic – and a band to keep a close eye on in 2021.
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James Arthur Announces Headline Belfast Show
James Arthur today delights fans by announcing tours of both UK & Ireland and North America in 2022.
The tour includes dates at Ulster Hall on 28th March and Olympia Theatre on 29th March.
Today’s announcement lands on a special day – the fifth anniversary of the release of James’s global smash hit ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’.
James will be performing songs from his upcoming new album ‘It’ll All Make Sense In The End’ alongside his classic hit singles and fan favourites.
James says: “I’m beyond happy about getting back on the road and seeing everyone again. Playing shows for my fans gives me life and that’s been taken away for the best part of two years so needless to say I’m itching to get back out there and perform for them again. Coming to a stage near you soon!”
James has sold over 30 million records worldwide and has to date released three hugely successful albums ‘James Arthur’ (UK No.2), ‘Back From The Edge’ (UK No.1) and ‘YOU’ (UK No.2), alongside nine solo UK Top 40 singles. He has had two No.1 smash hits and was awarded a disc for reaching a billion streams on Spotify with ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’, the No.1 global hit that brought the singer-songwriter from Middlesbrough back from the edge (it currently has 1.7 billion streams on the platform). James recently dominated the airwaves and charts with his storming collaboration with Sigala ‘Lasting Lover’. The track was a No.1 airplay song in the UK, No.1 on iTunes and Top 10 on the Official Singles Chart.
James recently signed a new record deal in the UK with Columbia Records, a co-deal with Columbia Records Germany, and announced his new album ‘It’ll All Make Sense In The End’, his 4th long play release, is coming later this year.
Foy Vance Set For SSE Arena Concert
Singer-songwriter Foy Vance is pleased to announce his largest ever headline show at The SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday 02nd April 2022. Foy’s second studio album on Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records and the follow-up to 2016’s The Wild Swan, Signs Of Life will be released on September 10 on CD, LP and digital formats and is available to pre-order.
Signs Of Life is the sound of a beloved singer-songwriter at the peak of his powers. It’s also the sound of a man – a husband, a father, a sinner, a drinker – belatedly coming to terms with his demons. Driven by powerful percussion, “Time Stand Still” features a soaring, emotive vocal from Vance, who was struggling with an addiction to alcohol and painkillers at the time of writing.
“I had my first extended period off the road after twenty years of constant touring,” says Vance. “And I realised: wow, I drink two bottles of wine and at least a half bottle of vodka a day. I’d start the day with codeine to get myself sorted, and I’d smoke joints throughout the day. So I realised: I have so many incredibly bad habits here. I’m showing all the signs of death, getting ashen, grey, smoking more, drinking more, smoking more…I hit a wall.”
“It was my manager that made me get help,” Vance continues. “And in those moments, you do wish time would stand still. Can’t I just stop here and sit in this moment before I have to take up that mantle?”
Signs Of Life was recorded in three locations: Vance’s Pilgrim studio at home on the shores of Loch Tay in Highland Perthshire, another recording set-up in a nearby Dunvarlich House, and at Plan B’s Kings X studio in London. The album was written and played more or less entirely by Vance, with able assistance from young Northern Irish producer Gareth Dunlop. Serendipitously, Dunlop had been inspired on his career path by a chance encounter with Vance many years before.
“When I was around 14 years-old I wandered into a coffee shop in Belfast and saw Foy playing in the corner,” Dunlop explains. “I was completely spellbound by what I heard. It was a lightbulb moment that sent me on the road of wanting to discover my own voice and musicality. I would never have imagined that I would be co-producing a record with him 18 years later, and that I would be just as inspired and spellbound by what he does.”
Created out of the grimness of 2020, Signs of Life is an album of dawn after darkness, hope after despair, engagement after isolation, uplift after lockdown. It comes in bold sleeve artwork that reflects Vance’s desire to embrace all sides of everything, all humanity’s textures. Shot on a 160-year-old camera which does arresting things with colours and shading, the back image is of Vance as a bare-chested, bare-knuckle boxer. On the front, he’s in a dress, blonde wig and theatrical make-up.
“They’re just mad, striking images, and I loved the fact that it was male and female. You know, life’s extreme, life’s volatile, life explodes into reality sometimes, and stops just as quick. So to be struck by images on the cover made sense.”
At any time, Foy Vance’s new collection of songs would be a tonic. At this particular time, they can’t arrive a moment too soon. “That’s a huge part of it,” says Vance. “Signs of Life is about re-emergence – me in my own soft revolution, the world re-emerging in what we’re about to see as we hopefully go back to some semblance of normality. But just life in general – flowers growing through the cracks in Chernobyl. Life finds a way, doesn’t it?”