We Are Satellites Album Review

It’s been quite a while since a band’s album has made me quite emotional. It’s clear that these lads are not short of talent, and this is just the beginning of something huge.

We Are Satellites are a rock band formed in Edinburgh in 2015, consisting of band members Rob Walker, Dan Morrison, Michael Davison, Lee Donnelly and Keir Jameson. From personally knowing three of the five band members, I have experienced the talent that radiates from their souls. This new album, released on the 18 January 2016, is just a glimpse of what this band can become.

It is very rare these days to find a band that pour their emotions and talents directly into their songs, but if you’re after that, Transmissions is definitely an album you need to whack on repeat. It’s not just the catchy tunes that can get stuck in your head for hours, but the meanings behind the songs. One of my favourite things about many albums are interludes and instrumental pieces throughout the album. There are three in this album, and they seem to emanate an emotion to the listener to interpret for their own.

Each track is unique in it’s own, Shades being my personal favourite because of the catchy introduction and chorus which stands out to me. But of course this isn’t just about the lyrics. The melodies from the guitars, the bass-line and drumming all stands out in each song like their own unique sound, showing that this isn’t just individual, this is the emotions and hard work of an entire team. Reflections is particularly catchy, along with very emotional lyrics mixing together to make a beautiful song. Waves has a very calming beginning to it, with a gradual introduction of other instruments that’s the type of song you listen to in the summer sat on a beach at sunset with a loved one. Electric Blue has a very strong bass-line that’s very smooth and melodic followed by a powerful chorus. Soldier, which is the first single released with a music video is a very strong and motivating song with an infectious chorus that you’ll be humming along to after listening. The songs are very different to one another but have a similar unique style.

Overall, Transmissions is an extremely strong release from We Are Satellites, and they have a lot more to offer. This album is the type of music that a lot of bands should pay attention to. As an avid supporter of past bands these guys have been in, I will support them for as long as I can.

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Campbell’s Wild Album Review

Campbell’s Wild are definitely an unsigned band that fans of rock and indie will want to sink their teeth into. The 4-piece band, consisting of members Fraser Jamieson, Keir Jamieson, Calum Haig and Steven Turner, are ready to release their EP Spinning Circles, which I’ve had the privilege to listen to beforehand.

The first two bands that came to my mind when listening to this EP were instantly Twin Atlantic and Biffy Clyro. Campbell’s Wild, from Edinburgh, Scotland have the cheerful melody to compliment the clear Scottish accent that you hear, which seems to be a very positive thing in the music industry. A Scottish singing accent you say? I’m in!

The vocals are crisp, clear and calming, along with infectious guitar melodies, beautiful bass lines and head nodding drum beats, this band have a sense of uniqueness that will get them very far. This is also a band that will bring Scottish indie into the limelight.

Each song on the EP has a very different emotion conveyed in it, with raw songs like Halfway Home contrasting with the upbeat and fast-paced Eyes Wide Open, which instantly grips you into the band’s sound as the introductory song. The last song on the EP that it is named after, Spinning Circles, is a powerful and passionate number from the band which ends on a high, as if they’re saying that this is just the beginning. One of my favourite things about this album is that the songs all blend in with each other, like it’s one long story or journey. Balloons has a strong vocal lead, like the other songs but this one particularly stands out to me. Whether the vocals are loud or calming, there’s definitely a lot of emotion and passion that has been poured into this EP. Headlights is especially good for the drumbeats, it’s definitely one that you can get stuck in your head for hours. Campbell’s Wild are a band that will not get out of your head until you’ve listened to their music at least 4 times. (This isn’t me admitting to doing that… okay maybe it is.)

There is a strong sound of Biffy Clyro in this band but they have managed to incorporate it into their own sound. They’re definitely not short of talent and potential that is clear that they can show which is demonstrated in this EP.

Campbell’s Wild new EP, Spinning Circles is released on the 29th February.

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