The last year or two has seen a resurgence of rock and roll; most people have credited this to artists such as Royal Blood, who have proved that there’s still plenty to be said – or rather, plenty to get angry and shout about. Following in the footsteps of the aforementioned Brighton band, Brockley Forest are another duo, this time from Bristol, who combine Royal Blood’s fervour, Muse’s penchant for dramatics with QOTSA’s sinister sounding melodies, in the truly epic ‘Rubicon’.
With simple lyrics “too late to save me / I’m not crazy / I’m just hungry for more” spat out over snarling riffs before a chance in pace and Matt Bellamy-esque section, it’s hard to believe this is Brockley Forest’s first single. Who needs that morning espresso when you can instead turn your iPod up full blast and rock out to this great track?
The band will be touring the UK in late September/early October, so if you like what you hear be sure to catch one of their shows.
This week, thanks to a very well thought out early-birthday gift, I had the chance to go and see “Ginger Jesus” himself, the one and only Ed Sheeran. Now, as someone who generally feels that concerts are life-changing experiences needing to be had by everyone, this is the first one I have been to that I can say I was seriously moved by.
The first thing you need to know about an Ed Sheeran concert is that he is the only one on stage. There is no band, there is no back up singers, there is nothing but a guitar, a couple of loop pedals at his feet and of course Ed himself.
To be brutally honest this had me in a slightly sceptical position at the beginning of the concert, although I had seen recordings of his live performances online before, this was a have-to-see-it-to-believe-it event for me, and well, I saw and I now certainly believe.
Ed not only has a set of vocal chords like no other but he uses a loop pedal and guitar to create complete and utter magic right before your very eyes and ears. During his performance of ‘Give Me Love’ it is almost like you forget that he is the only one on stage, it sounds as if there is a choir of Ed’s serenading the stadium. During ‘You Need Me Man, I Don’t Need You’, you almost want to hold your breath as you can’t help but think his guitar might go up in flames at any moment due to the astonishing speed of his strumming, but wait, is that drums you hear too? Nope, that is the loop of Ed banging away on his guitar to create yet another element to his performance. He truly is a marvellous one-man band.
He also never stops for more that 30 seconds at a time to switch guitars or have a mouthful of water. Never in my life have I seen one man play with such stamina and consistency. His songs blend into each other like cream into coffee and in in the time that one song has bled into another you can go from dancing to crying and right back again without even realizing what has hit you.
Ed lives up to his nickname as “Ginger Jesus” a million times over and I feel like I have been blessed by the music god’s to have seen him put on a show like he did. I never thought that I would be so taken back by a guy with a loop pedal and an acoustic guitar, but here I am in complete shock and awe of what I have just witnessed. I have fallen in love in that mysterious way that Ed talks about in ‘Thinking Out Loud’ let him make you fall in love in that way too, go see an Ed Sheeran concert. You won’t regret it, I promise.