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EP Review: Loyal Trooper / One Day All This Will Work Out

By on Tuesday, 21st October 2008 at 9:28 pm

Like your Belle and Sebastian or Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly? Slightly folky, slightly cheeky, but essentially true songs about real people? Then perhaps Loyal Trooper will be your sort of thing.

Loyal Trooper, better known to family and friends as Andy Walker, releases his “One Day All This Will Work Out…” EP on Monday 3rd November, a collection of six guitar anthems for the jilted generation recorded earlier this year.

Recorded with help from his friends to record all the different instruments and recorded in part in the local Baptist Church in Kettering, it’s certainly not going to win awards for blockbuster production techniques, but what it lacks in sheen it more than makes up for in passion. Loyal Trooper manages to sound sincere, without preaching like some acoustic singer / songwriters end up doing.

With Belle and Sebastian’s artful storytelling (M1 to the A52) and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly’s social conscience (Five Year Plan), there’s something for everyone who likes their music a little different, a little more thoughtful and colourful than the same old same old David Gray album.

Like what you’re hearing on his myspace page? Well, maybe you want to go out and warm up a cold autumnal evening by catching him at one of the below dates:

Wednesday 22nd October – London Marie Lloyd Bar
Thursday 23rd October – Brighton Latest Music Bar
Saturday 25th October – Leeds Adelphi
Sunday 26th October – Sheffield West Street Live
Monday 27th October – Leicester Musician
Tuesday 28th October – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Thursday 30th October – Kingston Willoughby Arms
Saturday 1st November – Nottingham Dave & Katie’s Halloween Party
Monday 3rd November – London Cocomo
Thursday 6th November – Glasgow Bloc
Tuesday 11th November – Colchester The Twist
Friday 14th November – Birmingham The Sunflower Lounge
Saturday 22nd November – Leeds Cardigan Arms
Wednesday 26th November – Leeds Primrose



By on Sunday, 22nd April 2007 at 10:08 pm

Switches album coverWhilst most Sunday papers today have nominated Arctic Monkey’s return album as their “album of the week”, this week my band of the week is Switches, who release their debut album, “Heart Turned To Dead” tomorrow. This Essex four piece offer something that we all love – memorable, catchy guitar pop, with no strings attached. No fancy gimmick, no extensive backstory. Just Switches: Good music.

As they say themselves on their myspace, they are “music to fall in love to, dance to, shake your head to, shake your feet to, make some toast to, count to two hundred and twenty two to, clap your hands to, snap your cards to, drink a drink to, pull a sickie to, get dressed to, get undressed to, snd a txt msg 2, make a friend to, travel to texas and drink beer to” – in other words, like Oasis before them, a working class, peoples band. Throwbacks to the 60s, updated and made a bit better, Switches are instantly memorable, with tunes like “Lay Down The Law” and “Drama Queen” being perfect summer festival songs – keep an eye out for them when your at Glastonbury or your local major festival.

I saw them support We Are Scientists back in february at the NME awards show at the Astoria. Though they had to come on at 7pm, they still managed to electrify the audience more than the other two supports, one of the few bands that have managed this at all the gigs I’ve been to.

Whilst they may not be the most innovative band, they make great songs for getting ready to go out, then going out on a saturday night. If you get a chance, stop by a show or get their new album from your local record store from tomorrow.

(please note: I wrote this of my own accord… I’ve just realise I glow a bit too much about them!!)


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