Georgie Hanson releases 2am

Inventing nightmares while you should be dreaming? This song is for you…

Georgie Hanson

Georgie Hanson continuously resonates with those of us struggling with inner turmoil.Her powerful vocals are amplified by the jazz infused instrumentals. The upbeat rhythm contrast the heavy weight of her raw lyrics, reflecting that while many of us may stand strong, smile and get things done, we feel vacant inside. This unfamiliar feeling of dancing through chaos is what Hanson wishes to achieve, she says “I love writing sad songs you can dance too, whether it be about a break up or a quarter life crisis”. This song is all about crisis control when it feels you lack all sense of solidity.

We invent nightmares when we should be sleeping, you’re in an abyss which has no pit, enforced by the dying light of a once promising potential. There is no guarantee in what should be. How can we be guided when we have lost our sense of direction, our chosen path suddenly leads to a dead end and there are no diversions?

2am

The disorientation is beautifully captured in Hanson’s accompanying video to her latest single.Filmed in Glasgow the wide camera angle paired with the desolate streets and darkness reflect the isolation amplified by the vastness of a new place.Hanson worked with Glasgow based cinematographer Stuart Alexander to express how our insecurities isolate us. We feel we are drifting through this chaos watching it all unfold unable to influence the tides, as the waves inside drown us. Songs such as 2am teach us to sail the sea that settles in all of us.

For Georgie this song helped her structure the fluidity that comes with the shock of being 21, the dissonance in feeling you should have your life sorted out by now while knowing you’re still young enough. Barely an adult, yet it feels time is running out to get back on track, to get back to yourself. Hanson, now 25, explained how this song helped her retain a sense of who she was during these tumultuous years…

” I had a huge shock entering my adult years, all my life events went from having minimal responsibility to major.Writing about this experience in 2am allowed me to process the changes that I was faced with, helping me to maintain an overall sense of identity.”

With her infectious melodies and captivating vocals it is no surprise that 2AM has already received radio play from Alister Williams host of ‘That 70’s Radio Show’ leading her to a feature BBC Introducing with Hannah Fletcher. This success continues her path of colourful accolades since her debut single Roads and Paths in 2018 received over 6k streams.

Roads and Paths

It is clear there is a fruitful future for Hanson with 55 monthly listeners on Spotify and an upcoming gig at the Ranby Festival on the 27th of August. Buy tickets here.

Make some noise with Jack Kendrick

Jack Kendrick

Ever wondered why you crave the radio or have a need for your favourite song at certain times in the day? Music engages the neocortex of the brain triggering a sense of calm achieved through increased dopamine levels. This can lead to a euphoric sensation, ultimate happiness, usually achieved in the arms of others at a festival or while running at a 125bpm, or as a catharsis outlet. Had a rough week at work? Fallen out with a friend, stubbed a toe, dropped a pen, struggling with your sense of self? Switch up the sound, scream, cry, shout.

Jack Kendrick is a shouter, because ” as a lot of musicians know, people you’re playing too don’t particularly care about your problems so sometimes I just make sure I say them loudly so people don’t have a choice but to listen. I shout stories about things I’ve done/experienced and I hope that the few people that do listen can relate and put themselves in my shoes”. 

Jack Kendrick

Jack shares himself in his sings in hope that as well as understanding themselves the audience will understand him too. This is especially in his more personal releases such as “Favourite Lie” and “My Bones”. Both are very raw and authentic, the sound of Jack’s soul, sticking close to the first drafts lyrically and allowing a telescope into Jack’s mentality, if you’re in need of knowing how these songs go you’ll have to attend one of Jack’s shows as they’re not yet released.

His most recent release, Untold truths, came about because Jack was compared to Frank Turner, Corey Taylor, and Gary Lightbody  and who he had seen as inspirations, trying to emulate them in his sound before realising he could never be the giants he looked upon but he could be as genuine and authentic as being honest and raw with himself and sticking to that.

Untold Truths by Jack Kendrick

Music also increases memory retention, an audible de ja vu, Jack recalls a particular memory from his days in a band. “Despite playing in a rough Boston pub we played the song “Gay Bar” by Electric Six.As the bassist was singing it we was going around the pub strip teasing the patrons and, at one point, he wrapped his shirt around this mountain of a man. We were terrified for the rest of the gig because the guy just wouldn’t stop staring at us, looked like he wanted to kill us. The set ended and we were trying so hard to pack down as quickly as possible when the mountain walks over and crumbles into laughter saying that no one who’s ever played there has ever even attempted to include the audience like we did and he ended up buying us all drinks and was genuinely a nice person” evidencing music can melt our borders, remove judgement and bring us together.

Confessions Jack Kendrick

Jack is also lead vocalist for Morning Theory band and After Atlantis. Read more about After Atlantis here.

Songs can also improve our immune systems by decreasing stress, boosting self-esteem and boost short term confidence. For Jack, music became a safe space. He started performing for people when he was just 12 , preparing him for his first paid gig at the age of fifteen and he hasn’t looked back since. This ingrained impetus has found him discovered on BBC Introducing as well as being one of their featured artists and having 33 monthly listeners on spotify.

Sail On, Jack Kendrick

The 11 years of giving has helped jack learn to express himself and his emotions when words haven’t been enough. The sound has united him with like-minded people as well as himself. Sometimes music is the greatest communicator, the closest we have to telepathy, the lyrics could be coded or clear, but we all find our own meaning, ourselves in the singing, we become the ones on stage and the musician in the crowd, learning to look up at themselves instead of down, am immersive role reversal which allows listener and listened to, to be understood.

Meet The Publics, a local Indie-Rock Band

For those of you on the go, listen to the interview on my podcast here.

Rising Nottingham/Mansfield based indie-rock band The Publics, headed by Elliot Stephenson and Josh Porter, spoke to me about their new single, Art of War. The single is their first this year following on from a successful 2020 with 8.8k streams and 1.5k listeners over 39 countries and that’s just on Spotify.

Inspired by the ancient Chinese military  treatise, the art of war, The Publics’ new single of  a similar name, Art of War, explores “the internal conflict caused when one is made to feel guilty and accountable for the actions of others” hence the emotive lyrics“ What if I’m  the enemy?”

In my opinion ‘Art of war’ is one of The Publics most powerful tracks, the imagery it creates is not only passionate, but harrowing depicting the struggles that one can face whilst in a destructive yet rewarding position. It echoes the energy of some of the bands older tracks such as Was that kiss meant for me? and All bark no bite although each song is beautifully different in nature.

Elliot shared with me his thoughts on his own songs, he said: “Answer phone is a close favourite of mine as its more stripped back. It’s powerful and emotional, especially when the whole band is brought together for the final chorus.

It’s more personal as it was inspired by a close friend of mine. Out of the tracks we’ve released it ranks a close second to Art of War.”

Elliot and Josh credits to https://www.instagram.com/thepublicsofficial/

Elliot and Josh have known each other for 10 years which is why they work so well together. Originally working as a cover band, playing hits by the Arctic Monkeys and Declan McKenna they decided after some advice from a friend to start song writing, to work on their own stuff, releasing their debut single First impressions in 2019.

Elliot explained to me that their writing process was “unique.” He said, “Both of us write each other’s part, playing to each other’s strengths.” They describe their sound as “different but similar,” combining inspiration from familiar indie tracks in order to create their own new sound which is why they are such a hit; echoing the greats of the Beatles, Oasis and of course Arctic Monkeys but they also have their own voice with lyrics inspired by everyday life. Elliot shared with me that the chorus of Art of War came to him whilst on his shift at Tesco’s.

The impact of the corona virus pandemic on the music industry especially for smaller bands ,such as The Publics, who are trying to make a name for themselves was crushing as music studios were closed, people were unable to meet to share ideas or work on new sounds. Working on their latest single since last July, the band was eager to release the track but due to 2020 lockdown all process had to be halted.

Elliot inspired me when he said; ” That the time in lockdown would have given people the chance to, learn a new instrument, or put work into starting band, with the rising online sector music is more accessible.” Now, with venues set to reopen there are big plans in the works for these two, details of which will be released soon.

With studios open once again, and live performances planned it’s going to be an exciting year for The Publics and their fans.

Art of War is out now on all major streaming platforms. If you listen to one thing today make sure it’s that.