Here at Pirate Studios we love all genres and welcome all musicians to use our Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff rehearsal rooms. We love all music genres and never forget some of the classic acoustic singer songwriters like James Taylor, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Jeff Buckley. You can’t beat a bit of honest lyric writing and guitar playing. Acoustic guitar and vocals often form the basics of a great song and that’s why we love acoustic songwriters. Recently we have been finding lots of emerging acoustic acts across the UK and we want to share them with you!
First is URI, a London based artist originally from Te-Aviv. URI aka Uri Sade, moved to London 3 years ago after winning the Shure song writing award, which was judged by Frank turner that year. Within his music you can here clear influences from Jeff Buckley, Elliot Smith and Nick Drake, to current artists such as Bon Iver and St.vincent. This is reflected in the diversity of his debut E.P ‘Black Flag’, released on October 2015, which was produced by Richard Fomby (Wild Beats, Ghostpoet) and Orel Tamuz.
The EP opens with “Back To The Ship”, a track that starts with a luscious, and simplistic picked guitar which evolves into a euphoric anthem. The song encompasses intelligent arrangements of ambient acoustic percussion and haunting harmonies providing a magical journey for the listener. The EP picks up with the track “Diamonds” which offers a rhythmic push and a darker and dramatic message. This track quenches your thirst to hear some harsher, grittier tones before arriving at the track “Black Flag” which begins with a soft acoustic guitar progression similar to Nick Drake. Lyrically, this track delivers powerful imagery which is supported by subtle, ambient soundscapes, capturing a simple and strong arrangement that keeps the listener engaged. Concluding the EP is the song “Adjusted Virgin”. This track sways towards an electronic atmosphere with experimental tones and colorful sonics throughout. You can hear the production skill from Richard Fomby clearly here. Fomby’s dark, electro arrangements compliment and collaborate with URI’s captivating vocal creating something very unique. The EP demonstrates a real talent for song craft and showcases a real consistency; it is a piece of timeless art.
Uri has played a number of London venues such as Bull In A China Shop, The Monarch and Fu Manchu. His performance is truly mesmerising and refreshing . This summer he plans to make new music and play a number of different shows across the UK, you can find him on Facebook or Soundcloud to find out where he is heading next.
U.R.I : A Thousand Ringing Bells (live) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1aek2l9vfA&app=desktop
Another musical talent smashing it out on the London gigging scene is Joe Corbin. We found Joe at an intimate acoustic night at Metropolis Studios in Chiswick, London and have followed him since. His stage presence is truly captivating; he grabs your attention with his advanced blues guitar style and with a vocal that is full of soul. Corbin’s music bleeds out influences from Ray Lamontagne, Jeff Buckley and Bill Withers recreating a mammoth sound that embodies rich tones.
Joe’s lyrical style is insightful and wise. His song “Brother part 1” demonstrates his slick blues guitar style and delivers a complex story, capturing thoughts of a character that is angry, frustrated or lost, then he sketches out another individual or perspective that wants to share a new outlook to help the person that is struggling. It is emotional disputes and situations like this that echo throughout Joe’s work. He also steps into more biographical spheres with tracks like ‘Butchers Blues’, revealing personal reflection and his own beliefs. There is a dark depth to his writing style that offers multiple interoperation for the listener and also stylish repetition within his lyric writing which make his tracks very addictive. This year Joe will continue his musical journey playing shows up and down the country, and our rehearsal rooms will always be open to him if he ever needs a practice in South West London.
Joe Corbin : Brother part 1 (live @ Spiritual Sessions) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irapMFyCFl4
Our last musical discovery is Bristol’s Sam Brockington. He’s a regular in our Bristol practice rooms and is dedicated to sharing his music with the UK. Sam shows off a powerful and dynamic vocal range that combines with a alternative / blues guitar style. His music can be compared to the likes of Matt Corby and Jeff Buckley. His writing can be dark and fragile and then upbeat and hooky, he has no limits. This year he has been busy forming a band in order to amplify his sound. His track “Follow” has exceeded over 100,000 plays on Spotify over the last few months which has launched him comfortably into 2016. We have no doubt that he is going to become increasingly popular over the coming months, especially with the amount of festivals and shows planned. We are looking forward to hearing more of his music and seeing his fan base grow.
Sam Brockington : Sea Anemone (live @ Red Dog Productions) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCcieA7gjMs
Pirate Studios loves finding new songwriters at our studios in Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham as well as finding fresh talent online and at live shows. Tag, share, tag and post, we want to here what you guys are playing!