It's day one of Blogtoberfest. Due to sleep deprivation and *boring* ongoing illness, I feel hungover myself, as though I've been out late at gigs. Clearly I've not. But I have stumbled upon something new. And I'm excited. Really, super dooper excited. Now I can just sit right up close to my computer and pretend I'm at the Hopetoun. Which coincidentally and sadly, is closing down.
As a quick aside, do you know how many ace bands & artists I have seen play there over the years? Too many! The place is an institute. It's been the launching pad for so many emerging artists, 'tis a shame, a shame I say.
Back to what I've stumbled upon. Ollie Browne (formerly Art of Fighting) has started up a new gig Parallel Lions. Together with Hamish Michael and Sam Bates, they form a new group with a stash of credentials.
Their single 'Separated' is a beautiful mix of acoustics, Browne's unforgettable and inimitable voice, alongside Bates delicate/decisive drumming and Michael on guitar (oh the guitar, beautiful). And the lyrics. I'm hooked. It's beautiful. It's addictive.
Their first album comes out October 23 via Bird Music/Shock.