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The Wonders Of t’Internet – Featuring Tragic Gadget.

The Wonders Of t’Internet – Featuring Tragic Gadget.

Over the last few years I’ve regularly waxed lyrical about what I believe to be one of the best ways of discovering new music; chasing links on YouTube. For the ten or so of you who are left in the world who aren’t familiar with this practice, here’s how it works. First, load up a video of a song you like. Listen to said song. Now, here’s where things potentially get interesting. See the ‘Suggestions’ column on the right? Click on something. It doesn’t matter what it is, it could be a live version or a collaboration with the artist whose video you’ve just watched, maybe a cover of the same song by a different band, anything. If you’re feeling really brave, go for something you don’t know. Like what you’re hearing now? Excellent, choose another. Didn’t like it? Not a problem, keep choose another from this new video. Whilst it’s by no means a fool proof way of exploring, I encourage you to persevere.

Using this very process I have today discovered an absolute gem that I’d like to share with you. It’s called ‘Shot In The Dark’ by Tragic Gadget. It’s a wonderfully infectious piece of sunny, uplifting pop music. Singer Kim Tillman’s vocals are sublime, not to mention the sublimely intricate guitar work from six stringers Chris Lorentz (who also provides fabulously funky bass), Corey Richardson and John Bruton.

Check it out – then when the video ends, go ahead and click some links. You never know what you might discover!

 

 

Introducing – Universal Law.

Every so often, I’ll feature an unsigned band I reckon people should know about. Here’s the first.

Introducing – Universal Law.

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Lincoln based punk/funk/rock/hip hop crossover act Universal Law are a little like a Jamie Oliver recipe. Combining the finest moments of Rage Against The Machine and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, chucking them into an industrial sized blender with white hot riffs, a ton of explosive energy and a bucket of personality and serving the whole lot millimetres from your face to create one of the most exciting live acts to come out of the east midlands backwater.

Sod your identikit shoegazing indie bands that litter every pub on a Friday evening, catch a Universal Law gig and you KNOW the party is just getting started. *Slightly* unhinged frontman Will delivers his expertly crafted rhymes with an irresistible conviction and confidence that’s hard not to get caught up in, and he’s not shy to get the audience involved either – which he achieves without anybody in the room cringing, something I haven’t seen in any live band at all in recent years. Flanked by the effortless cool of supremely talented guitarist Ed unleashing the aforementioned orgy of white hot riffs and effortless funk and bassist Eddie, whose bass lines give funk overlord Bootsy Collins a run for his money, minus the dodgy dress sense. Behind the whole thing is local thubthumping legend Perks – one hell of a drummer, laying down complex offbeat grooves that try as you might, you will NOT be able to stop yourself moving to. The thing that unites all four of these guys though, apart from raw talent, is the sheer love of what they’re doing. None of them hide it either, a welcome change in a world of po faced frontmen and drummers who look like they’re about to shit themselves.

I’ve not even got on to the best bit yet. The tunes. Sweet jesus, the tunes. Whether it’s the mid tempo funk of future anti-establishment anthem ‘Freedom’, the catchy riffing of ‘Fighting the Virus’ or ‘Running Round All Day’ or the tailor made for sing-alongs ‘Universal Law’, there’s something here for everybody to love. No, really – everybody.

Don’t believe me? Check the guys out for yourselves on their Soundcloud Page: https://soundcloud.com/universallawband

Like what you hear? You can follow the guys on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universallawband