The three brothers—Frankie, Patrick, and Michael O’Malley—grew up in a musical home full of classic albums and instruments belonging to their musician/collector father. The O’Malleys learned and played together all through their youth, which explains why the Safes are so tight and right on the money with every note and rhythm. Next week sees the release of the Safes’ latest slab of rock ‘n’ roll. Spring is finally here… time to rock.
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For those looking to counter the consumerism of St. Patrick’s Day, singer/songwriter Tim Larson may have just the remedy. Larson has recorded a cover of the Irish standard “The Unquiet Grave”. Spare, evocative, and almost gospel-like, Larson’s take on the classic tune is perfect for those who prefer to have a quiet St. Paddy’s, without the allure of cheap green beer surrounding them. This “Unquiet Grave” is best accompanied by an Irish whisky in a dimly lit room.
As the bio for Violent Mae states, the duo of Becky Kessler and Floyd Kellogg “never intended to be a band. Becky asked Floyd to record and produce her first solo album, and as soon as they hit the studio, chemistry and dynamics between the two sparked the evolution of an artistic partnership.” Their meeting must have been kismet given that their collaboration resulted in a solid debut, the self-titled album Violent Mae, a shout-out from Paste as a Connecticut band to know and an award for best new band in the Connecticut music scene from CTNow.com.
Fiona Bevan‘s debut album, Talk to Strangers, releases in the UK on 28 April via Navigator Records and is sure to appeal to fans of artists as diverse as Björk, Joanna Newsom and Lianne La Havas. “The Machine” is the record’s first single. “‘The Machine’ came from being angry and frustrated about the state of the world and from my feelings of powerlessness to do anything about it,” Bevan says. “Within the song, there’s a shift – that’s about breaking out and finding how you can have power in your own life, in everything you do.”
You could say that Graham Colton has pursued a career plan less taken: Starting out early on with chart-topping success, tour dates with the likes of Counting Crows and Dave Matthews Band, and prime late-night TV performances, Colton left a major-label existence behind to follow a different path with his more recent work, relying on his own creative instincts and a Kickstarter campaign to realize them. As Colton describes the career trajectory that led him to his new self-released album Lonely Ones, “When I started to think about this new record, it had a lot to do with overcoming fear of working outside my comfort zone and what was expected. I had a great run being on the label and had some amazing experiences, but I knew moving forward I had to take a new step and rediscover the feeling I had when I first started writing and creating music.”