Our resident photographer Ruby Gaunt was at O2 Academy Brixton on 14 October, where she captured Irish band Picture This…in pictures.
Check out Ruby’s stunning photos below.
Proving his knack for writing chart-ready, sincere pop with ease, Robert has hit the spot once again with ‘Self,’ with its breezy laidback beat, completed by Robert’s and Emma’s distinctive vocals. The song is about fighting the inner monologue that tries to ruin every good situation you put yourself in. Robert says,
“I love this song so much because it’s about me. It IS me essentially. Super personal, super raw.”
Over the last year Robert Grace’s career has skyrocketed across the UK and Ireland, gaining an incredible 1.7 million followers on TikTok, and and in excess of 71,000 followers on Instagram. His first track for Columbia Germany/RCA US ‘Fake Fine’ went platinum in Ireland and spent five weeks at No 1 on both the Irish Homegrown charts and the Shazam Ireland Charts. Alongside Dermot Kennedy and Niall Horan, Robert was only the third Irish male solo act to have a top 20 hit in his native country last year. ‘Fake Fine’ spent 6 months in the Irish Airplay charts and has currently amassed 10 million plays on Spotify.
His second single for Sony/RCA ‘The Hurt You Gave Me’ currently has 2 million streams and performed well at both International & Irish radio and has achieved significant DSP support.
18-year-old Emma Steinbakken has already had a number 1 single in Norway and gained a huge following across Europe thanks to several million views on YouTube.
Robert is also an accomplished live performer and has performed at Ireland’s leading festivals including Electric Picnic and Indiependence. He was also selected to perform at ESNS in January and at The Great Escape in May. Over the past number of months Robert has collaborated and written with artists and writers like gnash, KIDDO, KIN, Jamie Hartman (Rag N’ Bone Man), and Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran), to name just a few.
On October 6th Robert plays London’s Colours (formerly Hoxton Bar & Kitchen) and he has a headline gig booked at Dublin’s prestigious Academy venue for November 5th as part of an extensive Irish Tour. Robert will be announcing further German, UK & other European dates in due course.
Find out more about Robert Grace and his music and concerts online via his Linktree.
All three are deeply inciteful songs, as Hank explains,
“The singles are more or less about relationships. Even though the lyrics focus on specific situations, they can reference any number of events I’ve experienced throughout my life. That’s part of the beauty of songwriting as far as I’m concerned. You can write a song describing one particular set of circumstances, but oftentimes they find connections to similar emotions and events that transpire later on. Eventually, over time, the songs find a common thread.”
‘Why Go’, a stirring track, sets its focus on an argument between two fictional people, who are nonetheless committed to the relationship. Hank!’s vocals are raw and slightly discordant in a pleasing way – think a cross between Morrissey and Bob Dylan; intellectual music. The instrumentals further enhance the Morrissey vibe, jangly guitars and energetic drums.
Speaking of ‘Why Go’, Hank! says,
“At the time, I tended to dismiss it as pure fiction, because I really didn’t know what I was talking about,” he muses. “It was pure fiction. Now, however, I’m finding some meaning that I had not necessarily intended to unearth before. I’m particularly keen on the off-kilter drum fills.”
Hank!’s music takes a few listens to really appreciate the deeper components, but it’s nonetheless appealing even just the first time through. The tapering off at the end of ‘Why Go’ was a surprising and very pleasant adjunct to the rest of the track – the ear follows along as if following a car as it drives into the distance.
Coldplay won’t keep making music forever, and if you believe what they told NME in a recent interview, that finale could be coming sooner rather than later:
“We’re going to make 12 albums. Because it’s a lot to pour everything into making them. I love it and it’s amazing, but it’s very intense too. I feel like because I know that challenge is finite, making this music doesn’t feel difficult, it feels like, ‘This is what we’re supposed to be doing’.”
Fear not Coldplay faithful! Those words don’t mean the band will be breaking up. Lead singer Chris Martin is referring specifically to studio albums, leaving the door open for more touring, collaborations, and producing.
In the same interview, Martin revealed that Coldplay has been trying and failing to write a Bond theme song for the past 20 years.
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