The Police arrest Fleetwood Mac defended by Crosby Stills and Nash in a Crowded House.
If you like well crafted songs with intricate guitar arrangements and vocal harmonies you''ve come to the right place.
So who is ….who are Antiqcool? There is no single answer to that question…..sometimes I work alone as a singer songwriter, other times
I get together with friends and collaborate….
Making music that we enjoy playing and other people want to hear is all we try to do. I like to think of the internet as a sounding board
to get songs heard and listen to the feedback. It helps to generate an overall picture of what is working and what needs to be fixed.
Being in a productive successful band is in my opinion a little bit like being in a marriage….you are going to be spending a lot time together
going on the road, writing , recording and promoting your music….having the right mix of personalities is essential if it is going to last.
Will Antiqcool ever become a successful working band…..I hope so….A lot will depend on how well my songs are received….so I will
just keep writing and recording.
For any artist/band to produce two full albums in two years, is a credit
to their work ethic, include the quality of each album and you become
aware of the passion and belief of the artists involved.
The band in question is Antiqcool, their first CD "Digging For Gold"
combines smooth and slick guitar-work, with consistent vocals. The
influences of Fleetwood Mac and Crosby, Stills and Nash shine
throughout, while the band still retain an originality within their music.
The recently released second album "Songs Of Hope And Despair"
gives a feeling for this reviewer of the late sixties and summer of love
harmonies. With the emphasis taken away from the guitar, and handed
more to the vocals, this brings a "feel" of a Simon and Garfunkel /
The Beach Boys experience, which can never be a bad thing.
The strength of their lyrics is shown throughout the CD, especially
on the track "I Can See Where You''re Coming From" which would
be relevant in any decade.
Both albums are an ideal antidote to the stressful world we try to
survive in, let the harmonious tracks drift you to a better and more
In a take, take world, it makes a refreshing change to see an up and
coming band not losing site of reality, with 100% of artist profits,
generated by the sale of "Digging For Gold" and "Songs of Hope and Despair"
to be donated to the Great Ormonds Street Childrens Hospital Charity.
Their CDs are inspired by the people and places of the north east, the
north east should be proud of this band and their music.
Review by Paul from Leeds Music Scene
Album:Songs Of Hope And Despair
The profits from both this album and the band''s previous release are going to Great Ormond Street Hospital Chilren''s Charity, but don''t let that be the only reason you go for "Songs Of Hope And Desire".
You might also want to consider the 60s west coast folk sensibilities, the almost Simon and Garfunklesque vocals. This is the second album from Antiqcool in as many years, some 27 songs in total and not a duffer in hearing distance. Modern Americana with a California flavour. It''s a bit of summer sun to blow away the chills
of winter. Forty years out of time and as fresh as yesterday.
Album:Songs Of Hope And Despair
The profits from both this album and the band’s previous release are going to Great Ormond Street Hospital Chilren’s Charity, but don’t let that be the only reason you go for “Songs Of Hope And Desire”.You might also want to consider the 60s west coast folk sensibilities, the almost Simon and Garfunklesque vocals. This is the second album from Antiqcool in as many years, some 27 songs in total and not a duffer in hearing distance. Modern Americana with a California flavour. It’s a bit of summer sun to blow away the chills
of winter. Forty years out of time and as fresh as https://www.tradebit.comp://https://www.tradebit.com
Featured Artist 2/2008
For this month, we’re taking it down a notch and enjoying some
sweet, smooth sounds courtesy of ANTIQCOOL. Kiddies, I can pretty much
guarantee your parents will not only like you listening to this
music, but they will try to swipe your albums. It’s something to
bond over, and no one will scream at you to turn it down; in
fact, listening to them on my computer generally gets me
requests to turn it up! This group hails from the
United Kingdom, and whoever it was that told them to write
about what they know did a great thing. All of their songs are
meaningful and intelligent, and they all come straight from
Also a credit to the group is the fact that they have released
two albums in two years: the first being Digging for Gold; the
second being their brand-spanking-new, just-released
Songs of Hope and Despair. It is a credit to both their aesthetic
and their work ethic that they have done this with absolutely no
sacrifice to quality and meaning in their music. If I was a mother
to any single one of them, I would be exceptionally proud. The
music realm is a very cutthroat business, and you have to admire
those in it who not only make it, but make it on merit and hard
work like ANTIQCOOL has!
As for their sound, it is very reminiscent of the Beatles and Beach
Boys, with a slight jazz and reggae along with the classic rock. This
group is an aural holiday to the realm of vintage. Just like their
name, they are the best of the antique and modern, beautifully
blended with a twist and cool! Retro is in, and this group is
definitely partaking in full-on musical retro-joy with charmingly
(and deceptively) simple melodies that sooth the savage beast
and calm the soul. If you’re having a lousy day, if you feel a
little blue, if you’re running ragged… take a minute and listen
to ANTIQCOOL! Your nerves will soothe, your heart will stop
racing, and pretty soon you’ll find a smile on your face and
peace in your mind. This is a great band to listen to to prevent
road rage, and a wonderful group to meditate to.
Your humble web-mistress’ faves? “The Storm” with it’s deep
baseline, rock-n-roll top riffs, and Fleetwood Mac sound is at
the top of my list! Following close behind that are
“Brothers Are Made This Way”, “Beautiful Mind”, and
“Oh Mary” from Digging for Gold, and “My Avatar” and
“Englishman Out in the Midday Sun” from their new
release Songs of Hope and Despair. While we’ve yet to
see if ANTIQCOOL will be the next British Invasion, they
are well on their way to a shining star of a career!
Review by Mousie
Links for ANTIQCOOL:
Digging For Gold on https://www.tradebit.com
Songs of Hope and Despair on https://www.tradebit.com
ANTIQCOOL on https://www.tradebit.com
ANTIQCOOL on https://www.tradebit.com
ANTIQCOOL’s MySpace Blog
ANTIQCOOL on MySpace
Don’t forget to look for their CD Digging for Gold on iTunes!
In this section I will be discussing individual songs and what
inspired me to write them.
I tend not to wax lyrical about Antiqcool songs, who wants
to hear a self absorbed muso droning on about the minutia
of song writing techniques?….Hey ! I have to write something
in here but for you non geeky normals I will endeavour to keep
it short and sweet.
One reviewer described this song as a poptastic Beach Boys
Simon and Garfunkel nursery rhyme.
An interesting comment, being compared to those giants is fine
by me but the inspiration for writing this song came from a much
We all have our favourite movies and even though after the first
viewing we know the plot and the outcome this does not seem to
deter us from watching them over and over again. Braveheart is
one of mine, some of you may be yawning at this point
(so go and read someone else''s blog) I suspect some of you might
actually be closet fans who watch, unobserved armed with a big
box of Kleenex.
Another film which I saw only once (everyone should see it once)
affected me so deeply I could not bring myself to watch it a second
time I didn''t need to the imagery was so powerful it left a lasting
impression in my memory.
The Passion of the Christ, understandably would not make it on
to many peoples favourites list mine included but if after viewing
it you remain unmoved my advice would be to get thee to a
What does all this have to do with a song called Oh Mary ?
Watch both those films then listen to the song and maybe
you can work it out.
ENGLISHMAN OUT IN THE MIDDAY SUN
The album is called "Songs of Hope and Despair" so after writing three
songs of despair it was time to put my happy hat on and write a song of
For many people working jobs that leave them at best uninspired at
worst downright miserable their one comfort in life is having something
to look forward to. What better way to get you through another mind
numbingly boring day at the office than to plan, dream and scheme your
Having had several mind numbingly boring jobs I know what I''m talking
about. This song could indeed be described as poptastic and what''s
wrong with that I''d like to know.
I CAN SEE WHERE YOU''RE COMING FROM
Here in blighty of late there has been a virtual plague of sleaze infecting
our political system which has left many people disillusioned to say the
I am fortunate to live a democratic society which affords me the
freedom to vote, some aren''t so lucky but finding a candidate or a party
I can believe in is becoming increasingly difficult.
My sentiments are echoed throughout this song and shared by a
growing number of people.
A LEAF THAT IS BORN OF A TREE.
For anyone with a big dream living in a small town can stifle creativity, the
modern world with it''s mobile phones, high speed internet and social media
networks can provide a conduit to a more meaningful existence but there in
lies the problem.
One look on Myspace will give you some idea of how many would be
poets, songwriters and musicians there are competing for a piece of a very
My advice to any of them would be to enjoy the journey and not get too
hung up over the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. To quote my own
lyrics "Many leaves set free, they look just like me".
On a more positive note I do believe things are changing for the better and
there are many more creative people willing to settle for being able to make
a decent living from their dream, fewer starving artists and hyper rich rock
stars, sounds good to me.
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