Today I am recommending Once Upon a Dead Man, a recently established band featuring Charlie Simpson (of Busted and Fightstar) and his brothers Will and Edd, and long-time friend Simon Britcliffe. The four have released a debut EP album called ‘Concepts and Phenomena’.
As a fan of Charlie Simpson and his past musical work, including his solo album, I was obviously going to check out his new endeavour Once Upon a Dead Man. I listened to the album, expecting something good, but it was even better than that. It has a similar style to Charlie’s solo work but with an electronic undertone, and Charlie’s voice is also complemented by the extra voices of his band mates.
Below is my favourite song from the EP:
Check out Once Upon a Dead Man (click here to go to their YouTube channel) and their EP!
Today I’m recommending my absolute favourite band McBusted. You may not have heard of them as they are a British band who mostly tour around England, Scotland and Ireland. They have been a band for a little over a year and have a MASSIVE following since they are a combination of two former bands, McFly and Busted.
Busted broke up around 10 years ago after being one of the most popular bands in both England and America at the time. They managed to realise two albums and consisted of Matt Willis, James Bourne and Charlie Simpson. The band broke up when Charlie realised he wasn’t enjoying being in the band and he decided to pursue his career in a different band, Fightstar. Charlie now works on his solo career and so has decided not to be a part of McBusted.
Having always worked closely with Busted, and its members, McFly are similar in their approach and style of music. They have been a band for little over 10 years, they haven’t ended or broken up, they have only put their music on hold while McBusted is doing it’s thing since this opportunity came about rather suddenly and they couldn’t miss it. They were my favourite band prior to McBusted and are made up of Danny Jones, Tom Fletcher (whose YouTube channel I recommended last week), Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd.
When James, Matt, Danny, Tom, Harry and Dougie announced that they were forming McBusted they released their first tour fearing that very little would happen and that people wouldn’t want to see them. Instead their shows sold out in the first few hours and all subsequent shows since have sold incredibly fast too. What was thought to be a stand –alone tour has turned into an album and a second tour thus far. So due to the demand and success of the first tour, the boys have just released their self-titled debut album (on the 1st December 2014) which probably holds some of their best music to date, and have been promoting that this past month. Next they’re going on tour this spring, in March and April, showcasing their new album and some of the McFly and Busted classics.
If you haven’t heard either of the three bands I have mentioned in this blog post, please check them out as they have created some really great music and in addition are some of the most down-to-earth people in this planet. Also, even though Charlie Simpson isn’t a member of McBusted, don’t neglect to take a look at his solo stuff and his Fightstar stuff.
Ps. I must apologise for not posting last Friday (Boxing Day) since I didn’t have anything to post and I sort of ran out of time. Sorry! Hope you had a great Christmas!
Charlie Simpson is a brilliantly talented young musician, who, after 12 years in the Music Industry, is currently releasing his second solo album, Long Road Home. Many of you may recognise his name without really acknowledging who he is as he was a member of the former pop band Busted (who I still love), and more recently a member of the heavy rock band, Fightstar. Over his years in the industry his music tastes have quite clearly changed with his current style exhibiting a more indie, singer-songwriter feel and not only does it have this fresher style, Charlie has created his latest music with so much passion which really does shine through.
What Charlie has said of his latest album is; ‘The making of this album has been an incredible journey for me, it is probably the hardest record I have ever had to make. It took me a while to find what I was looking for and there were points when I nearly had to go back to the drawing board. However, after taking some much needed time out from writing and all things music related, I came back with a completely fresh perspective and wrote in my opinion, some of the best music I have written in my career so far. It’s an album I am hugely proud of and one I had to fight for which makes it all the more special’. And this really does prove what I feel about his music at this current time.
So as today’s examples of his work, I’m going to show some Busted, some Fightstar and of course some of his Long Road Home album: