The Wit and Wisdom of George Swan

This post was originally featured on Roughly Recommended blog.

We’re not sure what’s more intriguing about George Swan: that his press release tells us he was ‘born in an unspecified swamp and raised by alligators’ or that his musical pseudonym is Big Dik Blak. Either way, we figured his lyrics might offer a hot take or two on those big life-shaped obstacles we’ve all encountered at some point or another. Without further ado, here’s an introduction to George Swan via some questionably advice.

George Swan – Claudette

He started out wanting to rule the world
He found out it was a little too large
So he thought, let’s just rule a really small part of it
Maybe start with this garage

What we learned: Donald Trump should’ve just pottered around in his garage.

George Swan – Connector’s In Your Mind

She’s a highway girl 
She’s a highway muffin inside

What we learned: You really don’t know what’s going on inside a woman.

George Swan – Danger Zone

I got the blues so bad
My baby gone and left me for good
She took all of my money
Just like I knew she would

What we learned: Trust your instincts- women can be golddiggers.

George Swan – I’ve Got A Boyfriend

I’m Bruce’s wife she said to me
Nice to meet you
As she walked past it occurred to me
I don’t know any Bruces!

What we learned: Don’t believe everything they tell you. No-one is called Bruce anymore.

George Swan – Jellyfish

You said you got stung by one once before
The first time you saw one by the shore
The burn was so bad it made you cry
The vinegar helped, it made you smell like a cute little French Fry

What we learned: vinegar is an antidote for jellyfish stings and also a pheromone to some men (esp. George Swan).

George Swan – Morgue in E Minor

And as I stand there laughing molars falling from my mouth
They somehow sense my displeasure

What we learned: Dentists won’t be sympathetic if you haven’t looked after those pearly whites.

George Swan – No Past

Walk softly to the car
Pull it out of gear
It rolls slowly down the hill 
I start it 200 yards away

What we learned: It’s important to put the handbrake on when you hill park.

George Swan – Sunset on Double Time

Where the river meets the ocean,
Where the ocean meets the sky
Where the fish journey ten thousand miles,
Then return to die, then return to die

What we learned: behind every Instagrammed sunset, there’s a lethal fish pilgrimage.

George Swan – Butterfly

I’m very tired, kinda sleepy
Oh yeah, you know what I’m talkin about
I need to drink about 10 cups of coffee just to wake up
So I can get back to you girl
So we making love all night long

What we learned: 10 cups of coffee is the optimum amount for love making.

Follow George Swan:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-571409490

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7brDLTnkrW9zCLZhVOQ9Je

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTA5ewTTm_tCTLfTjBzFHDw

Bandcamp: https://bigdikblak.bandcamp.com/music

Website: www.bigdikblak.com             

Heavyball Give Us The Inside On Their Brand New Album “When Can Start?”

 

With the much anticipated release of brand new album ‘When Can You Start?’, the guys from Heavyball managed to have a little talk through the release and explain, why they chose the subject of a normal working week as the theme for their new venture.

So, What can you tell us about the new album? Where did you get the ideas?

“When Can You Start? recounts a week in the life of an ordinary office worker. The diary of a nobody who represents everybody. He doesn’t know it, but this week is different. Because this week is his last on earth”.  

“Storytelling, humor and everyday observations wrapped up in sharp melodies.  When Can You Start? is a story of the very ordinary told differently”.

Can you give us a taste of one of your songs, What does it tell us, What stories do you explore? 

“The first track to be released from the album is ‘Top of Your Game’. You used to be someone, you used to be a contender.  Now you work in an office doing nothing of consequence for people you hate.  The memories are still there though, and there’s still a small chance you could still make it big!”

How would you guys describe Heavyball for people that have never encountered you before?

“Heavyball are a self titled ‘new tone’ 4 piece band originally from Nottingham; signed to Magnetic North Melodies.”

So there you have it, a little pre release teaser, be sure sure to stay up to date with all things Heavyball:

 

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/heavyball       

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7l1XJIYCH6Kop2j6plDWvk

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/HeavyballTV/videos   

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Heavyball/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/heavyballreal

Instagram: www.instagram.com/heavyballreal/         

Website: www.heavyball.net  

Get to know Jamie Porter

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you? 
My parents were always musical, they would sing around the piano in the evenings when I was very young.  My uncle was a big Johnny Cash fan, and whenever we went round he would always have Johnny Cash on the record player.  I was introduced to various bands through friends…it was actually a TV advert for band I saw on TV…can’t remember who exactly…loved the guitars, the vocal harmonies and the energy and for me at the time I had never seen or heard anything like that – and thought I want to be able to do that!
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I grew up listening to lots of Classic Rock bands and guitarists – there are so many too list but I guess you could say some like Gary Moore for his Rock/Blues technique, Dan Baird, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen song writing, Kee Marcello for some amazing melodic solos work, Beach Boys for vocal harmonies…AC/DC and the Stones, Aerosmith, Bryan Adams for energy and great song writing..there are so many more, Hendrix, Dylan, Clapton, Queen, Free, Aerosmith, Van Halen,…I would then go back and research who influenced them and discover The Everlys and Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters and…which was cool…I listened to a lot of guitarists and took away lots of ideas and kept working….. 🙂
When I write I can hear bits that remind me of certain things I’ve heard, but essentially I’ve soaked it all it and just write what comes out..I do tend to try to keep it simple…play for the song.
How long have you been playing/writing?
I have been playing guitar for over 30 years and have been writing really for the past 10….
How often do you play live?
Not as often as I would like to at the moment.  I am currently having to restructure the live band, and plan to be out gigging regularly in 2017.
What has been your favourite moment in music?  
There’s been a few great gigs, and some really bad surreal moments where you think is this really happening, but you can laugh about it later and write a song about it. There are so many aspects…music keeps me sane, and I love it! Finishing the latest songs in the studio was a great buzz…having taken in the tracks I had recorded at home and the ideas and then editing mixing them into the final version.  I often refer to it as a musical painting…or adding the ingredients – like cooking….so I’m told…
Where is the best place to find you online?
www.jamieportermusic.com and there are lots of social media links there….I try to keep up with it!
Check me out on Instagram – jamieportermusic/ Twitter – @jamieporterband/ Facebook – jamieportermusic

Matty T Wall – Interview

MTW 047 LQ

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

                Music, as far back as I can remember, always moved me in a big way – even as a small child.   It was when a kid brought a Fender Stratocaster to school that I was completely smitten by how incredibly cool and ‘outer-space’ the instrument was.  Around the same time, my dad was big into Eric Clapton and Dire Straits so I had seen Clapton and Knopfler rockin out when watching his concert videos and I was hooked on guitar.   A year later, I discovered the “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” ACDC album and went down the path of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal for the next decade, before I came back to the simplicity and emotional connection that Blues Music has always had for me, and as I discovered, for all the artists I admire.

                A list of inspirations would be long and constantly changing, but as a quick snapshot, these are some artists who have inspired me:   Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, SRV, Led Zep, Jeff Buckley, John Scofield, Django Reinhardt, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Albert Collins, Robert Cray – quite a varied bunch, from fusion jazz to gypsy to all out rock – but all centred in the blues way of having a strong emotional connection and playing/singing/writing in a very raw way.   I don’t like music that is too smooth.  I like to listen to the rawness.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

                Through my teenage years, I was a HUGE Metallica fan.  The songs are quite challenging to play and are great for exploring music theory.  The way that I think that developed me to the point where I am now would be through relying on solid technical ability, whilst at the same time playing in a very raw and aggressive way.  It is sort of what I see in SRV and Django and is what I constantly aspire to.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

                I’ve been playing for about 20 years, but I did quit playing for about 5 years to follow a business career!  I have been writing as long as I have been playing, but my writing is very sporadic.  So when it comes, I really need to let it all come out and capture as much as I can.  My smartphone is my best tool for capturing it all.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

                Generally once a week would be my goal, but that is not always possible in such an isolated place as Perth, Western Australia.  I am hoping to play some big national Blues Festivals at the end of the year such as Sydney Blues & Roots, Bendigo Blues and Blues@Bridgetown – will have some more info on this in the coming months.  I do like to rehearse with the band very regularly though, as I find it directly influences the confidence and creativity of the unit and how far we can take the music.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

                I would have to say, the process of recording, mixing and producing this debut album has definitely been my highlight.  I learnt a lot and enjoyed it immensely.  Picked up some great ideas and techniques that I will be using on the next album which I will go into record next year.  The idea of chipping away at the recording to get it to sound like I hear it in my head, whilst also welcoming some happy accidents, has been so much fun.  That fact that the album has reached three number one spots in the US and Australia across some very respected charts is an unexpected highlight of this project.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

                www.mattytwall.com is my website and you can chat with me on facebook too: www.facebook.com/mattytwall

Hope you are enjoying the album!