THE AMBER LIST
Amidst a flurry of Mid-July gigs, The Amber list are playing Night & Day in Manchester to coincide with the release of the latest EP : The Ever Present Elephant.
The band are just about to release their second E.P. titled ‘The Ever Present Elephant’. Following on from the success of their last well received release ‘In the dark of the Neptune’.
The E.P. was produced by ‘Merry Hell/Tansads’ own John Kettle. It also featured violin from ‘Merry Hell’s’ Neil McCartney on the track ‘First Steps’. This track was recently featured on BBC introducing.
The E.P. will be released on all major streaming platforms (itunes/spotify/deezer etc) on the 20th July and also a limited edition physical release.
Peppered with harmonic interludes and touched with atmospherics, their sound moves over the dial from folk to Indie jangle, and many stations in-between.
Songs range from 60’s folk-tinged ballads to full on indie pop. If pigeonholing, file under Post Brexit Urban Indie Blues.
This from poet Paul Cookson:
“Perfectly pitched, deftly mixed and immediately accessible, their songs feel like old friends you haven’t seen for ages, or best friends you haven’t yet met. Familiar and warm, but different and alive. High on melody and hooks and low on volume for volume’s sake. Understated and all the more powerful for that.”
Mick Shepherd: Lead vocals, guitar, bass
Tim Kelly: Guitar, vocals, bass
Tony Cornwell : Guitars, bass, atmospheres, vocals, racket
Simon Dewhurst: Drums, percussion, vocals
Ash Mountain is the name of Manchester songwriter Tim Scott’s rotating band of musicians. Somewhat reinvigorated after recruiting the vocal and writing talents of singer Matt Jones in 2018, soon after the now settled line-up released their ‘Boom’ EP.
The band cite everything from The Stones & Dylan to Townes Van Zandt & Calexico as influences, it’s great to hear a Manchester band who’re willing to push the Americana-envelope without sounding dated or derivative.
“Highly enjoyable …even better when you crank it up!” Americana UK
Staring into the Manchester drizzle you’d be hard pushed not to dream of sunnier climes. In the case of Ash Mountain, the band couldn’t afford the airfare, so it’s a tequila drenched desert scene of an imagined America for them.