REVIEWER: DAVID WEDDLE
For over forty years one name has been synonymous with the words 'shock rock', in fact if it weren't for W.A.S.P. and front man Blackie Lawless it is possible that the term shock rock might not even exist. A lot of time has passed since W.A.S.P. introduced their own unique blend of music and theatrics to a world that was definitely not expecting it. Many people actively fought against the band and their music, with their shows bringing condemnation from religious groups and even governments at one point.
Rising British hip-hop star Loyle Carner released his highly anticipated third album 'hugo' back in October 2022 (read our review here). With the album becoming an instant hit with his fans, Loyle hit the road along with special guest Wesley Joseph to play it to a live audience. Stopping by at Newcastle City Hall on his sold-out UK tour, it was clear from the queue that wrapped around City Hall several times that Loyle has built up a dedicated fan base.
The Caribbean and Americana / Country style music are not typically associated with each other, could you tell us who your main influences are and how you came to love and play this style of music?
Yes, I really don't know many folks at all in the region who listen or write songs in the Americana/Country genre. But there may be a few I'm not presently aware of. But sometimes it really feels like I'm in a scene of one. NATIONAL TRASH is my debut solo album release, but I've had nine previous albums with two bands I once led. Those were Rock n Roll albums, with influences like The Clash and The Rolling Stones . Once I went on this solo trip three and a half years ago , I just wrote an album checking out my singer songwriter elements, at the heart of it all is by main influence Bob Dylan, but then I went deep into the Country and American Songwriters like Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings, Gram Parsons , Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn and the present brilliant ones like Sierra Ferrell, Jaime Wyatt, Hayes Carll and James McMurtry . Basically I said, ok, how can I turn myself on ?.. how can I not bore myself to death ?
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