Everywhere Around Here by Layne Greene Now Out!


We’ve waited for a year. And now it is here. Nine artfully crafted tracks that would make the late John Lennon smile. Layne Greene continues to prove that he is a clever song crafter.

Read about the release of Everywhere Around Here in my Expats Post. Greene will be releasing the album in various formats including limited vinyl edition.

He wrote a post about the release on April 4 through his official website www.laynegreene.com:

This is it! My first album comes out today. I’d like to thank everyone who has had a hand in helping make this happen, it’s been over a year and a half since I started finalizing the songs and working on the plans for release, and I would not have been able to do it without everyone’s help.

Throughout this process there’s been a lot of twists and turns, steps forward and steps backwards, good days, bad days, long nights, and 4 hour drives across Nova Scotia in the middle of the night through a snowstorm. All in all, I’ve learned a lot. About myself, about the industry, about how much time, effort, blood, sweat, and tears it takes to get an album finished. When we started rehearsing a year ago, I don’t think I fully understood what I was getting myself into, and I don’t think that even if I had, I would have been able to prepare any more for it.

I’ve been dreaming of this day for about 7 years now, and even a year ago it was only just starting to look like a remote possibility. Luckily with some hard work and support from my team we were able to pull it all together, and today is the day! I’m excited to share the album with all of you, and I can’t wait to see everyone’s smiling faces at the rest of the shows we have lined up. Thanks so much everyone for your support, I couldn’t have done it without you!! 


Former Spine by Smashy Claw

Smashy Claw

The band:

Austin Aeschliman (vocals, bass)
Nathan Long (vocals, guitar)
Dave Frey (drums)
Andrew Serr (drums)

Former Spline is an album with sunny disposition from quirky rock group Smashy Claw. In fact when I listen to the songs I am reminded of Weezer and The Beach Boys. If I am sick and spending the whole day at home on medication, then this is the album I’d listen to. It’s fun and rocking but not noisy enough to cause migraines. There are moments when there is a total salad of genres. For example Future Tense is a merging of retro sounds and sci-fi. There are more fantastic tracks like CHOMPCHOMPCHOMP.

I think members of Smashy Claw have achieved what they wanted here. They created an album that is easy to listen to and has a potential to attract listeners who are into catchy radio tunes. The vocal harmonies are tight and the arrangements are not boring. Prozac rock album? Yes.

I think one of the great catch in this album is that it is comprised of 16 tracks. That’s like two albums put together! They are also so good that they can perhaps be therapeutic.


Shamona: Making Sweet Noise within Liverpool’s Thriving Music Scene

Pete Riley jnr. – Lead Vocals and Bass Guitar
Andy O’Connor – Backing Vocals and Rhythm/Lead Guitar
Sean Burns – Drums and Percussion
Pete Riley snr – Slide Guitar and Backing vocals on tracks 1 and 2.
Henry Priestman – Hammond organ on track 2.

All tracks written and performed by Shamona

Love them or leave them seems to be the primary theme revolving around the lyrics of this British band led by the charismatic Pete Riley and backed by the wonderful Andy O’Connor on lead guitar and  Sean Burns on drums. Shamona makes a kind of music that’s fun, feel-good and embellished with wonderful melodies. I am definitely keeping an eye on these young talents and where their artistry will lead them one day.

The EP is called Heed the Call composed of four songs which glorify the verse chorus verse song structure. I noted the band’s influences upon first listen and which they also boasted on the fb fan page: The Beatles, Cream, The Who, Bob Dylan, Edwin McCain, Coldplay, America and  Queen. Good ones, as I also love these artist/bands and they have been influential in my journey to rock & roll.

My favorite track? I know a lot of listeners would choose Heed the Call since it is the carrier single. But my personal choice is Foreign Affair due to the solid vocal harmonies and amazing guitar solo. I also love the drumming style that calls to mind elegant pop rock songs written in the 70s. Ah such nostalgia evoked by this terrific track.

I also love the fourth track Circus Clown again for the same reasons noted in Heed the Call. There is nothing to dislike about Heed the Call EP. I think it is a safe move for the band to test waters by recording an EP with four tracks. It makes listeners realize that a demand for a full-length album is the next logical step!

This is one of our new songs, “Heed the Call” from our latest upcoming EP. A big thanks to Ryan Madden for making this video. Also, we want to thank Mark Reader and Pete Riley Snr for doing an amazing job of mixing and mastering the EP. Make sure you keep up to date on FACEBOOK and TWITTER for event date’s.

 Shamona and The Spaceship