Stop and listen to “You’re No Friends of Mine”

I love songs that bring out the melancholic and nostalgic sense in me. Music is a way to escape the harshness of the real world. It is also a piece of art that makes you feel in a certain way depending on your frame of mind. Joe Symes & The loving Kind just released their newest single called You’re No Friends of Mine, which is also timely considering that we have experienced losing people in our lives due to religious or political reasons. It is kind soundtrack of regret to those days when we thought relationships would never end but that is life. You have to move on. And you take that piece of your pain and turn it into art so that others may glean at the wisdom of your experience.

Here’s a little bit about the band:

Joe Symes and the Loving Kind are an original three-piece band from Liverpool UK.

They got major support slots from The Blockheads, Dodgy, XTC, Block Party, Alt-J and Starsailor, while their debut album received major raves in the United States. They have an original sound and their music goes down smoothly. The single was recorded At LIPA, Alex Gidman Producing, Mastered at Peter Gabriel’s Solid State Logic Studios April 2017.



New Gigs and New Music from Joe Symes and the Loving Kind

The music scene in Liverpool is very much alive and exciting. All you have to do is Catch Up with them through this fantastic show called Made in Liverpool. Yes you don’t have to go back to the 60s or 70s because fresh and hot music is available today. One of the bands I am exciting to mention is Joey Symes & The Loving kind making their way in this blog with their morning fresh music!

If you haven’t noticed yet, hey released their new EP early this year. The EP is titled Acoustic Variations. The band have to say about this release and the gigs that followed after(understand that this was a correspondence early this year but I was drowning in work):

“The band’s last release ‘Things Get Better’ was a three week BBC Introducing & BBC 6 Music feature and the band have recently been filmed by LFC TV ( Liverpool Football Club ) and also The Arts Alive Show on Virgin media channel 159. We also recently played at The Royal Court Theatre in the city centre for the JFT96 event and also headlined the 02 academy 1 in Liverpool for the official aftershow party for Noel Gallagher’s high flying birds for a second time and we are currently recording our second album at Peter Gabriel’s Solid State Logic studio’s in Oxford due for release  in the new year.”

Jammerzine has something positive to say about the album:

This EP is also a total 180° departure from the last album in many ways. It is considerably more subdued in it’s delivery. The album “Joe Symes and the Loving Kind” was a lot more rigid in it’s delivery where as “Acoustic Variations” is more subdued while the band is more comfortable in their surroundings. Some of the songs, such as “Fine Line” almost have a vintage quality to them while “I’m Gonna Find Out Some Day” gives the hooks of a modern classic of a band with experience.

Check out their tour poster below to catch them live:



The Juveniles’ debut EP’ You Won’t Control Us’ is irresistible

Yes they are one of the fresh voices of the indie rock scene. I am talking about the newest band to come out of Liverpool. They are The Juveniles. Their new EP is called You Won’t Control Us which lives up to the name and image of the band. And yes you can’t control me from raving about their music. It is partly Blur with a bit of Echo and the Bunny Men with something from Teardrop Explodes.image

Their single is Help Me Out and I betcha no one can resist helping them out especially that they are so cool it makes you wish you discovered them first. Have you seen the music video of the single? It’s so freakin’ awesome and it represents all that is good about the band:music, fashion sense and yeah the amazing Mike Paul Davies who is the band’s frontman.  They should expect hoards of fans from all agesimage image, gender and sexual orientation!

You Won’t Control Us have four songs and the EP lasts seventeen minutes and twenty seconds. The title track which is the last song is another potential single with its beautiful and evocative arrangement.

Members are :
Mike Paul Davies (Guitar + Vox), Liam Devall (Guitar + Vox), Laurel Lau (Keyboards), @Marcgibbs (Bass), Fabrizio Cabriolu (Drums). I think they have a great teamwork as their music sounds tight and confident. Like they’ve played for years. Which is probably true. No band can sound this good without the polish of playing many times.

According to the band:

We grew up with Britpop and hip-hop, indie-rock and throw-away pop. We went on to find ‘madchester’, new wave, punk and the 60’s. Differing sounds, different people and defining moments in musical history that we hold so dear our souls.

Indeed. You will hear different textures when you listen to their latest EP. Here’s to the bright future of The Juveniles.


Joe Symes and the Loving Kind will have a New Single out soon!


Straight from Liverpool, the music of Joe Symes and the Loving Kind is distinctive. And yeah when you think of Liverpool, you always think of great bands and great music. I think in a way that makes any band try harder to live up to the legacy.

So what’s cooking? Well, they have something exciting out at the end of July. They are releasing a new single called “Things Get Better” as a download via iTunes and Amazon.

I’ve just heard that exclusive track and it’s definitely different from what you’ve heard from them. Sure it’s got that sparkling and dreamy melodies that the Loving Kind are known for but they have grown musically. Just check it out upon release and you will know what I am talking about.

Here is an interview they did in Chicago with Jammerzine and the new song was recently featured for two weeks running on BBC introducing and played at half time at Liverpool Football Club prior to kick off.

For more info, visit their official site:

Interview with JOE SYMES & The Loving Kind

Eager to know what’s going on behind the scenes with  JOE SYMES & The Loving Kind, I went ahead and sent them this Q & A. I really enjoyed their responses. I always trust bands with string arrangements. I also like how everyone did his best  in answering the questions and really being keen on detail. These artists are certainly not just sounding good, I also love the way they think!
1. What was the goal in recording your debut album and do you think you finally hit the goal upon completion?
JOE…The goal for me personally was for the band to present an honest debut album that has a fresh collection of
songs from a new band, for the public to interact with the band, to enjoy the music, follow what we do, and spread the word about us and our music.
DAVE….Personally I think the goal was to highlight what we are as a band. As previously anything before was just Joe and Colin. So it was a great way of introducing “The Loving Kind”, so to speak.  In addition it also gave us the opportunity to express our ideas and our eclecticism within Joe’s songwriting abilities and our craftsmanship as a band.  As we say Joe gives us the outline and we “colour it in”.
PAUL….To produce the initial sample of what we’re all about was very important to us all, and this album showcases Joe’s songwriting combined with the range of soundscapes and layers that the band can add. The sheer variety of the tracks has achieved this and combined with the bands input into the artwork and various other oddities on the recording I think we have given a good snapshot of where we are now and provides a hint the direction future recordings will take.
CHRIS…. I think the main goal for me was to bring out an album that represents the band and that people will enjoy listening to. Hopefully we have done that. We’re really happy with it!
COLIN….To get an album out there that’s of a very high standard on every level. I Definitely think we’re hitting the goal. I’m proud to be part of it.
2. You are very picky when it comes to the bands you like to be compared to. Why do you love The Beatles so much?
CHRIS…..I don’t think it’s necessarily being picky. It’s just not being pigeon-holed as a specific type of band! The Beatles were just so fresh at the time, but their songs have more than stood the test of time! I read a good quote once, think it was Graham Coxon who said he doesn’t trust anyone who doesn’t like The Beatles. I like that. Ha!
PAUL…. Their songs are still now just so fresh sounding and unique, something we are trying to and can only hope to achieve.
JOE….I Love The Beatles because they are the band that made me want to pursue music as a career. They did and achieved so much in such a short space of time that they had as a band. If only other’s would merit themselves and what has gone before instead of trying to be something they are not.joe_symes_loving_kind_album_cover_300
DAVE…. I do love The Beatles and what they stand for in terms of musicality and what they mean culturally. Lets not beat around the bush, they put Liverpool on the map. The city and all of the musicians who came after them are eternally grateful for what they achieved for themselves and for the city of Liverpool. For me it goes beyond the music and I’m sure the rest of the band will attest to this.
COLIN….Firstly, I’d just like to clarify that I don’t just like The Beatles because I’m from Liverpool. I’m not biased. Ha! Ha! The Beatles were a band that set standards. They reintroduced American music to America, they’ve inspired every person who’s listened to their albums, they make you feel better when you’re down, they’re just…..well, what can I say, they’re the greatest band that’s ever walked the face of the earth. Anyone who doesn’t like The Beatles needs their head examining, as far as I’m concerned.
3. As I have mentioned in my review: the album takes you to sunny places. Did you plan the album to be a combination of uplifting, easy to the ears and atmospheric in terms of crafting?
JOE….I wrote the songs and it just happened. It’s all come together even better than what I thought it would have turned out like. The response around the world and UK has been amazing. Playing them Live is even better.
DAVE….I think I’ve mentioned this briefly in question 1, but it’s more than that. We wanted to give the listener a different experience when listening to the album. It’s not about track 1, track 2, E.T.C.  There is a theme which evolves through the album and although it’s autobiographical to Joe in most instances, everyone who listens to it can take something from the album and be able to relate. We felt that the album should involve the listener right from the start to the end. Every song touches on a certain instance or event that happens in everyday life and it helps to reflect that in our music.
COLIN….I’ve never really thought about that. I just hoped people enjoyed the songs.
PAUL….Each song conjurers up imagery whilst listening and this really just came from connecting the dots…. one idea leading to another…. the whole thing built and grew in that way.
CHRIS….It wasn’t a conscious decision to make the songs come out that, it was just how they have come out when we were happy with them. They are feel good songs. We tried to get that across in performance
4. What were the difficult things that the band had to surmount during the process of the recording? And how did you guys put your heads together to resolve these difficulties?
DAVE….Ah yes, the string arrangement. That was a testing time to say the least but we managed to get through it in the end. Apart from that I can’t think of anything being particularly problematic.  Although there might be something about a slide whistle! Ask Colin on that one!
CHRIS….Any difficulties were only minor, so didn’t take long to sort out. A lot of pre-production went into the album to make sure we were happy with it.
COLIN….For me it was a very smooth process. It’s very rare we get bitchy about silly things. I’ve heard terrible stories about bands who moan about stupid crap in the studio or rehearsal room. Oh, yes, the guys made me do about 16 bloody takes of a slide whistle on the song Fine Line. Thanks, guys.
PAUL….Not so much difficulties more just things that we’d not done before like adding string sections or producing the cover. Like any line of work though between the 5 of us someone can always take the lead and knock round ideas until we all agree on the best option.
JOE….For me it was getting the string arrangements to sound the way I wanted them as I was hearing them in my head on the track “Love Is The Reason.” I myself don’t think there were any difficulties in the recording. It was really enjoyable for me to record this album.
5. How’s the current musical atmosphere in Liverpool?
PAUL….From our experience there seems to be hundreds of bands around now, this combined with certain venues like the legendary Eric’s up and running again can only be a positive and long overdue thing for our live music scene.

COLIN….I don’t really pay attention to it. Nothing personal to anyone out there, not at all. There are some talented musicians out there. Just focused with what we’re doing at the moment.

JOE….Yeah, it seems to be getting a lot of great feedback at the moment. A lot of people who are involved in the music industry such as Alan McGee who signed Primal Scream, Oasis, and The Jesus & Mary Chain have now relocated to Liverpool. Even Steve Levine who worked with John Lennon and U2 have set up base here. It seems we are back on the map.
DAVE….I think the way the scene is at the moment is really strong and will only get better. The fact that it’s Liverpool makes the music scene so vibrant and chock full of musicians,some really talented, and some who just like to play on an amateur basis. And this I find more interesting as there are more and more people picking up an instrument more than ever before. So the trend is always going to be there and will only get stronger. And with the likes of Alan McGee bringing his wealth of experience and expertise to the fore and also Steve Levine in the city it shows that major players in the industry are not just making it happen in London.  They obviously see something here, as do we! Long may it continue!  
CHRIS….Liverpool is buzzing at the moment with some really good acts just waiting to break into the big time. Like Joe says it shows with the big names that are starting to work in the area. Exciting times.
6. What’s great about performing live?
COLIN….Playing the songs in front of an audience and getting a positive reaction. Enough said.
DAVE….For me it’s all about the interaction with the audience and seeing their reactions to different songs.
From the likes of Fallen Down to Happy When It Hurts. Love it!
JOE….To be able to project the songs to the public in a live setting, and seeing and hearing the songs live. That’s a big thing for me to see the reaction from the audience and the compliments after the gigs.
CHRIS…..It’s what you live for as a musician. There’s no better feeling than playing live and seeing people enjoying what you’re doing.
PAUL….From high adrenaline songs like “I’m Gonna Find Out Someday” to the mellower “Lovers Undercover,” there’s a great contrast in sound and playing styles and for me this ensures every gig an amazing experience to play.
7. The memorable feedback you received from fans of the band?
JOE…When are we going to play in Brasil & the USA, E.T.C…And the songs have made them want to re-start their musical careers from people who gave up playing music, another one was that someone wanted “Lover’s Undercover ” to be the song that they danced to at their wedding. LOL
COLIN….Someone said to me once that a song of ours called To Be The Best That I Can Be sounded like a tradition old European folk song. That was nice. I can’t imagine a lot bands getting told that about one of their songs. The amount of feedback we’ve had in the short time the band’s been together as a whole has been amazing.
DAVE….Someone asking for our autograph after playing for Steve Cradock. That was a sure way of seeing that we’d made an impression on someone!!
CHRIS…..Telling us they’re going to come and see us again next time were playing. Can’t get better than that. Ha!
8. Albums versus singles: what’s your take in this issue?
COLIN….Both are equally good in different ways.
JOE….I love both, I love vinyl also
PAUL….So long as they’ve got great songs on them…. then both.
CHRIS….Both, definitely. I like singles that are brought out without being on an album, like what were doing with our double A side that we’re bringing out next year.
DAVE….I like both, but albums for me. It encapsulates the character of the band/artist and that’s something I enjoy as it unfolds!
9. What’s next for the band in 2014?
JOE….We are just about to mix our new double A side single, which we’re hoping to release in February/March 2014, playing even bigger gigs and support slots, more TV and more radio play.
COLIN….Yeah, the new single will be out around March. Work on the next album will start after that too. I hope we go to the U.S. There’s a lot of people over there who are desperate for us to go over.
DAVE….Finishing our double A side single, then starting our 14 track album. Obviously lots of gigs with some high profile ones in the mix.
CHRIS….Bringing out the single,  then hopefully hitting the festival circuit. Looking forward to getting some big radio airtime as well
PAUL….Watch out for more videos coming next year.
10. Where can listeners buy and download your album?
JOE….You can buy our debut album from our official band website at
it is also available on iTunes. You can find the band on Facebook at
We are also on Youtube, Twitter, Reverbnation and Fit4talent.