Indie rockers Bare Knuckle Parade are warming up for their debut release scheduled for Summer 2017 by dropping new single ‘Come Alive’ via Dirty 38 Records. Frontman Jamie Beale had this so say about the new song: “This song came out of such an organic place, and rings true with all of us – there is an underlying sense of freedom and release in this track that we all felt when we recorded it in the studio… and that same feeling is present every single time we play it live – it’s a no bullshit record!”.
We tied the band down and got them to pick 5 songs that helped shape them as a band.
A few of us grew up listening to Nirvana, this track was always a stand out… I remember the first CD I ever bought was the greatest hits of Nirvana (you know, the one with the black cover) and as a kid, you felt like you were going against the grain and breaking the rules by listening to this track, the lyric content felt like you were looking through the keyhole of some freaky taboo – it was exiting and naturally we all felt like badasses!
The song still sounds as fresh today, which is amazing – it’s timeless!
A relatively new one, each member of the band has their own personal favourite Springsteen song, but I feel like this song in particular resonates with everyone… maybe because it’s usually being played on full volume in our tour van (it’s pretty much a tin hut on wheels) – it’s catchy as fuck, the recording sounds amazing and the guitar solo is killer!
‘Desperado’ was one of the first songs that I was introduced to that truly blew my teenage hairless bollocks off. The Eagles developed their unique sound through 5 great voices singing close incredible harmonies as if it were one voice/instrument. As a kid I was aware that ‘Desperado’ wasn’t the “coolest” song in the world, but Didn’t give a shit…
The great thing about The Eagles is… you can take away every form of instrumentation until it’s just vocals – and it would still sound like The Eagles! Each member had a unique fingerprint quality to their voice, and together they act as a clench fist whacking you straight in the heart!
There is also a lot to be said about the journey that this song takes both in a lyrical sense and an arrangement sense – it’s almost like you start off crawling and by the end you are flying down a mountain.
Call it a guilty pleasure – every tour we buy a greatest hits CD of an act we are relatively familiar with, but not enough to call ourselves major fans… so we were about to go out on our first ever tour, and the first CD we ever bought collectively was the greatest hits of Toto – The album has a whole load of memories attached to it – but this track is the flagship for us, it contains all the excitement that we had during that first ever tour!
I recently listened to a radio show broadcasted from states and they went through the whole track, section by section, part by part… the amount of thought that went into this song is mind blowing, and the way everything works together to create the soundtrack for every dads ideal Father’s Day present (let’s not beat around the bush) is amazing – truly brilliant players and writers!
I remember this track came from my dad record collection – he put together a mix tape style, burned CD and this track was the opener I think… it was nuts! As a kid, it was one of the first songs that truly captivated me – I was already obsessed with music by this time but this was like nothing I had ever heard before… the way the band worked together to create something truly haunting – and the guitar solo is cool as shit too!
The band are on tour this month on the following dates:
NOVERMBER 15 – LONDON, Finsbury
NOVERMBER 16 – GUILDFORD, The Star Inn
NOVERMBER 17 – SALISBURY, Winchester Gate
NOVERMBER 18 – SWINDON, Level 3
NOVERMBER 19 – BRISTOL, Mr Wolfs
NOVERMBER 22 – MANCHESTER, The Whiskey Jar
NOVERMBER 23 – NEWCASTLE, Alphabetti Theatre
NOVERMBER 25 – CHELTENHAM, Frog & Fiddle
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