ARTIST NAME: Blue Evolution
SONG TITLE: Keep On Driving
ALBUM TITLE: Skin & Bones
RELEASE DATE: 07/04/20
GENRE: Rock & Blues
Tell us how you create the tune for this song.
We were jamming at an acoustic session and wanted to create a classic American blues vibe to a song. So the riff came first and then the lyrics followed.
Tell us the reaction of fans to your music.
Firstly, we want them to enjoy the music and the songs. However, we want them to connect with the album. These songs are windows into our lives, so we want listeners to relate to the theme of the songs they are hearing.
Tell us your point of view on the quality of production of new songs compared to old songs.
We think it’s great that music has developed in this way. These days most respectable producers will have the option of using old or new technologies. This is an advance on historical record-making, as they only had one option. Plus the modern technology allows for more room to tweak things.
Tell us what inspired the lyrics of this song.
The lyrics are simply stories from the songwriter’s life. Music gives a person the chance to learn about the person they are listening to. Lyrically, we simply relay our lives and hope that the songs can become as relatable as possible.
Tell us the most interesting experience in your music career so far.
Flying out to Los Angeles, working with a leading record producer and recording our debut album ‘Skin & Bones’ in Robbie Kreiger’s (of The Doors) studio. We also met Robbie during that same trip!
Tell us how you make timeless pieces of music that your fans can cherish forever.
Listen to the music that inspired us in the first place. Those guys have created music that is still relatable today, so look at what they did to create those songs. If we aim to put our stamp on some classic approaches, we then put ourselves in a position to hopefully make our music stand the test of time.
Tell us what triggers your creativity.
Emotion. Whether that’s you on a good day or you on a hard day, emotion will always be the driving force for the music that we create. Being able to bounce ideas off one another helps too, as we can then start to feel a creative buzz in the room, from all members!
Tell us how you generate musical ideas for your composition.
We like to listen to certain types of music and take inspiration from them. That’s not to say we are ripping off our heroes, but we can fall into a certain vibe that will then help to get the creative juices flowing for our own music. It helps to vary your music taste too. Just staying in one lane will make your own music very one-dimensional.
Tell us your greatest song and state the reason.
No One There, which is on our debut album. The reason is simple: it’s a song that was pulled from the depths of our hearts. A simple song to play, but one that resonates with so many people, on so many levels…
Tell us how you compose this song.
We wanted the song to feel almost dreamy. The producer was superb at helping us do this, as he suggested adding in things like a Hammond Organ and a Wurlitzer. Those sounds laid the foundation for us to really let the song come to life.
Elaborate on the meaning behind the song.
It’s a song written about loss, from the perspective of someone who can only appreciate what they’ve lost, once it’s gone. Whether that’s a friend, a partner, a family member, etc., we all experience loss.
Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.
So we are Blue Evolution and the name sums up our overall ethos: to let the blues evolve. 12 bars and 3 chords have been done for over 100 years now, so it’s important that we help the genre of the blues, to move forward. Some tracks on the album could be seen as rock tracks, some disco, and some gospel. But they are all based around the blues. The album title is ‘Skin & Bones.’ We selected this name, as it is a song from the album and it was the song that first helped us to get noticed. The song has developed the most, out of all on the album, so it’s fitting that our most “evolved” piece, was the one we used.
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Heartstopper Records is proud to announce that Blue Evolution have officially re-released their Skin & Bones debut album, originally released in April 2020, as part of the Heartstopper label.
The 10-track Rock & Blues album is the first official release for the label and is now available across streaming platforms and Bandcamp.
Formed in the heart of South Wales in 2017, the band originally came together as an acoustic act, but with years under their belt, they’ve developed into an electric Blues-Rock band taking inspiration from Muddy Waters and Hendrix to the social commentary of Paul Weller, with a touch of John Mayall in the mix.
The band have performed all over the country – they headlined the Tenby Blues Festival and will be playing a 500-seat gig in Cardiff Castle in August 2021. In October 2019, David McDonald (Bass), Gary Phillips (Drums), Chris Davey (Vocals & Lead
Guitar) and Alessandro Abet (Rhythm Guitar) flew out to Los Angeles to record their debut album Skin & Bones with Grammy-nominated producer Eric Corne, where they made the acquaintance of Hall of Famer Robbie Kreiger of the Doors, who fell in love with their work! The album focuses on the triumphs, trials, and tribulations we go through in knowing each other, set to classic blues styling with rocking electric tunes. From the pain of relationships in the titular “Skin & Bones”, the ways we undo our own successes in “Drink of the Gods”, and the nostalgic yearning of “Home is Where the Heart Is”, the album explores what really makes us living, breathing human beings, not just skin & bones on a frame. Blue Evolution are a great band with a heart-pumping, head-thumping, mind-reaching debut, with sights for the skies, hoping to release new material and work on a second album once COVID-19 finally fades from the world. In the words of the band themselves “Jimi Hendrix, Joe Bonamassa, Fleetwood Mac, The Jam – we want the next name in that list to be “Blue Evolution”.”