U2-New Year's Day

When this day comes, this is the first song I think about right away. One of my favorite songs by U2. It is on their 1983 album War. The lyric had its origins in a love song from Bono to his wife, but was subsequently reshaped and inspired by the Polish Solidarity movement. "New Year's Day" is U2's fifth most frequently performed live song, with The Edge switching back and forth between piano and guitar during the song. It has been a standard on every U2 tour since its debut on 1 December 1982 at the first show of the War Tour's Pre-Tour. During the 1980s, The Edge used a Fender Stratocaster to perform this song, along with a keyboard.During the Vertigo Tour at Silesian Stadium in Poland a quite remarkable example of fan action occurred. During New Year's Day, the lower sections of the crowd waved red coloured items while other sections waved white, creating the Polish flag and stunning the band. This was repeated during the U2 360° Tour at the same venue. 


The Staves-Blood I Bled

Emily, Jessica and Camilia form together The Staves. The trio from Watford, UK, that happened to meet in Manchester as the support act for Angus & Julia Stone. They started to join open mic nights at their local, and this is where their name got stuck...when it was written on the chalkboard. Their ability to harmonize was going to be their calling card since then. They attracted notice in the USA, while they went on tour with The Civil Wars. Their second album was produced by the extremely talented Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver). When you listen to them performing live only with their guitars, you might find them a little bit flat but if you invest your time into Staves, you will be surprised by their dynamics in the studio recordings! Check out the Blood I Bled on Lyrics On My Wall.


Old Man Canyon-Phantoms & Friends

Old Man Canyon is basically the name of the Jett's Pace new project. Jett Pace was born and raised in Vancouver, even though he started with rap songs, eventually after his musical education in Europe, he turned to indie-folk and alternative path. In 2012, his project Old Man Canyon took place and it is an EP of 5 wonderful tracks. The second track: Phantoms & Friends is full of retro sound and nostalgia, such as its music video. You can listen to it and watch the music video here on Lyrics On My Wall.

P.S. This song might remind you of Wicked Games or something by Iron and Wine. ;)



We had to fly to Manchester, in order to watch Angus and Julia Stone performing live on the stage of The Albert Hall. This was a dream that I dreamt four years ago and finally it got real. Mick Flaherty and me were wandering around the Christmas Market of Manchester until the doors of Albert Hall were opened for the show. It used to be a Wesleyan chapel in Manchester City Centre closed and hidden for over 40 years.


Catfish And The Bottlemmen-Cocoon

It was about time to talk about Catfish And The Bottlemen. The four-piece band from Llandudno, North Wales. Their journey in music began in 2007, but in 2014 they had the chance to sign to Island Records. After attending several music festivals, showing how incredible they are, their debut album, The Balcony released in September 2014. Ryan, Johnny, Benji and Robert have found the magic recipe to create the best indie-rock music. You can watch here their latest music video for "Cocoon", Lead singer Van McCann explains the meaning behind the song: “I was living in this apartment block in New York, and I used to go up to the rooftop for a smoke and look over the skyline which was beautiful every night. I was away from home and missing the love of my life, and I just wanted to write a song about being together and fucking everybody off. So ‘Cocoon’ is about being madly in love with someone, your best friend or whoever, and people try to get inside that and fuck shit up for you.” Enjoy on Lyrics On My Wall.


Interview: Loretta Heywood

From Bomb the Bass to 2014, Loretta Heywood has been an inspiration. When Molly from her record company (http://www.futureproofrecords.com/) contacted me and send me Loretta's new album, I was so excited that I couldn't stop listening to it! You can imagine what a surprise it was to have an interview with Loretta Heywood herself! For all the music lovers, this is a gift for holidays! ;)  Enjoy! 

Loretta, thank you for being here with us! Could you tell us from where exactly are you answering this long-distance Q&A?

LH: In my flat in Ladbroke Grove, London. The same front room where we made the album The Boy Across The Road.