Darren Mcgrath – New EP – Lost Inside A Dream – Out Feb 2015 (plus interview)

darren mcThe beauty of searching for new things is that you never know what you are going to find, that’s the charm and that’s the constant draw.

Darren Mcgrath is a Liverpool-based singer/songwriter whose creations combine the old with the new.  With his roots deriving from modern Indie Folk and Acoustic Blues, he fuses old psychedelia and Rock and Roll into the mix.

In January this year he released a 5-track EP titled Distant Light which, with it’s heady, dreamy and atmospheric feel,  reminds me of The Verve’s debut album ‘A Storm In heaven’.  It was to be his first solo venture from his band The vibes, and is exploratory soul-searching and infinitely mellow by nature.

This music possesses a raw, unpolished quality which allows you to anticipate the potential of this artist whilst throughly enjoying his creations as they are now.  You can download Darren Mcgraths debut EP here:  https://darrenmcgrath.bandcamp.com/album/distant-light-ep

In February this year Mcgrath is to release his second 5-track EP, ‘Lost Inside A Dream’.  Taken from this new EP the first single ‘Angel In Disguise’ was released only days ago and has a more tense, edgy and grungy feel to it; one that you would be more likely to find in the Rock ‘n’ Roll sound of The Vibes.  This factor, coupled with the stripped down structure of this song, is what really appeals to me

You can listen to his new single here: https://soundcloud.com/darren-mcgrath-1/angel-in-disguise-new-song

I caught up with Darren Mcgrath and asked him a few questions about his current projects, here’s what he had to say:

How long you have been writing/recording                                                                    Ive been writing/recording about 2 years now – With my band The Vibes (I am the main songwriter with them) and we have recorded 2 well reviewed EPs and gigged for nearly 2 years now – Check Us Out) https://soundcloud.com/thevibes-Liverpool– and now finally ive got around to doing my solo thing.  These solo songs haven’t been really suitable for The Vibes as we are a rock And Roll band. Angel In Disguise is a song ive recently wrote with The band in mind so maybe that’s why its a bit more Rock n Roll than the rest (it might be a Vibes tune in the future).  Distant Light is my debut solo EP and has a theme – (Searching for you’re Destiny -From Darkness To Light) and I wrote and recorded it December 2014 really fast in a burst of creativity which produced about 10 songs – so I decided to do 2 Eps (5 songs each) The 2nd one – Lost Inside A Dream – is out the end of Feb 2015 – It features Angel In Disguise. its a continuation of Distant light and has a more positive optimistic mood to it.

Are you gigging anywhere at the moment?                                                                          I am currently looking forward to getting my second EP out the end of this month (im really proud of it) I have also just started rehearsing songs with The Vibes for our 3rd Ep – which is sounding great – then we will be out gigging around Liverpool.

Where you are from?
I’m from The Wirral, Liverpool.

What are your influences, albeit music or whatever inspires?                                                                                                                                          My influences vary – But I love Rock And Roll,The beatles,Elvis,U2,Bob Dylan,Neil Young,Paul weller,Led Zeppelin,Oasis,Pink Floyd,Coldplay,Nick Drake,Hendrix,Rolling Stones,White Stripes etc…

Did you intend ‘Angel in Disguise’ to have a more edgy feel to that of the songs on your EP?
Angel In Disguise is a song ive recently wrote with The band in mind so maybe that’s why its a bit more Rock n Roll than the rest (it might be a Vibes tune in the future)

Was Distant Light your first release?
Distant Light is my debut solo EP and has a theme – (Searching for you’re Destiny -From Darkness To Light) and I wrote and recorded it December 2014 really fast in a burst of creativity which produced about 10 songs – so I decided to do 2 Eps (5 songs each) The 2nd one – Lost Inside A Dream – is out the end of Feb 2015 – It features Angel In Disguise. its a continuation of Distant light and has a more positive optimistic mood to it.

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