Making noiseJon Kudlick reviews two of Barnet’s rising musical talents
Looking at the top 40 singles over the last twelve months, you can be forgiven for thinking that guitar bands have become extinct. But, guitar music is far from dead and the Barnet band The Flitz is one shining example of that. Led by enigmatic frontman Dan Fishlock, the band has been holding their sound for a few years and is now starting to make a name for itself.
With echoes of the Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg and 90s band Dodgy, the four-piece have a knack for a melodic hook and catchy lyrics, along with some very accomplished musicianship. They also have dedication, evidenced by their latest music video for the song Plain Jane - they start out on a typical English beach, and then seemingly risk their lives and their music gear when they slowly sing into the water as the tide comes in (you can check out on Youtube).
They've performed many gigs in various Barnet venues, and now with their fresh tines, great hair, and some excellent drumming, expect them to be booked much further afield very soon. Listen to their singles on all good streaming services, and keep an eye on their rising progress here: https://solo.to/the_flitz
Local music teacher, Ruth Ginger, is not only a multi-instrumentalist but also an up-and-coming singer-songwriter. Her EP Back to the Heart, released earlier in the summer, brings to mind the halcyon days of female singer-songwriters such as Tori Amos and Beverley Craven with the record's genre piano lines and wistful vocals. The beautiful track Rest your head moves into sultry Kate Bush territory with its gorgeous vocal line and gentle chords. Ruth cites her influences as soul/R&B and is especially a fan of artists like Alicia Keys and D'Angelo.
The EP is really a very personal account, written over a number of years and touches upon Ruth's spiritual journey, her yearning to connect with the deeper parts of life and redemption gained from dealing with past demons. The music has a lovely stillness about it and you find yourself lifted by these small tales of love.
In her own words, "My hope is that others listen they go on their own honest journey with God, both about who they are, who is and how much he loves us all."
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Jon Kudlick is half of the wobbly pop duo ‘Betty Pulls a Fast One’, and their new single ‘Downbeat Hit of the Summer’ is out on all good streaming services.