This week's show brings a very special guest: Liverpool singer/songwriter/musician/producer/engineer Joe Symes. A man with all these slashes has got to be good—and he is! Joe is the epitome of the DIY spirit. He's been in bands, but out of necessity, he's currently doing the whole thing himself. He'll get an idea in his head, grab whatever musical instrument is nearby—and for him, that could be anything from guitar, bass, drums, or even a pair of spoons—and turn it into a song. Then he records it all using a plethora of vintage instruments and amps, multitracks it, and voila—another nugget comes alive! The music he makes is straight up rock. And I know that the “kids” these days (read: people younger than me, and that number seems to be growing by the minute) refer to “rock” as loud, hard, metal-type music. But there was a time when rock, was, well, rock! Think U2, or somebody like that who can fill an arena. That's my definition of rock. And Joe goes for the big sound, and pulls it off nicely. His songs are exciting, and grab you from the get-go. Joe is well-schooled in the art form. When I asked him about some of his biggest influences, he named lots of the greats—but his #1 (and #2, #3, and #4) choice was the Beatles. Many musicians pick the Fab Four, but Joe has studied them ever since he was a small child. To him, their history is living and breathing all around him in Liverpool. The clubs where they played (and he's played). Their homes, schools, and hangouts. He makes a point of respecting the diversity of their different musical phases. He doesn't really sound that much like them, but he's learned from their work ethic and pushing of boundaries. Other great influences include the Doors and the great acts of Motown. At this point, he's playing solo acoustic gigs, like he did recently at the IPO (International Pop Overthrow) festival in Liverpool in May. He somehow manages to translate the big sound to acoustic guitar, and makes it work. I haven't yet heard what this sounds like, but it must be good, because he keeps getting gigs booked all over the northern UK. If Joe Symes doesn't succeed, it won't be for lack of trying. He's constantly working—long nights creating new music, even longer nights networking and promoting said new music, and playing gig after gig after gig. Don't worry—I'm confident he will succeed! We'll get to hear three of his songs this week during our chat, and you'll see what I mean. www.reverbnation.com/1joesymes
Headed down the m62, Sat nav..liverpool L1 Parr street, the 3345 lounge bar to meet JOE SYMES, The hardest working songsmith in liverpool..!!! FXFMAG.COM was proud and honoured to catch up with JOE before his set to discuss his influences, his work load and his plans for the future..!!! FXFXMAG.COM have been playing his tracks all week, his superb ONE TOO MANY is one of them tunes that once heard, you just get it out of your head, A TOUCH OF BRILLIANCE DASH STROKE TOUR DE FORCE..!!!! His other tracks.. SO SAD ABOUT US, HOPEFUL HEARTS. LOST ALONG THE WAY, DONT MAKE A FOOL OUT OF ME drip with pure genius that encapsulate lifes personal tales of sorrow,loss, love and joy. True to the liverpool songwriters of past, JOE does not let us down and continues to keep the flame burning..!!! Influences include THE BEATLES(of course) DYLAN and MOTOWN, yet we stil cant seem to put a finger on his sytle of sound...? AND THATS SPECIAL...!!! Playing nearly every night in and around the city and still keeping down a day job, we were taken aback by how he manages to do it..? THATS DEDICATION..!!! Formely of buzzradio, JOE decided to go it alone and has been getting rave reviews ever since, his set was a pleasure to behold and left us wanting more. We wish JOE all the best in the future, and may his flame burn eternal, FXFMAG.COM hopt to bring him to wire town soon. Thank you JOE for giving us the time, your a noble man and also we think THE HARDEST WORKING SONGSMITH IN LIVERPOOL...!!! interview/review by RUSS and KAYI.
If your not familiar with JOE, No worries you will be soon. He,s been around now as a solo artist for just over 2months now and has already had great exposure from countries like NEW YORK, CHINA, ICELAND and MEXICO to name just a few..!!! This talented artist not only writes all of his lyrics, but can play drums, guitar, piano and harmonica and he,s self taught..!!! If i was to describe his music, i would say it has an INDIE-ROCK sound to it..!!! Lucky i got the chance to ask him a few questions before he played and here is what was said..!!! WWW.SKYSANGELSMAG.CO.UK
20 May 2011 ART CITY MAGAZINE review by Thom Yorke live at BADFORMAT in Liverpool city centre 17/4/2011 The dark basement club of Badformat! seems to suit this perfectly. An underground cavernous room that feels close to the centre of the earth, despite it being only a few feet below the surface. The combination of the heat and closed, intimate surroundings gives one, the feeling of the underground clubs where punk or new-wave was spawned. A certain feeling of untapped potential like a non-detonated bomb. This particular night Joe Symes was taking to the stage. He punctuated the laid back feeling by shouting out, for the attention of the crowd before playing, the first of his four songs. Songs resembling those of classic Britpop era bands (Suede, Paul weller) but in a stripped-down style with just a voice and acoustic guitar, as per the common rules of the open-mic night. While the arrangements of the chords within the songs seemed to follow the tried and true pop-rock formula, the melody lines seemed to follow their own path. Floating in a strange area, somewhere in between The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd. Although being familiar, there is something just slightly different in his usage of chords and melodies. And as the short set progresses they seemed to become stranger, darker and more interesting. Sadly, however, just as it seems the music was transcending into an area of true originality, the set was over. Given the shortness of the set I think it would be unfair to judge Joe Symes harshly on what he showed. I just can't escape the feeling that there was so much more that could have been revealed given a little more time with an acoustic guitar, a microphone and a set of lungs. However, it is clear that the man knows how to write songs and if you're looking for songs about life experience which are extremely reminiscent of the giants of the Britpop scene, your call has been answered.
JOE SYMES started his music career like most Liverpool kids, self taught in his bedroom dreaming of stardom playing along to the SEX PISTOLS, BEATLES and MOTOWN. With fellow band members buzzradio spealised in captivating songs dealing with issues such as politics, life relationships, friends, heartache and life in general. Following sell out gigs in BARFLY, 02 ACADAMY the band parted their ways. With all the songs written by joe and copywrited in his name the foundations were already in place for a great solo career to emerge. I actually really liked this guy, he was hardworking, passionate about the industry and not just about money, he just wanted people to like his music. SO MY FAVOURITE SONG OF JOE,S...? SO SAD ABOUT US "Its about wearing your heart on your sleeve, the break up of a relationship and thinking about someone else." JOE is now playing gigs in venues such as BADFORMAT, BASEMENT 20, THE CAVERN CLUB, THE SINK. Find a current list of gigs on FACEBOOK:JOE SYMES or MYSPACE.COM/1JOESYMES also WWW.REVERBNATION.COM/1JOESYMES This review can also be found at WWW.GLADSTONEMAGAZINE.CO.UK
My song LOST ALONG THE WAY was included in the top songs of 2010 on TWRIL RADIO who are based in CALIFORNIA USA. The awards took place on saturday 5th february 2011 ( 4-6pm pacific, WWW.TWIRLRADIO.COM. Check out the home page WWW.TWIRLRADIO.COM for more details :)
DJ MIKE LIDSKIN of RECHARGED RADIO and TWIRL RADIO who are based in CALIFORNIA USA described my song LOST ALONG THE WAY as ABSOLUTELY BLISTERING...!!!!! After he played it on his show :) You can check the CALIFORNIA DINER PODCASTS past and present by going to the website WWW.RECHARGEDRADIO.COM or WWW.TWIRLRADIO.COM :)
DJ MIKE LIDSKIN of RECHARGED RADIO who are based in CALIFORNIA USA played my song LOST ALONG THE WAY as part of the California podcast 17/5/2011, His response after playing it was 2 minute 30 second SHEER BLAST OF ROCK & ROLL :) You can check the Califorina podcast 17/5/2011 at WWW.RECHARGEDRADIO.COM :)
HALL OF FAME / ADICTOS AL RUIDO RADIO / based in MEXICO ADICTOS AL RUIDO radio station who based in chillie, MEXICO have displayed there HALL OF FAME and all the top artists that they have interviewed from around the world and have played there music on there radio show. Among the artists are BUZZCOCKS, THE STRANGLERS, KRAFTWERK, NEW ORDER, RADIOHEAD, SUPERGRASS, FLOCK OF SEAGULLS, OMD and myself JOE SYMES:) It is an honour to be included on the page and to have my picture displayed alongside a lot a great artists and to be interviewed also. Check out my interview at WWW.ADICTOSALRUIDO.COM and the HALL OF FAME link at ADICTOS AL RUIDO PUNTOCOM ALBUMS on FACEBOOK :)
THE IPO FESTIVAL PROGRAM REVIEW......FUELED BY MUSIC REVIEW Rachel, Award winning fashion designer, writer, graphic designer, and all round band promoter, has very kindly agreed to feature my EP in her upcoming EZine "Fueled by Music". This is what she had to say... JOE SYMES singer/songwriter is probably unknown to most of the world, but it is one of the few songwriters the world needs to hear. His songs are never boring. Each song is different, and kudos to the song writer. HIGHLIGHTS The first song, which happens to also be the title of the album, is ecstatic and catchy. The third song, Don't Make a Fool Out of Me, is my favorite song of the whole album. It starts off slow, and gradually turns into up-beat tempo. Overall the combination of all four songs creates an enjoyable ensemble, that I would recommend to any music lover." -Rachel of Fueled by Music Check out the review at Fueled by Music! .. .. . The latest JOE SYMES review comes from the Annual Internation Pop Overthrow Festival (IPO) 20 Festival program. It reads as follows:.... JOE SYMES... A Liverpool SINGER/SONGWRITER who specializes in captivating songs dealing with different everyday issues such as: politics; life relationships; friends; heartache; and what's going on in the world today! His cool brand of edgy power pop and powerful lead vocals are sure to please fans of every age and genre..! Check his songs out at WWW.MYSPACE.COM/1JOESYMES Also on FACEBOOK and TWITTER :)