Aquilina

Aquilina

BandPopAcoustic

Songs with melody an important part of the arrangement, in the voice and the instrumentation. Melodic, Melancholic and Uplifting, three words used together in describing their sound.

Biography

Joseph Aquilina is the singer/guitarist and main songwriter of the group. He was featured on the 1999 BBC documentary on singer song-writer Nick Drake, before he started the band. After being introduced to double bass Royal College graduate Paul Baker, Samy Bishai joined the group as violinist following an advert placed in the Loot Newspaper. Samy has worked along side Lemar and on various pop sessions and features a large amount on the Terry Hall and Mushtaq album "The Hour of Two Lights" released on Damon Albarn's label "Honest John's" and has toured with this project. Lenin Alegria recently joined the Band as the drummer, currently also working with the band The Conway Story.
A Live EP released a year and a half ago. It was recorded at The Ocean Venue, Hackney, London in front of a large audience. The Live production was done by Greg Brimson (Bush, Metallica, Eminem). Studio engineering and production by Mikey Benn (Beth Orton) and Aquilina.
Their music is song based, with melody as an important element in the arrangement; not only in Joseph's voice, but in the instruments too. Melodic, Melancholic and Uplifting are three words used together in describing their sound. They have been compared with the likes of Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, Coldplay, Seal, Sting and the Dave Mathews Band. All of these artists have an individualistic sound, as does their own.

Lyrics

Ugly to Beautiful

Written By: Joseph Aquilina

In your eyes I want to be what you see…
Ugly to Beautiful.
Given birth from your hands with angel finger tips…
Ugly to Beautiful.
In my eyes I see the way you are, shining like a star,
there’s no one other
With all the things that you make turn Ugly to Beautiful,
there’s no one other.

And I look to the sky,
I see no one other.
Making things that please my eye,
I see no one other.
You stand high when you’re shy,
Like no one other.
With the light that you’re full,
Turn me Ugly to Beautiful.

Rain falls and it calls out your name,
Like a ray of sun…
Ugly to Beautiful.
With the rain that touched my lips
I think of you and things you do…
Ugly to Beautiful.
In my eyes I see the way you are, shining like a star,
there’s no one other
With all the things that you make turn Ugly to Beautiful,
there’s no one other.

And I look to the sky,
I see no one other.
Making things that please my eye,
I see no one other.
You stand high when you’re shy,
Like no one other.
With the light that you’re full,
Turn me Ugly to Beautiful.

Discography

Live @ Ocean EP

Set List

INDIFERENT

ROUND & ROUND

AROUND THE SUN

UGLY TO BEAUTIFUL

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