Neil Morrison Band
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Neil Morrison Band

Dundee, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | SELF

Dundee, United Kingdom | SELF
Established on Jan, 2017
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"This Feeling: Track of the Day"

Dundee based 5 piece Psychedelic Rock ‘n’ Roll outfit Neil Morrison Band take inspiration from the likes of Bob Dylan, Courtney Barnett, Mac DeMarco, The Coral, The Seeds and The Velvet Underground and have just released their debut ‘The Kids Aren’t Alright’. It’s a difficult feat to merge all manner of influences into just four tracks all while staying consistent and unique but it’s something that the Neil Morrison Band were born to do, clearly.

For fans of: Dylan, The Doors, The Coral, Declan Welsh & The Decadent West - Gigslutz


"The Kids Aren't Alright EP Review"

Neil Morrison founded a five-piece band in late 2017 after debuting as a solo performer in 2015, originating from Dundee. The band describes themselves as psychedelic rock’n’roll and have worked with bands like the Libertines and Trampolene, as well as releasing an EP and a few singles. Their latest EP, The Kids Aren’t Alright, is a heavily sombre EP with hypnotic overtones, bringing to question our deeper feelings of life and loneliness, and how they are often related.

The Kids Aren’t Alright, the eponymous track opening the EP, is trance-like and rich with gravity and sincerity. The melancholic charm is maintained by Morrison’s vocals, a steady and light combination of Bass (by George MacKenzie) and Organ (by Fabio Whyte), and good drum beat by drummer Ben Carswell. The dancing guitar track by Matthew Kermally, however, truly ties this song together and keeps the song alive in amongst the sad tones. This song resonates in an empty way and, in the wonder of psych-rock, makes you both chilled out and depressed at the same time.

Leading from this is Oh My, Still Waiting… which starts off immediately much more uplifting than its predecessor with another confident guitar track and a more playful drum beat. The organ backing track keeps this music feeling slightly vintage and off-colour, and the guitar maintains a second sense of a lead alongside Morrison’s vocals. Still, there is an echo of pain, attributed to the opening tones of The Kids Aren’t Alright and Morrison’s vocals, which marry the easy tone of this song and the dim context of the EP together. There seems to be a second layer to both of these songs, masked by the organ and the vocals, and brought to light by the lively guitar.

Reason to Wander balances out the sombre tones of the first song and the joyful tones of the second with a dark and echoing guitar and bass combo matching the smooth vocals of Morrison. While the lack of a drum beat or the prominent organs simplify the song, the absence of these instruments and the quiet edge to Morrison’s voice creates an honest, confessional tone to this track. The lyrics – specifically “how does it feel to be lonely?” and “people say I’m just wasting away, but I’m just looking for a reason to wander” – stand out to me as a sort of submission to the weight of this EP. However, this song is not down-putting as the first track; in fact it is relieving in a sense of a lifted burden that comes from being truthful to oneself, which the band has managed to convey wonderfully in this track.

The EP ends with Goodbye In A Hurry, a revisited version of one of their earlier songs. (The original track is available on Youtube, Spotify, and Soundcloud.) The original track features Morrison’s vocals, a simple and blue guitar track, and a gentle backing track of organs. The revised version featured is beautiful – there is a grand sense of liveliness that has come about due to the presence of the band, specifically the powerful drum beat and the stable guitar giving this track a rejuvenation. Morrison’s voice also sounds much more fluid, fitting in well with the new psychedelic outlook of his band. All in all this is a great conclusion to the EP: an equal balance of tragedy in its seriousness, married with a fluid and wavering atmosphere, gives this EP a timely sense of strength and emotion that is exciting to see in the modern day.

The Kids Aren’t Alright will be available to stream on all major platforms, and to purchase as a CD, on the 20th of August, so keep an eye out. You can follow the band on Facebook here and their Youtube here. - Discovery Music


"This Feeling: Track Of The Day"

Rising Scottish singer/songwriter Neil Morrison is making waves with new single ‘Nowhere, Unexpectedly’ whose band have supported The Libertines, Trampolene and support Sheafs tonight in Dundee (Conroys Basement) and Vida (Sneaky Pete’s) on Sunday in Edinburgh. This is high quality psychedelic Rock ‘n’ Roll taking inspiration from the best of the 60s and 70s, the likes of The Pretty Things, Dylan, The Doors, Velvet Underground are well represented here, and it’s all good. Ones to watch.

For fans of: Dylan, The Doors, The Coral, Serpent Power, The Fratellis - GigSlutz


"Trampolene support review - Broadcast, Glasgow"

Independent, non-profit music promotions organisation Jaggers Lips invited Gobophotography along to Glasgow's Broadcast on the first of March to document a stellar night of high impact poetry and song, as local talent Neil Morrison, Mark McGee, A.K.A, Jackal Trades and Declan Welsh took to the stage in support of poetic post-punk trio Trampolene as part of their UK tour. It's rare that I come across such a captivating, young budding artist as Neil Morrison, but when I do I feel incredibly honored to have captured them in my frame. Neil is a fifteen-year-old, self-taught Scottish singer/songwriter that has been playing up and down the country for the past two years, drawing a wealth of unique experience with each and every show he plays. I felt a genuine warm glow of excitement, combined with anticipation rise up within me as to where this young fellow is heading as I stood there absorbing his blatantly distinctive vocal tone and extraordinary depth of lyrical expression which fell from the heart and mind of this compelling young poet.

It seems Neil draws inspiration from folk/rock poets such as Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison. Pete Doherty and the likes of The Beatles, for Neil, to find his voice and a way to channel his songwriting at such an impressionable age shows an innate talent in creative release which is evidently being nurtured and will grow and flourish far into the future. I found Neil's on-stage presence to be very natural, he was relaxed, owned unwavering confidence and channeled a wonderful amount of emotion into his songs. He played four original songs from his current EP 'Unwritten Symphonies' which can be found on the following link: http://www.neilmorrison.bigcartel.com/product/unwritten-symphonies-ep and also provided us with an excellent rendition of the cover of cover songs 'I fought the law' which has been a strong source of inspiration for many an artist over the years. I recommend you follow this bright and brilliant raw talent on his creative endeavors. Undoubtedly his musical life journey shall take him far! - Revel Rouser


"The Green Room, Perth 03/03/18"

Next on stage was the Neil Morrison Band who made a real impact with their unique sound. Neil is a great frontman and despite his Syd Barret haircut, vocally he sounds more like early Bob Dylan or Coral frontman James Skelly. This would mean nothing if they didn't have the songs to back it up but they certainly don't fall short in that department either. Opening song 'The Kids Aren't Alright' is reminiscent of Gorillaz 'Clint Eastwood' if it was reinterpreted by the 13th Floor Elevators. The ballad, 'Follow You Down' is a really mature piece of songwriting and the performance was pitch perfect. Next up it was time for Neil to channel his inner Lou Reed with a cover version of The Velvet Undergrounds 'I'm Waiting For My Man'. Fabio Whyte's keys playing and Ben Carswell's solid drumming added another dimension to an already great song. - Small City Big Personality


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Dundee based 5 piece Psychedelic Rock ‘n’ Roll outfit taking inspiration from the likes of Bob Dylan, Courtney Barnett, Mac DeMarco, The Seeds and The Velvet Underground.

Before forming in November 2017, Neil Morrison started as a solo act in early 2015. After releasing an EP and four singles, along side constant gigging including sharing the stage with The Libertines, Trampolene and Big Country. Neil then went on to be joined by fellow musicians Matt Kermally (Guitar), George MacKenzie (Bass), Fabio Whyte (Keys) and Oscar Holm-Huxley (Drums), creating the Neil Morrison Band. 

Since the beginning of 2018, Neil and the band have been playing live constantly including grabbing slots with the likes of Vida, Sheafs and Matt Hollywood & The Bad Feelings (Ex Brian Jonestown Massacre) alongside a hand full of headline shows around Scotland. With the recent release of their new single ‘I Get Low… Sometimes’ and their latest EP ‘The Kids Aren’t Alright’ released August 20th, the Neil Morrison Band show no sign of slowing down. 

“The future of Scottish Rock ‘n’ Roll depends on this boy” - Jack Jones (Trampolene) 

“High quality Psychedelic Rock ‘n’ Roll” - GigSlutz

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