Neil Morrison
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Neil Morrison

Elgin, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Elgin, United Kingdom
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Alternative Psychedelic




"This Feeling Track of the Day : Neil Morrison ‘Nowhere, Unexpectedly’"

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

"Single Review- Neil Morrison Band ‘I Get Low Sometimes’ (15/07/18)"

Neil Morrison has previously been recognised for his ability to deliver strong covers of classics such as The Doors’ Roadhouse Blue, but with each new single release we are reminded what a talented songwriter Morrison is in his own right.
I Get Low... Sometimes is the latest single from the Neil Morrison Band, the song is about the freedom that comes with getting high enough to forget yourself and the inevitable come down after too many nights spent on the town. The fast-paced nature of the track ensures that the comedown never hits as the drums strike like the steady cracking of a whip all the way to the end of the song, giving the listener the impression that it is over much sooner than it is in reality.
The backing track is simple but effective, really showcasing Morrison’s inimitable vocal style. Neil’s voice modulates from high to low just like the pitch bending organ in the background, which reminds the listener of greats like Jim Morrison, Pete Doherty/ The Libertines.
I Get Low... Sometimes is a single that demands a music video to go with it, the lyrics are incredibly visual conjuring up an image of a dance floor slowly filling with Northern Soul style dancers ready to get down to Neil Morrison’s latest single. It will be exciting to see if the band have any plans to make the idea of a music video, fit to accompany Morrison’s incredibly skillful songwriting abilities, a reality in the future. - Discovery Music

"This Feeling Track of the Day : Neil Morrison Band ‘The Kids Aren’t Alright’"

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


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


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Neil Morrison is a Scottish singer/song writer that started gigging in early 2014. Neil spent his first few years  on the scene playing constant gigs across Scotland, releasing music and working on his craft before going electric with a full band. In this time Neil played with bands as big as The Libertines, Big Country and JJ Gimour, along with playing festivals such as Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Party at the Palace and Mugstock. Previously to 2017, Neil was strictly a solo acoustic act with some experimentation with a band in the studio but in late 2017, he gathered together fellow musicians George MacKenzie, Matthew Kermally, Fabio Whyte and Ben Carswell to give his songs the needed energy on stage and later in the studio. After getting the band together, Neil and the group dived straight into a heavy gig schedule throughout the whole of 2018. As the band grew tighter as a unit, the project evolved into a full band as opposed to a solo project and at the start of 2019, they announced their name change to Midnight Alleys along with them signing to Juteopolis Records and a run of gig dates across the UK.

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