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"The Offbeat"

With next act The Off Beat (based in Birmingham), I
have seldom encountered such a talented set of young,
accomplished multi instrumentalists, but in Rosie Tunley
(alone) this band already have a member as versatile &
capable as anyone Zappa
hired! Modest too! This
girl sits upon a cajón,
plays korg synth lines,
melodica, precise
chiming glockenspiel and
sings all in the same set!
Utilising all the above
when and wherever
needed in a given
composition. That's
without mentioning
the rest of the band,
who are so tight I
almost bruised my
jaw on the floor! Just
a four piece,but that
doesn't stop them,
Dan Clark deploying
everything from
jaunty Ukelele (stand
out on “Mon Amour”),
p e r c u s s i v e
guitar & various
shakers. Lead
jointly by
Bryony Simcox
on fiddle &
Hannah Boyd on
viola, the quirky
quartet often
deploys close vocal harmonies to stunning dynamic
affect. These girls and a guy, really up the game for what
small units can achieve. Which makes me wonder is it
because of the need to profficiently reinvent how music
is made/received or is it purely for the joy of making such
inventive music? Playing tracks from there debut “We Are The Off Beat”,
some of these pocket symphonies such as 'Levi's Dance'
were akin to folk standards in their power and bredth.
Particularly when the cajon takes the fore. Others were
crowd engaging and euphoric as was the case with, 'The
Maze' which had a rustic feel to it. Other genre shifting
ditties such as “Our Eyes” bought to mind the infectuous,
rootsy nature of Gomez or on “V- IV', the intimate
chamber music in a jack in the box of Penguin Cafe.
Get the debut from www.theoffbeatmusic.co.uk as with
a little persistence these guys are destined to go far! - Slap Magazine


Discography

Running Backwards (Featured on We Are The Offbeat - aired on BBC Radio Birmingham - 22/09/12)

We Are The Offbeat - (Debut Album - 05/09/2012)

(If It's No) Then Just Say No (Single, 2012 - Scratch Radio)

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The hand-crafted sound of this Midlands four-piece delivers a contemporary take on folk music, not only imaginative and experimental but extremely sophisticated.

“...a whole bunch of talent with high hopes for a bright future.”
- LichLive Review

It was the shared desire to explore Roots, Indie, World and Pop music that drew these four talented musicians together in 2010. They have since embarked on a creative journey which has so far produced a delicate musical interplay capable of creating something evocative and subtle whilst keeping its recognisable fresh sound.

The repertoire is packed with aural delights – from tight cajón rhythms and skilled acoustic guitar, to a pair of masterly fiddles and three unique voices combined in a way that will stop you in your tracks. Add to this wit, charm, and a ukulele thrown in for good measure, and you have an ingenious musical ensemble playing ‘brilliantly crafted originals’ with a fizz.

“Simply breath-taking - absolutely gorgeous vocals”
- Shrewsbury Folk Festival Review

These close friends draw influence from artists such as Charlie Simpson, Noah & The Whale, John Mayer, Counting Crows, and Lisa Hannigan, and demonstrate intelligent, heart-warming musicianship beyond their years. The unique group they have formed is becoming increasingly popular at festivals and events around the country, whilst their forthcoming album (due for release Spring 2012) is already set to be a gem.

“I have seldom encountered such a talented set of young,
accomplished multi instrumentalists”
- Slap Magazine

With ‘sun-filled' songs, rousing tunes bound to get you dancing and a pinch of The Offbeat’s fresh vitality, this is an unmissable, incomparable act.