PAPER PLANES Volume 1: TOO MUCH TOO SOON by Kicklighter
In 1978 while school friends were listening to KISS, Kicklighter’s Everett Young’s favourites were film composers John Williams and John Barry. He played the theme to Superman The Movie by ear and performed it at his elementary school with accompaniment from his classmates.
At 48 years of age, the double album Paper Planes had become the culmination of what his 40s had been about, which involved struggle.
In 2009, Everett had finished a Ph.D. in political psychology but didn’t land the academic job and personal validation he had hoped for. This usurped academic career path has left him with some unresolved emotions.
Everett watched his new newborn children grow for seven years and found parenthood to be a heart-wrenching struggle. In darker moments Everett says: “I often feel trying to be a parent and a partner have brought to the surface the very worst parts of me, or at least the parts I find the hardest to love`’.
Therefore, aged 41, Everett focused on his guitar playing and practiced properly and most of the guitar on his recordings are his playing and the songs were written on guitar.
This album of songs is the expression of Everett’s last few years, haunted by a voice that tells him he came up short of where he supposed to be. Therefore, motivated by that convertible Mini Cooper, Everett still feels like the 9 year old kid who listening to Williams and Barry’s film music. The legacy he would like to leave is beautiful instrumental music for people to discover.
In March 2018, Everett found himself listening to his 22 new songs and realizing the experiences, emotions, watching his children grow, the guitar and piano compositions and practice had all been thrown in and the songs deserve to be heard.
In a review posted on his website is a review of his music project called Kicklighter’s album The Fascinating Thinking Machine contains this quote from Everett saying this goal was to “create an album that literally could have been recorded in 1985, 1989, maybe 1991, and could have been one of the great records of its time, but was lost to time and only just now re-discovered in a vault somewhere.”
Therefore, Paper Planes: volume 1 Too Much Too Soon is the soundtrack to a found footage film about the last few year’s of a man’s life, as a parent, a musician who was not going to become an academic but instead was going to fulfill his life purpose and leave a legacy of beautiful music with more to follow. The album’s title track Paper Planes will appear on Volume 2.
THE FASCINATING THINKING MACHINE by Kicklighter
Everett Young’s band Kicklighter has released a new album. As with Everett’s previous album, ‘The Ground’, the new one ‘The Fascinating Thinking Machine’ can also be best described as intelligent pop.
Pop artist Everett Young is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, sound engineer, producer, and professor of political science. And he’s serious about pop.
“I love Simon and Garfunkel. I love the melodic stuff from the eighties. Paul McCartney’s melodies … everybody complains about how nobody’s doing that kind of thing anymore. It seems as if creating those songs is a lost art.”
Except of course, it’s not. The art of the intelligent pop song is alive and well and living in, Florida as Young’s LP “The Ground” is currently proving across the airwaves. 10 years after its release – this album is still one of our best sellers.
Spice and the Po Boys
(Formerly – Mondo Mike and the Po Boys)
Mondo Mike and the Po Boys deliver a mix of R&B, Blues-Rock and Pop tunes that are natural and authentic as an old vinyl LP record.
Like the famous New Orleans sandwich its name references, the band blends the ingredients of diverse musicians to create a soulful blues-rock chocked with pithy lyrics that fathom the hoary questions of love and life.
Singer Brittany Wescott a.k.a. Spice, whose finely-tuned voice can turn a note inside out, brings an “an unforced emotional intensity” that is perfect for these well-crafted tunes that talk about love gone bad, personals struggles and redemption. Appropriate themes for a singer whose gospel roots constantly crack through the surface of these songs.
BODY DISCOVERY by Callel
“Young, talented revelations Callel are a four-piece with a refreshing urge to sound that bit different…Callel look to a super future.” – The Scotsman
The four members of the indie Rock – Britpop crossover band Callel grew up in the same area of Granton in Edinburgh; they went to the same school, played in the same football team, caught the same nits…but it wasn’t until years later that they got together as a band.
They soon found their feet on the live scene and supported Paolo Nutini, Rooney, Asobi Seksu, The Hip Parade, The Bluetones and The Holloways among others.
Their music has featured on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Scotland, Forth One, XFM, and 6 Music.