Matthew O'Neil - Stay With Me
Stay With Me
"The tone is harsh but at the same time relaxed and mellow. If you are an Indie music fan then you will certainly dig this"
Matthew is our first non manx resident to be review on Howl as be grew up 15 miles outside glasgow in picturesque Loch Lomond. He moved to the Isle of Man relatively recently. Starting with drums at 12 and guitar at 15 an EP was imminent. A self professed Indie Rock fan Matthew's music tends to naturally err that way. I'm told he is sitting on a catalogue of over 30 original tracks at the time of writing... we are lucky!
Coming in strong with staccato stabs on a crunchy guitar Stay With Me lets you know it has a message to convey. A heavy snare echos out into the rafters as Matthew's clean vocals rise above the track after 4 bars. A clean lick compliments the end of a phrase and pushes us through the verse. The chorus comes in with an ascending doubled vocal with delayed and panned vocals culminating in the title "oh, won't you stay with me tonight". A familiar verse comes back around painting a further picture of a fame hungry drunk paying no mind to his partner. The chorus closes out to a brief middle eight with crunchy guitar licks funneling us to a more stripped back chorus.
Stay With Me is an angst-filled but vibe chilled message. The tone is harsh but at the same time relaxed and mellow. If you are an Indie music fan then you will certainly dig this.
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