By Alistair Sheerin
Alistair Sheerin is a singer-songwriter from Middlesbrough with a melodic-rock style, comparable to that of The Beatles, The Kinks and Oasis. Nevertheless he has a very unique style, blending sensitivity with a trendy swagger. The three track EP entitled 'Animal Farm Sessions' would be very listenable to a wide ranging audience and has the ability to hold the listener's attention for the duration.
Sheerin has crafted a wonderful sound that owes a lot to the British Invasion bands of the 1960s, as well as other rock styles such as 90s Britpop and 80s New Wave. On top of having a classic sound, Alistair Sheerin has a strong talent for melody whereas many rock acts these days leave melody at the door while Alistair's melody is at the forefront of all of his songs.
'Take It All' begins the EP with thumping drums and energetic guitar work that creates a path for the vocal melody to travel and deliver expertly placed melodic lines and hooks. 'I Bet You're Sorry Now' follows and maintains the lively melodic and colourful arrangement features created by 'Take It All.' The anthemic 'A Question of You' is the last track on the EP and contains a string arrangement as well as clever interplay between the guitars and backing vocals.
Given that the 60s was the golden age of popular music, to hear an EP such as this is incredibly exciting and restores faith in modern rock music. Too many artists these days, particularly in the rock genre, forget about the importance of melody and rely too much on rhythm to deliver the excitement, however Alistair Sheerin supplies an endless stream of melodies that get stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
Although it is only three tracks long it is an excellent piece of work, from an artist who deserves to go a long way. However in today's music scene singer-songwriters are everywhere and getting noticed is becoming more and more difficult. Alistair Sheerin needs to find the key to opening the door to get his music noticed by the people who could take it a long way.