This Sunday, 22nd March, Oliver Pinder will be releasing his much anticipated EP 'Island Rain' at a spectacular show at Oporto.
This Sunday, 22nd March, Oliver Pinder will be releasing his much anticipated EP 'Island Rain' at a spectacular show at Oporto. He has managed to gain support from every corner of the Leeds music scene, having worked closely on the EP with Mike Heaton and Mickey Dale of Embrace. The launch show, which he has worked so hard to promote and prepare for, will also showcase some of our brightest and best talents, including Lewis Murphy, Jack Haining and Danny Aspinall, as well as a really special performance from Hannah Trigwell.
Having been championed by BBC Introducing, he has tongues wagging, and having seen him perform several times now, it is not hard to understand why.
Teenager Oliver Pinder has already achieved so much in the last year or so. He is fast becoming a force for good on the local music scene, having not only performed at the o2 Academy and scored some pretty whopping support slots and festival appearances, but is also a shining example of how to share and support other local artists too.
I first encountered young Oliver last year during the Centre Stage competition. I was lucky enough to see him perform to a room of about 6 people. He was shy and quiet and a little overwhelmed, until he strummed the first notes on his guitar and sang. With a talent and soul well beyond his age of 14 at the time, I was stunned. His songs are crafted from a pure and other-worldy substance, fresh and raw, but polished and littered with hooks and catchy choruses. His lyrics are sometimes painful and poignant, having lost his father a while ago, he has not shied away from exposing that very painful experience and using it for good and great things. I challenge even the most hardened of hearts to not mellow and melt when he sings, it can be a haunting experience, but one which you will not forget in a hurry.
Musically, it's pretty tough to explain, but at a push he is channelling old souls like Carol King and James Taylor, there are smatterings of Ben Howard in there too though - above all, his ability to use a wit and grit that resonates with all ages is truly stunning.
I urge anyone with ears, a soul and a passion for discovering new artists to support Oliver, come to the show at Oporto, or indeed his forthcoming appearance at Live At Leeds. I for one am extremely excited to find out what the future holds for him, he deserves every success!