Captivves from Reading in England is the industrial-rock trio of Daniel Haylock (Vocals / Bass), Phil Howell (Guitar) and Kieran Phillips (Drums).

Captivves - industrial-rock from England


Recently formed and with only a couple of songs that I have been able to hear, I look forward to much more by Captivves. Industrial distortion echoes around the walls, whilst taughtly tied percussion, like a flag bearer marching into battle, rallies the sounds.

The combinations of echoes and delay meeting sharply defined precise drums gives the music an immediate attraction as the bass soars away, sweeping up the stray reflections of sound and a vocal steeped in gauze adds a mystery to the tracks. There is a powerful and tangible presence which marches across the room as Captivves deliver music that reflects of the malaise of society.

A track which opens with a solitary string on a bass, as you will know, can’t help but make me enamoured. The trio have made an impressive start and assuming these two songs aren’t their finest hour, they have much to offer the world of music and I look forward to hearing much more in short order.

Beginning to put together a live performance schedule, I recommend getting out to see them play, if they turn up in a town near you.

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Valerio Lysander

Valerio Lysander originally from Italy now based in London – England is centred around Valerio Lysander accompanied by Rui Silva (Guitar), Joanna Roberts (Trumpet) and Andrea Rocha (Cello).

Valerio Lysander - avant-garde from England

Valerio Lysander

I always enjoy musicians who stretch the boundaries of probability regular readers will know and Valerio Lysander is a case in point and it is thanks to this sort of creativity that makes being a music reviewer such fun and unlikely a space, as were I not doing this, there is a ninety-nine point nine recurring percent probability I would never have come across it and more than that, I have the opportunity to share it with you and we would all have missed out.

Combining the classicism of Mahler and Cole Porter should in principle have me running for the hills, but instead I find an intriguing space in which to lay my head for a while. There is a haunting fascination to the resulting outpourings which discourse an impressionist perspective on the surrounding spaces in finely composed pieces of music.

When I find myself contacted by talented musicians and song-writers of which ever genre it is always a pleasure to invite you to spend some time to consider that which would, day by day pass you by. I extend a welcome to Valerio Lysander and thank you for doing what you do so well, adding much to the world of music.


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