The Amazing OutCry!

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Leicester rock band OutCry are James Byron on vocals, Rick James on bass Alex Brookes on drums and Scott Cadenhead on guitar. The band originally formed in 2006 at Leicester college in 2006. Following a 2 year hiatus the band reformed in 2014. They raised almost £1500 for cancer research with their track In Your Memory which you can listen to here:

Donate to Cancer Research UK and download In Your Memory at:
http://www.justgiving.com/outcryuk

Their EP is excellent (I listen to it a lot! :-)) which you can hear here:

Some More Music

http://www.reverbnation.com/q/63fwsp

http://www.reverbnation.com/q/5lleku

 

They gig a lot including recent gigs in Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield and London. Below is a link to a review for a recent gig in Nottingham:

NLC “Rockin’ For The Children” Festival – The Maze, Nottingham. Day 2 Sun 1st May 2016

Some Videos From Gigs

 

For more on OutCry go to:

https://twitter.com/outcryuk

https://www.facebook.com/outcryrocks/

https://www.reverbnation.com/outcryuk

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsorPbbD7KsWtQSG8-r5I3A

 

 

 

OutCry Start The Year With Gigs In London And Sheffield!

OutCry began the year with a bang playing two gigs – one in London and one in Sheffield. The first was The Alleycat on Denmark Street in London on the 9th of January while the second was on the 31st of January at Corporation in Sheffield.

At the end of 2014 the band posted on their Twitter page:

Some Tweets About The Gigs

Sheffield

London

OutCry E.P. 2014 Review!

I’m a huge fan of OutCry and so I was really looking forward to hearing their E.P. and it didn’t disappoint. The four song rock wonder is packed with wonderful instrumentals and vocals which perfectly complement one another. I have always loved James Byron’s voice from the first note of Janis Joplin’s Cry Baby on The Voice UK and his voice is as always in fine form on the E.P. but what was also great was to hear the wonderful instrumentals and harmonies on show here from his bandmates guitarist Scott Cadenhead, bassist Rick James and drummer Alex Brookes on the collection of songs. A strong debut E.P. from a band I’m sure we’ll hear more of over time.

Here is my track-by-track review of this amazing E.P.:

Daybreak

Daybreak is the opening song and is one of my two favorite songs from the E.P. James’ voice sounds remarkable on this track. It has the perfect mixture of vulnerability and attitude. Lyrically it’s really good and the music has a great beat to it. Easily a song you could listen to on repeat (and I say that because I have!) The transfer from fast to slow is wonderfully done and the guitar solo is completely on point. I also love the start of the song which seems a mixture of classic rock/punk influenced. Stunning track.

Wide Awake

Wide Awake is one of those songs that doesn’t hit you instantly but the more you listen to it you begin to like it. It’s a bit of a grower really and in particular you realise the lyrics are really good the more you listen to it. There’s a kind of a storytelling quality to the song and in James’ voice in general which pulls you in. And the instrumentals are quite insane. That bit near the end is so quick. I don’t know how James manages to keep up with the instrumentals in that part. It’s pretty impressive! So give it a few listens and you’ll really like it.

In to the Night

I’m not sure if this song is about getting out of a small town but I think it’s what it’s about and I could relate a lot to that been originally from a small town and it was realistic and authentic of that situation when you are eighteen, nighteen, twenty and you’re thinking there has to be more to life than this. James sings it brilliantly and again the instrumentals are complex and strong.

Rock N’ Roll Tragedy

This is another one of my favourite songs from the E.P. and my favourite song from the songs I hadn’t heard prior to the E.P. because obviously I’d heard Daybreak before the E.P. Personally myself I start thinking of people like Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and a whole host of legendary rockers when I listen to the song because their lives were so tragic in a lot of ways and how it all ended for each of them. James’ voice is full of edge and the instrumentals sound amazing.

You can listen to the E.P. here:

Recent OutCry Birthdays!

You may have noticed that I am a major fan of OutCry?! Kind of obvious, eh? 🙂

Well two of their birthdays have been recent, guitarist Scott’s on the 20th of August and singer James’ on the 9th of September. It’s kind of sweet reading the band’s birthday wishes to each of them on their Facebook page:

For Scott’s birthday:

Happy birthday to our favourite guitarist! Mr. Scott Cadenhead! Happy birthday buddy hope you have a great day! 🙂

For James’ birthday:

Happy birthday to our awesome singer and all round lovely guy James! Have a great day James! We love ya! X

From an Irish fan, belated happy Birthday guys! 🙂

OutCry Play Two Gigs In Leicester and Nottingham!

The wonderful OutCry recently played two gigs – one at The Musician in Leicester and one in Nottingham’s The Tap. I’m hoping to go see a gig of theirs sometime. 🙂

The Leicester band consisting of vocalist James Byron, drummer Alex Brookes, bassist Rick James and guitarist Scott Cadenhead played The Tap on August 28th and said of the gig on their Facebook page,

Nottingham! You guys destroyed last night! We had THE best time! You guys rule! Silverjet rule! the Tap rules! Everything was just great! We’re playing Leicester Saturday! you Leicester folk better bring your A game, because last night is gonna be hard to top!

Then on August 30th they played The Musician and said of that gig on Facebook,

Tonight we play The Musician in our home town of Leicester! With Temple of Lies and New Generation Superstars!! It’s defiantly one not to miss!

Nottingham

Leicester

OutCry’s Charity Single For Cancer Research UK!

You may remember that I recently blogged about Leicester band OutCry’s single entitled “In Your Memory” and how all the proceeds when you download the song were going to the amazing charity that is Cancer Research UK. Well they made it to their goal of 450 pounds on http://www.justgiving.com/outcryuk and have since went beyond it reaching a whooping 784.32 pounds for the charity so far.

The band is made up of Scott Cadenhead, Alex Brooks,Rick James and James Byron. The band wrote the song in memory of Rick James’ mother, Patricia James. She sadly died in 2013 from cancer.

Aaron James who is Patricia’s son and Rick’s brother said,

 “I think it’s amazing!….very proud of him, he’s got a lot of talent!….. it’s a great song, and raising money for a great charity.”

Meanwhile James Byron said,

“We wanted to release a track to keep her (Patricia James) memory alive and hopefully make some money for Cancer Research UK, we all worked really hard on this track called ‘In Your Memory…’ and we have decided to release the track as a free download, all we ask is if you could possibly donate whatever you can afford to our fund raising page.”

It is a vary strong rock song and having lost my father, from a heart attack in 2008, I can relate a lot to a lot to the lyrics which are very moving and authentic of how you feel in that situation when you have to go on without someone who has been such a constant and vital person in your life.

Everything from the vocal to the music is perfect and for a very worthy cause. I work voluntary for the Irish Cancer Society and like everyone else I have lost people to cancer so I know it is an amazing help so well done to the lads for doing that.

Watch the amazing black and white studio video here:

And remember to download the song from from: www.outcryuk.com and donate to this amazing charity at:

http://www.justgiving.com/outcryuk .

If you want to know more about the brilliant work that Cancer Research UK do go to: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/

Patricia James, rest in peace.

James Byron Interviewed In The Monograph Magazine!

James Byron was recently interviewed in The Monograph!

James Byron was recently interviewed in The Monograph!

James Byron was recently interviewed in East Midlands Music Magazine The Monograph which I hadn’t heard of before but am now a bit obsessed with. I’ve been reading a lot of their articles on the web. It’s a good read. If you love music like I do, you should definitely check it out. 🙂

In the interview he discusses various different things from his experience on The Voice, his love of Janis Joplin, his band OutCry and how he auditioned for The Voice before in 2011.

It is a very interesting article written by Jessamyn Witthaus and James comes across really interesting in it. The photograph of James which accompanied the article was by Scott Choucino and it was shot really well.

Check out the complete interview here:

http://www.themonograph.co.uk/interviews/spotlight-james-byron

OutCry Hoping To Raise Money With First Single For Cancer Research UK!

James Byron and his band OutCry Hope To Raise Funds For Cancer Research UK.

James Byron and his band OutCry Hope To Raise Funds For Cancer Research UK.

The Voice UK star James Byron and his band OutCry have put their first single up on iTunes entitled “In your memory” with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.

The download of the song is free when you make a donation to the charity. We all know somebody who has died from this terrible disease and I work voluntary for The Irish Cancer Society so I know anything you can spare would really help a lot of people across the water.

James tweeted today about the song and gave a link to where the song can be downloaded:

https://twitter.com/ByronBlueJay/status/457457500946956288