Each person in this world has a story to tell; a series of events and choices which led them to the very place they are in today. The beautiful yet chaotic thing about life however is that in just a blink of an eye your life can change. Your path is never set in stone, you always have the choice to change your direction – to begin a new journey that will lead you to the destination you are searching for.
There are many ways in which individual people or groups can choose to share their story; luckily in life we meet people who have been on a similar journey – people who want to share their story the same we want to share ours. I’ve likely mentioned before that the use of music to share an individuals story is something which I find incredible; musicians have this power to make us as listeners know that we are not alone in our journey. Elliot Joseph was fortunate enough to find four other people who had been on similar journeys in life. These four individuals; Rio Hanan, George Pickering, Max Tatton as well as Matthew Brook, shared his talent along with his passion for story telling through the use of music. Its obvious in the way that Elliot speaks of his fellow musicians that he understands the connection they share as individuals.
“I know it is our story, our heritage, and our life lessons that underline these melodies” – Elliot Joseph
Some of you may remember a blog post I posted in July featuring Elliot when the single from this EP “While We’re Young” was released. For those who haven’t seen that here’s a little information on Elliot!
He was born in the south of England and in 2018 he released an EP called “Wild Atlantic Heart” which focused on three of his main inspirations both in life as well as in his music; love, life and travel. His most recent record “Band of Outsiders” which was released in August also touches on those three topics.
“This record encompasses everything from love, family, and brotherhood. Inspiration and adventure. The limits we strive to push every day, and the hope that guides us all towards a life that thrills us, and takes us to places we would never expect to go” – Elliot Joseph
Before you read on here’s what you should do! Head over to the social pages I shared above so you can stay up to date with any news on his career such as new music or upcoming shows – you’ll be happy to know he does have a few coming up! As to be expected as its my typical practice, I’ve separated this review into two elements; overview and details; however each track will have an individual overall rating followed by my thoughts in the detail section.
Gimme Some Soul: 10/10
While We’re Young: 10/10
Dancing We Will Go: 10/10
From the start when this record was just an idea to the end product you can tell that Elliot and the band knew what they were aiming for – in my opinion they far exceeded even what they expected. On the other hand – its obvious everybody involved on this project worked hard so its no surprise that it turned out as perfectly as it did. The feeling I get from this record is that it tells a story of the factors or people that inspired, challenged and pushed Elliot (along with his band members) to seek new opportunities or adventures. Carry on reading to get my thoughts on each of the tracks!
The first track on the “Band of Outsiders” EP is titled “Lions” captures your attention with the use of drums and tambourine immediately. Mix in the rest of the instruments as well as Elliot’s incredible voice and the song takes you on a journey. This track is has one clear message which is that we have one song; one journey; one life. What’s especially amazing about this track is that the lyrical content can be applied to most situations in any individuals life; not just Elliot’s life, therefore it could provide the motivation, inspiration and push one needs to achieve their own dreams in life. Moreover, that is exactly what Elliot is singing about, he is singing about the different things which have encouraged him to keep going on this adventure. The track throughout is universal, upbeat and unique; everybody needs motivation, everybody needs inspiration; not only that but everybody has the right to be themselves. Its a wonderful track and a great way to start of the EP.
“We only get one song so let’s all sing to the rhythm of the heart”
SIDE NOTE: It gives you a taste of what’s to come on the record including some of Elliot’s Celtic roots, his vocal skills and much more!
If you’re looking for a song that regardless of your mood can gets you on your feet dancing and singing along then look no further. The second track “Gimme Some Soul” is exactly the song you need to download right now! There is no hidden surprises with this track (I would say apart from how amazing it is but we knew that it would be anyway); its asking for some soul but then its giving us the soul right back. From the music to the lyrics to how Elliot sings it this song could easily become a favourite at live shows. To add to that, its one of those songs that could go anywhere on the setlist; its a way to get the party started, to keep the crowd dancing and its even a great way to leave the crowd wanting more.
“Gimme some soul tonight and one more drink”
SIDE NOTE: I love how “Gimme Some Soul” showcases the wide vocal range that Elliot has; its absolutely incredible. Its also super catchy and will get stuck in your head!
The third song on the EP, ‘While We’re Young’ is a track you may remember from my last review; it was released a couple of months ago as the single of this wonderful EP. CLICK HERE FOR MY THOUGHTS ON THIS TRACK.
“Wherever we go we go with nothing to lose, in the back of my mind I know I owe it all to you”
SIDE NOTE: You will see at the end of that review that I mention the most exciting thing about the track is that it was the start of a journey; the introduction to this amazing EP. I also originally remember thinking that Elliot could not possibly follow that, but every song on this EP is uniquely amazing in its own way.
Its no surprise that one of my personal favourites off the EP is the fourth track “Afterglow” as I’m a huge country music fan. I could keep this short by simply saying that this song is an example of how sometimes less is more. However, I feel I need to explain how. As a listener I feel this song is very simple yet still very powerful, it takes you on a journey of peace, acceptance and new beginnings. Its important to note that although its completely different to the others on the record Elliot still performs it with such passion which implies he has a personal connection to the story this song tells.
“All the pieces of the puzzle started to adjust and fit”
SIDE NOTE: The whole EP is wonderful however this song, in my opinion, is a contender for the best on the record.
The fifth track on the record “Brothers” is the track I personally relate to the most. To me this song represents those people who have provided us with love, guidance and support through many different things in our life. These same people are the ones who have in one way or another shaped us into the people we are today. Some of Elliot’s “Brothers” are his band members; they share not only this musical journey together but the ideas, talent as well as passion to share their stories. In a world that will constantly challenge us we need all our “brothers” to keep us focused on our dreams, life and goals. The lyrics to this track hit me hard for personal reasons but that only shows the talent that Elliot has. IT also shows how songs can take on a whole new meaning to every listener. Great work Elliot!
“But remember when we were still young and life was just a straight line, now were grown up if you need a helping hand just take mine…”
SIDE NOTE: The song may be a fast paced happy song however it also took me on an emotional journey through my memories due to personal reasons. I may write a full blog post on this track discussing the beautiful yet emotional journey it took me on. The connection I felt to this song just goes to show that music is a powerful tool for both musicians and listeners to understand each other.
“Dancing We Will Go” is the sixth and final track on this wonderful EP – what a way to end an EP; leaving us listeners wanting more! Once again, this track is very catchy and if you don’t find yourself on your feet dancing I’ll be surprised! Some of Elliot’s roots are definitely present in this track, the instrumentation gives a very Celtic feel. This song is full of fun and is definitely one to get any party going!
“Just kick of your shoes, let your hair down and dancing we will go”
SIDE NOTE: Its a very uplifting and positive track that has already made my playlist for my journey to work!
To put it simply the record “Band of Outsiders” is perfect from the stories that Elliot shares, the way in which the band perform them all the way to how it was produced. I honestly feel that each song tells part of Elliot’s journey in life and how he became the musician, writer and performer he is today. To add to that, I personally don’t have any recommendations as to how this EP could have been better – the only criticism I have is that I could have done with another 6 more songs!
Furthermore, although I have two personal favourites; Afterglow and Brothers; the rest of them have also found their way onto my playlists for one thing or another. You will be missing out if you don’t download this EP on spotify now.
Great work to Elliot and all his band (or should we say “brothers”). I can’t wait to see what you have for us in the future!
What are your thoughts on this EP, do you have a favourite track; let me know below!?