Martin Cornel and The Mind Invaders | People at the gate EP

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People at the gate EP

by Martin Cornel and The Mind Invaders

With overtones of Pearl Jam and a toned down 'Seattle Scene' the EP kicks off as billed as pure Rock n' Roll.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Ice Hearted
Martin Cornel
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2. Don`t stay stupid
Martin Cornel
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3:27 $0.99
3. Someone`s waiting
Martin Cornel
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3:53 $0.99
4. People at the gate
Martin Cornel
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5. Lou
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Album Notes
The debut record " People at the gate " is mysterious and dangerous, but uplifting and cathartic. Many of the songs, all of them written by Cornel, some in collaboration with "the mind invaders", are about the real life.

His presence is electrifying. Creatively, he approaches everything from a different place and is not trying to follow everyone else. He is creating his unique brand and continues to blow you away at the very first moment. "By working closely with " The Mind Invaders " he presents the material in different ways and these guys are my very best" he says.

"When I feel anger or disappointment is when the really good songs and lyrics come out of me", he says. Sometimes I can't write if I'm not in the right mood, and it can really take a while before I can start the writing session again.

"I want people to connect with my music, so I can go out and connect with them live", he says. I'm not about flashy videos, manufactured images or hype. I want to stay clear these things, and create and make music for a long time by being real.

Now living in a small apartment in Oslo, Cornel spends the day rehearsing with his band " The Mind Invaders " and working with new material to his next album, listening to new music and continuing to soak up new influences.

Born outside of Stavanger, Norway to a father who was a farmer and a house made wife, Cornel was always striving for a life of music, singing in the local church and gospel choir. His parents played old church songs and by listening to these he learned to play guitar and accordion at the age of six. His background gave him the opportunity to learn to collaborate across different genre.

"I feel my songs have a line going through which are me and my songs," says Cornel, and I really hope that the audience will feel it as well.

This record is rock, pop, drama and melancholy at the same. It presents to you a presence you could feel at the very first moment. The different songs are Cornels strengths and those who bought this record should listen to it over and over.


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Raoul Dyke

With overtones of Pearl Jam and a toned down ‘Seattle Scene’ the EP kicks off as
With overtones of Pearl Jam and a toned down ‘Seattle Scene’ the EP kicks off as billed as pure Rock n’ Roll. As the record progresses new layers and depths open up and “Don’t Stay Stupid”’s driving Piano gets behind the song and makes everything that much better - vocals, guitar and drums.

Following the aching ballad that is “Someone’s Waiting” comes another divine Rock/Pop tune, in the EP’s title track – “People at The Gate.” It rekindles memories of Graham Coxon mixed together with the uplifting qualities of Coldplay’s music.

The variation that is shown on this CD is a bright sign for the future. From the retarded jog exemplified in the first song, “Ice Hearted” to the fully-fledged sprint when Cornel let’s his band – ‘The Mind Invaders’ - carry the song (“People at the Gate”). The CD is also brilliantly produced. The levels and dynamics fit each occasion like a glove. Each rise and fall, stop and start is chronicled with the appropriate music to rest against.

The EP lasts little over nineteen minutes and yet it gives a brilliant insight into what we can hopefully expect from this Norwegian talent – when he decides to export some of that talent to the main music markets of Europe and maybe beyond and across The Pond.

“People, let peace come to your mind” – Listen to the words of Martin Cornel and be assured that his talent will one day reach the shores, and you can have the pleasure of enjoying his music as much as I have to write this.

Gary Dukelell

Warm, rough and gentle
these songs from " People at the gate EP " released on a small indie label from Norway are all my heart is pounding for now. I simply love Martin Cornels voice.