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Radiocity

by Sharp Practise

A classic rock band but not an over the top screaming yelling rock n' roll monster, this is the sound of a band who like to keep things quiet and wouldn't say no to an acoustic set, but not tonight: tonight they wanna rock.
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Sharp Practise are a classic rock band but not an over the top screaming yelling rock n' roll monster, this is the sound of a band who like to keep things quiet and wouldn't say no to an acoustic set, but not tonight: tonight they wanna rock. And rock they do. The Dukester
Songs such as "Morgan's Creek" or "Family Of Nations" are actually typical radio material and better than 99% of what the major stations offer… it should not surprise me if the Englishmen are recognised at the "Rock Of Ages" festival. Matthias Decklar, My Revelations, Germany
The songs are very melodic, with strong catchy choruses and impressive vocal work as well as some high quality guitar work, so all together this is a highly recommended. One of the best songs is definitely the catchy uptempo melodic rocker “Choice Not Freedom” which should be an instant hit here in Europe! No fillers included - a great original classic rock record. Strutter Magazine, Holland
Sharp Practise bring ten songs that are both catchy, but also have depth…somewhat of a rarity in today's world. Therefore, 7.5 of 10 Rock Times watches honestly earned. Rocktimes, Germany
Do you believe that there aren't any more bands from England that play the classic rock that we all love? Then you surely haven't listened to the latest album from Sharp Practise… you will experience a modern band playing classic rock tunes with a fresh air. Their compositions are well worked, with some really interesting ideas and the band has imbued their record with a pure rock 'n’roll feeling. Antonis Maglaras, Beyond The Veil, Greece
I very much enjoyed the album - fantastic music indeed! Without cdbaby people like me could hardly discover great bands like yours! Rainer Knietzsch, Germany
Sharp Practise prove themselves to be adept at loud'n'hooky rockers, brash and moving anthems and plaintive guitar pop, like on "No Thanks" - which with its acerbic lyrical stabs (e.g. "I've been in tighter spots than this/ falling out with you is a lifetime study") - is the kind of thing Neil Finn has made his trademark over the years. Whisperinandhollerin’, UK
Radiocity is a kind of hit collection, all tracks could be singles, and they could be radio and TV hits as well.
Kronosmortus, Hungary
"No Thanks" and "How Katie Feels" are the most obvious hits from the record, as both carry catchy enough choruses to grab a spot at the radio airwaves especially here in Denmark - this is exactly the type of music P3 plays all the time. Rockfreaks, Denmark
‘No Thanks’ and ‘Bed Of Rhythm’ are two rock gems in which the addition of female backing vocals elevate the choruses to epic proportions… Where this album undeniably does well is serving up big poppy choruses that have already invaded radio playlists the world over. Herts & Essex music review, UK
This kind of music will go far on the radio/charts, no doubt... clean hooks, well-played & full of great energy... This one gets a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Imrovijazzination Nation, USA
Radiocity is their ten-track epic of travel on various levels. Sharp Practise's lyrics are filled with imagery and their production is crisp and clean. Sharp Practise's music is focused and the band is well rehearsed to take the UK and the world by storm! Laura Turner, Kweevak.com, USA
Special mention must go to album closer “How Do You Take It” which manages to successfully marry both styles and end the album on a beautiful note. If you like melodic soft rock then this will be an album you shouldn’t ignore.
Rock Something, UK
Sharp Practise stand for an interesting mixture of all rock styles, no matter if classic rock, blues or folk. And they stand especially for one thing: insanely catchy melodies! Radiocity is an album with soul and feelings. From the first time onwards, you can sing along to tracks like Morgan`s Creek, Bridge across the Harbour or No Thanks. This is actually a perfect album for dreaming!Stalker magazine, Germany
There are also a number of qualities in this group, foremost of which is a certain personality and a sense of responsibility. It leads its career with flair and good sense… we have a genuine global group. Francois Becquart, musicinbelgium.net, Belgium
One three-quarter hour of good, solid and affecting rock music. Recommendable! Kara, Heavyhardes, Germany
Saw Sharp Practise on their recent tour and was very impressed. Great album that doesn't let you stand still.
Ian Hollis, UK
Sharp Practise are a cool and inspiring outfit. They are doing the whole rock thing just as they see and feel it. These guys aren't just following trends, they're setting their varied stall out and saying 'hey, we're Sharp Practise, come inside, sit down, relax and enjoy what we do'. Well, I'm really enjoying 'Radiocity'. Rhythm ‘n’ booze rating 9 Toxic Pete, UK

Winners of a UK New Music Award in 2007, Sharp Practise released debut album Hiya in 2000 to good reviews. An appearance on Ground Zero TV in Australia led to playlisting around the world. Song from “Hiya” were featured on a DVD by Japanese TV star Chieko Mitsui and on the “Rock For Athletes” CD produced for Italian sportswear company Fila.

New album “Radiocity” is available worldwide with songs from it winning Track of The Day and Listener’s Picks awards on garageband.com. The album won a Kweevak Award 2006. 200,000 copies of Sharp Practise’s music were distributed in France and Radiocity was released under licence to Whiterock Records in Germany. The CD became available in Canada and was licensed to Turmic Records in Sweden. BBC Radio Lancashire has interviewed the band and we have been featured in the BeSonic Newsletter.

“We are a rock band that can play with influences from folk to dance yet still create a sound that is recognised as Sharp Practise and no other band,” frontman Nigel Clothier says. “We’re fighting a crusade to get well-played, proper songs back into the charts around the world.

“Radiocity” is essentially an album about travel - in both the literal and emotional sense – and is described by the press as a pure delight in a music world where style is often preferable to substance. It should go down well with fans of the Counting Crows, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and many others. “We’re trying to put some good playing together with some strong words and picking up on things from everyday life as if we were peeking into your diary and singing your life back to you,” says Nigel.

The band’s first major tour was a five-week British expedition from London to Glasgow. Highlights included the hometown show at the Cavern Club, Liverpool and an HMV showcase in Manchester. We have been nominated for the Musicfinity UK Tour 2008.

A video for “Morgan’s Creek” from Radiocity was broadcast on Propeller TV (Sky Channel 195) to 48 countries across Europe in August and September 2007 and on StarChoice Satellite (ch.323) and Express-Vu (ch.258) Satellite Networks across Canada in March 2008. See us on YouTube:

Sharp Practise sont une bande classique de roche mais pas un excédent le dessus criant en hurlant monstre de roulement de la roche n ', c'est le bruit d'une bande comme qui pour garder la tranquillité de choses et ne dirait non à un ensemble acoustique, mais pas ce soir : ce soir elles veulent basculer. Et roche elles . Le genre de chose Neil Finn a fait sa marque déposée au cours des années avec des powerchords dramatiques de Qui-modèle et le tambourinage discoïde furieux - les rappels INXS avant qu'elles soient allées merde et aient obtenu gonflées. Pressant, dans un mot. Clairement, c'est une bande qui, comme nos cousins sauter-basculants antipodaux, n'a pas peur des trois m : Sens musical, Mateship et Mellifluousness.

Le nouveau CD Radiocity est essentiellement un album au sujet de voyage - dans le sens littéral et émotif - et est un plaisir pur dans un monde de musique où le modèle est souvent préférable à la substance. Le JOB de production est un de qualité exceptionnelle aussi bien. Il y a un sens fort de l'universalité et du relatability sur ici dans lequel vous dessine, comme écouter des chats de ` dans le berceau 'avec votre papa, ou le déplacement par un pays étranger sur vos propres (avalez en particulier dessous !) avec un sourire sur votre visage et le soleil sur votre dos. Ceci devrait être vers le bas bien assorti aux ventilateurs du Counting Crows et de Big Country.

Scharf üben Sie sind ein klassisches Felsenband aber nicht ein Überschuß die Oberseite, die monster des Felsens n kreischend ' Rollenschreit, ist dieses der Ton eines Bandes, das wie, um Sachen ruhig zu halten und nicht nicht zu einem akustischen Satz, aber nicht heute abend sagen würde: heute abend möchten sie schaukeln. Und Felsen sie. Die Art der Sache Neil Finn hat sein eingetragenes Warenzeichen über den Jahren mit drastischen C$art powerchords und dem wütenden discoid Trommeln - Rückrufe INXS gebildet, bevor sie Mist gingen und aufgeblasen erhielten. Dringend, in einem Wort. Offenbar ist dieses ein Band, das, wie unsere antipodean knallen-Schwingvetter, nicht vor den drei m Angst hat: Musicianship, Mateship und Mellifluousness.

Neue CD Radiocity ist im Wesentlichen ein Album über Spielraum - in der wörtlichen und emotionalen Richtung - und ist eine reine Freude in einer Musikwelt, in der Art häufig zur Substanz vorzuziehend ist. Der Produktionsjob ist einer von aussergewöhnlicher Qualität außerdem. Es gibt eine starke Richtung von Universalität und von relatability auf hier, der Sie in, wie das Hören zu den ` Katzen in der Aufnahmevorrichtung ' mit Ihrem Vati oder das Reisen durch ein Ausland auf Ihren Selbst zeichnet (werfen Sie besonders darunter!) nieder mit einem Lächeln auf Ihrem Gesicht und der Sonne auf Ihrer Rückseite. Dieses sollte zu den Ventilatoren des Counting Crows und des Big Country unten gut passen.

Tagliente esercitisi in sono una fascia classica della roccia ma non un'eccedenza la parte superiore che grida urlando monster del rullo della roccia la n ', questo è il suono di una fascia che come mantenere le cose calme e non direbbe ad un insieme acustico, ma non stasera no: stasera desiderano oscillare. E roccia. Il genere di cosa Neil Finn ha fatto il suo marchio nel corso degli anni con i powerchords drammatici di Che-stile ed il rullo del tamburo discoid furious - richiami INXS prima che andassero crap ed ottenessero bloated. Urgente, in una parola. Chiaramente, questa è una fascia che, come i nostri cugini schiocc-oscillanti antipodean, non è impaurita delle tre m.: Musicianship, Mateship e Mellifluousness.

Il nuovo CD Radiocity è essenzialmente un album circa la corsa - sia nel senso letterale che impressionabile - ed è un piacere puro in un mondo di musica in cui lo stile è spesso preferibile alla sostanza. Il lavoro di produzione è uno di qualità eccezionale pure. Ci è un senso forte di universalità e del relatability su qui in cui li disegna, come ascoltare i gatti del ` nella culla 'con il vostro dad, o attraversare through un paese straniero sui vostri propri (scolisi specialmente sotto!) con un sorriso sulla vostra faccia e sul sole sulla vostra parte posteriore. Ciò dovrebbe andare bene giù con i ventilatori del Counting Crows e di Big Country.

‘Sharp Practise’ es un grupo clásico de rock pero no es un rockanrol monstruo excesivo. Es un grupo que se acerca más a un rock clásico. Éste es el sonido de una banda que prefiere mantener las cosas reservadas y aunque no diría no a un sistema acústico, esta noche desean rock. ¡Y rockearan! Es el tipo de música que es la marca de Neil Finn con “power chords” dramáticos del estilo “The Who” y la batería discordancia furiosa, como INXS antes que se perdieran; es decir es música urgente. Obviamente, ésta es una banda que, como nuestros primos de las antipodas, no tiene miedo de maestría musical, de compañerismo, y de melifluosidad.
Su último CD ‘Radiocity’ es esencialmente un álbum sobre los viajes – tanto en el sentido literal como emocional - y es una verdadera delicia en un mundo musical donde a menudo se prefiere el estilo a la sustancia. Además el trabajo de producción es de calidad excepcional.
Hay un sentido fuerte de la universalidad y de la pertinencia que le atrae, como escuchar “Cats in the Cradle” con su papá, o viajar solo por un país extranjero (¡particularmente Australia!) con una sonrisa en su cara y el sol en su espalda. Esto debe de gustarle a los aficionados del Counting Crows y de Big Country.


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Glasswerk

Isn’t afraid of the three M’s Musicianship, Mateship and Mellifluousness
This is the sophomoric release from Wigan’s (dubiously named) Sharp Practise, following their ‘Hiya’ debut in 2000, which was apparently very well received in Australia, Japan and, somewhat bizarrely, Costa Rica. Apparently, closer to home, commercial success has so far eluded this band, which judging by the professionalism and melodious nature of this release is a bit of a shame.
From the big chorus sing-along of upbeat opener ‘Bridge Across The Harbour,’ with lines like “I get the feeling I am real again / And I belong to everyone,” to more bittersweet tunes such as ‘No Thanks’ (with the outstandingly sardonic: “Liar, liar, pants on fire / Why don’t you look up ‘commitment’?”), this is a mostly feel-good record which, on its own chirpy terms, is nigh on impossible to fault or dislike. So far, so agreeable.
The raunchy funk-rock of ‘Bed of Rhythm,’ with its solid riffing and tight rhythm section, could very well be the North-West’s answer to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, though fronted by spectre of Michael Hutchence, and with some female backing thrown in for good measure.
In fact - speaking of INXS - with tunes like ‘Morgan’s Creek,’ ‘Family of Nations,’ ‘Paint My Dreams,’ and well, pretty much all of the record, you can see just why this band go down well in Australia. A distinctly Aussie flavour permeates much of ‘Radiocity,’ recalling not only INXS, but Crowded House and even current stalwarts Powderfinger as well. Clearly, this is a band that, like our antipodean pop-rocking cousins, isn’t afraid of the three M’s: Musicianship, Mateship and Mellifluousness (!). The production job is one of exceptional quality as well - something that is often unduly frowned upon in this country, for some inane reason.
I have to come clean with you now: Sharp Practise are probably not the kind of band that I would usually choose to listen to; they possess a far more mainstream/classic rock sound than I care for, and one too many guitar ‘chops’ for my liking. However, the honest-to-god lyrics and ebullient playing won me over after repeated listens. There’s a strong sense of universality and relatability (evidently I just made up a word!) on here which draws you in, like listening to ‘Cats in the Cradle’ with your dad, or travelling through a foreign country on your own (particularly Down Under!) with a smile on your face and the sun on your pasty British back. This should go down well with fans of the Finn Brothers, Counting Crows and Big Country, as well the other aforementioned bands. In conclusion: thumbs up, dudes.

The Dukester

Big atmosphere, good rock tunes
Reserved undertones but good rock tunes? Check. Sounding like more members than there probably are? Check. Big atmosphere from a simple band combo? Check. Songs to back it up? Check and mate. Sharp Practise are a classic rock band but not an over the top screaming yelling rock n' roll monster, this is the sound of a band who like to keep things quiet and wouldn't say no to an acoustic set, but not tonight: tonight they wanna rock. And rock they do. Songs like "Bridge Across The Harbour" have occasional guitar licks to make you smile and lift the soul, while "Morgan's Creek" (stop sniggering at the back!) is slower, softer but not necessarily sombre, unlike moody closer "How Do You Take It?" and "How Katie Feels". The titles say it all, but you need to hear them in person to appreciate the band's style. "Bed Of Rhythm" is catchy with backing vocals and a sneering guitar sound, and could be the anthem of the summer radio. Jolly good show.

Whisperinabhollerin

Emotional, well-played music for adults
Not to be confused with Big Star's classic "Radio City" album, "Radiocity" is Lancashire quartet SHARP PRACTISE'S second album and showcases a tight and focussed band with an unfailing ear for classic radio-friendly tunes. Produced with clarity by well-respected deskmeister Mark Daghorn (responsible for numerous talented hard rockers such as Brody and Pilfa Confession Box who've previously been scrutinised on W&H), "Radiocity" features ten extremely well-crafted tracks written by vocalist/ keyboardist Nigel Clothier and his cohorts get into all the required crevices as they fill the sound out impressively. Opener "Bridge Across The Harbour" gives you some idea of the area Sharp Practise are working in. It's emotional, well-played music for adults that brilliantly never lapses into AOR territory. It's driven by yearning, commanding vocals and some slashing guitar work - both supplied by Ant Kempster - and builds meticulously to a memorable chorus.

As the album continues, Sharp Practise prove themselves to be adept at loud'n'hooky rockers ("Bed Of Rhythm"), brash and moving anthems ("How Katie Feels", the showstopping, windswept closing "How Do You Take It") and plaintive guitar pop, like on "No Thanks" - which with its' acerbic lyrical stabs (e.g: "I've been in tighter spots than this/ falling out with you is a lifetime study") - is the kind of thing Neil Finn has made his trademark over the years. It's all generous on the ear, and overall "Radiocity" stands as a very strong album, though if push came to shove, your reviewer would probably choose "Family Of Nations" and "Paint My Dreams" as the stand-out tracks. The former marries an excellent lyrical call for understanding (sample lyric: "If we learn from one another, then we'll have no need to fight") with dramatic Who-style powerchords (think "Baba O'Riley" as a starting point) that come full circle. It's neat, powerful gear, as is "Paint My Dreams", which - with its' funky wah-wah and furious discoid drumming - recalls INXS before they went crap and got bloated. Urgent, in a word. Sharp Practise are a talented band, more than worth keeping an eye on. They are a further reminder that both the provinces and the small, smart labels will always keep us on our toes, which is surely the way it should be. Besides, any band who can use the phrase "liar, liar, your pants are on fire" ("No Thanks") in a lyric and make it sound utterly magnificent gets my vote any day of the year.

Rock Something

An album you shouldn't ignore
As a fervent metal fan, it often surprises people that I have a soft spot for bands such as the Chili Peppers and even Counting Crows. I make this comment because the easiest way of describing “Radiocity” is simply as somewhere between the outputs of those two bands.

“No Thanks” has a heavy CCs sheen to it, with the vocals in particular reminiscing of Adam Duritz, whilst other tracks on the album have a much more mainstream rock feel. Special mention must go to album closer “How Do You Take It” which manages to successfully marry both styles and end the album on a beautiful note.

“Radiocity” is unlikely to be a world-beater – and it’s certainly not a wife-beater – but at the end of the day if you like melodic soft rock then this will be an album you shouldn’t ignore.

Laura T Lynch of Kweevak.com

Radio friendly !
Sharp Practice's sound is a blend of British, classic rock and pop. Radiocity is their ten-track epic of travel on various levels. Sharp Practice's lyrics are filled with imagery and their production is crisp and clean. Their radio friendly songs can range from anthems to plaintive pop with plenty of hooks and urgent guitar leads in between. 'Bridge Across The Harbor', 'Bed of Rhythm' and 'Morgan Creek' were my favorites from this distinct collection. Sharp Practice's music is focused and the band is well rehearsed to take the UK and the world by storm!