. . . Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music)
In a world full of over-production and spoon-fed, manufactured pop acts; here is a band proud to rely on a refreshing homegrown approach to their music.
With an unrefined, acoustic set up (which features the ‘cajon’, an unusual peruvian box drum), Newrising's strong instrumental ability is intertwined with hypnotic three part harmony to produce an uplifting, organic sound.
Drawing influence from a massive musical spectrum, Newrising combine elements of funk, roots, urban soul, reggae, blues, rock and latin. A distinctive sense of musical character resides throughout their infectious, well-sculpted songs.
The band has played at many venues across the UK, such as The Bedford and The Halfmoon (London) and the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth. They have shared stages with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner, Mungo Jerry, 10CC, Dodgy, 3 Daft Monkeys, Geno Washington, Los Albertos and Martin Harley.
Newrising have also been featured at many of the UK’s best and biggest festivals including Bestival and Secret Garden Party as well as traveling abroad to play the Virgin Holiday’s Music Festival in Barbados for the last two years running.
Percussionist Adam Knight uses a cajón, a shaker mounted on one foot and a hand cymbal. This creates a potent urban sound, unparalleled in his field.
Front man and songwriter Jay Carter provides a raw, rhythmically driven approach to acoustic guitar. Jay draws influence from world, latin and roots music to create a lush atmospheric backdrop to his soaring, soulful voice.
Fresh from deepest Devon, bassist Tom Weymouth joined founding members Adam and Jay in 2009 whilst studying for his bass performance degree in their hometown of Guildford. Raised on a Dartmoor farm, Tom shows a musical awareness and flow far beyond his years and a natural ability to swim in the deep end.
They have a 12 track album 'Awake from Slumber' (4/5 stars RockNReel). Newrising also have a recently released live EP entitled 'Boileroom Basement Sessions'.
Get down to a show and prepare to be blown away! The glass ceiling of the underground is sure to be broken by Newrising in 2012.