In March the band released the Space Elevator, among others, Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, The Brian May Band), a debut album that one should check out a little extra. Space Elevator is inspired by Queen, Genesis and The Darkness to name a few.
Debut album by a band formed by guitarist David Young, who plays in the West End musical ‘We Will Rock You’ house band along with female vocalist called the Duchess. The band is completed by Elliott Ware (keyboards), Brian Greene (drums) and legendary bass player Neil Murray (who also plays in the ‘We Will Rock You’ band).
They set out to create an album inspired by Queen, Kate Bush and Genesis and they have hints of those artists in this album. There is also a West End musical feel to the production of some songs as you’d expect given the background of the musicians. Listen to ‘Oils And Bubbles’ and it sounds like Queen and the Darkness written for the stage. Great harmonies, Brian May approved guitar solos and a tongue in cheek lyric make this a winner.
The Duchess has a fine vocal, one minute like Kate Bush fronting Queen on ‘I Will Find You (Gallifrey Dreams)’ – a real pomp rock delight and a love for Dr. Who nonetheless – then coming all over Fleetwood Mac on ‘We Can Fly’. Fine musicianship as you’d expect given the calibre of the musicians involved and a good set of tunes, a few take a few listens to click, but there are no fillers. The only problem I can envisage for this band is they need a decent support to get them noticed and a band like the Darkness would be perfect. Onwards and upwards with this fine musical elevator.
02. We Are The Losers
03. I Will Find You (Gallifrey Dreams)
04. Ordinary Day
05. Little White Lies
06. Loneliness Of Love
07. More Than Enough
08. Really Don’t Care
09. Oils And Bubbles
10. We Can Fly
11. Move On
David Young – Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
The Duchess – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Vocal Arrangements
Neil Murray – Electric Bass
Brian Greene – Drums and Percussion
Elliot Ware – Grand Piano, Keyboards, Harpsichord, Hammond Organ, Moog Synths
Space Elevator – Space Elevator (2014)
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