What's Maggy all about?
Maggy Simpson is the brainchild of Bat Kinane and Shane Counter. Having known each other for over 10 years, and sharing a passion for high quality original Rock music, ‘Lab Rat and Lobster’ is the first major work the pair will release. They have collaborated in the past: Shane wrote some music for Bat’s first solo album, ‘A Lifetime to Kill’, and they put together a library of production pieces in 2009, as The Random Event Factory. However, this is the first time they have been able to commit to something truly substantial over an extended period.
The core aim of the band is to blend the far-reaching talents of its members by delivering well-produced Hard Rock albums that are stylistically diverse but with the emphasis on excellent song writing.
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
Review at 'Get Ready to Rock'
Track 2, 'Spending Time', has also been added to the playlist at 'Get Ready to Rock Radio'. Seems to be an early favourite for becoming the 'hit' song from 'Lab Rat and Lobster'.
Friday, 12 July 2013
You can also exact your own justice in the digital domain on Monday 15th July. Yup, just 3 days from now the album will be officially released on iTunes, Amazon, etc.
Here's something to keep you going over the weekend:
Bat: 'A story that is about the escapades of a young stoner, it’s partly fact, partly fiction.'
Friday, 5 July 2013
Shane: 'Based on an old instrumental of mine called ‘Atomic Yoo Too’, we worked this one pretty hard until we got a suitable song from the original music. In many ways, this one represents the quintessential Maggy style, where Bat has been able to turn a short musical cue into a bona fide Rock song. Ultimately, we found the sweet spot by detuning a whole step, and revisiting the core musical shifts afresh. There is a coldness about the choruses that is neatly contrasted by the vibrant optimism of the intro and verse sections: again, a great marriage of words and music. As with opening track ‘High Time’, this song features two trademark solos, one from each of us, over the joyful key of E major. Be Happy.'
Friday, 28 June 2013
Shane: 'Another one of the earliest songs that we demoed, this one relies on a straight driving beat with stabbing upstrokes and off-beat rakes to add percussive noise. It is also notable for the use of the patent-pending ‘Donkey Bass’ tone, not to be confused with the patented ‘Galloping Bass’ tone belonging to Steve Harris, though it has a similar effect. The featured riff is Bat’s and it makes good use of Sabbath-like flattened 5ths. It delivers a fair bit of metal in the mid-section and the outro, as we went to the 7-string for a key change. Cue Donkey Bass!'
Friday, 21 June 2013
Bat: 'When we’re young we might keep a diary. We keep photographs in it, write poems and songs to express our feelings and record our memories, good and bad. In time, those diaries might contain things we’d rather forget. Things that make us shudder. The only way to get on with life might be to burn these physical reminders of the past. It’s best to have a mind that’s free of guilt and shame.'