Weapons – Hudson Taylor – Review

Amy Harvey

Festival junkie with a largelysporadic taste in music. Always love the opportunity to connect with friends whether it's over drinks or at a gig. A night owl generally fuelled with high doses of caffeine, affectionately known as ginge.

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March 16th sees the release of ‘Weapons’ , the greatly anticipated new single of Dublin born ‘Hudson Taylor’. The brothers already have a bustling following, grown from tours with Kodaline and Jake Bugg, countless festival appearances and a big heads up from BBC1 presenter Zane Lowe. After spending the last year touring across Britain with music from their E.P’s ‘Battles’, ‘Cinematic Lifestyle’ and the most recent, critically acclaimed ‘Osea’ they are set to release ‘Weapons’ as an introduction to their upcoming first full length album.

The song is very in keeping with their trademark stripped-back folksy style, with a great memorable hook, giving them an edge which will help with radio airtime. A hint of a string section, peeking at their heritage creates a delicate background to the more intense guitar riffs.  The brothers very clearly are coming into their own and this first single from their upcoming album really shines a light on what we can expect from the boys in the next year.

Their style lends itself very well to a live performance, a must hear that is very raw and not at all over produced. Intricate, precise guitar playing and vocals with a delicate irish twang, these guys are definitely trying to make their mark. After their mostly sold out tour at the end of last year, the guys are currently across the pond in LA working on their LP.  They are performing a few gigs on their travels for an altogether different crowd that are sure to embrace them just as their hometown audiences have.

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