|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on August 9, 2015 at 7:35 AM||comments (156)|
Thought I'd share this review from Beth Hemmings of KicROCKS at KicFm
You know how people say ''To truly understand someone you must put yourself in their boots and walk around in them''? Let’s do just that for a couple of minutes, shall we? I'd like you to export yourself from your daily life, and import yourself into the rugged old boots of Salopian singer/songwriter Paul Henshaw. Together with his band of Scientific Simpletons, Henshaw's sheer passion and individualism shines through when they come together to make an electrifying and unique folk-punk sound that can only be described as atmospheric, tender and raw.
Last year saw great things for Paul Henshaw and The Scientific Simpletons, what with the release of his fantastic 3rd album 'I Refuse To Sink' which received glowing reviews across the media. It demonstrated real bold talent and songs with such meaning and lyrical excellence that it makes you want to throw yourself at their feet as you would any colossal superstar. In this album we see Paul and the band deliver such elegance through a style that can sometimes be referred to as ambiguous. Having said that, it sometimes proves difficult to find an album that, with every song, renders a different bubbling emotion within the pit of your stomach. But this is an album that can do just that. Each song is as energy filled and passionate as the next with Paul (through the lyrics) clearly reminiscing on some of his previous more anger filled songs with an almost ridiculing attitude that certainly fills any room he performs in with an entertaining ambiance.
The upbeat hit ''Irish Singer Song Writer'' appears as the second single on the album and it really sticks out, taking the listener on a poignant journey into the mind of a slightly more youthful Paul through some rip-roaring folky riffs in a rather unique way. The lyrics ''Ever since I was a boy, I played guitar and dreamt of breaking hearts'' demonstrates how rooted Paul's commitment and determination for recognition is and I think is what makes him really stand out from the crowd (apart from the obvious - he bloody knows his way around a guitar).
2014 and Paul's commitment gave him the opportunity to explore the Far East on a solo soul-searching quest through China, Taiwan and Thailand. It gave him massive album success and a smashing festival season. With the success aromatically filing through to this year, Paul has already seen prosperity within the Amazon charts with a No 2 single and ''Alone In The Crowd, My Mate And Me'', written by murdered Shrewsbury busker Ben Bebbington, reached Amazon's No 1 folk best seller. Paul has also shared stages with some of the acclaimed artists of his genre such as Newton Faulkner, the hilarious John Otway, The Orb and many more.
So, I hope at this point you're still wearing Paul Henshaw’s rugged old boots? You are? Good. Let me ask you this then; if you have had this amount of promising auspiciousness as a brash and exceptionally talented up and comer, would you be satisfied? If the answer is a resounding no then you have certainly filled those boots well, as neither is Paul. The sky is the limit for this Shropshire gent and with the level of prosperity we're seeing throughout all aspects of his musical occupation so far, I predict a career destined for individual folk-punk immortality, and rapid musical oblivion. To infinity and beyond...
|Posted by email@example.com on July 8, 2015 at 9:35 AM||comments (93)|
I am sorry, I try to change the colour of the text on this blog every bloody week but NEVER will it do what I want, anyway I'll try again
Once again another busy week leads to another, but what a life this is!
Last week "Shrewsbury pronounced...SHROOOSBURY" won the debate about how we say our county towns name (although the locals like me pronounce it Shoosbury), Nikki, Braddaz and me thouroughly enjoyed the night, and even headed out to a local open mic afterwards to support it and play a short set of new tunes.
Came home and drank way too much in a short space of time including a lush vodka watermelon. Braddaz wimped out early and I was left to finish his Wild turkey too
Felt a bit shitty Friday morning, ah well, it happens
Yesterday saw the 10th anniversary of 7/7. I can't imagine what the events of that day we're like or what they have been like since, my thoughts, and its easy to say this, are that humanity won that day. People of all races and religions came together and beat the cum that caused the deaths and the pain. The only way to beat this is to remember the people we lost, help the people who were effected and carry on like these fuckers don't exist. If we change what we do, they have won. Easy for me to say eh?
So this week, tonight Nikki and me are playing over Wolverhampton way and then tomorrow I'm on the radio with Jim Hawkins talking about punk. Punks never been about uniforms and mohicans for me, its an ethos of doing what you want, when you want, and bending the rules a bit.
Friday is a hometown gig at the Wheatsheaf, Frankwell and then Saturday I'm playing a solo show at the Shrewsbury Flaxmill. Sunday has the band playing 2 gigs, one at Alsager music festival and then a private house party for a good friend and supporter of the band for many years, not sure they know about it yet so it'll be a big surprise when we roll up.
Then it's back into working on new tunes, will get posting some new stuff up really soon
Look after yourselves
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on June 30, 2015 at 11:55 AM||comments (1)|
Well the suns out and it's blazing here at Henshaw Towers, Christ even Frank Dog has had enough and he's a bit of a sun worshipper
Once again we had a busy old weekend, Nikki and me gigging locally in Wem on Friday night, which turned out to be a real blast and then our first headline festival mainstage gig at Shrewsbury food festival on Saturday before Nikki and me headed off to Stoke for a duet gig Saturday night.
The festival was just the best, The stage was faced directly towards the Church of St Chads roof where just 2 months ago the band played the first ever gig on the roof. Think they've had choirs up there before but never a folk punk band with a hippy bodhran player
I think I speak for alot of musicians but being on an outdoor stage, with a decent breeze filtering thru the stage, looking out on to a good few faces,....well theres nothing better. Not sure how many people we played to but theres was 23,000 through the gates over the weekend and Saturday was the best attended day so i'll leave the predictionists to work that one out. Needless to say it was bloody good fun!
Braddaz presented us with a hippy token before the gig. A button, pin, coin or something but it was a really nice thought. Mine had "Relax" on it, yeah like that'll happen. The button is now sat in Buddha's hands in the studio
Sunday was a day off but I headed into the studio for a bit of work on "Black Sky Thinking" a new solo song for the new album, the sun was out and it became a right sweatbox
So off we go on another mental week, 2 gigs Thursday, then Friday and Saturday too, and of course festival season is well underway so no sleep till October
|Posted by email@example.com on June 22, 2015 at 3:25 AM||comments (1)|
I've had one of those weekends that'll leave you asleep standing up because you're so knackered, your fingers are throbbing and you no longer have a voice, but one thats been great fun too.
The 3 Blacksmith Hill gigs started off on Friday night in Wem, Shropshire at a local stomping ground for me. The usual bedlam followed and after nearly 3 hours the crowd decided it was time for bed and let us stop playing. Its a small country venue but the usual crowd of shouters and stompers were there and our beloved Flouroman made another appearance too egged on by Sam and his other mates. Flouroman's name is Rory, and he's just one of those people who get what we do. Top night.
A guy called Terry came up to me at the end who had seen bits in the press about Bens song and the roof gig with The Simpletons at this years Big Busk. Terry used to work with my Dad and he had made the trip to the gig specifically to tell me what a top bloke my Dad was and how sorry he was to hear of his passing a few years back. It was a really nice thing to do and very touching to hear.
On Saturday my good friend Will Barnes came over and we worked on a song I'd recorded with Nikki last week. A cover of The Decemberists "June Hymn" - Sounding really sweet now Wills sprinkled his magic dust on it! Now considering Will plays in Gypsy Fire and is just one of the Uk's top guitar talents I was laughing hard when I gave him a copy of the first Jonas (This being my old band) CD whihc I'd aquired a box of earlier this week. He seemed truly stoked to finally have a copy of the album "Cyclosporin" and told me of a time when he was a kid, maybe 10 or 11 when he'd seen us on the TV the night before and had gone into school bragging abut knowing us! Ha!
Anyway, I digress
Will went off to play a solo gig in Welshpool and Nikki and me loaded up again and headed to The Steamwagon in Shrewsbury for gig #2 of the weekend. Once again a fun night ensued, except for a bit of glass throwing and a fight which seemed to go on forever outside the venue but it wasn't aimed at us (Neither was the glass thankfully) It was great to see Tim and Rhi, more good friends of ours, at the gig and I greatly appreciated the huge man hug I got off Tim, as I always do when we see each other. Saturday was the anniversary of my Mum's passing, been a bit of a parents weekend this one. I miss them both dearly
3am wasn't really the time to hit the sack considering we had a 2 and a half hour drive to Symonds Yat for a 2pm gig on Sunday so we we're pretty bollocksed when it came to loading up and hitting the road on Sunday morning.
The fabulous Jamie and The Ye Old Ferrie staff greeted us with meals, drinks, stunning hospitality and an outdoor stage with a view to die for. We were there to play for a regular at the venue and appreciator of our tunes birthday celebrations / piss up. We ended up playing for 3 hours and I'm wondering now if my Slayer like rendition of Delilah at the end was such a good idea? Still, everyone had a blast and we got home as the sun's last rays were hitting the chimney pots. Tracey from Tnt Photoart made the trip which was great and I saw an old friend from down that way who I used to play in a band with years ago and I'd not seen for about 4 years. Even managed to get him on stage for a song which was like a trip down memory lane.
Of course, when your most knackered you can't sleep and I have a busy week ahead on pre production for new original songs that are written and of course more work on the Blacksmith Hill tunes.
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on April 27, 2015 at 4:15 AM||comments (88)|
This week started early enough with a 5:30am alarm call so I could get up and be interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live. York council have written some busker guidelines and they wanted an opinion of a Busker / musician, it was fun but I should have gone to bed earlier!
Nikki and me played a couple of duet gigs over the weekend which were alot of fun and meant I got to see my good friend Mark J again, happy days
So, I'm up and about, 3 coffees down and working on getting ready for the single release of Ben Bebbingtons song "Alone in the crowd" on May 18th before I head face first into a run of 8 consequative nights out and about playing Stoke, Shrewsbury, Ross on Wye, Wolverhampton and a few other towns in this fair land
And, I have to fix my kitchen light!
Busy boy me eh?
|Posted by email@example.com on April 6, 2015 at 2:50 PM||comments (111)|
Well its been a long time coming round but finally we are a day passed this years Big Busk
I can't even begin to tell you just how much of a privilage being part of this wonderful annual event is, and I speak for the guys and girl in the band too, I think I speak for them when I say it'll be something we support for as long as we can hold a guitar / drum or whatever!
What happened in 2012 to Benson was dreadful, and whereas some people, understandably would have crumbled in grief, the family decided to hold a celebration of music and dance in my thier hometown of Shrewsbury.
This year was the third, and for me and the band the busiest, After a successful busk at The Greenhous Meadow, Shrewsbury Towns Football Club, we headed to Manchester to see our best fan boy Sam in Cadishead. Saturday saw us busking a couple of times in town and the headlining at our favoured haunt, The Wheatsheaf Frankwell. A thumping, sweaty evening was had by all
Yesterday then, and I'm not sure what to say, apart from just how freaking awesome was that!!!!??
First up, we bacame the first band to play on the roof of Shrewsbury, St Chads Church and what an experience that was? Just an incredible feeling to be a part of something so special. On a wide open space like that the sound was weird but also spookily just right. I'm told it was bouncing downstairs but we did notice a definite reduction in stage divers
Then on to the duet I have been working on with Benson. As asked by Bens family, I have reworked respectfully a song the Ben wrote called Alone in the Crowd. Inside the church I sang, as did Nikki, Bens song for the first time infront of a packed building and in front of Bens family, including his mum
I can't tell you what it was like, I was pretty much out of it, I just remember starting it and then the church was on its feet applauding
It was hugely humbling, but also just a stunning thing to do, I finally got to sing with Benson!
So then, onwards! We have 2 massive projects we are working on right now, so I hate this phrase but watch this space
Things are about to "stay" exciting!
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on October 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM||comments (108)|
Thought I'd post a particularly good review of I REFUSE TO SINK from Sam Rogers at Salford City Radio
Paul Henshaw & The Scientific Simpletons
I REFUSE TO SINK
Crazy Yellow Dog / Shakster Records
The latest chapter in the discography of Shropshire's answer to Frank Turner, Paul Henshaw is perhaps his best work to date.
'I Refuse to Sink' is the follow up to the popular 'Winners never quit...' and Henshaw has proved with both that he isn't willing to do either when it comes to the pursuit of musical happiness.
Of the ten tracks on the album, personal favorites include 'Irish Singer Songwriter', 'Proud Salopian' and 'Camaraderie' which is perhaps the pick of the bunch.
As with many musicians Paul likes to reminisce and the angry nature of some of his previous work is replaced by a no less entertaining look back over what are seemingly anecdotes of the singer's past. The energy and intensity is still there, but what Henshaw has done rather shrewdly is opened his work up for a whole new generation of followers, and allow those somewhat longer in the tooth to cast their minds back fondly on their youth.
A particularly poignant lyric from Camaraderie shows how attitudes change with age and how none of us are ever as invincible as we thought we were with the naivety of youth - “I was immortal, and unbeatable, I was so untouchable but broken bones and cuts all mean something now, they all hurt me now”.
When you have the fortune of watching Henshaw and his band of Simpletons perform live, it is easy to see that behind the brash and outspoken frontman who entertains crowds week in, week out is a man who genuinely enjoys the time he spends on stage and it is felt in his lyrics. “Ever since I was a boy, I've played guitar and dreamt of breaking hearts”, could easily be a sentence scrawled in a journal of Henshaw's instead it is the opening lyric to 'Irish Singer Songwriter' and it is that passion for the art of musicianship that makes Henshaw's work inspirational.
It is easy to get engrossed within this album as it takes you on a journey that many will draw similarities from. While for others, the prospect of producing songs of such a standard is merely an aspiration or forgotten dream.
One thing is for sure though, whether an aspiring songwriter or a frustrated musician, 'I Refuse to Sink' is the one anthem of self-belief that everyone needs to hear.
94.4FM Salford City Radio
|Posted by email@example.com on May 18, 2014 at 4:45 AM||comments (124)|
Sometimes, I get really annoyed with some of the Britians got Talent / X Factor / Voice etc contestants attitudes, like the guy on BGT last night? Complaining about pool table sized stages, you know the one whinging that he wanted to break out of the crappy working mens clubs and pubs he played, try not ripping Lee Evans off? Y'know, just as an idea?
Anyway, my point is those pubs, clubs, sweaty, small and sometimes aggressive places are real, it's where real people go, it's where people want and need entertaining and where an artist can go and not only build a following, but learn how to do that AND more importantly put original material in front of people who will give you an opinion of YOUR music / Act. It appears to me these acts want out of that, maybe because its real and sometimes because its not the response or opinion you want to hear, maybe? I don't know?
It's not like theres a shortage of acts wanting to escape the mire and shithole hell these venues are? The reason they give is they have paid their dues and want what they deserve but it's why I like a lot of the acts I do, of course there's room for everyone but its because they play to 25,000 at a festival one night, they are as happy in front the 100 sweaty shouting piss heads the next. Would I like to play in front of huge crowds? Sure I would but what would I play? EXACTLY what I play in pubs and small sweaty clubs today.
So to all those bands who are happy at a festival and still happy in a pub or club a hundred miles away from anywhere just because THEY HAVE TO DO IT, then hats off and lets leave the dream chasing to those who can't handle the "Your Shit!" heckles from the bar anymore
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on March 1, 2014 at 11:45 AM||comments (328)|
Real quick note to send a get well soon to the singer from YOUNG REBEL SET.
I was due to support them last night but during soundcheck Matthew Chipchase collapsed and the YRS gigs was cancelled.
Me and the band, The Sonic Revolution and Logical Drama carried on and I got to admit, had a fucking spiffing evening, a good fun crowd who were up for original music AND we did alright on the merch stall!
Dunno hat happened to Matthew, trust alls well man and you get better soon
|Posted by email@example.com on February 16, 2014 at 4:25 PM||comments (103)|
Well I've been fighting a severe bout of man flu and today spent the day in the coolest tattoo shop I know to shoot the video for PROUD SALOPIAN, right now I'm hovvering somewhere between totally exhausted and barely awake!
I was lucky to get some great friends in for the shoot, and was kindly lent floor space at Electric Scribble Tattoo's in Stoke on Trent by the awesome Julian, Deborah and Jarod Forrester
I was after something really specific for this video, the feel that accompanied the whole album, a feeling of ownership and fun. Its not just us up there playing y'know? Anyone who comes to the shows knows that, but then it was just an idea and a great demonstration of how getting the right people working with you can take a simple idea and make something really cool out of it. Grodge the Director and camera dude is exactly that.
When he came over to talk about the vid ideas he laughed at my "A bunch of us dancing round in a tattoo shop" But I know what we got will be immense!
What I love more than anything is that people gave up their sundays to help out, The guys from the tattoo shop, the guys in the band (Like they have a choice haha!) But people who come to the gigs and shout along like Andy B, Fay, Rob, My Slayer Bro Paul Bell and some new friends like Hayley Strangelove and Paul from Son of Shinobi (Well worth a listen btw)
Right, I'm going to listen to a bit of Blink 182, don't know why and lick my man flu wounds!