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WORLD PREMIERE: ‘Blue Like Me’ – Gianni Paci

With an ominous video posted in December last year titled just ‘Who Was Gianni Paci’ there’s an air of mystery around the solo artist that is Gianni Paci. Although young in age, the New York native has quite the CV behind him, having worked with the likes of Jon Anderson, Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie’s backing band), and Ace Frehley (of KISS).

Having performed as the lead singer for the trio that was The Pine Hollows – an act that released two albums as teens and even performed at CBGB before amicably parting ways in 2013 – there are no signs of Gianni trailing behind. His journey to fame has been one of the lofty heights indeed, as he took his debut EP to production extraordinaire Perry Margouleff (Maroon 5, Led Zeppelin) hoping for a reaction that might also launch him further. Of course, the chance was taken.

Scooped out from his former band’s self-titled first album, a fresh-faced video has been unearthed that fills in the blanks in case you’re wondering of Paci’s musical stylings. Recorded when he was practically a child, here at MCR Live, we’re more than content in sharing with you the world premiere of ‘Blue Like Me’.

There’s a baroque air of The Lemon Twigs voices in Gianni’s vocal cords. Each lyric tells the unnervingly vulnerable tale about how a fanciful relationship unfolds in today’s culture of speaking out. Similar to the aforementioned duo (also coincidentally American citizens), Gianni’s verses in ‘Blue Like Me’ tell of love-lost tales: “You and I, we’re scarred the same/we can only relate” Gianni estimates, with pain in his voice. A dreamy 70s hue filters through the video, matching the theme of the track and laying down the musings that suit Gianni Paci. With a back-catalog to boot, alongside the ascertained track, you’re more than encouraged to keep an eye on this rising youngster.

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PREMIERE: Giant Boys – ‘Clap Your Hands’

Giant Boys are Salford based post-punk duo Scottie McKnight and Guy Connor. They formed in the spring of 2017 out of a mutual desire to record something satisfyingly heavy. As the project progressed, it became clear that the Giant Boys ethos was to write and record very quickly, always using first takes and never overthinking or labouring songs, allowing the initial energy and feel of the idea to be what is finally heard on record.

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Post-punk gets a callow, minimalist refresh from the band, with a sound that entwines a Slaves-like level of recognisable Brit punk with something fresh and DIY, comparable to The Foetals. A sound like theirs feels pivotal in the shift of a music genre like post-punk that’s begun to become such a prominent style in the music world.

For their debut EP, the namesake title track of ‘Clap Your Hands’ is a hardcore ode to the darker side of post-punk. It’s set with a pacing drum beat that sets the tone and gets the basis for an anthem going, backed with echoing vocals by both members. The feel is one of a main character falling into madness with a calm, soothing voice narrating his descent – but is it too late? Other tracks on Giant Boys debut EP are ‘Product Recall’ and ‘Down To The Quick’ with the latter igniting reference to The Prodigy’s ‘Firestarter’ opening with a similarly invigorating sound that gets the pulse racing.

With an organic attitude, Giant Boys present their hedonistic post-punk sound in it’s rawest form and after listening to the EP, the instant thought is “when’s their next live gig”. With upcoming dates such as Stay Fresh Fest and an evening at Salford’s Eagle Inn: we’ll meet you at the front.

Set to be released for streaming on 7th September this year, with a tangible format on cassette for this years official Cassette Store Day. Like Giant Boys on Facebook to keep up to date 👀