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TRACK BY TRACK: Danny Beardsley’s Blood From A Stone

DANNY BEARDSLEY (www.facebook.com/DannyRBeardsley/) unleashes his stunning debut solo album, Blood From A Stone, out this Friday. With comparisons spanning from Alter Bridge, Chris Connell and Pearl Jam, you need this record in your life. We exclusively asked Danny for this unique insight to the album:

“ACCEPT DEFEAT

The theme of this song is inspired by people not pulling their weight and letting others down. A mid paced rock track with a powerful bluesy opening riff, Arpeggiated clean verses leading into a thunderous catchy chorus. Gently eases into an ambient sounding middle section, then back into a riff based lead line.

BEHIND ENEMY LINES

It’s about working together, being there for our loved ones and supporting each other through the good times and the bad. Thick and groovy riffs and a stripped back verse with a bluesy sounding vocal line. Anthem like melody and punchy groove. Country style lead lines and a shimmery bridge lead into a 80s inspired guitar lead line. The track is wrapped up with a crescendo of choruses.

BLIND EYED DECISIONS

I have a tendency to become rather obsessed when my mind is focused on something. This song is about me tackling that trait and learning to slow down. Blues chorus and riff leading into a syncopated verse and moody vocal lines. The track wraps up with a double serving of the chorus and a power chord ring out.

BLOOD FROM A STONE (https://youtu.be/7cSOLby7gUc)

Self doubt is something I’ve been tackling for years. I realise that I’ve been going round in circles chasing perfection with everything I do and become frustrated in the process. That on top of the fact I don’t usually feel comfortable expressing emotion with words, this song has been a therapeutic way of admitting I’m hard work at times….like getting blood from a stone. Plenty of melody and power polished off with a soaring cheesy guitar line.

BREATHE

Starting out with an acapella chorus, the verse smashes in with a simple country rock repetitive riff. Vocal melodies are simple yet catchy held together with ample groove from the rhythm section. Choruses are simple yet catchy. This song is about how the heart speaks and all we need to do is listen. Being there for our family and friends though it all.

NEVER TOO LATE

This song touches on why it’s important to talk to others about mental health issues. Figuring out who you are and where you’re heading is tough at times, but the power of change comes from within. A syncopated rock riff, an ambient, almost oriental sounding verse.

NOTHING LEFT TO GIVE

This song is about hitting rock bottom and having nothing left to give. Searching for answers and needing help from others. An acoustic based track with emotional vocal lines travels through a duet of verses and choruses. A Lydian based groove and melodic lead line.

SOME KINDA LOVE

I wrote this song for my wife. I’m sure anyone in love can relate to this song though. It’s about meeting that special someone who you simply cannot do enough for, sharing a life together and being happy. Opening the song is a ‘Brian May’ influenced trio of guitar harmonies. Layers of acoustic and reverb infused clean guitars upon a melodic and groovy bass line. A wall of dirty guitars and singalong vocal lines.

THIS FOOL (https://youtu.be/oTgHH1fOpNI)

Obviously inspired by the wise words of Shakespeare, it’s about being taken advantage of yet being fully aware you are no fool. The fear of the unknown overrides being used as a doormat. Acoustic guitars open the track and ease into a vocal driven verse with entwined bass and guitar lines. The chorus throws every ounce of power at the mix, embellished with call and response vocal lines. The middle section is held together with a tribal infused drum groove and a crescendo of guitars.

WILT AWAY

This song is about anxious thoughts and feelings. The way they tear you down and spin out of control when you give them enough focus. Feeling lost and alone, haunted by intrusive thoughts masking who you are and therefore creating a stranger in your own mind. A dark sounding, stripped back track heavily focusing on vocal melody.”

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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