Sam Shinazzi – Review

Raw emotion and authenticity are the hardest things for a singer/songwriter to get across. Sam, on his newest album Forever & For Now not only delivers them both, lyrically and musically, but does so with a warm embrace. Sounds that harken back to the indie, grand, guitar alt-rock of Boston¹s heroes the Lemonheads and Grant Lee Buffalo, but all fresh for today. Mr Shinazzi¹s finest work, and so well worth embracing yourself.

Michael Taylor MD Universal Music Australia

Perry Keyes – Review – THE MUSIC

“Sunnyholt”    4 ½ Stars

Perry Keyes’ fourth long-player is an ambitious concept piece about an extended family fighting for a decent life (and sometimes survival) in the working-class western suburbs of Sydney.

The first of a two-album series (with follow-up The Great Western Highway due later this year), it’s a collection of songs dense in rich Australian imagery and insight, the beautifully painted scenarios portraying a grim picture of a tough life where hope reigns eternal.

The music is sparse and subdued for the most part, setting the moods well to complement the narratives, but it’s Keyes’ lyrics that dominate proceedings. When he rasps, “You don’t deserve this tobacco-soaked kiss” (Home Is Where The Heart Disease Is), it’s as effortlessly emotive as the great masters (Dylan, The Boss, Kelly et al). It’s the intricacies of detail that give the songs their considerable heft, and while it’s typically Sydney-centric in scope, for every mention of Martin Place, Harry’s Café de Wheels, Strathfield or Botany Bay there’s a reference to ANZAC Day, Archie Roach, $5 steaks, Sunnyboys and ODIs to make it ultimately inclusive.

Drug references abound (but desperate rather than glamorous) and there’s a lot of personal torment invested in these blue-collar montages – whether they be tales of dead-end jobs (Mario Milano’s Monaro), crime and punishment (Raymond John Denning) or people completely on the skids (The Abattoir Sky) each character is viewed through an empathic lens that begs for understanding. Powerful stuff.   

Steve Bell  THE MUSIC 27 Jan 2015     PURCHASE  Sunnyholt

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Sam Shinazzi – Review – The Music

“Forever & For Now” 4 ½ Stars

Sometimes the most complicated thing is keeping it simple. Shinazzi has the knack of it.

It’s little remembrances as conversations, the emotions distilled to a phrase, a feeling. It’s knowing something’s not quite right and recognising the doubts. Knowing in your Bones “the fear of being alone”is all that’s holding a faltering relationship together. But there’s joy in small gestures too: The Day We Met’s overseas call from a friend at a Springsteen concert, or seeing someone on an early train by chance – a sign that Everything’s Alright. And it just might be.

Ross Clelland  27 Jan 2015           PURCHASE Forever & For Now

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Perry Keyes – Review – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

Tales of Western Sydney  Sydney Festival:

The Aurora  18 Jan 2015      4 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel  SMH

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There is a slight but crucial error in the press release accompanying the soon to be released fourth album from Perry Keyes, Sunnyholt. It says he is “a singer/songwriter from Sydney, Australia” when in fact it should be “Perry Keyes is a singer/songwriter of Sydney, Australia”. In fact, you could go further and say he is the singer/songwriter of Sydney, Australia.
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Perry Keyes “Tales of Sydney’s Western Suburbs”

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Sydney Festival 2015

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE  18th January

5.15pm   Festival Village

“The Aurora”(College & Park)

General Admission $29 

“Perry Keyes is a Sydney romantic who can see the battered beauty beneath the gloss”   Sydney Morning Herald

Perry Keyes crafts portraits of city life. Capturing the essence of Sydney’s once working-class suburbs – through the experiences of family and neighbours – the acclaimed musician presents the premiere of his Sunnyholt project.

Sharing tales of Sydney’s western suburbs from the late 60s to the present day – from the perspective of his extended family, who were moved there by the Housing Commission – Keyes utilises a full band, visuals and personal stories to trace the journey of generations disintegrating under the social and economic pressures of life on the city’s fringe.

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