When the muse comes a calling there is no stopping her inspiration. Just ask songwriter/musician ANDREW NORQUAY. Having taken three years away from music due to commitments as a commercial diver, the creative roar within Andrew has erupted, steering him into finding a new explosive energy and expansive adventure for his alternative rock sound.
Drawing on inspirations which include the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Muse, Radiohead, and Oasis, Aberdeenshire hailing Andrew has breached new imagination and inventive tenacity in the songs bred since his return to the music scene. Lyrically, they explore and challenge personal and social issues within a landscape of growling riffs and fiery melodies. It makes for propositions which leave a lingering impact on thought and any appetite for evocatively rousing rock ‘n’ roll.
The first result of his new burst of inspiration is the ‘Vices EP’, released at the end of November 2016. Consisting of five heart bred tracks as infectiously anthemic as they are emotionally open and boldly fertile, the EP is a galvanic realisation of Andrew’s step forward in craft and invention from previous releases.
From the dark snarl, shaping the stoner spiced roar of “The Black Dog” and the desert rock hued incitement of “Animal”, the ‘Vices EP’ commands attention as Andrew’s melodic craft and harmonic tones temper and align to the heavier trespass of his riffs and rhythms. It is a variety which has also simply blossomed in his songwriting, evidenced further within the new release by the predacious yet exotically coloured stroll of “Warfare” and “Slaves” with its mesmeric southern blues drawl.
Completed by the smouldering flame of “Devils Touch”, the ‘Vices EP’ is a tapestry of varied genres and adventurous imagination subsequently mixed and mastered by Rohan Onraet (Gary Barlow, Wonderland, Delta Goodrem, Audio Bullys, Starsailor).
It is a declaration that its creator’s craft and sound has come of age and with a successor to this debut EP already in the works, the end of the year running into 2017 is when Andrew firmly puts his mark on the British rock landscape.