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by Sharp Practise

An original, upbeat group with a unique sound, great lyrics and music.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Eve Got Adam
4:08 $0.99
2. Complete History
4:18 $0.99
3. Born And Raised
4:46 $0.99
4. OK
3:48 $0.99
5. It's Alright
4:23 $0.99
6. Love Freely Given
4:53 $0.99
7. Are You Red Or Blue?
2:50 $0.99
8. Maybe It's Gonna Be Tonight
3:43 $0.99
9. Half Full
4:08 $0.99
10. Won't You Be My Lover
3:45 $0.99
11. Him Or Me
3:12 $0.99
12. Book Of Days
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Read about us in both English and Spanish

Winners of a UK New Music Award in 2007, Sharp Practise released debut album Hiya in 2000 to good reviews. An appearance on Ground Zero TV in Australia led to playlisting around the world. Song from “Hiya” were featured on a DVD by Japanese TV star Chieko Mitsui and on the “Rock For Athletes” CD produced for Italian sportswear company Fila.

New album “Radiocity” is available worldwide with songs from it winning Track of The Day and Listener’s Picks awards on The album won a Kweevak Award 2006. 200,000 copies of Sharp Practise’s music were distributed in France and Radiocity was released under licence to Whiterock Records in Germany. The CD became available in Canada and was licensed to Turmic Records in Sweden. BBC Radio Lancashire has interviewed the band and we have been featured in the BeSonic Newsletter.

“We are a rock band that can play with influences from folk to dance yet still create a sound that is recognised as Sharp Practise and no other band,” frontman Nigel Clothier says. “We’re fighting a crusade to get well-played, proper songs back into the charts around the world.

“Radiocity” is essentially an album about travel - in both the literal and emotional sense – and is described by the press as a pure delight in a music world where style is often preferable to substance. It should go down well with fans of the Counting Crows, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and many others. “We’re trying to put some good playing together with some strong words and picking up on things from everyday life as if we were peeking into your diary and singing your life back to you,” says Nigel.

The band’s first major tour was a five-week British expedition from London to Glasgow. Highlights included the hometown show at the Cavern Club, Liverpool and an HMV showcase in Manchester. We have been nominated for the Musicfinity UK Tour 2008.

A video for “Morgan’s Creek” from Radiocity was broadcast on Propeller TV (Sky Channel 195) to 48 countries across Europe in August and September 2007 and on StarChoice Satellite (ch.323) and Express-Vu (ch.258) Satellite Networks across Canada in March 2008. See us on YouTube:

Morgan’s Creek
Hook In My Heart

‘Sharp Practise’ es un grupo clásico de rock pero no es un rockanrol monstruo excesivo. Es un grupo que se acerca más a un rock clásico. Éste es el sonido de una banda que prefiere mantener las cosas reservadas y aunque no diría no a un sistema acústico, esta noche desean rock. ¡Y rockearan! Es el tipo de música que es la marca de Neil Finn con “power chords” dramáticos del estilo “The Who” y la batería discordancia furiosa, como INXS antes que se perdieran; es decir es música urgente. Obviamente, ésta es una banda que, como nuestros primos de las antipodas, no tiene miedo de maestría musical, de compañerismo, y de melifluosidad.
Su último CD ‘Radiocity’ es esencialmente un álbum sobre los viajes – tanto en el sentido literal como emocional - y es una verdadera delicia en un mundo musical donde a menudo se prefiere el estilo a la sustancia. Además el trabajo de producción es de calidad excepcional.
Hay un sentido fuerte de la universalidad y de la pertinencia que le atrae, como escuchar “Cats in the Cradle” con su papá, o viajar solo por un país extranjero (¡particularmente Australia!) con una sonrisa en su cara y el sol en su espalda. Esto debe de gustarle a los aficionados del Counting Crows y de Big Country.



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Wigan Reporter (mark Donaghy)

Faultless musicianship, decent tunes and simple but effective lyrics
The music could probably be described as soft rock, a sort of Dire Straits,with faultless musicianship, decent tunes and simple but effective lyrics.

Funky Rock News

Hard to get out of your head
Hiya is a tremendous success musically speaking! Lead singer and frontman Nigel Clothier is one of the most talented up and coming musicians in the entire UK. The melodic rhythms, haunting lyrics and fantastic poetic prowess push this band to the forefront of today’s music. If you haven't heard much of this band by all means go out and purchase their debut album. If it's not readily available in your record store you can ask them to order it. These songs are hard to get out of your head.

Georgina O'mara

This is what the press think so far
"Really nice album, fusion of Brit pop & 80's sensibility"
George Graham, WVIA Scranton,PA.
“An atmospheric selection of songs with the emphasis on quality lyrical content.”
Steve Elliott, Olympic Radio
“Jason Matlock (drums) looks like a drummer should – all biceps and tattoos…if well played and well sung melodic music with some excellent lyrics is your tip then get out and buy the album…I can’t recommend it too highly”
Andy Vaughan, Cockney Latic fanzine
“Good-rocking tunes that you sing as you drive your car and the sun is shining, the music is influenced by Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams and sure is suitable for the American radio stations.
Billy Ifantis (Skylight – Greece)
“Some people you meet you just get on instantly, well Sharp Practise is like that…familiar, unusual and original, how’s that for a contradiction!
Music Industry Connection, Feb 2001
“Restrained energy that bounces softly in light-hearted summertime fun”
ISWM Indie Pick Of The Month, June 2001
“I think this UK band has a lot of potential. Standout musical moments on this CD include the staggered vocal line on “OK” and the lovely piano work on “It’s Alright”. My favorite track was the rocking “Him or Me”, which really picked up the pace and sounded a bit like Sparks”
Jennifer Layton,
"Nigel Clothier’s talent for putting together an intelligent lyric seems to be matched by his ear for a hook…my favourite track is "OK", with it's 'geezer' start and almost RnR innards. It ends up as a cross between Blur and "The Timewarp". Sharp Practise is clearly a band to be admired and to keep an eye open for”
Graham Vine

Melanija (bratgirl)

Eleven potential number one hits
Star Rating: 5 stars
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 Description: A lovely mixture of rock tunes, commercial pop, folk, ballad and even a little alternative.
 Review Date: MAY-01
I do not believe I can ever recall hearing a whole CD where I can remember and (more importantly) understand all the lyrics of each track, until I listened to ‘Hiya'. Sharp Practise has an unusual sound but not in the weird sense but more a mainstream fusionistic approach with a positive outlook and creativity which is vibrant to say the least. They are gaining much media attention world wide and why wouldn't they? When you present to the public a release such as this one with a lovely mixture of rock tunes, commercial pop, folk, ballad and even a little alternative. I sense a little Pink Floyd, or some similarity to Supertramp, maybe not unlike Billy Joel but very original hence why it is hard to really pinpoint the exact sound that is presented here. All the songs hold that equal quality of high standard musicianship which for the most part evades majority of artists, so in essence what I am saying here is that Sharp Practise has eleven potential number one hits here. I have no doubt in my mind that all ages would enjoy ‘Hiya'.


Simple but memorable stories of love and life
In the tradition of storytelling lyrics, Sharp Practise has a knack of writing simple but memorable songs of life and love and are not that far removed from bands such as THE MUTTON BIRDS and XTC. Nigel Clothier, who writes all the bands songs, has a way of making these songs sound both inviting and personal.

BORN AND RAISED brings up memories of a former relationship and it’s connections to local places. IT’S ALRIGHT is about how two people take a step back from their way of thinking and living and finding common ground in their relationship. MAYBE IT’S GONNA BE TONIGHT is the realisation of waiting for the other person to phone and that’s when the penny drops that they are seeing someone else. HIM OR ME tackles the same subject with a different twist. This time the twist is that the woman’s brother supposedly turns up for a visit but suspicion arises that she is with somebody else. How many of us can relate to these two songs?

BOOK OF DAYS is one of those songs which seems to wear it’s heart on its sleeve when it comes to giving as much support to a woman without looking for anything in return. EVE GOT ADAM looks at how a woman has as much power and persuasion over a man as much as Eve had over Adam in the Garden.

Nigel Clothier is SHARP PRACTISE, which was first formed in England in 1999; this album is the result from this first line-up. The band’s line-up for 2002 is totally different and their second album, RADIOCITY, should feature this new line up. Even though they are signed to Positive Records in the UK, SHARP PRACTISE is getting airplay in countries as far away as the USA and even AUSTRALIA. This is one band that should, in time, get a lot more recognition.

May Wiseman

This is one of those pop revolutions everyone's waiting for
You know that feeling when you’re driving home from a night of partying; the sun is rising, you’ve drunk yourself sober, and really all you want to do is get home, maybe just to get to your very own bed- seeming as though there’s always distractions that completely screw the whole event up. The birds chirping for one, and everyone dressed up – going to work/church smiling, waving to you in a friendly manner; worst of all is the fact you have to be at work in two hours. Damn!
Now flashback to the 80’s- not that pure cheese glam rock that we all loved, not Aqua Net’s last claim on fame, and not the foggy tube-top year, but to the New Wave generation that spawned from New York punk era. This Hiya formula is one of those that really can’t go wrong, and the same one that kept most of us waiting for the nascent band to emerge from the compost pile back in the day.
The Sharp Practise freshmen effort objectively is monotonous, power pop, and tediously brain funked- meaning you cannot get the these beats out of your head! The lyrics are simpleton zackeries, and the sound is happy, so happy you will hum! Damn again! “Eve Got Adam” is the hook here (of course it would have to be the first song), but the best tunes are found in the nonconformist tracks.
You know that riff that goes jooga jooga jing? Some of the successful obscure bands use it, and it can be found here on “OK”, and “Complete History” (one of those breaths of fresh air after they moved the sewage treatment plants out of your neighborhood kinda thing). Well, this is this band’s conspiracy for following you through to track twelve, and it works very well! Amazing sound there I’ll admit. However, the best tunes cannot be heard until toward the end of this ordeal.
“Maybe It’s Gonna Be Tonight”, a song about whether or not one should give up the crush or choose to pursue, the one that you'll only want to hear when you’re on the way to partnering up with that tasty flavor of the year. “Him Or Me" is a Kinks-sounding effort where all you want to do is crank the cheese up, synth or not. This is the making here, Hiya, for one of those pop (non- boy band) revolutions everyone waiting for.
Warning: this should not be played on a happy day, nor should it be played on sunny days. This is UK power pop, and should be handled in a super sad state- you will feel better having this touched the part of your brain that makes you joyous. Yuck!