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The Calling Card Release New Compilation Album, You’ve Got A Lot To Learn

Welsh band The Calling Card have collected all of their demos from their first album, Everything You’re Not, as well as demos for new songs and have produced a 21 song compilation. The compilation is titled, You’ve Got A Lot To Learn and is now up for free download on bandcamp. The title comes from the lyrics for the first song the band ever recorded, Weight Of The World.

The new 21 song compilation contains classics from Everything You’re Not such as Weight Of The World, Lets Stay Young and Cross My Heart among others while also introducing new tracks Caligula, Neon Lights, We Are Just Kids And We’re Never Giving Up, Day In/Day Out, Hayley’s Got Me In A Spin, Someone’s Watching Me, Stop The Sun and We’re Not Anywhere. There is also the odd live or acoustic track or remix.

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The Calling Card You’ve Got A Lot To Learn album artwork

Caligula is a heavy rock number whereas Neon Lights is a pop song with uplifting acoustic rhythm guitar and a happy, summery drum beat. It will make you feel good, especially in the gloomy winter weather. It’s a song about returning home, “Run away/Run away from the city…Take me up/Little space ship/Take me up/On your runaway train/Take me up/In your little black car.”

We Are Just Kids And We’re Never Giving Up is a solemn new track comprising of Benj’s vocals and rock ballad music while Day In/Day Out sees The Calling Card return to their Blink 182 style pop/rock. Hayley’s Got Me In A Spin brings back their summery, acoustic sound perfect for a love song. Someone’s Watching Me is particularly heavy for The Calling Card, focusing primarily on rock guitar riffs which are slightly overpowering.

Stop The Sun is your typical The Calling Card song while We’re Not Anywhere sees them try their hand at a slow, meaningful and lyrical song. This is the equivalent of Everything You’re Not’s Lost @ Sea. Benj’s vocals are soft, emotional and coherent. It’s a welcome surprise near the end of You’ve Got A Lot To Learn.

Not only have The Calling Card released this new demo CD but they are also going to be releasing a new track, one per week for every week of 2014. It’s all going to be collected at the end of the year under their new album titled 52. Just like the demo album, You’ve Got A Lot To Learn, it’s all going to go up on bandcamp and YouTube and will be completely free for everyone. Watch this space in 2014 for more details.

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The Calling Card – Everything You’re Not

Newport based band The Calling Card have recently released their debut album, Everything You’re Not. Defining themselves as not being part of a current trend, The Calling Card and their music can certainly be classed as original. With enough energy and attitude that could match bands such as You Me At Six, fellow Welsh band The Blackout and many others, they are definitely making an impression.

Having already supported the likes of Ian Watkins, Zebrahead, Attack! Attack! and Alkaline Trio since forming in 2009, they certainly have something to be proud of.

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The Calling Card Everything You’re Not album artwork

Everything You’re Not combines what this band is all about. It has the perfect blend of punchy rock guitar riffs and some slower more gentle, acoustic numbers which will have something for everyone’s taste. If any comparisons can be made, You Me At Six would spring to mind but even this link is weak. Some songs resemble YMAS’ sound when they first started out such as Don’t Let It Go and Everyone Gets One. This is a sound which will never get old.

The Calling Card balance this heavily rock influenced album with a few acoustic numbers such as Lost @ Sea and Why So Serious. Lost @ Sea is an emotional acoustic song followed by, perhaps the heaviest track on the album, Keep The Change. Why So Serious is a tribute to Heath Ledger despite you doubting if it was in fact a quote from the film. Lead singer and songwriter, Benj Squibbs said: “This is the earliest track written and was written just after Heath Ledger had died.  He was someone that seemed to be on the rise in Hollywood and then tragically was cut short. He really was this generations River Pheonix. I think it’s a great tribute to him anyways.”

The Welsh band praise themselves on being different. Lyrically, they say they do not focus on the normal subjects such as girls, love and parties. They say they “…would prefer to quote Friedrich Nietzsche or refer to The West Memphis Three in their tunes.” This can be seen to be true for tracks likes Everyone Gets One which focuses on depression and Weight of the World which is about the lack of confidence people have in the voting system and politicians. Lost @ Sea also has a hard subject matter as it tells the story of someone the lead singer knew who drowned at 13 years old.

By far though, Cross My Heart is the most interesting song on the album. With an Elvis Costella feel to it, Benj Squibbs describes the song as having “more of an angry lyric rather than a depressed sad state”. It has a pop feel to it but sounds a little vintage too. The melodies and rhythm in this song just sound perfect.

The Calling Card sure have produced an original and intriguing album full of ups and downs. There isn’t a track to dislike. Each song has something to offer. The Calling Card don’t claim to be lyrical geniuses and sometimes simple is just what you need.

The Calling Card are Benj Squibbs (vocals/songwriter), Simon Strickland (guitar), Stephen Parry (guitar), Kyle Jones (bass) and Lewys Hobden (drums). Visit their facebook page for more information.

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