THE REASONING (UK)
The Reasoning are a Cardiff-based seven-piece rock band featuring the song-writing talents of Matthew Cohen (bass), Dylan Thompson (lead guitar/lead vocals) and Rachel Cohen (lead vocals): the latter having been voted Best Female Vocalist by the UK’s Classic Rock Society for an unprecedented four consecutive years. Guitarist Owain Roberts, Jake Bradford-Sharp (drums), Maria Owen (acoustic guitar/vocals) and Tony Turrell (keyboards/vocals) complete this outstanding group of experienced musicians.
The band’s accomplished debut album Awakening was released in 2006 and, boasting eight well-crafted tracks and a guest appearance from Marillion’s Steve Rothery, has since garnered worldwide critical acclaim. Their second offering in 2008 – Dark Angel – mixed by John Mitchell of It Bites, Arena and Kino – secured an enthusiastic and ever-increasing international fan base.
Whilst remaining true to their trademark sound – featuring dual guitars, powerful vocal harmonies and irresistibly catchy melodies, this year’s album – Adverse Camber – takes The Reasoning into wholly contemporary musical territory, appealing to a wider audience than ever before.
Airbag has managed to create their own, unique sound with elements of classic and progressive rock, chill and jazz, influenced by artist from a wide range of genres, from Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree to Talk Talk, Radiohead and A-Ha. However, Airbag never relies on their influences and they’re always ready to experiment beyond genre restrictions.
Airbag released their debut album on Karisma Records in April 2009. The album, entitled Identity, comprises eight songs with Airbag’s unique sound of classic and progressive rock blended with cinematic soundscapes, epic guitars and strong melodies.