I first came across Nicholas Connors in a Uni tutorial we both hated, passionately. I had no idea he made music and I don’t think he realised what I did to pass the time. A few months later however, after the perils of Uni were behind us, his single ‘Other People’ landed in my inbox. I absolutely raved about the track when it was released, and practically begged for more music. That day has finally come. The 16th of June marks the release of Nick’s debut EP True Love, and hot damn was it worth the weight.
True Love is a collection of gritty blues meshed with some alt-rock straight hot fire thrown in for good measure. His voice demands to be felt, and the baritone sound will make even the novice listener weak at the knees. There’s also a very specific energy to his sound, something that’s so evident on tracks like ‘Other People’ and ‘Hollywood,’ and as each progresses the excitement of being a part of the listening experience builds exponentially.
The entire EP for me, was really about paying homage to the true beauty of making and performing music. A backbone of the dirty guitar, a tight full band and vocal execution, adds just a touch of rough nostalgia to please the purists, but will still manage to delight the alt-rock kids in the process.
But hey, don’t just take my word for it. Like I said, the EP drops today – so for those who have only just discovered Nicholas Connors you’re spoilt for choice. You can also celebrate with him tonight at the Junkyard in Maitland, as well as a string of upcoming local shows for you to feast your ears on.
True Love is out now across all streaming platforms.
If it's on in Newcastle, it's on Newcastle Live