Answer Back

FRESH: ‘Fate And Fortune’ (EP) – Answer Back

Answer Back release “Fate And Fortune” EP

UK duo Oliver Grizzell and Chris Lewin go by the name of Answer Back and since 2010 they have been performing and recording their own DIY brand of music, instruments and recordings and the fact they’ve been going seven years now is a testiment of their ever growing fanbase and their grip on the music industry. This is never more evident than in their superb new EP, “Fate And Fortune”, which is out now.

The five track EP is a soft-rock/Country/pop extravaganza of uplifting and instantly catchy tunes from the opening “Count To Three” to the brilliant “Blissful”, the anthemic “Fate” and the strident “Bleeding Heart”, this is music for gigs, festivals or just for putting a smile on your face. “Fate And Fortune” is hopefully the first in a trilogy for the boys; a new, raw rocky take on their usual pop songs.

Answer Back tell us: “The band has taken a new direction, after a long hiatus we’re back, and this time we have brought everything back to basics. Drums, guitars, some keys and our voices, with an exciting new vision for a future of rock and rawness, layered on top of classic Answer Back pop melodies. A lot of thought, effort and energy has gone into creating this new Answer Back sound; the sound of our new era”.

The boys add: “After a a few years of quiet, and some thinking about where to take the band we have decided to get back to those grounded recordings that make all musicians fall in love with the process, and hope it will help people connect to our songs in a new way”. Well, we certainly think this is a collection of songs to shout about. Enjoy!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!