The Passing Sages

REVIEW: ‘Burnin’ Up’ (EP) – The Passing Sages

The Passing Sages – “Burnin’ Up” (EP)

The Passing Sages are a six-piece pop outfit from Fife, Scotland and today they release their debut EP, “Burnin’ Up”. The title track opens this five track ‘mini-album’ and instantly we learn of the bands soft rock, Fleetwood Mac style blended with traditional Scottish instrumentations that make for a very catchy and upbeat track that will have you “burning up right now” from the moment you press play. Before you’re allowed to catch a breath, the band launch into “Wonderful Person”, a very middle of the road tune that should please all around. This is a very radio friendly song and I hope this can be picked up on and played on Radio 2 on a Sunday morning…(!)

The tone comes down slightly with the next song, “Kindest Boy”, much more of a traditional folk style rock ballad with strong vocals from at least two or three of the band members as a crescendo of electric guitars rock out the middle-eight. There’s an element of funk about “Octave Higher” with its deep bass, this is very much a ‘show’ track as the music, the drama and the vocals move an octave higher with very minute of the smashing song. Officially there are only four songs on this EP, the fifth is an extended version of “Burnin’ Up” just in case you needed reminding of what a stonking tune this is!

The Passing Sages are Holly Clark, Carrie Forgan, Nic Holson, ‘Mr Clyne’, Sean Priestley and Daniel Keay and formed in 2017 although they only released their debut single, “(Your Love Makes Me) Happy”, in 2019. Since then the band have played festivals and gigs all over Scotland, raising their profile and building towards this first extended play, which will go down a treat with the 30+ generations. With all six members taking reference from their own individual music tastes and genres, there is something for everyone here but what does standout is the miriad of different musical styles and vocal harmonies possible to lift each song that much louder, stronger and bolder. This is where The Passing Sages make their entrance to a wider audience.

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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!