Hi Penthus was the 1st album I released under the moniker ‘The Mad Pride’. While free downloads of the songs were previously available, I recently decided to upload higher quality versions (320 kbps). I also fixed the ID3 tags which were not accurate in the mp3s which I originally uploaded back in 2010. The new mp3s can be freely downloaded from The Hi Penthus set on Soundcloud.
I uploaded a new song to Soundcloud and so far it’s been compared to David Bowie, Queensrÿche & Uriah Heep. I can’t say I’m influenced by any of them as I haven’t heard much of their music. I’ve been making an effort to listen to Bowie more recently though… just to understand the comparisons really.
Playing With Fire is from my 4th album Advice to the Wayfarer. I’m a little late posting it here but things have been crazy lately. 7 of the people who have commented on it on Soundcloud have likened it to David Bowie. It’s also been described as ‘dreamlike’, ‘atmospheric’ and ‘brooding grandeur’. I’m pretty happy with that. Oh, yeah, and here’s the song:
This is another new track from my forthcoming album ‘Advice to the Wayfarer’.
So far, comparisons have been made to David Bowie, Nick Cave, The Church and Andrew Lloyd Webber. As for genre, people have called it psychedelic, deathrock and low rock. I had fun looking into ‘deathrock’ as it’s a genre I’m not particularly familiar with.
Mr Atavist featured my song Malice in his Sunrise Ocean Bender radio show. Luckily he records his shows and posts them online as podcasts too. That particular episode is called “They’ll soon forget the field in which you lie”. You can find it at:
I went over to his wordpress blog and subsequently stumbled onto a review he wrote of my album ‘Scary Poppins’. Here’s a couple of highlights:
“Touches of the fragile detachment of Radiohead and a spectrum of dramatic emotion all take up residence under an ominous sky.”
“Galagher drives the narrative with a deep fret in his voice that has quiver and allure that reminds me of Chris Connelly, working his own ruminations on outings like Largo or under the guise of The Bells. Of course that leads right to Bowie, who also comes to mind from the vocals to some of the dramatic flare.”
You can read the whole review at:
Tim from the Indie Bands Blog wrote a review of my music recently. Here are a couple of highlights:
“A vocal which in some ways reminds me of David Bowie adds a lustre to the brooding presence that emanates from the speakers. There is no hurry here, this is music to spend some thoughtful moments with, when life seems a little messy. The pathos superbly combines the bathos of mental disturbance.”
“Whilst Rowan seeks to encapsulate and create an aural exposition of complex emotional strains and as such plays around with classical composition structures, he doesn’t make this inaccessible and that isn’t very easy to achieve.”
You can read the whole review here: http://www.indiebandsblog.com/australasian-bands/australalian-bands/the-mad-pride