All These Years – 2021
It’s been a busy 18 months or so for Keith Leahy: the gatekeeper to the kingdom of ‘90s English melodic rock outfit The Petal Falls.
After the rights to all material from the band reverted back to him a few years ago, and after some soul-searching, Leahy released the long-delayed (understatement of the year) debut album ‘Workin’ All Night Workin’ All Day’ – newly re-mastered – to great acclaim and some fantastic streaming figures.
Any doubts that Leahy had about putting himself back out there quickly evaporated and album number two ‘All These Years’ was subsequently remastered and released, and like the debut album, the sophomore effort is a bit special.
In the same vein as ‘Workin’ All Night Workin’ All Day’, ‘All These Years’ is also driven by songcraft, as well as some of the biggest hooks and melodies heard from a non-Scandinavian melodic rock band in some time.
Album opener ‘Between My Brother And Me’ is a brooding, slow-burning gem that kicks off proceedings in fine style. Subtle keyboard arrangements run through the background of the track and lay down a dark, smokey atmosphere, matched by the “breaking-down-the-walls” lyrics.
Leahy’s crystal clear vocal enunciation is enhanced by stellar production and mastering, so much so that it’s almost like Leahy is right there next to the listener.
This album is exquisite through a decent pair of cans, Sennheiser of course.
Need a reference point for what to expect with ‘All These Years’?
How about the lush Simple Minds-meets-Toto-meets-Mike & The Mechanics tinges of ‘I Won’t Be There’?
The simple guitar tones are crucial, the guitar solos midsong and towards the conclusion are fiery, and the drum work from Robin Tucker is exemplary (as it is throughout the entire album).
Or the Glass Tiger bounce-factor of ‘Take Me Home’?
Or the impassioned title track where lyrical comparisons could be made with ‘New Jersey’-era Bon Jovi?
Great guitar sound on the latter, the backing vocals are perfect and never overpowering; instead, working alongside Leahy’s vocals to bring a touch of class to the party.
In an alternate universe, ‘Second Sight’ is playing over one of many love scenes in the original ‘Miami Vice’ TV show, and ‘In The Shadow of The Clan’ and ‘Liberated’ have been licensed to numerous movie productions, meaning that Leahy is sitting back chuckling as he adds another wing to the mansion.
Sadly, that’s not the case, but we can but dream, yes?
Discover ‘All These Years’, here.
Review – Dave
Formed in the mid to late 90s, Kent’s The Petal Falls fell apart following a spell on a record label who did little to encourage and promote the band. It’s a sad (and not uncommon tale) which fortunately has a happy ending as a few years ago, The Petal Falls leader, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Keith Leahy was able to reclaim the band’s masters working with drummer and producer / engineer John King in remastering the material and releasing them on two albums – last year’s ‘Workin’ All Night’, Workin’ All Day’ and this new album, released last month, ‘All These Years’.
This is music that relishes high production values and stunning musicianship in its mixture of hard rock, pop and AOR. Touches of artists such as the 2000s version of Whitesnake, Bon Jovi and AOR giants such as Journey and REO Speedwagon are visible throughout as the ten tracks roll by in a soundscape of glistening guitars, lush keyboards, imploring and impassioned vocals and melodies aplenty. Singles ‘I Won’t Be There’ and ‘Liberated’ have tremendously catchy choruses, opener ‘Between My Brother And Me’ is a brooding tune which builds to a crescendo at the end in fine style, and ‘Take Me Home’ is a pop-rocker par excellence with call and response vocals, fluid guitarwork and a pleasing, ‘bouncy’ vibe. Album centrepiece – title track ‘All These Years’ – is the album’s strongest track and encapsulates all the good aspects of this album in its 5:48 duration from its gentle opening to its rousing finish and would have stadiums in raptures around the world.
‘All These Years’ has a mature, accomplished sound that fans of AOR and melodic rock will find much to enjoy in. Great playing, affecting lyrics and a top-notch production job all adds up to a fine album that should garner much radio play and music press attention for The Petal Falls. Keith and John are already working on new music for album three, which we await with interest – until then ‘All These Years’ (and ‘Workin’ All Night, Workin’ All Day’) are well worth your attention.
Just about a year ago I reviewed this band’s debut album, ‘Workin All Night, Workin All Day’ and I was literally blown away. I knew then that this band had reach and would appeal to a broader audience – it’s fair to say, that I’ve been looking forward to seeing what would come next and here it is, “All These Years”.
From the opening track, ‘Between my Brother and Me’ views from the debut album are totally confirmed – the big band production and sound is back, the lyrics are as poignant and meaningful, and there’s something for everyone. Powerful lyrics each telling a story.
Second albums can be notoriously poor second servings, this is absolutely not the case here, this album flows beautifully. The debut album had a job to do and that was to get the music out there, every track was diverse and packed full of talent, it had been a long time in the making.
This album feels like The Petal Falls know exactly who they are, what they’re about and what their sound is, this is a move to share their voice and confirm their rightful place in the status quo.
The title track “All these years” feels particularly poignant given the struggles they have had to release their music when an earlier record company deal went sour, and that ultimately led to the eventual demise of the original band, after never being given the opportunity to publicly release the wealth of material.
It is to Keith’s credit that he seized the opportunity, when the music became available to re-master the original songs into complete albums with the help of old friend and Producer/Engineer/Drummer John King and here we are.
Favourite tracks ( no fillers on here) are ‘Between my Brother & Me’, “you’re fighting fire with just flesh and bone”. ‘I won’t be There’ – absolutely love the sentiment in this and it is so true – don’t take anyone for granted, treat everyone as you’d like to be treated.
‘Take me Home’, which is so contagious I had to listen to a few times over as I was too busy dancing round the kitchen.
I know I am onto a complete winner when my list of earmarked tracks almost matches the track list for the album, ‘A Lifetime too Late’, ‘In the Shadow of the Clan’ and ‘Liberated’ all fabulous, punchy tracks – I’m sold. This is a band that has so much talent it defies what anyone was thinking when they chose not to release the material.
I’m captivated by the Petal Falls and I know I won’t be alone. I defy you not to be foot tapping along.
This album will be one hard act to follow, but I know that the band have so much more in their arsenal and I for one, will be waiting with eager anticipation. Now rightfully added to my top 5 albums of the year – give it listen, you’ll enjoy it. *****
Review by Karen Clayton
Background story : The history of The Petal Falls stretches back to the mid 90´s in Kent, U.K. It was originally formed with the intention of providing a performance platform for singer and main songwriter Keith Leahy´s music. The Petal Falls eventually came to life as a band and early success led to them signing to a label that would ultimately stifle the band´s creativity and stall it´s career for a number of years leading to a great deal of frustration and the eventual demise of the original band, after never being given the opportunity to publicly release the wealth of rich material that had been built up over those years.
Thankfully a few years back the music became available to release and Keith seized the opportunity to re-master the original songs into complete albums with the help of old friend and producer/engineer/drummer John King, with the intention of releasing the music of the original band to an unsuspecting public. Keith has now resurrected The Petal Falls as a solo project with brand new music being record for a release later. Two albums are now available with the original band, ”Workin all night, Workin all day” from 2020 and the more recent ”All these years”.
I can only imagine the relief Keith Leahy must feel to finally see the music of The Petal Falls being available to the rest of the world and the well deserved recognition he is getting from the albums. I was blown away when I heard the first album so I can confess I had great expectations for the follow-up ”All these years”, The Petal Falls is all about timeless melodic rock that doesn´t belong in any certain decade and the good thing is that the new album follow the same route soundwise as ”Workin all night, Working all day”. I just feel that ”All these years” don´t have the same strong material but it´s still a good album. The music just has much to live up to regarding the high quality of the songs from the debut and there are moments that are reminiscent of the fine work of the 2020 opus. Songs like ”Second sight”, the title track ”All these years” and the singles ”Liberated” and ”I won´t be there” stand out as something extra here. I look forward to follow Keith Leahy´s solo adventure, he is a great singer.
From the county of Kent in the mid-90s, The Petal Falls was born by the hand of singer and songwriter Keith Leahy . In those years, a record deal made the line-up composed of Keith Leahy, (voice, guitar and keys) Robert Harpum and Dave Richards, (guitars) along with Marius Ryndziewicz and Robin Tucker (bass and drums, respectively) see their accomplishments. dreams … Unfinished dreams as, unfortunately, usually happens with so many bands, regardless of their quality and projection.
All that recorded material stayed there, in the drawer, until a few years ago all that editorialized music could be released and Keith, along with his former travel companions and producer and engineer John King , released those songs. To date, The Petal Falls, is a more personal project in which Keith Leahy, along with John King in production and drums, offers us this album “All these years” , of which we are going to do a shared listening
Will you put your headphones on with me? We started the journey …
“Between my brother and me” opens the first bars of this album, in which the acoustic guitars intertwine and meander over the rhythmic trunk of a song that can evoke that “Blaze of Glory” by John Bon Jovi, without in this case, Keith is an echo of those vocal ways; we come across a different voice, with personality. However, “I won’t be there” directs us towards other soundscapes… Pop-Rock sounds with a British label, closer to Simple Minds or Mr. Mister’s Soft Rock . Spacious sounds and enveloping percussions with grooves inspired by those hits and sonic climaxes of the first half of the ’80s. Definitely a great choice as a debut single.
With “Second Sight” , the effect is, in a way different, a song halfway between the ballad and the halftime with more AOR components but spiced up with touches closer to Rock-Pop than to Melodic Rock. “Take me home” slides down more rocky paths, more in the fields of Melodic Rock. However, from my point of view, it lacks a certain “punch” in the sound of the drum box, a little more sound force, more “human”. Anyway, it is a catchy song and of a good level.
The album, as I have written before, is titled “All these years” , like this song in which the feeling, the melody and the experiences are mixed with a certain energy, rocked by the crystalline arpeggios that serve as the basis for the song. “A lifetime too late” elevates us towards the heights of musical preciousness, in an exercise of balance between melody and harmony, with that unique stamp that British melodic rock musicians have, in small passages of this album, there may be a certain parallelism with Dare , although Keith moves into other vocal schemes.
“Say a prayer” surrounds us with pure AOR chords, without using more standard keyboard patches at the beginning and with an “open” sound. A very complete keyboard work creating sound and melodic environments sufficiently worked to deserve the AOR label without ambiguity. Curiously, it named the album “Blaze of Glory” and that is how this song is titled that immerses us in calm waters with keyboard cushions and between acoustic grooves, to evolve with a rhythmic base that accompanies the melody of this song in which Keith relaxes and rises rhythmically.
“In the shadow of the Clan” brings us back to AOR environments, in this case with the strength of the minor chords with dynamic rhythm. “Liberated” was the first presentation single from this album and therefore, a song that attracts attention, without a doubt. An eloquent sound that shows what we have in hand.
Today, September 3, this second album from The Petal Falls is released on CD + USB format . The cover does not give many hints of its interior, since you could think at first glance that it is a group or album of another style, although this gives it an original touch.
A personality marked in the songs with the imprint of Keith Leahy . A sound post production in which, perhaps, the sound of the guitar with the attack is not very energetic in some songs or the drums are not very “human”, although it is not a problem, since, in general terms, the arrangements and the EQ leave spaces great for clarity in listening and this album is a horse of Melodic Rock and Rock-Pop.
As it appears on the “Support Independent Music” label: If you like it, buy it (it would be a good idea for an association of bands to join forces to promote their self-produced works as a response or antithesis to the monopoly of other labels that become record factories … ). A self-produced work with songs with personality and an independent sound; without copy and paste. 88%
Single Review: “I Won’t Be There”
British rock act The Petal Falls has had a frustrating history since its beginnings in the mid 1990s. The brain child of singer-songwriter Keith Leahy, the band was originally formed to provide a performance platform for his music, and ultimately consisted of Leahy and four other musicians: Robert Harpum (guitar), Dave Richards (guitar), Marius Ryndziewicz (bass) and Robin Tucker (drums).. Based on their early success, they signed with a mid-tier music label, thinking it would lead to even greater success, but instead, it only resulted in their ultimate undoing. The label ended up stifling their creativity and stalling their career for several years, which led to a great deal of frustration among band members and their eventual demise, without ever having been given the opportunity to publicly release any of their prodigious output of songs.
Thankfully, a few years ago their music catalog once again became available for release, and Keith jumped at the opportunity to re-master the original recordings by the original The Petal Falls lineup into four albums, with help of his friend and producer/engineer/drummer John King. The first of those albums, Workin All Night Workin All Day, was released a year ago, on July 31, 2020. Public and critical response to the album has been pretty phenomenal for an act that had long ago been given up for dead, and collectively, the album’s ten tracks have garnered over 430,000 streams on Spotify alone. The album’s success has inspired Keith to resurrect The Petal Falls as a solo project, recording and releasing new music in collaboration with King, who has vast experience both as a producer/engineer and as a drummer with such bands as Legacy, White Lightning, Tru Blues, Bad Habbits and Colonel Kurtz.
Now Keith is set to release his second album All These Years on September 3rd. In advance of the album, he dropped the first single “Liberated” on July 2nd, and now follows today, August 6th, with the second single “I Won’t Be There“. The song is a re-mastered version of the original recording by the full band, with added keyboards by Duncan Lowe and backing vocals by Sharon Wallace. The song is a powerful kiss-off to someone who’s hurt and disappointed you far too many times. Keith’s vocals are spine-tingling as he passionately rails “I can feel the poison, ripping me apart. Self pity overwhelming me, and creeping through my heart. You gonna need me. Gonna come a time gonna come a day when you need me. All you gotta do all you gotta say is you need you need me. Gonna come a time gonna come a day,
and I won’t be there, I won’t be there.”
Musically, “I Won’t Be There” is a beautiful and intense, melodic rocker, with an exuberant driving beat, lush synths, sharp percussion, and layer upon layer of intricate guitars, all building into an intoxicating wall of sound. The guitar work is spectacular, from the grinding buzz-saw riffs that continue throughout the track, to the lovely little chiming guitar notes, to the wailing burst of distortion in the bridge. I love Keith’s deep, resonant vocals, which remind me a little of Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale. In fact, the song has a discernible 80s rock feel, which is fine with me, as I love a lot of music from that period. Both it and “Liberated” are superb songs, and I’m certain All These Years will be another solid album.
Workin’ All Night Workin’ All Day – 2020
After the culmination of many months of work the fantastic first Album by TPF is finally here.
Appropriately titled “Workin All Night Workin All Day” this first album has been a very long time coming and taken a lot of hard work to complete but it has been mastered to showcase the unique style and appeal that The Petal Falls music genuinely has for many people.
The impact, depth and variety of TPF’s music will now finally get a chance to shine and gain the following their music richly deserves.
The album contains some stunning songs including the album title track.
You can purchase the album at all online stores.
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The Petal Falls – Workin All Night Workin All Day
I get the feeling the English rock band The Petal Falls have done their share of pub gigs performing covers of their favorite artists from the 70´s and 80´s and decided to record a studio album of original songs.
That album is ”Workin all night, workin all day” and I tell you, it´s not everyday you get to hear an album in these times that sounds like this.
The Petal Falls writes album oriented rock songs where we get a taste of three different continents from the Aussie rock of INXS and Noiseworks to the heartland rock of America with artists like Nils Lofgren and Steven Van Zandt, not to mention their homeland where my thoughts go to bands like Simple Minds and even Sad Café.
This is a great album and if you ask me from time to time about my favorite songs from ”Workin all night, workin all day”, they will probably change because I like them all more or less.
However, right now I am going on rotation with ”I was amazed”, ”All across the world” and ”Givin it up”.
by Kaj Roth (2021-04-16)
Album Review: Workin’ Night, Workin’ All Day
This album is authentic pop, new wave, indie rock, and has great songwriting rolled into a package that has some similar qualities to Tears For Fears, Peter Gabriel, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Cure, early Don Henley, late Clapton and many others.
When I pulled this album, I was not expecting this type of listen.
“A Man In Chains” is a great opener, with massive key arrangements, that crispy clean 80’s style guitar ambience, and a heart pulling set of lyrics.
The background vocals, in the vein of the traditional, true to form big harmony and accompany melody.
“Love In Motion” has a great opening key melody that leads you into the verse melody like a great Richard Marx song, yet more refined and powerful than the previous generations.
The instrumentation on this record is more than exceptional. You can hear that spice in the lead vocals and the stories in the songs.
“I Was Amazed” is a perfect example of that deep cut, lead male vocal strength.
I am amazed at this band’s ability to write great hooks.
“All Across The World” has a hybrid Cheap Trick feel, with that visceral Eddie and the Cruisers, analog warmth.
The lyrics are exceptional.
The art of capturing the snapshots of moments thrown words does not nearly get enough credit these days, and these lyrics will pull on your heart strings.
“Rain” is my favorite track on this album, an amazing and epic ballad.
With the dual harmony introduction and insightful melodies, the build on this song shows experience at it’s finest points.
Something to mention, one of my favorite things about this album is the drum tones. They nail it.
“Have A Little Faith” and it’s neck adventurous guitar work continues the precedent of arena worthy pop.
“Workin All Day, Workin All Night” the title track on the record, is one of the catchiest tunes on the album, if that is even possible to state, considering the great songwriting. I love the driving classic bassline and the call and response chorus, it’s addicting.
“Mariah” a tear jerker of a ballad, is definitely the perfect “I need you back” song.
“Giving It Up” has a very INXS vibe to me personally, and I couldn’t adore the funky, groovy melody anymore. This band’s ability to build a melody, tear it back down, and pull the trigger on a chorus that goes straight to the brain.
The closer on the album is “Colours.” It is definitely the perfect way to end a great record. A continuation of that great synth pop sound, the chorus gets even bigger and despite an album worth of material, makes you want another song.
That is everything that a great record does and this album by The Petal Falls is that perfect, unexpected joy that I was looking for today.
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The Petal Falls have released their long awaited music, their unique style and music is the combination of a lifetime of musical influences that has grown into a sound that is hard to pigeonhole. Their music is always vibrant, interesting, powerful and surprising and it is only recently that it has been made available to be released commercially. Their latest album ‘Workin’ All Night Workin’ All Day’ was released through Rock Avenue Records and distributed by The Orchard displays all the characteristics of The Petal Falls with powerful lyrics combined with huge catchy choruses and lush full production, this is an album that you have to hear.
‘A Man In Chains’ has all the elements of a classic 80s rock song, those shimmery guitars, bright drums soaring vocals and a vibrant guitar solo that will have you dancing through to the end of the song.
The rhythm to this track is so uplifting and oozes so much feel good vibes that it is hard not to smile and get up and dance.
This is definitely a sing a long kind of song, especially when we get to the chorus where Keith Leahy sings out “like a man in chains“, echo’d by the backing vocalists, guaranteed to get stuck in your head.
Keith’s vocal style is so warm and inviting, yet impactful and powerful making this a captivating performance.
‘Love in Motion’ delivers yet again on those uplifting feel good vibes, this time with the colourful and bright keys, which become the dominant force. Each part gives us those lush soaring pop melodies, with a warmth in the atmosphere that grabs you and pulls you right in.
Again Keith’s vocals are just a stream of pure passion, heart with incredible lyricism.
The smooth and velvety textures in this track are soothing and pleasant to the ear, it is the perfect track to chill out and listen to through headphones or to sway along too in a live setting.
‘I Was Amazed’ switches it up a little with the rhythm, this time we hear acoustic guitars and bongos bringing a more laid back feel and chilled out vibe, a welcoming change from the huge drum lines we have heard previously.
This track still has those warm melodic segments at its core, dancing over the groove making this a soaring power ballad.
There is so much to listen to in this that you have to put it on repeat.
There is definitely little hints of Bryan Adam-esque vocals, Bonnie Tyler-esque atmosphere and R.E.M-esque guitar playing throughout.
‘All Across The World’ is one of those songs that brings an unstoppable driving atmosphere, a forceful thumping beat you are guaranteed to feel in your core, it is vibrant, it is uplifting and you just fall right into its pot of joy.
‘Rain’ slows it down ever so slightly, with this anthemic ballad, so much soul and passion oozes from every corner that you find yourself closing you eyes and just enjoying this masterpiece, these guys definitely love their melodic soaring guitar solos and it is undoubtedly what you will love about this band.
‘Have A Little Faith’ will send chills down your spine, it begins with a nostalgic inducing 80s melody of shimmery keys and guitars. Atmospherically this track brings to mind a slight similar style to Foreigner.
Keith’s lyrical story telling is incredible and you are completely engaged and hooked on his voice.
This is a track that need to be played at full volume.
‘Workin’ All Night Working’ All Day’ which is the title track and it is exactly what you would want from the title track, bringing more of that huge spacious atmosphere soaking up your mood and emotions, picking you up and launching you high into the sky.
This track builds and builds intensely to a soaring climactic ending with each element making itself known atmospherically or melodically, either way it gets right inside your head.
‘Mariah’ brings a lush acoustic atmosphere, the guitars feel as though they are taking a back seat for this one, there is a mellower tone that allows Keith’s vocals to come through and become the driving force, their signature guitar solo make it’s appearance yet again.
This is a love song that has instrumental warmth with lyrical heartbreak. ‘Givin’ It Up’ has a funkier groove, sprinkled with pop melodies making this one incredibly memorable and so addictively good.
‘Colours’ closes out the album and what a song to finish on, this definitely feels like the album has come full circle as we return to a similar style as ‘Man In Chains’.
This entire album is just incredibly produced and extremely well written, lyrically, melodically and instrumentally.
It doesn’t embark down one specific road, there are different genres encompassed into this album, with the core guitar riffs and solos in each track linking the entire album together.
The album has incredible flow, as you listen to one song you think you have an idea of what the next one will sound like, but you are then pleasantly surprised by every single track.
There is no track that is a skip, you are in complete awe of this entire album.
Where there’s a will there’s a way might have been a more apt title for the debut album from Kent-based rockers The Petal Falls.
Forming in the mid-’90s, the band were prolific songwriters but for one reason or another, the material was never released, and the band split-up. Through will-power and perseverance, the songs are finally seeing the light of day on ‘Workin’ All Night Workin’ All Day’, the album that nearly never was.
Keith Leahy is the man with his fingers in many pies; founding member, lead vocals, keyboards, guitar, songwriter, studio duties – everything seems to go through Leahy, chances are he also makes the tea and puts the bins out at night.
Who said men can’t multi-task?
‘Workin’ All Night Workin’ All Day’ is obviously a passion project for Leahy, and joking aside, the end result is a body of work where songcraft is key, and further proof that a good song is a good song regardless of how long it’s been kicking around for.
The initial reaction might be to class The Petal Falls as AOR, but they offer up way more depth than that.
AOR tends to over-rely on layers of keyboards, and while you will hear keyboards on ‘Workin’ All Night Workin’ All Day’ (the keys sound on ‘Love In Motion’ is especially lush), they enhance the songs rather than stifle them.
No, The Petal Falls are a rock band, and a rock band with guitar solos, melodic riffing, and a little bit of a bite here and there.
Melody plays a major role in the make-up of the ten songs on the album, and songs such as ‘A Man in Chains’, ‘I Was Amazed’, ‘Givin It Up’, and ‘Have a Little Faith’ have melody by the bucket-load.
Had acts such as Mr. Mister, Glass Tiger, Chicago, or even Mike & The Mechanics produced these moments, then they would still be coining in the royalties decades later.
‘All Across The World’ is the best song that both Jim Kerr and Bono never wrote.
It’s of that era: the era of big-ass stadium rock when UK and Irish bands were kings of the world.
Hard to believe now that Simple Minds could fill stadiums in the US.
‘Rain’ offers up another arrow from The Petal Falls quiver, and has a Springsteen-esque vibe to both the songwriting and the performance.
A track which possibly could be as equally at home on Springsteen’s behemoth ‘Born In The USA’ album as it would be on the immediate follow-up ‘Tunnel Of Love’.
The title track ‘Workin’ All Night Workin’ All Day’ also features a Springsteen narrative storytelling vibe, although musically, it’s more akin to primetime Simple Minds, but Simple Minds with better riffs.
‘Mariah’ is arguably the standout moment on the album.
Softer-paced with a Goo Goo Dolls touch, it’s a masterclass in songwriting and shows how sometimes keeping it simple works best.
Some lovely guitar playing on this one.
Ending on the lighters-in-the-air ‘Colours’, this is an album of constant surprises.
Musical styles and trends will change as often as the weather, but one thing that never goes out of fashion is songcraft, and ‘Workin’ All Night Workin’ All Day’ has songcraft in abundance.
An album well worth the wait.
Available now, more information here.
Review – Dave
Workin’ All Night, Workin’ All Day
Album review by; Nick
I really took an interest in this band after playing one of their songs on the radio and when I finally got the chance to do a review on the album I jumped at the opportunity.
The Petal Falls are a fine collective of musicians spearheaded by frontman Keith Leahy forming in Kent in the late 90s.
They bring something different to the table and provide a wide range of musical styles and influences.
It is always nice to hear a band who are hard to categorise because you really must go in with an open mind and it is always tougher to draw comparisons to other artists.
The album kicks off with A Man in Chains, from the off the band take you on a musical journey and you get lost in the pure beauty and colourful music that they provide.
Keith Leahy’s vocals are unique in style, but this makes him an incredibly talented singer who can channel his voice to how it suits his style and providing a pitch perfect performance because of his skills.
The musicianship is also glorious, there is such a big production and feel to this album that makes it hard to sound like a debut.
Love in Motion is the next song, and it brings a summer feel to the atmosphere of the record.
A beautifully crafted melodic song with plenty of pop hooks, it’s very Keyboard dominated but you can hear that the guitars in the song compliment the keyboards and fill the gaps with various colours and textures which bring in the hooks pleasantly.
I Was Amazed continues the melodic craft of the album on giving the listener a warm feel.
It is a beautiful melodic ballad which reminds me in times of late 80s era bands such as FM and Strangeways.
The song really continues the chilled out feel of this record and this track especially has a lovely slow groove, perfect to dance to.
All Across the World continues with a driving theme, again the influences are there, I can hear bits of 80s era Roxy Music in this one, another band who also were hard to categorise, so with this realisation I understood the music a little more and embraced the diverse styles, something which is what I feel will make this album one of the highlights of the year.
Halfway through the album and I get lost in the music and forget what is around, the next song Rain for me is the highlight of the album and has everything I want to hear in a Petal Falls.
The song is anthemic, a catchy singalong chorus which I found myself singing along to even though I was not familiar with the lyrics, it grabs you in and does not let go. Such a beautiful song with an elegant 80s AOR sound. The next song Have a Little Faith continues with the driving melody and engrossing lyrics, one of those songs where you need to put on a set of headphones and take in the story. I get the feeling a lot of their songs are like short stories and it really shows the intelligence and craft of Leahy’s song writing.
The title track is the perfect track to represent this album, again more stories to tell from Leahy’s lyrics and a song where I feel would be an absolute radio hit.
It is friendly and I can hear elements of Deacon Blue and Steve Hogarth era Marillion.
Going back to Keith Leahy’s voice an unusual comparison I would like to bring up also is Phil Mogg from hard rock band UFO.
I feel he has a low raspy storytelling voice in the same context.
Then we have beautiful ballad Mariah, another one of my favourites on the album. It’s a love song told from the songwriter’s point of view speaking to the lady he loves in a sense of how much he loves her and is sorry for the things he has done.
This song also has my favourite guitar solo on the album, with amazing, lush guitar licks which would not sound out of place on a blues song.
The storytelling is again prominent on this song and really keeps the listener interested in what the protagonist has to say.
Givin’ It Up another memorable song with pop hooks.
The penultimate song on this album and it really sets the close of the album pleasantly.
Colours is the final song on the album, and again another favourite of mine, it bookends the album nicely with the opening track, letting you know the musical journey is ending and hopes you join them again on another one soon.
If I could describe this album with one phrase it would be a road trip and a lovely escape from all the doom and gloom in this world in 2020.
Album Rating 5/5
The long awaited music from The Petal Falls has now been released to the surprise and delight of its fans. 2 years of hard work in post production that now sees the light.
The Petal Falls’ unique music and style is the result of a lifetime of growing musical influences. in a sound that is difficult to pigeonhole but is always vibrant, interesting, powerful, and surprising in both scope and execution.
The first album entitled “Workin ‘All Night Workin’ All Day” showcases all the typical characteristics of The Petal Falls with powerful lyrics fused with huge catchy choruses and a lush, full production.
Released through Rock Avenue Records and distributed by The Orchard , this album is now available in all online stores.
Keith Leahy, singer and songwriter, shows breadth and depth of range in his voice, with lyrics with a great message and a great production that make this something unique and very original.
“A Man in Chains” , “Colours” or “Mariah” They immerse you in the world of this band and you can hear various influences on each track, but the sound of The Petal Falls is unique and warmly familiar at the same time taking you back to different decades with their sound.
Influences from Roxy Music, Bruce Springsteen and the like.
There are still original bands making such high quality music.
Stylish variety of sound, but captivating.
A fantastic debut that you can see for yourself below.
Rock Avenue Records [Release date 31.07.20]
This is my new favourite album of 2020, by UK band, The Petal Falls “Workin’ All Night Workin’ All Day” and if the impressive production is anything to go by, this band most certainly has been – what a debut album!
Keith Leahy, singer & songwriter, demonstrates breadth and depth of range to his vocals, with powerful lyrics and big band production making this my album find of the year.
From the opening track, “A Man in Chains”, you’re drawn into this band’s world and you can hear various influences in each track, but the Petal Falls sound is both unique and warmly familiar at the same time.
I jotted down various influences that I could hear from 80’s Roxy Music, Big Country, The Killers, Bruce Springsteen and The Gaslight Anthem …. they are so varied and every track was punching above its weight.
Personal favourites the title track “Workin’ All Night, Workin’ All Day”, “Have a Little Faith” and “Colours” but it was hard to choose as the whole album is superb.
How refreshing in Lockdown to see a band making such high quality music – I can’t pigeonhole the sound but I love it. This is simply a fantastic debut….apparently 2 years in the making, and it was worth the wait. I really hope the next album lives up to the expectations set by this one! ****
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‘Workin’ All Night, Workin’ All Day’ (album)
The Petal Falls
The Petal Falls have spent two years putting together this album: ‘Workin’ All Night, Workin’ All Day.’
The opening track ‘A Man in Chains,’ presents lively guitar links, a great vocal line and driving drum riffs through each verse; with each leading to a memorable and catchy chorus ably supported by rich backing vocal harmonies.
Other tracks – ‘All Across the World’ and the title track – carry on in a similar vein, with lead singer and song writer Keith Leahy’s accomplished vocals ably supported by a good guitar and synth section; driven forward by some excellent bass and drums.
‘Love in Motion’ offers the listen a more poignant break from other driving Rock tracks with a softer, more melancholy, verse melody, a catchy chorus and memorable guitar and synth link passages. The mood of this track is carried on in ‘Rain’ – a song with more than a passing throwback to an era of the big ballads of classic rock.
A favourite track was ‘I was amazed’ if for no other reason than its retro ‘80’s’ feel takes the listener back to days that should be too long ago to remember.
Whilst much of this album is really a homage to Classic Rock of another era, the songs are vibrant and fresh, the lyrics well crafted and poignant and, if the listener is looking for some good tunes well sung in a framework of well crafted music, then ‘Workin’ All Night, Workin’ All Day’ could well be worth a listen.
The album is released through Rock Avenue Records and distributed by The Orchard through all good online stores.
Rock Shotz Soundz
They say that creating music is a labour of love, and this certainly seems to be the case for London singer-songwriter Keith Leahy, who has spent a lifetime bringing his dream to life and getting to the stage where he has been able to release this, the first in a series of albums which apparently have spent the past two years in the post-production process and are now planned to be released over a similar timescale…
To be brutally honest, Leahy and TPF bring nothing remarkably new to the rock ‘n’ roll canon… but, then you could easily and reasonably ask who does these days?
The sound is very much rooted in the late Eighties/early Nineties pop scene, with obvious influences being drawn from the likes of Simple Minds (most exemplified on the likes of ‘All Across The World’ and ‘Givin’ It Up’), INXS, Big Country and The Alarm (‘A Man In Chains’), with doses of early Springsteen (‘Colours’ and ‘I Was Amazed’) and even the likes of Marc Cohn and John Prine thrown in for good measure.
Even though it most definitely not my cup of tea (I knew there was a reason I gave up the vile stuff), I am not going to say that ‘WANWAD’ is a bad album, because it is not.
Far from it.
It is a perfectly pleasant listen.
The songs are beautifully crafted and performed.
Leahy certainly knows his stuff, and you can hear the passion he has poured into fulfilling his dream of getting his music out there and heard by a wider audience.
Put it this way: in a post-lockdown world, if this particular petal fell into my local pub, I wouldn’t walk out looking for better…By Monk
Country of Origin – UK
Year of Release -= 2020
Info – thepetalfalls.com, Youtube, Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter
Samples – blackettmusic.com, Soundcloud
A Man in Chains (3:50), Love in Motion (3:52), I Was Amazed (3:28), All Across the World (4:14), Rain (4:34), Have a Little Faith (3:52), Workin’ All Night Workin’ All Day (4:38), Mariah (4:14), Givin’ It Up (4:26), Colours (4:24)
The Petal Falls were formed sometime in the mid to late 90s in Kent, England. A lot of songs have been written by various line-ups over the years, but for various reasons, the recordings were never completed. Patience however is a virtue, and finally the debut The Petal Falls album is available. Originally self-released last year, it has now been given wider circulation by Rock Avenue Records.
The band seems to be based around the talents of vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player Keith Leahy.
The ten tracks stick pretty rigidly to the traditional verse-chorus-solo-chorus format but maintain one’s interest by not sticking to any one style.
Overall there is a clear respect for the blues-rock (and the AOR) with-a-soul-edge that was popular in the 80s and 90s.
Bruce Springsteen I would guess was/is a big influence.
Rain has a gospelly Bruce Springsteen vibe, as does I Was Amazed but with more of an AOR edge. Across The World has more of the Springsteen rock-stomp to it.
Colours is a nice slice of classic AOR rock whilst the title track takes a lyrical stand against inequality, where a singer songwriter verse evolves into a big gospel/soul chorus with a hint of David Coverdale in the vocals.
Givin’ It Up could be a Simple Minds album track, Mariah exhibits soft blues rock, whilst Have A Little Faith is a ballad from the Chicago and Night Ranger mould.
My favorite song is probably the heaviest rocker. Man in Chains sounds like a more soul-inspired Giant.
Utilising some more of the backlog of written material, a second album is already in the pipeline for next year. They should try to find a few different ways to bring a song to a close, instead of relying almost exclusively on repitition of the hook to a quick fade. But please keep the vocals and female backing harmonies, that are spot-on.
Nothing particularly complicated nor progressive here, just a great collection of songs that stick in the memory.