EP Review: Acoustic Variations – Joe Symes and the Loving Kind

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Joe Symes and the Loving Kind released their self-titled debut album in 2013. It’s a wonderfully eclectic mix of songs.


You can get the album on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/joe-symes-and-the-loving-kind/id676228102

Here’s a video for one of the tracks from the album:


I interviewed the band when they released their single, “Things Get Better”, in 2015: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/things-get-better-single/id1025664052


Follow the link to read the interview: https://realrockandroll.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/interview-with-joe-symes-and-the-loving-kind/


Joe Symes and the Loving Kind are now back with a new EP.

“Acoustic Variations” will be released on Truly Independent Records, and available from the band’s website on January 20th, 2017.


Track listing:

  1. I’m Gonna Find Out Some Day
  2. Fine Line
  3. You’re Not Coming Back Tomorrow
  4. No Turning Back

You might recognise a couple of those song titles if you are familiar with the band’s music. As the title suggests, this new EP contains acoustic versions of the songs.

EP Review:

Joe Symes has one of those voices that was just made for singing; it’s smooth and has a distinctive tone. His vocals effortlessly enhance the songs. The first track, “I’m Gonna Find Out Some Day”, was originally featured as a b-side to the single “Things Get Better”. This new acoustic version is a rhythmic and upbeat tune that will get your toes tapping. The second song, “Fine Line”, appeared on the band’s debut album. The acoustic version is a great stripped-back variation. Like the first song, it has an upbeat tempo and engages the listener with its thought-provoking lyrics. The excellent “You’re Not Coming Back Tomorrow”, is the slowest song on the EP: the lyrics are melancholic, and the way the song ends quite abruptly with the words, ‘you’re not coming back tomorrow’, gives it quite a dramatic and poignant feel. “No Turning Back”, is a nice ending to the EP; quite an introspective song that has a steady rhythm, and lyrics that tell a story. Throughout the EP the band have used many interesting percussion instruments, adding an extra depth to the acoustic versions. It’s an accomplished collection of songs from this talented band. “Acoustic Variations” has a chilled-out sound and is perfect for relaxing to. Look out for it when it goes on sale on the 20th of January. You can listen to a sampler of the EP on their website.


Joe Symes and the Loving Kind have a few tour dates listed on their website:


11th February 2017 – Spanky Van Dykes, Nottingham


17th February 2017 – Nottingham Trent University


25th February 2017 – The E Rooms, Skemersdale


10th March 2017 – Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts (LIPA)


7th April 2017 (Supporting The Christians) – Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

They’ll also be playing the Frodsham Festival in July.


Follow Joe Symes and the Loving Kind:

Website: http://joesymesandthelovingkind.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joesymesandthelovingkindUK/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoeSymesandTLK


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