Rhode Island Red are a London-based classic rock band formed in late 2009 by guitarist songwriter Dave Garfield (ex-Hunting Cows) and vocalist Lyla D’Souza.
Lyla is a London based rock/soul singer songwriter who has been performing across the UK, Europe and Australasia for the past eight years. Working with producers such as Mike Rowe (Rolling Stones, Oasis, Sheryl Crow), Clive Lendich (Boys II Men, Jermaine Jackson), Tim Dudfield (Ce Ce Peniston), Greystoke Productions (Elton John, Lemar) she has gained publishing credits with SonyBMG, Sony (France), Zomba Music (Australia) and Ministry of Sound.
Dave has recorded for EMI Germany and BMG Germany and has gigged and recorded all over Europe playing many festivals and TV shows and supported major artists on tour such as Joe Cocker, Rammstein and Die Artze.
Now joined by Mike McGuinness on Bass, who has played with London based bands such as Ten Second Reload and The Sheen, Marco Tiano on Drums and Andrea Basiola on Guitar the band have recently been playing demos for their debut album to industry contacts and their songs have been described as Nickelback meets the Cult meets Garbage, whilst they have been compared to the massively successful Stereophonics.
Their 3 track ep Kerosene, is out now, and contains as well as the title track. Beige and Stalemate, and what hits you first is the sheer power of Lylaâ€™s vocals, she sings each song loud and powerfully, the guitar work has a lot to do to keep up with her, countering her soaring vocals and soft vocal performance on Kerosene with power chords, and then gentle picking on Stalemate.
Beige is the 2nd song, and itâ€™s a great, powerful rock song, with once again stunning vocals from Lyla.
Ive not been this excited about a female vocalist since Anouk Teeuwe, and how long ago was that ?? ha ha.
The whole band play tight, with menace and purpose, I think this is a great release.9/10
Lyla D’Souza â€“ Vocals.
Dave Garfield â€“ Guitar.
Mike McGuinness â€“ Bass.
Rha Stranges â€“ Drums.
Andrea Basiola – Guitar .
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