Portsmouth based acoustic artist Billy Gregory has released his debut EP ‘If You Be You Then I’ll Be Me’ through Furious Records. It’s surprising that Billy describes himself as an acoustic artist as the first track on the EP, titled Dance, bursts out of the speakers accompanied by some great drum beats and guitar riffs as well as his trusty acoustic guitar. I have to admit, I was expecting a poor sounding, empty acoustic track but I’m pleasantly surprised by the catchy, summer time vibes that hit my ears.
Second track, Never, has a much more acoustic sound to it. Not only is the acoustic sound more evident, but it has a rougher edge than the previous track. Billy’s vocals work brilliantly with the strum of the guitar and his southern accent gives the track a raw edge, reminding the listener that we are actually listening to someone with personality in their vocals instead of a generic American twang.
It’s a short and sweet EP at only three tracks long, but closer, If You Be You, is a great way to finish things off. The track is definitely calmer and more comforting to begin with but it picks up brilliantly, transforming into a quirky, almost acoustic little pop song with a dramatic chorus and catchy lyrics which will definitely have it whirring round the listener’s brain for the rest of the day.
Billy Gregory has created a first class debut EP and its three tracks wrap up into a neat little package of brilliance. However, I feel that labelling himself as an acoustic artist isn’t doing him any favours, like the James Morrisons and Jack Johnsons of the world; he’s definitely got some great hits bubbling under the surface so should think about re-branding himself as an acoustic-pop artist.
Review by Cherry Pullinger