Preacher – Signals by Jarod Lawley

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Unsigned
Released: 2014
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Preacher - Signals - ArtworkTracklisting:

1. Time 03:44
2. Jupiter To Mars 05:04
3. The Sea 05:19
4. Fat Cats 04:28
5. Cry 4 Help 03:38
6. Signals 05:53
7. Arrival 06:05
8. First Contact 04:13
9. The Factor 04:57
10. Friends Of My Dreams 04:00
11. Destiny 04:03
12. I’ll Be There 04:33

Band line-up:

Martin Murphy – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Arnold Burgoyne – Keyboards
Greg Murphy – Lead Guitar
Gordon Monroe – Bass Guitar
Iain Duncan – Drums and Percussion


Progressive troupe Preacher from Ayrshire in Scotland has an impressive list of accolades to boast about. Headlining the ABC1 O2 Arena in Glasgow as an unsigned band is a highly admirable feat, and another of their admirable feats comes in the form of this new record. Entitled Signals, this is follows the tradition of the prog genre- it is a concept album. A dozen tracks long, but without any track overstepping that infamous seven minute mark, this record feels free yet mature, and interesting yet crafted to precision.

Chorus drenched chords and the soothing vocals of Martin Murphy wash the listener away amongst the waves of early tracks such as “Time” and “Jupiter.” Iain Duncan’s drumming is a perfect stylistic match for this band, impressive but not elaborate, the rhythms slide seamlessly into the calm sounds and atmosphere the other instrumentalists create. Echoes of Pink Floyd are the most obvious, but the ethereal qualities of Pearl Jam and floating feel of The Cure are two other notable points of comparison. A  Blending with classic rock is subtle, but also adds to the memorability of some of the tracks.

The synth lead “Arrival” is a highlight track, with initial Moroder flavourings whisked away with 60’s style drum swinging and Mark Gilmour-esque chord strumming. The band’s range of influences is clear, but the combined forces of many musical styles from King Crimson to Echo And The Bunneymen just makes for a more well rounded and highly listenable album. Guitar solos and fills demonstrate a great sense of melody, with their improvisatory feel, and not to mention, soaring tone. “First Contact” also stands out, with its rich and thick Hammond organ undertones.

With a great variety in tempo, mood, instrumentation and vocal delivery, Signals is an album for many different occasions, it is accessible, but at the same time interesting enough to keep even the most hardened of music fans entertained.

Review by Jarod Lawley