Michael Bennett is a singer/songwriter from the Penny Lane area of Liverpool whose influences while growing up were The Beatles, The Charlatans, Oasis and The Verve. He has toured extensively throughout the UK performing at the Liverpool Fringe 2012, Festival of Firsts in Hoylake, The Ruby Lounge in Manchester and also in Sheffield. Michael has covered tracks by The Black Keys, The Deftones and Bombay Bicycle Club and is credited as being artist of the week in Wrapt Online magazine.
Roll Up is Michael’s second single and was released in March 2013. Lead guitar on this track is provided by Jon Caldwell [Low Winter Sun]. The track starts with a comedy drum roll typical of that found in a circus act. With a long guitar intro and some heavy riffs the lyrics eventually start. The main refrain seems to be the same two lines repeated: “Roll Up there’s a new man in town” and “Roll Up let me be your clown tonight”. It makes me think of a clown dancing on the doorstep offering himself to a loved one. This is a very catchy tune and found myself humming to it all day. It certainly reminds me of some of Michaels influences. It has a nice balance of drum and bass and a brilliant guitar solo at the end. The lyrics can come across as a bit repetitive but it suits this type of track.
I would certainly not class this as acoustic, but would find it better suited to the genre of indie/rock. In addition I would not recommend this track to sufferers of Coulrophobia.
Ian Sharp is originally from Wigan, but grew up in Liverpool. He is passionate about music and although hard of hearing has learnt to appreciate music in its purist form. A musician in the making he enjoys many genres but particularly likes folk, Indie and alternative music. He's a big fan of Twitter and would be lost without his iPhone.