We have realised that we haven’t really put anything up on here in a while… But that is mainly due to the fact that over the last 6 months, we have been absoloutely festival crazy and all of our news is constantly streamed on our social media sites – FACEBOOK, TWITTER & INSTAGRAM! (…go on check them out!)
But just so you don’t feel left out when you visit this site – were gonna try to make this more of a priority so our blog/news space is just as up-to-date as our social sites!
I bet you’re now wondering – what are REWS up to then??
WELL!!! After a very successful summer period gigging our faces off – we are just about to release our 4th single! Its called Miss You In The Dark.
We will be shooting the video next week with our friend John Maloney (who also shot Can You Feel It?) and starting to push it out to all our radio friends!! We’ve also collaborated with an amazing illustrator (Samuel B. Thorne) who is going to do a limited edition piece of art for our artwork – just keep your peepers peeled! We will be debuting the song at our Islington show on the 21st September 2016! Come along!!!
As well as all this excitement, Help Musicians UK have added us to their showcasing bill at this years Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg – an ultimate dream come true!!
We have now started our campaign for our third single ‘Shake Shake’. We will have the video ready to share with you in the next couple of weeks and the single available to purchase and stream on all online stores and sites from the 15th April 2016.
Keep your eyes peeled on our social media sites for more updates, live shows etc…!
Thank you to Rosie Powell for the above photo and to This Is Pulp Clothing for the Jilted Generation Clothing we are wearing.
We have begun our promotion for the second single – Death Yawn. It will be available to get a hold of throughout all online stores and streaming sites from the 4th March 2016 for all members of the public!
But in the meantime – here is the video (that was funded through our pledge music campaign) to view here:
Thank you for allowing this to come to fruition! Two more singles to follow this year!
Big shout out to Dog Kennel Productions, Ciarán McGreevy, Zach Trouton, Michael Mormecha, Tommy Keery, Simone Maria Richardt, Keith Acheson, Crescent Arts Centre, Rocky O’Reilly, Start Together Studio Belfast, Manor Park Studio, Hillsbourgh Forest Park, Mudd Wallace, Peter Mccauley, Vanessa Arbuthnott, Owl Barn Residency and all our pledgers and who made it possible to record & create this video.
I must say a thank you to the creepy hostel guy in Edinburgh who inspired me to write this song… combined with the amazing writing of Louis Nowra – Into That Forest Story!
Its finally here for you to watch and enjoy – the official video for our debut single – Can You Feel It? Thank you so much to all who have bee involved in the making of this especially to the videographer; John Maloney!
It will be available to purchase on all online stores from the 23rd October 2015!
We have had a mammoth few weeks back in Northern Ireland last week and various other events throughout the month where we filmed all 4 videos for the singles, played some gigs, filmed and recorded a live radio sessions and got caught up in dreaming plans for the coming months for the completion of our 4 single series this year!!
We want to extend a massive thank you to all who helped us make the videos, gigs and sessions possible as listed here:
John Maloney, Music Room London, Dog Kennel Productions, Maverick Renegade Productions, Glasgowbury, Crescent Arts Centre, Hillsborough Forest Park, Goldie Fawn, Belfast Culture Night, Mirador, BBC Radio Ulster and ALL those who pledged for us on PledgeMusic earlier this year!🙂
Here are two acoustic treats to view from our BBC Radio Ulster, New Voices Acoustic Sessions. Let us know what you think!?
Can You Feel It?
Let Your Life Unfold
Keep in touch over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Thanks to all of the amazing Pledgers, we have now got just about enough money to shoot 4 great music videos for the 4 single series we are doing over the next couple of months.
On Saturday (29th August) – We shot the first video for debut single ‘Can You Feel It?’ with the amazing John Maloney (Freelance Videographer) and he is currently working on our final edits! We had such a fantastic action packed day with him filming and felt so free creatively! So we are really REALLY looking forward to sharing the final products with you as soon as we can! For now – here is a little picture for your viewing pleasure.
Collette and I are completely and totally moved by your support so far! Thank you!! Also – if you want to keep up to date with all our posts and pics – you can on on instagram and twitter (@rewsmusic)! We always love to hear what you think!🙂
I had the pleasure of writing up this blog for Pledge Music – I think it may have ignited a new fire in me to write a blog?? Let me know what you think. You can read the article HERE!!! Have also pasted it in below for you!
REWS: Reflecting on Musical Inspiration
Shauna Tohill is changing things up these days. Formerly known as Silhouette, REWS is now her new band with Collette Williams, a charismatic duo of high-energy alt-pop/rock which you can now hear via four new singles, now available for pre-order (make sure to grab the signed vinyl)! We asked Shauna if she would tell us a bit more about her musical inspiration, and she graciously obliged with today’s guest post.
Music makes me happy. What about you?
I was asked by Pledge to give a little lowdown on my music or a related topic, so it got me thinking: what is so important about music that makes me want to do it and share it with you all? Then a quote that my grandfather said to me popped into my head: ‘If you are lying on your last days looking back on your life wishing you had tried something, why not just do that thing today? Do all you can while you can!’
Life is too short to have any regrets. I feel I live by that mantra, and music has always been at the centre of my being!
If we look way back to the caveman era — before verbal language even existed! — it was then that music, song, rhythm was the first language used to communicate something! Music and sound is something that doesn’t just speak to us on a superficial level; it is in our blood, it’s a deeper language, it’s like a chemical reaction! Some songs, words and sounds seem to seek out something in your being, whether it be that pain in your soul from a lost someone, the need for love, the need for joy or celebrating, the need to grieve. You name it, music can help you experience that journey better and get to a deeper place of understanding! It’s almost like it resonates with an unseen fibre in your body and helps you to heal and learn something new! It allows you a moment with yourself! A new connection!
Music is so much more than just words and sounds, so I believe anyway!
It doesn’t mean to say that I connect with every single genre or song, but I know that someone, somewhere connects on some level, even if I don’t! This is the perspective that I write from when I make music! I just want it to flow through me from that other world/level and I want people to experience something, to be healed from something, to inspire someone to just do what they dream of. That’s why I write mainly high-energy pop/rock music!
Music did this for me when I went through a family break-up in my early teens and various other hurts along the path of life. I needed something more than words to comfort me. I needed something to transcend and fill that spiritual, emotional, physical void deep within my heart and release me from something, and through music, I was (and am) able to really experience a healthy and normal emotional response and find peace!
I want to do that for other people in this world, and that’s why to this day I keep doing music in whatever way I can — currently as a high-energy pop/rock songwriter and performer REWS (formerly Silhouette) and as a teacher of songwriting workshops and vocal coaching.
I guess I want to help people to be brave enough to follow their dreams. I’m not saying that it is easy. It’s very hard work and there are so many things that act as obstacles along the way making you believe that you should just give up, that you could have chosen a more secure life but it’s the fire within your belly that keeps you going, even if the fire is reduced to a mere flickering flame! I know this because I keep coming back to a blank page and I keep being reminded of what my destiny is on this planet and here I stand — oozing music and wanting to help the world!
Again my mantra speaks. ‘If I was on my final day looking back, what would I regret not having done today?’ I want to invite you to do that now! What are you waiting for? What fear is holding you? Failure is only a lesson to learn from, it’s never going to be the end of you. That is one of the hardest lessons! If I can be certain of one thing — that is we can only know this present moment — you don’t know what tomorrow holds. Look into your soul: what makes you happy today? If you’re not happy, find what will make you happy and do that thing! Life is too short!
Everyone deserves a chance in life to be everything they ought to be, and I want to help people believe in themselves even when they hit obstacles along the way! Hopefully I can do that with my music and I’ll keep on burning this candle until its not the thing to do anymore!!
Thank you thank you thank you!!!! Oh my goodness! Collette and I are totally overwhelmed by all of your support so far and we are uber excited to get stuck in to making videos for you and taking this project to the next level!!
Image by Dan Corbett // instagram: @twotimeszoomWe also wanted you to be involved in the excitement from our successes from the launch gig on the 31st July 2015 so here are few articles and pictures if you’re interested!! This wouldn’t have happened without your amazing support and belief in me and new band member Collette!