Highly acclaimed British alternative rock/ folk rock group Tumbler recently released their latest and maybe greatest album called “Come To The Edge” and reviews are looking good. Richard Grace, Harry Grace and Dave Needham make up “Tumbler” and boy do they have a fine connection.
Produced at Dark Horse Studio in Epsom England this 12 track CD, Engineering, mixing, mastering, production and additional instrumentation by Dave Needham at Dark Horse Studio, Epsom, England.
Their first album “You Said” was just the tip of the iceberg for Tumbler. It was a first and it was a learning experience. They grew in skill and song writing and they found their own special style and sound through honing new ideas and performance abilities.
The first track is “Black Sheep” and it’s folk rock full blast. Vocals are great. Composition is hot and the instrumentation if solid. I love the softer essence at the bridge.
The exotic blend of folk, rock, and alternative pop sets Tumbler on the course of having another hit collection. They are different and yet similar of course to other artists in this genre but…they have their own unique and distinctive texture to their music and their vocals.
“Nothing To Hold You” is the fourth track on this album. This one has just a hint of country rock with the mix of just a hint of almost rock a billy. Love the strong vocals and up beat groove. This song was inspired by a crazy young lady that Richard had the pleasure of knowing. But it seems this one just wasn’t meant to be. “Got nothing to hold you, I can’t keep or control you, Oh Lady I’m sold on you, But all the same….it’s goodbye.”
Richard Grace had a dream to build a solid life in the music industry but early in the journey the woman whole held his heart was struggling with a serious illness and nearly died. So it was a no brainer that home and family would have to come first. Twenty years passed, a new wife and soon kids graced his life. Four of his six sons grew to love music and began to share in their Dads dream.
“Diamond In A Drawer” is full and expressive. I love the lines….”Just a ring she took but never wore
despite how much it cost , that wasn’t what was lost”……It talks of the desire for her love but how it never fully bloomed. The lyrics are not over the top but impressive, the instrumentation is raw and original.
Harry Grace is the fifth son and performing came naturally to him. During school years he was the one who knew all the words to all the songs and all the parts for all his fellow students. He was a big support for the class and encouraged others when they fell behind. It was Harry who suggested recording some of his Dad’s songs and that is how Tumbler came to be.
“Freedom To Cry” is about freedom from war and oppression. It’s about breaking down the walls and the barriers that keep us apart and keep us from living to the fullest a life filled with hope for another tomorrow. Wonderful meanings within this song. The lyrics are thought-provoking, real, hard core truth. The instrumentation is phenomenal and the compositions is right on.
“Freedom the cry, The freedom to fly, the freedom to live till you die, There’s only one dream Worth having she said, Only one dream she said, The dream is to live, While you are alive, And only to die when you’re dead.”
Dave Needham makes the trio the perfect threesome. His skills and talents in the studio and his years of experience in the industry make this trio unstoppable.
The majority of the songs on this album were written at the kitchen table with family and friends and a house full of laughter. When doing things the old fashion way was still the norm. Richard says that “kitchen concerts don’t happen as often” but I think that if they keep writing and performing the way they are now there will be many more kitchen concerts and bright beginnings in their future.
~The most important music is the music you make for yourself~ Tumbler