Axel Loughrey is a throwback

At times I come across people on Twitter who I fall in love with straight away. Axel Loughrey is one of those people. His Twitter bio reads: Music Week Mag’s top 4 one’s to watch in 2012 – Pronounced Lockrey. Solo Artist & Model on @allsortedrecord – Full time wino, my mum tweets for me.

What’s not to love?

I’m a fan of winos and I’m a big fan of Mums so I thought I’d see what the rest of his bio was up to and check out his music; not a decision I regret in the slightest. I’m unable to compare him to anybody in the UK charts right now and if I was forced too, I’d feel as though I wouldn’t be crediting his music enough. He’s incomparable.

Unlike those in the UK charts right now, Axel Loughrey is closest to the likes of Johnny Cash, Seasick Steve and Jim Morrison. He’s a throwback, in the nicest possible way, with a smashing voice and the look to match.

Given that the whole of the UK seems to be suffering from X Factor-itus, I’ve a feeling that Axel could potentially be the cure to fix our cheesy pop fixated minds. His single Love Thing was named as Classic Rock Magazine’s song of the day in the summer of 2011. He’s also performed at venues such as Camden Barfly, Liverpool’s Cavern Club and The Hawley Arms. Plus, as if the above wasn’t enough, he’s also shared bills with Frank Turner, The King Blues, Louise and the Pins & Kill It Kid. Axel Loughrey is on fire.

After the success of his d├ębut E.P Love Thing – aptly sharing a name with his single – Axel released his debut album Crayon Factory digitally last week. Meaning that after reading this, you should all click on Axel’s links and go and buy the album because this guy is an absolute talent.

Once you’ve bought his album, listened to it a few times and decided Axel Loughrey is the best thing since sliced bread, write yourself a mental note that he’s also performing with a full band at The Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden, London on 9th December 2012. That gives us a few days to memorize enough of Crayon Factory to sing back to him when he takes to the stage.


Words by Victoria Gottschalk