Geek. Miserable so-and-so. Square peg in a round hole with daydreams of living happily ever after by the sea.
After almost a decade as songwriter, bassplayer and singer with the band Betamax, with all it's highs and lows, I found myself suffering a severe case of writers block. All Things Bob is my attempt to find a cure with an ongoing and growing collection of musical experiments. All music, instrumentation, lyrics, recording and production is done by me. My techniques, both from a song-writing and production point of view, are constantly evolving and improving. I started with a four-track iPhone app and an acoustic guitar in March 2012. But as you will hear, I've moved on somewhat since then. I still have plenty to learn, but I'm having fun in the process!
Hopefully, you'll like like what you hear on my page, and enjoy listening to my journey from just a year ago when I was genuinely unsure if I would ever be able to write another song....
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Oh and it should go without saying, but just to be clear - All songs are written, performed and produced by me (unless otherwise stated)... Listen, download, and share til your hearts content! But try to nick my stuff or its copyright, and I'll cut ya bleedin jacobs orf!
Below are some reviews of my work to date:
"(All Things Bob) is now trying his hand at a solo career and with his new single ‘Home‘, he proves he’s on to a winner.
Having already reached the summit of the MRU charts, this infectiously catchy, up tempo electronically-generated tune has all the makings of a great pop song that could very well take the charts by storm, particularly with summer approaching. With an interesting fusion of musical styles based around a standard guitar/drum/keyboard backing section it is brilliantly enhanced with a deliciously bubblegum pop electronic melody. ‘Home‘ has echoes of recently successful indie-pop acts such as Yeasayer, Cut Copy or Miike Snow, and will no doubt generate similar levels of appeal.
The song’s technological age-inspired lyrics are ironically geeky, adding a bit of tongue-in-cheek charm to proceedings, while the memorable chorus hook together with Sharman’s David Byrne-esque vocal delivery both add to the like-ability factor. Perfectly timed, perfectly weighted and without an irritating over-reliance on electronic after effects, it is very difficult not to like a song like ‘Home.
This single will almost certainly be a massive hit and a great springboard for Sharman’s All Things Bob solo-project."
~James Glynn, Music Review Unsigned
"Former Bass player and songwriter of Betamax, All Things Bob offers some catchy melodies that are fused with some enjoyable electronic undertones."
~ Outskirt Noise
"Writing, playing, singing and recording everything himself, his music ranges from classic British guitar-pop to bedroom-electro oddness and grungy guitar rage, mixing it all into an astonishingly accomplished and melodic pure pop whole"
~ Rich Morris, Soundblab.com
"...the New Wave genre is blown wide apart by his streamlined Power-Pop and Punk diversity"
~ Andy Woodcraft, Mojophenia
"There's no sign of a struggle for material; these tracks sound fully-formed and well though out. Most recent track 'Drone (Happiness Awaits You)' could have graced a Graham Coxon album, in fact many songs here have a touch of Blur about them. The sound is still punky (see 'Turn The Tide' or 'Another Life') but includes a few sonic experiments in the background. As far as highlights go then 'Unselected' stands out, sounding at points like it could be the work of Bob Mould; when he does slow things down for 'Seasons' the standard is the same, proving this is no one-trick pony. With the writers block banished (are we reassured of this on the excellent 'I'm Fine Now'?) we can surely now look forward to more things Bob."
"....split up new wave with punk, and a bit of pop, it would sound like this"
Aaron Phillips, Amazing Radio
"...a really versatile artist"
Dana McKeon, Explosive Unsigned Radio