“HI there, compositionally interesting as it makes good use of a drone note. I’m not sure if its working for a pop song for me thought. It might actually make it a bit monotonous”
Calvin @ BonFire Records on WE GOT WHAT WE WANTED WHY ARE WE UNHAPPY – 12/05/21
“Thanks a lot for another cool submission! Great vibe again and a cool soundscape, but again the vocals don’t 100% hit me unfortunately, sorry! Good luck! 🙂 “.
Adamant Music on WE GOT WHAT WE WANTED WHY ARE WE UNHAPPY – 12/05/21
“We think there is a real drama to the delivery, and feel that the sound is richly developed and atmospheric. We think it ultimately leans a little too far into the more mainstream side of rock for us, but that is certainly no criticism and we wish you all the very best”.
Various Small Flames on WE GOT WHAT WE WANTED WHY ARE WE UNHAPPY – 12/05/21
“A big 90s esque classic rock sort of sound with some big passionate production and confident vocal work. A lot of heartfelt ideas here that are warmly constructed but genre wise it just lacked a little more here to stand out even further for us here. We are really so sorry to politely pass this time around”.
We all want someone on WE GOT WHAT WE WANTED WHY ARE WE UNHAPPY – 11/05/21
“There’s a tasteful and melancholic atmosphere in your performance, I like that. Unfortunately I’m not sure if the melody is strong enough to stand out, but I wish you the best of luck. Take care.”.
HQ Indie on WE GOT WHAT WE WANTED WHY ARE WE UNHAPPY – 11/05/21
“Oooh a heavy listen this time around. Its a good thing. Hits the listener in the chest. Great vocals as per usual. Lyrics really take the cake here though. Deep. Emotional. Relatable. I don’t feel the vibe is right for what I’m looking for this time round but .. of course .. I dig your sound! I personally enjoyed exploring this sonic space and these lyrics. Keep it up. “.
Music on the Moon on WE GOT WHAT WE WANTED WHY ARE WE UNHAPPY – 11/05/21
“Hey, thank you for sharing this. Really nice chord progression on this one, however, I didn’t really get into the guitar production, probably would have liked to hear some more body on it. WIsh you the best with this”.
Loop Solitaire on WE GOT WHAT WE WANTED WHY ARE WE UNHAPPY – 11/05/21
“Good evening, many thanks for submitting We got what we wanted, why are we unhappy? I can hear the Talk Talk influence, the instrumentation was ok, but I didn’t feel the vocal line scanned that well with it. Good to hear something so fresh, though.”.
Skreen of House of Beauty on WE GOT WHAT WE WANTED, WHY ARE WE UNHAPPY – 10/05/21
“it’s a great composition with a super vocal line and the soundscape is a perfect guidance through the whole arrangement. i like the sound production, especially the choir. it’s simply a impeccable song with a excellent atmosphere but it is not 100% my personal taste to release or market. all the best, Dennis – FMG”.
FBP Music Publishing on WE GOT WHAT WE WANTED, WHY ARE WE UNHAPPY – 10/05/21
“For his latest single, Manchester’s singer-songwriter, Sam Chewali, served a roots-deep slice of Rock n Roll. Behind the nuancedly psychotropic Stone Roses and Charlatans reminiscences which give Chewali an undeniablely Manchester sound, you’ll hear his intricate bluesy guitar lead work and frenetic keys throwing back to the 50s.
The Unelectable Liar was penned as a rhythmic high-vibe protest track to point out the absurdity and injustice which came through the vilification of the best Prime Minister we never had. Singles such as The Unelectable Liar are the silver linings to living in a post-truth corrupt society”
Amelia Vandergast at AnR Factory on THE UNELECTABLE LIAR – 10/05/21
“we just think the overall style of singing does not work for us “.
Ear to the Ground Music on WE GOT WHAT WE WANTED, WHY ARE WE UNHAPPY – 10/05/21
“this is good songwriting, but his voice is a bit onoton over the time”
Thomas at We Love That/Sound on WE GOT WHAT WE WANTED, WHY ARE WE UNHAPPY – 10/05/21
“Good evening, many thanks for submitting We got what we wanted, why are we unhappy? I can hear the Talk Talk influence, the instrumentation was ok, but I didn’t feel the vocal line scanned that well with it. Good to hear something so fresh, though.”
Skreen of House of Beauty on WE GOT WHAT WE WANT, WHY ARE WE UNHAPPY – 10/05/21
“Hi there, thanks a lot for sending this. hope you’re good in these crazy times. your voice is very unique and I love the harmonies in the chorus but the sound is missing a bit of uniqueness this time. good luck”
Damien McFly on WE GOT WHAT WE WANTED, WHY ARE WE UNHAPPY – 10/05/21
“Thank you for sending us another submission, we appreciate that very much, but I am still not finding my kind of thing that would talk to me more, especially not connecting to the vocal parts “.
Z Tapes on WE GOT WHAT WE WANTED WHY ARE WE UNHAPPY – 10/05/21
“Interesting topical song. I like it when artists drop their heart in the ring for causes they believe in, even though I would hardly recommend anyone trust a politician of any color. This is a very good song. Liked the melodies, but felt like it tries a bit too hard to include the story here and occasionally sounds forced. Happy to hear more in the future.”
Alt77 on THE UNELECTABLE LIAR – 08/05/21
“Thank you for sending us your music, we appreciate that, but personally, I am not really finding in the song something that would really talk to me or get me more into the song, I am sorry”
Z Tapes on NEVER FORGET NOW – 08/05/21
“”Dope track. Like the feel. Will share within the month! ”
Music on the Moon on NEVER FORGET NOW – 08/05/21
“Really cool soundscape and vibe, but unfortauntely the vocals don’t 100% catch me though, sorry!”
Admant Music on THE UNELECTABLE LIAR – 08/05/21
“I liked Yer Not Wrong so no surprise I liked The Unelectable Liar as well. Your vocal delivery feels unique. Avant garde. Great guitar strumming/riffing. Great blend of tones. Percussive backbone is unique. Groovy. Lyrics are depthful yet deceivingly catchy. Love the chorus sing along bit. Its a tough one. I like the sound but find its not a perfect fit for any particular playlist. It balances so many flavors. Really cool. Just really hard to playlist. Still. Appreciate the artistry”.
Music on the Moon on THE UNELECTABLE LIAR – 07/05/21
”Hey Sham. Groovy little song. Unfortunately, there is a little bit to much of an echo on the vocals and harmonies. I am sorry that it’s not a match. Thank you very much for sharing”.
Emotional Feedback on NEVER FORGET NOW – 06/05/21
“Must say I love seeing mention of the Happy Mondays and I can see where you were going with that given the baggy momentum to this piece. It is a little less contemporary though and could well have taken its influence from John Kongos He’s Gonna Step On You Again. No matter though for this is a bouncy piece of rhythm that will set most gatherings off on a summer footing. Fresh stuff despite all the reminders of past glories. Love to hear more”.
The MP3Hugger on THE UNELECTABLE LIAR – 04/05/21
“It’s a cool song – solid musicality – but it’s too anchored in the ground for us (we’re more into ethereal, dreamy indie) and somehow too old school sounding as well. Good luck in any case!”
HighClouds on THE UNELECTABLE LIAR – 03/05/21
”There is a real sense of personality and voice here, blending playfulness with cutting critique, but overall the lyrics weren’t quite for VSF on this occasion”
Various Small Flames THE UNELECTABLE LIAR- 03/05/21
“A lot of cool vintage rock and classic rock vibes with some 70s British influence to it. Pretty groovy and chill stuff but genre wise it just lacked a bit more here to grab us even more. We are really so sorry to politely pass here”
We Love That on THE UNELECTABLE LIAR – 03/05/21
”Is that the snap, crackle and pop of a vinyl recording I thought to myself – thoughts that soon left me as the dark drift and melancholic wielding I’m Coming Through soon took on a life of its own. It is a haunted pallor that it brings with itself and with it a drift that brings us back to the last century and a period when music was a lot more immersive and a lot less disposable. I really liked that about this track if not necessarily gravitating towards its gothic dispatches.”
MP3 Hugger on I’M COMING THROUGH – 08/02/21
“ Hi! I appreciate the honesty and imagery in your lyrics. I look for songs with more of an upbeat or happy feel to them, so this song is a little too dark for my playlists, but I enjoyed listening! Thanks for sharing!”
Lexi Brookes on YER NOT WRONG – 08/02/21
“Strikes me as the kind of winter brew we need to ensure we are warm and in company to be fully able to absorb because there is a certain darkness here that is best handled away from a lonesome listening session. Must say I found it particularly stark, at least until the early moments of the 2nd minute where a considerable warmth took over proceedings. Even then though Sham’s outpourings took a lot of effort because it had that medieval maudlin approach that doesn’t come easily as something to embrace. Could be a case of an acquired taste mind you which has coloured my experience here.”
MP3 Hugger on YER NOT WRONG – 08/02/21
“ I definitely hear the Nick Cave inspiration on Yer not wrong. Much like his songwriting .. the lyrics are at the core of the listening experience. I even got Dire Straits Mark knopfler vibes from the mature vocal delivery and steady finger picking guitar styling! Yer not wrong is an intense track. It travels more than I was expecting. Bringing in the full kit, adding some sublet vocal harmonies and some string based atmosphere. The lyrics are so visually charged. A more than enjoyable listen! Truthfully I dont feel the vibe of Yer not wrong is a perfect fit for my playlists BUT it is a more than enjoyable listen! Big props for the bluesy guitar solo! Tight stuff”
Music on the Moon on YER NOT WRONG – 08/02/21
“Hi Sham, thanks for sending your music. I like the writing and your vibe, but this level of production/mix will struggle to compete in the commercial market, which is why I will politely decline at this stage. I would, however, like to hear more demos from you and find out more about your circumstances. Please email me at……”
The Animal Farm on YER NOT WRONG – 08/02/21
”Thanks for the song. Mellow…subdued…melancholy…I enjoyed the vocal harmonies and the expression of the acoustic lines. Iliked the progression coming in at 1:49. The starkness of the piano felt a bit too much for me in places, I’ll pass on this one but thank you for sharing your work with us.”
Independent Music Reviews on YER NOT WRONG – 14/12/20