Track review: I Am The Resurrection // AJ Gallagher

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The title ‘I Am The Resurrection’ conjures up images of Madchester mosh-pits, Ian Brown’s cheeky smile and acid house raves in The Hacienda. All of which feature in AJ Gallagher’s new music video.

The covered track however, is a hypnotic ode to those raving mad times. With delicate guitar strums, Gallagher plucks his way through one of the most influential songs of the early 90s. After learning it was put together as a lullaby to soothe his newly born son, it is hard not to love the dulcet tones of Gallagher’s Spanish guitar. 

In a true resurrection of The Stone Roses, Gallagher takes the crucial lyric “don’t waste your words” quite literally. In respect to his elders, there is no attempt to replace Ian Brown, but instead excellent harmonies and production from J, the vocalist from Afflecks Palace.

After mentioning the track to friends, J has already been asked if they could use a recording of the tune to walk down the aisle! In a year where nothing is predictable, could our new Christmas anthem be AJ’s calming twinkle of guitar rather than chaotic drivel from x-factor alumni? We can dream…

Picked up by indie label Spirit Of Spike Island, the cover is the perfect escape to lockdown blues. Give AJ’s video a watch to play ‘Where’s Wally’ with the likes of Peter Hook (Joy Division and New Order), Happy Mondays, Tony Wilson (founder of Factory Records and The Hacienda), A Guy Called Gerald, 808 State, The Chemical Brothers and Ian Brown himself. 

This release completes an incredible year for indie label; Spirit Of Spike Island – after hitting no.3 in the UK vinyl chart with the sophomore Afflecks Palace EP & dropping Pastels first single on the label. They are a cool collective to keep your eye on, as promising new music is scheduled from all three artists in the coming year. 

All photos are available in high quality prints at Peter J Walsh’s website

Words by Harriet Fisk


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