Two of Substance

The band in action

Ever heard of the band Two of Substance? Well if you haven’t, you soon will do. This talented trio are definitely on the path to success.

Having already toured as a supporting act to ‘Versus the World’, it’s time for this band to step into it’s own limelight. Tommy Haywood, Grant Sweeney and Aaron Holmes are three friends with huge talent. Despite the fact they have only been performing together for a little under 2 years, they are currently recording their future album ‘Ascended from Colours’.

Lead vocalist Tom Haywood, 22, said: “We will be going to Rockfield studios in Wales were bands such as Manics, Stone Roses and RoyalBlood have recorded so to be following their footsteps is pretty awesome.”

This trio have also made an appearance on the well known music channel ‘VEVO’ and have accumulated many fans along the way. With massive support from their family, anything is possible.

Drummer Grant Sweeney, 24, said: “My family have practically been the reason why the band has survived thus far. They have given us instruments, space to practice, let us borrow their cars, travelled up and down with us, you name it: they’ve done it.”

The band formed back in 2014 after the three decided to share their creativity. Band members Grant and Aaron have been friends since school and Tommy was later introduced after he and Grant went wrestling together.

When asked what they are most proud of, the band had mixed responses. Where Aaron is most proud of the recording he’s produced when he’s created the majority of the music, Tom was proud of everything they have achieved. Grant is extremely proud of the amount of things the band has accomplished in such a miniscule amount of time.


This band can definitely not be labelled as a ‘type’ of music, with variations from soft to rock, they excel in everything. When asked to describe their music, Aaron simply said he has no way to describe it, other than diverse.

Grant Sweeney, said: “To me, TOS’s music is probably schizophrenic but with the most sane and logical approach. You never know what you will get when one TOS song finishes and the next one starts, I love that.”

When it comes to writing lyrics, everyone has their own methods. Some are affected by life events, others just write what’s on their mind, Tom Haywood sees lyrics as telling a story in which he aims to be creative. Grant gets his inspiration from what happens in life,whether it be to him or complete strangers. However, Aaron said: “I kind of just make a tune and fit lyrics behind it… once the first line is done the rest just flows naturally.”

Everyone has their own inspirations, whether it be someone famous or someone closer to home and for whatever reason why, this person becomes your idol. With dreams of one day becoming someone else’s inspiration, Two of Substance have their own musical idols, such as David Bowie, Dave Grohl, Nivarna and John Fuvicant. All of which have had a successful musical career. Can this band step up to the mark? They are definitely heading in the right direction.

So what’s next for Two of Substance? 24 year old guitarist, Aaron Holmes, teased: “Hmmm we will have to wait and see.”

If you haven’t already listened to Two of Substance, it won’t be long before you do. The band are extremely talented and are definitely going to great places.


Where to find them:

Two of Substance’s Facebook page

Youtube Channel




Azariah Hardy

Teenager Azariah Hardy took to the stage during an open mic night at Ameriesko, on Bold Street, and blew the audience away. With the support of her friends around her, she was in her element in the spotlight.

This 16 year old offers inspiration to all young musicians around the world to have confidence and believe in themselves. She said: “I don’t have any (influences) I am my own influence if that makes sen case.  I assure to be myself and I take influence off of myself so I don’t feel I should label myself as anyone else, it’s just me, myself.”


Although performing cover songs that night, Azariah often writes her own and is hoping to get a record deal in the near future. When asked about what inspires her to write her own lyrics she said: “Life experiences, like what’s happened to me in my life so it’s quite personal.”

The singer has been performing since she was 11, but only been doingopen mic nights for a few months. When asked about her supportive family she said: “My mum supports me and my sister and nan do too but I don’t know whether my dad would or not.”

The talent doesn’t stop for Azariah, with an amazing voice, she has also learnt how to play the piano and the guitar from an early age but tends to stick to captivating the audience with the beauty of her acoustic style.

Her music is quite soulful and soft, she said: “There’s always a story behind what I’ve wrote.”

Follow Azariah on Instagram at @azariahxx – have you seen her performing at one of her open mic nights? Let us know what you think of her!

Chris Woolf

Ever heard the expression nothing in life comes easy? Or seeing glitter from dust?

This certainly rings true for performer Chris Woolf. Despite many traumas in his past, he turns to music to help him out. With no family there for him, this ‘lone wolf’ supports himself with a part time job and frequently enjoys performing in various open mics like LEAF.

Chris after stepping off stage at LEAF.


When asked where his lyrics come from, he said: “Life tragedy. A lot of it I guess is a way of trying to refrain past events and transform trauma into positivity.”

Chris Woolf enters another world when he performs and takes to the stage with ease. Often with nothing but his guitar to accompany him, he captivates the audience, making them cling onto every word he sings, bringing the folk genre back to life.

With a twinge of old time 1920s jazz, Woolf looks up to successful artists like Bob Dylan and Kurt Cobain. I think it’s safe to say that this man lives and breaths his dream to sing, however, he fears a lot of people may not understand his lyrics.

He said: “A lot of the time with music people don’t get all the lyrics straight away, just because of how things are pronounced phonetically.”

When asked about his music connecting to his fans, he stated: “I’ve always felt people can connect to it musically because I play through feeling rather than shouting chorus sequences.”

This talented performer has been doing what he loves for over 20 years and was playing the saxophone from just 7 years old. However, the style in which he performs now, he has only been experimenting with it this past year. From a very young age, this performer has connected with words. He said: “I liked to read a lot. I was really into poetry and inspiring artists like Bob Dylan so I was really into people who were characters with their music rather than just song writers.”

Chris Woolf is by no doubt going places. With a beautiful voice and ability to play instruments what’s to stop him? He recently got discovered during an open mic event a short while back and is currently in the studio recording an album. His life has definitely started turning a corner. When you want something bad enough you will achieve it and in the words of Bob Dylan “People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.”

 Chris’ Soundcloud

Maddie Stenberg

Often a big deal is made about how old you are. Oh you’re too young to do this or you’re too old to be doing that. But if you have a dream then who cares?

Maddie Stenberg is just 15 years old and she took to the stage during an the open mic night we went to at LEAF this Tuesday, doing it so effortlessly.

Maddie as she performed

Hearing her sing, you would think she had been performing her whole life. Everything seems to come so naturally. Maddie is an extremely talented young woman and once she opens her mouth to sing, you are mesmerised.

Her dad has supported her every step of the way at the very beginning of her music career, having only started to perform a few months ago in August.
She said: “My dad is great, he will come with me to all my performances. He’s the one that’s got me to do this and really supported me to do it.”

Her father never once took his eyes off his daughter once she took to the stage, proudly watching her perform. Have a look at  the video below!

Maddie is still trying to find her own style of music. However, with influences like Fleetwood Mac and John Mayer being apparent in her original songs, she is sure to find her feet soon. For now, she is sticking with the acoustic style, which she claims the majority of people can relate to and enjoy.

When asked what inspires her to write her lyrics, she said: “I write how I feel and then hopefully it can relate to other people.
I don’t write about certain things, I just write how I feel and then people can relate it to their situation.”

The Formby teenager appeared slightly nervous at first, however once her feet were on that stage all nerves had disappeared. The crowd, like us, fell in love with her performance from the moment she started. Everyone was cheering and clapping by the end, no surprise there. With a voice like that, it’s hard not to.

Take a look at Maddie on her Twitter and YouTube!

If you enjoyed Maddie’s performance let us know! She is sure to perform again soon at the frequent open mic nights around Liverpool.