Friday, 13 July 2018

Oh Sees - o2 Academy Leeds, July 11th 2018

San Fransico's (Thee) Oh Sees must have surely seen just about everything in their twenty-plus album career spanning the same amount of years, perhaps until tonight. Scheduled to appear as soon as England's world cup semi final with Croatia is over, we're already late into the evening by the time John Dwyer and co can hurridly plug in and tune up. 'It's been a hell of a day... dig in' he encourages us as they rip into Orc album's opener 'The Static God'. 

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Asylums 'Alien Human Emotions' (ALBUM REVIEW)

On their not-so-difficult second album Alien Human Emotions Essex boys Asylums tackle topics far more meaty than their sunshine hooks and glistening melodies seem to suggest. Kicking on from debut Killer Brain Waves, the band ramp up the E-numbers on a record with more hooks than a fisherman’s kitbag.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Laura Veirs - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds June 3rd 2018 (LIVE REVIEW)

Tonight’s warm up act for Laura Veirs is fronted by Jay Brown, a female London based singer songwriter sharing her turbulent past with tonight’s growing Brudenell crowd, rapidly warming to her delicate self-penned tunes. Since coming out, an act seemingly at odds with her devoutly Christian family's values, Jay has focussed her attention to her music, the subsequent material collectively attributed the Amaroun moniker. 

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Long Division Festival, Wakefield - 2nd June 2018 (LIVE REVIEW)

Long Division 2018 headline act Billy Bragg is clearly making up for lost time. The Bard of Barking, author and socialist agitator recently turned sixty, confessing to the packed Saturday night Cathedral crowd that it’s the first time he’s ever performed in Wakefield, somewhat surprising for someone with about a million gigs under his belt.  

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Swervedriver - Hebden Bridge Trades Club, May 14th 2018 (LIVE REVIEW)

We know time has not been particularly kind to the Britpop era but the shoegaze scene immediately preceding the Cool Britannia nonsense is enjoying something of a renaissance. Tonight, Oxford based Swervedriver, once shoehorned into this ‘Scene that Celebrates Itself’ genre, kicked-off a new European tour following a sizeable North American trek last autumn, the quartet returning with a handful of spring UK dates celebrating the 25th anniversary of their seminal release ’Mescal Head’. Indeed, the album is to be played in full tonight, preceded by every track from their debut long player ‘Raise’ in what is basically a set of two halves. 

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Big Ups 'Two Parts Together' (ALBUM REVIEW)

Brooklyn rabble-rousers Big Ups return with their storming third album Two Parts Together – a fitting title given that the record is one part crystal clear waters, one part tsunami-scale tidal wave.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Gomez - Leeds 02 Academy, April 29th (LIVE REVIEW)

The first thing you notice about the 2018 live incarnation of Gomez is that lead singer Ben Ottewell finally boasts an appearance catching up with his oak aged Mississippi delta growl; seemingly so out of place two decades ago on the then fresh faced 21-year-old, who sang like he’d been brought up in a New Orleans brothel drinking moonshine instead of breast milk. 

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Gomez , Leeds O2 Academy – 29th April (LIVE PREVIEW)

Can it really be 20 years since the chaotic swamp fuzz of the Gomez debut album ‘Bring It On’ took the UK by storm, songs including ‘78 Stone Wobble’, ‘Whippin’ Piccadilly’ and ‘Get Myself Arrested’ helping garner its creators a Mercury Prize for their troubles? 

Monday, 16 April 2018

Long Division Festival, Wakefield, June 2nd 2018 (PREVIEW)

Wakefield’s leading arts fanzine Rhubarb Bomb, created Long Division back in 2011, the city’s own take on the multi-venue city centre all-day music festival that’s become increasingly popular in the last decade. 

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Big & The Fat 'Fruit/Crack Crack' (DOUBLE A-SIDE SINGLE REVIEW)

Electronic garage Londoners Big & The Fat half swagger and half shuffle onto We Can Do It Records with the mesmerisingly tense new double A-side ‘Fruit’/’Crack Crack’.

There is something bizarre, even gratifyingly uncomfortable, about both tracks, which stomp ever onwards with the steady regularity of a pendulum while ramping up a certain sense of uneasiness which never really resolves itself. The tracks are the musical equivalent of eating four grapefruits in one sitting with no sugar, bitter as anything but also delicious, nourishing and distinctly moreish.