Sunday, 21 May 2017

Amber Arcades 'Cannonball EP' (EP Review)


Whilst taking some well-earned time out mid-tour in New York last autumn, Amber Arcades nipped into Strange Weather Studios for a couple of days, enlisting the services of producer Ben Greenberg. The result is the Cannonball EP, a handful of songs, four of them originals, released again on Heavenly Recordings. 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The Physics House Band - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, May 8th 2017


"..attention to detail clearly evident as complex arrangements, sudden changes of pace, not to mention the boatloads of instrumentation, are all navigated with consummate ease..."

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Live At Leeds Festival - April 29th 2017 (LIVE REVIEW)


"...Choosing between the evening headliners proves challenging, Wild Beasts, Rag & Bone Man and Slaves can count themselves worthy contenders but recent release by fake band turned real The Moonlandingz is an absolute revelation; meaning we’re off to Brudenell for a lunar themed double-header denouement as all-girl quartet The Big Moon are up first.."

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Palace - Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds, April 6th 2017 (LIVE REVIEW & INTERVIEW)


With their debut album ‘So Long Forever’ (Fiction Records) deservedly garnering its fair share of critical praise, it seems the initial hype surrounding Palace is beginning to feel vindicated. Having first tripped over the dreamy languid splendour of ‘Kiloran’ a couple of years ago, the richly textured expanses of their first long player proves they are no flash in the pan...

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Live At Leeds 2017 (PREVIEW)



Can it really be a decade since this unique metropolitan festival burst onto the West Yorkshire live music scene, creating a slew of imitators all over the world? Now in its 11th renewal, Live At Leeds has grown into a local institution, firmly established on the live music calendar, with this year promising to be the biggest and best of all, boasting over 100 varied acts to choose from, a carefully curated blend of local, national and international musicians meaning there is more than something for everyone. 

Friday, 14 April 2017

Physics House Band 'Mercury Fountain' (mini-album review)


"..Things get positively intergalactic on ‘A Thousand Small Spaces’ as you drift across the universe before being rudely awakened by ‘Obidant’, a Tasmanian Devil of a tune boasting more time changes than a Southern Railway timetable during a strike.."


Thursday, 6 April 2017

Brooke Bentham - Howard Assembly Room, Leeds. March 31st 2017 (LIVE REVIEW)


"...Bentham’s rich voice suddenly fills the inviting space within the Howard Assembly Rooms with ease for the elegiac opener, ‘We’ll Be Ghosts’; the first of only half a dozen songs in a short set finishing with a lo-fi version of ‘Ephemeral’..."



Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Idles - Wakefield, Unity Works. March 31st 2017 (LIVE REVIEW)



"...Don't be fooled by the wit and hijinks that pour freely from this band however, they have a hell of a lot to say about our current state of affairs and Talbot rightly so, is mad as hell..."


Thursday, 30 March 2017

Hurray For The Riff Raff - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds. March 20th 2017 (LIVE REVIEW)


"...it’s great to see the band choosing to return to Brudenell to launch their latest European tour in support of the new record, emerging in front of a packed venue to the Nina Simone classic ‘I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free’."

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The Jesus And Mary Chain - The Church, Leeds, March 27th 2017 (LIVE REVIEW)


"...He cuts quite a sharp-dressed slender figure through the blue swathes of dry ice as his brother still sporting that wild bird's nest of hair cranks out the walls of noise behind him."