Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Amber Arcades - Belgrave, Leeds, October 9th 2018 (LIVE REVIEW)

With a fine new record under the belt, Amber Arcades are back on the road promoting the hell out of European Heartbreak all over the UK before some live dates in their native Holland; tonight’s Belgrave show also boasting a pretty handy undercard. 

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Three Trapped Tigers - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, October 7th 2018 (LIVE REVIEW)

Ten years ago Simon Morley, then at Full Time Hobby records, decided to set-up on his own after witnessing Three Trapped Tigers’ debut gig, his then paymasters perhaps unsurprisingly, somewhat reluctant to sign the band so soon after getting together, despite Morley’s recommendation. 

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Amber Arcades 'European Heartbreak' (ALBUM REVIEW)

Boasting the perfect title for the upcoming political party conference season, Annelotte de Graaf’s second release finds the Dutch chanteuse in wistful and pensive mood, whilst creating a retro yet contemporary sound oozing sophisticated European chic; something we will be able to remember with varying degrees of fondness depending on point of view, when we’re all tucking into boiled beef and carrots this time next year. 

Monday, 10 September 2018

Low 'Double Negative' (ALBUM REVIEW)

Celebrating their silver anniversary, Minnesota based Low show no signs of slowing down as the band heads into its Autumn years, their latest release ‘Double Negative’ making it a dozen long players since their inception back in 1993, the husband and wife duo of Alan Sparhawk (guitar, vocals) and Mimi Parker (drums, vocals) still managing to balance family life with creating and promoting their unique blend of woozy drone.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Sunflower Bean – Hebden Bridge Trades Club , 28th August (LIVE REVIEW)

Honing that pure pop sound whilst also being able to rock out when the mood takes you is perhaps more difficult that it first seems. Many bands over the years have tried do have a foot planted in both camps with differing degrees of success. Queen for instance, are best remembered as a hard rock band but their best work is full of sublime pop moments, whereas when they rocked out, a lot of their subtlety and nuance got blasted to hell.  

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

IDLES 'Joy as an Act of Resistance' (ALBUM REVIEW)

One of the most endearing things about IDLES when they cannoned into the collective consciousness with chaotic and utterly brilliant debut album Brutalism was the unashamed Tory-bashing in raucous ode to the working class ‘Mother’. 

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

BC Camplight 'Deportation Blues' (ALBUM REVIEW)

Can art truly be separated from its artist? A fascinating question, debated by many and one to which there is likely no final answer,  but you would struggle to slide a Rizla between American singer-songwriter BC Camplight and his latest record, the all too aptly-titled Deportation Blues.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

White Denim 'Performance' (ALBUM REVIEW)

Despite White Denim’s head honcho James Petralli claiming his band simply purvey “interesting up-tempo rock and roll”, every record preceding latest release ‘Performance’ has always drawn on a broad swathe of contemporary musical styles, the Texas quartet keeping the listener guessing at every turn.

Monday, 30 July 2018

Deaf Wish 'Lithium Zion' (ALBUM REVIEW)

Album number five from Australian noise-monsters Deaf Wish is upon us, and its a full-scale thunderstorm from down under(storm). The Melbourne four-piece stepped into a proper studio (Head Gap Recording in Melbourne) for the first time to record Lithium Zion, their second release on Sub Pop Records, but their acidic take on homebrew punk rock remains firmly to the left of the pH scale. 

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Austel 'Unfold' (EP review)

Wistful electronica treads a path fraught with danger, with pompous self-indulgence looming to the left and a sheer drop into waves of boring nothingness to the right. Fortunately it’s a path Austel could walk with her eyes closed and still make it to the promised land at the end where total sonic immersion is offset by sincere lyrics.