Sunday, 2 December 2018

Beans On Toast 'A Bird In The Hand' (ALBUM REVIEW)


Beans on Toast shuffles into double figures with A Bird in the Hand, and on album number ten the prolific indie folk singer shows some signs of maturing; much like a fine wine, he may have developed some more sophisticated overtones, but at the end of the day he’ll still get you drunk.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Henge – HiFi Club, Leeds, November 22nd 2018 (LIVE REVIEW)


Please everyone, let’s have a whip-round and buy Henge frontman, self-styled Zpor and possible intergalactic bastard child of Roy Wood and Timothy Claypole, a second guitar. 

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Miles Hunt – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, November 21st 2018 (LIVE REVIEW)


It was an ordinary school morning way back in 1973, and a young Miles Hunt descended the stairs of his parent’s Derbyshire home to be confronted by the startling sight of seven men sporting big hair, big clothes and perhaps even bigger hangovers, fast asleep on his floor.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Larry and His Flask – This Remedy (ALBUM REVIEW)


Larry and His Flask are back after five years off and by God does 2018 need the power, passion and downright joy the band from Bend, Oregon infuse into all 20 million (approximately) notes of triumphant return This Remedy.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

WARGIRL - Wargirl (ALBUM REVIEW)


If you could have two of any element of a band, it’s probably unlikely your eyes would come to rest on the drummer – he’s just a guy who hits stuff and gets insulted but you don’t quite know why, right? Wrong. So, so wrong. If such thoughts ever crossed your mind (shame on you) then the eponymous debut from Wargirl will go a long way to opening your eyes to the power of percussion – and if it doesn’t, well, go and use your head to make a beat. It can be the drum or the drumstick, you choose. We won’t judge.


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.