Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Green River 'Dry as a Bone' and 'Rehab Doll' Deluxe Reissues


Casting one’s mind back to Grunge’s peak period, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney spring to mind. Chatting with those part of the scene from its earliest stages provides very different answers; protagonists keen to separate themselves from the rest of the American hardcore scene due to greater inclusivity, Seattle’s less tribal nature drawing more disparate musicians together creating perhaps a more varied melting pot of sounds.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Sunwatchers 'Illegal Moves' ALBUM REVIEW


New York politically charged acid rock four piece Sunwatchers like to rope in many friends whenever they hit the studio, ‘Illegal Moves’ proving no exception. Fusing psychedelic rock, funk and experimental jazz complete with an art school twist, the band’s second effort is released on independent ‘Trouble in Mind’ Records, a label whose roster is sufficiently varied to include both Ultimate Painting and Del Shannon. 

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The Specials 'Encore' (ALBUM REVIEW)


A full 40 years after launching a cultural coup d’etat from the cold concrete streets of Coventry, the Specials - one of only a handful of British bands who can be truly classed as revolutionary - are back with new music.

Monday, 11 February 2019

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Brudenell, Leeds, February 4th 2019 (LIVE REVIEW)


Album anniversary tours are all the rage these days, everyone seems to be at it regardless of popularity and genre, with post-punk post-rockers ‘Trail of Dead’ no exception to the rule. 

Friday, 25 January 2019

Dilly Dally - Headrow House, Leeds, January 24th 2019 (Live Review)


Headrow House might have room to spare, but tonight's gathered Dilly Dally fans make plenty of noise to welcome the Toronto four-piece back to Leeds.  And it's a return that's been against the odds as the band struggled with the rigours of touring life and personal issues post 2015's debut album release 'Sore'. 

Monday, 24 December 2018

MGMT - 02 Academy, Leeds, December 16th (LIVE REVIEW)


The Leeds O2 Academy is full to bursting, a decent feat for New England based cerebral indietronica duo MGMT, considering we’re well into the Christmas run-up. It seems eons ago that frontman Andrew Van Wyngarden and keyboardist Ben Goldwasser were helping French techno duo Justice trouser a Grammy award for sprinkling their infectious Gallic grooves over ‘Electric Feel’, as well as second album ‘Congratulations’ debuting in the top 5 on both sides of the Atlantic; but then, pop can be a fickle beast. 

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

The C.I.A. - S/T (ALBUM REVIEW)


The C.I.A. is yet another project on Ty Segall’s increasingly crowded calendar. In fact, ‘S/T’ will be the sixth release this year to have the Californian’s name included on the credits. Released on In the Red Records, for this recording, the super-prolific multi-instrumentalist has enlisted the services of partner Denee Segall, who’s clearly in backs to the wall survival mode on each of the double handful of short, sharp, furious tracks.

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.