Thursday, 30 July 2015

Triptick (V) - Wild Beer

When you consider the sheer number of UK breweries cranking out high quality beer these days, choosing a beer can be difficult. There are times you want something a little different from the normal pale/IPA/stout fare, and in those difficult times Wild Beer Co are the brewers to turn to. 

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Brudenell Social - Leeds, July 26th 2015 (LIVE REVIEW)

I first saw The PainsOf Being Pure At Heart twice back in 2009 after latching onto the release of their eponymous album. Lauded over by the alternative press, I saw them twice that year, once at the now defunct Cockpit in the spring and again at Decembers ATP festival where it was interesting to see how their fan base and popularity had grown over course of the year. I remember queuing for the stage they were playing on at ATP, becoming one of many packed sardines in a room bursting to capacity. Six years on and I was intrigued to revisit a band I was heavily into at the time and see if my fond yet vague memories of discovering them in 2009 still lived on.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Gwenno 'Y Dydd Olaf' (ALBUM REVIEW)

Former Pipettes frontwoman Gwenno Saunders has struck out in her own direction, and it’s safe to say that the new road she’s chosen isn’t likely to be gridlocked. Concept album ‘Y Dyadd Olaf’ – inspired by and named after the 1976 sci-fi novel by Owain Owain in which invading robots turn humans into clones – was released last year on indie label Peski, and has just been reissued by Heavenly. Sung almost entirely in Welsh, with one song delivered in Cornish, only around one million Brits are likely to be able to understand the lyrics, but that shouldn’t matter; after all, isn’t the human voice the finest instrument, whatever language it uses?

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Sleaford Mods 'Key Markets' (ALBUM REVIEW)

After a whirlwind 12 months, it seems Sleaford Mods are everyone’s Marmite band of the moment, the duo certainly managing to generate polarised media coverage in the run up to their show-stealing gig at Glastonbury………Lionel who?

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Modest Mouse, Leeds 02 Academy, July 8th 2015 (LIVE REVIEW)

We can forgive Modest Mouse's slightly later than billed appearance tonight inside Leeds' Academy with one glance at the venue's cluttered stage, prior to their appearance. Eight musicians to cater for (nine on occasion) needs quite the set up and no more so than a band who readily switch instruments at will. Our vantage point from high above the stage on the balcony provides us with the best possible viewing of such an intriguing hour and a half or so ahead of us. 

Friday, 10 July 2015

Chelsea Wolfe - 'Abyss' album preview

(photo credit: Shaina Hedlund)

If you’ve a penchant for ethereal vocals draped across vast inhospitable soundscapes blending folk, industrial metal and electronica, then LA-based Chelsea Wolfe may be right up your street. Considering Ms Wolfe grew up in southern California, the famed sunshine of that region has so far been largely absent from her material. One may wonder if things are likely to change on album number 5 but considering the title of the new record, released on the Sargent House label, not to mention new single ‘Carrion Flowers’ combining fuzzy, scuzzy and muzzy with road-drill drum effects tactically placed throughout to beat any semblance of listener resistance into submission, perhaps not.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Asian Dub Foundation 'More Signal More Noise' (ALBUM REVIEW)

I’ve been to my fair share of stellar gigs in my time but the first and perhaps only occasion I’ve been totally blown away by a live band, it was watching Asian Dub Foundation tear Birmingham’s Irish Centre a new arsehole nearly two decades ago with their uniquely politicised brand of bhangra, fused with the white heat of punk, dub, electronica and hip-hop. 

Friday, 3 July 2015

Plus One Magazine to broadcast new music live via Mixlr

From Monday July 6th, we will be hosting regular broadcasts via Mixlr, sharing our love of music worldwide with anyone who cares to tune in. This is a great way for us to promote bands that we feature here on Plus One Magazine and those tracks we simply have to tell you about. In the main, we will be spreading the love of new bands we have discovered recently with an audience that can tune in with the click of a button. We'll also bring you bands of a more established nature who have new material coming out.