EP Review: roves – a strung out pilot

How better to follow four class 2018 single releases but with a first EP to cement their sound? Reading based roves follow in their daring push-the-boundaries style with their fresh new EP a strung out pilot. While I tend to post reviews only about tracks I enjoy, there are some current artists that truly stand out for me and roves accounted for 2 of my … Continue reading EP Review: roves – a strung out pilot

Live Review: The Amazons – Key Club, Leeds

Towards the end of 2018, one of the most beautiful shows I’ve been at, to date, took place at the Brudenell Social Club. The Amazons played to a sell-out crowd in support of Joe Glew, a young man who died from Leukaemia, not long before the show. It was a rousing, wonderful show and it signalled the end of the previous era for the Amazons. … Continue reading Live Review: The Amazons – Key Club, Leeds

Artist Feature: Foreign TV

There are always those early morning hours at the end of an evening where we just need a little reflective musical pick up; nothing too busy or banging but something fairly gentle, flowing and lacy intricate delicate. South London Epsom based Foreign TV are turning this early hours need into a niche with their second quality single Magnets. There’s a nice late night jazzy feel … Continue reading Artist Feature: Foreign TV

Ones to watch: Stockton Calling 2019

Stockton Calling is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019 and the multi-venue music festival has started the year strongly with announcements coming thick and fast. With massive artists already announced, the festival is looking to celebrate in style with its biggest lineup to date. Already announced for Stockton Calling 2019 are Sunderland’s The Futureheads who will headline Stockton Calling after a six year hiatus, indie … Continue reading Ones to watch: Stockton Calling 2019

Single Review: The Elephant Trees – 4100

A cold clinical synth beat, a tinkle of music, then a tribal holler and a beating pulse opens the song. A few seconds later, Martha Phillips’ trade mark crystal clear voice wriggles through the sound like a stalking python.  I suspect that on hearing the intro only a small proportion of Elephant Trees fans would guess it was their latest single, 4100. 4100 marks another … Continue reading Single Review: The Elephant Trees – 4100

Live Review: White Lies – O2 Academy Leeds

It seems like an age ago that the gloomy, dark, To Lose My Life was released by London band White Lies. In 2009 they were a band that seemed set on creating dark post-punk sounds and their debut charted at Number 1 in the UK Charts in some style. Ten years on, the band have completely reinvented their sound with their brand new record Five, and there is absolutely … Continue reading Live Review: White Lies – O2 Academy Leeds

Y Not Festival releases first names on bumper lineup: White Lies, Anteros, Sea Girls, YMA6

Y Not Festival returns with the UK’s biggest indie line-up of 2019, featuring rising stars alongside a range of musical icons. Crossing the Peaks to kick things off are local legends, Elbow. The critically-lauded Mancunian band, lead by frontman Guy Garvey, are known for their beautifully soaring anthems such as ‘One Day Like This’. With an array of hits; new and old you’ll be singing … Continue reading Y Not Festival releases first names on bumper lineup: White Lies, Anteros, Sea Girls, YMA6

Truck Festival Announces First Wave of Artists: Don Broco, YMA6, Foals

From July 25th – 28th, Truck Festival will once again return to its beloved Hill Farm in Steventon for the 22nd edition of the UK’s longest running and most cherished small festival. This year Truck is thrilled to welcome local legends Foals back to Hill Farm – twelve years on from their last appearance at the festival where they played an iconic show in The Barn. The 2007 performance … Continue reading Truck Festival Announces First Wave of Artists: Don Broco, YMA6, Foals

Single Review: Callow Youth – Did It Really Matter?

There is a glut of super talented 18 year olds in indie at the moment; proof enough that guitar music is on the cusp of resurgence; can’t you just feel it bubbling everywhere at the moment? Manchester’s (Moston) Callow Youth are amongst the best of this new emerging generation, and they certainly have the very best descriptive band name (although if a career in music … Continue reading Single Review: Callow Youth – Did It Really Matter?

Single Review: My Octopus Mind – Elska

Given the easier migration of travellers and workers from Eastern Europe and beyond, moving around the world over the past 20 years, perhaps it is not a surprise that a new wave of that rather hypnotic easy flow of traditional European folk music has travelled alongside them, and lodged itself in our musical conscious. I’m no stranger to this melding of musical cultures; for some … Continue reading Single Review: My Octopus Mind – Elska