Nos Alive ’19: Primal Scream and Idles

Nos Alive is our summer festival of choice. Not only is it held in our favourite city, Lisbon in sunny Portugal, we don’t have to endure the drunk 4am rendition of Wonderwall at the campsite because we use a hotel up the road. While this year, the quality of the acts felt a little thin (too many mid range middle aged never will quite make … Continue reading Nos Alive ’19: Primal Scream and Idles

Single Review: Nana White Pepper – Tear The World Apart

Having caught Blackpool’s Nana White Pepper live a couple of times this summer, they have quickly become one of a select group of my must-see live bands. The band have a nice blend of aggressive and punchy guitar music and a strong and thoughtful vocal. If you adore intelligent bouncing music along the lines of Cage The Elephant then you need to get onto Nana … Continue reading Single Review: Nana White Pepper – Tear The World Apart

Single Release: The Clause – In My Element

Those hardworking feisty Brummy lads The Clause always have an element of surprise and shape shifting in their dna as they deftly swerve from musical genre to genre. This time new track In My Element reminds me of a deliciously melded mix of clean 60’s rock-pop and post Manchester baggy. There is a fine line to tread in terms of creating diversity of sound. Too … Continue reading Single Release: The Clause – In My Element

Single Review: Gold Baby – 500/1

Catching London based band Gold Baby play live was by far the best thing about my recent birthday trip to London (along with having a great early bird meal at the Istanbul bistro attached to Great Portland Street tube). We had pre booked train tickets and hotel to see the magnificent Cage The Elephant so when they cancelled due to broken bones, we went new … Continue reading Single Review: Gold Baby – 500/1

Single Review: The Maitlands – Dissatisfied

Those hardworking fans of Derker near Oldham, The Maitlands, are at it again with their new single Dissatisfied, one of two new tracks being birthed this summer. I always admire The Maitlands as they pretty much embody what grass roots music is about; keeping it local, being kind and supportive to other local bands and having a lot of fun along the way. The Maitlands … Continue reading Single Review: The Maitlands – Dissatisfied

Live Review: Sheafs + Narrow Margins, Manchester

While being older certainly has its comforts and benefits, I can often define the bands I see live on 3 levels; whether they don’t move me, whether they make me wish I was young or whether they actually do make me younger. With the line up of Narrow Margin, Matter of Mind, and SHEAFS at Manchester Jimmys, I drank more than a drop of the … Continue reading Live Review: Sheafs + Narrow Margins, Manchester

Single Review: Purple Thread – I’m All About You

Leeds quartet Purple Thread are Halfway 2 Nowhere favourites because of their assured, sassy rocky style, and either live or on record, this band are always a tonic (or ear drops), for bored ears. This time around lead vocalist Liz Mann and her band of merry men (believe me, that sounded better in my head) have dropped much of the “punky”, and new track I’m … Continue reading Single Review: Purple Thread – I’m All About You

EP Review: Gauranga – Miles Apart

Having recently caught and enjoyed local Bradford-Way guys Gauranga playing at the Huddersfield Parish, I was delighted to wheedle an advance sampler of the band’s new EP Miles Apart (released on 14 June 2019). This 6 track EP really shows a considerable jump in complexity and style for Gauranga and it truly is a recording for the guys to be proud of; whatever the future … Continue reading EP Review: Gauranga – Miles Apart

Exciting new Leeds live music venture for Under 18’s – Assembly

We over 18’s can all remember the angst of discovering the gig you have been waiting an age for is at a venue with a lower age limit, meaning you can’t join the party. I can only imagine the greater frustration caused when you are part of a talented young band and find it hard to get venues to host you because you are too … Continue reading Exciting new Leeds live music venture for Under 18’s – Assembly

Live Review: Spinn – Huddersfield Parish

Photo Credit: glamgigpics My mate’s missus messaged me in bed – “it’s past midnight, trying 2 get 2 sleep and I still can’t stop grinning”. If you had ever met my mate you would perhaps guess it was not his nocturnal prowess that was likely to be creating the mirth (nor, if it was would I receive an update); no, it was because I had … Continue reading Live Review: Spinn – Huddersfield Parish