A band that used to make me insanely happy was London’s Palma Violets. Lead vocalist Sam Fryer and two of his former band mates (Pete Mayhew and Will Doyle) are now touting for business as members of Gently Tender (together with The Big Moon’s Celia Archer, and guitarist Adam Brown also in the band). Last autumn saw the tantalising release of the first couple of … Continue reading Single Review: Gently Tender’s – Some Hard Advice
With my beloved working in London, there was chance this week, for me to reorganise the living room so I could recover the turntable out of the small pile in the corner (in my world, a tidy house indicates you just don’t have enough going on), play the new IST IST 12 inch EP Everything Is Different Now and keep a wary eye on the … Continue reading EP Review: IST IST – Everything Is Different Now
Many young bands take quite tentative steps when releasing their first single, so the jaunty, confident and bouncing sound of Todmorden band Working Men’s Club,and their debut released track Bad Blood is a revelation. I caught the band playing support to the mighty Goa Express in Todmorden in August and despite a slightly chaotic sound check, they easily set themselves up as ones to watch. It … Continue reading Single Review: Working Men’s Club – Bad Blood
A deceptively simply and catchy tune that’s taken my ear by storm this month comes from Birmingham’s hotly tipped The Clause. The band have released five tracks since late 2016; each one shows an increasing development and an unwavering ear for what goes down. The latest track Where Are You Now? released at the end of November has a introspective Oasis ballad feel to it, … Continue reading Single Review: The Clause – Where Are You Now?
It’s not too often you hear a fully formed sound on a first track but that’s what you get with Leeds trio Sea Legs and their November debut release Head in the Sand. There’s plenty of complexity and polish in this crisp song which instantly has something of the quality, mature sound of Wilco but which also spends a bit of time morphing into a … Continue reading Single Review: Sea Legs – Head in the Sand
Perhaps Christmas is the season to remind ourselves that those grand ideas and plans for the future created down the pub after a few jars with the lads and the lasses never quite turn out to be quite so wonderful the following morning. London based indie bouncers Bengal Lancers take this as the story to their latest released track Big Ideas. The theme of the … Continue reading Single Review: Bengal Lancers – Big Ideas
Reading based roves are exactly the reason why my long quest for the perfect sound will never be at an end. Just when I think I’ve finally found it, along come along a band like roves luring me onto the choppy dangerous, but exciting rocks of the ocean with their sweeping, soaring tunes. While my long ingrained sensibilities for a capital letter in the right … Continue reading Single Review: roves – beneath my skin
I like a band with presence and plenty of swagger and young Manchester/ Oldham/ Huddersfield band The Flatline have it in spades. After last year’s excellent Arctic Monkey rock tinted Sub Pressure Sessions EP, the guys (lead singer Jack Dunning, Will Leslie on guitar, Jamie Walton with bass and drummer Ben Pursehouse) end 2018 with a new track Isn’t She Pretty. Isn’t She Pretty is … Continue reading Single Review: The Flatline – Isn’t she Pretty?
It’s been quite a year for Guiseley based Backspace. The band wowed Halfway 2 Nowhere at the start of the year with their cool lo-fi first releases (Final Shout and Don’t Stunt Your Growth) and after a series of well received gigs over the summer months and autumn, they certainly keep the water boiling with a new set of tracks with their Boys EP. The … Continue reading EP Review: Backspace – Boys
Manchester based duo Demons of Ruby Mae popped out a self titled album of sheer luxury and pleasure at the end of October. The Demons of Ruby Mae (Adam Rowley and Jonny Gavin) originally from Leicester formed the band five years ago, since then releasing a string of increasingly sublime and dramatic tunes. The sound is a seamless blend of Jonny’s haunting and powerful voice … Continue reading Album Review: Demons of Ruby Mae