Single Review: The Parish Church Fire – Hunger

There’s slow burning and then there’s slow burning. Manchester based The Parish Church Fire are finally ready to be unleashed live upon an unsuspecting public 5 years after forming. There are first gigs for the band coming up on Sunday 26th May 2019 ­at  Strummercamp Festival ­ Oldham Rugby Union Club and on Friday 7th June 2019 ­at The legendary Eagle Inn, Salford. The initial line up fell apart after an initial frantic 3 week flurry of activity, and things have only slowly … Continue reading Single Review: The Parish Church Fire – Hunger

Festival Review: Live at Leeds 2019 – Take 2

I’ve been envious of editor Adam’s certain and confident plans for his 2019 Live at Leeds schedule; I made a couple of festival school boy errors namely being strangely (for me) indecisive about who I wanted to see, and wishing the schedule and the band clashes were something different to what they actually were. Thus until I chilled into the day, I’d worked out a … Continue reading Festival Review: Live at Leeds 2019 – Take 2

Live Review: Able’s Army + Twist Helix, FADS – Huddersfield

Huddersfield has its music moments, but it can’t really be described to be packed full of top gig experiences (as wonderfully grungy and varied as the Parish bar is). I was thus excited to hear that not only was I scheduled to see our very own local guys Able’s Army launch their lively new EP God Won’t Let Me Stop, Newcastle’s image weavers Twist Helix … Continue reading Live Review: Able’s Army + Twist Helix, FADS – Huddersfield

Single Review: Kid Kapichi – Glitterati

With new single release Glitterati, I reckon Hastings based band Kid Kapichi have created the biggest stir in the place in the past 953 years. The band told me the local Hastings music scene is truly banging, so that’s no mean feat. When I caught Kid Kapichi play support to the mighty Calva Louise in Leeds Oporto a couple of months back I wrote: It’s … Continue reading Single Review: Kid Kapichi – Glitterati

Single Review: LOCALS – Talkboy

The theme of LOCALS new song Talkboy is about the social anxiety as you say something wrong and the girl wanders off leaving you in need of a confidence boost. It’s a nice piece of lo-fi punk which vocally, musically and subject matter wise rather reminds me of the recently departed new wave great Pete Shelley and his band The Buzzcocks. There’s also something of … Continue reading Single Review: LOCALS – Talkboy

EP Review: Able’s Army – God Won’t Let Me Stop

Those Huddersfield guitar thrashers Able’s Army have produced a tight, clean and clever EP with God Won’t Let Me Stop. Able’s Army are monsters live with a handy supply of crowd pleasing, tight, clean and heavy tunes. This EP adds to their already impressive roster and places it on recording for posterity. The band (Mike Foy, guitar and vocals, James Livesey, bass and vocals and … Continue reading EP Review: Able’s Army – God Won’t Let Me Stop

Single Review: SWEARS – Subliminal

Class heavy and grungy Middlesbrough band SWEARS have released an edgy new video as a perfect accompaniment to their angst ridden recent single Subliminal. Since their inception in 2017 SWEARS have been busy learning their craft as the development in their 5 released tracks amply prove. On this track Subliminal, SWEARS have a pleasing mix of early punk/new wave influences and the vocals set the … Continue reading Single Review: SWEARS – Subliminal

Album Review: Cherry Pickles – Cherry Pickles Will Harden Your Nipples

If 60’s surf music met Phil Spector while shooting the breeze with Lou Reed and Nico then the end studio result would probably end up something like Birmingham base duo Cherry Pickles’ spiky new debut album Cherry Pickles Will Harden Your Nipples. The band (Brazilian born Priscila B on vocals and guitar, and Brit Mimi B on drums) confirm they only have cheap equipment and … Continue reading Album Review: Cherry Pickles – Cherry Pickles Will Harden Your Nipples

Live Review: Red Rum Club – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

It’s difficult to understate the vitality that those Liverpool trumpet muffins Red Rum Club gave to the room on a dank March evening. I don’t think there was a soul in the place missing a loping easy grin by the end of the band’s tight and punchy performance. Earlier, lead singer Francis Doran had explained the band’s nerves at playing the Brudenall while organising the … Continue reading Live Review: Red Rum Club – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds