Single Review: Oceans on Mars – Cold Blooded

It must be a serious dream for any unsigned sixth form college band to find one of their tracks featured on Match of the Day one idle Sunday, and it has certainly given Cheshire band Oceans on Mars a flying start. It must have been frustrating for these 17 year olds not to be able to celebrate with a legal beer. The 5 piece (singer … Continue reading Single Review: Oceans on Mars – Cold Blooded

Neighbourhood 2018 – Festival Live Review

This year’s Neighbourhood Festival was so full of attraction my eyes were on catching some of the new up and coming young acts, together with a few old favourites to keep it all interesting. A little later than planned we arrived in the upstairs room at Oxford Road Revolution to hear the last half of our first act Stockport’s Rory Wynne  HHH. We thus missed Rory … Continue reading Neighbourhood 2018 – Festival Live Review

Apollo Junction release soaring new single Always Remember

I’m guessing those Leeds lads Apollo Junction must have changed their brand of Yorkshire Tea or something this year, as following their solid debut singles of 2017 they have clearly taken something and developed exponentially. Thus the tag end of 2018 finds Apollo Junction on the cusp of releasing some increasingly confident and free flowing tracks to close the year and to make 2019 something … Continue reading Apollo Junction release soaring new single Always Remember

Single Review: The Briar Woods – Time For Change (3am)

The Briar Woods is the new collaboration between Liverpool based Glen Skelhorn and Ben Curtis. Their first track 3AM is a promising retro 1960’s hippy pop ditty with a lot of wholesome cherry pie on top. The trumpet and flugelhorn of Emily McDaid add a pleasing layer of class which moves the song away from being too routine. The song is one of those songs … Continue reading Single Review: The Briar Woods – Time For Change (3am)

Backspace and The Elephant Trees Live at Leeds Wardrobe: October 2018

When you look forward to a gig a little too much you risk being disappointed. Fortunately both Backspace and the Elephant Trees live at the Leeds Wardrobe in October 2018 were top notch. I’d wanted to catch young Guiseley based Backspace all summer but wasn’t in town for any of their gigs. Likewise, it has been a while since I’ve seen Manchester based The Elephant … Continue reading Backspace and The Elephant Trees Live at Leeds Wardrobe: October 2018

Stereo Honey reach the skies with new single Icarus

You know it’s a band you love when they fit all snugly around you like a well loved trainer. I’ve been locked in a near-cupboard at home all day on a decade old laptop twice a week to help clear a horrendous work backlog and one of the bands I’ve had playing constantly in the background to provide simultaneous comfort and sanity from the vicious … Continue reading Stereo Honey reach the skies with new single Icarus

Manchester Neighbourhood Festival 2018 – Preview

I don’t quite know how the organisers could do this, but a goodly number of the bands I was hoping to catch at this year’s festival are all playing at around 3-4 pm. My buttered toast has landed on the floor buttered side down this year. Thank god there’s still plenty of orange juice and nutella smeared croissants to go around. 12:00 – 14:00 For … Continue reading Manchester Neighbourhood Festival 2018 – Preview

Spear of Destiny live review at The Parish Huddersfield

Music is littered with people who were once the next big thing. In the early 1980’s singer Kirk Brandon  had two strong stabs at music immortality with the bands Theatre of Hate and Spear of Destiny. Theatre of Hate were a band that became indie darlings in the early 1980’s thanks to their seminal hit Do You Believe in the Westworld. This was the era … Continue reading Spear of Destiny live review at The Parish Huddersfield

Single in 150 words – The Sunset Radio – Old Goodbyes

There’s always plenty of space in our house for a pure and clear octane fuelled indie banger, and earlier this year Selby based four piece The Sunset Radio obliged with their excellent single Old Goodbyes. There’s something of the optimistic fresh 90’s style of the likes of Ash in this track and the guys have produced an instantly likeable and accessible tune for their third … Continue reading Single in 150 words – The Sunset Radio – Old Goodbyes

Single Review: The Madding Crowd – You Give Us Hope

You have to love a band that evokes thoughts of a Thomas Hardy book in their name. While Hardy’s novel was somewhat ironic as it suggested that the rather chaotic world he created was some kind of a rural idyll, The Madding Crowd’s  last EP 2016’s The 78th Bridge on the Rochdale Canal suggests something as gritty and real as can be. Happily at least … Continue reading Single Review: The Madding Crowd – You Give Us Hope