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Q&A Series 2021 – narcissus

The first to take on our 2021 Q&A challenge are an intriguing, innovative band from Manchester, signed to 42s Records, narcissus. NARCISSUS ARE:Ben Guy – VocalsChris James – Beats & programmingLee Mulvey – Bass & guitar 2021 will hopefully be better than 2020. What are your hopes and ambitions for the band this year?  Nothing […]

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INTERVIEW: The Luka State – Fall In Fall Out.

Last Sunday was a day of agony and ecstasy for Conrad Ellis, singer/songwriter with the exciting Winsford indie-rock quartet – The Luka State. He was suffering with an abscess on this tooth, while watching his beloved Manchester United knock arch rivals Liverpool out of the FA Cup. In-between the pleasure and the pain, he managed […]

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Newcastle. The UK’s best music venues in a city often forgotten

Today marks the end of Independent Venue Week, which usually means a week long slew of attention for the many independent venues that operate around the UK during this week. Typically, this week would be packed with live gigs every night of the week as venues partake in the celebrating the recognition of their place […]

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SINGLE REVIEW : On the Ropes – Apollo Junction.

Sometimes in music, like in other areas of the arts, you need to look backwards to move forwards. Just as the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood of Millais, Rossetti and Holman Hunt looked back to the clean lines of pre-renaissance art, so the Leeds Brotherhood of Williamson, Wilson, Potter, Thornton and Hope take their inspiration from 80’s New-pop […]

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SINGLE REVIEW: BRB – Barbara.

There cannot be many songwriters that have taken an episode of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror as their muse, but with BRB, Brighton duo, Barbara (Henry and John Tydeman) have done just that. BRB is Barbara‘s debut single and it is a delightful introduction to their work. It’s a luxuriant piece of power-pop crammed full of […]

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REVIEW: Goth Girl – VENUS GRRRLS

Following the release of their debut EP last April, VENUS GRRRLS release their brand new single, and first of 2021, “Goth Girl” on January 22nd. PRE-SAVE “GOTH GIRL” HERE Returning with the first track since their incredible EP, “Wicked Things”, VENUS GRRRLS are clearly out to make a big statement in 2021. The track, released […]

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SINGLE REVIEW: Shake – Hot Laundry.

The only upside to an extended festive period in Tier 3 is that it gave me the opportunity to catch-up on some of the recent releases that have been sent to me in the forlorn hope of me reviewing them. I don’t encourage this behaviour for three reasons: I am essentially a very leisurely writer; […]

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Reasons To Be Cheerful – 2021.

Okay. 2020 is over. Finished. Done with. Don’t look back. Nothing to see there. Turn to the light. Look ahead. Let us focus on the future. With that spirit in mind, after you’ve quaffed your New Year Bubbly in your family bubble, here are a few bands that you can bring you some joy in […]

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2021 Ones to Watch – West Yorkshire

When Adam (H2N editor) asked me if I might like to write a piece about five acts to watch for 2021, my heart sagged a touch. How to choose? 2020 has been such a magnificent year for new music, despite the wipe out car crash going on in the rest of our lives. I always […]

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2021 Ones to Watch – North-East

This year, we’re going around the regions of the UK, bringing you our ones to watch for 2021. First up, our north-east writer Jay Landman has picked his five artists being tipped to have breakout years from up north. Abnorm Grunge/Pop-Punk group, Abnorm, released their debut single ‘Citrus’ in September 2020, announcing their arrival onto […]