Festival Review: Indietracks

Indietracks is a very different sort of festival.  It isn’t just that it is based at Midland Railway Centre and to get to the festival site you have to get a train.  It isn’t the bands they book.  It isn’t the owls or the can crusher, although they certainly mark the festival out from Leeds and Reading.  It is the friendly, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.  … Continue reading Festival Review: Indietracks

Festival Review: Deeper Cuts Festival

Deeper Cuts Festival is an eclectic collection of 20+ bands and DJ’s, brought together by Liverpool Music Blog Getintothis and spread out over 3 venues – Phase One, Kazimier Garden and Stockroom, all on Liverpool’s answer to Broadway – Seel Street.  The first band of the day however was rather unexpected.  On the way to Seel Street I heard the unmistakeable sound of a samba … Continue reading Festival Review: Deeper Cuts Festival

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

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

White Denim return with two huge Oxford and Sheffield shows showcasing new record

Less than a year after their last album Performance, the ever-prolific White Denim returned in March with their eighth record Side Effects and have recently announced two huge shows in Sheffield on 31st July and Oxford August 2nd. More in line with the experimental, freewheeling spirit of their fan-favourite  record Last Day of Summer than anything else they’ve done since, Side Effects is a record that captures the essence of the band’s full-throttle live … Continue reading White Denim return with two huge Oxford and Sheffield shows showcasing new record

Festival Review: Camden Rocks 2019

It was an inauspicious start to my now annual trip to Camden Rocks Festival.  Liverpool Lime Street Station looked like a refugee staging post for badly dressed, stumbling Liverpool supporters.  Apparently, they won a football match the previous evening. The journey to London was uneventful and my train pulled into Euston only 15 minutes late.  A triumph for Virgin West Coast on a Sunday.  Two … Continue reading Festival Review: Camden Rocks 2019