Single Review: Gently Tender’s – Some Hard Advice

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

Single Review: VENUS – Deranged

It’s not often I get genuinely “blown away” by debut singles. On the whole they’re often safe, just a glimmer of a band’s real potential and don’t really sound too ambitious. It’s not often I swear in my reviews either – it just isn’t professional – but that being said…how fucking refreshing to hear a girl band breaking boundaries and producing music that screams “fuck … Continue reading Single Review: VENUS – Deranged

EP Review: IST IST – Everything Is Different Now

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

Single Review: Working Men’s Club – Bad Blood

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

This Feeling Big in 2019: BUTE

Of the vast list of artists This Feeling chose to be in their Big in 2019 list, one I hadn’t come across prior to the names being announced, was Welsh indie band BUTE. Hailing from Cardiff, the four piece are a band that seemingly have a range of influences from the heavier side of indie-rock (think Foals/The Strokes) and when I first listened to new … Continue reading This Feeling Big in 2019: BUTE

Single Review Sounds like a Storm – Law and Order

2018 was, to put it simply, an incredible year for Leeds band Sounds like a Storm. With a slot on the NME stage at Reading and Leeds Festivals a major highlight for Sennen Ludman and co, the Yorkshire four piece are fast becoming the band to watch from the big city. Their latest single Law and Order builds on 2017 releases Blind and Deaf and Emission and signals what potential SLAS have as a recording … Continue reading Single Review Sounds like a Storm – Law and Order

Single Review: The Clause – Where Are You Now?

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?

Single Review: Sea Legs – Head in the Sand

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

Single Review: Bengal Lancers – Big Ideas

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

Single Review: roves – beneath my skin

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