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

Single Review: Roves – All We Came To Know

roves are one of the bands I’ve been really excited about discovering this year; their music and attitude are exactly what I still enjoy searching for. I particularly admire the way roves have been fully focused on their own sound; a deliciously atmospheric, ambient, slightly sad and intelligent vibe. It feels like this band have a lot to get off their chests and they don’t … Continue reading Single Review: Roves – All We Came To Know

Single Review: The Maitlands – Daunting from Derker

Self described Oldham’s least favourite sons The Maitlands​ have just released their new track, Daunting From Derker, the fourth track out this year from these busy lads. For those not in the know, Derker is home to an Oldham metro tram stop sadly renowned in recent times for violent hammer attacks in the car park. It is no surprise to find The Maitlands have produced … Continue reading Single Review: The Maitlands – Daunting from Derker

Single Review: ABQ – Takes So Long

Belfast but London based band ABQ (aka Albuquerque) clearly have gutsy ambition to join and succeed those behemoths in rock of the likes of Imagine Dragons, Snow Patrol and Biffy Clyro. With their debut single, Takes So Long ABQ have released a strong statement of intent for the future. Takes So Long is a highly polished and accomplished slice of edgy anthemic rock which reminds me … Continue reading Single Review: ABQ – Takes So Long

Single Review: The Sheratons – These Kids

The first track we reviewed in 2018 was one by The Sheratons and we described it as “a solid indie-pop song that will help bring in fans before the band unleash their true musical potential”. We thought at the time Better Days was good but perhaps not as good as the band could be; last month though, they released their new single These Kids, a track which proves the band have stepped … Continue reading Single Review: The Sheratons – These Kids

Album Review: shambolic – World Torn Apart

If they are really lucky, angry young men lose nothing of their edge as time moves on and so it proves for the guys in Huddersfield based band shambolic. The band have been going strong for over 20 years with the same line up, the same punk energy and biting observation. Their 2018 released album is the high octane World Torn Apart.     Idles have … Continue reading Album Review: shambolic – World Torn Apart

Single Review: Freeda – Go Home

The guitar has formed an integral part of sound in popular music for decades and the importance of the instrument within the mix of a band’s particular sound always fascinates. Manchester (Mossley) five piece Freeda (Sean Rowles – Lead Vocals, Callum Hignett – Lead Guitar, Cameron Meekums-Spence (a man bringing the double barrel into rock) – Rhythm Guitar, Adam Barton – Bass Guitar and Adam … Continue reading Single Review: Freeda – Go Home

Single Review: Gently Tender – 2 Chords Good

With allegations of abuse currently swirling around one of the most energetic bands I’ve seen live, Chicago’s The Orwells and feeling desperately sad for both the alleged victims and the couple of band members who appear clean of accusation, it brought me to reflecting about happier times where your heroes didn’t let you down and some of the best gigs I’ve ever seen. It wasn’t … Continue reading Single Review: Gently Tender – 2 Chords Good