Music Blog

Beer of the Day – June

This month we’ve got beers coming from Pomona Island, Northern Monk, Bedlam, Marble, Anarchy, Tooth & Claw and many more! Pomona Island – Effanineffable – 6.5% IPA (01.06.2020) Nelson Sauvin and Motueka dry Hopped Pale Ale. Big boozy, fruity flavours. Thick mouth feel and you can certainly tell this is an IPA above 6%. Peach […]

Sunday 6 – May 31st 2020

SHADER – The Time Is Right “TIME IS RIGHT is about rising up from self-destruction, or out of isolation, it’s dedicated to the underdog in society. It’s about the point where a someone decides to pull themselves together and fight against the thoughts in their mind”.  POST ROME – Want to Believe When asked specifically […]

REVIEW: Blue Family Lockdown Sessions.

The three things I’ve missed most during this period have been going to the match, going to gigs, and writing about gigs. So thank The Lord for Everton in the Community and their Blue Family Lockdown Sessions for bring me some sense of normalcy. Everton in the Community is the charity wing of the club […]

Saturday 6 – May 23rd 2020

The Claremonts – Get Away, Get Away, Get Away A combination of gritty vocals, auspicious guitar pieces, and a Madchester driven rhythm section amalgamate to form The Claremonts. This new one is up their with their best recorded work; fast paced, grungy-scuzzy-indie music to go crazy to. Got I miss live shows and I can’t wait to see this […]

City Series: Liverpool

I think Adidas did it first, and I love the idea of a ‘City Series’, so I’m delighted to have the opportunity to write about bands, venues, and gigs in Liverpool, which is still arguably the greatest musical city in the country. It’s in the blood. Someone once wrote that when a child is born […]

Friday 5 – May 15th 2020

The Crooks – In Time One of my favourite tracks released in 2020 so far, The Crooks are back with “In Time” the hotly anticipated follow-up to “She Walks Alone”. This is a beautifully crafted song, with a belting vocal and an Oasis-esque melody running throughout. The Chesterfield five-piece are a true class act, and […]

REVIEW: Forever – Apollo Junction

We’ve all got them.  Got loads of them.  Velocity Girl by Primal Scream is one of mine.  Whenever I hear it, I’m transported back in time to my university bar, and I can see my mate Sean Carter shovelling coins into the juke box.  At 10 pence a pop for a single lasting just over […]

NEW: Shrink – Tom Lumley & the Brave Liaison

“Shrink” is the brand new track, and the second from the four-piece’s upcoming EP, Sign of the Times due at the end of this month. We’re now four months into 2020, and what a year it’s been so far for new music. Amongst the many negatives that exist in our society right now, the new […]

NEW: Artificial – Room D

I don’t know about you, but I’m just about done with this lockdown and I’ve give anything to be in a smelly field, surrounded by sweaty teenagers and old men who think they’ve still got it, right in the midst of festival season. Luckily, Room D have just released their brand new single “Artificial” which […]

Review: You – Dirty Laces

”Put some ketchup on it”.  Do you know who said that?  John Lennon.  He used to say that to his sound engineer during recording sessions.  “Put some ketchup on it!”’.  These were the last words that Dirty Laces guitarist Jacob Simpson said to me following our interview in December. With their latest single You, Dirty […]

REVIEW: Breathless – Gallus

I’m loving a lot of the stuff coming out of Scotland at the moment.  The Snuts are vying for the title of Indie Kings.  One of my favourite live discoveries of recent times are Edinburgh’s The Rah’s.  Waving the Saltire for Scottish punk are The Dunts.  To my list of Caledonian favourites, I can now […]

REVIEW: Into the Night – Clear Vinyl

Into The Night is the latest release from Sheffield band Clear Vinyl. The long anticipated follow up from their trio of singles in 2019, Into The Night is a song about not fitting in, wanting to escape and go back to simpler times. Band: Clear VinylTrack: Into The NightTime: 3:29 minutesFor fans of: Cold Years, […]

REVIEW: Nylon Wire – Egyptian Blue

On April 10th, Brighton based Egyptian Blue will release their sophomore EP “Body of Itch” the long-anticipated follow up to 2019’s “Collateral Damage”. The band have today shared the second track from the EP, “Nylon Wire” which comes after the release of the scuzzy first track, “Never”. Their debut EP gained radio airplay on some […]

INTERVIEW: Reclaim Vienna

I was looking forward to seeing Reclaim Vienna play Zanzibar in Liverpool this weekend.  I was not surprised or disappointed that the gig was cancelled.  These are strange times we’re living in, but gigs will be rescheduled, and that’ll give us all something to look forward to. Cheshire based Reclaim Vienna are brothers Danny and […]

REVIEW: Feel My Soul – The DLX

Bristol based, dirty-rock, band The DLX are back with new single “Feel My Soul”. The track is their first in 2020 and signals a more mature and original sound than before. It’s a typical British indie-rock song, with a classic DLX grunge-like feel running throughout. Band: The DLXTrack: Feel My SoulTime: 3:35 minutesFor fans of: […]

REVIEW: [Insert Girls Name Here] – The Luka State

There’s little doubt that we all know where the beating heart of North-West indie music currently lies.  Wigan.  Perhaps Wigan should be looking over its shoulder, towards the south and the salty Cheshire plains around Winsford.  Local boys, Deja Vega are building an escalating reputation, Reclaim Vienna are creating a bit of a buzz, and […]

REVIEW: Bad Decisions – Chasing Deer

Band: Chasing DeerTrack: Bad DecisionsTime: 2:55 minutesFor fans of: Shinedown, Hozier, Tom WalkerH2N Rating 72/100 The UK’s answer to Shinedown have arrived with Bad Decisions, their most ambitious and complex effort to date. When I first heard Chasing Deer in 2019 when they released Unstoppable I thought, “nice, this is nice” and I compared them […]

REVIEW: I Want It All – Blackwaters

Band: BlackwatersTrack: I Want It AllTime: 2:36 minutesFor fans of: Libertines, Babyshambles, FIDLARH2N Rating 76/100 Sheffield’s Blackwaters release follow-up to indie anthem Two Time Lover. I Want It All is loud, fast paced and up there with their best work to date. So with the country in almost lockdown, I’ve taken it upon myself to […]

REVIEW: Brain Cell – Autopilot

Band: AutopilotTrack: Brain CellTime: 3:57 minutesFor fans of: Killers, Sundara Karma, New OrderH2N Rating 69/100 In an attempt to review a band starting with every letter in 2020, I thought it logical to kick off with the letter A and there was no better band to choose than midlands outfit Autopilot who recently released new […]

Stockton Calling announces full lineup

Stockton Calling’s Full Line-Up Announced Stockton Calling – Teesside’s biggest and best multi-venue music festival – returns to Stockton on Saturday 11 April 2020.  Each year, venues across the town host stellar headliners, some of the most exciting national emerging artists, alongside the very best of regional acts. Now in its 11th year, Stockton Calling […]

LIVE: RATS – The Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool

When I got in on Friday night, I turned on the TV, and there was a programme on BBC 4 titled ‘Whatever Happened to Rock and Roll’.  Well Lauren Laverne and Eric Burdon, if you’d spent the last few hours at Liverpool’s Invisible Wind Factory, courtesy of This Feeling, then you’d know it’s alive and […]

LIVE: The Sherlocks – O2 Academy, Sheffield

It’s been a long time since The Sherlocks played their last headline show in Sheffield but on Friday night, it felt like they’d never been away with a sold out show at the O2 Academy. In 2019, the Sheffield four-piece secured their second Top 20 record with Under Your Sky, the long-awaited follow up to […]

REVIEW: Over The Moor – Glass Violet

Band: Glass VioletTrack: Over The MoorTime: 4:36 minutesFor fans of: Killers, Kasabian, Catfish & The BottlemenH2N Rating 81/100 Last month, Bristol based band Glass Violet released their second single Over The Moor, the eagerly anticipated follow up to 2019’s Chemicals. The four piece (Alex John, Tom Hurdiss, Matt West, Josh Walsh and Declan Pollard) formed […]

REVIEW: Enemies – Skylights

Band: SkylightsTrack: EnemiesTime: 4:11 minutesFor fans of: The Ramones, The Stone Roses, OasisH2N Rating 72/100 What a year it’s looking like it’s going to be for York’s Skylights. With a Shed Seven support in Halifax announced, sold out shows in Yorkshire and festivals lined-up nationwide during the summer, the four lads from Acomb have come […]

STAGE: The Three Musketeers – Theatre Royal, York

Written in 1844, The Three Musketeers is a 700 page epic novel that tells teh story of d’Artagnan who leaves home to join, hopefully, the Musketeers of the Guard in Paris. Since being published, the story has been world renowned on stage, with an epic run on Broadway from 1928 the pick of the shows. […]

LIVE: Faux Pas with Brooders & Bloodhound – Victoria Vaults, York

Faux Pas blow roof off local York venue Victoria Vaults during Independent Venue Week show playing alongside Brooders & Bloodhound. Independent Venue Week is one of the best weeks in the musical calendar and this year, York’s venues embraced it more than ever before. During the week, on a cold Wednesday night, I headed down […]

Live: The Clockworks – The Jacaranda Club, Liverpool

There is definitely something in the water, over the water.  The quality of the bands currently coming coming out of Ireland is first rate.  Inhaler are a band whose name is on the lips of many.  Fontaines D.C. album Dogrel was on countless album of the year lists.  The Murder Capital are playing to larger […]

Review: The Night We Ran Away – The Joyride

Who doesn’t like a bit a synth-pop?  Well nobody judging by the current playlist of our nations radio stations.  And who doesn’t like a bit of synth-pop with added guitars?  Again nobody.  Except perhaps Neil Tennant.  But he’s wrong.  Newest cab off the synth-pop rank are Merseyside based The Joyride. The Joyride are Felix Shipton […]

LIVE: Michael Head and the Red Elastic Band – Brudenell, Leeds

I’ve been a Michael Head fan since my friend Nigel Shipton lent me From Across The Kitchen Table in 1985.  I’ve followed his career through The Strands, Shack, and on to his latest incarnation with The Red Elastic Band.  I’ve seen him at places as diverse as Edge Hill College Refectory and Liverpool Grand Central […]

LIVE: The K’s – O2 Ritz, Manchester

Around 12 months ago, Earlestown band The K’s really announced themselves to the Manchester music scene with a sold out show at Academy 2. The 950 capacity venue was the perfect end to that chapter of the bands 18 month journey, and since then, the four-piece have grown leaps and bounds, culminating in a 1500 […]

Live: Walt Disco – Fulford Arms, York

I wasn’t alive in the 1980s, let alone experienced the decade many hark back to so often, but in recent times, it seems that much of 80s culture has crept back into society. With 2020 being a new decade I thought it was finally time to embrace some of this full on by going to […]

Review: Teetotal – The Kairos

Liverpool based The Kairos are Tom Dempsey (guitar and vocals), Owen Forrester (bass), Sam Bradley (drums and vocals) and Lewis Chambers (guitar).   They first came on to my radar at the end of last year.  They were the main support to The Cheap Thrills at their sold-out Liverpool O2 Academy gig.  I was Immediately struck […]

Review: Fight On – The Lathums

Towards the back end of 2019, Halfway 2 Nowhere got a little bit carried away with our praise of a certain indie-rock band from Wigan. With bold statements such as “without doubt, the best 45 minutes of live music I’ve seen in 2019” and “If they’re not the band that define the 2020s I’ll happily […]

Review: Stanleys – A Better Life

Back in 2019, there was one band that stood out for me above anyone else on the grassroots circuit. That band were Wigan’s Lathums. And listening to them on track and live I made the prediction that few bands over the next few days could create music like they did last year – within 15 […]

SHED SEVEN – Announce huge YORKSHIRE Summer show

With the roaring crowds of their ‘Shedcember’ UK tour still ringing in their ears, SHED SEVEN are delighted to announce plans for a huge summer show in Yorkshire in 2020. On Saturday 15th August this year, York’s premier Britpop poster boys will be headlining a very special show at Doncaster Racecourse. This unique show will […]

Live: Skylights & Dirty Laces – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

What a year 2019 has been for emerging talent. Every gig I’ve seen at Brudenell, The Wardrobe, York’s Fulford Arms (the list goes on) have been brilliant and the future of rock music in this country looks very bright. On 27th December, two of the bands ready to take 2020 by storm, took on the […]

Live: The Mysterines – Jimmy’s, Liverpool

I often have to start a review with a little apology.  Today I need to say sorry to Jimmy’s.  One of Liverpool’s newer live music venues, this small, dark L-shaped cellar, with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems is an intimate venue.  It’s been open since August, and it has taken me until now to give […]

Live: The Lathums – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds

On Friday August 30th 2019, I was at Bingley Weekender, and caught a glimpse of the future of indie-rock in the United Kingdom. The band I saw playing to a bumper crowd, I thought, in 4/5 years time would be selling out venues across the country. I was wrong, that band took less than six […]

Live: The Twang – First Direct Arena, Leeds

From the year 2004 up to 2008, there was a surge in records being produced by artists in the UK that took indie-rock to the next level and paved the way for the industry taking control in the decade we are about to be leaving. One of the artists that produced, in my opinion, one […]

Live: Spinn – Riverside, Newcastle

It is a wet miserable Wednesday night and I’m stuck in traffic just outside Newcastle.  Things are looking bleak but I have a big smile on my face as I’m  on my way to see the energetic, jangly indie of Liverpool band Spinn.  I first caught them at Twisterella 2018 in Middlesbrough where their tight […]

Review: Feel It – Paint Me In Colour

Paint Me In Colour are a Liverpool based three-piece consisting of Olivia Springer, Matt Johnson and Sam Pierpoint.  They formed in 2017, play Indie-pop, and cite their influences as Aretha Franklin and Pink Floyd.  Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of them, Feel It is their debut single, and an intriguing introduction it is too. […]

Interview: Dirty Laces

There’s not much that would entice me to drive 107 miles, on a Friday night, from one old, shipbuilding town in the north-west to another, but the chance to see The Indica Gallery, Dirty Laces and The Lathums, had me heading from Birkenhead to Barrow-in-Furness.  Tonight’s venue, Barrow Underground Society (BUMS for short) is an […]

Live: The Cheap Thrills – Liverpool Academy

If you’ve read any of my previous reviews, then you’ll know I like to use the occasional football analogy.  Well tonight I’ll be looking at some of the emerging Merseyside talent.  The youth teams and the under-23s if you like.  If you don’t want to know the score, look away now. Tonight’s venue is the […]

Review: Who Knows Jenny Jones – Mr Ben & The Bens

Mr Benn & the Bens are the brainchild of Ben Hall who has been prolific in his releases over the last 5 years through the band’s Bandcamp page.  These vary from low-fi bedroom recordings to experimentation with electronic sounds.  As a full band Mr Ben & the Bens have been touring regularly over the last […]

Review: Only Paris – Thomas Noel

After his debut track ‘Pass Me By’ displayed his “engaging voice, great lyrics, and honesty,” (The Static Dive), Thomas Noel is back… but this time, with a full band behind him. ‘Only Paris’ is the debut full band single from Thomas Noel, following on from his recent transition into a full band setting, with the […]

Live: Inhaler + Apre – Arts Club, Liverpool

I’m asthmatic.  I’ve used an inhaler since I can remember.  They’ve never been sexy.  They’ve never been very rock and roll.  Recently something has changed.  Firstly Foals, then Miles Kane release tracks titled ‘Inhaler’.  Secondly, not one, but two bands appear with the name Inhaler.  There was even talk of possible court proceedings between the […]

Review: See You Smile – Cherry Lotus

“Passion, energy and the will to give every person that sees them an unforgettable experience and deliver memorable songs that uplift.”   Cherry Lotus are a four piece indie rock band from the South Coast of England formed in 2018. After a string of gigs at major venues and a host of festival appearances, Cherry Lotus have proven to […]

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