Music Blog

SINGLE REVIEW: These New Communications – Barbara.

Brighton duo Barbara (brothers Henry and John Tydeman) share many of the qualities of the Roman god Janus, famed for his appearance over the the doorways of ancient Roman homes. Firstly, they have two heads. Secondly, they simultaneously face in two directions. Musically they look to the past for inspiration. They have a lush, mid-Atlantic […]

Sunday Six – 11th April

OK, I know it’s been a while, but we used to frequent put out a Sunday 6, a little article featuring our favourite six new releases from the previous Friday. Well…it’s back! And with the quality of tunes released so far this year, it’ll be both the easiest and hardest article we write each week…what […]

ALBUM REVIEW: Brits & Pieces ll – Various Artists!

I love a good compilation album. Always have done. The curator of Brits & Pieces II, indie music enthusiast Marc Rossiter says he took his inspiration for the project from the Shine series of albums from the Nineties. I can go further back. Somewhere in my tape collection you will find the cassettes of NME […]

SINGLE REVIEW: Light Up The Sky – Apollo Junction.

As a band you know that you are heading in the right direction when you can count among your supporters such diverse personalities as Steve Lamacq, Graham Norton and…Marcelo Bielsa. That’s the position Leeds five-piece Apollo Junction currently find themselves in. Light Up The Sky is Apollo Junction’s second single of 2021 following on from […]

Q&A: Get to know…Abnorm

Jay recently caught up with one of Halfway 2 Nowhere’s artists to watch in 2021 to see how their year is going and what the plans are for the future. Abnorm are: Abbie Rose (front woman), Alex McArthur (drums), Jamie Budge (lead guitarist), Matthew Middleton (rhythm guitar)and Krzysztof Furgała (bass). Where did you get the […]

Q&A: Meet Parker Lee

The latest band to take on our 2021 Q&A challenge are York based band Parker Lee, a revolving lineup of musicians centred around Jowan Mead and multi-instrumentalist producer Annie Prior. Q1: 2021 will hopefully be better than 2020. What are your hopes and ambitions for the band this year? Jowan: I think it’s hard to be able […]

SINGLE REVIEW: Environmental – EAD WOOD.

For a song about such a serious topic as global warming and it’s detrimental effects on our planet’s fauna, Environmental by Bristol band Ead Wood is actually quite an up-beat, catchy, quirky, little number. Ead Wood are Ed Soles (vocal/guitar), Pete Woollaston (lead guitar), Chris Howarth (bass) and Dave Weir (drums). They’ve been together for […]

SINGLE REVIEW: Western Skies – The Pretty Visitors.

With the release of their third single – Western Skies, Brighton four-piece The Pretty Visitors continue to spring surprises. You don’t know when, or how ‘The Visitors’ will arrive, but when they turn up it’s always a enjoyable distraction. To recap – The Pretty Visitors are Aaron Evans (guitar), Sam Bennett (bass), Connor Reid (Vocals), […]

SINGLE REVIEW: Loose Canyon – The Gabriels.

When future historians and critics come to review the artistic output of 2020/21 (and believe me they will: they will go over it with a fine tooth comb), they will try to establish a theme for the period. I firmly believe that they will come to the opinion that the theme is one of escapism. […]

Q&A Series 2021: Apollo Junction

The latest band to take on our 2021 Q&A challenge are Leeds’ Apollo Junction, an accomplished 5-piece who’ve produced some of our most played tracks on the H2N Radio Show. Apollo Junction are…Matt (Guitar), Jamie (Vocals), Ben (Bass), Sam (Keys) & Jonny (Drums) 2021 will hopefully be better than 2020. What are your hopes and […]

Q&A Series 2021 – The Feens

The latest band to take on our 2021 Q&A challenge are Scarborough’s “The Feens” a lively four piece who have been on ours and many other radars for some time. THE FEENS ARE:Freddie Schmuck (Vox/Guitar), Adam Lodge (Vox/Bass), Sam Dowling (Lead Guitar) and Perrie Bunton (Drums). 2021 will hopefully be better than 2020. What are […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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; […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

REVIEW: Tonight – Clear Vinyl

Clear Vinyl formed in 2019 and have since battled the biggest rollercoaster ride of all; last time H2N covered the Sheffield artist was, we loved “Into The Night” their March 2020 release and they’re ending this year in style with the release of “Tonight”. One word immediately springs to mind when I see Clear Vinyl […]

E.P. Review: ‘To’ – Luca Wilding.

Everyone has a different entry level artist who has introduced them to the work of Leonard Cohen, even if they don’t know it. To some unfortunates, it may be Alexandra Burke et al on The X Factor. For me it was Ian McCulloch when he cited Cohen as a big influence on Echo and the […]

Review: Head In The Sand – The Pretty Visitors.

Hailing from Brighton and taking their title from the Arctic Monkeys‘ song of the same name, The Pretty Visitors are Connor Reid (vocals), Aaron Evans (guitar), Sam Bennett (bass) and Jack Rudland (drums). They’ve supported bands of the calibre of Circa Waves, and have headlined their own sold out shows at The Joiners, Southampton, and […]

FEATURE: Hunybees

You’d be forgiven for never of hearing the band ‘HUNYBEES’. But if it’s something you don’t know, then get to know. This quartet from the small town of Hitchin in Hertfordshire are due success, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they produced a big hit sooner or later. The band currently only have released 3 […]

Review: Feel It – The Kicklips.

The Kicklips are a Sheffield based trio who formed in 2017. They are Beck Harley (bass/vocals), Mo Ghani (guitar), and Dan Siddall on drums. They have played at The IOW Festival and Truck Festival, worked with producer Alan Smyth (Arctic Monkeys), and already have a string of raucous rock and roll songs such as Rose […]

REVIEW: Live In The Fire – Fossway

Alternative-Rock trio Fossway release “Live In The Fire”, an energetic song with elements of Prog-Rock hinting at influence from Muse, Queen, and Calva Louise. Following a highly successful 2019 which saw Fossway release their debut EP and play festivals such as Lindisfarne, Hook & Gun, and Long Division – sharing billing alongside the likes of […]

REVIEW: Where’s My Family Gone – Andrew Cushin.

Where’s My Family Gone is the third single from Novocastrian singer-songwriter Andrew Cushin. It follows on from the critically well received It’s Gonna Get Better and Waiting For The Rain. It was written in a Leeds hotel room during a period when Cushin was having difficulty communicating with friends and family. It’s a poignant, heartfelt […]

LIVE: Red Rum Club – Blueberry Hill Studios, Leeds

They do say live music is like buses…don’t they…well I’ve waited months to see it and this week two have come along at once. Last weekend, it was Scarborough for The Feens and Tom Lumley and this week it was another This Feeling championed artist, Red Rum Club as they showcased sophomore record The Hollow […]

Single Review: Rule The Real – The Kendos.

People often talk about the conveyor-belt of bands that come out of Merseyside. I think that analogy is incorrect. It suggests that bands appear manufactured and perfectly formed. I prefer the football club model. Underneath your first team stars there are a number of talented youngsters, working hard, waiting for their opportunity to progress. Among those […]

REVIEW: I See Your Ghost – The Lathums.

Taken from the upcoming , brand-new EP, “Ghosts”, The Lathums have treated us to the first single I See Your Ghost. North-west writer Ian Dunphy had a good listen to the track before release, safe to say, he enjoyed it a lot! Not content with demonstrating their mastery of Northern Soul with their cover of […]

Review: Accidental Weller – Eyesore & the Jinx.

As someone who used to get his hair cut by trainee barbers at the local technical college, I can fully appreciate the inherent warning offered by Merseyside, post-punk trio Eyesore & the Jinx in their latest release – Accidental Weller. Following in the footsteps of their debut EP – The Exile Parlour, comes the cautionary […]

LIVE: The Feens – Vibe Bar, Scarborough

Live music. We all miss it. We all love it. And this weekend I had the pleasure of finally getting to a small, not so sweaty, gig, in the humble seaside town of Scarborough. All I can say is, it was bloody brilliant. The Feens were the hosts and headliners for the night at Vibe […]

Live Review: She Drew The Gun – Future Yard, Birkenhead.

Yes, you read that correctly – Live Review. My first socially-distanced gig, She Drew The Gun, at the opening event of an exciting new venue – Future Yard – in beautiful, downtown Birkenhead. So come along, don’t dawdle, we’ve a lot to get through. Firstly a few words about the venue. The Future Yard project […]

REVIEW: Lady Bay – Primyl Vinyl

Being primarily a blog and radio show dedicated to discovering and highlighting the best in indie-rock music, it’s rare we have a straight up rock song to cover. When something special comes along though, it really taps into my musical heritage, what I was brought up on, Green Day, Shinedown, anything with guitars, drums and […]

REVIEW: Honesty – FEVER

A simple plea, sung from the heart, Hull’s finest five-piece, FEVER, release their soul-nourishing single Honesty. Throughout lockdown, one of the most engaging, entertaining artists on social media, playing lockdown sessions and more, have been Hull’s FEVER. Now they’re back with the full release of live favourite Honesty, and we’re already hooked over at H2NHQ! […]

REVIEW: Stranger – Vistas.

Sometimes in music as in sport, to be successful you need good timing and the ability to take your chances when they present themselves. Edinburgh trio Vistas appear to have this in their locker. While others dithered during this Covid-19 ravaged summer, Vistas seized the opportunity and released their debut studio album Everything Changes In […]

REVIEW: Only Human – The Receivers

FUZZED-UP INDIE-ROCKERS THE RECEIVERS RELEASE LATEST SINGLE “ONLY HUMAN”. Currently storming Yorkshire’s rich guitar scene, fuzzed-up York quartet The Receivers are last week released their latest single, ‘Only Human’. With top review already coming in from numerous blogs, I was excited to hear it for the first time being a true York local. For the […]

Leeds. Leeds. Leeds. The sound of the city.

Leeds. A word, a city, a place that has defined my life more than any other. In 25 years of life, nowhere has had such an impact on my day-to-day, like Leeds. Music, sport, education, theatre, beer, you name it, Leeds has left it’s mark on the person I am today. Never has a city […]

REVIEW: Can I Speak To A Manager ?- The Clockworks.

Since music began, lyricists have been trying to write words about subjects that touch everybody, love, life, loss. The Clockworks have hit upon the one truly universal theme of our time, one that we can all relate to – the angst brought about by trying to get anywhere with a major company’s customer helpline (and […]

REVIEW: Try and Entertain Me – Sounds Like A Storm

With Leeds United finally where they belong, the sleeping giants have been awakened, and I’ve said time and time again, it’s about time the Leeds music scene was recognized in the big leagues too. The return of Sounds Like a Storm helps matters, with their follow up to hailed EP “Classic Way of Things”, “Try […]

The Crooks – Volume 1

Just over three years ago, I set-up Halfway 2 Nowhere as a personal venture. A way of keeping a log of the great music I saw at underground festivals like Kazoopa in Leeds, the music that I found retweeted by peers, those special songs from special bands you think are going places. Over time, the […]

Music Through Grief

Music has always been a huge part of my life, more so after the recent personal tragedy I’ve had of losing my Dad in April due to Coronavirus. Throughout lockdown, you will most likely find me with my headphones in or listening to LPs on my record player. Music isn’t just something to listen to, […]

REVIEW: The Non-Stop EP – Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard.

I’ve never quite understood the concept of the EP. It’s neither one thing nor the other. The first one I ever bought was The Human Leagues’ Holiday 80 EP, 3 tracks with a total running time of just over 10 minutes. Cardiff based glamsters Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard have released, by comparison, a behemoth. The Non-Stop […]

Single Review : The Time Is Now – The Rah’s.

To say I’m excited about this release would be an understatement. I first heard this song over a year ago, and it blew me away then. I’d gone along to Zanzibar in Liverpool to a Sister Midnight event to see the headliners, but was so impressed by one of the the supporting bands that I […]

Single Review: All My Life – The Lathums.

There are some things that you should know instinctively. Wear sunscreen in the summer. Don’t eat yellow snow in the winter. Any track released by The Lathums is going to be a corker. All My Life is The Lathums first release for Island Records. It was recorded at Parr Street Studios, and produced by James […]

Underscore Part Three’s AAA Industry Interviews start today!

Across a backdrop of a gloomy three months for the music and arts industry, not only do we welcome the government’s funding announcement today but today is the start of an 3 week event where you can listen to some incredible industry Q&As, all thanks to Underscore Part Three. With a global pandemic adding to […]

Artist of the Week – The Novus

We’re back in business and music is ready to take centre stage on Halfway 2 Nowhere again. I’ve been quiet during lock-down, working out what’s best for the blog going forward and I’m delighted to launch our Artist of the Week series. Each week – this music blog will feature one artist that we think […]

Single Review: Waiting For The Rain – Andrew Cushin.

Andrew Cushin is more than a talented singer songwriter. He’s a troubadour, a lyrical poet who roams from town-to-town telling his touching tales. If you haven’t heard of him yet, you will do soon. I was lucky enough to see one of his last performances when he appeared on a This Feeling event at Brudenell […]

Single Review: Modern Times – Reclaim Vienna.

Releasing an unexpected lock-down single, based on remote writing and isolation demos is a ballsy move. With their surprise digital release Modern Times, I think that Reclaim Vienna just about pull it off. I’ve really liked the earlier songs from Reclaim Vienna. With their anthemic guitars, synth loops and driving drum beats on songs like […]

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