Monthly Archives: April 2014

Album review: UFO – The Complete Studio Albums 1974-1986

UFO - The Complete Studio Albums 1974-1986

Chrysalis/Warner Music [Release date 17.03.14] A growing trend in recent times is for labels to re-package a band’s albums in facsimilie sleeves.  Invariably these are fairly basic, with no bonus tracks, credits, or enlightening essay.  As a quick fix, and … Continue reading

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Album review: MY FAVOURITE RUNNER UP – Crossroads

MY FAVOURITE RUNNER UP – Crossroads

Self-release [Release date – 17.02.14] South Wales for some reason is a bit of a hot bed for young pop punk bands and My Favourite Runner Up are another name to add to the list. The band, I suspect, have … Continue reading

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Album review: BALEFUL CREED – Baleful Creed

BALEFUL CREED – Baleful Creed

Self-release (release date – out now) Belfast’s Baleful Creed originally got together as a covers band back in 2009. Playing covers soon gave way to song writing and the band performing original numbers which they have honed and developed over … Continue reading

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Album review: MODERN EARL – Hot Damn!

Modern Earl - Hot Damn!

Modern Earl/Christopher Hudson [Release date 23.01.14] While the terms ‘kick ass’ and ‘southern country rock’ aren’t necessarily antithetical, they fail to fuse or spark on Modern Earl’s ‘Hot Damn!’ I’m sure this German exiled American southern country rock band do … Continue reading

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Album review: ULTAN CONLON – Songs Of Love So Cruel

ULTAN CONLON – Songs Of Love So Cruel

Darksideout [Release date 09.06.14] The fact that the ‘Songs Of Love So Cruel’ dominates the CD sleeve tells you all you need to know about Ultan Conlon’s mindset, on an album full of enduring relationship and love songs. He treads … Continue reading

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Interview: 10Q’s with STUART SMITH (HEAVEN & EARTH)

Heaven & Earth

Here we catch-up with Stuart Smith of Heaven & Earth who released their latest album ‘Dig’ last year to rave reviews and embark on their debut UK tour starting at the end of June… 1. What have you got planned for … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BLAIR DUNLOP, LITTLE FEAT, PHIL VINCENT, NEIL INNES & FATSO

Little Feat - Live in Holland 1976

BLAIR DUNLOP – House Of Jacks www.blairdunlop.com [Released 26.05.14] Blair Dunlop has had a good start to his musical career winning the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2013 and earning rave reviews for his debut … Continue reading

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Album review: EDDIE & THE HOT RODS – 2 Sides

EDDIE & THE HOT RODS – 2 Sides

Wienerworld [Release date 27.01.14] These are good times for Eddie & The Rods. So good in fact that it’s a startling 10 years since their 30th anniversary reformation,  taking in 4 tours of the USA and a successful domestic tour … Continue reading

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Album review: SUEDE – Royal Albert Hall, 24 March 2010

Edsel Records [12.05.14] CD/DVD This is a rather special live recording on two counts, first it was one of the annual gigs at the Royal Albert Hall for the Teenage Cancer Trust and secondly Suede were asked to reform especially … Continue reading

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Gig review: BELLOWHEAD – Royal Albert Hall, London, 20 April 2014

Amazing to think Bellowhead have been going for ten years now as they chose the regal surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate their tenth birthday and bless them they invited all of their fans along. It was a … Continue reading

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Album review: SWEETKISS MOMMA – A Reckoning Is Coming

SWEETKISS MOMMA – A Reckoning Is Coming

Self Release [Release date 01.03.14] The Tacoma based Sweetkiss Momma defy all expectations by being a Washington state based, 70’s influenced, self sufficient, southern influenced roots rock outfit. Musically schooled in a church background and rooted in gospel, they’ve stepped … Continue reading

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Gig review: MAGNUM – The Tivoli, Buckley, 20 April 2014

Magnum - The Tivoli, Buckley, 20 April 2014

With an unexplained delayed start it was a little like being back in the seventies.  A crowd that snaked around the block and a cool nip that knived them.  The support – or perhaps more accurately on this occasion “warm … Continue reading

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Album review: THREE LIONS – Three Lions

Frontiers [Released 25.04.14] Three Lions is a dream come true for Bradford vocalist and bass player Nigel Bailey. Twenty years of slogging around local pubs and clubs in his spare time suddenly turned into an opportunity to record an album … Continue reading

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Gig review: HAMMERFEST – Pwllheli, Wales, 13-15 March 2014

HAMMERFEST - Pwllheli, Wales, 13-15 March 2014

It’s been a long cold wet winter but now is the time for the Hammer Horde to rise up and make their way to the first of the HRH festivals of the year, Hammerfest VI Book Of The Dead. Now … Continue reading

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Album review: CALIFORNIA BREED – California Breed

California Breed

Pete Feenstra chats to Glenn Hughes, 1 April 2014 Frontiers Records [Release date 19.05.14] You could be forgiven for dismissing this three generational band as ‘old wine in new bottles’, but that would be to the underestimate bigger picture that … Continue reading

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Gig Review: GAZPACHO – 02 Islington Academy, London, 15 April 2014

GAZPACHO – 02 Islington Academy, London, 15 April 2014

Support Acts: Se Delan, Bruce and Jon from the Pineapple Thief Review and photos by Yiannis (John) Stefanis On the 15 April I decided to ignore the fact that I was travelling the following day, and surrendered instead to my … Continue reading

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Album review: MAYHEM – Psywar

Season Of Mist [Release 25.4.2014] Controversy and instability have characterised Norwegian Black Metal pioneers Mayhem since their very inception back in 1984, so when long standing guitarist Blasphemer decided to leave the fold after thirteen years of active service nobody … Continue reading

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Gig review: WITHIN TEMPTATION/Delain – Manchester Apollo, 11 April 2014

Within Temptation - Manchester Apollo, 11 April 2014

As I arrive at the venue tonight a full hour before it opens the draw of the bands is evident as the queues are already stretching up the road for this rearranged show. The tour originally due to be in … Continue reading

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Album review: TOSELAND – Renegade

Toseland - Renegade

52 Music (release date – out now) The opening track to this album could well sum up James Toseland’s career to date, a double Superbike world champion and now a blossoming music career, ‘Life Is Beautiful’ right enough. This album … Continue reading

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Album review: CAGE THE GODS – Badlands

Cage The Gods - Badlands

Jam Hand Music (release date – out now) Young brit rockers Cage The Gods are a band I have heard a lot about, mostly from my fellow scribe, Simon Dunkerley, who has been a big supporter of the guys for … Continue reading

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