Monthly Archives: March 2016

Gig review: 80’s INVASION TOUR – Edinburgh Playhouse, 20 March 2016 (Big Country, Midge Ure)

80’s INVASION TOUR – Edinburgh Playhouse, 20 March 2016

The 80’s are rapidly becoming the new 60’s in terms of misty eyed nostalgia. The teenagers of the 80’s are now in the 40 to 50 ish bracket with the disposable income (allegedly!) to indulge themselves and relive their teen … Continue reading

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Album review: SONIFICADE – Despite All The Noise

SONIFICADE - Despite All The Noise

Circular Records [Release date 20.05.16] A four piece alternative indie rock band from the Midlands, who won an international unsigned band completion, Sonificade have signed to Scottish label Circular Records for the release their debut album. Recorded at Kasabian’s studio … Continue reading

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Quick plays: HORSE PARTY, ELIZA NEALS, CHRISTA COUTURE

Horse Party - Horizons

HORSE PARTY Horizons REPEAT Records [Release date 01.04.16] Bury St Edmunds three-piece rockers, fronted by guitarist/singer Ellie Langley have been getting plenty of plaudits over the past 12 months from the likes of 6music, Radio One, and Radio X. Formed … Continue reading

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Album review: IN ISOLATION – A Certain Fractal Light

IN ISOLATION - A Certain Fractal Light

Nottingham based three piece In Isolation – vocalist/guitarist Ryan Swift, guitarist/bassist John Berry, and drummer Tony Ghost – wear their New Romantics influences very openly on their sleeves, but at the same time manage to create a vibrant and current … Continue reading

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Album review: SINDERINS – s/t

Sinderins

Pledge Music [Release date 27.05.16] Scottish band Sinerins bring a new twist to the folk /cross over genre with their eponymous debut release.  I guess the first touchstone that sprang to mind was the shortly lived band Celtus who were … Continue reading

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Album review: THE INTERNATIONAL SWINGERS – s/t

THE INTERNATIONAL SWINGERS

In this hour special, Pete Feenstra chats to James Stevenson about his music (58:39) More at Mixcloud All The Cats Recordings [Release date 06.05.16] The main selling point, I guess, of The International Swingers (putting the Benidorm ‘swingers’ association to … Continue reading

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Gig review: HRH AOR TOUR – ABC, Glasgow, 17 March 2016

QUIREBOYS - HRH AOR TOUR – ABC, Glasgow, 17 March 2016

Walking along Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow towards tonight’s venue was like being transported to Grafton Street in Dublin. It was St Patrick’s Day and the streets were awash with green, Guinness hats and people looking for drinking, dancing, good music … Continue reading

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Album review: TONY PATTERSON – Equations Of Meaning

TONY PATTERSON - Equations Of Meaning

Esoteric Antenna  [Release Date: 26.02.16] It must be very difficult if your day job is vocalist for a Genesis tribute band to sound like anything other than said progressive rock Gods. But is this necessarily a bad thing? There is … Continue reading

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Album review: AFRO CELT SOUND SYSTEM – The Source

AFRO CELT SOUND SYSTEM - The Source

ECC Records [Release date 29.04.16] Before starting this review a disclaimer of sorts in that this is one version of the Afro Celt Sound System (ACSS). The band reunited last year, however Simon Emmerson announced he was leaving and formed … Continue reading

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Gig review: SOME VELVET MORNING – The Roundhouse, London, 4 March 2016

Some Velvet Morning are a three piece indie rock outfit of burgeoning potential. Based in London, this gig in the Sackler Space off the main Roundhouse hall was bright, bold and full of the band’s local support. Their sound is … Continue reading

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Album review: TAX THE HEAT – Fed To The Lions

Nuclear Blast [Release date 08.04.16] I first came across Tax The Heat supporting prog/pomp rock veterans Kansas back in 2014 and was suitably impressed by their live show. Since then they have toured extensively and signed with Nuclear Blast. The … Continue reading

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News: 7 Bands to Watch – Download 2016

Atreyu

Here GRTR!’s Dillon Grant casts his expert eyes and ears over seven of the ‘must see’ bands at this year’s Download Festival. You can read the full article here including some who just missed the cut. Download 2015 reviews 7. … Continue reading

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Album review: FORBIDDEN PLANET – From Bedroom To Oblivion

FORBIDDEN PLANET – From Bedroom To Oblivion

CD Baby  [Release date 11.10.15] Not to be confused with anything pertaining to science fiction, save for some obtuse voice-over snippets, Forbidden Planet is a Singapore based instrumental prog rock outfit with an open ended style that finds them truly … Continue reading

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Album review: SOULSTACK – Soulstack

Soulstack

Stack-O-Soul  [Release date 18.06.15] ‘Soulstack’ is a song driven, soulful roots-rock album with plenty of feel, by a band that is at its best when it stretches out. And therein lies a slight problem, because in their efforts to present polished … Continue reading

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Gig review: HARD ROCK HELL AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, 12 March 2016 (Quiet Riot, Dan Reed Network)

Quiet Riot - HARD ROCK HELL AOR - Pwllheli, Wales, 12 March 2016

My first experience of any of the Hard Rock Hell festivals was HRH AOR in March last year, enjoying it so much I bought my own accommodation for this year’s event before any bands were announced.  You cannot imagine how … Continue reading

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Gig review: HARD ROCK HELL AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, 10-11 March 2016 (Joe Lynn Turner, Tyketto)

HARD ROCK HELL AOR, Pwllheli, Wales, 10-13 March 2016

Thursday 10 March With a mass of indoor festivals throughout the year mainly at holiday camps out of season, Hard Rock Hell and it’s offshoots – AOR, Hammerfest,  Prog and  Blues – are fast becoming favourites, selling out in ridiculously … Continue reading

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Album review: METAL CHURCH – XI

METAL CHURCH - XI

Nuclear Blast [Release date 25.03.16] Metal Church are back and they bring the incredibly impressive XI. This is your typical thrash release from Metal Church, and that’s not a bad thing. Formed in what is known as Thrash’s golden era … Continue reading

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Album review: BEN POOLE – Time Has Come

BEN POOLE – Time Has Come

Manhaton [Release date 01.04.16] Overlooking his debut EP/CD, ‘Time Has Come’ is a significant third album for Ben Poole, who has transformed himself from a guitar slinger to an expressive soul balladeer, and on this album a song driven artist … Continue reading

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Album review: EMMA KING s/t

EMMA KING

[Release date 27.05.16] The PR blurb accompanying this eponymous solo release would lead you to believe that the Hull-born singer songwriter has arrived at this point through gigging and experience in Nashville. But there’s a little more depth to the … Continue reading

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Album review: JUDITH OWEN – Somebody’s Child

JUDITH OWEN - Somebody

Twanky Records [Release date 06.05.16] Pianist-singer-songwriter Judith Owen has come up with just about the perfect ‘easy listening’ album. Genre hopping, from the influences of the very best from Laurel Canyon to Stevie Wonder and everything in between, she puts … Continue reading

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