Category Archives: Single and EP reviews

Single review: THE RISING – Endless Summer

THE RISING - Endless Summer

Facebook [Release date 02.08.19] The Rising – Chris Logan (guitars, banjo, mandolin), Chantelle McAteer (vocals) and Brian Mellors (bass) – have been gaining attention and interest in their mix of country, pop and rock. They have released two albums and … Continue reading

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EP review: EMMA KING – The Sun and The Blues

EMMA KING – The Sun and The Blues

Great British Songwriting Co. [Release date 26.07.19] The notion of “authenticity” is a difficult tightrope to walk. Go too far one way and you come off as pretentious and rigid, a slave to the past, too far the other way … Continue reading

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Single review: THE SPITFIRES – Enough Is Enough

THE SPITFIRES - Enough Is Enough

Order link [Release date 19.07.19] Something a little different from the Spitfires, who have been gaining fans through their relentless touring and picking up a few plaudits from legends such as Paul Weller. ‘Enough Is Enough’ is a perfect summer … Continue reading

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Single review: TIGER & THE LIGHT SIDE – Somewhere Else

TIGER & THE HOMERTONS - Somewhere Else

Website [Release date 24.06.19] A sparse ethereal atmosphere pervades the opening of ‘Somewhere Else’, a new single from barely a year old outfit, Tiger and The Light Side. Hailing from France, Tiger Finkel has assembled a distinctly international band coming … Continue reading

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EP review: THE ENGINE ABOVE – Savage Fingers

THE ENGINE ABOVE – Savage Fingers

Self-released [Release date 04.05.19] The Engine Above (they were previously called the Jeremy Tardif Band) return with their second EP in the series that continues the story of the Pilot, a story that has a nautical and environmental theme. The … Continue reading

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EP review: ERICA DRIVE – The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing

ERICA DRIVE - The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing

ERICA DRIVE The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing “The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing” is the new four track EP from UK band Erica Drive. With the band having only been together since 2017, they have already developed somewhat of … Continue reading

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EP review: STORMCHASER – Breaking The Silence

STORMCHASER – Breaking The Silence

Self Release [Release date 04.05.19] Stormchaser are a local band for me, they have been playing live around Central Scotland for a few years and have built up a good following and a good reputation. The guys master in all things classic rock … Continue reading

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EP review: ANIMAL DRIVE – Back To The Roots

Fronters [Release date 05.04.19] Following their well-received 2018 debut, and to give impatient fans something ahead of a promised new album, Croatian hard rockers Animal Drive have recorded a covers EP. The four-track EP comprises covers of Roxette’s ‘The Look’, … Continue reading

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EP review: THE SPITFIRES – Live EP

THE SPITFIRES – Live EP

Hatch Records [Release date 15.03.19] The Spitfires hail from Watford and have released three albums to date. The line-up is Billy Sullivan (guitarist, vocalist), Sam Long (bass), Matt Johnson (drums) and George Moorhouse (keyboards), along with on the live shows … Continue reading

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Single review: DEAD AGENTS – Aimless Careless

DEAD AGENTS - Aimless Careless

Facebook [Release date 22.03.19] The West Midlands based the Dead Agents first came across our musical radar last year with their debut EP. That was a good mix of punchy hard rock and modern rock, recalling bands like You Me … Continue reading

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Single review: GOYA – Prophecie

  Facebook [Release date 08.03.19] Instrumental progressive rock, eh ? It’s not for everyone and typically not for the Mad Dog. However, having set aside my traditional aversion to both “prog” and “instrumentals” and opened my mind wide enough to … Continue reading

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EP review: ALEX JAMES BRIERLEY – Home Sweet Home

Facebook [Release date 22.02.19] Alex James Brierley released his debut EP ‘Listen’ last year to positive reviews, including a four star review from this reviewer. Fast forward a year and we have a new EP, four songs recorded over the … Continue reading

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EP review: MIKE DEKLEVA – Psychedelia

MIKE DEKLEVA - Psychedelia

www. mikedeklevamusic.com [Release date 09.11.18] There are many guitar hero wannabees out there but frequently they fall down due to lack of production values, guitar tone, or craftsmanship.  Mike Dekleva has all these qualities in spades.  Mike who?  Well to … Continue reading

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EP review: DOWNCAST, BLACK TREE VULTURES

DOWNCAST [Release date 11.01.19] This five track EP from British band Downcast is an interesting one as on the first listen you just think of the music, then it becomes apparent that the whole thing is one big break up … Continue reading

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EP review: THIRD LUNG – Sooner Or Later

THIRD LUNG - Sooner Or Later

These Bloody Thieves Records [Release date 01.03.19] Third Lung hail from Reading and in their four years to date have picked up rave reviews including BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq. Third Lung consist of Tom Farrelly (vocals, guitars), Camilla Jurasek … Continue reading

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EP review: STEVE BALSAMO – Circle The Wagons

www.stevebalsamomusic.com Steve Balsamo came to my musical attention via the country rockers the Storys, who are well worth checking out and sadly another of those bands that had heaps of talent, yet never got the musical success they deserved. He … Continue reading

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EP review: COLLATERAL – 4 Shots

Roulette Media [Release date 23.11.18] Collateral are new kids on the rock block and with their guy liner & ripped jeans look you’d think they hailed from the Sunset Strip back in the day, when in fact they are from Kent. Collateral consist of … Continue reading

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EP review: INDIA ELECTRIC CO. – Tablelands

INDIA ELECTRIC CO. - Tablelands

Shoelay [Release date 19.10.18] The India Electric Co. return with the final part of the EP trilogy which contrasts the city and country. The wonderfully talented duo Cole Stacey (vocals, percussion, gravel) and Joseph O’Keefe (violin, piano, guitar, accordion, harp, … Continue reading

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EP review: EPICA – Epica vs Attack On Titan

EPICA - Epica vs Attack On Titan

Nuclear Blast [Release date 20.07.18] This EP features Epica covering songs based on the Japanese anime ‘Attack On Titan’. It features four songs (along with an instrumental version of each song) originally written and composed by Revo of Linked Horizon (who is a fan of … Continue reading

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EP review: THE JUPITER BLUES

Facebook [Release date 01.09.18] Formed in 2017 under the moniker Jupiter Hollow, the Jupiter Blues play a mix of blues, southern rock and a little bit of soul. The band’s line-up is Dale Orenda (vocals, percussion), Chris Mitchell (lead guitar) Rick … Continue reading

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