Category Archives: Single and EP reviews

Single review: PICTUREHOUSE, SHARON LAZIBYRD

PICTUREHOUSE Riptide [Release date 25.05.18] ‘Riptide’, written by frontman Dave Browne with Swedish songwriter and producer Adam Kviman, is the first new material the band have released since 2013’s ‘Evolution’ album. This single is also the first recording featuring the … Continue reading

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EP review: RANDOM CONFLICT – Ruined Nation

[Release date 30.03.18] Muscle Shoals Alabama punk stalwarts Random Conflict have followed up 2016’s brilliant Black List EP with a brand new EP entitled Ruin Nation. These guys have been a consistent favorite of mine since coming onto my radar … Continue reading

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EP review: THE DARKER MY HORIZON – Phoenix Volume 1

Facebook [Release date 26.01.18] The Darker My Horizon duo Paul Stead (lead vocals/guitar) and Mark Stephenson (guitars & backing vocals) used to be in Sacred Heart previously and on this EP they have re-recorded four songs from that band, partly as a stop … Continue reading

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EP review: BAD MOTHER EARTH

Self-released [Release date 26.01.18] Bad Mother Earth are a new four piece consisting of vocalist Jacky Rogue, guitarist Joe Kash, drummer Greg Kats and bass palyer Mitch Prax. ‘Not Comin’ Home’ has been released as lead single/video and fair pelts … Continue reading

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EP review: BLACK TREE VULTURES – Sanity Isn’t Perfect

Straight outta Bournemouth (with an attitude which says “f**k you, Compton !”) come spunky pistols Black Tree Vultures with their manic and muscly debut EP, Sanity Isn’t Perfect. Tipping the hat to several heavy rock protagonists and oozing piss-and-vinegar confidence, … Continue reading

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EP review: ALEX JAMES BRIERLEY – Listen

Intense Pulse Records [Release date 23.02.18] Alex James Brierley is a young rising star who has been playing the piano since he was six and has toured supporting the likes of Space and Scouting For Girls. On this EP he has enlisted … Continue reading

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EP review: DANDELION CHARM – Riding The Flood

www.dandelioncharm.com/ Riding The Flood is a new five-track EP from Newhaven-based duo Dandelion Charm, who comprise of John and Clare Fowler. Clare Flowler says that ‘the themes we deal with in our songs are not frivolous ones. They are all … Continue reading

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EP review: INDIA ELECTRIC CO. – Seven Sisters

www.indiaelectricco.com [Release date 17.11.17] The talented duo that is the India Electric Co. are back with their second EP in a trilogy loosely based on contrasting town and country. Cole Stacey provides his haunting vocals, along with percussion, whilst Joseph O’Keefe adds … Continue reading

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EP review: GOYA – Kathmandu

GOYA - Kathmandu

[Release date 08.12.17] Hailing from Stoke-on-Trent, Goya are a bit like a progressive/stoner Stoke City – fans that love them, love them but a lot won’t like the stuff they play. That said, and with all the usual trepidation of … Continue reading

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EP review: JOSH TAERK – Stages

Apple Music [Release date 02.02.18] Josh Taerk has long been a favourite here at Ritchie towers and he is now back with a new five song EP, although one song ‘After The Fall’ is lifted from his last album ‘Here’s To … Continue reading

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EP review: BLACK CAT BONES – Down To The River

Black Cat Bones - Down To The River

Black Cat Bones [Release date 29.09.17] Not to be confused with the band that gave the world Paul Kossoff and Simon Kirke from Free, this hard rocking quintet hail from Liverpool and deal with blues tinged hard rock. Fronted by … Continue reading

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EP review: ROBERT REED – Variations On Themes By David Bedford

ROBERT REED - Variations On Themes By David Bedford

Tigermoth Productions David Bedford (who died in 2011) has long been sidelined in the pantheon of prog and confused with the athlete of the same name.  His more “mainstream” albums for Virgin in the 1970s will have been spotted languishing … Continue reading

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Single review: THE BAD FLOWERS – Thunder Child

THE BAD FLOWERS - Thunder Child

[Release date 15.09.17] The Bad Flowers are a no nonsense three-piece rock band hailing from Cannock – hometown of the legendary Glenn Hughes. The band’s line-up is Tom Leighton (Guitar/Vocals), Dale Tonks (Bass/Vocals) and Karl Selickis (Drums) and to date they … Continue reading

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EP review: YOUNG STATES – Past Truths Present Lies

YOUNG STATES - Past Truths Present Lies

[Release date 29.09.17] Young States formed in 2014 and are a four piece hailing from Norwich consisting of Georgia Leeder (Vocals/Bass), Libby Irons (Guitar/Vocals), Amy Jeffery (Guitar) and Molly Draba-Mann (Drums). They have released one EP prior to this one … Continue reading

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EP review: BELLA McKENDREE – Waiting

BELLA McKENDREE - Waiting

Trellis Records [Release date 18.08.17] The debut EP by Bella McKendree is produced Grammy Award-winning Producer Brett Shaw (Florence & The Machine, Daughter, Mark Ronson). The backing is sparse, a little piano and gentle loops/drums, to allow Bella’s singing to take … Continue reading

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EP review: THE VIRGINMARYS – Sitting Ducks

Self Release [Release date 22.09.17] The Virginmarys have had a roller coaster ride of a career to date, with many favourable plaudits for their music from the press, big name tour support slots and their debut album made the US Billboard … Continue reading

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Single review: SHARON LAZIBYRD – Don’t Worry

[Release date 01.09.17] The third single by Sharon Lazibyrd from her upcoming album due later this year. The song features Sharon Lazibyrd on vocals, ukulele, viola and cowbell and she is joined by Damon Bridge (accordion), Kate Bridge (backing vocals), … Continue reading

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Single review: DANIELLE MORGAN – Shy

DANIELLE MORGAN - Shy

Fatdan Productions [Release date 7.07.17] You don’t have to be a Christian rocker to have an exclusive claim to focused, emotionally driven music, but I guess it helps. Either way, Danielle Morgan delivers her music with passion and an effortless … Continue reading

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EP review: SAINT APACHE – Wolf Machine

[Release date 21.07.17] Wolf Machine is a 4 track long EP, by alt-rock band Saint Apache. It is an absolutely solid entry into alt-rock, and could comfortably sit alongside other popular artists of the genre. The whole EP has a … Continue reading

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Single and EP reviews: JOSH TAERK, SLYDIGS, PETER DONEGAN

JOSH TAERK Rock N Roll On

  JOSH TAERK Rock N Roll On Josh Taerk has released a new single digitally and it has been a little while since we heard anything new from him. ‘Rock N Roll On’ is a classy upbeat rocker, complete with … Continue reading

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