Tag Archives: alternative

Book review: Smashing it Up: A Decade of Chaos with the Damned by Kieron Tyler

Smashing it Up: A Decade of Chaos with the Damned by Kieron Tyler

Omnibus Press The book focuses on their formation and subsequent first decade, where along with the Clash and the Sex Pistols, were one of the first punk bands. The influence of the band stretches far and wide, be it them … Continue reading

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Album review: KLOGR – Keystone

KLOGR - Keystone

Zeta Factory/Phd [Release date 06.10.17] Keystone is the new album from Italian-American alternative metal outfit, Klogr. Some may find the juxtaposition of very melodic, rather proggy instrumentation with grungy, alt-rock vocals something of an acquired taste but there are certainly … 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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Album review: THE TUBES – The A&M Albums

THE TUBES - The A&M Albums

In Part 1 (above) of a two-part special, Fee Waybill chats about the formative years of The Tubes. (First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 28 June 2015) Part 2 (above) discusses the band’s progress from the early-1980s to … 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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Quick plays: ABACU5, DANIEL TRIGGER, IVORY TOWER PROJECT

ABACU5 A Long Way To Begin

ABACU5 A Long Way To Begin [Release date 25.04.17] Abacu5 is a four-piece band from Dallas, Texas consisting of Randy White (vocals), Samuel Holder (guitar), Adam Manning (bass/vocals) and Eric Petrinowitsch (drums/vocals). Abacu5 have a great ear for a melody and hook … Continue reading

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EP reviews: THE LOFT CLUB, DIG DEEPER, GOODWOOD ATOMS

THE LOFT CLUB Heart’s Desire www.facebook.com/theloftclubband The Loft Club released this EP back in October 2016 and have had big success on Spotify with a Niklas Ibach dance remix of the EP’s title track. Their sound recalls greats like the … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BURNT OUT WRECK, CHESS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL

BURNT OUT WRECK Swallow

BURNT OUT WRECK Swallow Cherry Red Records [Release date 24.03.17] Gary Moat was the drummer with Scottish rockers Heavy Pettin’ and for his new band, Burnt Out Wreck, he leaves his drum kit behind to head for the mic stand. … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MARK LANEGAN BAND – Gargoyle

THE MARK LANEGAN BAND - Gargoyle

[Release date 28.04.17] Not being hugely familiar with Mark Lanegan’s previous output, I was able to spin this album with neither pre-conception nor expectation…and pretty impressed I was too. Straddling between the truism that “you can only objectively critique that … Continue reading

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Album review: AS LIONS – Selfish Age

AS LIONS - Selfish Age

Better Noise [Release date 20.01.17] We first heard As Lions when they released a four track EP featuring tracks from their forthcoming debut album.  Immediately, as with the opener here ‘Aftermath’, you knew this was something special. Strong on melody, … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE WEEKS, ABEL RAISE THE CAIN, HAPPYNESS

THE WEEKS - Easy

 THE WEEKS Easy Lightning Rod Records [Release date 07.04.17] The Weeks have been around since 2006 and they consist of Cyle Barnes (vocals), Samuel Williams (guitar/vocals), Cain Barnes (drums) and Damien Bone (bass). They have toured with the likes of Kings Of Leon … Continue reading

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EP review: ELASEA – Lesson Learnt (plus interview)

ELASEA - Lesson Learnt

ELASEA Lesson Learnt www.facebook.com/elaseauk [Release date 17.03.17] Second EP from Elasea and since their debut EP they have added keys/synths to their sound. This EP is produced by John Mitchell (Lonely Robot/Frost*/Arena), so you know the sound will be spot … Continue reading

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Interview: SOME VELVET MORNING

GRTR!’s Dave Atkinson catches up with indie/alternative power trio Some Velvet Morning ahead of their upcoming headline gig at London’s iconic Scala venue next month. Desmond Lambert (vocals & guitar), Gavin Lambert (bass & vocals) and Rob Flanagan (drums) field … Continue reading

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Quick plays: CLAP YOUR HEADS SAY YEAH, MINUS THE BEAR

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH - The Tourist

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH The Tourist [Release date 24.02.17] Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (CYHSY) are the brainchild of Alec Ounsworth, who writes and composes all the music, although he used a bass and drummer for the album, playing … Continue reading

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Album review: HEAT – Overnight

HEAT - Overnight

Topshelf Records [Release date 20.01.17] https://heatband.bandcamp.com/album/overnight We all have bands that we love. Sometimes we even love bands enough to wish that there were more bands that sound like the one we love. However, as soon as a new band … Continue reading

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Album review: FEEDER – All Bright Electric

Cooking Vinyl [Release date 07.10.16] Feeder are back after a four year break and signed to a new label, Cooking Vinyl, who certainly have an impressive roster with the likes of the Cult, Embrace, HIM and Gary Numan amongst others. … Continue reading

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DVD review: YOUTH – Sketch, Drugs & Rock n’ Roll

YOUTH - Sketch, Drugs & Rock n’ Roll

Cadiz Music [Release date 23.09.16] Producer, artist, poet, DJ and bass player, who has also worked as a producer and remixer for the likes of Paul McCartney, U2, Guns n Roses, Primal Scream and Boy George (and that is just … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MARION, HANA PIRANHA

MARION This World And Body/The Program

MARION This World And Body/The Program (reissues) Edsel [Release date 16.09.16] Marion were formed in Macclesfield in 1993 by then students Jamie Harding and Phil Cunningham, who had previously been in various bands together. The band’s first album, 1996’s This … Continue reading

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Interview: TIM ARNOLD

Tim Arnold has released a new single, ‘You Like My Pictures’, which marks a departure in musical direction for him. The video for the single also saw Kevin Godley of 10CC fame become involved.  Legendary music video pioneer Kevin Godley … Continue reading

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Interview: BRIJITTE WEST

Brijitte West & the Desperate Hopefuls  have just released their new album, ‘From NY With Love’ and GRTR!’s Nikk Gunns finds out more about the album and the most memorable shows to date… 1.    You’ve been making music for a … Continue reading

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