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Gig review: SPARKS Album Launch Party – ICA, The Mall London, 7 Sept 2017

SPARKS Album Launch Party – ICA, The Mall London, 7 Sept 2017

In many respects the ICA provides the perfect backdrop for the album launch party of ‘Hippopotamus’, Sparks’ 23rd album. The LA based brothers Ron and Russell Mael have long reached beyond the simple rock and roll format to realize their … Continue reading

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Album review: QUINN SULLIVAN – Midnight Highway

QUINN SULLIVAN – Midnight Highway

Provogue [Release date 24.03.17] Best known as Buddy Guy’s protégé, 17 year old Quinn Sullivan’s third album ‘Midnight Highway’ takes a major step up in carving out his own niche in the crossover blues rock-world He’s got the chops, he’s … 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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Album review: ALIVE IN THEORY – Abandon

Alive In Theory - Abandon

[Release date 03.17] With gothic cover art make-up and parental advisory labelling I was expecting something angular and edgy from the debut release by Alive In Theory – a Manchester based duo comprising of song writer and singer Kirsty Mac, … Continue reading

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Album review: MARCELLA DETROIT – Grey Matterz

MARCELLA DETROIT - Grey Matterz

[Release date 22.04.16] Synth = synthetic.  Unfortunately, while that was de rigueur in the 80′s, it sounds a little clichéd several decades on. Gray Matterz, is however a reminder of a) what a good songwriter Detroit is, and b) what … 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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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: THE DUNWELLS – Light Up The Sky

THE DUNWELLS - Light Up The Sky

Concord Records [Release date 26.02.16] The Dunwells debut album ‘Blind Sighted Faith’ is a firm favourite in my collection and there has been high anticipation for this follow-up. It has been a few years in the making, with the band … Continue reading

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Album review: KIRT DEBIQUE – Things Left Unsaid

KIRT DEBIQUE - Things Left Unsaid

Brick Lane Records [Release date 23.10.15] This is the debut album by Kirt Debique, a self-taught musician who also owns Brick Lane Records and amazingly he has only been serious about making music these past six or seven years. He … Continue reading

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Interview: MANY THINGS (June 2015)

Many Things

Michael Tomlinson of Many Things gives us the lowdown on their debut album ‘Burn Together’, along with some top tips for the band’s fans… What have you got planned for the next few months e.g. recording, touring, etc. We’re just … Continue reading

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Album review: OMD – Junk Culture

OMD - Junk Culture

Universal (Deluxe reissue) [Released 02.02.15] OMD’s classic 1984 album Junk Culture gets a 30th anniversary 2CD deluxe re-issue and for fans you get two unreleased songs, plus the songs previously released only on vinyl. This includes that most 1980′s musical … Continue reading

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Quick plays – MANUMIT, COLT 45, SUSAN AQUILA

MANUMIT – Digital and Hostile

Album review: MANUMIT – Digital and Hostile Lost Generation Records  [Release date - 01.09.14] Manumit is a solo artist from Bridgend in Wales. Influenced by the likes of Pendulum and Paramore he attempts to ‘bond genres’. A DVD will also … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MANIC SHINE – Let Go Or Be Dragged

THE MANIC SHINE – Let Go Or Be Dragged

The Animal Farm – [Release date: 27.01.14] It’s rare to hear an album crammed full of original ideas, great playing, a subtle production and crossover rock songs with real commercial potential. The aptly named The Manic Shine is a powerful … Continue reading

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Album review: FAY & LATTA – Beauty In Chaos

Fay & Latta - Beauty In Chaos

Avid GRTR! browsers may have spotted our 2009 review of Brit female fronted heavy rockers Exoterik’s ‘Butterfly In Your Hand’ – an album we saw as throwing down a gauntlet to the Evanescence pop / rock dynasty. We noted then, … Continue reading

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