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Gig review: FLIGHT BRIGADE – Telford’s Warehouse, Chester, 4 October 2019

FLIGHT BRIGADE - Telford

What’s not to like? An architecturally interesting venue for food, drink and music.  A beer festival.  And a free gig!! The first thing you might say about Flight Brigade, two days into a 14-date tour, is “where are the girls?”.  … Continue reading

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Album review: THE HOLD STEADY – Thrashing Thru The Passion

THE HOLD STEADY - Thrashing Thru The Passion

Frenchkiss Records [Release date 16.08.19] Whilst frontman Carif Finn has been busy releasing a trilogy of solo albums, the Hold Steady have been mainly seen in the live arena, until this new album ‘Thrashing Through Passion’ was announced earlier this … Continue reading

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Album review: OSO OSO – Basking In The Glow

OSO OSO – Basking In The Glow

Triple Crown Records [Released date 16.08.19] The third full album from emo power pop band Oso Oso which is basically Jade Lilitri. Normally his music delves into the pessimistic part of his creative side, however on ‘Basking In The Glow’ … Continue reading

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Gig review: CORNBURY FESTIVAL – Great Tew, Oxfordshire, 5-7 July 2019

Friday 5 July Arriving onsite just in time to catch the tail end of former Supergrass singer/songwriter Gaz Coombes set. Being a bit of a local musical hero his set was well received although he may have missed a trick … Continue reading

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Album review: FLIGHT BRIGADE – Chased By Wolves

FLIGHT BRIGADE - Chased By Wolves

Rebel Cinema Records [Release date 13.09.19] Labels are useful but can also be disingenuous, as is the case of the new album from “indie rock band” Flight Brigade. ‘Chased by Wolves’, the latest offering from the Hampshire-based seven-piece, creates a … 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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Gig review: P!NK – Wembley Stadium, 30 June 2019

P!nk may not be a name you’d necessarily associate with rock, however the warm-up DJ KidCutUp mixed a fair few classic rock tunes into his set plus a nice touch to have Freddie Mercury’s ‘Ay oh’ in the mix, made … 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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Quick plays: MERRICK’S TUSK, THE EXPERIMENTAL

MERRICK

MERRICK’S TUSK Between The Earth and The Trees Undead Collective Records [Release date 03.05.19] Although Merrick’s Tusk have been around for the last decade, the band are now releasing their debut album “Between The Earth And The Trees”. With the … Continue reading

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Album review: FAT COPS – s/t

Fat Cops

Absolute [release date: 01.03.19] It’s hard to work out whether this Fat Cops ensemble is a serious project, or whether a bunch of blokes with other, loftier careers have simply got together to have a bit of a blast. Maybe … Continue reading

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News: CAMDEN ROCKS – over 400 acts over two days (1-2 June 2019)

Skarlett Riot - Giants of Rock, Minehead, January 2017

In this festival preview, tracks from Skarlett Riot, The Virginmarys and Dig Lazarus.  First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 7 April 2019 (13:01) Camden Rocks Festival have finalised their line-up for this year’s event (1-2 June). Amongst the … 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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Album review: EMPIRE CIRCUS – Ti

Paper Scissors Rock [Release date 01.02.19] Empire Circus formed in 2012 and released their self-titled debut album the following year. The line-up remains that of Alan Doyle (vocals, guitar), Neil Eurelle (bass, vocals), David Walsh (guitar, keyboards) and Brian Ellis … Continue reading

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Album review: ANNIE DRESSNER – Broken Into Pieces

ANNIE DRESSNER - Broken Into Pieces

www.anniedressner.com [Release date 26.10.18] A native New Yorker, but an adopted Brit of seven years, folk singer songwriter Annie Dressner has found favour on these shores with BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, and appeared at the Green Man and … Continue reading

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Album review: TRACEY BROWNE – The Doctrine Of Song

TRACEY BROWNE - The Doctrine Of Song

[Release date 4.05.18] You could be forgiven – listening in a ‘blindfold test’ to this sophomore release from Manchester-based singer songwriter Tracey Browne, for occasionally thinking, “blimey, where did these ‘lost’ Thea Gilmore songs come from?” But dig a little … Continue reading

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Single & EP reviews: THE JADE ASSEMBLY, THE ELATION

THE JADE ASSEMBLY Nothing Changes

THE JADE ASSEMBLY Nothing Changes [Release date 04.05.18] The Jade Assembly are a four piece hailing from Bolton consisting of John Foster (vocals & guitar), Gareth Smedley (lead guitar), Andy Watson (drums)  and Danny Hayes (bass). They have been creating … Continue reading

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Album review: JESUS JONES – Passages

JESUS JONES - Passages

Absolute Label Services [Release date 20.04.18] Jesus Jones made a big splash in the music world between 1989 and 1991 with a series of hit singles, including ‘Right Here, Right Now’ and ‘International Bright Young Thing’, plus a number one album … Continue reading

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Quick plays: VARVARA, I’M WITH HER, CHIARA BERARDELLI

VARVARA Go [Release date 23.02.18] Hailing from Finland (the most exciting thing to come out of Finland since fromer Liverpool player Jari Litmanen according to one previous review), are based around guitarist/vocalist Mikko Kari. This is the band’s fourth album and is one for … 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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Album review: JON BODEN – Afterglow

Hudson Records [Release date 06.10.17] ‘Afterglow’ follows on from Jon Boden’s 2009 post-apocalyptic concept album ‘Songs From The Floodplain’. Whereas that album was largely rural in its setting, ‘Afterglow’ takes the listener into the chaos of a ruined city’s street carnival, as two star-crossed lovers try to … Continue reading

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