Tag Archives: pop rock

Book review: Some Fantastic Place by Chris Difford

W&N [Publication date 31.08.17] Chris Difford is the lyricist to Glen Tilbrook’s music and arranging in Squeeze, a band who have split up twice and now since reforming again in 2007 seem to be enjoying a purple patch both in terms … Continue reading

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Album review: THE LEN PRICE 3 – Kentish Longtails

LEN PRICE 3 - Kentish Longtails

JLM Recordings [Release date 22.09.17] The Len Price 3 are now on this, their fifth album and not a band I have heard of previously, however if you like punk, pop rock and mod chances are you will need this … Continue reading

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Album review: CHRIS JAGGER – All The Best

CHRIS JAGGER - All The Best

BMG [Release date 01.09.17] “OK class, hands up who’s familiar with the works of Chris Jagger?” “Michael Eavis put your hand down, and take 100 lines:  ‘I will put more rock acts on at Glasto”’. Yes, Chris Jagger ‘ Mick’s … Continue reading

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Album review: BRYAN ADAMS – Wembley 1996 Live

 BRYAN ADAMS - Wembley 1996 Live

Eagle Rock [Release date 30.06.17 ] Back in 1996 Bryan Adams was riding the crest of a wave, some might say a tsunami.  The placement of ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It for You’ in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves … Continue reading

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Album review: PICTUREHOUSE – How Do I Explain How This Came To Be?

PICTUREHOUSE - How Do I Explain How This Came To Be?

Vinyl/digital release This album is not so much a best of more a collection of songs, some previously unreleased, that PictureHouse recorded between 1995 and 1998. There are twelve songs in all, with a couple drawn from the ‘Shine Box’ (1996) and ‘Karmarama’ … Continue reading

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Album review: HUNTER & THE BEAR – Paper Heart

[Release date 12.05.17] Hunter & the Bear I first heard via Spotify, which may not be overly loved by some musicians, however it did its job as Hunter & the Bear were recommended as I liked Tax The Heat and … Continue reading

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EP reviews: WAITING FOR TITOR, BEYOND RECALL, MALLEN

MALLEN Jack Of Cards Mallen released their debut ‘Ignition’ back in 2015 and have toured with the likes of Motley Crue on their UK farewell dates, plus Toseland and Funeral For A Friend. This new song was produced by David … Continue reading

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Gig review: MIKE + THE MECHANICS – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 15 March 2017

MIKE + THE MECHANICS - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 15 March 2017

With only two tracks from the album featured in the set, the Word Of Mouth Tour 2017 billing – to celebrate that album’s 25th anniversary last year, turned out to be something of a misnomer. But, let’s be honest, the … Continue reading

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Quick plays: D’ERCOLE, JIM JIDHED, BEACHEADS

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D’ERCOLE No Place Like Home This is the fourth album from melodic hard rock band D’Ercole and they have released it themselves having left Z Records. The album features Phil Vincent as the main songwriter and producer (does this man never … Continue reading

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Album review: ENUFF Z’NUFF – Clowns Lounge

Frontiers [Release date 02.12.16] Been awhile since any new material from Enuff Z’Nuff, 2010′s ‘Dissonance’ to be precise. This is not quite a new release, as the songs on here were first written back in 1988-89 by Chip Z’Nuff and … Continue reading

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Album review: GUS MONSANTO – Karma Cafe

GUS MONSANTO - Karma Cafe

[Release date 05.09.16] Brazilian Gus Monsanto may not be a household name in terms of wider rock recognition, but since at least 2004 his name has cropped up repeatedly on other people’s albums, mainly metal-related.  He’s worked with French band … Continue reading

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Gig review: CATS IN SPACE, SPACE ELEVATOR – Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, 29 September 2016

SPACE ELEVATOR - Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, 29 September 2016

Quite apart from the similarity in names, the pairing of Cats In Space and Space Elevator was a perfect match. Both are new acts, albeit with seasoned musicians who have been on the scene a while, trying to do something … 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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Quick plays: THE NEW 52, MIKE HURST, ORFILA

THE NEW 52 - Let Me Sleep

THE NEW 52 Let Me Sleep www.thenew52music.com [Release date 16.09.16] The New 52 is the brainchild of Darragh Cullen, and he is joined by drummer Sean O’Connor, guitarist Connor McLoughlin and bassist Mikey Deasy for live shows – on the … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BREAD OVER BOMBS, GONE DEAD TRAIN, THE MIRROR TRAP

Bread Over Bombs

BREAD OVER BOMBS www.breadoverbombs.org Interesting backstory to this band from Los Angeles in that they put the profits of the band’s music into providing food for food banks. They have to date provided over 10,000 meals for people via the … Continue reading

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Quick plays: PAPERNUT CAMBRIDGE, SULFUR CITY, KING MUD

PAPERNUT CAMBRIDGE Love The Things Your Lover Loves An album full of trippy, bubblegum pop – these types of bands were ubiquitous in the ‘70s, think early Small Faces with Steve Mariott-type, easy-on-the-ears ditties (though not his pipes) but you … Continue reading

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Gig review: JEFF LYNNE’S ELO – 02 Arena, London, 20 April 2016

JEFF LYNNE

For most of the past 30 years the notion that the Electric Light Orchestra would be selling out a 14 date UK arena tour would have seemed preposterous. Always derided by critics and seen as uncool, since their creative juices … Continue reading

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Album review: THE DOWLING POOLE – One Hyde Park

THE DOWLING POOLE - One Hyde Park

369 Music www.thedowlingpoole.com [Released 08.04.16] The Dowling Poole’s 2014 debut album ‘Bleak Strategies’ easily made my year end top 10, so this new album has a lot to live up to. Based around the duo of Willie Dowling (Jackdaw4/the Grip/the … Continue reading

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Quick plays: DAVID LOCKE, DERIAN CROSS, TESS OF THE CIRCLE

DAVID LOCKE Transitions

DAVID LOCKE Transitions [Release date 05.15] www.davidlocke.co.uk David Locke is another guitar journeymen but the difference between his production values and the Derian Cross album (see below) are palpable. A lot of time and effort has evidently gone into making … Continue reading

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Album review: JEFF LYNNE’S ELO – Alone In The Universe

JEFF LYNNE

Colombia/Sony [Release date 13.11.15] To say I was looking forward to this is an understatement! It has been fourteen years since the last album under the ELO name, 2001′s ‘Zoom’ and there was the album of cover versions of long … Continue reading

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