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Album review: BUFFALO KILLERS – Alive & Well In Ohio

BUFFALO KILLERS - Alive & Well In Ohio

Alive Naturalsound Records [Release date 20.10.17] Honest, consistent and true to themselves and their inspirations, the Buffalo Killers have been spinning their mazy blend of spacey, psychedelic Americana over seven albums to-date and number eight, “Alive and Well in Ohio” … Continue reading

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Album review: KEVIN AYERS/LADY JUNE/OLLIE HALSALL – The Happening Combo

KEVIN AYERS/LADY JUNE/OLLIE HALSALL - The Happening Combo

Market Square Music [Release date 22.09.17] The news handout with this cites it quite correctly as being ‘something of a curio’. It’s not that the music involved is overly outré but that the package overall corrals up three very distinct … Continue reading

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Album review: PATRICK CAMPBELL LYONS – You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet

PATRICK CAMPBELL LYONS – You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet

Market Square [Release date 25.08.17] Website 1967: one notably exotic, if delicate, bloom amidst the flower power trademarking the nascent psych-pop scene of London’s Summer of Love was the enigmatic Nirvana. The loose-limbed, multinational collective’s debut was the launch release … Continue reading

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Album review: GOLDRAY – Rising

GOLDRAY – Rising

Akashic/Cargo Records [release date 05.05.17] This new-ish three-piece comprises ex-Reef guitarist Kenwyn House, Leah Rasmussen on vocals and Geoff Laurens on bass. ‘Rising’ is their first full length album following a self titled debut mini LP released in 2014. At … Continue reading

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Quick plays: JULIETTE STRANGE, NERISSA SCHWARZ, THE FERTILITY CULT, MAGNUSON

JULIETTE STRANGE Romeo Kills Romeo

JULIETTE STRANGE Romeo Kills Romeo [Release date 12.05.16] Sometimes you hear an album that just chimes with the way you are feeling at the time. ‘Romeo Kills Romeo’ may be one of those.  A collaboration (presumably via the ether) of … Continue reading

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Album review: THE SLAMBOVIAN CIRCUS OF DREAMS – A Box Of Everything

THE SLAMBOVIAN CIRCUS OF DREAMS - A Box Of Everything

Red River [Release date 16.06.16] Who?  And where the hell is Slambovia?  Not another Eastern European bloc state looking to dig its snout into the EU feeding trough? No, it’s a state of mind of a New York indie outfit … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DOWLING POOLE – The Borderline, London, 14 May 2016

THE DOWLING POOLE - The Borderline, London, 14 May 2016

I last saw the Dowling Poole back in 2014 in acoustic mode and tonight they were playing in full electric band mode. The three full band gigs (tonight’s gig was the last of these – for now) nearly didn’t happen … Continue reading

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Interview: JON POOLE – THE DOWLING POOLE

The Dowling Poole - One Hyde Park

The Dowling Poole have released their second album, ‘One Hyde Park’, another glorious collection of pop gems recalling greats such as XTC, the Kinks, ELO and the band’s own unique twist. After catching up recently with Willie Dowling, we posed … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE STRUTS, CORINNE WEST, PETE LASHLEY

THE STRUTS Everybody Wants

THE STRUTS Everybody Wants I’ve always had a weakness for camp, bubblegum rock.  It’s a long line that stretches back to the Sweet, through Queen, and perhaps most recently evident in The Darkness. Derby four-piece, The Struts are the latest … Continue reading

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Album review: THE DOORS – Other Voices/Full Circle (reissue)

THE DOORS - Other Voices/Full Circle (reissue)

Rhino [Release date 04.09.15] 2-CD After Jim Morrison’s death in July 1971, and without their charismatic frontman, the writing was on the wall for the remaining members of The Doors.  But in the 2 years before they called it a … Continue reading

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Album review: VENREZ – Children Of The Drones

VENREZ – Children Of The Drones

Monarch Music Group [Release date 24.04.15] ‘Children Of The Drones’ is the third album release by Venrez following their critically acclaimed secondalbum ‘American Illusion’ which found them supporting Slash and Alice Cooper amongst others. The band were formed back in … Continue reading

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Gig review: RIVAL SONS – O2 Academy, Leeds, 28 March 2015

RIVAL SONS - O2 Academy, Leeds, 28 March 2015

Barely four months ago we were in Manchester witnessing an amazing gig from Rival Sons as they set out on a mini tour for the release of their new album ‘The Great Western Valkyrie’, the tour itself had to be … Continue reading

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Gig review: RIVAL SONS – The Ritz, Manchester, 11 December 2014

RIVAL SONS - The Ritz, Manchester, 11 December 2014

Rival Sons: are these guys the new Kings of Cool?  They certainly put an essence of style back into rock music and show that it’s not all battered denim and leather as they stroll onto the stage suited and booted … Continue reading

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Album review : DODSON AND FOGG – In A Strange Slumber

Dodson And Fogg - In A Strange Slumber

Wisdom Twins [Release date 26.09.14] Despite sounding like a dodgy estate agent Dodson And Fogg is actually the ambient musical brain child of singer-song writer Chris Wade. ‘In A Strange slumber’ is an evocative title as befits an album with … Continue reading

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Album review: TODD RUNDGREN – Runt, Initiation, Hermit Of Mink Hollow (reissues)

Todd Rundgren - Runt & The Alternate Runt

Edsel [Release date 08.09.14] Can the market really stand further reissues of three Todd albums from the 1970s?  Looking back at our GRTR! archive, Edsel reissued the albums as part of their Rundgren reissue campaign in 2011/2.  So what’s new … Continue reading

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Gig review: MESSENGER – The Borderline, London, 15 October 2014

MESSENGER – The Borderline, London, 15 October 2014

Review by Yiannis (John) Stefanis Photos by Yiannis (John) Stefanis In the short period since they first came together as a band back in 2012, Psychedelic/Progressive Rock troupe Messenger have really made their presence felt in the music world. Having … Continue reading

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Album review: IRON BUTTERFLY – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (reissue)

IRON BUTTERFLY - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (reissue)

Salvo [Release date 27.10.14] In terms of psychedelic rock heavyweights of the late-1960s, they don’t come much heavier than Iron Butterfly.  Sometimes even credited for inventing the heavy metal idiom -  as epitomised by the 17 minute title track.  The … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE HILLAGE – Rainbow 1977

Steve Hillage - Rainbow 1977

Gonzo Multimedia [Release date 23.06.14] Those of a certain age may remember Steve Hillage more for his range of woolly hats than his music.  That’s a little bit cruel, but his headgear may have overshadowed sometimes patchy and meandering albums.  … Continue reading

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Gig review – DESERT MOUNTAIN TRIBE – Bush Hall, London, 16 June 2014

Desert Mountain Tribe – Bush Hall, London, 16 June 2014

They came, they saw, they created spine-tingling psychedelic rock and then left quietly. Just like one of those cosmic moments when everything seems crystal clear and the universe is encapsulated in a flash, Desert Mountain Tribe hit a peak, but … Continue reading

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Gig review: ARTHUR BROWN – Robin 2, Bilston, 17 April 2014

Arthur Brown - Robin 2, Bilston, 17 April 2014

‘I Am The God of Hellfire and I Bring You Fire’, the unmistakable line that has beguiled listeners since it first appeared on the album ‘The Crazy World of Arthur Brown’ back at the height of the psychedelic era and … Continue reading

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