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Album review: TINY BIT OF GIANT’S BLOOD – Gigantosaur

TINY BIT OF GIANTS BLOOD – Gigantosaur

Jumbo Records [Release date 22.05.20] Following ‘Dram A’ a five-track EP released back in 2018 ‘Gigantosaur’ is the debut full-length album from US-based self-styled glam punks Tiny Bit Of Giant’s Blood. A curious but likeable album from this gloriously eccentric … Continue reading

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Album review: BUZZCOCKS – Sell You Everything 1991-2014

BUZZCOCKS – Sell You Everything 1991-2014

Cherry Red [Release date 29.05.20] The recent release of new single ‘Gotta Get Better’ marked the beginning of “Phase 3” of Buzzcocks, now solely fronted by Steve Diggle following the death of Pete Shelley in December 2018. With most “Phase … Continue reading

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Album review: THE ROCKET DOLLS – The Art of Disconnect

THE ROCKET DOLLS - The Art of Disconnect

Website [Release date 01.05.20] The Rocket Dolls are Nikki Smash (vocals, guitars), Joe Constable (bass, backing vocals) and Benji Knopfler (drums), back with their new album which was another affected by the PledgeMusic crisis. Undeterred, the Rocket Dolls re-launched the … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKBIRD & CROW – Ailm

BLACKBIRD & CROW - Ailm

M.I.G. Music [Release date 24.01.20] Blackbird & Crow are the duo of Maighread Ní Ghrásta and Stephen Doohan, who released their debut album ‘Shock Shatter Convince’ in 2017. Maighread wrote the majority of the lyrics which cover themes of abuse, … Continue reading

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Album review: PAUL DI’ANNO – Hell Over Waltrop: Live In Germany

PAUL DI

Metalville [Release date 31.01.20] Forever known as the original Iron Maiden vocalist (and something he’s somewhat played on over the years), Paul Di’Anno and his band were asked to play this festival in 2006 and the recently discovered tapes are … Continue reading

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Book review: NOW That’s What I Call A Quiz: Puzzle Your Way Through Sixty Years of Pop by Michael Mulligan

Trapeze [Publication date 31.10.19] Based on the bestselling series of NOW compilation albums this is a good all-round music quiz book. Split into sections that include decades, the themed NOW compilations (e.g. Disney, football anthems) and genres (rock, classic rock … Continue reading

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Gig review: BEAUTIFUL DAYS FESTIVAL – Escot Park, Devon, 16-18 August 2019

Beautiful Days festival, in it’s 17th year, is held in the grounds of Escot Park in Devon and is a festival I’ve attended every year since 2011, with good reason.  Founded by punk folk rockers, Levellers, they always offer a high calibre line-up.  A smorgasbord … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MEMBERS – Version

THE MEMBERS - Version

Cleopatra Records [Release date 16.08.19] I can’t say I know a lot about punk rock mavericks The Members, beyond a vague recollection of their 1979 hit single ‘The Sound Of The Suburbs’, my allegiances back in the 1970′s being firmly … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE IGNORANT’S SLICE OF LIFE – Don’t Turn Away

STEVE IGNORANT

Overground Records [Release date 23.08.19] Sculptor, Music Hall historian, Punch & Judy performer, volunteer life boatman, and perhaps most significantly – from a musical perspective – vocalist and co-founder of seminal 1970′s punk band Crass, Steve Ignorant is a man … Continue reading

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Album review: REDD KROSS – Beyond The Door

REDD KROSS - Beyond The Door

Merge [Release date 23.08.19] Amazingly this year marks the fortieth year that Redd Kross have been playing live (albeit originally under the name Red Cross) and it is the band’s first new album in seven years. The band are still … Continue reading

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Album review: WARRIOR SOUL – Rock N Roll Disease

WARRIOR SOUL - Rock n Roll Disease

Cargo/Livewire [Release date 07.06.19] This is big ballsy rock n roll, just the way it should be, and Warrior Soul’s new album “Rock n Roll Disease” pretty much picks up where 2017’s “Back On The Lash” left off. With nods … Continue reading

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Gig review: BEARDED THEORY’S SPRING GATHERING – Catton Park, Derbyshire, 23 – 26 May 2019

Life, Love and Unity. The Dreadzone motto of “Life, love and unity” has never been more perfectly exemplified  than at Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering.  It’s a philosophy that seems to be embraced by the Beardy tribe.  Fields full of friendly folk, a fantastic line up, … Continue reading

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Album review: HEADLINE MANIAC – The Chronicles of Dr. Leddfoot

HEADLINE MANIAC - The Chronicles of Dr. Leddfoot

3MS Music [Release date 12.07.19] “The Chronicles of Dr. Leddfoot” is the second album from Headline Maniac, the band whose members include Ian “Dipster” Dean, Simon Howley and Chris Taylor of Eddie & The Hot Rods fame. The album tells … Continue reading

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EP review: ERICA DRIVE – The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing

ERICA DRIVE - The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing

ERICA DRIVE The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing “The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing” is the new four track EP from UK band Erica Drive. With the band having only been together since 2017, they have already developed somewhat of … Continue reading

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Album review: THE WILDHEARTS – Renaissance Men

THE WILDHEARTS – Renaissance Men

Graphite Records [Release Date 03.05.19] The Wildhearts are back with a new album, their first full release in ten years, and boy is it worth the wait. What we have here are ten joyous slabs of perfect pop rock with more harmonies per chorus than most … Continue reading

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Gig review: VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS – Islington Academy, London, 27 March 2019

Suzi Quatro

Tonight’s 2019 Vive le Rock Awards was always going to be a broad musical church, what with a mix of  punk, new wave and glam artists populating the bill. That said, the spirit of punk hangs heavily on a night … Continue reading

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Quick plays: CARRIE TREE, HEADSTICKS, THE END MACHINE, TNT

CARRIE TREE The Canoe [Release date 26.04.19] Brighton based singer songwriter Carrie Tree is onto her third album with ‘The Canoe’, which sees her work with producer and arranger Markus Sieber. ‘Human Kindness’ is the album’s stand out, highlighting that … Continue reading

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EP review: THE SPITFIRES – Live EP

THE SPITFIRES – Live EP

Hatch Records [Release date 15.03.19] The Spitfires hail from Watford and have released three albums to date. The line-up is Billy Sullivan (guitarist, vocalist), Sam Long (bass), Matt Johnson (drums) and George Moorhouse (keyboards), along with on the live shows … Continue reading

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EP review: DOWNCAST, BLACK TREE VULTURES

DOWNCAST [Release date 11.01.19] This five track EP from British band Downcast is an interesting one as on the first listen you just think of the music, then it becomes apparent that the whole thing is one big break up … Continue reading

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Album review: HEAVY DRAPES – Crashing Like Stars

Cadiz Music Heavy Drapes were one of the UK’s most promising new punk bands who, in a two year period, went from playing to an audience of twenty to gracing the main stage at the Rebellion festival. Unfortunately, following the … Continue reading

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