Blood Records [Release date 05.05.17]

Loved Ones are on ‘that difficult second album’, or so the theory goes, however this band have no qualms on that score as they have a plethora of musical ideas to share with us on ‘Harness’. They have been working on soundtracks and radio plays, which has paid off on this album as it is full of atmospherics and big soundscapes, recalling Left With Pictures and Public Service Broadcasting (mainly in the way they cleverly use spoken word to create a backing vocal such as on opener ‘Certain Things Last’).

Hard to choose highlights as there are many, however ‘Without Face’ for the glorious chorus and ‘Monitors’ which uses layered vocals and piano to great effect. Loved Ones make it seem so easy the way they create these memorable tunes and sounds. Will appeal to lovers of progressive music with a definite pop sound to the songs.

Highly recommended and a perfect album to chill out with. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

DAVEY DODDS Kernowcopia

Angel Air Records www.angelair.co.uk [Release date 16.06.17]

Davey Dodds was the lead singer with prog rockers Red Jasper until he left the band in the 90′s, when he became a writer and fly fishing guide. He has made a return to the recording studios with this new album, ‘Kernoacopia’ where many of the songs are based on Cornwall (Kernow in the song title is the Cornish word for Cornwall). A couple of his former Red Jasper band mates appear on the album, namely Robin Harrison and David Clifford.

Musically it is traditional folk through and through, as Davey Dodds casts his eye and song writing over the decline of traditional Cornwall life on the title track and the folklore behind the magpie. Lots of fiddle, Celtic harp and mandolin in the mix, whilst Davey Dodds singing does remind you a little of Fish.

An enjoyable listen that will appeal to fans of traditional folk and storytelling. ***

Review by Jason Ritchie

LAST GIANT Memory of the World

www.lastgiantband.com [Release date 04.04.17]

Last Giant released their debut album ‘Heavy Habitat’ in 2015 and sine then main man Ryan Heise has created a full band adding Palmer Cloud (bass) and Matt Wiles (drums) into the line-up.

They mix it up from the hard rock of ‘Living In Photographs’ through to laid back, trippy feel on ‘Inventory’. The thing with this album is that it doesn’t really grab you on first listen, or indeed subsequent listens. In a crowded market I can’t see this album helping Last Giant to the top of the ‘must hear’ pile. **1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

ROYAL HUNT Live 2016 – 25 Anniversary Live

Frontiers [2CD/DVD - Release date 12.05.17]

Royal Hunt have released thirteen studio albums and six live albums in their 25 year career to date with main man Andre Anderson the one constant in the band’s line-up.

The show was recorded in Moscow, always a Royal Hunt musical stronghold and the set list will please fans including a storming run through ‘Half Past Loneliness’ and ‘Stranded’. DC Cooper is on good vocal form (although this fan preferred the John West years of the band).

The accompanying DVD is well shot and shows the band in full flight, really enjoying the show and the fans reactions to their music. Essential for the many fans of the band and they show no signs of slowing down, both in their musical output and the speed at which they play at! ****

Review by Jason Ritchie


Wednesday Records [Release date 16.06.17]

Fire In The Radio have released one album to date and their new CD has seven new songs on it, like an extended EP if you will. They excel at 90′s pop punk on the likes of the title track and ‘Drug Life’. These are okay tunes and fans of the Gaslight Anthem and Jawbreaker will enjoy these. The one real gem on the album is ‘Holy Shit’, a song you keep on playing again and again, reminiscent of Feeder in sound and style. Now if the rest of the album was based on similar sounding songs we’d be in business! As it is not a bad album, one for existing fans as I can’t see it breaking out of their existing fan base. ***

Review by Jason Ritchie

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Power Plays w/c 8 August 2022 (Mon-Fri)
BORN LOST Take Time (Mouthpiece) (Revolver Records)
JAIME KYLE Driving With The Brakes On (Conquest Music)
SCARLET DORN Born To Suffer (SPV Recordings)
HOLDING ABSENCE Coffin (Sharptone Records)
TYRANNOSAURUS NEBULOUS Get Some (Echoed Past Records)
KROOKED TONGUE When The Beaches Bleed (indie)
SKYPILOT Knifed On The Beach (The Distortion Project)

Featured Albums w/c 8 August (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 LESSMAN VOSS Rock Is Our Religion (Atomic Fire Records)
12:00-13:00 H.E.A.T. Force Majeure (earMUSIC)
14:00-16:00 THE SLAMBOVIAN CIRCUS OF DREAMS A Very Unusual Head (indie)

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