Tag Archives: alt rock

Album review: WAX ON WATER – The Drip

WAX ON WATER - The Drip

Howling Tempest Records [Release date 24.06.22] Wax On Water are a three-piece led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Maya Damaris, and completed by drummer Garren Orr and guitarist Steven Blessing. They have already released two EPs this year under ‘The … Continue reading

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Gig review: MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE – Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Saturday 21 May 2022

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Saturday 21 May 2022

So, my daughter aged 14 likes My Chemical Romance (MCR) and I wanted to introduce her to the sort of things the world has to offer. I managed to get tickets to Stadium MK to see MCR and support on … Continue reading

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EP review: WAX ON WATER – The Drip (Part 2)

WAX ON WATER – The Drip (Part 2)

www.facebook.com/waxonwater [Release date 25.03.22] Wax on Water are fronted by singer, songwriter and producer Maya Damaris who was joined by guitarist Steven Blessing back in 2019. The band released the first of the ‘Drip’ series ‘The Drip- Part 1’ back … Continue reading

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Rising Stars: SHADOW PUPPET THEATRE

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Shadow Puppet Theatre are a 4-piece Malaysian rock band based in the city of Kuala Lumpur.  GRTR! catch up with their frontman Dzul around the band’s new single ‘Codename Summer’. How did the band get together and what made you choose … Continue reading

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EP review: THE BLOODY NERVE – Act II Reckoning

THE BLOODY NERVE - Act II Reckoning

Website [Release date 25.03.22] Act II/episode 2 of the Bloody Nerve’s new album ‘All Blood, No Treasure’. Unlike most artists who release a new album whole, the Bloody Nerve are releasing their new album in instalments. The Bloody Nerve revolve … Continue reading

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Album review: PHARMACOSE – Prescription Fiction

Pharmacose - Prescription Fiction

Indie [Release date 22.02.22] Rock is a genre that holds the key to so many subgenres. The umbrella term for so many artists, it may seem too broad a word. But sometimes we really do just need the reliability of … Continue reading

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Quick plays: PAUL TASKER, BLACK LAKES, D’ERCOLE

PAUL TASKER Tierra Quemada

PAUL TASKER Tierra Quemada Yellowroom Records [Release date 01.04.22] Paul Tasker is now releasing his second instrumental album, best known for being co-songwriter with Doghouse Roses and a previous member of the Willard Grant Conspiracy. The album’s title translates to … Continue reading

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EP review: THE SMOKING PISTOLS – Sip It For Free

THE SMOKING PISTOLS – Sip It For Free

Bandcamp [Release date 26.09.21] Doux Mantra Records The Smoking Pistols are a four piece garage punk meets rock ‘n roll band hailing from France, consisting of El Tat (guitar & vocals), Zack (guitars), Call (bass) and Bone (drums). El Tat … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BRICK BRISCOE & THE SKINNY, HANNAH JAMES & TOBY KUHN

BRIK BRISCOE & THE SKINNY

BRICK BRISCOE & THE SKINNY www.brickbriscoe.com [Release date 15.10.21] Brick Briscoe is a composer, filmmaker and producer, who has been working in ‘the biz’ for over thirty years now. Joining Briscoe (who sings and plays guitar) on his latest album … Continue reading

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Album review: FURBABY & THE TIGHT SPACES – S/T

FURBABY & THE TIGHT SPACES

Cargo Records [Release date 15.10.21] Furbaby & the Tight Spaces was initially a lockdown project for Chicago based guitarist Adam Arling (The Last Vegas), and was originally intended to release a series of singles, as it happens there are eight … Continue reading

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Rising Stars: FURBABY & THE TIGHT SPACES

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Featuring past and current members of bands including The Last Vegas, The Steepwater Band, Urge Overkill, The Cynics, Warrior Soul, Abbarama and Tyla & Dogs D’Amour, Furbaby & the Tight Spaces were dreamed up during 2020 quarantine, their debut album … Continue reading

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Album review: THE HONEYRUNNERS – Everything Is On Fire

THE HONEYRUNNERS – Everything Is On Fire

Gypsy Soul Records [Release date 22.10.21] This is the debut albums from The Honeyrunners, a four-piece Toronto group (expanding to eleven members for larger shows) consisting of singer/songwriter Dan Dwoskin (keys, lead vocals), audio-engineer/producer, Guillermo Subauste (bass, vocals), Conor Gains … Continue reading

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Quick plays: LA LUZ, SAM CARTER, MASS

LA LUZ

LA LUZ S/T Hardly Art/Sub Pop [Release date 22.10.21] La Luz are, according to their bio, a “surf-rock / psych / 60’s pop trio”, fronted by guitarist and songwriter Shana Cleveland, who is joined by bassist Lena Simon, and keyboardist … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BLOODY NERVE – All Blood, No Treasure (Act 1)

THE BLOODY NERVE – All Blood, No Treasure

Facebook [Release date 27.08.21] The Bloody Nerve brings together singer/guitarist Stacey Blood and vocalist Laurie Ann Layne – “rock ‘n’ roll guardians of the West” in their own words. A brave claim perhaps but they certainly do things differently and … Continue reading

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Album review: HARDWICKE CIRCUS – The Borderland

HARDWICKE CIRCUS - The Borderland

Website [Release date 23.07.21] This band hail from Carlisle, apparently Hardwicke Circus is the first roundabout in Carlisle, as a the band say, they are the “greatest band you’ve never heard of”, somehow I think that is all about to … Continue reading

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EP review: MUDDIBROOKE – Luncay

MUDDIBROOKE - Lunacy

Self-release [Release date 22.10.21] ‘Lunacy’ is the debut EP from Derby based alt rockers MuddiBrooke who formed in January 2020. They have previously released two singles and music videos which have seen them receive airplay on Kerrang! Radio and earn … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DARKER MY HORIZON & FRIENDS FESTIVAL, The Vic, Coalville, 20-22 August 2021

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I think it would be fair to say that travelling to the venue on 20th was challenging for most, due to a number of accidents and roadworks everywhere, however, none so much as The Darker My Horizon (TDmH) as their … Continue reading

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Album review: ALL GOOD THINGS – A Hope In Hell

ALL GOOD THINGS – A Hope In Hell

Better Noise Music [Release date 20.08.21] All Good Things signed with Better Noise Music in 2019 and now they unleash their debut album. All Good Things consists of Dan Murphy (vocals), Andrew Bojanic (guitars, bass, vocals, keyboards, producer), Liz Hooper … Continue reading

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Quick plays: HAMISH HAWK, LANGAN FROST & WANE

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HAMISH HAWK Heavy Elevator Assai Recordings [Release date 17.09.21] Hamish Hawk is an Edinburgh-based songwriter who performs solo and as frontman of the New Outfit. Hamish Hawk possess a rich, warm baritone vocal, perfectly suited for the mellower moments like … Continue reading

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EP review: BASTETTE – Exposed

BASTETTE - Exposed

RPM Records [Release date 17.09.21] ‘Exposed’ is the debut EP from Blackburn based Bastette, who have already had benefited from recent exposure as one of the artists on the New Wave of Classic Rock compilation. Bastette are vocalist/songwriter Caroline Kenyon, … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (April 2021 – June 2021)

Albums of the Month (April-June 2021)

SMITH KOTZEN (BMG) Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr Big, Winery Dogs) have pitted their combined guitaring and songwriting skills to fashion nine tracks of pure unadulterated hard rock heaven.  ****1/2 Review by David Randall THE DUST … Continue reading

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Album review: TIGERCUB – As Blue As Indigo

TIGERCUB – As Blue As Indigo

BLAME Recordings [Release date 18.06.21] Fans of Brighton based Tigercub have been waiting patiently for this, the band’s second album, after releasing their well-received debut in 2016. In between times main songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Jamie Hall has been busy … Continue reading

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Album review: VARIOUS – Party For Joey

VARIOUS - Party For Joey

Sweet Relief [Release date 25.06.21] The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. One of those … Continue reading

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EP review: SINKA – Take Me To The Skies

SINKA – Take Me To The Skies

Facebook [Release date 16.04.21] Sinka are Shaun Sewell-Sears (vocals & guitar), Matt Smith (bass) and Jack Wright (drums), who released a self-produced debut EP, ‘F.W.Y.K’ in April 2020 (which is well worth a listen and owning). For their new EP … Continue reading

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Quick plays: CITIZEN, NAD SYLVAN, ESCAPE

Citizen - Life In Your Glass World

CITIZEN Life In Your Glass World Run For Cover Records [Release date 26.03.21] Formed in 2009, Citizen – vocalist Mat Kerekes, guitarist Nick Hamm, and bassist Eric Hamm – return after almost 4 years away with their new album, ‘Life … Continue reading

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