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Album review: IAN McNABB – Ascending

IAN McNABB – Ascending

Website In 1981 the Icicle Works released a cassette of their earliest demos., which went to John Peel and the like and was sold at gigs. As the band developed, songs would get left behind and replaced with newer ones. … Continue reading

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Quick plays: LA LUZ, SAM CARTER

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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Quick plays: HAMISH HAWK, LANGAN FROST & WANE

Langan, Frost & Wane-Album

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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Album review: EMILY WOLFE – Outlier

EMILY WOLFE - Outlier

Crow’s Feet [Release date 25.06.21] With one album to her name to date Emily Wolfe – who has a recently released custom guitar the Epiphone Sheraton Stealth, Emily Wolfe – she has decided to stretch her musical boundaries on this … 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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Album review: IAN McNABB – Utopian

IAN McNABB - Utopian

www.ianmcnabb.com [Release date 05.03.21] Utopian is the final part of a trilogy Ian McNabb began with ‘Star Smile Strong’ (2017), and continued with ‘Our Future In Space’ (2018). Recording took on a very different approach during 2020’s global pandemic, with … Continue reading

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Quick plays: KATE VARGAS, TRICK OR TREAT, CRAIG CARDIFF

kate vargas for the wolfish & wandering

KATE VARGAS For the Wolfish & Wandering Bad Reputation This is Kate Vargas’s third album, released last year, and she has recently launched a Crowdfunding campaign to finance her next album. Her press bio has her down as a reformed … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…LEVEL 42, AIMEE MANN (Every Album, Every Song)

On track...LEVEL 42 (Every Album, Every Song)

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 01.04.21] Level 42 were very much a band of the eighties – the decade of their greatest success – and  submerged their early brand of jazz rock fusion in a highly accessible blend of pop funk.  … Continue reading

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Album review: THE GALILEO 7 – Decayed

THE GALILEO 7 – Decayed

Bandcamp Medway’s finest, fronted by Allan Crockford (ex-Prisoners), mark their tenth anniversary as a band with a limited edition album containing studio recordings of some of their favourite cover versions that have featured in their live set over the years. … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MARIOS POLITIS, SILENT SKIES, MOTHER ROAD

MARIOS POLITIS This Is My Story

MARIOS POLITIS This Is My Story Alcyone Records [Release date 10.11.20] Marios Politis is a composer, singer and guitarist from Athens, Greece who has released an album of meaningful and thoughtful songs. The lyrics focus on introspection and personal experiences … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUE OCTOBER – This Is What I Live For

BLUE OCTOBER – This Is What I Live For

Up/Down – Brando Records [Release date 23.10.20] The tenth studio album from Blue October recorded during the current pandemic. All bar two of the album’s thirteen songs were solely written by Justin Furstenfeld. Producer Eric Holtz is another key element … Continue reading

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Book review: Noise Damage by James Kennedy

Noise Damage by James Kennedy

Eye Books [Publication date 18.10.20] I’ve not just got a passing interest in rock autobiographies. I positively devour them. Pretty much anyone I admire who puts one out these days will tend to end up on my reading list sharpish. … Continue reading

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Album review: PADRAIG JACK – Making Sand

PADRAIG JACK – Making Sand

Website [Release date 25.09.20] Padraig Jack writes and sings in Gaelic and English, being born and raised 10 miles off the west coast of Ireland on the Aran Islands. Padraig has won second prize at the Pan Celtic National Song … Continue reading

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Rising Stars: HM JOHNSEN

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HM Johnsen is an experimental Indie/Rock Artist from Norway– a singer-songwriter who embraces many styles whilst still managing to stay true to himself and his musical and lyrical vision. On September 4 he released his latest single ‘Stay Within Range’ … Continue reading

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Album review: THE LAST DINOSAUR – Wholeness

The Last Dinosaur - Wholeness

Indie [Release date 23.10.20] Music can move us in so many ways, filtering through our lives in both the subtle and the obvious. It can seem to be that ever-present soundtrack to our days, a faintly heard radio, the background … Continue reading

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Album review: CONNOR BRACKEN AND THE MOTHER LEEDS BAND – Nightbird Motel

CONNOR BRACKEN AND THE MOTHER LEEDS BAND - Nightbird Motel

[Release date 25.09.20] Based in Astbury Park, New Jersey, Connor Brand (lead guitar and vocals) has a whiff of a look of a young Springsteen.  But hometown aside, that’s about where the similarities end – MLB being a blues rock … Continue reading

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EP review: DEAD REYNOLDS – Frontier

DEAD REYNOLDS – Frontier

The Fort Records [Release date 19.06.20] Dead Reynolds have already released one EP prior to this one, plus have gained airplay on the likes of Kerrang! Radio and our very own GRTR! Radio. Live wise they have supported the likes … Continue reading

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EP review: ROXY GIRLS – A Wealth Of Information

ROXY GILRS - A Wealth Of Information

Bandcamp [Release date 05.06.20] Sometimes you just need something that serves up no frills thrills, just full on, straight ahead adrenaline soaked excitement. Roxy Girls bring you just that. This total blast of an EP brings seven perfectly formed and … Continue reading

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Single reviews: STORMZONE, BRANTLEY GILBERT, GIRL SKIN, LUCA BASELE

STORMZONE - Tolling Of The Bell

STORMZONE Tolling Of The Bell Metalapolis Records [Release date 05.06.20] Blimey, album number seven ‘Ignite The Machine’ from StormZone is released by Metalapolis Records on July 31. Before that we have this new single, a six minute trad metal feast … Continue reading

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Album review: INDIA ELECTRIC CO – The Gap

INDIA ELECTRIC CO - The Gap

Pre-order here [Release date 01.05.20] India Electric Co. – the duo comprising of vocalist Cole Stacey and multi-instrumentalist Joseph O’Keefe – are back with their second album, five years on since their debut, ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me’ was … Continue reading

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Album review: THE OUTLAW ORCHESTRA – Pantomime Villains

THE OUTLAW ORCHESTRA – Pantomime Villains

Voodoo Queen Records [Release date 29.05.20] Hot on the tail of the southern rock/country flavoured EP from the Bootyard Bandits comes another UK based band, the Outlaw Orchestra, who play what they term ‘heavy grass’. The Outlaw Orchestra formed in … Continue reading

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Gig review: JAKE BUGG – Cambridge Corn Exchange, 5 March 2020

A cold Thursday night at the start of March with the country gripped in panic bog roll and hand wash buying, cowering with the media wiped up fear of the Coronavirus. A 26-year-old young man from Nottingham steps out onto … Continue reading

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Single reviews: SHADES OF GRAY, KOBURG, THUNDERSTICK

KOBURG - Position Of Power

SHADES OF GRAY – I Get Up In a dark world, there are few things that unite us and raise our spirits more than music.  Not many people understand this as fully as Myke Gray and the guitar guru/songwriter/producer offers … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE AMAZONS – O2 Academy, Bristol, 17 November 2019

It’s a cold Sunday night, and raining heavily as I try to navigate the streets of Bristol, armed with Google Maps and a soggy friend in tow to see the Amazons. We finally arrive at the O2 Academy, where the … Continue reading

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