Reviews


People In Planes – Mayday (Wind Up) 08/06/2009

People In Planes, certainly seem to know their rock music reference points. On their new single Mayday, pronounced M’aidez apparently, there is musical references to everyone from Pearl Jam to Jimmy Eat World and then back again to Rage Against The Machine. A heady cocktail of musical influences you say, but unfortunately it’s one that [...]

Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Asylum (Columbia) 08/06/09

Kasabian, the great divider of the indie music buying population release their third, absurdly titled, album, West Ryder Pauper Asylum this week. Fans have already been given a taster thanks to a few Sony Bravia adverts and Tom’s and Serg’e prolific plugging of the record. Already it has divided opinion without it even being released [...]

Boy Crisis – Dressed to Digress (B-Unique) 22/06/2009

Boy Crisis are the latest in an ever growing line of synth driven, punk funk outfits to come out of New York. With ample amounts of blog buzz the five piece look set to follow in the well trodden path laid down by MGMT. Their latest offering Dressed to Digress may not be as psychedelic [...]

Kasabian – Fire (Columbia) 1/06/2009

Leicester’s favourite sons are back with new single ‘Fire‘. Taken from their forthcoming album ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum‘, the track is their first proper release in two years. Unfortunately, it sounds like the mini hiatus hasn’t been spent well. In typical British lad-rock style, something of which they have recently refuted, ‘Fire’ is a [...]

The Great Escape – Brighton, Days Two and Three

Friday brought the bad weather and the crowds. With yesterday being a relatively peaceful introduction to the festivities, today we were faced by the chaos of the ever growing crowds and the torrential wind and rain. With little time to spend outside, unless you fancied being battered by the elements, we headed straight for the [...]

Hitchcock @ Dingwalls, London, April 2009

Some of you may have heard of a certain Matt Terry. He’s the producer behind The Enemy’s hits ‘No Time for Tears’ and ‘40 Days’ as well as working with the likes of Boy Kill Boy and The Wonder Stuff. However, he has now decided it’s time to leap from behind the mixing desk, and [...]

KASMS – Male Bonding (Trouble) 4/05/09

The first time I put this CD on I spend the first 15 seconds with my head round the back of the speakers looking for the loose connection, until it dawns on me that it’s supposed to sound that fuzzy and distant. KASMS like their punk songs dark and dirty and quick. A-side ‘Male Bonding’ [...]

The Great Escape – Brighton, Day One

Fish and Chips and kiss me quick hats aside, Brighton’s annual piss up by the sea, The Great Escape, has been steadily growing in stature over the years. Touted as Europe’s SXSW, it’s has become a haven for fans and new bands alike, as well as accommodating all those ‘industry’ types in the conference centre. [...]

Turning Point Festival – The Roundhouse, London 8-10 May

On paper this is a super exciting event: the Roundhouse, a proper music venue in North London, hosting a festival that pans fashion, workshops, live music, circus acts, dancing. The whole event has been planned by a collective of young people with an aim to highlighting the capabilities of young people, in spite of the [...]

Century Man – Marauder (Unsigned)

What do you think of when somebody mentions “Cheltenham”? Racing? Top-hatted toffs quaffing champagne and laughing shrilly? Maybe the more musically knowledgeable of you think of Brian Jones? Century Man’s ‘Marauder’ is certainly going to make you reappraise the place. Produced by Matt Terry, after his work with The Enemy, ‘Marauder’ is a blast of [...]