Reviews


The Gaslight Anthem @ Shepherds Bush Empire, London 08/02/09

It could not have been a more fitting venue for Brian Fallon and his fellow New Jersey band mates, to make their next step toward music’s upper echelons. A quick glance along the wall of the first floor bar reveals some of the past and present greats, who too have graced the stage. It is [...]

The Brute Chorus Live Album Recording @ The Roundhouse, London

Recording an album can be a lengthy and expensive task. Just Look at the millions wasted by record companies throughout the years. It took 13 million dollars and 14 years for the mediocre return of Axl Rose to come to light, and an astounding 30 million dollars was spent on Michael Jackson’s album Invincible. Production [...]

Brakes- Touchdown (Fat Cat Records) 20/04/09

Ok, so you’ve all heard the story by now. Twee indie band meets rocking indie band, indie bands fall in love and make beautiful indie rock kid. It’s been nearly six years since that fateful night when Electric Soft Parade’s Alex and Thomas White first set eyes upon British Sea Powers Eamon Hamilton, yet Brakes [...]

Sparrow and the Workshop – Devil Song (Distiller Records) 25th May 09

When you hear the words ‘Alt Folk’, usually images of Nordic songstresses and spaced out travellers come to mind. Yet Sparrow and the Workshop’s ‘Devil Song’ sounds more like a John Wayne style showdown at noon, with Nico singing the backing track. Lead singer Sparrow’s vocals are not only otherworldly, they’re from another era. Stuck [...]

ExLovers – Photobooth/Weightless (Young and Lost Club) 06th April 09

ExLovers’ “Photobooth” is a wonderful piece of work from a band that has been together little more than a year. Opening with a jangling, languid guitar riff, the song bounces along at a decent rate as it mixes sugary vocals with melancholic riffs. It is the vocals that are ExLovers trademark and their greatest strength. [...]

Cashier No 9 – When Jackie Shone (Only Gone) 07th April 09

Belfast’s Cashier No 9 has been generating a real buzz on this side of the water lately, and with musical genius like “When Jackie Shone” it is easy to see why. Beginning with a disciplined bassline and drums, the song opens up with the introduction of Danny Todd’s vocals into a paranoid, western-themed stomp. Imagine [...]

Official Secrets Act – The Girl From The BBC (One Little Indian) 09/03/09

‘The Girl From The BBC’ sounds like the beginning of a good little song. A big sunny guitar hook opens things up, while Thomas Burke’s high voice lounges all over the place. “When summer comes, we’ll go to Paris or Rome”, he sings, and it is easy to be swept away by the warm wistful [...]

Rogues – Not So Pretty (50 Bones) 16/03/09

Isn’t there enough 80s tinged electro on the playlists of DJs across the country at the moment? Harrow’s Rogues don’t seem to think so, as evidenced by their debut single ‘Not So Pretty’. In all honesty, it’s a lot better than a large section of its contemporaries, boasting Metronomy-like background harmonies, MGMT-style vocals, and the [...]

The Whitest Boy Alive – Rules (Bubbles) 30/03/09

Erlend Øye’s outfit The Whitest Boy Alive is another example of the excellent music coming out of Norway in recent times. ‘Rules’ is their second UK album release and has a much more minimalist feel than previous efforts. Opener ‘Keep A Secret’ is a great introduction to what follows. There is downbeat funk here, like [...]

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