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Album Review – Anthems by Pure Love

In July 2011, Frank Carter announced his departure from hardcore punk outfit Gallows to pursue a different band entitled Pure Love. Veering more towards the alternative rock side of proceedings, it gave Frank a chance to demonstrate his talents as a singer, whilst still proving to be the incredible front man he always has been. […]

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Killing Joke – MMXII

Having released the acclaimed ‘Absolute Dissent’ in 2010, Killing Joke release this latest album at just the right time. For over 30 years Killing Joke have been assaulting and pounding ears and the recent re-forming of Jaz, Youth, Paul and Geordie could not have come at a better time with charts full of manufactured pap […]

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The Destroyers – Hole In The Universe

The Destroyers Hole In The Universe Prod. Gavin Monaghan/Louis Robinson Transition Records 2012 With this long awaited, exhaustively gestated debut album, Birmingham’s apocalyptically named, multi-membered ensemble, The Destroyers, head-butt down the doors of musical reactionism, give genre shibboleths a shafting and thoroughly blow wind to caution. It’s anarchy ok – but not as we previously […]

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Breton – Other People’s Problems

Breton – Other People’s Problems (Fatcat Records) Out Now Listen to this if you like these: LCD Soundsystem, Foals, Tom Vek, Burial, Friendly Fires I have no doubt that if you listen to this album you will be captivated from the very first few bars of the fantastic opening track Pacemaker right until the finale […]

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The Wedding Present – Valentina

With all the hullaballoo that comes with everyone’s favourite Indie band reforming to peddle their long forgotten seminal album about the place to keep the Taxman happy, it’s easy for the media to ignore the small group of bands who started out in the 1980s and in one way or another have just kept on […]

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Alex Butler – “Turn” EP

Describing himself as pop-ska-indie, Alex Butler enters the music business with a 4 track EP and the lead song Turn. Containing the imaginative lyric in the chorus, that goes something like: “Turn, turn, turn, turn, turn ‘til you see her” repeated not once or twice, but six times; six numbing times in a row… it […]

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Sharon Van Etten – “Tramp”

Sharon Van Etten is my big discovery of the year so far. She is an American singer-songwriter from New York and “Tramp” is her third album. She has been around for a while and one of her songs was even covered by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner of The National. I first […]

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All the Saints – Intro To Fractions

At the end of the 1990’s, a band of young Scottish glam-art indie rockers called Dawn of the Replicants recorded some of the finest music of that decade. Fifteen years later and 4000 miles away across the Atlantic, Georgia band All the Saints release their second album “Intro To Fractions” that has more than a […]

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Emile Sande – Our Version Of Events

Have you ever waited so long for something, but not quiet sure how to react when you get it? This was the case with the eagerly anticipated album of Half Scottish, half Zambian medience graduate from Abberden Scotland. Emile Sande The album started with her notable first single “Heaven” then followed by “My Kind Of […]

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Ringo 2012

It is easy to approach a new album release by Ringo Starr as something of a none event, given that Ringo has not really produced anything remotely original since 1969, and even then he was playing a minor role in a groundbreaking quartet. But still, Ringo Starr survived being in the biggest band in pop […]

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The Blinders interview April 2019

It’s been just over a year since I last interviewed The Blinders, but it feels like longer because so much […]

Indoor Pets @ The Flapper, 15th April 2019

Let me pitch you a paragraph. Formerly Get Inuit, the recently re-named Indoor Pets are currently touring the UK in […]

Billy Lockett + Ferris & Sylvester @ O2 Institute, 12th April 2019

I have been listening to Ferris & Sylvester for a while now so I was excited to see them live. […]

The Xcerts + Paris Youth Foundation + Novacub @ Castle and Falcon, 11th April 2019

On arriving it was nice to see from the beginning there was a large audience already at the venue to […]

Indoor Pets play The Flapper on 15th April

Birmingham Promoters bring Indoor Pets to play The Flapper on the 15th April and it promises to be a good night. […]

Sundara Karma @ O2 Institute, 10th April 2019

The sun was shining on Wednesday evening as opening the show at O2 Institute in Birmingham were Alfie Templeman and […]