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SINGLE REVIEW: You Give Me Chills – The Vitrines.

One of the great, yet-to-be-written books on modern music will have a title like ‘The Evolution of The Duo in Popular Music: 1970 – 2020’. The Seventies were all about Boy/Girl couples singing sugary love songs and ballads. The Eighties were characterised by moody synth-pop duos made up of ‘the one with charisma’ and ‘the […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: When Does It Become Real? – The Rah’s.

In a week in which the news was dominated by local elections and politics, Prestonpans five piece The Rah’s released their debut album – When Does It Become Real? Unlike a Tory politician, I’m going to declare an interest. I have numerous reasons to wish great success upon the venture. The main one being, as […]

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SINGLE REVIEW: These New Communications – Barbara.

Brighton duo Barbara (brothers Henry and John Tydeman) share many of the qualities of the Roman god Janus, famed for his appearance over the the doorways of ancient Roman homes. Firstly, they have two heads. Secondly, they simultaneously face in two directions. Musically they look to the past for inspiration. They have a lush, mid-Atlantic […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Brits & Pieces ll – Various Artists!

I love a good compilation album. Always have done. The curator of Brits & Pieces II, indie music enthusiast Marc Rossiter says he took his inspiration for the project from the Shine series of albums from the Nineties. I can go further back. Somewhere in my tape collection you will find the cassettes of NME […]

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SINGLE REVIEW: Light Up The Sky – Apollo Junction.

As a band you know that you are heading in the right direction when you can count among your supporters such diverse personalities as Steve Lamacq, Graham Norton and…Marcelo Bielsa. That’s the position Leeds five-piece Apollo Junction currently find themselves in. Light Up The Sky is Apollo Junction’s second single of 2021 following on from […]

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SINGLE REVIEW: Environmental – EAD WOOD.

For a song about such a serious topic as global warming and it’s detrimental effects on our planet’s fauna, Environmental by Bristol band Ead Wood is actually quite an up-beat, catchy, quirky, little number. Ead Wood are Ed Soles (vocal/guitar), Pete Woollaston (lead guitar), Chris Howarth (bass) and Dave Weir (drums). They’ve been together for […]

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SINGLE REVIEW: Western Skies – The Pretty Visitors.

With the release of their third single – Western Skies, Brighton four-piece The Pretty Visitors continue to spring surprises. You don’t know when, or how ‘The Visitors’ will arrive, but when they turn up it’s always a enjoyable distraction. To recap – The Pretty Visitors are Aaron Evans (guitar), Sam Bennett (bass), Connor Reid (Vocals), […]

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SINGLE REVIEW: Loose Canyon – The Gabriels.

When future historians and critics come to review the artistic output of 2020/21 (and believe me they will: they will go over it with a fine tooth comb), they will try to establish a theme for the period. I firmly believe that they will come to the opinion that the theme is one of escapism. […]

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INTERVIEW: The Luka State – Fall In Fall Out.

Last Sunday was a day of agony and ecstasy for Conrad Ellis, singer/songwriter with the exciting Winsford indie-rock quartet – The Luka State. He was suffering with an abscess on this tooth, while watching his beloved Manchester United knock arch rivals Liverpool out of the FA Cup. In-between the pleasure and the pain, he managed […]

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SINGLE REVIEW : On the Ropes – Apollo Junction.

Sometimes in music, like in other areas of the arts, you need to look backwards to move forwards. Just as the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood of Millais, Rossetti and Holman Hunt looked back to the clean lines of pre-renaissance art, so the Leeds Brotherhood of Williamson, Wilson, Potter, Thornton and Hope take their inspiration from 80’s New-pop […]