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SINGLE REVIEW: BRB – Barbara.

There cannot be many songwriters that have taken an episode of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror as their muse, but with BRB, Brighton duo, Barbara (Henry and John Tydeman) have done just that. BRB is Barbara‘s debut single and it is a delightful introduction to their work. It’s a luxuriant piece of power-pop crammed full of […]

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SINGLE REVIEW: Shake – Hot Laundry.

The only upside to an extended festive period in Tier 3 is that it gave me the opportunity to catch-up on some of the recent releases that have been sent to me in the forlorn hope of me reviewing them. I don’t encourage this behaviour for three reasons: I am essentially a very leisurely writer; […]

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Reasons To Be Cheerful – 2021.

Okay. 2020 is over. Finished. Done with. Don’t look back. Nothing to see there. Turn to the light. Look ahead. Let us focus on the future. With that spirit in mind, after you’ve quaffed your New Year Bubbly in your family bubble, here are a few bands that you can bring you some joy in […]

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E.P. Review: ‘To’ – Luca Wilding.

Everyone has a different entry level artist who has introduced them to the work of Leonard Cohen, even if they don’t know it. To some unfortunates, it may be Alexandra Burke et al on The X Factor. For me it was Ian McCulloch when he cited Cohen as a big influence on Echo and the […]

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Review: Head In The Sand – The Pretty Visitors.

Hailing from Brighton and taking their title from the Arctic Monkeys‘ song of the same name, The Pretty Visitors are Connor Reid (vocals), Aaron Evans (guitar), Sam Bennett (bass) and Jack Rudland (drums). They’ve supported bands of the calibre of Circa Waves, and have headlined their own sold out shows at The Joiners, Southampton, and […]

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Review: Feel It – The Kicklips.

The Kicklips are a Sheffield based trio who formed in 2017. They are Beck Harley (bass/vocals), Mo Ghani (guitar), and Dan Siddall on drums. They have played at The IOW Festival and Truck Festival, worked with producer Alan Smyth (Arctic Monkeys), and already have a string of raucous rock and roll songs such as Rose […]

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REVIEW: Where’s My Family Gone – Andrew Cushin.

Where’s My Family Gone is the third single from Novocastrian singer-songwriter Andrew Cushin. It follows on from the critically well received It’s Gonna Get Better and Waiting For The Rain. It was written in a Leeds hotel room during a period when Cushin was having difficulty communicating with friends and family. It’s a poignant, heartfelt […]

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Single Review: Rule The Real – The Kendos.

People often talk about the conveyor-belt of bands that come out of Merseyside. I think that analogy is incorrect. It suggests that bands appear manufactured and perfectly formed. I prefer the football club model. Underneath your first team stars there are a number of talented youngsters, working hard, waiting for their opportunity to progress. Among those […]

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REVIEW: I See Your Ghost – The Lathums.

Taken from the upcoming , brand-new EP, “Ghosts”, The Lathums have treated us to the first single I See Your Ghost. North-west writer Ian Dunphy had a good listen to the track before release, safe to say, he enjoyed it a lot! Not content with demonstrating their mastery of Northern Soul with their cover of […]

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Review: Accidental Weller – Eyesore & the Jinx.

As someone who used to get his hair cut by trainee barbers at the local technical college, I can fully appreciate the inherent warning offered by Merseyside, post-punk trio Eyesore & the Jinx in their latest release – Accidental Weller. Following in the footsteps of their debut EP – The Exile Parlour, comes the cautionary […]