I’d normally start a review with a little bio of the band. But to be honest if you aren’t aware of The Coral, then I’m not entirely sure this is the blog for you. Formed in 1996, for many music fans The Coral helped to fill the chasm left by bands like The La’s and […]
Just like the ‘Glorious 12th’ is a landmark for those ‘huntin’ and fishin’ types, so the first Bank Holiday of May is a significant date in the gig-goers calendar. For many it represents the start of the Festival Season, and for some that means a trip to Liverpool for Sound City. Sound City has undergone […]
Single Review: Apollo Junction – ‘History’.
Hot on the heels of recent release By The River, Leeds Indie quintet Apollo Junction are back with a new song History. Despite the evidence in the above photo these boys certainly don’t let the grass grow beneath their feet. Apollo Junction are becoming known for their up-beat, anthemic, feel good tunes, songs like On […]
Before we get going I want to thank Cork band First Class and Coach for two things. Firstly for producing a rather excellent, darkly atmospheric alt-rock album in Neon Hip. Secondly for giving me the opportunity to highlight the work of one of my current favourite record labels – FIFA Records. First Class and Coach […]
Single Review: Sleaze – ‘Daffodils’.
South-East London Indie-pop quintet Sleaze describe their music as ‘Post pub kebab shop Glam-Rock’. If that description doesn’t pique your musical curiosity then I’m afraid there’s nothing down for you. Daffodils is the band’s second release and it’s a delicious slice of Indie-pop telling the tale of a boyfriend’s half-arsed attempt to rejuvenate a decaying […]
In preparation for the release of their eagerly anticipated debut album Thank God! It’s The Dream Machine, Wirral band The Dream Machine are embarking on a short three date residency at Liverpool venue Jimmy’s. On Thursday I went along to the middle episode of the trilogy to see what all the fuss was about. First […]
There are some points in an artist’s career when, if you’re lucky enough, you can look back upon and say ‘I was part of that’. I’ve got a feeling that this tour, and Sunday night in Leeds, will be one of those. I’ve seen Rianne Downey live twice before; once with just her guitar and once with […]
If you’d entered a packed Jimmy’s just before The Clause came on stage you may have felt a mild sense of dislocation. Witnessing the plethora of Tricolour flags and Guinness top hats, and hearing the occasional shouts of ‘Yam Yam Army’ you’d have been forgiven for thinking that you’d stepped into a pub on Digbeth […]
This was definitely an early contender for ‘Gig of the Year 2023’ as Welsh pop-punks Panic Shack combined with electronic rap-grunge duo Shelf Lives to systematically take apart a packed Jimmy’s basement. Respect to the organisers who limited the support to a singular act allowing Toronto/Northampton duo Sabrina and Jonny aka Shelf Lives free range […]
Perhaps less dramatic than recent releases, but just as impactful and equally strong, the new song By The River from Leeds favourites Apollo Junction does not disappoint. Jamie Williamson’s vocals very much continue in a similar vein to previous releases – drawing you in through a clever, singular lilt before soaring between lines, grabbing you […]