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The Cutters are obviously a professional outfit going from the quality of this demo and their website. Having formed in the spring of 2004 they have gigged across the country from Liverpool to London and back to their home town of Middlesbrough. As you’d expect they have an enthusiastic following in their home town having […]

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Emerging from the concrete blandness of Southampton University (their words, not mine), If I Had a Hi-Fi are a rock band who have managed to record an interesting debut demo in an abandoned residence with a subsidence problem. The first impression of the band comes from ‘100 mph’, a sub-two-minute rocker with a pacey verse […]

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Loopy often live up to their name and the arrival of a Christmas single, duly entered in the Richard and Judy 2005 Christmas Song competition, does suggest that they are about to do it again. There is no shortage of cheesy moments, with sleigh bells, church bells, jangly guitars, and lyrics more chirpy than a […]

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Blacksmith hail from Boscombe (by the way of the Isle of Wight) and are made up of Lance (vocals), Sam (drums), Brendon (bass) and Baggage (guitar). ‘Suck My Disc’ is (as far as we’re aware) their first demo and delicately balanced between three covers and three of their own. In their biography they say that […]

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Salvo are a three piece band from London that have taken their jaded disillusionment of life and shoved it up the backside of their punk and metal sound (a sound so angry they’ve already burned through two drummers.) Kicking off with a gnarly riff that is the bastard son of metal and grunge, Salvo certainly […]

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Of all the CD’s I have reviewed, Telex certainly lead the market with their wondrous assortment of ephemera, which accompanied this five track CD. I was immediately intrigued to find out what they sounded like… Track one, ‘Motion Sickness’, begins with subtle strumming guitars and an almost etheral loop and gentle drums. Soon after, a […]

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With a clear ringing guitar riff, like early U2 or the janglier moments of The Stone Roses early work, Glasgow band Moses’ ‘Activate The Rhythm’ EP quickly kicks into life with the opening track settling into a comfortable danceable rhythm. The instruments feature quite low in the mix, allowing space for the vocals to prowl […]

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When Santa takes time out of his busy December schedule to introduce you on stage, a band had better make sure they give a kicking performance and fortunately Strike The Colours lived up to their cheery introduction from the busy, yet ultimately quite lazy, rotund chap. Performing at the increasingly popular Dolly Mixture night in […]

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Decoration are about as indie pop as it gets as jangly guitars, plain vocals, and bitter-sweet songs are the order of the day. The Lightening Seeds mixed with U2 is the best description for ‘Pine’, which sees down-beat lyrics about a break-up mingling with the chirpy bass and busy guitars. David Essex’s ‘Hold Me Close’ […]

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Oh dear, oh dear. It’s times like these I’m glad they lock the windows on the fourteenth floor but, looking on the bright side, I did manage to get to track six without succumbing to the desire to cut my own knee off. However, with the band literature stating ‘Alcohol Fuelled’ to be Comeg’s fourth […]

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With Christmas almost upon us, it’s fair to say that the top forty is about to receive the usual offerings of soppy festive love songs, a few dodgy cartoon assaults, and a sickening Westlife cover version. What we need at this time is a healthy dose of cynicism to really get that festive spirit going […]

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Angry, melodic and passionate are the three words that Female-fronted rockers Kenelis use to describe themselves and on this evidence, it’s hard to argue. Moments of an intensely angsty wall of noise blend well with the ability to deconstruct their sound into something that’s delicate, yet carrying an air of expectation. ‘Leave Me I’ll Kill […]

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Liner describe themselves as ‘a band who mix up vibes and styles creating a rich blend of soulful grooves, funky beats and raw rock n roll’. In essence, it’s the rock ‘n’ roll that gets the most coverage on this record, with main points of reference being the late seventies, the late nineties, and a […]