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With an extension till midnight for The Lillettes’ farewell gig, its fair to say the Green Room was brimming. Beginning back in late 1998 this girl garage punk outfit have really earned themselves a following, judging on the turnout for their last set. Such a packed venue with intense lighting resulted in heat not unlike […]

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The Servant are big. You may not of heard of them if you’re in the UK or America, but they’re up against Maroon 5 and Keane for the best new band at the NRJ Awards in France and have been nominated for some kind of indie award in Italy. They also have airplay in Finland, […]

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Priding themselves of an all round rock sound that encompasses everything from pop-rock to hard hitting metal; Tern obviously intend to bash out some tracks filled with diversity. ‘You Owe Me’ sets things up with some Cranberries style guitar winding its way behind the grungy instrumentation of the track. The chorus pushes things up a […]

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Turncoat are a band who know how to make an entrance. Unassuming and refreshingly unpretentious – there isn’t a scarf in sight – they announce their presence with building guitars and soaring keyboards. The lead singer’s fresh-faced boyish good looks belie the belting sincerity that’s quickly released as they launch into an impressive set list. […]

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Hello?! I thought Not Advised were a bunch of kids barely old enough for a prefect-badge. Shouldn’t they be easily compared to all that American pop-punk stuff that you write before you’ve got yourself off to get a proper job that doesn’t involve a fluorescent bag full of newspapers? Well ‘Listen Up’ dispels all former […]

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This is the second release from Birdpen, the enigmatic two-piece from Southampton. Despite the potential drawbacks of their geographical location and number of members, they’ve created a sound that’s so unusual and professional sounding you have to double check they’re not from some obscure city in America. ‘Fake Kid’ lures you in with eighties style […]

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Soma High are following up on ‘I Don’t Know Why’ with a new release that exposed an edgier side to their song writing. This release also exhibits a more experimental side to their sound. The record kicks off with ‘The Search’, which is the one song that ties the sound to their previous efforts. The […]

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Essex based singer and songwriter Clare Blackman has been honing her talents on the open mic circuit as well as having a regular slot in Starbucks. The first track on the record ‘Ripe’, opens with a melancholy folk feel. The guitar is subdued and the vocal is very warm and rich. ‘Long Way’, on the […]

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A World Asleep have supported some well known bands in the form of Oceansize and Twin Zero, and have forthcoming appearances with Ariel-X and Aerogramme lined up. The reason for this must be, in part, due to the musical ability of the group, as the drums, bass, guitars, and vocals are all heading for the […]

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With a new singer in the form of Laura Howe, Sungover are back with a fresh recording of their wide ranging fusion of sounds. Electric string sounds open ‘Mystery Song’, but it’s the funky bass and smooth percussion of the verse that defines the track. The chorus is a Gala-esque affair with a hypnotic melody […]

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Taking their name from a dodgy Russian drink made from fermented milk, Kumiss supply an equally unexpected but rather more appealing cocktail of funk, jazz, and rock. Having made a name for themselves with their eponymous debut album and subsequent live shows, the band have laid down a further six tracks that show the progress […]

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Calvoon will be Newcastle’s busiest band over the course of the next month, with more London dates than passion.com as well as trips to Liverpool and Leeds. The reason for all these gigs is the release of their latest single, ‘Come On’ on April 11th. ‘Come On’ rolls in to life with guitars and vocals […]

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Having supported the likes of Martin Grech, Mew, and Stellastar, the Landing have put their heads together once more to record some new tracks. Opener, ‘As Flies Fly’, flies! …straight off the starting line with lots of frantic strumming before leaving things to the bass guitar. The vocal leads the way to an instrumental chorus […]

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Following hot on the tail of the success of last year’s single ‘Too Far’, they’ve signed to indie label, Stronglikebull Records, embarked on an extensive tour of the south’s venues, and have managed to record both the tune and the video for the first single from their forthcoming album, tentatively called ‘Postcards from Hell’, due […]