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Chris Hornsby is a talented twenty something from Northumberland and his 5 track CD is an acoustic affair that is has a good selection of tracks on it. In his biog he states that he is a multi-instrumentalist who has played across the continent in guitar bands to big bands and played assorted instruments from […]

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You probably haven’t heard of Idiot3 at this stage, but with several previous members of Rat Daddy in the line up, this is hardly a bunch of strangers. The always-present R:D core of Tim and Ian Hardwick with John Reynolds represents the main three idiots, with Jimmy Love making a return on keyboard duty. ‘Sunshine’ […]

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‘Beautiful Today’ is the religeous-sounding epic debut from Birmingham rockers UXL. You might have heard of these boys before under the name Elixir, but it’s a new name and new knuckle-down-to-business attitude for 2006. It’s a combination of smokey American-style rock, Gospel tinged chorus and choral backing vocals that summon this feeling, with guitars switching […]

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Everything about the Sweetedge record, Eucalyptus Sun, reminds you of sitting in the back garden soaking up the summer sun and sipping whatever drink takes your fancy. Its upbeat acoustic guitar could lift the mood of most unhappy souls and, with the ever radiant voice of Della Perrett also mingling alongside saxophones and quiet drums, […]

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Sunday, being a day of rest, rudely started with visions of being cremated alive. The temperature inside the tent had reached cataclysmic proportions, almost as if we were pitched on top of Mt Vesuvius. It was therefore another early start punctuated by another long wait in the bog queue passing the time by giving knowing […]

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The Rum Circus got my attention with their unusual name that hints of dark edginess. I’m expecting something unpredictable and a little bit different to make the hairs on my neck rise. As we swelter with heat and expectation, the crowd bristles with sing-a-long fans. Yet the expectant electricity is quickly diffused as the awkward-looking […]

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Festivals are funny old things. Every one is different, having its own identity and target audience, yet everyone is the same in that its invariably just loosely organised chaos. GuilFest, thankfully, was no exception to the rule. Arriving just after 3pm on the Friday meant we should have had a clear couple of hours to […]

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Unfortunately the wonderful world of London transport conspired to ensure that I missed the entirety of Doctor Fonda’s set. I’d love to tell you all that they played a flawless and blinding 30 minutes but, alas I can’t. Suffice to say I’ll no doubt catch them the next time round. Sorry guys. However, I can […]

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Apparitions of American 80s glam metal are now beginning to stalk one British musician after another. The trend of illustrating the 80s rock myth, which began with the release of the first Darkness album in 2003, is now gaining momentum and Roadstar somehow ended up being referred to as one of those retro acts – […]

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Flies aren’t spies from Hell. My money’s on wasps, or those midges you get in the Scottish Highlands; pick a sumo wrestler clean in half an hour, they would. These particular Flies are charming young fellas from Chichester with a bent for Godspeed! style instrumental excursions. Moreover, they’ve had the downright crazy commitment to each […]

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Whether you’re a metal fan or simply want to see a band that show that they really love what they’re doing, My Ruin caters for everyone. Their stage presence is hard to match, with each member vying for your attention at the same time – it’s never been truer that My Ruin are definitely not […]

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‘A tribute to sonic astronauts everywhere’; the way Hadrian Mordecai tells it, the destruction of his synthesizers by fire caused him to change his musical course completely, buying a semi-acoustic hollow-body guitar and effect pedals – lots of effect pedals. ‘Drawn out’ is the watchword for nearly every song here. The Spectacle Experiment happily take […]

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With a strong sound of their own, a rapidly increasing fan base, critical acclaim from all angles and their debut album, No Love Lost, primed for release on the Red Ink label, I was expecting a very hectic experience when granted an exclusive fifteen minutes with The Rifles. Imagine my relief then, to find the […]

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Signed to Glasgow’s emerging Hijacked label, Adam Beattie’s debut album ‘Abu Bozy’ is a downnbeat mix of folk and blues which, not only captures the soul and essence of the man, but tries to reach out to others to communicate and share. Lyrically, the album touches many bases, ranging from the traditional storytelling narratives that […]