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There is an interesting school of thought doing the rounds at the minute that somehow attention to detail is for nerds and Sandi Thom. (Christ even the mention of the name brings me out in a sweat and not in a good way.) Somehow, ever since this whole Doherty led snot-rock fiasco reared its ugly […]

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And so to Whitechapel, playground of mythic tabloid demons from Jack the Ripper to Pete Doherty. Short-notice openers for this Folk Festival launch, Tunng are folk experimentalists from London, accustomed to layering their songs with imaginative samples and effects. They might feel naked without their usual electronic back-up, but they have a storming opening gambit […]

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Four-piece The Park Race hail from The Home Counties and describe their sound as a combination of pop, indie and folk. Because of this, each track on the CD varies and as a collection of songs, it’s really enjoyable to listen to. First song ‘Hey Mister’ is a catchy, summery track that would be at […]

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Sometimes you go to see a band and return home not having a clue as to why this band are together, what is their purpose in life and why they think they can have a valid claim on an hour of your time without any comprehensible reason to substantiate it. With Zenyth, however, all is […]

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Roaring from Germany with a new three track EP – Fidget have obviously spent their years of touring and gigging wisely and the result is a tightly crafted, high energy punk-rock assault that will pin back ears and ignite mosh-pits alike. Opener ‘Ride My Track’ hovers along on a solid flat-bed of Rage Against the […]

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Dublin Based songwriter Chris Singleton has clearly spent a lot of his young years absorbing the best bits of forty years of British music. Chris’ debut album Twisted City runs the sprint from Beatles tinged pop, to glam rock, punk (complete with Sid Vicious impersonator) and delicate acoustic numbers. Twisted city is (don’t run away […]

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Vamps and Gypsies are a glam band, but although they quote Motley Crue and Guns’n’Roses among their influences, they certainly also draw a lot from an earlier era – 1970s glam rock and punk. If you think of straightforward song writing of such classic glam acts like Slade and Sweet mixed with the edge of […]

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First impressions of Jeremy Smoking Jacket are ‘what the f*ck is this?’ Then when you actually listen to this clan of musicians, there is something unique and astounding about them, and it isn’t the super impressive press pack! With White Stripes musical simplicity, weird synthesised loops and Kate Bush (without the crazy dance routine in […]

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Scatterbrain (Chris McCague with occasional help from his friends) has released a pleasant little acoustic EP called ‘Chalkface’. This release contains songs about insomnia, luggage restrictions and tax on plastic bags but I wouldn’t know if he hadn’t told me in the biography accompanying the CD. This is due to the type of music which […]

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As a follow up to their successful debut EP ‘Feel’, ‘Euro Pop’ dips its finger in so many musical elements it’s a surprise if it doesn’t appeal to all walks of life. Dialog’s varied origins include Spain, Bulgaria and Austria, undoubtedly helping their creativity and unique sound. The title track ‘Euro Pop’ kicks off the […]