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Fenton

Steve Fenton writes in our music, words, and culture categories. He was Editor in Chief for The Mag and covered live music for DV8 Magazine and Spill Magazine. He was often found in venues throughout the UK alongside ace-photographer, Mark Holloway. Steve is also a technical writer and programmer and writes gothic fiction. Steve studied Psychology at OSC, and Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-1978 at the University of Reading.
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  1. Music
  2. Album Reviews

Homesick is the second long-player from Sea Girls. Like many recent albums, it was shaped by the lock-down. Based in London, the band found themselves in their old hometowns thinking about mortality and re-living old memories. The song was written and recorded remotely, with tracks being transferred from the UK to America and back during […]

  1. Music

The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), a non-profit organization representing the rights and interests of UK artists has launched a new public database called the 100% Venues Directory. The directory lists music venues that don’t take a cut from merch sales at the venue. The move comes after a string of bands noted that some venues […]

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  2. Album Reviews

When Beabadoobee released her Space Cadet EP in 2019, we hadn’t developed our sophisticated release alerting and scheduling reminder tool to ensure we didn’t miss follow-ups. This is why we have the delayed pleasure of finding Fake It Flowers has been released and is shimmering with the astronomical illuminations of a galaxy of great songs. […]

  1. Culture
  2. Streaming Reviews

With increased interest thanks to the courtroom controversy of John Lydon’s attempt to stop Sex Pistols’ music from being used in the series, Pistol is a grainy 4:3 rendering designed to conjure the atmosphere required to breathe life into Steve Jones’ memoir, Lonely Boy: Tales From a Sex Pistol. The first episode, ‘Track 1: The […]

  1. Words
  2. Crime Book Reviews

For those unfamiliar with Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw, they are the detective duo of the modern era. Like Holmes and Watson, or Poirot and Hastings, it’s the personalities of these two that really make this series of books rather special. However, no agony has been spared for the other details required for the very […]

  1. Culture
  2. Streaming Reviews

Midnight Mass is a limited series set on an isolated island. The story is set around the dilapidated, but still functional, church and the young priest who mysteriously takes over. There is something quite reassuring about a limited series. While Stranger Things and Sweet Tooth will continue as long as people want more, it’s nice […]

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  2. Album Reviews

From Berlin’s post-hardcore/alt-rock scene, Future Palace released their debut album, Escape, in 2020. Run is their second long-player and there definitely seems to be a theme emerging with these names. The two vocal aspects are well explored in the first track, ‘Paradise’. Warm melodic lead vocals that descend into a visceral scream just as easily […]

  1. Music
  2. Single Reviews

With their new EP, The King and Queen of Gasoline arriving on 5th August 2022, ‘Teenage Runaways’ gives us another example of what to expect (after recent single ‘Bad Influence’). Let’s disassemble this packed single because there is plenty going on. We start off with some fuzzy bass and a solid beat that quickly leads […]

  1. Music
  2. Single Reviews

Pale Waves dropped a new single called ‘Lies’, along with an announcement of a new album slated for an August release followed by a UK tour. Happy times. So ‘Lies’ is an alt-pop punk-tinged stomper that has some similarities to Willow’s recent album – the new punk wave that draws on myriad styles to create […]

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  2. Album Reviews

This long-player is a total find. Back in 2008, San Fran’s Elephone released Canister a ferociously playful and quirky album that should have been a global hit. You could sum it up as Modest Mouse crossed with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves… let’s give it a spin. The opener is […]