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Having taken the South By South West festival by storm as part of their most recent assault towards world domination, Southampton heroes Dlugokecki made a more than welcome return to home shores with a relaxed acoustic set at The Railway Inn. Mod upstarts The Queue got the evening off to a raucous start with an […]

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Roger Bleck is a musician who doesn’t demand anything more of you than effortless enjoyment of the poised elegance of his instrumental guitar music, the flow of its beautiful harmonies reminding you that great music does not necessarily have to be about drama, profound revelations, rampant feelings or big statements of ego. He is a […]

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A fine addition to the art/goes/pop label, The Clerks embody the essence of the label with their punky-disco-pop concoctions that surf on the darker side of life. As ex film students their music paints a narrative picture, but they’re using a paint box of their own devising. Sweet melodies and soothing harmonies disguise a brooding […]

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If a band’s going to call itself Letdown they have to be pretty certain they can deliver the goods or possess a grand sense of irony. So thank goodness Letdown are not aptly named – as this demo amply demonstrates. Let’s not rule out the possible possession of irony either, as their lyrics are rather […]

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Sugar-sweet and good for you – this is the sound of Manuka. These Brighton boys know their way around their instruments, although vocalist Ollie Wickham has a limited range. He works what he has brilliantly though and his voice suits the band’s sound without detracting from it in any way. Opener ‘Public’ screams its Small […]

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It’s gone midnight at The Hobbit, but the party’s just beginning. After support slots from the Blardy Blars and Freeslave, both of whom got the crowd (enlarged by lots of students wearing funny clothes) ready for the action, The Colours are amped and ready to go. This band have been causing quite a stir in […]

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As soon as this CD begins, it strikes me how much the ‘atmospherics’ are like those found on most Joy Division recordings. The songs sound like they’ve been recorded in a dungeon dripping with rats and damp, and vocalist Carrie McIntyre’s mournful voice mirrors that of a damsel in distress – or more specifically, Portishead’s […]

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With giant Floridian crabs turning up on the coast of Cornwall, The-Mag was suitably intrigued to find out what else we could expect to arrive from across the pond in the near future. And the answer was simple. Canada seems to have the current knack for producing intense, edgy metal bands, and sitting near the […]

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Narkan is the undiscovered gem of the UK underground rock scene playing supercharged, lush glam metal reinforced with big choruses, irresistible hooks, and strong harmonies. This band is a perfect finished product – their songwriting and instrumental ability are entirely to the industry standard, united in an unpretentious, authentic combination of creative flair and competence. […]

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This album’s influences stare you in the face like the classic album covers you’d immediately recognise in a record shop window. Practically every song on this record parades several pre-1990s styles which follow each other in rapid succession, so that one minute you are listening to a 1980s slow ballad-like intro, and then the next […]

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Let me just start by saying that I have honestly never, ever heard a song that sounds more like a Mario Party song than ‘Have a Good Time’. For this reason only, this song makes me happy – and would make a good few people I know happy too. It may not seem obvious to […]

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I can’t help but think labels like ‘post-hardcore and ‘post-rock’ are pretty pointless. Firstly, because defining something in terms of something else shows a lack of imagination, but mainly because nobody actually ever knows what they mean. Yet having listened to this release from 1877, I think that might actually be a good thing – […]

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Don’t be mistaken by the name – this isn’t some cover of ‘It’s Raining Men’ by a 40-something housewife (though that would be pretty funny). No, Brenda is a them, and quite a dark and brooding them as it turns out. First impressions of this CD make me think that Brenda need a bit more […]

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Being a massive Biffy Clyro fan and having a CD copy of this download-only single means that I would probably gush about it until my voice went hoarse even if it was complete crap. It’s a good job, then, that it is actually awesome. It seems to have been forever since we had some new […]

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Matt C caught up with Abner to find out a bit more about their music, touring, and their new album. Who are Abner? We are Dave (vocals), Olv (drums), Apple (guitar), and Wilson (bass). How did you get where you are today? We had a really good solid 3 years of gigging and trying to […]