SINGLE REVIEW: ‘Bang, Bang, Bang’: is, unsurprisingly, a Banger!

A short, sweet and snappy single heralds the Isle Of Wight native’s breaking through into 2020; and, to the surprise of no one, it’s a banger! After a incredible 2019 — involving a BBC Radio One Maida Vale session, playing Shepherd’s Bush Empire supporting The Regrettes and playing Glastonbury — Lauran Hibberd is back to Continue Reading

SINGLE REVIEW: Somebody’s Child is back with his fifth single, ‘Love That Sound’, and quite frankly, we do too!

‘a buoyantly bright banger that simply demands a smile.’ Some of you may remember Somebody’s Child from our 10/10 review of his last single, Jungle. Or, hopefully, you’ve taken our words to heart and fallen in love with his music yourself. Either way, his new offering is superb. Love That Sound is, in essence, incredibly Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Bombay Bicycle Club – Everything Else Has Gone Wrong, LP: A rest is as good as a change as indie perennials make triumphant comeback

You can’t just disappear like that without there being a tale that needs to be told. Here it is. Setting a template which might just have been the inspiration for a similar act of perverse self-implosion by fellow Londoners The Maccabees a year or so later, the component parts of Bombay Bicycle Club reconvened in Continue Reading

EP REVIEW: Wave Chase depict the innocent fun of youth on indie banger fuelled EP Tell Me What To Know

“Wave Chase’s Tell Me What To Know is quite literally ‘all killer, no filler’.” Back in 2004 we were blessed with one of the most important indie pop albums in past few decades, that band was The Killers and the album was Hot Fuss. Hot Fuss transcended society, it didn’t matter who you were the Continue Reading

FINAL SCORE: Best Albums of the Year 2019. Countdown: 10 to 1.

10.  Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – End of Suffering Frank Carter’s punk-rock-renegade outfit hopefully isn’t new to any readers. The ex-Gallows front-man has been producing phenomenally well-crafted music for years, and the Rattlesnakes’ third studio album is no different. Full of punk-rock aggression, though tamed slightly, mellowed out by success and the birth of Continue Reading

FINAL SCORE: Best Albums of the Year 2019. Countdown: 30 to 21

30.  Pet Deaths – to the top of the hill and roll… to the top of the hill and roll… is no brutal assault. Each track slowly unfurls, often from tentative beginnings, perhaps with softly picked acoustic guitar or a gentle piano motif. Gradually, the duo introduce unassuming drones and vocal harmonies which usher Liam Continue Reading