LIVE REVIEW: Intimacy, New Bangers and Trumpet Solos; Royal Blood Gave It All At Southampton’s Guildhall With Support From The Mysterines.

As part of their ‘intimate’ warm-up tour pre main stage, near-headline slots at Reading and Leeds festival, Royal Blood played six comparatively tiny venues up and down the country, including Southampton’s O2 Guildhall, supported by none other than Underscore Part 3 favourites The Mysterines, as well as the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets on select dates. For Continue Reading

GIG REVIEW: White Denim with Support Boy Azooga; “[White Denim,] What A Fucking Band” The Perfect Heckle From a Jubilant Crowd Member.

For many including Underscore Part 3 the announcement of White Denim with support from Boy Azooga felt as close to a double headline gig that you’re going to find for a venue of its size so it’s without surprise that Portsmouth’s hotspot the Wedgewood Rooms had sold out in advance.   By the time Boy Continue Reading

LIVE REVIEW: The Murder Capital & Egyptian Blue at Heartbreakers, Southampton; This Years Tour That People Will Want to Say “I Was There!”

For a handful of years post-punk has been at the heart of the indie/alternative scenes but in 2019 Dublin has proved over and over that right now no one can beat the post-punk coming from it right now; on Saturday The Murder Capital showcased their album in order except for final track Love, Love, Love Continue Reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Citadel; The Festival Who Self-Proclaims It’s ‘The Ultimate Summer Sunday’. Citadel, With Your Line Up We have to Agree!

Citadel festival is back for its 6th year, still featuring the inimitably indie Communion record label, and its lineup is ludicrously good.  Headlined by the arena-gracing Catfish and the Bottlemen, in the beautiful Gunnersbury Park, it features the lofty likes of Bear’s Den and Bastille; of Banfi and Balcony; of Bittersweet and Boyoca. And those Continue Reading

LIVE REVIEW: Foals, with support from Yak. “I have two words for you: Foals Forever”.

  Tonight’s support Yak specialise in excess. Their latest album Pursuit of Momentary Happiness is a study in kissing the edges, not just in its execution but in how it sparked to life from the perilous existence of frontman Oli Burslem during its conception. Ending up penniless, living out of the back of a Citroen estate Continue Reading

GIG REVIEW: Hatchie, with support from Katy J Pearson. The Louisiana, Bristol. Brisbane’s dream-pop diva delivers.

  Formerly one half of Stroud duo Ardyn, whose output was limited to a smattering of releases a couple of years back, Katy J Pearson is returning from something of a creative and commercial hiatus. Now standing on her own feet as a solo artist, albeit with a supporting band, Pearson’s recent signing to the Continue Reading

LIVE REVIEW: Steve Lamacq ‘Going Deaf For a Living’ The Tour. Southampton, The Joiners. Part Seminar, Part Comedy, Part Theatre; The Fascinating Journey of a Music Fan.

Chatting with Steve before, after and during the show his passion for grassroots venues bled with every word and mannerism. Steve spoke with the venue staff and I about how the tour came about and when shown posters of upcoming events he wanted to be kept up to date with what The Joiners had planned Continue Reading

GIG REVIEW: Drahla, Sleep Eaters, Happy 2000 & Web at Southampton, Heartbreakers 12.5.2019; A Pleasureable Audio Assault From All Four Acts.

It had been a roasting hot May Sunday the day after the legendary The Great Escape Festival in Brighton when Drahla came to Southampton which by all means is not the ideal conditions for a gig but each of the 4 bands brought different ways to win over the crowd eager to experience a broadly Continue Reading