SINGLE REVIEW: Abandon Ship! – Say the Word. Basingstoke fourpiece lay down a pristine first instalment on their forthcoming E.P.

A timely return from Abandon Ship! who are back to warm the winter nights with Say the Word, the opening gambit in an E.P. release which is due to gradually unfurl over the next few months. The E.P is a glittering self-production, sprinkled with some extra mastering magic by The 1975 collaborator Robin Schmidt. If Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Bellevue Days, “It Can’t Possibly Go Wrong Ever” — judging by this stunner of an album, we’re inclined to believe you!

Croydon 4-piece Bellevue Days boast an impressively stacked support résumé of As It Is, mewithoutYou, Twin Atlantic and Mallory Knox among others (as well as press support from Kerrang! and Rock Sound) producing what we could broadly term as hard hitting, menacingly brilliant pop punk. They fuse punk-infused screams with abrasive yet powerful harmonies, over Continue Reading

SINGLE REVIEW: Nia Wyn – 10 Seconds. Confident flavours point to an emerging unique talent.

  Nia Wyn has been busy over the last year, rewarded with praise in all the right places, from just the right tastemakers; while well-chosen support slots with the likes of Paloma Faith have raised the Welsh singer’s profile into a definitive “one-to-watch”. Topping this all off 2020 will see Nia alongside Paul Weller for Continue Reading

SINGLE REVIEW: All said and done in 3 minutes of perfection. The C33s are back with a horror-punk banger ‘Resurrection Men’

“Get ready to do you best ‘Waynes World we’re not worthy’ impression, The C33s have [captured their live energy] on this surf, garage punk banger.” Since rock’n’roll was invented the conundrum for bands and studio engineers has been – how do you capture the live energy as well as the musicianship on record? Capturing indescribable Continue Reading

EP REVIEW: Sean McGowan successfully navigates away from being a cliche dropping his best work to date on mental health reflective EP ‘Curate Calm, Create Chaos’.

“Sean McGowan is back and has found his ‘voice’ on this interconnected concept album (although it’s an EP) discussing mental health.” Sean McGowan is back and has found his ‘voice’ on this interconnected concept album (although it’s an EP) discussing mental health. The beauty of the work is it’s ability to avoid seeming cliché- well Continue Reading

GIG REVIEW: Cassia / Alfie Neale / Make Friends. Thekla, Bristol, 26th October 2019. The boat rocks to the sounds of Manchester’s afro-indie marvels.

  Some live tickets are destined from the start to be great ones. The emergence of Cassia has without doubt been one of the biggest and most pleasant surprises of the year. Joined by Brighton’s rising star Alfie Neale and new local favourites Make Friends, and crammed on to a hot, sweaty and packed-out Thekla, Continue Reading

SINGLE REVIEW: Temptress – Paradise. London duo make a welcome return, dropping their quietly effervescent new single.

  London outfit Temptress are back and continuing to carve out a name for themselves as purveyors of their own brand of R&B-flecked alt-pop. The duo has created some fine releases already this year with Secret and previous single Naked, which earnt praise over the summer. “[Paradise is] a song which floats with optimistic possibilities; Continue Reading

SINGLE REVIEW: Guru are back but rather than ‘Don’t Talk’ the 4-piece band give us ‘LTD’ shouts to whip up fury from the frustrated youth.

“Right now, Guru are the voice for Brighton, proving this with their progressive, powerful honesty on yet another faultless release.” Hailing from liberal and progressive Brighton, Guru are surrounded by contemporaries all with a similar message, yet the best will always rise to the surface. Right now, Guru are the voice for Brighton, proving this Continue Reading

Holding on to Hats: How The Blue Nile and I found each other

The Blue Nile’s sophomore album Hats was released thirty years ago, on 16 October 1989. Deputy Editor Iain Dalgleish looks back on how he established his love affair with The Blue Nile and sheds his own light on the reclusive Glasgow band’s masterpiece. It’s time for my big confessional. I am in love with The Continue Reading

SINGLE REVIEW: Somebody’s Child releases his wildly addictive and ferociously good fourth single today, ‘Jungle’. 

“His ineffably talented vocals are something to behold” For anyone yet to fall in love with Somebody’s Child’s unique spin on atmospheric indie rock Somebody’s Child is the songwriting project of Irish talent Cian. So far we’ve been blessed with three singles all of which have garnered significant radio plays, particularly on Radio X. This Continue Reading