E.P. REVIEW: China Bears – I’ve Never Met Anyone Like You. A gift from the heavens, an absolute masterpiece

  It is with no little anticipation, and indeed excitement, that China Bears’ debut e.p. offering I’ve Never Met Anyone Like You finally drops in its complete fully-conceived form this week. The arrival of previous instalments Stay For Good, Sunday and Cold Shivers has seen a gradual demisting of a conceptual work, visually and musically. Continue Reading

SINGLE REVIEW: Chloe Foy ‘Without You’; Five Minutes Of Bliss. What Would We Do Without You?

Without You is a perfect archetype for a well-crafted song; atmospheric beyond words. It’s a world-building five minutes of beauty that whisks you away to another time and place; a mystical, far away kingdom. “[Without You is a]  world-building five minutes of beauty that whisks you away to another time and place.” Without You is Continue Reading

SINGLE REVIEW: Roxy Girls ‘Spanners For Hands’; Two Minutes of Benny Hill Racing Post-Punk Barking Perfected Musical Chaos.

  Clocking in a just over 2 minutes Roxy Girls literally throw everything at us in this punchy number opening with both instrumentation and vocals in unison. No time is wasted getting to the unusual subject matter with the opening line spelling out the songs purpose “You’ve got spanners for hands.” “[When imagining the outro] 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

IN FOR QUESTIONING: Dead Nature proves rock is alive and well, as Tarek Musa reveals all..?

Liverpudlian Tarek Musa is probably best known for his work with the now sadly broken up indie-punk rockers Spring King. With stints supporting Kasabian, Courtney Barnett and Kaiser Chiefs, Spring King Tarek released a number of singles as well as two albums — and then the band announced that they were calling it a day, Continue Reading

SINGLE REVIEW: Memes ‘Happy Shopper’; The More Self-Assured Younger Brother To Memes Previous Work.

“Happy Shopper is equally memorable as the double A side [Blah, Blah, Blah] that brought the industry insiders knocking recently; possibly even more memorable!” Memes are the product of banging tunes but also banging good luck. We assume that Memes sent their first double A side Blah, Blah, Blah/Funny Man to Steve Lamacq and were Continue Reading

SINGLE REVIEW: China Bears – Cold Shivers. The Final Puzzle Piece Ahead of The Bears Eagerly Anticipated E.P.

Shivering has a been a staple inspiration in British guitar music down the decades. From Patrick Fitzgerald’s abstract wordplay about women defrosting and “sunshine orange skin” to Chris Martin’s sinister lyrical undercurrents in Coldplay’s breakthrough era, these little involuntary bodily reactions have been a perennial focus for musical musing. Perhaps it’s the duality of the Continue Reading