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The Stray Birds - Magic Fire Album Review

The Stray Birds - Magic Fire Album Review

Following on from their 2014 album, Pennsylvania trio The Stray Birds have had their sophomore release produced by Larry Campbell, cohort of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Paul Simon. The outfit have a significant tour...

Review posted on 2nd September 2016

LoveLess - Act 1: Heaven EP Review

LoveLess - Act 1: Heaven EP Review

Hailing from London, LoveLess are a quintet who have been garnering attention in the alternative music press. Scheduled for release on 9th September, this quartet of songs is slated as the first in a...

Review posted on 30th August 2016

Viola Beach - Self-titled Album Review

Viola Beach - Self-titled Album Review

The details of the tragic accident which ended the lives of Viola Beach and their manager needs no repetition, but their short career continues to be celebrated, as demonstrated with a recent tribute from the...

Review posted on 22nd July 2016

Morganway - No Tomorrows EP Review

Morganway - No Tomorrows EP Review

With origins in the East Anglian county of Norfolk, Morganway are a quintet started by twins Callum and Kieran Morgan. The outfit are currently on tour throughout the UK, including multiple hometown shows in...

Review posted on 8th July 2016

Metronomy - Summer 08 Album Review

Metronomy - Summer 08 Album Review

Started by then Devon-inhabitant Joseph Mount, Metronomy are a quartet who have previously released four albums with ever-increasing chart success. Their last long-player in 2014 underlined their upward trajectory by cracking the UK top...

Review posted on 30th June 2016

Less Win - Trust Album Review

Less Win - Trust Album Review

A truly international affair, Less Win are a trio comprising a Spaniard, Australian and a Pole, billed as from Copenhagen, Denmark. Signed to The Big Oil Recording Company, this album was recorded in analogue...

Review posted on 17th June 2016

The Mirror Trap - Simulations Album Review

The Mirror Trap - Simulations Album Review

Recorded at Karma Sound Studios in Thailand, 'Simulations' is the latest full length release from Dundee outfit The Mirror Trap. With festival appearances spanning Derby to Tokyo scheduled, the band will then join regular...

Review posted on 10th June 2016

Tom Odell - Wrong Crowd Album Review

Tom Odell - Wrong Crowd Album Review

To win a Brit Award before releasing your debut album brings a certain level of expectation, but Tom Odell managed it with aplomb. Not only did he top the chart with his first long-player,...

Review posted on 7th June 2016

Math And Physics Club - In This Together Album Review

Math And Physics Club - In This Together Album Review

Beginning as a project between friends in the late Nineties, Math And Physics Club have gone on to release three albums. This collection pulls together EPs, B-sides, rarities and unreleased material for the decade...

Review posted on 6th June 2016

Garbage - Strange Little Birds Album Review

Garbage - Strange Little Birds Album Review

It's been over 20 years since the quartet who comprises Garbage released their eponymous debut, a record that got them noticed on both sides of the Atlantic. They are imminently bringing out their sixth...

Review posted on 6th June 2016

Suzerain - Identity Album Review

Suzerain - Identity Album Review

Having spent the last two years working on this, London quintet Suzerain are releasing their second album, produced by The Cure and Depeche Mode cohort Steve Lyon. Their debut arrived in 2011 and they...

Review posted on 31st May 2016

Tides From Nebula - Safehaven Album Review

Tides From Nebula - Safehaven Album Review

Hailing from Warsaw, Poland, Tides From Nebula are a quartet who formed in 2008 and have released three albums prior to 'Safehaven'. The instrumental outfit are currently on tour throughout mainland Europe, while two...

Review posted on 31st May 2016

Spookyland - Beauty Already Beautiful Album Review

Spookyland - Beauty Already Beautiful Album Review

A quartet based in Sydney, Spookyland have created enough of a buzz prior to the release of their debut album that they appeared at last year's Lollapolooza in Chicago. Long-term collaborator Tony Buchen followed...

Review posted on 23rd May 2016

Fews - Means Album Review

Fews - Means Album Review

An American-Swedish quartet, FEWS are releasing their debut album on the Play It Again Sam label. It is produced by Franz Ferdinand and Kylie Minogue cohort Dan Carey, with support for the record coming...

Review posted on 18th May 2016

She Drew The Gun - Memories Of The Future Album Review

She Drew The Gun - Memories Of The Future Album Review

Hailing from Merseyside, She Drew The Gun are fronted by Louisa Roach, who caught the attention of The Coral's James Skelly. Initial collaborations for an EP evolved into this full length release, which will...

Review posted on 9th May 2016

Richard Ashcroft - These People Album Review

Richard Ashcroft - These People Album Review

As the frontman of The Verve, Richard Ashcroft was in one of the UK's biggest bands of the post-Britpop era. The Wigan outfit have a history of a fractious relationship and, having split after...

Review posted on 9th May 2016

American Hi-Fi - American Hi-Fi Acoustic Album Review

American Hi-Fi - American Hi-Fi Acoustic Album Review

15 years ago it wasn't uncommon for American rock acts to chart in the upper echelons of the UK hit parade - Limp Bizkit were putting the nu in metal and Blink 182 were bringing...

Review posted on 3rd May 2016

Astronauts - End Codes Album Review

Astronauts - End Codes Album Review

Following the breakup of Dark Captain in 2012, Dan Carney elected to pursue his music career alone, with the result being Astronauts. The debut under the alias, 'The Hollow Ponds', was released in 2014...

Review posted on 29th April 2016

Death By Unga Bunga - Pineapple Pizza Album Review

Death By Unga Bunga - Pineapple Pizza Album Review

Taking their name from an album by The Mummies, Death By Unga Bunga are a quintet from Moss, Norway. Formed in 2007, their debut album followed three years later and this is now their...

Review posted on 22nd April 2016

Goo Goo Dolls - Boxes Album Review

Goo Goo Dolls - Boxes Album Review

In the 30 years that they've been in the music industry, Goo Goo Dolls have sold over 12 million albums and are remarkably releasing their 11th studio collection, which is the follow-up to 2013's disappointing...

Review posted on 18th April 2016

Me And My Drummer - Love Is A Fridge Album Review

Me And My Drummer - Love Is A Fridge Album Review

Comprising of Charlotte Brandi and Matze Prollochs, both members of Me And My Drummer worked as theatre stage musicians, before pursuing this project. This release if the successor to their 2012 debut and it...

Review posted on 13th April 2016

H2NY - Tremor Album Review

H2NY - Tremor Album Review

Halfway to New York, or H2NY as they are stylised, are a quartet from London who are releasing their debut album. Their live resume includes being on the road with Alien Ant Farm and...

Review posted on 11th April 2016

Muse - Manchester Arena Friday 8th April 2016 Live Review

Muse - Manchester Arena Friday 8th April 2016 Live Review

With a reputation as one of the world's premier live acts, it is always cause for excitement when the Teignmouth trio that comprise Muse hit the road. Much like the ever-growing anticipation for how...

Review posted on 11th April 2016

3 Doors Down - Us And The Night Album Review

3 Doors Down - Us And The Night Album Review

Mississippi quintet 3 Doors Down have reportedly sold over 20 million records, an impressive figure by any standards. After a five year hiatus, they are now releasing their sixth studio album and the popularity...

Review posted on 8th April 2016

So Pitted - Neo Album Review

So Pitted - Neo Album Review

A trio from Seattle, So Pitted took their name from a social media video and are signed to the city's Sub Pop label. This is their debut album and it will be supported with...

Review posted on 6th April 2016

Bleeding Heart Pigeons - Is Album Review

Bleeding Heart Pigeons - Is Album Review

Formed in 2008 in Limerick, Ireland, the trio who form Bleeding Heart Pigeons met at a music-based summer camp. Two years on from their first EP, they now release their debut album and it...

Review posted on 29th March 2016

Elton John - Wonderful Crazy Night Album Review

Elton John - Wonderful Crazy Night Album Review

An artist who genuinely requires no introduction, Sir Elton John is one of few living musicians who can genuinely justify the tag of being a legend. He has sold more than 250 million records,...

Review posted on 23rd March 2016

The Lumineers - Cleopatra Album Review

The Lumineers - Cleopatra Album Review

Propelled by the commercial-endorsing 'Ho Hey', The Lumineers self-titled debut album was a top ten success in multiple territories, with sales in the US alone topping 1.3 million units. Anticipation is high for the...

Review posted on 14th March 2016

Nina Nesbitt - Modern Love EP Review

Nina Nesbitt - Modern Love EP Review

Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt released her promising debut album in 2013, narrowly missing out on the top ten of the UK charts, but marking her out as one to watch. Having recently played a...

Review posted on 8th February 2016

The Mining Co. - Burning Sun The Atomic Powers Within Album Review

The Mining Co. - Burning Sun The Atomic Powers Within Album Review

Led by London-based musician Michael Gallagher, who penned the all of the tracks on this record, The Mining Co. self-releases this album. Produced by the outfit along with Paco Loco, it was recorded at...

Review posted on 8th February 2016

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