Author: Dom Gourlay

Dom Gourlay's Top Ten Albums of 2016

Dom Gourlay's Top Ten Albums of 2016

However, from a musical perspective it's delivered in fine style. Indeed, trying to whittle this albums of the year piece down to just ten records was a difficult process, but here they are:Meilyr Jones -...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 3rd January 2017

Green Man 2016 - Live Review

Green Man 2016 - Live Review

With August's festival calendar seemingly busier than any other month, those of us with a persuasion to stand in a field watching live music are spoilt for choice. While V Festival might be the most...

Review posted on 24th August 2016

Green Man 2016 - Preview

Green Man 2016 - Preview

Having first opened its doors in 2003, the festival has grown from housing just 300 people at its inaugural event to the 20,000 that will experience this year's sold out extravaganza. While music undeniably takes...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 15th August 2016

Frightened Rabbit - Painting Of A Panic Attack Album Review

Frightened Rabbit - Painting Of A Panic Attack Album Review

As the winsome voice with a Scottish lilt declares "You died in your sleep last night" little more than sixty seconds in it doesn't take a genius to work out one must be listening to...

Review posted on 13th April 2016

Violent Femmes - We Can Do Anything Album Review

Violent Femmes - We Can Do Anything Album Review

Unless you've spent the past three-and-a-half decades co-habiting with several million grains of sand under a rock, it's highly unlikely you'll be unaware of the Violent Femmes. Having formed in 1980 as punk gave way...

Review posted on 11th March 2016

Dom Gourlay's Top 10 Albums Of 2015

Dom Gourlay's Top 10 Albums Of 2015

10. Girl Band - Holding Hands With Jamie Possibly the most eagerly anticipated debut from an underground band in recent times. The Dublin foursome's first offering did not disappoint, if not quite matching the intensity...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 22nd December 2015

MEW - +- Album Review

MEW - +- Album Review

Six years might not sound that long, but a lot can change over such a period of time. Take Mew, for example. In 2009, their fifth long player and first as a three piece 'No...

Review posted on 23rd April 2015

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The Tamborines - Sea Of Murmur Album Review

The Tamborines - Sea Of Murmur Album Review

Sometimes less is more; just ask psych-pop duo The Tamborines. Formerly renowned for engulfing their songs in a halo of fuzz, feedback and distortion, they've stripped away most of the noise elements and taken a...

Review posted on 8th April 2015

Idlewild - Everything Ever Written Album Review

Idlewild - Everything Ever Written Album Review

As one of the most prolific groups of the late 1990s and early 2000s, last December's news Idlewild had recorded a new album felt like the icing on a mouthwatering Christmas cake. Having been on...

Review posted on 12th February 2015

Various Artists - BBC Radio 2 Sounds Of The 80s: Unique Covers Of Classic Hits

Various Artists - BBC Radio 2 Sounds Of The 80s: Unique Covers Of Classic Hits

It's nearly Christmas, that time of year when the music industry deems it acceptable to churn out a barrage of unlistenable dross in the name of charity or some other self-deprecating cause. Where normally serious...

Review posted on 9th December 2014

Iceage - Plowing Into The Field Of Love Album Review

Iceage - Plowing Into The Field Of Love Album Review

Four-fifths of the way into Iceage's third album, Elias Bender Rønnenfelt declares he's "p**sing against the moon." As introductions go, it's about as subtle as things get, but then Rønnenfelt and his band have never...

Review posted on 10th October 2014

Allah Las - Worship The Sun Album Review

Allah Las - Worship The Sun Album Review

When Allah Las' self-titled debut dropped at the back end of 2012, the psych rock revival was still in its infancy. Indeed, it's probably fair to say that record would have emerged around that time...

Review posted on 16th September 2014

Ty Segall - Manipulator Album Review

Ty Segall - Manipulator Album Review

Californian musician Ty Segall really is the ultimate Jack of all Trades. A singer/songwriter by trade, his multi-instrumental talents have seen him play guitar and drums as well as produce much of his recorded output....

Review posted on 10th September 2014

September Girls - Cursing The Sea Album Review

September Girls - Cursing The Sea Album Review

Dublin five-piece September Girls might be named after a Big Star song (give or take the odd "U" here and there) and revel in luscious harmonies and bubblegum choruses, but scratch away at the surface...

Review posted on 30th January 2014

Kill Chaos - Promises Promises Album Review

Kill Chaos - Promises Promises Album Review

Once upon a time there was a band called Hinterland that came crawling from the suburbs of Nottingham. They sounded like an amalgam of Mclusky, Hell Is For Heroes and America's more acerbic exponents of...

Review posted on 16th December 2013

The Fauns - Lights Album Review

The Fauns - Lights Album Review

Forget Birmingham, Sheffield or London, the real sound of progress this year has emerged from the South West suburbs of Bristol. From the Howling Owl roster of Spectres and Oliver Wilde, infectious pop punk of...

Review posted on 11th December 2013

Chameleons Vox at the Nottingham Rescue Rooms. 6th December 2013 Live Review

Chameleons Vox at the Nottingham Rescue Rooms. 6th December 2013 Live Review

Having formed The Chameleons thirty-two years ago in the Middleton district of Manchester, Mark Burgess is something of a veteran in musical terms. Despite initially splitting in 1990 before reforming ten years later only to...

Review posted on 10th December 2013

Arcade Fire Blackpool Empress Ballroom 27th November 2013 Live Review

Arcade Fire Blackpool Empress Ballroom 27th November 2013 Live Review

'Do you like rock and roll music? 'Cause I don't know if I do', interjects Win Butler at the start of opener 'Normal Person'. Except it isn't any ordinary beginning. Indeed, this show, one of...

Review posted on 2nd December 2013

Glasvegas - Later. When The TV Turns To Static Album Review

Glasvegas - Later. When The TV Turns To Static Album Review

It seems inconceivable to think that, for a band seemingly on the cusp of widespread international recognition less than five years ago, any mention of the name "Glasvegas" these days is usually preceded by "Whatever...

Review posted on 3rd October 2013

Festival No.6 - Portmeirion, North Wales 13-15 September 2013 Live Review

Festival No.6 - Portmeirion, North Wales 13-15 September 2013 Live Review

With the UK festival circuit resembling a homogenised circus where the same acts follow suit every weekend trudging the same well-worn path, it's good to know there's at least one event totally separate from all...

Review posted on 23rd September 2013

Bestival 2013  - Live Review

Bestival 2013 - Live Review

Q: What do you get if you leave 55,000 people on the Isle Of Wight for four days in September?A: Possibly the messiest weekend of excess on the UK's summer festival calendar.Having become the official...

Review posted on 11th September 2013

Charli XCX - True Romance Album Review

Charli XCX - True Romance Album Review

A study by neuroscientists three years ago suggested fourteen was the most likely age to indulge in dangerous activities and behaviours. Which maybe provides an adequate explanation as to the existence of '14', Charli XCX's...

Review posted on 29th August 2013

Frankie & The Heartstrings - The Days Run Away Album Review

Frankie & The Heartstrings - The Days Run Away Album Review

If prizes were given out for consistency then Sunderland's Frankie & The Heartstrings would surely be among the nominees. Ever since putting out debut seven-inch 'Hunger' in the closing weeks of 2009, they've always managed...

Review posted on 25th June 2013

Spectrals - Sob Story Album Review

Spectrals - Sob Story Album Review

Louis Jones might only be in his early twenties but his Spectrals alter ego has seen him become a veteran of the lo-fi garage pop scene. With over a dozen releases to his name since...

Review posted on 20th June 2013

Primavera Sound 2013  - Live Review

Primavera Sound 2013 - Live Review

Barcelona: arguably the most picturesque city in Europe. Situated on the Mediterranean coast in the heart of the Catalonian region, it's a landmine of history and culture. In amongst the beautiful landscapes and symbolic architecture;...

Review posted on 29th May 2013

INC. - No World Album Review

INC. - No World Album Review

Los Angeles based brothers Andrew and Daniel Aged don't look a day over the age of twenty-five which makes their obvious 1980s fixation even more difficult to fathom. Call it kitsch, a voyage of discovery,...

Review posted on 16th May 2013

Primavera Sound Festival 2013 -  Preview

Primavera Sound Festival 2013 - Preview

It's May and festival season is upon us, which means it will soon be time for Primavera Sound 2013, arguably the pinnacle of Europe's increasingly popular schedule. Set in beautiful Barcelona and mainly based on...

Review posted on 13th May 2013

Wild Nothing - Empty Estate EP Review

Wild Nothing - Empty Estate EP Review

The one-man lo-fi project that is Wild Nothing just keeps going from strength to strength. While last year's 'Nocturne' long player heralded a more beat-laden approach for Jack Tatum than the C86 inspired song structures...

Review posted on 7th May 2013

Jaws - Milkshake EP Review

Jaws - Milkshake EP Review

Very little is known about Jaws except they're the latest hotly tipped outfit to emerge from Birmingham's seemingly thriving music scene. Formed little over a year ago at Halesowen College from the ashes of several...

Review posted on 10th April 2013

Tullycraft - Lost In Light Rotation Album Review

Tullycraft - Lost In Light Rotation Album Review

Inspired by a combined love of all things Ramones, K and Sarah Records, Seattle-based combo Tullycraft led the second wave of C86 through a mid-nineties s**tstorm of grunge and Britpop. Having emerged in early 1995...

Review posted on 8th April 2013

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