Author: Rory Taylor

Haunts - Ruby Lounge, Manchester

Haunts - Ruby Lounge, Manchester

Review of Haunts live at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester on August 6th 2009. Over the past couple of years, Haunts have emerged from the gloomy back streets of London Town, with an original sound...

Review posted on 25th August 2009

Haunts - Love is Blind

Haunts - Love is Blind

Review of Haunts album Love Is BlindThe band has chosen 'Love is Blind' as the final release from their self titled debut album. The title track from this 5 track E.P is more infectious than...

Review posted on 25th August 2009

Street Sweeper Social Club - Self-Titled

Street Sweeper Social Club - Self-Titled

Review of Street Sweeper Social Club's self-titled album.Since Rage Against The Machine drifted apart back in 2000, Tom Morello has been a busy man. In the last decade he's released 8 studio albums and toured...

Review posted on 17th August 2009

Ten City Nation - At the Still Point

Ten City Nation - At the Still Point

Review of Ten City Nation's album At The Still PointThe album opens up easy with a few tantalising notes that are swiftly contrasted against fast and pounding bass that hammers through the opening two songs,...

Review posted on 22nd July 2009

Mawkin Causley - The Awkward Recruit

Mawkin Causley - The Awkward Recruit

Review of Mawkin Causley's album The Awkward RecruitWhat a cool name, Mawkin. You have to admit that's a pretty cool name, although I cant really picture my Mother shouting that from the back gate. ....

Review posted on 22nd July 2009

Chris Wood - Albion - An Anthology

Chris Wood - Albion - An Anthology

Review of Chris Wood's album Albion An Anthology.I have a secret. I haven't told anyone this before. But when I was about twelve I used to go and watch Sheffield Wednesday. Yes this is bad....

Review posted on 21st July 2009

Darker My Love - 2

Darker My Love - 2

Review of Darker My Love's album 2Have you ever been locked in a cupboard? I have. And although it wasn't that long (so please don't inform social services), when I came out I was still...

Review posted on 21st July 2009

Lemonade - Big Weekend

Lemonade - Big Weekend

Review of Lemonade's album Big WeekendNo lo me gusta. That's Spanish for I don't like it, but I didn't want to start a review off so negatively as just saying: I don't like it. So...

Review posted on 21st July 2009

Engineers - Three Fact Fader

Engineers - Three Fact Fader

Review of The Engineers album Three Fact Fader. You may think that engineers are the people behind the creation of the pyramids, the nuclear reactor, the submarine and the hot air balloon, and I wouldn't...

Review posted on 13th July 2009

Peyoti For President - Rising Tide of Conformity

Peyoti For President - Rising Tide of Conformity

Review of Peyoti For President's album Rising Tide of Conformity. Before putting the CD on, I checked out the plush triptych case and booklet, with its anti- propaganda artwork and rebel rousing statements. A little...

Review posted on 13th July 2009

Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath & Master of Reality

Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath & Master of Reality

Review of Black Sabbath's self-titled album and Master Of Reality both re-issued as deluxe editions. I've been listening to a lot of Black Sabbath lately to try and get back to a solid appreciation of...

Review posted on 7th July 2009

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Running For The Drum

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Running For The Drum

Review of Buffy Sainte Marie's album Running For The Drum.Since embarking upon her folk music career back in the 60's, Buffy Sainte Marie has always stood out from other singer/songwriters. Most of Buffy Sainte Marie's...

Review posted on 7th July 2009

Crazy Arm - Retro Bar, Manchester

Crazy Arm - Retro Bar, Manchester

Review of Crazy Arm live at the Retro Bar in Manchester.What do you usually do with your Monday nights? If they have recently been plighted with an unhealthy amount of shit TV, then, terrifying as...

Review posted on 7th July 2009

The Alexandria Quartet - The Alexandria Quartet

The Alexandria Quartet - The Alexandria Quartet

Review of The Alexandria Quartet's self-titled albumI can only assume that these four musical minds have drawn inspiration for their title 'The Alexandria Quartet' from the name given to the literary tetralogy created by Lawrence...

Review posted on 18th June 2009

The Ghost of a Thousand - New Hopes, New Demonstrations

The Ghost of a Thousand - New Hopes, New Demonstrations

Review of The Ghost of a Thousand album New Hopes, New Demonstrations.This is a most savoury treat for the hardcore punk metal fans out there, especially those looking for a new way to piss off...

Review posted on 9th June 2009

Kap Bambino - Blacklist

Kap Bambino - Blacklist

Review of Kap Bambino's album Blacklist. The name Kap Bambino, although sounding like the contents of an Italians baby's nappy, is actually the title created by the French musical duo Caroline Martial and Orion Bouvier...

Review posted on 9th June 2009

Def Leppard - Pyromania / Adrenalize Deluxe Editions

Def Leppard - Pyromania / Adrenalize Deluxe Editions

Review of the Def Leppard deluxe versions of Pyromania / Adrenalize.As many will know, Def Leppard have furnished the ears of the masses with an astounding repertoire of classic rock anthems like 'pour some sugar...

Review posted on 9th June 2009

Mouthwash - True Stories

Mouthwash - True Stories

Review of the Mouthwash album True Stories. Holy crap, I've been wondering what happened to these guys. I remember back to the turn of the century when me and my partner in crime were digging...

Review posted on 3rd June 2009

Joker's Daughter - The Last Laugh

Joker's Daughter - The Last Laugh

Review of Joker's Daughter's album The Last Laugh.I purged myself of expectation, cleared my mind of troubles, pushed the imaginary stop button on the soundtrack inside my head and sat down on a comfy beanbag....

Review posted on 27th May 2009

Ben Harper - White Lies for Dark Times

Ben Harper - White Lies for Dark Times

Review of Ben Harper & Relentless 7 album White Lies for Dark Times.With 'White Lies for Dark Times' you know that you're in for a treat as soon as the CD starts spinning. The album...

Review posted on 26th May 2009

Hollywood Undead - Swan Songs

Hollywood Undead - Swan Songs

Review of Hollywood Undead's album Swan Song. If you have an uncontrollable urge to listen to 5 masked men rapping and singing like the backstreet boys with the poignant and thought provoking topics of drinking...

Review posted on 26th May 2009

Kong - Snake Magnet

Kong - Snake Magnet

Review of Kong's album Snake MagnetThis is a stonking debut from the experimental punk soundwave defilers from Manchester. The band consists of 3 angry psychedelic miscreants thrashing out a number of gnarled up tracks that...

Review posted on 26th May 2009

Dub Pistols - Rum and Coke

Dub Pistols - Rum and Coke

Review of Dub Pistols album Rum And Coke. This is a smooth and groovy party album, with some tenacious beats that will fill the unused interstices inside your head like expanding foam. Warning! If you're...

Review posted on 22nd May 2009

Scott Matthew - There Is An Ocean That Divides

Scott Matthew - There Is An Ocean That Divides

Review of the Scott Matthew album 'There Is An Ocean That Divides' Scott Matthew or Scotty as you may have seen him credited before is not the Birmingham troubadour, but a Brooklyn based Queenslander of...

Review posted on 22nd May 2009

Los Albertos - Dish It Up

Los Albertos - Dish It Up

Review of Los Albertos album Dish It Up. Hell yeah, this is music that'll make you want to shake your toosh. If these Ska-tter brained loonies had their way, you'd be dancing until your feet...

Review posted on 20th May 2009

Astrid Williamson - Here Come The Vikings

Astrid Williamson - Here Come The Vikings

Review of Astrid Williamson's album Here Come The Vikings.'Here come the Vikings'.The title has quite a formidable ring to it and I was hoping there would be some inference to bearded, beer gorged marauders charging...

Review posted on 20th May 2009

Gallows - Grey Britain

Gallows - Grey Britain

Review of Gallows album Grey BritainThis album has enough energy to boil all of the water in your body. Those who are faint of heart or who fear spontaneous combustion should run away. After turning...

Review posted on 11th May 2009

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