Monday, 31 August 2009

On the Stereo

1. Oh Brother! Oh Sister! -Skeletons and the Empty Pockets -

2. My Propeller - Arctic Monkeys -

3. Relator - Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson -

4. You're Not Coming Home Tonight - First Aid Kit -

5. Backstreet Lovers - The Crookes -

Top tunes x

Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson - Relator

As unlikely as it seems this collaboration came to fruition a couple of years ago, before Johansson took a walk on the wild side and released her first solo effort, ‘Anywhere I Lay My Head’, a Tom Waits cover album.

The actress laid down the vocals for the duo’s forthcoming album, ‘Break Up’, in just two afternoon sessions after Yorn contacted her after an inspirational dream. The alliance is said to be influenced by Serge Gainsbourg’s 1967 and 1968 albums with Brigitte Bardot.

There is a sweet retro feel about ‘Relator’ which is an acoustic chug drenched in melody with bluesy bursts escaping from a fuzzed out guitar. It’s melodic and the combined vocals work well with Johansson sounding more like a 60s swinger with a bohemian heart beat than a highflying actress with mountains of money while Yorn stamps his trademark crazy lazy vocal over the track leaving a pop rock crooner suitable for all ages.

Album ‘Break Up’ is released September 8 through Atco/Rhino.

The Crookes - The Bowery, Sheffield - 30/8/9

It is bank holiday and everyone’s out. There are orange faces, hitched skirts, numb-skull white shirted pricks chanting at the orange faces and then jumping in front of taxis on Sheffield’s flooded West Street. It’s nice up north and so is the weather but it’s a relief to eventually find solace in new(ish) Monkey bar, The Bowery.

Tonight Sheffield’s own shanty loving quartet The Crookes are the main attraction amongst DJ sessions and colourful cup cakes.

As the band take to the stage there is a moment of calm in the packed bar and people turn and face to see what Steve Lamacq’s “top new band” are all about. It seems they already know as the Crookes open with ‘Yes, Yes, We Are Magicians’ and mouths are silently moving along with the words as the band who named themselves after a suburb of the city they met in swing gently until the they abandon the finger clicks and jerk into life.

They follow up with set highlight, ‘Backstreet Lovers’, which exposes their fragile song writing and gentle approach with a comforting and reminiscent edge that brings romance back to the Bowery for a few short minutes.

The band have the sweetest sound which never threatens to leave their fingertips despite there being a mid-set lull in which the band fall a little too far in love. The guitarists absently follow each other’s fingers up their fret boards and the energy is lost as the ambient chat of the crowd glows ever greater until the band reach set closer, ‘A Colliers Wife’ (“I know there are things you’d like to do but I like wasting time with you.”)

To large cheers and couple of beers the Crookes leave the stage having charmed an intrigued crowd who will undoubtedly seek this band out once more.

‘A Colliers Wife’ is the Crookes debut single and is set to be released with ‘By The Seine’ on September 13 this year. After becoming Steve Lamacq’s favourite new scenesters, being ‘band of the week’ on Radio 6 Music and a catalogue of sun-loving tunes it looks like the Crookes might just live up to their name and steal your heart.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Oasis Split!!

Oasis have sensationally split. Noel Gallagher has announced through the official band website that he quit the band on August 28: "It's with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight, people will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer."

It comes after the Manchester band cancelled their show at Paris' Rock en Seine festival just moments before taking to the stage. The rumours suggest there was some kind of altercation between the two brothers.

The drama follows the band pulling their V Festival performances last weekend due to 'illness' and it looks like the band will never play together again, at least for a long while.

Arctic Monkeys - Humbug

So, on the back of two mighty successful albums, a side project, new bar and bass player, Arctic Monkeys have made it to album number three. There has been much talk about the Sheffield quartet’s third long player, whether they can once again crack their crooked tunes to the top of the musical tree, where they’ll be headed and if they can live up to their own much lauded super status.

Second album, ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’, was released almost exactly a year after debut ‘Whatever people Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ and saw the band shift ever so slightly from their Sheffield roots to take a more knowing approach despite displaying their spiky punk funk in the same manner.

Alex Turner has had a bit of fun with his mate Miles Kane and the two produced Last Shadow Puppets while Matt Helders was one of the three main spear heads in the creation of Sheffield’s Tramlines festival amongst other projects and collaborations such as Mongrel with Drew McConnell from Babyshambles and Rev. John McClure.

Once the band regrouped they made way to the Mojave Desert and Los Angeles to record ‘Humbug’ which has been largely produced by Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme. It seems leaving their place of origin has inspired the band to move far away from their original inner city routes roots of riotous street poetry to create something that seems all the more expressive and perceptive when compared with the stuff that got them here.

From the haunting melodies of ‘My Propeller’ and ‘Secret Door’ to the incandescent chorus and spider infested guitar amp creep of preceding single ‘Crying Lightning’ (“and I love that little game you had called, Crying Lightning”) the band show how much they’ve progressed. The backing vocal hooks wrap you round their little fingers and Turner’s raconteur approach is more thoughtful and romantic than before, his voice has dropped and his Yorkshire twang lies beneath a bubbling surface to create a darker impact on his story telling.

Standout moments include ‘Cornerstone’, a romantic tale in which Turner croons “I thought I saw you in The Rusty Hook, huddled up in a wicker chair. I wandered over for a closer look and kissed whoever was sitting there” before penultimate tune ‘Pretty Visitors’ kicks up a stink as they return to their fast paced aggressive attack: “What came first the chicken or the dick head?!” to show they’ve still got the bite that brought Glastonbury to its knees.

Friday, 28 August 2009


There has been lots going on this week, what with the end of V Fetival and Oasis' most disappointing no-show due to illness. A few mild mannered covers were never going to make up for the Manchester band's absence and has led to questions over their future which have seemingly be hushed with Liam's sister-in-law,
Nicole Appleton, claiming "Oasis will die before they split up."

Bob Dylan has finally revealed he will release a Christmas album called 'Christmas In The Heart' with the proceeds charity Feed America.
The singer songwriter also revealed he may become the voice for a Sat Nav on his BBC radio show.

Beardo bluesman Seasick Steve has announced that his follow up to 2008's 'Started Out With Nothin And I Still Got Most Of It Left' on October 19. 'Man From Another Time' is recorded in the same fashion as his previous record and produced in analogue rather than your typical up-to-date digital sounds.

Linkin Park, Mark Ronson and Justin Timberlake are all set to feature on a new Kings of Leon remix album with songs spanning their career.

Them Crooked Vultures made their much anticipated live UK debut on August 26 supporting Arctic Monkeys at London's O2 Academy playing tunes such as 'Elephant' and 'Nobody Love Me And Neither Do I'.

Former Arctic Monkey, Andy Nicholson, has joined ex Milburn member Joe Carnall's Joe Carnall and the Bookclub along with other ex Milburn members Louis Carnall and Tom Green.

Despite the many ridiculous arguments for and against, it looks like flags won't be banned from Glastonbury next year....

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Simian Mobile Disco - Temporary Pleasure

When the ashes of Simian collected to form Simian Mobile Disco in 2005 there was an excitement in the air. Their under achieving first outfit lacked cutting edge despite producing the excellent ‘Here It Comes’ and have since been making their new projects work for them with serious vengeance.

The DJing/production duo gained acclaim for their remixes, including Muse, Air, Armand Van Helden, The Kills and The Go! Team and were known to make dance music for the indie kids as their blip-bop electro tripped and kicked to funky beats.

‘Temporary Pleasure’ is their second studio album and comes two years after their first, ‘Attack Decay Sustain Release’ and the two records have sandwiched a live album (‘Live In Japan’) and a remix album (‘Sample And Hold’.)

There are many notable collaborations that the duo have brought in for their second effort including face, belly and mouth the Gossip, Beth Ditto, and band whore Gruff Rhys but despite this, Simian Mobile Disco have created something isolated and soulless.

Despite high profile work with the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Mystery Jets they’ve failed to grab inspiration and move into something with a bit more substance as the album follows the same tact throughout with little to separate its mindless synth and sloth like chug than a few noteworthy melodies.

‘Cream Dream’ stands out in a colourful, glow stick-clad crowd as Gruff Rhys’ floaty vocal opens on a pleasant pop note: “She was a recreational, motivational, inspirational sun. An international, theoretical experiment that didn’t go wrong,” and lead single ‘Audacity Of Huge’ (feat. Chris Keater) has huge dance floor grooves.

Beth Ditto then stamps her trademark yowl onto ‘Cruel Intentions’ before the album starts to fall away in a predictable, monotonous manner.

To be fair (and we must be fair) it’s pleasant in the right context and there are dance floor fillers hidden amongst the continued 80s electro revival, it’s just laden with a continuous synth drawl that begs your ears to bleed if you’re going to listen to it as a whole. Of course, this might be what they want...

Friday, 21 August 2009

The Dø

Having formed in 2007, this French/Finnish duo wave goodbye to consistent, one way sounds to create a genre-flitting bank of romance.

Having met while recording music for the film ‘Empire of Wolves’, Dan Levy and Olivia Merilahti have a taste for the strange and their sound throws instruments, sounds and chants into a very complicated, yet beautifully simple equation.

The Dø (pronounced dough) have a fresh sound that vibrates between softly sung (in English, not French) melodies to chugging clean guitars and simple beats (‘Bridge Is Broken’) before transforming into a chanting vibe of noise lurching into alternative indie hip hop with a funky street vibe to it (‘Queen dot Kong’).

The band released their debut album, ‘A Mouthful’, in January 2008 and still collaborate for films, most notably, 'The Passenger'. They also feature on the current UK television advert for Oxford Stationary.

During the pretty pop swing of ‘Stay’, Merilahti beautifully (and she is beautiful) croons “stay just a little bit more, don’t let my heart turn heart turn sore” with understated strings and the shanty sway of a battered beach guitar before she lowers the tone with an innocently executed whisper: “coz all the lazy boy could do was run, then I knew for sure, that he would never be the satisfying shag I needed.”

The kind of stuff dreams are made of.

Them Crooked Vultures reveal studio footage

New supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures, have revealed more about their exciting new project with a new video clip of them in studio. The clip features an instrumental snippet of riff heavy 'Nobody Love Me And Neither Do I'.

Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones of Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stoneage and Led Zeppelin respectively, are rumoured to be playing in the UK soon after their recent performance on August 19 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Fingers crossed.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Dan Arborise - You'll All Get What's Coming To You

There’s a twinkle in Dan Arborise’s song writing that can be found in few other places.

The well travelled finger picking extremist (born in Borneo to Polish parents with a childhood spent travelling across much of Europe and Africa), has a charm and dreamy wisp to his sound and translates his inspiration of open country side and detachment from the urban savannah of city life into open and intimate songs.

Taken from the album, ‘Of Tide And Trail’, ‘You’ll All Get What’s Coming To You’ is an ethereal and evocative blend of acoustic mastery and Arborise has his finger on the pulse, even if he is off the beaten track of mainstream folk.

B-side, ‘Cries’ carries the same finesse releasing a more spaced side to Arborise as his lazy vocals are carried by yearning guitars and yet more finger picking swaggery.

Released August 17 through Just Music.

First Aid Kit

Swedish sisterly duo, First Aid Kit, are a revelation. Johanna and Klara Söderburg, aged 19 and 16 respectively, claim this is music for the heart, not for the charts. They’re damn right and their charming dreamy ideals do nothing but make these young ladies dazzle amongst their heartfelt folk harmonies.

They’ve taken Sweden by storm and are about to embark on UK tours with fellow quirky folksters Slow Club and Fanfarlo to display their blissfully simple tunes that are so plain and honest in their delivery making them as infectious as a good bout of swine.

‘You’re Not Coming Home Tonight’ rings along with perfect precision as the girls aptly exhibit their bucket load of raw talent as they sing “the ship is sailing, I’ll meet you on the other side, the future’s unclear but hopefully it will be fine.”

September dates:

End of the Road Festival – Dorset – 12/9/9
Cavern Club – Exeter – 15/9/9
Joiners – Southampton – 16/9/9
Barfly – Cardiff – 17/9/9
The Loft – Maidstone – 18/9/9
Guildhall – Gloucester – 19/9/9
Deaf Institute – Manchester – 28/9/9
Fibbers – York – 29/9/9
ABC2 – Glasgow – 30/9/9

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

FREE EELS - Happy days are here again

Eels have announced details of a free, five track EP through their website.

Band leader, E, recorded the session as part of Myspace Transmission Sessions and sees the charismatic singer going solo on piano and guitar for tunes such as "The Look You Give That Guy" from recent album, 'Hombre Lobo' and 'Beautiful Freak' classic, 'My Beloved Monster'.

The complete session (six songs) will be released as a 12" vinyl on September 1.


'In My Dreams'
'Tremendous Dynamite'
'My Beloved Monster'
'The Look You Give That Guy'
'Girl From The North Country'

Gomez announce UK tour dates

To follow up their most recent album, 'A New Tide', Gomez have announced a series of live dates throughout the UK during the winter period.

The band have somewhat slipped off the radar in recent years despite a tour last year to mark the 10 year anniversary of their Mercury Prize winning album,'Bring It On', playing tracks only from the 1998 release.

The tour starts at Coventry's Kasbah on November 14 and will come to head in Edinburgh, at the Queen's Hall on November 27.

Full schedule:

Coventry Kasbah - November 14
Northampton Roadmenders - 15
Brighton Corn Exchange - 16
Southampton University - 17
Exeter Lemon Grove - 19
London Troxy - 20
Sheffield Plug - 24
Whitehaven Civic Hall - 25
Edinburgh Queens Hall - 27

Weezer reveal dates for new album and single

American Geek Rockers, Weezer, have announced that they're releasing their seventh studio album in October this year.

A statement from their website reads: "People its official: Weezer's upcoming 7th studio album (title, details, etc to be announced) is set for release October 27th, 2009!...And the first single off the album is titled "(If you're wondering if I want you to) I want you to" and it comes out on August 25th!"

The song has already had mixed reviews from hardcore fans but displays the same ethos the band have always followed, a distinct pop twinge with a punky edge and the obvious sing-along traits.

In addition to the news the band have revealed that singer Rivers Cuomo will make a special appearance for the 'Athletes for Africa Charity Soccer Tournament' the day before their next tour starts on August 22 in Toronto.

Myspace Watch - Skeletons and the Empty Pockets

A ruckus is going down and Skeletons are the cause.

Having met at a karate lesson “many years ago” this concoction of rock n roll and sing-along chorus’ chops through airwaves with an aggressive undertone showing that these boys have got some intent.

Debut single, ‘Oh Brother! Oh Sister’ is an assault on your ears as they rip through a colossal chorus: “Oooooh brother! Bring on the bad weather. Oooooh sister, pull yourself together, let me go, oh baby let me go” through cruising guitars, tapping keys and kicking drums.

You can feel their pop influences creeping into their tunes despite their dominating slap-dash rock approach and it becomes more apparent on demo ‘Pack The Suitcase’ which bops along amiably until you reach another chorus of large proportions: “So please please please, let me be, let me show you the way.”

Monday, 17 August 2009

Missing - The Vines

Needing little introduction, The Vines strolled somewhat scattily into 2002 clad with their debut album, ‘Highly Evolved’, to the whole world’s pleasure. They were named as the ‘new Nirvana’ and lauded over like the new kings of rock n roll and are arguably a band that have been destroyed by their own hype.

With their fourth studio album, ‘Melodia’ released somewhat quietly in October 2008 the Vines have been hushed since front man and songwriter, Craig Nicholls, was diagnosed Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism where sufferers show significant difficulties with social interaction.

Known for their energetic, inconsistent and destructive live performances, The Vines were somewhat unpredictable on every front. They gathered a global following and had chart hits with ‘Get Free’ and ‘Outtathaway’ in between unpredictable television appearances on ‘Later... With Jools Holland’ and on Lettermen’s well known US chat show.

The difference between outrageous and plain shambolic was dictated by Nicholls’ mood, whether he had had a satisfactory bong hit or whether a McDonald’s was close by but when the troubled singer was in the right frame of mind, they were almost untouchable. The rest of the quartet followed their front man’s schizophrenic vocal, moving from fast to slow effortlessly and kicking the shit out of their feedback-ridden instruments.

It seems the reason The Vines have slipped out of the limelight is largely due to their singer’s ill health. During the tour supporting their second album, ‘Winning Days’ (which despite the hit ‘Ride’ was not received as well as their debut) the band reached boiling point and an on stage ruckus prompted founding member and long time friend of Nicholls, Patrick Matthews, to leave the band.

With his departure creating a bassist size void in the group they rather quickly announced that the band was on hiatus. It was during this period that Craig Nicholls’ condition was diagnosed. This was followed by the news that the band would never resume a “normal touring schedule” but The Vines would remain a band nonetheless and still record (an activity Nicholls preferred to touring.)

The band stayed true to their word and in 2006 ‘Vision Valley’ was released (bass duty was taken by Andy Kent of You Am I) and The Vines returned to the stage with their new bassist Brad Heald. Their third effort showed glimpses of their earlier spangled rock n roll (‘Anysound’, ‘Don’t Listen To The Radio’) but rarely crossed the lines their previous successes.

After several live appearances from then on and with the release of their fourth album, The Vines are still very much here, they’ve just been hiding in the eye of their own storm. While they will never return to the, dare I say, genius of their first album, they’re still churning out fast and furious rockers with the angst filled squawk of Nicholls still having as much charge as his airy, floating and impudent harmonies.

Friday, 14 August 2009

The Wallbirds

With their new album said to be completed and on its way, television airplay and some seriously gritty gigs under their belt, The Wallbirds’ ambiguous folk pop is about to turn heads.

The three-piece who hail from Doncaster formed in 2007 and have since become well known for their live shows and simplistic approach. With live tours with Pigeon Detectives, Air Traffic and One Night Only already under their belts, this is a band who will be looking to broaden their horizons over the coming months.

This is a lovable group built upon ramshackle folk blues roots and they swing in a way no other band does which doesn’t necessarily fit in with what our current fad-ridden society may demand. Some may compare Walt ‘Wallbird’ Lindley’s croaking vocals to a younger Dylan but those people should hang their heads out of a window in shame...and then jump. This band are about a lot more than obvious comparisons and 70s swing and they emphasise this quality through their balladry and spirit to create a unclean country Motown sound.

Using a host of vintage recording equipment to create their carefully constructed retro sway, the Wallbirds recorded their debut album, rumoured to be called ‘Changes With The Moon’, in a variety of places including London, Lincolnshire and Glasgow before jetting off to LA to mix their first long player with legendary rock producer Bob Clearmountain (Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams).

Having won a round of well known plaudits including Terry Wogan, Chris Evans and Janice Long the band have announced a few live dates for the end of the year, a list they say they’re going to add to.

The band’s first self titled EP held the album title, ‘Changes With The Moon’ amongst others including ‘8 O’Clock Blues’ (“long to sing you a lullaby, but your breath smells just like booze”) and their debut single ‘The Avenue’ was a joyous folk blast which landed them their first television appearance on Manchester's ‘Channel M’ on the 'City Centre Social Show' last January. This has recently been followed up by their new single ‘Lying By The Side Of You’ being featured on popular Channel 4 soap, ‘Hollyoaks’.

Live dates to watch out for:
8 Oct – Kings College – London
12 Nov – King Tuts – Glasgow
14 Nov – The Priory – Doncaster
21 Nov – Fat Sams - Dundee

Thursday, 13 August 2009

The Victorian Gentlemens Club - Watching the Burglars

This is jungle music for the city dwellers. The Victorian English Gentlemens Club, known for their disjointed art-rockin ramblings, try to make you hate them in every way but win you over with their haphazard hybrid of noise.

With a reshuffled line up (they’ve expanded from a three piece to a four) and after a significant absence, the band have retained their unique all over the place sound and “I’ll do what the fuck I want” attitude.

Taken from their new album, ‘Love On An Oil Rig’, ‘Watching The Burglars’ is a scatty and audacious romp of new wave sounds and backwards pop ideals to charm and harm as they ring “fire, ice and everything they throw at you” in a chorus that has way more punch than Judy.

Released 10/8/9 and new album, ‘Love On An Oil Rig’ released 7/9/9 through This Is Fake DIY Records.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Motion Picture Soundtrack - Departure

From ‘the heart of the garden of England’ (Canterbury) come Motion Picture Soundtrack and their new EP, ‘Departure’.

Over the last 18 months these perfectionists of euphoric pop have been working on their debut album, ‘The Shapes We Fear Are Our Own’, in Copenhagen, London and the US, grafting with the likes of Hugh Jones (I Am Kloot), Dan Austin (Doves, Massive Attack) and Bob Ludwig (Radiohead).

Title track of this three song EP, ‘Departure’, reveals a dark sound and a theatrical feel with soaring melodies and heartbroken lyrics (“I feel your love every time I rewind) perfectly displaying the sonic energies this band are becoming known for.

The problem is that it isn’t fantastically futuristic enough to get you in a sticky mess and by the time ‘Faults Of A Realist’ gets into full flow you’ve had your fill and after a few more listens it merges into an over indulgent and over produced bag of epic mediocrity.

Released 7/9/9

Kings of Leon set to feature in London exhibition

Coming off the back of the success of 'Only By The Night', NME have reported that rare photographs of Kings of Leon will be on display in Camden's Proud Gallery.

The exhibition, named 'Kings of Leon: 10 Year Reign', is comprised of photographs taken by NME's Jo McCaughey will be on display from October 22 to December and photographs from all of the bands career will be shown.

Entry will be free.

Jackson's post mortem results kept secret

The results of Michael Jackson's post mortem are to be kept sealed until the Los Angeles Police Department have finished their investigations into the singers death.

Dr Conrad Murray, who was Jackson's personal doctor and was with him at the time of his death is at the centre of a manslaughter investigation and BBC News has reported that toxicology reports have been completed and are expected to show that the King of Pop had medication in his system at the time of his death.

In other Jackson news, a film documenting the rehearsals for the singers ill fated 'This Is It' comeback will be shown in cinemas around the world from October 28.

The project has been given full support from Jackson's estate and will also feature behind-the-scenes footage.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

The Black Box Revelation - I Think I Like You

Whoever says rock n roll is dead, ever, is a total prick.

Two-piece dirtsters The Black Box Revelation play infectious dirty rock in a catchy world where power chords rule all and less is always, always more.

Coming off the back of a tour with Eagles of Death Metal, ‘I Think I Like You’, plays on the dancing shoes as this belligerent Brussels duo roll into a blues based stomp before singer/guitarist Jan Paternoster lets rip: “There’s something and it makes me smile, I think I like you, there’s something burning in my mind, I think I like you.”

For the believers.

Released August 10 through T4Tunes.

JET - She's A Genius

After a couple of years in obscurity, Aussie rockers JET have come around again to light up our lives with big chorus’s and regurgitated rock n roll of the highest calibre.

Their second album, ‘Shine On’, peaked at number 13 in the UK charts and struggled to match its predecessor, ‘Get Born’, both critically and financially.
With thudding beats and pokey riffs JET release a smile to the sultry faces of our suburban sub-culture handing them a lifeline and a ticket to an all night party.

It aint clever and it certainly isn’t perfect but these rock n roll grooves are meant for little else than a good knees up as Cester’s trademark scream gives an old school and massive vibe to the chorus: “That girls a genius oh a oh oh oh oh, I think she’s serious oh a oh oh oh oh”.

JET’s third studio album ‘Shaka Rock’ is set to be released on August 25.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Myspace Watch - The Morning Orchestra

This doo-wop-pop Brighton four piece “make everything alright” and take you on a Mediterranean holiday to crisp your nose, drink cocktails and put on a few pounds.

Their “shiny happy music for shiny happy people” characterises your favourite children’s cartoon while they wipe the floor with up-beat pop clichés to deliver immaculate harmonies. Easily enough to seduce any sea-side town south of Skegness.

With video entertainment and excellent recordings, this space has enough to keep even the darkest sea dwellers entertained.

Myspace Watch - The Crookes

Acoustic shanty pop is the order of the day with this Sheffield foursome (named after an area of the city) as their irreverent story telling wisps dreamily along to up-beat kicks scantily taking you back to a sixties summers day.

In ‘Backstreet Lovers’ they croon “I waved her away to a friend, at least that’s what she said” clad with vibes that send you back to school with a pencil case and a point to prove.

Myspace Watch - The Violet May

Known for their energetic displays and drawling glam muscle, the Violet May chug in a spaced world of their own and despite only having a mix of rehearsal and live sounds on their space they manage to tap into a dark energy of heavy riffage and translucent vocals.

Singer Chris McClure, brother of Reverend John and face of Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Whatever People Say I Am...That’s What I’m Not’ heads the band and recently told The Sheffield Telegraph: "People who have seen us have buzzed off us. Because we're class. We write with passion. We've got balls."

The band recently played Sheffield Tramlines festival on the Hallam FM main stage.

Radiohead release new song

Radiohead have written and released a new song 'Harry Patch (In Memory Of) in honour of the last living British soldier of World War 1, Harry Patch, who passed away this year aged 111.

Singer Thom Yorke wrote the song after hearing Mr Patch on a BBC Radio 4 interview in 2005. The song was recently recorded and produced by Neil Godrich while the band work on a follow up to 2008's 'In Rainbows'.

Led Zeppelin, Queens of the Stone Age and Foo Fighters form supergroup

In an age where the oh-so fashionable 'supergroup' is fast becoming quite pretentiously regular the most exciting collaboration so far has come to light.

Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) have announced that Them Crooked Vultures have been recording and are set to release album, 'Never Deserved The Future' on October 23 this year with a live date at Metro Chicago, Illinois rumoured to be scheduled for August 9.
More to follow...

Monday, 3 August 2009

Myspace Watch - Elephant Keys

Formerly known as The Dodgems, Sheffield’s Elephant Keys’ pokey rock is exciting and fresh fusing quick beats as well as surging guitars making this milkshake of noise sparkly and sublime in equal measure.

Guaranteed to keep you up at night.

Myspace Watch - The Cartels

Melody and misery ooze out of the Cartels’ ambient and acoustic balladry wearing their self confessed influences (Richard Ashcroft, Noel Gallagher, John Lennon) firmly on their sleeves.

The Sheffield quartet sing lustfully in ‘Heart of Gold’ (“Smiling eyes and her friendly stare like a star and the clothes that she wears”) before ‘Shout It Out’ moseys somewhat uninterestingly to a whiney vocal which is desolate and debilitating in contrast to the previous crooner.

Catch them at The Grapes, Sheffield August 14, The Harley, Sheffield Aug 31.