Thursday, 23 June 2011

Brother - New Years Day


Released June 26

This four piece from Slough are the new band that everybody loves to hate.

There has been a lot of talk about Brother over recent months with their music packing a similar punch to their roguish rock n’ roll star behaviour.

Taken from their forthcoming debut album, ‘Famous First Words’, ‘New Year's Day’ is full of riffs, chants and more hooks than Robson Green’s tackle box. It’s more gritpop than Britpop and the band unleash a cascade of reasons to keep people interested in guitar music. Damn good reasons.

Keep a sharp eye.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Wanda Jackson sounding gooood...

Wanda Jackson covering Bob Dylan's 'Thunder On The Mountain'....

Songs On The Stereo

1. Arctic Monkeys - Black Treacle

2. White Denim - Drug -  

3. Hollie Cook - Milk And Honey -   

4. Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks -   

5. Alex Clare - Hands Are Clever -   

Monday, 13 June 2011

Live Review – Arctic Monkeys

Don Valley Bowl, Sheffield

Having being billed as one of the biggest shows of the summer, some might say Arctic Monkeys have some pressure on their shoulders.

The release of their fourth album ‘Suck It And See’ has preceded this double shindig in Sheffield and after the mixed reviews of ‘Humbug’ questions were also raised about the live performances that accompanied their third album. But as they stroll on stage to Hot Chocolate’s ‘You Sexy Thing’ they don’t look like a band that are hosting the burden of the next day chart run down.

It’s with a swagger that ‘The View From The Afternoon’ and ‘Brianstorm’ thump through their temporary home and the quartet don’t look like they’ve got too much to worry about until the altered breakdown of the otherwise flawless ‘Still Take You Home’ jitters and stutters to expose underlying nerves.

‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ thunders into the Sheffield night before the sing-along crescendo of ‘Crying Lightening’ sends the crowd further into rapture. It's when Turner conducts the world’s largest choir through a sparkling solo rendition of ‘Mardy Bum’ that it becomes more and more apparent that this is a special night - there are skin heads singing with a tear in their eye, flares in the crowd and inflated jonnies floating through space as the sea of hands pump relentlessly to make Sheffield shake in its foundations for 90 minutes, uniting  10, 000 people in happiness and piss.

Miles Kane joins the band for ‘505’ to end the main set before they return with ‘When The Sun Goes Down’, ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ and ‘A Certain Romance’ to cap off an emotional homecoming from one of the Steel City’s finest exports.

Quality not great but you get the idea..

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Rough Fields – Watery Fable


Out Now
Bomb Shop

When James Birchall holed himself in a studio with booze and instruments during a period of seclusion at the close of 2010, he took the alter ego Rough Fields

‘Watery Fable’ is a concoction of urban folk dashed with electronica and harmony that tells a fictional tale of two abandoned tribe members living in their homeland.

After a promising start of ambient vocals and toned down plucky electric guitars, ‘Watery Fable’ begins to fall too far into its own story and drifts into nothingness for the final two minutes to create little other than a lacklustre soundtrack to the demise of a civilisation.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Hollie Cook – Hollie Cook


Released June 6

Mr Bongo Recordings

Having grown up in a household of all things music, it comes as little surprise that the daughter of Sex Pistol Paul Cook ditched school to pursue a career in the family profession.

It’s paid off too and after collaborations with Jamie T and Ian Brown, Cook is releasing her debut album.

Taking influence from reggae singer Janet Kay and Phyllis Dillon, Cook wraps psychedelic pop melodies around dub beats and ska licks with Mike Pelanconi’s slick production adding a summer time shine to the mix.

The spooky ska backdrop to opener ‘Milk And Honey’ plays host to Cook’s entrancing vocals that, despite some flaky lyrics (“every day in the morning paper you, you got the news of the world, your gonna make changes, it's time to laugh all alone in your room,  if only you could shine through the darkness,”) are delivered to near perfection.

‘It’s So Different Here’ and ‘Shadow Kissing’ provide plod-along moments but the subtle horns and chipper beat of Shangri-Las cover ‘Walking In The Sand’ and Caribbean ska of ‘Cry (Disco Mix)’ apply a fresh bond between reggae and pop that stands this album in good stead for the festival season.