Making Dinner Music: Studio Diaries #1

Chapter #1 – Re: Grouping *Author’s Note – The recording of this album took place during July 16th – 30th. As a result of that, my tense during these missives will be all over the place. Sorry. If you’ve ever been in a band or partaken in a creative endeavour (doesn’t have to be making a record) with a group of people, you will understand … Continue reading Making Dinner Music: Studio Diaries #1

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Review: La Sera – Queens EP

Whoa, Katy Goodman, slow down! Three releases in a year! And all good to boot! Queens is a rapid-fire EP delivered just in time for a new La Sera tour, and in its curt 18 minutes, it motors through emotions, swathing our hearts with warm guitars and some shredding solos. Yes, shredding solos. In a La Sera album. The punkier attitude is still there and the solos come with … Continue reading Review: La Sera – Queens EP

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30 days, 30 bands – #30 The Clench

 By all means, I can’t justify my love of country. I’m Mexican, so the closest decent thing we’ve got to country on the radio are John Denver songs and maybe a few Johnny Cash songs. Heck, you might find a few people, all of them over thirty, who know Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, but that’s as far as it goes. No, corridos don’t count. Nor … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #30 The Clench

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Review: Ultimate Painting – Dusk

  I keep mistyping their name as “Intimate Painting”. It’s a Freudian slip, really. Dusk is the third Ultimate Painting, a well-oiled psychedelic folk machine made up from Jack Cooper and James Hoare . Both come from severely underrated bands, Mazes and Veronica Falls. What first brought me into their world is how their writing styles melted together. Ultimate Painting had enough distorted moments to jolt you from your zoning out, but then you could float back into … Continue reading Review: Ultimate Painting – Dusk

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30 days, 30 bands – #29 Tye Die Tapes

Right, not an actual band, but a label that was doing something very different. Bored stiff with the scene (hate that word) in Sheffield, Adam Zejma and James Levitt ventured into that white husk overlooking the blue devastation called Decathlon and that dive bar infected by racists, Lord Nelson. From 2010 until 2016, that upper floor in that corner building caught between Sylvester Street and Arundel … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #29 Tye Die Tapes

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30 days, 30 bands – #28 Wet Nuns

Author’s note:  It’s been almost two years since I wrote this. It was a couple of days after Leki left us. I was angry, depressed and confused. Leki was always nice to me. Every time I ran into him, either on West Street, at a gig or just rambling by the forest, he would always have a quick, honest smile for you. He was very empathic too. I saw … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #28 Wet Nuns

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Review: The Lucid Dream – Compulsion Songs

  What is the sound of space? NASA  has already solved this question, but the music fans, as romantic as they always will be like, imagine it being reverberated, droning and strangely hypnotic. Give me the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Quatermass, Hookworms and Aarktica and I’ll be happy. None in stock? It matters not, I see you have The Lucid Dream. Has it really been six years since we … Continue reading Review: The Lucid Dream – Compulsion Songs

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30 days, 30 bands – #27 The Violet May

“No, you aren’t the Sex Pistols, stop acting like this!” – a fellow reviewer on twitter referring to the Violet May’s set at The Foundry. Another band I got into thanks to The Hope Explosion. It was them who got me into The Violet May after a long conversation in the lovely beer garden at the Fat Cat. The stories, the myths, the ferocity.  I missed … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #27 The Violet May

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30 days, 30 bands – #26 Dead Sons

“I described you to my friends in Mexico as Apocalyptic desert rock“ “We’re alright with that!” -2008- “It’s a shame you weren’t around before, fella” he said, before taking a gulp of Kopparberg, “you could’ve seen Milburn‘s last ever gig“. “When was this?” I ask to the guy whose name I never quite got. The River Don shines gold in a rare sunny October day. … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #26 Dead Sons

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30 days, 30 bands – #25 Molly Anna

Wait, what? This might feel like a cheat. Maybe. I know these posts under the umbrella tag “The Sheffield Years” celebrate some of the many bands I saw while living in Sheffield. Bands that made it, bands that burnt out, bands that never quite achieved flight. So, why Molly Anna? Why place a band like this in this nostalgia-ridden piece? Because nostalgia is good. Nostalgia … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #25 Molly Anna

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