Single: The Hot Soles – Flat Feet

If a band never releases an album and drip feeds you scorching single after scorching single? The Hot Soles are the exception to that homespun bit of hyperbole. ‘Flat feet’ veers into anthem-rock territory, but with enough soulful blues essence to keep it in the home territory. It feels like torture to keep waiting for a new album, EP, maxisingle, wax-cylinder, anything, but patience will … Continue reading Single: The Hot Soles – Flat Feet

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Review: Matt Pond PA – Still Summer

Have you ever felt an artist belongs to a specific season of the year? We music reviewers tend to throw the “summery song” or “warm hit of the season” thing around from time to time, bestowing a weird blessing to the music that gets us to wear Birkenstocks, bad Acapulco shirts, and knock-off Ray-bans. Reviewing doesn’t pay. At all. Anyways, if we assume music reviewers … Continue reading Review: Matt Pond PA – Still Summer

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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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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 – #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 – #23 Canyon Family

I have a weird obsession with 70s country folk. Sometimes it veers into false memories of golden bright days, being driven around Tula, Hidalgo, while the radio blasts America, Fairport Convention, and John Denver. Other times, dashes of Mazzy Star, Whiskeytown, and Uncle Tupelo come up. I can’t quite put my finger on the name of the band that Canyon Family  reminds me the most of, … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #23 Canyon Family

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30 days, 30 bands – #22 The Death Rays of Ardilla

True story: I was at Bungalows and Bears, on a Saturday night. A lady in a yellow shirt comes to me and asks me about the previous bands that were playing at that Rough Shag night. She then asked about Death Rays of Ardilla.  “Who are that band with the weird name? How are they live?” “Uh…they are loud, and… dunno, aggressive but cool!”  “So what do they … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #22 The Death Rays of Ardilla

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30 days, 30 bands – #21 Cobra-Fist

Hear this tale of yore, grasshoppers, and younglings Of ninjas, fighters, and spiritual distortion guides Who jumped into scene one day, as the manatee spoke Three warriors, like peppers, they came up fierce Three songs, a trifecta, through hearts they pierce Cobra vs Man, Cobra vs Heart, Cobra vs Shaaaaark. Pint-sized ninjas who fought a style not many took In the city of broken Steel … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #21 Cobra-Fist

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30 days, 30 bands – #17 Mabel Love

This will be a short one. Not because there isn’t anything interesting to say about Mabel Love‘s short time in this world. No, the reason is because out of respect to Ricey‘s untimely death, I’m omitting a lot of speculation and hearsay. Because I find it hard to get a clear answer in a lot of things, most of what I write about Mabel Love comes … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #17 Mabel Love

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