Review: Black Cat White Cat – Nine Wild Lovers

The long road for an album release can sometimes be treacherous. Self-defeating thoughts, the real world, health issues, economic declines, you name it, all factors dragging a release by its heels. It can feel eternal, and two bands I’ve talked about this week fit this path. One was Psychic Twin. The other is Black Cat White Cat. As previously mentioned in this Shithole of a … Continue reading Review: Black Cat White Cat – Nine Wild Lovers

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30 days, 30 bands – #16 Bromheads

Tramlines 2009. The first one. The one where the local music bug bit me. Probably because I stepped on it with all my splendorous overweightness (!). I’d just seen La Folie at the Frog & Parrot and dragged myself uphill, back to Endcliffe Village. Statistics about fungus and micas had to be done. I was still thinking about the previous night, when I managed to squeeze into DQ and … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #16 Bromheads

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30 days, 30 bands – #15 The Unfortunate Incident

“The Unfortunate Incident!” “Who?” “The Proclaimers with Zac Effron.” “Sorry, I’m lost. Would you happen to have a pouty band instead?” “Who?” indeed. I mean this in a nice way. They had praise from Steve Lamacq. They had a great show at the O2 Academy. They gorged on Krispy Kreme donuts at DQ during Oxjam 2009. They always played their hearts out. They endured a … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #15 The Unfortunate Incident

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30 Days, 30 Bands – #14 Hey Sholay

“And I know it sounds strange // But I don’t know how to change the clocks The clocks // Oh love, I can change…but I don’t know how to change the clocks”- Hey Sholay Between history and the myth, choose the myth. Always. So said Tony Wilson (allegedly) in the lifechanging 24 Hour Party People. This myth goes back to 2009. I had a guest ticket to see Skint & Demoralised at Sheffield … Continue reading 30 Days, 30 Bands – #14 Hey Sholay

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30 days, 30 bands – #12 Renegade Brass Band

12 days in and I think I’ve mentioned this fantastic bunch of ne’er-do-wells at least twice. My usual quip is that they ruined my knees in at least two (2) occasions, but, truth be told, I’d be amazed if they didn’t mess up with anybody else’s knees. You just can’t keep still once they take the stage, with the warm sound of a brass section, … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #12 Renegade Brass Band

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30 days, 30 bands – #8 RepoMen

  “The life of a Repo Man is always intense.” It was “candy night, y’all” at The Grapes. Well, it wasn’t that name. It was a gig night that the people of Pisco Sour Hour had curated. They always put a good gig in that joint and there was always some kind of decoration theme going for the night. Sugar Rush! I think that was the name. That … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #8 RepoMen

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30 days, 30 bands – #7 Oxo Foxo

  “When you have to choose between the truth and the legend, choose the legend.” –Tony Wilson 2008. September: “Last of the Summer?” “Yes, that’s the name. Anything wrong?” “Just wondering if it had anything to do with Last of the Summer wine?” “You know that show?”  “Hey, I’m from Mexico, not the moon…’sides, I told you I know of TISWAS!” I had the ticket. … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #7 Oxo Foxo

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30 days, 30 bands – #4 The Hot Soles

  Razzle Dazzle! Take The Blues Brothers vibrant stage demeanour, add the soulful vocals of a guy who is a massive Aretha Franklin / Queen fan, yank a drummer with a heart of gold and perfect beat and let them loose on the lonesome streets of Sheffield (and Rotherham, the new Berlin.) Whatchoo got? The Hot Soles. Sole Brother A. Sole Brother B. Kieran (vocals, guitar) and Richard (drums) blew … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #4 The Hot Soles

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The Lost Gem: Absinthe Blind – Rings

  This one I have some history with. Flashback to 2011. It’s late November, the city of Sheffield is the coldest it has felt in ages and the amount of lab work I need to do for my PhD is staggering. On a personal note, things are going a little south in a relationship and it feels like it will all end in tears. The only … Continue reading The Lost Gem: Absinthe Blind – Rings

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