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 – #24 Blood Sport

When you and your mates at Uni start a band, which genre do you attach yourself to, like a lamprey holding for dear life? In a city renowned for quiffs and indie rockers, the possibility of becoming just another Wilkinson-brand #epicbantzsquad is a looming threat. I’m not quite sure how Blood Sport landed face first into the aggrobeat genre, but the loud thud still resonates. Maybe it … Continue reading 30 Days, 30 Bands – #24 Blood Sport

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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 – #20 Drenge

I once wrote an article for Vice, talking about the similarities between Mexico City and Sheffield. It was a white label affair, so my name wasn’t there, it was mostly an ad for Jimador Tequila, dashed with anecdotes about sediment sampling in the Don, jokes about burritos (not my idea), and photos of Club60 and Tye Die Tapes (my idea.) It tried to be a … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #20 Drenge

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30 days, 30 bands – #19 65daysofstatic

“A very angry wolf…”- Joe Shrewsbury, describing 65daysofstatic‘s sound. In late June 2007, an expensive copy of Rock Sound made it to my grubby paws in the quiet city of Bentonville, Arkansas. It had a free CD and one of the bands there was 65daysofstatic. I thoroughly enjoyed what I heard and I wondered if I would hear more from them later. The free CD had … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #19 65daysofstatic

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30 days, 30 bands – #18 Nat Johnson

Officially, I heard from Nat Johnson when she was way over Monkey Swallows The Universe. Unofficially, I’ve heard of her just before that Last of The Summer festival I didn’t go to anyways. I remember an editor at Forge Media being a little obsessed with the ‘Sheffield Shanty’ track. I said that ‘Bloodline’ was better. And that’s why I got sacked from Forge Media. Well, no, or maybe I … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #18 Nat Johnson

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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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