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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Stream: Vast Robot Armies – Cruel Elephant

We are delighted to have an exclusive stream of ‘Cruel Elephant’, a rocking track from the newest Vast Robot Armies album, Dinner Music.   Here are a few words from Jason Thomson: I have a long standing fear that after each album I will run out of song ideas. So I tend to pressure myself to write something new within a week of releasing an … Continue reading Stream: Vast Robot Armies – Cruel Elephant

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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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Video: Molinette Cinema – Bicicleta

Come and join Molinette Cinema on a gentle stroll through the bike-friendly fields of ‘Bicicleta’, their newest video. A surreal adventure that involves dinosaur onesies and Grand Theft Crystal ball, ‘Bicicleta’ follows our unnamed protagonist through different chapters. Like the levels of an inexistent point-and-click videogame, items are collected, traded and acquired through the five finger discount, one of the many tools we love to use in … Continue reading Video: Molinette Cinema – Bicicleta

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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 – #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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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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