The Friends of Batman – Pain EP

“Do you wanna get nuts? C’MON, LET’S GET NUTS.” – Michael Keaton, Batman 1989. A few days from Autumn and the ankle is acting up again. They say all your pains grow exponentially once yours 30s are finished and perhaps that old nugget is true. The bar lights are dimming, the floorboards are sticky like treacle with the bloodied remains of Stellas and Kronenbourgs, the … Continue reading The Friends of Batman – Pain EP

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Review: New Ghost – Burning Out EP

Remember The Fifth Element?If your memories are sketchy, there’s a sequence where Gary Oldman reasons that chaos and destruction are what fuel creation and prosperity. It’s a strange sequence that defines his character and manages to let the actor portray a pompous arms dealer whose ego seals his fate. He was right, though. Destruction does fuel creation and after the dissolution of Firesuite, a Sheffield … Continue reading Review: New Ghost – Burning Out EP

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Review: Reverend & The Makers – The Death of a King

On their sixth album, Reverend & the Makers continue on that path they started to explore in 2015’s Mirrors. A change in sound that conveys both maturity and a need to move away from a genre they knew too well and exhausted with their first two albums. The Death of a King goes for a full, lush sound, that deftly changes from classic sixties pop … Continue reading Review: Reverend & The Makers – The Death of a King

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Interview – Sheffield Sgt. Pepper Project

As most of you know, this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the seminal Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Often hailed as one of the best pop albums ever made (if not the best), the album left both an artistic and technical watermark in the history of music. It also popularised the term “concept album”, coined by such gems like Dust Bowl Ballads and … Continue reading Interview – Sheffield Sgt. Pepper Project

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Review: Pilosa – Such Animals

  Sheffield, what’s going on? Ten years ago, you could throw a can of lager into the air and once it came crashing down, ten indie bands with faint mascara and fake Grenoside accents would slurp the foam seeping into the pavement. Arctic Monkeys copycats are now an old memory, no longer a trend poisoning a musical scene that comes and goes, washing away a … Continue reading Review: Pilosa – Such Animals

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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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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 – #9 The Hope Explosion

Imagine this: it’s Saint Patrick’s day, 2010. The drizzle over Sheffield goes back and forth between a refreshing mist and a full blown rain. Guinness has a white tent by Sheffield City Hall and several bands are playing. Now imagine you’re fed up with environmental research work and you fancy some new music. Do you go home and get blasted with cider while listening to Jeff … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #9 The Hope Explosion

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