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 – #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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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 – #10 Captives on the Carousel

What is it with Folk being intrinsic to the British evergreens, moors, and peaks? Is it the water quality? Is it the splendour of nature? Or is it the mysticism it emanates from the humid moss, the fungi eating away the rocks or the overcast skies? Bad folk can drive you insane. Bland folk is a litmus test of terrible coffee shops. Good folk, though, … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #10 Captives on the Carousel

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30 days, 30 bands – #5 Black Cat White Cat

    6 years ago (!), obLong had a series of curated gigs at the ol’ drinkin’ hole, The Washington. The obLong  club nights had 3 to four bands performing live in the tiny ass (but intimate) stage at Washy. One of the best bands I saw during those gigs were Black Cat White Cat. What do they sound like? Imagine Dorothy from Wizard of Oz taking a gritty trip through the old quarter of a fishing town. An … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #5 Black Cat White Cat

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30 Bands, 30 Days – The Payroll Union

“Oh dear Jake, there are games in your head…” History repeats itself. History never dies. History is re-interpreted, re-imagined and re-told by countless people. Revisionism keeps our ideas on their toes, our views are challenged when lost documents resurface. And then there are the darker passages of history. Those that history classes gloss over. Yes, Jackson, I’m looking at you, you murderin’ bastard. Enter The Payroll … Continue reading 30 Bands, 30 Days – The Payroll Union

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30 Bands, 30 Days – #2 Firesuite

“So, why ‘beat combo’?”  “Chris thought it was a funny way to describe ourselves. Maybe the joke got lost somewhere…” Of all the adjectives I could throw to Firesuite (and I’ve thrown quite a few praising them…), I never quite understood the “beat combo” thing, but I assumed it was an oblique joke, a Family Guy-grade cutaway joke that might or might not be self-deprecating. But that’s where … Continue reading 30 Bands, 30 Days – #2 Firesuite

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30 Bands, 30 Days – #1 Cats:For:Peru

Well, it’s been seven years of writing, promoting and ranting about bands we enjoy at this Shithole of a Website (TM) and to celebrate, this time around I thought I could talk about 30 Sheffield bands that struck a chord. Why Sheffield? Because it’s where I finally decided to go solo with this writing stuff. I used to write before, but not too consistently, and … Continue reading 30 Bands, 30 Days – #1 Cats:For:Peru

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