Talons – Hollow Realm (album)

Released in the UK by Big Scary Monsters last November, and in the US by Topshelf Records in January, Hollow Realm is the debut album from the Hereford sextet Talons. You may remember Hereford from, er, the Pretenders and Mott the Hoople. I’m pleased to say that things have moved on a little since then. […]

Next Biggest Thing music club: Why Why Peaches – Holes

I’ve got a longstanding policy of not posting press releases or otherwise doing any kind of PR on this blog: I review stuff or otherwise indulge in creative or critical writing. That’s what I do. However, I’m going to make an exception for Next Biggest Thing. I’ve a few reasons for this. Because it’s a […]

The End of America – Steep Bay (album)

There are times when cultural differences, no matter how small and minor, seem signficant. It’s my conclusion that Steep Bay by The End of America suffers from these – from my perspective, at least. But Steep Bay is an album that remembers the expansive landscapes of North America rather than the cramped rural countryside of […]

After The Fall – Eradication (album)

Even after years of listening to and reviewing music it’s great that there are still little things that can surprise or impress me – like just how much sound and intensity can come out of a three-piece lineup. After The Fall (or Afterthefall?) hail from Albany in the state of New York, the capital city […]

Come On Gang! – Strike A Match (album)

I’ve previously written about Fortune Favours the Brave, a free single from this album which was released last September, describing it as an uplifting and earworm-hooky piece of indie-pop that should’ve been a dancefloor hit. I’ve rarely got the patience for clubs these days so I don’t know how accurate that prediction turned out to […]

Diamonds – An Introduction (EP)

Diamonds (“The Band”) are a four-piece outfit from the Black Country, composed of members of regional mainstays like Mothertrucker, The Shoguns Decapitator, The Hubble Constant and Fawks. I’ve heard of Mothertrucker but not the other outfits, but then it’s a long time since I lived in the North or went to Birmingham, so that doesn’t […]

Pilotlight – South (digital single)

‘South’ is the first single from Pilotlight’s debut album, The Post War Musical. I’ve not heard the album but according to the press release accompanying this digital single it’s built around a solid theme. Bear with me, for no readily apparent reason I can’t copy and paste text straight out of it… The Post War […]

Annabel – Here We Are Tomorrow (EP)

When Here We Are Tomorrow first came to me for review I had a strong sensation that I’d heard Annabel before. Although I think this wasn’t the case, and I was actually suffering from a bit of ‘music geek’s name confusion’ and thinking of Annalise, alongside recognising their name from their record labels websites, I […]

Cynics – Stones I’ve Thrown 7″

Cynics is Giles Bidder, a musician based in London, who plays “heartfelt acoustic punk”. You want reference points? I’ll give you reference points: Cynics are part of the current, wonderful wave of British punk rock that has also given us Apologies, I Have None, Serf Combat, Calvinball, Bangers and Bastard Rats among others. Acoustic outfits […]

Aged Yummy – Hoi Polloi (single)

A few years back, 2008 or 2009 or so, I saw Aged Yummy at Hector’s House in Brighton, on the basis that one of the band’s members used to be mates with / play in a band with my own band’s then-bassist. At least, this is how I remember the story. My subsequent research (googling) […]