Independent, Sunderland Promoter: This Feeling Friday 10th September 2021 Every good story usually starts with a beginning, middle and end, however this particular tale will start at the end, the next morning. Waking up to a double whammy of a hangover that makes your head feel like a tonne weight combined with remembering a hideously … Continue reading Andrew Cushin & Michael Gallagher – LIVE Review – Guest Writer Mr Dan Potter
Well, I guess I should start this the week before #NBHDWKND21 when we made a very last-minute decision to throw caution to the wind and get tickets for a festival the next weekend. It felt like pre-Covid times, deciding to do something on a whim, how exciting! I’ve never been to Neighbourhood Weekender before and … Continue reading Neighbourhood Weekender 21 Review – Guest Writer Amy Parkin
“Oh what a night,” sang The Four Seasons and what a night Saturday 28th August was for the people lucky enough to purchase a ticket for Arcade State’s sold out debut gig in Nice n Sleazy bar, Glasgow. I first got into AS following the inclusion of their track ‘Begin to Break’ in the monthly … Continue reading Live Gig Review – Arcade State – Guest Reviewer Paula Cairns
If you've ever been in a band and wanted to do a gig, what were your plans? Somewhere small and local? Was it difficult to even get a gig? How about getting anyone to come along to watch? Family and friends probably will attend but paying punters? Yeah, tricky isn't it! Well, if you're in … Continue reading Sent to us from Bolton – The Shed Project/DDE’s/Northern Revelation- The Phoenix Club
What if after I had told you 18 months ago that when I set up this blog to write about cool music, cool people and cool things that I would be reviewing an album that at times reminded this writer of New Model Army, Crusty Rockers The Levellers you would of raised an eye brow … Continue reading Album Review – Hardwicke Circus – The Borderland
As I sit here in a room that basically is like sitting inside a sauna but luckily with no naked German bloke sitting too close to me, I'm playing a bunch of songs that just seem ideal for this time of year! Well what are they then Mr Rebirth? Let us know whats tickling your … Continue reading The Sweating Buckets Hot List
What do you get if you mix bits of Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Ray Davies, The Who,The Enemy in a big old blender? You’ll get the talented singer songwriter that is Ashley Stacey. This South London lad has been putting out consistently brilliant songs overthe last 18 months, from his debut album last year "The … Continue reading Ashley Stacey – London Loves
Jangle pop what a great word that is - the euphoric sound of layered guitars and vocals coming together to create a sound that harks back to a bygone age when Indie was great, and all the cool kids were playing it. But first a history lesson - C86 was an album that many of … Continue reading Album of the Month – The Shop Window – The State of Being Human
So, what have you achieved during lockdown? Have you released yourself on the world at the start of 2020, released 2 albums that you wrote, produced, designed yourself? Put out numerous interesting video clips of your songs, created great merch and opened your arms to a whole load of people that love what you do? … Continue reading Album Review – Tales from the Great Central Line Vol 1 – The Mariners
Look up positive vibes in any dictionary and I'm sure there will be a picture of Sam Lambeth. Ask anyone on the indie community socials about Sam and they will all say the same - supportive, positive, friendly, hugely talented with songs to match. But what do we know about this one-man music machine - … Continue reading Sam Lambeth – He’s a little bit Country he’s a little bit Rock N Roll
Lyon Tide are a new band hailing from the West Midlands – The threesome met at art class whilst at college. Comparing themselves to the likes of Snow Patrol, Massive Attack and New Order they have released a couple of singles Blind and Closure and Beginnings of an Ends is their debut album. The album … Continue reading Album Review – Lyon Tide – Beginnings of Ends
So, the difficult second album! Always a curse right - how'd you follow up on a genre defining first album? Do you rest on your laurels? Wait 5 years, miss the boat and the impact and then release another one? Or do you waste no time, get right back onto it and go again? Well … Continue reading The Second Coming…Brits and Pieces II
So, what does it take to be a great Rock Band nowadays? Is it the same as it ever was? Or does it need something modern, or even something futuristic included? My view has and probably always will be made up of the following… A great front man and singer, a kick arse, virtuoso guitarist, … Continue reading Welcome to The Heavy North
So in this disposable life we are living now, does anyone listen to albums anymore? In full? Yeah Tim's listening party and the like have brought back the interest in the LP and certainly vinyl sales have increased as well, but overall do we sit down and make the effort? Well I do, as I'm … Continue reading From Reading with Love – Via Belfast – Album Reviews – The Coronations and Mirror Pictures
So as the dust settles from an amazing weekend of music and fundraising I'm left thinking what now? What's next? So despite my own little session being a disaster, the Inyourearsmusic sessions supporting #FBWMusic was a triumph...pulling together the great and good from a burgeoning new music scene from all over the country and into … Continue reading When the Music’s over…play another record.
Every new music scene always has a few bands that totally represent the fans, the masses, the community that supports them. They defy the snobbish music industry and their packaged and carefully marketed acts. They aren't forced on us. They are chosen by US. Bands like The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Oasis all chosen to … Continue reading Hot Track of The Week – The Shed Project – Feel My Love
One love we dont need another love - Love is all you need - Love is a four letter word - Love is all around us. Apart from my family and friends - my main Love is music - playing music, vinyl, cd's, tapes, listening to as much music as I can - all my … Continue reading The Valentines Red Hot Love List
The JMC are someone that have been on my radar for a while now, just because the name is interesting and echoes such artists as The Spencer Davis Group and of course The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Well this full named artist isn't a group, it's just the main man John's solo recording tag. Anyway John … Continue reading Album Review – The John Michie Collective – High Vibrations
So you get two scoops this month which is just great isn't it. What have I been listening too? What's hot and cool? Who should be on your new playlist? Well I'm going to do a monthly blog or blogs of some of the finest so you can check them out. I'll also do a … Continue reading The Hot List – A New Flame – January Part 2
I hope I die before I get old sings 75 year old Roger Daltrey. Age. Is it just a number. Does it not matter anymore ? When is too old? Ever since I was a kid, I was taught to believe that music was a young man's game. That if you didn't make it before … Continue reading What’s my age again?
It’s kinda apt that the best album of the year comes at the end of 2020 - the year we will all want to forget for so many reasons - but a year that will live long in the lives of the few that dared, that tried, that rose up and did something. Was it … Continue reading Album of the Year – Brits and Pieces – Various Artists
When I first wrote about TW back in August it was off the back of hearing the awesome Leaving Berlin single - it was/is different to anything I was listening to at the time. It was hard to pigeonhole, it reminded me of so many other artists music but without actually being able to name … Continue reading Love and Chemicals – Teenage Waitress – Album review
Back at it - for number 4 of the cool list - the best of the newest new tunes to check out and I'm hoping there is a nice variety of music for you to listen to and share with the world. I'd like to the teach the world to sing. So lockdown and lock … Continue reading The Rebirth Of Cool Hot List 4
The thing about hot lists, is that as soon as you finish one, you gotta do another straight away. Its like a never ending episode of TOTP - I'm very obsessed with TOTP'90 at the minute - great seeing again Indie taking over the Pops studio. Anyway focus Tanner. So flying out of the blocks … Continue reading The Rebirth Of Cool Hot List 3
This article first appeared in issue 3 of the excellent Speakeasy Fanzine that I recommend you all subscribe to. Baggy – A term that for a while made music fans snigger – wasn’t it all a bit naff – all that funky drummer beats, wah-wah guitars, baggy clothing (natch) and the drugs – Oh it’s … Continue reading Flowered Up – A 30-Year Weekender
Boys, Boys Boys - that's all you hear. Well not so much anymore - the girls are back - making it to the front, to the top, setting the bench mark. Following on from my piece on Men Solo Singers - I promised I would do the same for our Soul Sisters, highlight the best … Continue reading Sistas are doing it for themselves.
Some artists write albums that are a tough listen. Some are so truthful they hurt when you listen. They hit hard. You want to turn off but you can't. They reach deep inside your soul. Pulling at feelings you didn't know you had or were struggling to control. When I think of these artists and … Continue reading Introducing – Milo Gore – Tougher then the rest
I'm gunna try and do a more regular piece on what new tracks I've been listening to, that you should all listen to at least once. Hopefully much more. We all need to do our bit especially as lock down continues and gigs seem further away then ever. Please try and buy physical copies of … Continue reading The Rebirth Of Cool Hot List
I'm back after a short rest and recharge. I haven't been resting too much though, been trying to catch up on all the good music out there brothers and sisters and by jingo there is plenty. So just a quick piece on some of the new bands, artists and tracks I've been listening to over … Continue reading Dig The New Breed! Papas got a brand new bag!
There's a hole, a stadium filling sized hole, a hole that is Kasabian sized. It needs filling. Enter Apollo Junction.... If your looking for your next indie superstars with the tunes to fill your stadia (if we ever get back to that) - then you look no further then Leeds favourite sons of the stage. … Continue reading Up the Apollo Junction
So where next? - I was quite sad yesterday - its been another emotional week - I don't take death well - who does I guess - but it seems the end of things whilst inevitable is really having a go this year. Recent weeks we've lost an incredibly talented soul singer in Denise Johnson, … Continue reading We can be the avalanche!
It seems that Yorkshire is a rich haven for talent at the moment - as well as having great tea. The Rosadocs are another new band that you may not heard of, a 4 piece hailing from Sheffield. They have been around since 2017 releasing songs, gigging and getting better all the time. I have … Continue reading Single of the week – The Rosadocs – Say Something
A few weeks ago I interviewed Jon prior to his charity walk from Rotherham to London in aid of Mental Health and Cancer charities. The blog had such a great response and interest I thought I'd follow that up with an interview with Jon on how it all went. Read on and enjoy. Jon, you've … Continue reading Follow up with Jon Ripley, Charity Fundraiser – Walking, Talking n Footy!
As well as being involved with supporting musicians and the grass roots music, since lockdown I have also tried to shine a light on the benefits of raising awareness for Mental Health Issues, especially Anxiety and Depression issues which I myself have struggled with my whole life. One of the nicest people I have met … Continue reading Interview With – Jon Ripley, Charity Fundraiser – He walks it like he talks it
We all like a genre...it helps us understand the music we are listening to...whether we should invest our time into it. Is it something you want to be part of? Is it something you would like? Over recent months I've been recommended a lot of music that kinda links together...it's loud and in your face... … Continue reading Geezer Pop – Ruff n Ready! Part 1..
A year ago seems a long time away - a lot has happened I dont need to go over it but as we finally start to claw our way back to some form of normailty I'm left with more questions then answers. Where do we go from here? Musically speaking I guess! I have spent … Continue reading So where do we go from here….
Just like lambs n chicks n easter eggs! Spring is a busy time for new releases, where artists get their new work out to the masses before engaging on tours and festivals during the Summer months. This Spring in no different and whilst gigs start to be confirmed and some festivals get the go ahead, … Continue reading The Hot List – Spring vibes in da area!