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 our favourite Wolverhampton wonders have been a bit quiet of late, whilst they continue to entertain on socials like all great bands their quest for World Dominance has hit pause somewhat. However taking the opportunity to get some new tunes down - they recently decamped to one of the most legendary studio's in the … Continue reading In The Studio With – Citylightz
A couple of new artists to me that are about to release new albums. So what did I think? Read below. Joe Adhemar - Found Ourselves This is Joe's 3rd album and recorded by himself during lockdown where he sings and plays all instruments. It starts of with the melodic and uplifting Be My Coastguard … Continue reading New Artists – New Albums – For Your Consideration
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
So returning, with the start of a new hot list. 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 playlist for you … Continue reading The Hot List – A New Flame – January Part 1
So we start again, full of hope and optimism The previous year is a full stop and a chance to reboot the system. Take stock and do things different. So what did we learn these last 12 months? Are we better people? Do we care more? Are we there for each other? Or once we … Continue reading 2021 the Reboot of 2020
Liverpudlian Sunstack Jones are new to me this year, but they have been around for a few years and this is their 4th album to date. Recorded live with ex The Verve man Simon Jones at the desk and produced by Paul Den Heyer, the chaps asked me to take a listen and review for … Continue reading Album Review – Sunstack Jones – Golden Repair
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?
So, what makes a pop star nowadays? The looks, the style, the voice, the songs. Same as it ever was, I guess. But it doesn't have to be prefabricated, created on a reality show, groomed, and polished and the soul sucked out of it. It can be cool, and real, relatable but still be all … Continue reading Joe Astley – Television Fantasy – Pre-release Review