It's been a long time coming to walk back through the doors at Cafe Drummond and I have never had to queue before to get in, the place was packed out before the first support act had even got onto the stage , a sight I've never seen before but what a delight to know … Continue reading Aberdreams, schemes and young teams – Live Review by Kimbo Forsyth – Shambolics, Monza Express, General Winston
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
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
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
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
Another week gone and the first where I had to WFH in a long while. However that does have it's benefits - yep I get to listen to loads more music. And that's lucky because this week has been a stonker and I have been inundated with great songs from all genres. So despite sitting … Continue reading The Rebirth Of Cool Hot List 5 – WFH Tunes.