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Living Body – Body is Working

Posted by vibrations on 22-01-17

It’s hard to tell sometimes whether Leeds is extremely incestuous musically, full of super groups or somewhere in between, though I can imagine getting the mother of all ear-bashings for making such a sweeping generalisation. Living Body is comprised of members of Esper Scout (Sarah Statham), Vessels (Tom Evans), Sky Larkin (Kate Harkin), Mayshe Mayshe (Alice Rowan) and Invisible Cities (Jenna Isherwood), but the head of this corpus musicalis is Jeff T Smith, formerly Juffage, formerly Chicago, currently Leeds, and if you are familiar with any of the above’s collected works, you can understand that things could get pretty eclectic.

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The Mission - Another Fall From Grace

Posted by vibrations on 03-11-16

Prompted by the lukewarm fan response to their reunion album a few years back, Wayne Hussey has dragged back The Mission’s sound right back to the band’s origins – mid-eighties Leeds, when ice was dry and guitars were swirly. A deliberate move to position this album somewhere between his work on The Sisters of Mercy’s ‘First and Last and Always’ and his own band’s debut, ‘God’s Own Medicine’ would, at first consideration, seem a pointless exercise were it not for the undeniable conclusion that this is the most enjoyable album from the band in years.

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Kleine Schweine – Porcine of the Times EP

Posted by vibrations on 26-10-16

I confess that I have been neglecting my duty as editor and writer on all things musical and Leeds based due to the being totally and utterly run ragged with all sorts of things going on. So, I am starting up again with something short and not too sweet, but surprisingly not bitter either. Perhaps this EP could be described as Umami.

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Ten – Yukon Youth (ten recordings)

Posted by vibrations on 22-10-16

Ten is essentially the work of multi-instrumentalist and composer Dominic Deane, who has quietly pottered around music in Leeds for almost (ahem) ten years. Ten releases have been rare: the debut album, Journeys, came out in 2009 (it’s not very good, but keep that to yourself), followed by an intermittent series of EP’s that charted nothing so much as an artist in a slow and intelligent process of development....

Review by Steve Walsh

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The Wedding Present - Going, Going…

Posted by vibrations on 19-09-16

‘The Wedding Present: All the Songs Sound the Same,’ or so the t-shirt claimed back in the band’s heyday. With most of their tunes a breakneck rattle through David Gedge’s perpetual haplessness with the opposite sex there was some truth in it. Here, however, on their ninth studio long player, Gedge and company yearn for something more- they’re not content to come up with ‘just another album’ but stray heavily in to ‘concept’ territory with twenty linked pieces detailing a road trip across the USA.

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Cowtown - Paranormal Romance (The Audacious Art Experiment/Hot Salvation)

Posted by vibrations on 25-08-16

So, Cowtown's fourth album is out. Just buy the bloody thing, no need to read this....

 

Review by Steve Walsh

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Night Owls - Informaldehyde (EP)

Posted by vibrations on 12-07-16

Just when you thought the two-piece rock band was starting to lose its allure, along come Leeds outfit Night Owls with their own unique take on the minimalist formation.

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Long Distance Calling – Trips

Posted by vibrations on 07-06-16

There’s a lot of music out there. So much so that a band can be going for ten years, have a series of studio albums, perform at Rock Am Ring and collaborate with the former vocalist of Anthrax and you can have not an idea about their existence. I guess we can get a bit anglo-centric when it comes to music, so it seems of the times to discover a band from Germany that have been doing all the above in a prog metal post rock manner and yet… I have no idea about, and it turns out I might have been missing out.

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Across All Oceans - Homegrown (EP)

Posted by vibrations on 26-03-16

This debut extended play from a handful of smoggies presumably brought up on punk tinged pop, sounds like a crisp fresh breath of summer after the long wet winter we’ve just endured.

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Singles Bar: Karl D'Silva; That Fucking Tank; Peter & Louisa; People As Places As People; Bloodshake

Posted by vibrations on 22-02-16

    

Singles reviewed by Steve Walsh

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Orson Hentschel - Feed the Tape (Denovali)

Posted by vibrations on 09-02-16

Maybe I should have come to it cold. Maybe I shouldn’t have read the press release, but it’s become impossible to listen to this album without imagining the soft Belfast whisper of a Mark Cousins’ art film commentary of unbelievable pretension. Something like this…

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Yorkston Thorne Khan - Everything Sacred (Domino Recording Co.)

Posted by vibrations on 18-01-16

Last time he played Leeds, in the beautiful surroundings of the Howard Assembly Rooms, James Yorkston worked his usual magic of enchanting and moving me to tears. However, towards the end my partner whispered to me – “Lovely, but it’s getting a bit samey, isn’t it?” I was outraged but, on the evidence here, JY was starting to feel the same way...

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Hinds - Leave Me Alone (Lucky Number)

Posted by vibrations on 18-01-16

If the endless grey drizzle of an alcohol-free January is sapping your serotonin levels and making you want to cry all the time,then you could do worse than reach for the debut album from Spanish garage rockers Hinds. Despite the surly title, ‘Leave Me Alone’ is basically a much-needed deep hit of instant summer that will sooth your soul and make you forget that basically, it looks like ‘The Road’ out there. Put this on and bathe in the lo-fi languidness of it all and health and happiness will be restored.

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Petrol Girls - Some Thing EP (Bomber Music)

Posted by vibrations on 18-01-16

Need a bit of a livener? Petrol Girls have Some Thing for that...

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December 2015 Singles & EP reviews

Posted by vibrations on 21-12-15

Before we eat and drink ourselves into senselessness and pass out in front of Mrs Brown's Boys, paralysed and terrified in equal measures, be reassured that there is still good in the universe and check out some of these releases...

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Fold - Fold

Posted by vibrations on 21-12-15

As music continues to evolve and push at its envelope, the lines between pop, prog and soundtrack continue to blur, with bands like British Sea Power and Public Service Broadcasting finding new space to explore. Leeds quartet Fold have also found room to blossom in this interzone and when former Fun Lovin’ Criminal calls their eponymous debut ‘One of the best albums this year’ you have to sit up and take notice.

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Songhoy Blues – Music In Exile (Deluxe)

Posted by vibrations on 15-12-15

Songhoy Blues have without a doubt been this year’s breakout act in terms of ‘World’ music (isn’t all music world music?), with the effervescent ‘Soubour’ single causing all sorts of commotion on 6 Music and beyond. Released earlier in 2015, the band have given their debut album the deluxe treatment with the addition of 3 covers from their ‘Re-Covered’ EP.

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Franck Vigroux & Matthew Bourne - Radioland: Radio-Activity Revisited (The Leaf Label)

Posted by vibrations on 08-12-15

There are some things that just should not be remade. Psycho: completely unnecessary remake. The Ladykillers: what were the Coen Brothers thinking? Robocop: I would not buy that for a dollar. Music is a different matter...

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Tom Robinson – Only The Now

Posted by vibrations on 16-11-15

Three years ago Leeds’ world famous political agit-popsters Kleine Schweine released their glorious debut album ‘The Party’ using Pledge Music donations to fund the recording. A certain Tom Robinson, former post-punk troubadour turned new music champion with his superb “Introducing……” show on 6music, played ‘Breakfast in Albania’ on his show, subsequently donating to the KS album appeal in return for adding backing vocals on the album which he duly did, even taking the time out to jam with the lads afterwards.

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Gentlemans Pistols

Posted by vibrations on 12-11-15

Sometimes the Leeds Music Scene is so large and so diverse that you can completely miss things. One of these things appears to be Gentlemans Pistols and, much as the absence of an apostrophe somewhere that makes my teeth itch, attention is due to this band who have been going since 2003. Now signed to Nuclear Assault, a label which boasts two of the big four (Slayer and Anthrax, doncha know), GP have a new album out, Hustler’s Row. I say new, but there’s something strangely familiar about things here.

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