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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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Post War Glamour Girls - Feeling Strange

Posted by vibrations on 09-11-15

It seems Post War Glamour Girls have been prodding some of the new vesches in their moloko in the year and a bit since their debut, ‘Pink Fur’. Whereas that record was full of controlled taut songs of urban decay demonstrating their command of brooding menace, ‘Feeling Strange’ feels well, more strange. At times it seems there’s a bar brawl going on in their collective heads - ‘Pink Fur’ part two this is not. It is, however, lovingly demented.

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Darkstar – Foam Island (Warp Records)

Posted by vibrations on 01-11-15

‘Loyalty and kindness. Honesty. Just basic things’, says an apprehensive Huddersfield resident, opening Darkstar’s third studio album. As the aptly titled track ‘Basic Things’ progresses, she is joined by a chorus of others describing personal attachment to their small northern hometown. It’s these sound clips – conversations the duo recorded after befriending citizens of the town - that make this record such a candid glance into the town’s community.

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Heather Coulton - All The Years (Self-Release)

Posted by vibrations on 24-10-15

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

These are proper songs. That’s the best way of putting it...

Review by Tim Hearson

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Smokey Bastard – Back To The Drawing Room

Posted by vibrations on 15-10-15

Think you’ve heard all there is to hear from Folk-Punk? Think again! ‘Back To The Drawing Room’, the third album from Reading based sextet Smokey Bastard, is far from the usual Pogues-gone-punk template that many within the scene have lifted from. What we have here is an absolute riot of frantic riffing, European sounding melodies and classically English folk vocals.

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Esper Scout - In Foreign

Posted by vibrations on 12-10-15

Already lauded by Mark E. Smith in one of the few coherent things he’s said in recent years, Esper Scout are now receiving the blessing of somewhat fresher faced indie royalty when they join The Cribs as support on their autumn tour. To coincide with this momentous event the Leeds DIY punkers are releasing their new single, ‘In Foreign’ on download and CD and it’s currently available on preorder via their website.

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Bring Me The Horizon – Count Your Blessings

Posted by vibrations on 12-10-15

 

It’s hard to remember a rock band in the last 15 years who’ve polarised opinion as much as Sheffield trailblazers Bring Me The Horizon. Latest album, ‘Count Your Blessings’ is likely to continue that trend as they move even further away from their early death metal leanings.

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Chuggaboom - Zodiac Arrest

Posted by vibrations on 12-10-15

Pisstakes and music have always been uncomfortable bed fellows. For every Weird Al Jankovic there’s been a two-bit celebrity making a complete balls of a ‘classic’ cover version at Christmas to further their ‘brand’ and thus balance the playing field of bad and good.

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And Your Specialist Subject is... Specialist Subject

Posted by vibrations on 12-10-15

Exeter based  pop-punk record label supreme, Specialist Subject have been releasing some very sweet records for about 8 years now and their latest clutch of releases are as great an example of their ear for top punk bands as ever.

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X Ray Cat Trio - Out For Blood

Posted by vibrations on 04-10-15

Rockabilly. It just won’t stay dead, will it? However much you convince yourself that this relic from the 1950s has faded away there will always be a committed few in some dark, dingy club reliving or, experiencing for the first time, the primal pleasure of the early days of rock ‘n roll. Irresistibly billing themselves as ‘Vampyre Surf from Leeds, West Yorkshire’ X Ray Cat Trio set out to prove on this, their debut, that there’s life in the old beast yet. And, having lived with this album for a while, I can say that the evidence is largely compelling.

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Battles - La Di Da Di

Posted by vibrations on 28-09-15

Four years was always considered to be a long time between albums. Stone Roses set a precedent for that sort of thing. But one of the things I remember about watching Battles play about six years ago was John Stanier signing off after four songs with the line “and for our last song… packing up our equipment.”

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Northern American – Modern Phenomena

Posted by vibrations on 08-09-15

At the moment we seem to be enjoying a conveyor belt of North American guitar bands gorging themselves on a rich seam of expansive sounds from the British Indie Top 20 era, and more often than not, coming up with something fresh and vibrant when so many home grown acts have failed.

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The Grubby Mitts – What the World Needs Now is the Grubby Mitts

Posted by vibrations on 08-09-15

Eight years in the making, ‘What the World Needs Now……’ is the debut album and magnum opus from a Bedfordshire quintet who’ve been playing together in various different bands for the best part of two decades.

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Cinerama – Valentina

Posted by vibrations on 08-09-15

Wow, this David Gedge fella really knows how to mix things up with music formats!  His main band, ‘The Wedding Present’, were notable for coming up with the novel idea of releasing a single a month for 12 consecutive months, breaking the record for the most number of top 30 hits.in a single calendar year in the process.

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Irk, Those Delta Wolves, Black Ocean, Hailballs - EPs

Posted by vibrations on 06-09-15

A fantastic fretful foursome for you, little chunks of loveliness considered by our penmeister Steve Walsh...

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Sleaford Mods – Key Markets (Harbinger Sound)

Posted by vibrations on 06-09-15

Anyone waiting for Sleaford Mods bubble to burst is going to be bitterly disappointed by this album. Rather than finally exposing the supposed limitations of the duos set up and modus operandi, third ‘proper’ album Key Markets gloriously, deliriously, fuck-off-you-cunt-ly sees Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn not only consolidating their trademark minimalist beats and maximised withering wordage schtick but expanding its possibilities to the point where anything’s possible. Sadly it probably won’t do anything at all to convince Sleaford Mods naysayers, abusers and plain fingers-in-the-ears-I’m-not-listening-la-la-la brigade that the duo are doing anything at all worthwhile either. Ah well, such is the divisive nature of disputed genius.

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The Three Johns – Volume (Buried Treasure)

Posted by vibrations on 06-09-15

The Three Johns emerged from the fertile post punk/art college/politics scene in Leeds at the start of the 80’s, and released their last album in 1990, although they effectively became a part time concern from 1986/7. This three CD retrospective compiles everything (two albums and 11 singles and EP’s) the band released from its inception to 1988.

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Leftfield - Alternative Light Source

Posted by vibrations on 24-08-15

When people talk of ‘loudest gigs ever’, you’ll usually have My Bloody Valentine, The Who and Motorhead in there (Jesus and Mary Chain are ridiculously loud too), but I don’t think any of them have been banned from a venue due to structurally endangering volume like Leftfield. In the mid to late nineties, they ruled the raves for sheer brutal noise whilst bringing back John Lyddon better that butter ever did and providing the soundtrack for surfing Guinness lovers everywhere. And then, after merely two albums, they were gone.

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Eureka Machines - Brain Waves

Posted by vibrations on 24-08-15

Life, it appears, does not take any prisoners. When Eureka Machines started up back in 2008, they were an optimistic digitus impudicus to the world, sticking it to the man and not being men known for the giving of figs. But 2013’s Remain in Hope saw a more world weary EM struggling to keep their chin up in desperate times. Sadly, we are still in desperate times – the cavalry never arrived, the good guys didn’t come good in the final reel and hope remains… but little else. Brainwaves  reflects what must be going through the minds of the majority of people in the country these days and is more concerned with the personal battles each one of us faces… but that’s no excuse not to sound cheerful…

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Dean McPhee – Fatima’s Hand (Hood Faire Records)

Posted by vibrations on 19-08-15

This is Shipley guitarist and composer McPhee’s third release, and his second album release following his debut, 2011’s Son of the Black Peace. It’s not a back breaking work rate by any means, but music of this kind of languorous, clear and precise beauty rightly takes its time, and needs to be taken time with...

Review by Steve Walsh

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