Pent-up, larger-than-life, obsessive riffs are still the name of the game for Dinosaur Pile-Up, and with Nature Nurture, frontman and songwriter Matt Bigland has certainly demonstrated with just as much panache as ever that he can reel them off with consummate ease. Some of us were already aware of this, though; 2010 debut Growing Pains didn’t burst onto as many sonars as… Continue reading DINOSAUR PILE-UP – NATURE NURTURE – REVIEW: MORE AURAL NARCOTICS FOR THOSE WHO LIKE THEIR RIFFS LOUD
When British indie-rock outfit Easyworld disbanded in 2004 following the letdown that was final album Kill The Last Romantic, it was expected by few that the solo efforts of lead singer David Ford would have been anything but short-lived. But, fuelled by a faithful fan base, Ford has fought to build a reputation as an… Continue reading DAVID FORD – CHARGE – REVIEW: AN INSIGHT INTO A BRILLIANT TALENT AT WORK
One thing’s for sure: summer must be here. From reviewing Generationals’ latest effort earlier this month, moving on to Vacation has done everything to confirm that I’m more than ready for the beach and all of its sundries. So yes…The Blank Tapes is the alias of Matt Adams, a Californian songwriter who does not take himself too… Continue reading THE BLANK TAPES – VACATION – REVIEW: IF ONLY EVERYTHING WAS THIS EASY…
Amongst all of the anticipation that’s the thoroughfare when a band like Queens of the Stone Age announces an upcoming release, there’s always a skepticism that acts as your own insurance policy, just in case you are disappointed. With …Like Clockwork, there is the added lashing of skepticism that comes when considered the array of… Continue reading QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – …LIKE CLOCKWORK – REVIEW: EXCELLENCE OF EXECUTION… THEIR BEST YET?
Let’s face it. Everyone has a soft spot of some sort for pure, raw, unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll. A relentless cascade of pile-driven riffs racing urgent rhythm sections to an imaginary finish line can arouse the Rock God in us all, and ultimately turn your bad day into a better one. With the arrival on… Continue reading THE VIRGINMARYS – KING OF CONFLICT – REVIEW / NEW MUSIC EXPOSURE: DOWNRIGHT ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FROM THE NORTH
Stereophonics are a band that I hold very close to my heart. In their prime in the early 2000s, they happened to be the headliners at the first proper gig I went to. It was wetter than your standard otter’s pocket, but the Welsh rockers put on a brilliant show, amidst a burglary into the mainstream and… Continue reading STEREOPHONICS – GRAFFITI ON THE TRAIN – REVIEW: MORE SOLIDITY FROM KELLY AND CO., BUT IT DOESN’T HIT HOME HARD ENOUGH
Now and again, we come across a band that creates soundscapes with so much intimacy, it makes categorising them into a given genre impossible. Instead, this expansive indie outfit go a long way towards creating their own. Through ritualistic interactions of percussion, electronics and transcendent lyrics, the Anglo-french quartet, who’ve set up stock in Cardiff, commits the listener, scantily clad, to… Continue reading DRAW ME STORIES – COCOON MACHINA – REVIEW / NEW MUSIC EXPOSURE: THE BEST ANGLO-FRENCH FUSION SINCE THE CHANNEL TUNNEL?