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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Song Of The Day: Kevin Tihista - Lose The Dress


An oldy from Kevin Tihista but still a classic example of his pop writing genius

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Top 50 Of 2013: 11-20

Top 50 of 2013: No.11: Boy Sets Fire - While a Nation Sleeps...

Taking a break can sometimes be the best thing for a band or artist, some of the best albums recently have been from people who have been missing for a while and come back revitalised, Boysetsfire are among this lot. While retaining some of the melody they’ve always been known for, this returning album ups the harsher side of the band to bring an albums worth of highlights with a darker edge than they’ve ever had before. Let’s hope they carry on in this tradition, we don’t want another 6-7 years without Nathan Gray’s vocals.
9/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.12: Eureka Machines - Remain In Hope

Another triumph of the pledge era, Eureka main man Chris was considering jacking this band in if things didn’t improve, and rightly so, Eureka Machines are on the UK’s most underrated bands, always cramming songs full of energy with mass appeal stamped all over them and getting no kudos from the mainstream press. Remain In Hope is more of the same that made previous album Champion The Underdog such a class album, bouncy pop-punky power pop goodness with humorous lyrics, based on the pledge success of this we will now see another album from these Leeds boys and that’s the best news of the year.
9/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.13: Kevin Tihista - Modern Standard

Arrrhhh Kevin, 7 years of silence and 2 amazing records in 2 years, it’s great to see him back, for those not in the know, Kevin Tihista has one of the best voices out there at the moment and a knack for making amazing melodies wrapped over great cynical lyrics. To prove this point and highlight of the album is ‘Happy People, Shut Your Mouths’ a wonderful ode to enjoying misery, elsewhere there’s not a bad song on this album and while it’s a little less powerful as last year’s effort the melodies more than make up for it, can’t wait to see what he comes out with next.
9/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.14: Letlive - Blackest Beautiful

Letlive really should be massive, they’ve got melody, they’ve got heavy screaming, they’ve got a style of their own and almost every song is catchy as fuck so for the life of me I can’t understand why they’re not selling records in bucket loads. Carrying on where previous album ‘Fake History’ left off, Blackest Beautiful is much heavier on the funk, it’s a testament to originality in a genre usually laded with mediocrity and showcases real song writing talents, there’s something for everyone on this album.
9/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.15: Six By Seven - Love and Peace and Sympathy

6 years since a proper six by seven album release, has it been worth the wait? It barely takes a minute of opener ‘Change’ before this question is soundly answered, finally Chris Olley has recorded a follow up worthy to his opening trilogy of albums, not that the albums since those 3 haven’t been good, but not in the same league sonically. Songs on the new album like ‘Truce’ are almost cinematic in scope, brooding along until it erupts into a fury of guitar, this is music to sit back and listen to, letting it wash over you, and I’ve been hearing more bands creating albums like this these days, this is no background music. You’d be hard pressed to even pick a song from this album if you were to make a mix for someone, because you’d just want to put the whole album on it. Will this be the album that finally propels Chris OIley and Six By Seven to the heights that they’ve always deserved, unfortunately probably not, and that’s what sucks about being in band these days, so why bother? Everyone has their own answer to that question, but listening to an album as good as this, you just need to count yourself lucky that bands like Six By Seven do. Songs gracefully flow throughout the album, songs like ‘Colder’ with its repetitive beat and guitar line send you into musical bliss, while ‘Crying’ is as close to having a single as this album gets with its massive chorus and the closest song to sounding upbeat, despite the rather downbeat subject matter. Album closer ‘Fall Into Your Arms’ is the albums heaviest track full of reverb and those repetitive beats, finishing things in a sprawling mess of noise, which really is how all the best albums end. Musical Bliss.
9/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.16: Black Spiders - This Savage Land

Arrrhh Black Spiders, they’re not young and they’re not pretty but they sure can rock, following up they’re excellent debut ‘Sons Of The North’ this second album is more of the same, high energy rock and roll with slightly juvenile lyrics ‘Balls’ anyone. So if you’re wanting intelligent prog rock move on, if you want a band kicking out the jams like Kiss or AC/DC then Black Spiders are the band for you, they’re a brilliant guilty pleasure.
8.5/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.17: Drenge – Drenge

Having caught this sibling two-piece live at Leeds Nation Of Shopkeepers back in 2012, they were the first band on and blew everyone else off stage including Eagulls, so I was very interested to hear this album and it does not disappoint. Songs like ‘I Want To Break You In Half’ and Bloodsports flyby in a mess of fuzz with lyrics spat out, it’s a shambolic affair and all the better for it, Drenge are what UK bands should be trying to top at the moment, effortless genius.
8.5/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.18: Exit_International - Our Science Is Golden

Another double bass band, there’s a few appearing these days, but Exit_International are the best of the bunch, previous album ‘Black Junk’ was merely a good rock record, on this second effort they knock it out of the park with mental time changes, and massive tunes. This is noise but maintaining a heavy dose of melody and singalong sections, not choruses as such, it’s not their style, it’s a shame this album isn’t easier to get hold of and it’s cult status is destined.
8.5/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.19: Mudhoney - Vanishing Point

25 years and still teaching every band out there a lesson, Mudhoney have grown over the years while still retaining their trademark fuzz drenched mess of a sound but incorporating a little more Spacemen 3/The Heads psyche style vibe into their sound. Vanishing Point returns to their more punky material coming off like a modern day Stooges, which unfortunately there is already a modern day stooges, but their album was shit, so get this one instead.
8.5/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.20: Defeater - Letters Home

Defeater must be one the best bands around in the hardcore scene, mixing styles while still retaining that go for the throat rush of adrenaline, on top of that throw in the concept style lyrics and you have an album that glides into the top 20 of the year. You do wonder how far they can take the story of the running concept throughout the 3 albums and EP so far, based on this the story is just getting started.
8.5/10

Song Of The Day: The Bronx - Youth Wasted


Their last album took things to a new level for a band that was already one of the best out there

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Song Of The Day: Zoax - Bitter.Angry.Fake


Excellent new band, hopefully a full album will be forthcoming, debut EP is hard enough to get hold of in the UK

Monday, 15 September 2014

Song Of The Day: Joyrider - It Moved


These guys were awesome in the day, shame they had to split, first albums a corker!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Song Of The Day: Shellac - Prayer To God


As Steve Albini says "just fucking kill him" awesome song!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Southern - Where I Want To Be (Review)


Southern have been on the happy music radar since their debut EP and huge anthem 'Shout It' apparently there's an album coming soon so 'Where I Want To Be' is likely a taster of whats to come, and based on this it's going to be laden with huge chorus' and brother/sister duets just liked we'd hoped. On this single they've taken the song-writing up a notch and have real mainstream appeal (if you care about that kind of thing) while still retaining their own brand of bluesy folk indie rock, which is what makes them great. B-side 'The Way You Breathe' sees Lucy take charge with a woozy folksier song and while not up to heights of the a-side it does have melodies that wash over you and would sound brilliant at a festival.

8/10

http://thisissouthern.com/

Bad Breeding - Burn This Flag (Review)


First single proper 'Burn This Flag' kicks off with a storm of guitar drenched in feedback and fuzz, vocals shouted with just the right hint of melody and social political lyrics, Bad Breeding are starting as they mean to go on. With a similar sounds to Eagulls who've they've shared stages with, but a hell of a lot more aggression and less of the post-punk influence, Breeding Bad share more in common musically with Motorhead, especially on AA-side 'Age Of Nothing'. Now i realise this is just their debut effort but the sound does come across as a little muddy at times, however they've peaked my interest and i'm looking forward to the next step.

7/10

Post War Glamour Girls - Gustave (Review)


So let me get this straight, Post War Glamour Girls have already released what happy days considers a contender for album of the year, as well as two one off singles and now they release a double a-side of new songs and it's only early September, i'm loving this band! Now you'd expect these songs to be offcuts from the previously mentioned excellent album, but no, good god no, PWGG are another beast altogether, taking things even darker if possible. A-side 'Gustave' would be a perfect song to soundtrack some New Orleans voodooesque crime thriller, all swirling rhythms with vocals like a mixture of madman preacher and spoken melodies and an almost gothic backing vocal from Alice, it's literally spine-chillingly good. onto the AA-Side 'Lolong' kicks off as a distorted rant of a song that occasionally launches into a catchy chorus showing off how easily PWGG can switch between melody and noise. I've already started picking up their older stuff, and maybe i'm biased because they're from Leeds but in my humble opinion, they're one of the best bands going at the moment.

9.5/10

http://postwarglamourgirls.com/


Irk - Bread And Honey (Review)


Leeds must be a very angry place considering we've already spawned noise rock bands like Kill Yourself and Super Luxury, and now to add to that list is Irk! Irk are even noisier than those bands, with a brutal double bass assault bringing to mind a hypothetical jam session between Girls Against Boys and Shellac with the aggression turned up to maximum. Opener 'Care Taker' sets the tone perfectly with briffs so heavy they could loosen bowels, briffs would be bass riffs another first from happy days (chalk it up!), with vocals literally spat over the top like a wounded animal screaming in pain and lamenting it's dying moment. 'Mammalian Love March' is more of the same with the occasional spoken word bits but still coming off like the aural equivalent of a rabid dog, and ending with 'You're Welcome' which slows down the pace somewhat but not the aggression. There's been a real resurgence in noise rock style bands at the moment, Irk are easily among the best, and i'm eager to see what comes next, brutally brilliant stuff.

9/10

http://irkband.bandcamp.com/

Song Of The Day: Denim Snakes - 21


Excellent single featuring former vocalist of the much underrated My Red Cell and Inner City Pirates, albums out in a month or two, should be worth checking out.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Top 50 of 2013: 21-30

Top 50 of 2013: No.21: Mark Pickerel and his Praying Hands – Tess

Originally this album was a little lower on the list, then I gave it another listen and it’s genius sunk in, Mark has a rich history of being in some amazing bands including Screaming Trees and Truly, and he’s released some pretty decent solo albums of his own, but ‘Tess’ takes it to another level, coming off like a modern day Leonard Cohen weaving twisted tales with a dark ambience washed out over theatrical flourishes, I can’t say I’ve heard anything like this before and it’s a disgrace that more people haven’t heard this wonderful album.
8.5/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.22: Wet Nuns - Wet Nuns

This is a sad album, not that the music’s depressing gothness, it’s a testament to how great a band can be and then call it a day as soon as their album is released, Wet Nuns were one of Leeds brightest stars for a while and having caught them live they could have gone onto much bigger things, but alas no. At least we have this epitaph to enjoy, full of scuzzy sabbathesque blues stompers like debut single ‘Throttle’ and while the world is fawning over every other two-piece out there, all happy days can do is mourn the loss of another amazing band.
8.5/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.23: Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt

Finally Pearl Jam have come out with something consistently good, let’s face it, there’s only been a handful of truly great songs released since No Code, well that’s just the happy days opinion anyway. Lightning Bolt is in fact that, a bolt of energy up their arses and the ability to write great songs seems to have been the result, so Pearl Jam fans of old, come out of hiding, they’re good again, the world’s good again.
8.5/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.24: Arctic Monkeys – AM

Okay so I agree that Alex Turner seems to be a bit of a douche these days, but I disagree with all the people who just wanted him to sing about life in Sheffield his whole life, that’s just stupid. However there’s no denying that AM has some massive songs on it like future classic ‘R U Mine?’ and it’s good to see them rocking out a lot more instead of trying to be all arty a la ‘The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala’ I mean what the fuck was that, where they’ll go from here who knows, let’s hope they keep the rock direction.
8.5/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.25: Sponge - Stop The Bleeding

Around 20 years into their career Sponge haven’t exactly been what you’d call consistent, starting out with two classic albums and on a bit of a steady decline since, singer Vinnie Dombroski has kept himself busy throughout this time with various projects but finally Sponge have returned with vigour and a new spring in their step, now this may not be as exceptional as Wax Ecstatic but it does a bloody good job, full of massive anthemesque choruses and touches of modern mixing techniques, there’s a few different versions of this album out there with alternate track orders, I recommend getting all of them, a proper return to form!
8.5/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.26: The Computers - Love Triangles, Hate Squares

Easily holding the honour of being punk rock’s suavist band, The Computers second full length oozes class with a strange hybrid of what I can only describe as soul punk, you heard it here first a new genre. There’s not a bad song on here, just energetic catchy as fuck, fist in the air anthems, it amazes me when I hear people complaining that there’s no good new bands out there, there’s tons of them, and The Computers are shining a light for originality in a genre usually stagnant with mediocre.
8.5.10

Top 50 of 2013: No.27: The Night Marchers - Allez Allez

While the world waits with baited breath to see if there’ll be another Rocket From The Crypt album, leader Joh Reis is doing what he does best, releasing music under any moniker he sees fit, The Night Marchers are definitely a band that can keep you satisfied if you’re wanting his brand of energetic rock n roll swagger, and not swagger like fucking Jagger or whatever shit that’s called. This is pure attitude ridden rock with massive hooks, so stop your cryin’ get this album now.
8.5/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.28: The Thermals - Desperate Ground

Thank you Thermals for making up for the Personal Life mess of the previous album, The Thermals were on a roll prior to that with masterpiece ‘The Body, The Blood, The Machine; and in my opinion the equally as good ‘Now We Can See’ the previously mentioned album just seemed a bit of a disappointment. Kicking off literally with ‘Born To Kill’ The Thermals show they’re back to what they do best, scuzzy punk with intelligent lyrics, the production seems off but that’s a small fault when the songs are this good.
8.5/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.29: Wounds - Die Young

Opening song ‘Killing Spree’ perfectly sets the tone and pace for this punk rock punch in the face, energy levels are up to 11 and the attack is relentless, just as I like it. Previous single ‘Dead Dead Fucking Dead’ is another highlight, this album has been on regular rotation at happy days headquarters, another class release from In At The Deep End, one of the UK’s best rock labels.
8.5/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.30: The Greenery - It's Looking Grim

The Greenery deal in an extremely pissed off style of chaotic punkrock, somewhere along the lines of a band called Breathe In if anyone remembers them, completely self-released and promoted they deserve every bit of exposure they can get and happy days is happy to do this. And just remember, according to opener ‘Acid Flash’, they’ll piss on your god damn grave, nice!
8.5/10

Top 50 of 2013: 31-36

Okay so i got a little side-lined again this year and never completed the top 50 list for 2013, i promise this won't happen for 2014, well i hope it doesn't, happy days is now back on track, so we're gonna rush through the top 6-36 and put a little more effort into the Top 5, sorry to bands that have been rushed, you've all made top albums though.

Top 50 of 2013: No.31: Charles Bradley - Victim Of Love

Part of the Daptone motown soul revival train that includes Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley is the modern day Otis with a bit of Womack thrown in for good measure while retaining his own style over the funk soul backing of The Menahan Band, fuck the classics, this is the new classics! So instead of getting the 987th motown or northern soul compilation, pick up this and try some modern soul.
8.5/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.32: The Freeks - Full On

Another criminally underrated band, made up of members from every amazing scuzzy rock band out there, Freeks bring the psych-rock with aplumb here, the guitar careens all over bluesy hard rock tunes bringing to mind Bristolians The Heads at their heaviest and reminding me of Oneida’s ‘Come On Everybody Let’s Rock’ masterpiece while still having an identity of it’s own.
8.5/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.33: Giuda - Let's Do It Again

Now that’s one hell of a homoerotic album cover, showing that Giuda love to have fun, and that shines through on their music, which is old-school 70’s glam mixed with a punkier edge, shot through with a ton of melody. All this would mean they would be massive if from the UK or US, but could they be one of the first Italian bands to actually make it, time will tell, based on the music they deserve it.
8.5/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.34: Mixtapes - Ordinary Silence

On a constant roll is the latest sugar sweet Mixtapes album, this is music just designed for summer, it’s so catchy and upbeat, it’s a disgrace that these guys/gals aren’t more well-known over in the UK as they are in the US. If you’re into any pop-punk bands at all you’ll love this band, and should instantly start getting all their old albums as well, cherish them or before you know it they’ll be gone and you’ll be crying in the middle of summer.
8.5/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.35: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away

A new Nick Cave album is always cause for celebration, in fact anything he’s involved in is generally worth a listen and this latest is no exception. Kicking off with the laid back ‘We No Who U R’ you’d be forgiven for thinking the glumfather was trying to be all modern and with it, no such worries, it could easily be used like Red Right Hand has been in a film where lots of people die in it, good stuff.
8.5/10

Top 50 of 2013: No.36: Palm Reader - Bad Weather

Brutallity and technical brilliance collide in this beast of an album, this is a bench mark for what heavy music can be if there’s a bit of effort and ingenuity. Part hardcore, part metal all shot through with ambient elements and vocals from the pits of hell themselves, if you’re into bands like Deftones or Dillinger Escape Plan then Palm Reader will appeal.
8.5/10

Song Of The Day: Dolomite Minor - Talk Like An Aztec


Excellent new single from the Dolomite boys, although it's too little at a time, we need an album or EP or something, we need more Minors

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Song Of The Day: Post War Glamour Girls - Jazz Funerals


Fastly becoming one of my favourite new bands, Post War Glamour Girls bring the dark with this mini epic, excellent stuff

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Song Of The Day: Twin Atlantic - Heart And Soul


Excellent new single, best thing these guys have done so far, loving it

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Song Of The Day: Radish - Little Pink Stars


Ben Kwellers early days, i loved it then, still do now

Monday, 8 September 2014

Song Of The Day: Primal Scream - Medication


How this wasn't released to become a massive hit single i have no idea

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Ginger Wildhearts G•A•S•S• Membership (The First Triannual) (Review)

Rather than dissect each single as soon as it’s released, I decided to wait until an albums worth had been done and give it all a good listen as a whole and allow all the songs to sink in, I’m glad I did. For those not in the know, G·A·S·S· or (Ginger Associated Secret Society) is a new way of bringing music to the fans created by Ginger Wildheart and friends, working like a digital fanclub for £30 you get a 3 song single each month for a year to download and a whole host of extras. Benefits include bonus demo's and unreleased songs from his archive, a chance to ask anything you want each month, a daily diary, podcasts, reviews of classic albums and horror movies, competitions, exclusive merch and probably more that I’m forgetting about, to put I bluntly it’s a fucking bargain.

Now all this is very good, but the notion of releasing 36 songs in a year is no easy feat, and other bands have tried similar things before, remember the Ash A-Z series?, there were some great songs there, but some pretty shit stuff as well. So it’s easy to ponder that Ginger has promised more than he could manage here, over-committed himself, in short it’s never gonna work, however been a long-time fan and a compulsive collector, I signed up regardless.


So the first month rolls in, and month 1 single ‘Everything’ is quickly downloaded and consumed, It’s exactly what you’d expect from one of the UK’s strongest songwriters, a great melody wrapped around heartfelt lyrics, and it’s a bloody good song, but it’s not a belter. Luckily however any Wildhearts fan should know by now that often the best is saved for side B or in the digital age, song 2 and ‘That’s A Nasty Habit You’ve Got There’ is the belter of a song I was expecting, it’s what makes being a fan of Ginger’s work so worthwhile, all quirky melodies and bittersweet refrains like ‘that tongue put a little cyanide in everyone’s ears’ and it’s easily one of my favourite G·A·S·S· songs, after that I’d be happy with another good song, but this is where it gets even better, you’re hit with another top song. ‘Bloody Knees’ closes the first month single with a ton of technical jiggery and massive melodies with insane time changes, classic Ginger Wildheart in other words. Now we’ve reached the end of month 1, and I’m satisfied, surely next month’s offering will prove that it’s too much to expect regular songs of this quality.


June 1st and already the 1st of the month is starting to be referred to as G·A·S·S· day by the fans in the know, people are already complaining on facebook groups that it’s elitist and unfair and it costs too much £2.50 a month by the way for just the songs themselves is pretty fucking sweet in this writers opinion, but I digest, the music should do the talking and this month is bellowing. Kicking off the bouncy yet countrified ‘El Mundo (Slow Fatigue)’ it’s not a song that immediately grabbed me, it took it’s time, now it’s all I can do to get the opening line ‘Oh mon ami, have you fallen out with me?’ out of my head, it’s another to add to the belter list, maybe the b-sides will suck this time around ‘Hellbound’ a bit like ‘Everything’ it’s a great song  with a massive chorus that sticks, but living in the shadow of El Mundo perhaps is too much, still better than most bands a-sides. What we need now is something to end this perfectly ‘King Rat’ does just that, an emotional ode to Peppi Marchello of The Good Rats, it’s perhaps one of the most heartfelt eulogies ever committed to tape and a massive singalong as well, beautiful stuff. So month 2 comes to an end, what would come next?


July 1st rolls up, and it’s around 7am when the new single appears online, by this point I’m already waiting for the new single like a kid at Christmas, and while I’ve loving the songs so far, I’m aching for a bit of volume and rock, something a bit punkier, ‘Only Henry Rollins Can Save Us Now’ satisfies the urge with aplomb. Massive catchy chorus, check! Fast shouty bits, check! Hilarious lyrics, check! And while King Rat was a beautiful eulogy, I’m not thinking the same can be said for Mr. Rollins, funny as fuck though. ‘Do You?’ is what Ginger has already described as his most honest song ever written and although the fact this was released before the recent tragedy of Robin Williams suicide it couldn’t be more poignant in the wake and conveniently brings Henry Rollins recent comments on the subject into mind. Moving on to ‘Petite Mort’ which breaks things up by having vocals provided by Yolanda Quartley and when I say vocals I mean goddess bellowing, giving Tina Turner at her best a run for her money, bringing to live the most amazing lyrics put to paper and ending another month in style.


The last single in the first triannual, ‘Honour’ is a fierce duet with Courtney Love featuring one of the best uses of bass in a song I’ve heard in a while and showing what a great pairing the two must have been on recent tours, and another favourite song in the G·A·S·S· cannon, once again showcasing the diversity of the songs throughout this project. Sliding straight into what Ginger does best in the bouncy as hell ‘Down The Dip’ which is a great song that plants melodies in the brain that knaw away like a flesh eating bug. Finally ending the first 4 singles is a beautiful sort of ode to London, entitled ‘If You Find Yourself In London Town' an offshoot from the abandoned acoustic album idea, It's a perfect way to end the first would be disc of a triple album, a soft acousticy country ditty that shows what a classic songwriter Ginger is when it's all stripped back.

So overall how does this fair as a chunk, if this was released as an actual album, it's safe to say it would be a contender for album of the year. When it comes to the whole idea of the secret society, is it the future of music? I honestly don't think it would be in this incarnation for other artists, because in all honesty i don't believe there's another artist out there who could keep up with songs of this calibre on this kind of regular basis. There's certainly similar ways this would work for others, but i don't see any of them being value for money on this scale,  with such attention to detail, amazing artwork and such an amazing amount of extras, but i dare any other band/artist to try.

9.5/10

Song Of The Day: Motörhead - I'll Be Your Sister


Classic Motörhead tune, my fav

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Friday, 5 September 2014

Song Of The Day: Monster Magnet - Dopes To Infinity


Hear that riff? feel those hairs on the back of your neck? That's a classic Monster Magnet riff, with 3 classic albums under their belt, they are one of the most underrated bands ever!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Song Of The Day: Faith No More - Digging The Grave


In honor of them returning to action, this is my favourite Faith No More song, it's good shit

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Song Of The Day: Ryan Adams - Gimme Something Good


Excellent new single from Mr Adams, a songwriting genius on another level, new album is amazing as are pretty much most albums he produces

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Song Of The Day: Black Moth - Room 13


Excellent new song from Leeds finist Sabbethesque rockers, new album should be one of the best of this year

Monday, 1 September 2014

Deadcuts - Dark Is The Night (Review)



It’s been around 20 years since Senseless Things called it a day, and in that time band leader Mark Keds has recorded a few b-sides with The Wildhearts, formed and split bands like Jolt, The Lams and co-wrote a hit single with The Libertines, and now finally he’s back on form with a new band. Not that any of his other bands haven’t been good, they just haven’t been Senseless Things good, Deadcuts are not only Senseless Things good, they’re actually dare i say it, better. Kicking things off with ‘Tail Of Voodoo’ this song only hints at the gems to come, tumbling straight into the awesome ‘Kill Desire’ immediately you’re taken aback by how good Mark’s vocals are again and how much you’ve missed that raspy voice, backed perfectly by ex-Skuzzies man Jerome Alexander’s eerie guitar lines. Dark Is The Night could be the only title to this post-punk apocalyptic record, with numerous standout’s but the best has to be ‘Floods’ which duets Mark with Beatrice Brown as their vocals intertwine over the catchiest guitar line i’ve heard yet this year. The whole album showcases the songwriting talent Deadcuts clearly possess, stamping their style over topt songs like ‘Dusk Chasers’, ‘Blind Sexx’, and ‘Pray For Jail’ there’s a delicious uniqueness to their sound which you find missing from a lot of bands these days, Deadcuts sound like Deadcuts. Based on this debut they’re going to go on to even better things, also special note has to go to the production which allows crescendos of noise to breathe and instruments to be heard not stifled together in a mess of dirge, this is the start of something very special indeed.

8.5/10

Song Of The Day: Tool - Prison Sex


A beautifully twisted song from Maynard & Co. amazing video toboot

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Mark Lanegan - Gravediggers Song


Anything by Lanegan is worth a listen, if you like depressing as fuck music

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Song Of The Day: The Vines - Metal Zone


Lovely return to form from Craig, double album's due Monday, should be a good 'un

Friday, 29 August 2014

Knuckle - This Week's Been Hell (Review)



Now this I’ve been waiting to hear, having caught Knuckle a few times live and hearing their excellent debut single ‘Living Hell’, I’ve been looking forward to something meatier to listen to, and it really is worth the wait. ‘This Week’s Been Hell’ kicks off with an intro of the ‘Knuckle Shuffle’ and then there are five songs to follow, not that the words five and knuckle shuffle such cause any mirth? But onto the actual music, ‘Apocalyptic Kiss’ kicks things off in fine style, having already ripped the live audio from a youtube video I was already familiar with this beast of a song, which immediately shows that Knuckle are a different beast to Mr. Firth’s other projects, sure there’s a slight blues element but these songs are more rooted in classic Zeppelinesque rock and traditional rock’n’roll. ‘Hand Grenade For A Heart’ and ‘Ejector Seat’ showcase how easily Knuckle can craft top tunes that resonate in your head almost immediately, and go to show that along with similar two piece bands like Royal Blood and Dolomite Minor, Knuckle can easily hold their own. Finishing off with the previously high rated ‘Living Hell’ the only downside to this release is it’s brevity, everyone needs more Knuckle.

8.5/10

Song Of The Day: Buckcherry - Say Fuck It


Excellent version of the Icona Pop classic.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Phantom Limb - The Pines


I believe they've called it a day now, shame, this proves they could have been amazing

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Six. By Seven - Candlelight


Cracking oldie, one of britains best bands

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Sonic Boom Six - Virus


Full of energy and innovation, and a great tune to boot.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Spiritualized - Hey Jane


Pretty fucked up video, but one hell of a song

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Zico Chain - New Romantic


Find out why they made album of the year for 2012, it's simple really.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Song Of The Day: And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Isis Unveiled


Featuring one my favorite guitar lines ever, Trail Of Dead are always a treat, especially live.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Bad Religion - American Jesus


Another oldie but goodie, Bad Religion are one of my favorite bands, this should explain why.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Beastmilk - Death Reflects Us


There's something genuinely unnerving about this band, but also something genuinely special

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Black Dogs - 13 Bastards


Another great Sheffield metal outfit, even more intense than usual

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Song Of The Day: The Chapman Family - Kids


Another sadly split band, they were getting better with each release as well

Monday, 18 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Giant Drag - Kevin Is Gay


An oldie but goodie, remember seeing these supporting The Cribs, excellent band

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Rise Against - Make It Stop


Taken from their masterpiece 'Endgame' album, this is one of the standout songs.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Hot Water Music - Drag My Body


What a return to form, it's like they never left, and thank god they came back

Friday, 15 August 2014

Song Of The Day: J. Roddy Walston & The Business - Heavy Bells


Another fine recommendation from Ginger Wildheart, like we all hoped Kings Of Leon would have become and not the shitrock they ended up playing.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Satyricon - K.I.N.G.


Satyricon are one of the true black metal pioneers, this is the only video i could find but anythign they do is genius

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Wet Nuns - Throttle


Why oh why did these guys split, amazing band with some really dirty riffs

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Song Of The Day: While She Sleeps - Seven Hills


A shining light in the British metal scene, Sheffield breeds good metal (get it)

Monday, 11 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Wolf Alice - Blush


Another great band with a hint of 90's revival about them, keep an eye on these guys/gals

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Wounds - Killing Spree


Fast paced pure punkrock with just the right amount of melody.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Song Of The Day: The Amazing Snakeheads - Testifying Time


First single, just one minute of pure adrenalin, i really hope this band keeps up with the quality.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Single Mothers - Christian Girls


Getting hit on due to their band name constantly on facebook, they've finally managed to find time to record an album, due out shortly, it's gonna be epix

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Baby Godzilla - The Great Hardcore Swindle


Another awesome racket from Nottingham's most mental band

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Zoax - Bitter.Angry.Fake


Another bands we're tipping for great things, and this video shows why

Monday, 4 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Fight Like Apes - Crouching Bees


The worlds been too boring a place without this band, thank god they're back.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Song Of The Day: Archie Bronson Outfit - Candy Lips


Only recently discovered this band, glad i did, great rock band

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Friday, 1 August 2014

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Song Of The Day: Kerbdog - Severed


A preview from the new live album, one of the best bands to reappear ever

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Song Of The Day: Baby Chaos - Buzz


I hear they're working on new material so it seems to right to dig up and oldie but goodie

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Song Of The Day: Antemasque - 4AM


The latest project from At The Drive.In and Mars Volta's lynchpins, and back to the punkier stuff

Monday, 28 July 2014

Song Of The Day: Beatsteaks - DNA


Another band that have been going largly unnoticed, their new self-titled album should fix that

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Song Of The Day: Bleached - For The Feel


Great new tune from Bleached, love the sleeve too

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Song Of The Day: Deadcuts - Kill Desire


Mark Keds finally returns with awesome new bands Deadcuts, they've been worth the wait

Friday, 25 July 2014

Song Of The Day: The Orwells - Who Needs You


As reviewed already and this is the video to attest to how amazing this band is.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Song Of The Day: Marmozets- Why Do You Hate Me


The Paramore it's okay to like, Leeds band full of melody and spite

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Song Of The Day: Knuckle - Living Hell


I love how many great twopiece bands there at the moment, Knuckle are one of the ones to watch

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Song Of The Day: King 810 - Kill'Em All


I don't care what all the haters say, i like this band, great metal, reminds me of Slipknot's early days

Monday, 21 July 2014

Song Of The Day: Jake Bugg - Messed Up Kids


A standout from his second album, this kid just keeps getting better

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Song Of The Day: Eagulls - Nerve Endings


A bit of a change in direction from their earlier material, but no less visceral.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Song Of The Day: Young Rebel Set - The Lash Of The Whip


Another great yorkshire band, they started off good and have come on leaps and bounds with this track.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Song Of The Day: The Thermals - Now We Can See


An older track, but one of my favorites, this album never got the recognition it deserved.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Song Of The Day: Southern - Shout It


Another bands we've tipped for greatness, based on this you can see why

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Song Of The Day: Red Kite - Montreal


A band i took a chance on because i liked their name and they're ex Cooper Temple Clause, glad i did, beautiful stuff.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Song Of The Day: Red City Radio - Two Notes Shy Of An Octave


If you like bands along the lines of Hot Water Music, Red City Radio are ready to take over them if the need should arise.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Song Of The Day: Radkey - Cat & Mouse


Another band we're tipping to go onto bigger things, constantly touring and honing their craft

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Song Of The Day: Mallory Knox - Death Rattle


Huge anthem from one of Englands finest new bands, 2nd albums due this year should be the decider.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Song Of The Day: Jetplane Landing - Beat Generation...Ha!


Showing those kids how it's done, Jetplane Landing could teach any contemporary band a lesson