Gig review: Rush Hour – Warehouse Project – 13/10/18

The event could debatably be seen as a much quieter affair with underwhelming ticket sales and some going for a third of the price (£10) on Fallowfield Student Group. For those that don’t know, Rush Hour was born out of veteran house DJ Antal’s record shop in Amsterdam and has picked up diverse acts such…

Review: The Chairman Dances – Child of My Sorrow

Child of My Sorrow greets the listener with an atmospheric, almost magical, sequence beginning, a triumphant start crafted with soft-scaled pianos and synths – the like of which can be detected in the band’s August single release “Acme Parking Garage”, which itself supplies an auditory feast of curiousness. Jangly indie guitar melodies suddenly disrupt the…

Review: Ruston Kelly – Dying Star

On the surface, Ruston Kelly’s first full-length offering may be dismissed as just another cliché country release – Kelly’s southern twang dominates the unfailingly catchy tracks, which are backed predominantly by guitar and harmonica, with the odd mention of Texas thrown in for good measure. But dig a little deeper and Kelly’s heart-wrenching personal stories…

News: Satellite Stories release new album

The Finnish Indie Pop troupe that is Satellite Stories has recently stormed into the music realm with its shimmering ten track comeback Cut Out By The Lights. Heralded by rave single reviews from the likes of CLASH magazine – critics for which have praised the singular release of “Coupons” as ‘ridiculously infectious’ – the album…

Album Review: End Christian – Bach Part One

The members of End Christian boast an impressive resume of bands past and present between them: Hex Inverter, Dalek, Brutal Truth to name a few, with Justin Broadrick (Jesu, Godflesh), Mike Hill (Tombs), Chris Connolly (Sun Kil Moon) and others also adding their talents to Bach Part One. However, the result of this wide collaboration…

Album Review: Lydia – Liquor

Arizona’s indie-pop lover boys Lydia have returned to the studio for the release of their latest LP Liquor. The album artwork consists of a sinister image of a figure seemingly attempting to drown themselves. Yet, whilst the cover connotes an extension of their darker ‘emo’ origins, the music contained within it could hardly be further…

Album Review: Broken Bellows – I, Kaleidoscope

Cory Brent and Will Prinzi, former members of the punk band Reckless Serenade, have announced the release date for their new album I, Kaleidoscope. After the dispersal of their former band, the duo decided to continue their music journey and create their own band, Broken Bellows. After releasing their first EP called The Card Table…

Album Review: Dwellings – Lavender Town

As a whole, Lavender Town sits comfortably within the indie genre. Supplemented by lots of rock guitar riffs, the infrequent but precise use of guttural screaming and growls is apparent in many of the songs without becoming overused and stale; instead they provide emphasis and have an intense effect. “Pink Noise” is unavoidable as an…

Album Review: Rat The Magnificent – The Body As Pleasure

Rat The Magnificent is music for a dark room lit by strobe light. A band that deploys rock noises like a coordinated attack: dissonance, screeches, palm muted guitars – they’re all here. But to understand Rat The Magnificent in context, we must first ask one question: Who is Steve Albini? Several hours of extensive research…

Album Review: Peter More – Beautiful Disrepair

Eleven tracks recorded over two years comprise an auditory narrative attributed to the chance encounter between More and Donald Fagan in San Miguel, Central Mexico. Produced under creativity and flair, each piece features a generic melange that largely consists of classic rock, soulful blues, folk and even a dash of Latin music. The most interesting…

Review: Juno Reactor – The Mutant Theatre

The multimedia psytrance ensemble experience that is Juno Reactor, known to some for mainman Ben Watkins’ collaborations with Don Davis on the Matrix soundtrack, is not an endeavour known for doing anything by halves. Juno Reactor – the Mutant Theatre, the latest step in their kaleidoscopic vision, is the soundtrack to a visual and theatrical…

Live Review: Courtney Barnett @ Royal Albert Hall – 4th June 2018

Courtney Barnett’s performance was first supposed to take place at Manchester Academy but the venue had double booked with another act. Albert Hall couldn’t be a more suitable replacement as the former church’s acoustics and Gothic architecture creates a uniquely intimate experience to perfectly accommodate her haunting and introspective second album. The evening begins with…