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Album Review: Bleached – Ride Your Heart

Not long ago, I was in a bar watching – and this is not hyperbole – the worst covers band in the world. The clammy lead singer systemically crucified tracks from the last half of the 20th Century. The crowd were either too polite, or too pissed, to consider hurling …



Album Review: Duologue – Song and Dance

With a much delayed rise to (relative) prominence via the twin evils of reality TV (Road to V) and the third series of Skins, London five-piece Duologue have certainly taken their time with their debut album – I mean, Skins was almost four years ago. This begs …


Two Wounded Birds album artwork

Album Review: Two Wounded Birds – Self-titled

Debut albums are an exercise in marking one’s territory and making your intentions clear. Both objectives are unequivocally achieved by the Margate foursome Two Wounded Birds on their self-titled premier LP. This is a record with the singular and admirable mission of resurrecting the pure 1950s/60s vision of rock n …



Introducing: Leisure

American buzz-bands seem to be ten-a-penny at the moment – particularly the sun-kissed California bands that seem to dominate the press (I’m thinking The Drums, Girls, Real Estate, last week’s introducing band Library Voices). Leisure could quite easily be the next 0ne.

Leisure are Jed Rouhana …


Lock Tavern

10 Years of Lock Tavern

This iconic bar in Camden has a sacred place in all our hearts. For its Sunday day parties, the introduction of artists who have all turned out to have huge names – Erol Alkan, SBTRKT and Adele (just to name a few) and all, always, for free.
This month, the …



Album Review: The Drums – Portamento

Nowadays bands unpick the lining of a past era’s stomach, insatiable for the frothy bile within. They feed upon it. It drips all over limp credibility, deforming fresh faces into scaly never-has-beens. These fetishists sift through jarred bladders & bowels to find whatever’s left from the waste of a previous …



Q&A with Ross Millard: Split Festival


This year sees the third instalment of Sunderland’s Split Festival curated by non other than The Futureheads. Taking place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September at Ashbrooke Sports Club, Sunderland, this year sees a more intense focus on the music and acting as a platform for up-and-coming …



Here Come The Drums again

Having caused quite a stir, The Drums return with their second album Portamento.

The first single from the album, Money, had its first play on Radio 1 last night, and demonstrated that the band have kept the overall charm in their sound, but with more personal, and deeper …



The Drums Are Back!

The Drums are back! (Well, only kind of) Brooklyn based rockers kicked a up a storm with the release of their self-titled debut last June. After supporting gigs for the likes of Florence and the Machine and Kings of Leon, along with a slot in the 2010 NME Awards Tour, …



The Futureheads Curate Split Festival 2011

This festival weekend is one for the diaries as acts The Drums, Ganglians, Hyde & Beast, Frankie and the Heartstrings and The Charlatans grace us with their presence. With The Futureheads curating the festival, expect to see the best emerging and current artists blow Sunderland away. The Festival will take …