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‘Everything Dies’ – Nervus February 16, 2018

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Click here to read my review of the new Nervus album ‘Everything Dies’.

A big thank you to those fabulous folk at 3 songs and out for giving me the opportunity to review this rather excellent album.

 

 

‘Denervation’ – Kid Dakota February 8, 2018

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Kid Dakota‘s album is out this Friday, it is called ‘Denervation’ and frankly if this is a good sign of what the album will be like it will be a bloody humdinger. If you like shoegazing, lo-fi sounds you will pretty surely love this track and I hope the whole album too. That album is also called “Denervation” and it will be released on GraveFace Records  very soon.Like electronica? Like your electronica a bit dark? Then you will fucking love this. “The Nurse” could well be one of the most positive dark songs that you hear all year. Meanwhile at some point “The Convalescent” is both depressing and uplifting at the same time. I love this album, but if you are of a nervous disposition please listen to it with a friend.

For me this is a definite headphones album, one to listen to on a dark Friday night. Or alternatively when you are stuck in a hotel room on a stormy Wednesday night in New York as I am. In this moment “Self Destruction” reflects exactly how I feel, however I then listen to “Hope” and I am damned well filled with it.  How can an album take you on such a roller coaster journey through your feelings? Honestly I don’t know but this is one fine album, I am reminded of the best songs from Mark Everett of the Eels, a band that I absolutely love If you are in a reflective, positive mood then this is a fabulous album. If you are not in such a positive place I would approach with caution. In the dark on decent headphones “Bloodletting” is really fucking scary! “Pills” is equally depressing and inspiring, but in the main a truly uplifting piece of music. But if you love music and you like it to challenge you then give Kid Dakota a shot. As a footnote I should say that Darren Jackson wrote the songs while bedridden after a horrific bike accident and the songs definitely say what he was going through.

Thank you to Noisy Ghost PR for giving me the opportunity to hear this cracking release early!

 

‘Spooky Action: Special Tour Edition’ – Paul Draper February 4, 2018

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Click here to read my review of Paul Draper’s ‘Spooky Action: Special Tour Edition’ album. This is a classy album that comes highly recommended by me. I would also like to say a big, big thank you to those cool folks at 3 Songs & Out for giving me the opportunity to hear it pre-release.

 

 

Enter Shikari – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC – Friday 2nd February 2018


After this blog’s first taste of a gig outside the UK  late last year I felt that it might be time for another. So while I found myself in New York for a business trip I thought I would lighten the tedium of work and get myself over to Brooklyn to see one of my favourite bands, the magnificent Enter Shikari. The Music Hall of Williamsburg is a 550 capacity venue so this was probably the smallest crowd I have seen Enter Shikari play to. I think this is probably the eighth or ninth time that I have seen them since catching them at Download in 2006 (at least I think it was then!). They are a band that seem to have bags of energy and I was really excited to see this displayed on a smaller stage to a smaller crowd. But before I tell you about Enter Shikari let me tell you about the two rather fabulous support bands.

First up were Milk Teeth all the way from Stroud in Gloucestershire in the UK. If you like your rock punky, grungey and hard-hitting then look no further than this tight and talented four piece. Becky Blomfield has the potential to become one of the finest female vocalists of her generation and Oli Holbrook is an outstanding drummer. The layered guitar attack of axemen Chris Webb and Billy Hutton underpins British punk at its finest. Then of course there are the songs, any band that can mention cats and swear jars in their lyrics gets an extra vote from me.

The second support act were the Single Mothers from Ontario in Canada. If you like the Talking Heads, Jonathan Richman, the Stranglers and the Pixies then you will definitely find something to love in this band. They began a mosh circle mania and a spate of crowd surfing that became even more manic once Enter Shikari took the stage. Singer Andrew Thomson never stops moving and is highly skilled at interacting with the crowd. Thomson formed the band in 2008 and then left for a few years in 2011 to go and prospect for gold in a Ontario town called Swastika, who knew?

 

The stage lights are dimmed and for five minutes or so we are treated to ‘The Spark’ from the current album of the same name. This is skillfully interspersed with sound samples from what sounds like a British World War two film, this all drives the anticipation upwards and the excitement of the audience was so palpable you could almost touch it. After that it was the full on Enter Shikari juggernaut hitting the crowd full on, albeit with “Juggernaut” not actually getting and airing on the night. Particular highlights for me were the three songs in a row starting with “Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour…”, moving on to “Take My Country Back” followed by “The Last Garrison”. Then later “Anaesthetist” totally blew the crowd away. By this time there was a virtual sea of kids crowd surfing to the stage to stand by Rou and the boys before diving back into the audience. Rou left the stage twice to serenade the crowd, once from the raised balcony at the side of the stage and later from the upper balcony facing the stage. The encore was stunning, with a particularly stunning version of “Live Outside”. The night ended with a short solo rendition from Rou of the Beatles “All You Need is Love”. I left the venue with a smile on my face as I always doing after seeing Enter Shikari, who I believe are one of the greatest British bands around at the moment.

Public service announcement; the pictures of Milk Teeth and Single Mothers were taken with my phone. Pictures of Enter Shikari are sourced via Google and all videos were found on YouTube.

 

‘The Age Of Absurdity’ – Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons January 31, 2018


Click here to read my review of the first Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons new album. If you like Motorhead then you need to listen to this. A big thank you to the rather spiffing 3 Songs & Out site for giving me the opportunity of an early listen to this excellent album.

 

“But what the heck, they’re not too bad, they talk to God” January 24, 2018


I am truly saddened by the death of Mark E Smith of the Fall. He was one of the alternative music scenes greatest talents. He passed away at home and according to his manager more details will follow in the next few days. He was hospitalised with significant respiratory issues on the Fall’s US tour last year and back in the UK he completed some dates in a wheelchair. At this stage there is no way of knowing whether any of this was connected with his demise. Mark formed the Fall after seeing the now infamous Sex Pistols gig at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in 1976, they became a fixture in British music following the release of their debut EP ‘The Bingo-Masters Break Out’ in 1978. The band released 32 studio albums from ‘Live At The Witch Trials’ in 1979 to last year’s ‘New Facts Emerge’. They issued a similar number of live albums and more than 40 compilations. Smith was the only constant member of the Fall, around 60 different people played in the band over the years. He was an influence on many, many artists including Brett Anderson of Suede, Tim Burgess of the Charlatans and Billy Bragg. John Peel was a great champion and fan of the Fall, he once said “They are always different, they are always the same”, that strikes me as a very fitting epitaph. RIP Mark E Smith, you will be sadly missed. My thoughts go to Mark’s family, friends and fans.

 

Only Strangers – ‘Only Strangers’ – Album Review January 23, 2018

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Click here to read my review of the new LP from Only Strangers. A big thank you to those delightful at 3 Songs & Out for giving me the opportunity to review this fab album.

 

 
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