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Northern Radar – 10 New Tracks – April 2018 April 13, 2018


Click here to read my take on Northern Radar’s 10 new tracks for the month so far. Thank you to Sonic Boom Simon at Northern Radar for giving me the chance to say my piece on these delicious cuts of fine music! I have added videos for a few of the ten just to whet your appetite.

 

“Freedom” – Honours April 2, 2018

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Ever since going to my first gig more than 45 years ago live music still excites me. Especially the chance to see bands and singers that I have never heard of before. Festivals are perhaps the best at providing that opportunity, but so are the small gigs put on by tireless local promoters. My adopted city of York has a thriving music scene with an amazing diversity of acts and I was lucky to catch one of those bands at the Crescent in York last week. I am talking about Honours, a powerful and soulful four piece rock band who have just released their single “Freedom” via SoundCloud. Click on the link attached to the song title to hear it.

It has a funky guitar vibe with a great “ooh ooh” hook. The vocals have a hard edge that compares with some of the best British rock singers over the years. This is underpinned by a rhythm section that really controls the beat and really understands what rhythm means. I think that their rock lineage can be traced back to the Small Faces and all the way to Oasis and beyond. The song was recorded at the Nave in Leeds. This is a band that is oozing with potential and I am really looking forward to seeing them play live again and to hear more stuff from them. Jordan, Daniel, Struan and Tom, this is a top tune! Check Honours out, give “Freedom” a listen now, you know it makes sense!

 

 

Hello Operator, BlackWaters, Honours – The Crescent, York – 29th March 2018 March 31, 2018


I always enjoy a visit to one of York‘s top music venues, The Crescent, especially when it is a package of bands put together by the talented Simon Pattinson of Northern Radar. He has never let me down yet with a gig or band recommendation and frankly he nailed it again here! First up were a York band that up to now I hadn’t heard, Honours. They put on a powerful and energetic performance and in their DNA they have a link to some of the greatest British bands from the Small Faces through to Oasis. Although personally I felt that Honours have so much more personality and presence than Liam Gallagher has these days. Their guitarist’s style and journeys along his fret board shows hints of the best 70s rock licks and riffs. Do the honours and get yourself out there to see Honours!

BlackWaters are originally from Guildford, Surrey but are now based in Sheffield, but tonight they were here in York. I was bloody glad they were here as well. I don’t say this too often but this lot are potentially one of the best bands on the scene right now. John Peel would have loved them. Absolutely boundless energy, magnificent engagement with the audience. I heard shades of the Fall, the Pistols, the Clash and Cabbage. They don’t seem to bow to any scene or fashion and their playing is as punky as a punk band can get. I will definitely be seeing BlackWaters playing live again sometime!

The headliners tonight were one of York’s greatest bands, although the competition is fierce. Having just experienced BlackWaters I thought who the hell would want to follow that? But Hello Operator more than stepped up to the plate, they damn well broke it into a million tiny shards. I have seen them a couple of times before, but that was back in 2015. Back then they were oozing with talent and they have made mountainous growth in stature, power, presence and musicianship and since then. They opened their set under a standard lamp in the middle of the crowd. The punters seemed to love it and the band looked to be having great fun too. The highlight from tonight’s set for me was a rip-roaring “Oosh” which came close to bringing the roof down. Lead singer Max has a vocal that could compete with the best rock vocalists Britain has produced, from Paul Rodgers through John Lydon to Joe Elliott. Max also showed his climbing skills as he appeared on the top of the speaker stack toward the end of the set. Peter Greenwood’s guitar playing has the left field take of his namesake Jonny Greenwood and the subtle tuneful driven licks that John Squire is so good with. This was a titanic and stunning set from a band that I would love to see break very big and I really believe that they have it in them to do so.

 

 
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