Confuzion - Extinguished (album sampler/ Criteria Records)
By Steve Rudd
Energetically benefiting from the refreshing and super-smooth vocal talents of Ashley Stone, this Reading-based band produces seriously poppy music of a hugely anthemic nature.
These three songs provide the first evidence of the type of material that is set to appear
on their second album that is due for release later in 2004, with their grand
Extinguished tune being an upbeat wedge of feel-good and technically perfect pop-rock..
with the emphasis more on the pop elements than the rock'.
Imagine the cool funkiness of the Scissor Sisters music crossed with
Duran Duran's and Delirious' collective ear for perky melodies, as prominent
keyboard-based tuneage succulently seeps out of the mix courtesy of Nick Willson's talents.
What's more, Nick has also produced all three of these fantastic tracks.
Their Uprising is an even funkier tune, with Pat Kohlhammer's lead guitar part rocking
affairs up as Ashley admits We've had enough of all the propaganda.
Still, the final track in the exclusively instrumental masterpiece Met Zijn Vieren is the
most outstanding of all, and suggests that Confuzion are genuinely interested in actively
pushing musical boundaries, for this tune is essentially Progressive Pop in its most captivating
format, as Pat's Blues-based guitar emotively wails against the lush band musicianship that
is poignantly underpinned by some beautifully affecting Keane-esque keyboard melodies.
Oh, and if you ever manage to see these guys play live, pipe up with a request for
Deep Purple's Black Night classic if you dare, as they have been known to cover such
a tune on occasion - and in fine style too. 4/5
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Rob McCulloch - Thoughts Alone (Clockhouse) By Steve Rudd
Rob hails from Bolton and sings and plays very much in the style of ex-Verve mainman - and
solo singer-songwriter in his own right - Richard Ashcroft.
Wistful tunes such as Taking Off With You, Take Me Whole and Doing You Wrong are beautifully
CD Reviews -
Halflight - Subside (EP/My First Records) By Steve Rudd
Packed with the endearing purity of The Corrs' music, Half-Light's musings are poetic,
mature and utterly captivating throughout these four tracks.
Front woman Sarah Howells has long been renowned for her quality, truthfully extraordinary
singing voice (having been the
Single Reviews The Next Nine Years - You Live, I Learn (single/ Probation) By Steve Rudd
Debut singles don't get much better than this double-A side belter from this kick-ass quartet.
Lead track You Live, I Learn is ball-busting melodic rock, that sets a breakneck pace.
Thankfully, all the guitars and lung-busting vocals are perfectly
Album Reviews - Sidewinder CD By Nick Quantrill
With their high quality and energetic live shows, Sidewinder are regarded as one of the finer Hull bands.
Looking as comfortable playing to a packed house at the Kingston Communications Stadium as they do
playing in the local pub, Sidewinder have demonstrated their ability to capture the
Single Reviews The Concretes - Seems Fine (single/ EMI) By Steve Rudd
If you want to feel refreshed and plain good about life, then it's imperative that
Stockholm outfit The Concretes are checked out ASAP.
Laying claim to almost as many band members as The Polyphonic Spree, there are eight of them,
coolly fronted by sultry vocalist Victoria Bergsman.
Album Reviews - Silver Sun - Disappear Here (Invisible Hands Records) By Nick Quantrill
Back in the days of Brit Pop, when guitar bands desperately aped Oasis, one band was bucking
this trend by trying to assert some individuality and kick back against the corporate sea of mediocrity.
Despite several chart-hits and an ever growing live following, Silver Sun were
Album Reviews - Turismo - Too Tall For Fashion By Jason Karlson
There are some amazing bands that simply cannot be contained on a shiny silver disk.
Fonda 500's CD releases are always breathtakingly energetic and creative but they
still can't capture the sheer vigour and unchecked energy of their live appearances.
Turismo are another band who
Album Reviews Richard Stevenson - Promises Promises By Daniel Laney
I must admit getting motivated in the morning is one of the hardest things I have to achieve.
Outside its cold and wet, mushy decaying leaves lie everywhere and a shed load of
bills await you at the front porch and you know full well that the postman has taken
great pleasure wedging as much
Single Reviews - Gomez - Sweet Virginia (single/ Virgin) By Steve Rudd
The Gomez guys have long impressed the nation with their inspired ability to
effectively fuse all manners of different musical genres together to form one
thoroughly satisfying whole.
Whether they're incorporating elements of heart-breaking blues, crafty jazz
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The Supatones - Unity Ave (Do The Dog) By Steve Rudd
Living up to their name in the most impeccable manner imaginable, this Hull-based
band releases its astonishing debut album with an accompanying, nationwide tour to
promote the beauty.
For the best part of November and the first half of December these
Single Reviews Camera - Hurt (single/ My Kung Fu) By Steve Rudd Release Date: 22nd November 2004.
Think of all the anthemic rock bands that Wales has loudly and proudly produced over the years
such as The Manics, The Stereophonics and The Alarm (to name just a few),
and then think again, for here is a new quartet in the form of Camera that
are hacking out a truly
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Tapewyrm Records Compilation - Segments Volume 1 (12-track album) By Steve Rudd
Far from being just another compilation album of half-rate tracks by bands most people have never
heard of, this Tapewyrm release provides the best opportunity imaginable for the listener to get
to know the label's six acts a whole lot better.
OK, so the bands aren't that well