What to expect from a band that opens up a demo with a song entitled Asparagus?
Well, this slick rock-loving trio are no way as boring as asparagus, with such a tune in
fact having roots in blazing Funk-Metal folds, as front man Shaun Garner sings and plays
guitar as though System Of A Down are his favourite God-damned rock band since time began.
Yeah, these guys do sound remarkably like the SOAD boys, and this can only be a good thing.
So much so that when their Bavarian Waltz eases its way down the ear canal, it's
impossible to believe that it's still the same band playing the music that you're now
listening to, for this tune is the last thing that you'd expect to follow the hard-rocking
brilliance of Asparagus.
Amazingly, Bavarian Waltz is creamed with authenticity and does genuinely sound like a
Bavarian Waltz... suddenly from any likeness to the music of SOAD.
Still, Shaun does spew forth some amazingly surreal and bemusing lyrics such as,
If the morning comes we'll eat my eggs for breakfast, which is decidedly strange but nice all the same.
Incidentally, Shaun and the band do take the art of lyric-writing extremely seriously, declaring that great music demands great lyrics. So, while some of the lyrics might sound a little abstract and silly, the lyrics that are more socio-politically influenced are poetically clever and have immense impact.
They're based around Leicester, and should you like the sound of The Apostacy then you're in luck - for they've already recorded a 14-track album that's just gagging to be tracked down and heartily devoured.
Album Reviews - Edwina Hayes - Out On My Own (Radar) By Steve Rudd
I came to know and love the music of Edwina Hayes, who was born in Dublin, via something of a simple twist of fate.
I was reading my local paper - The Driffield Times - and there was an article in there mentioning Edwina's music.
Strange, I thought - I've heard of Edwina and have previously read good things about her and her music,
Music News - Mr Beasley - Radio 1 Tip Hull Band's Debut Single! By Matt Hill
With Radio 1's One World show playing their debut white label single, this month
Neon charts in DJ Magazine's top 40.
So who are Mr Beasley and what's this new music they're making?
After a few years of jamming, Bobby, Matt and Will met singer Sarah a year or so ago,
and started to get some concrete ideas together.
For the recent live gigs James has joined the line up on guitar
Album Reviews - Marissa Nadler - The Saga Of Mayflower May (Beautiful Happiness) By Steve Rudd
This album certainly won't be to all tastes, and it's very unlikely that we'll hear any of Marissa's
music in the charts anytime soon. Still, that is no reflection whatsoever on the quality or the
originality of the music. It's simply that Marissa's music unfortunately isn't the
type to really permeate into the mainstream, with one of the primary reasons being
Music, Album Reviews - A Certain Type of Person - The Great Bishop Robbery EP II By Michelle Dee
I didn't go out today; instead I reached for the attractively packaged seven- track EP from Sheffield band
A Certain Type of Person. They are a folk tinged five-piece with an eye for detail and unusual instrumentation including organs and vibraphones. At times the gentle acoustic sound is reminiscent of our own folk advocates Cowfish albeit with a more gravel laden Levellers style lead vocal.
Album Reviews - Foreign Sun Demo By Steve Rudd
I first came to know of this Hull-based band back in 2000 when I was lucky enough to catch
one of their gigs at the Hull Adelphi venue. Back then, I was stunned.
Here and now, I'm gob smacked.
Pretty soon after I saw the band, Foreign Sun seemed to disappear, but
between then and now the band front man Rich Goldspink has been knuckling
Album Reviews - Love As Laughter - Laughter's Fifth (Sub-Pop) By Steve Rudd
This Alternative American rock band is the brainchild of Sam Jayne, who has been releasing LAL-affiliated work since 1996, with this astonishingly brilliant 11-track LP being the band's fifth album.
Laughter's Fifth was recorded in Sam's friend's basement over the course of
five months in Delaware (that area in the USA that Wayne and Garth blatantly
Album Reviews - Steve Reed - I Have To Go By Nick Quantrill
I Have To Go is the debut full-length release from Hull based singer-songwriter,
Steve Reed. His debut release, And So On And So Forth was a promising, yet
ultimately one-dimensional record that nevertheless showcased the potential
of his considered approach to guitar pop.
This new release sees significant steps
Album Reviews - David Wrench - The Atomic World of Tomorrow By Steve Rudd
This ten-song-strong masterpiece of an LP is in a league of its own, as this
David Wrench character proves to be something of an Alt-Pop-loving genius in his own right.
Boldly opening with World War 4, this upbeat tune is literally out of this
world and heaving with the chorus-based pop elements of Erasure and Duran Duran
in their musical prime.
Album Reviews - Emma Rugg - Oceans / Depart EP By Steve Rudd
Since Hull singer-songwriter Emma released her fabulous debut album
Isolated Impression, her song writing style has changed somewhat,
with this five-track EP being the perfect showcase for two brand new
songs (in Oceans and Depart), along with appearances from her older
tunes When I Looked At You and Prelude To The EndRead more...
Singles Reviews - Chart Review 18th July 2005 with DJ Chris Plant
Sorry I haven't done any chart reviews in a while. I've been busy with my American girlfriend.
Well, we have a new Number One single this week.
Just for a change it isn't a new release that has been hyped to the hills or a record bought
in bulk by a small hardcore of fans that will struggle to appeal to a wider
Single Reviews - Morning Runner - Gone Up In Flames (Parlophone) By Steve Rudd
Morning Runner are fast-becoming one of the nation's most exciting rock bands, and here
they follow-up their fabulous Drawing Shapes EP with yet another masterpiece of a
tune that is in truth an epic anthem.
Their second single Gone Up In Flames is an upbeat and fast-paced pop-rock cut
of staggering and mesmerising proportions, and their sublime and emotion-toiling
sound might remind some folk of Terris.
Single Reviews - The Blue Van - Revelation of Love (TVT) By Steve Rudd
It isn't every day that a quality rock band sails across the North Sea with such
bold and ambitious intentions as Denmark outfit The Blue Van.
This is their debut single which is taken from their Art Of Rolling album, with this
tune being unflinchingly propelled by a rock hard angular guitar riff that attacks
the senses like a sledgehammer to the groin.
Album Reviews - Ipanema - Me Me Me (Boss Tuneage Records) By Nick Quantrill
Me Me Me is the debut mini-album from Hampshire based punk-rockers, Ipanema.
Without falling wholly into the punk or rock camp, Ipanema are hammering out
guitar heavy tunes that rock with the best of them, whilst still retaining an
infectiously fresh melodic approach.
The welding together of big guitar riffs with harmonies and up-lifting choruses
maybe isn't that surprising
Single Reviews - Idlewild - El Capitan (EMI) By Steve Rudd
Idlewild have been strutting their rock wares now for the best
part of ten years, and yet their music is still constantly surprising and genuinely thrilling.
This single release comes from the quintet's latest, and arguably greatest, album
in Warnings/ Promises, and is even more of a sad, sad song than their
Love Steals us From Loneliness anthem that has
Music, Bands - Tidy Mind Band Biog
Tidy Mind are ...
James Atkinson - Vocals/Rhythm Guitar.
Lyle Jarvis - Lead Guitar.
RichtitchLovelock - Drums.
littleMikey Goulding - Bass Guitar.
Tidy Mind is a Psychedelic Blues-Rock band.
The band came together when Lyle and James became friends a few
years ago and started jamming occasionally, hoping that one day