March - Turn (Fortunate Son Records)
Reviewed By Nick Quantrill
Out of print until now, this low-profile side project from Jeff Caudill and
Michael Baines was originally released in 1995.
Conceived as a temporary respite for Caudill from the pop-punk of his band Gameface,
this record allowed him to create a roots record that signposted the way forward
for his future endeavours.
Following the eventual demise of Gameface in 2003 and subsequent solo releases,
Caudill has repackaged and reissued this record on his own label to demonstrate
his musical development.
As befitting a side project, this record allows him to explore a different musical
style with a lack of pretension and a sense of urgency.
Appropriately for a project entitled March, the record has that feeling of promise
that the season of spring brings.
The rootsy opener, This River, has a warmth to it that invites you to fall into the
album and proves that Ryan Adams doesn't have exclusive rights on evoking this
kind of feeling.
The 'college rock' sound of this record is probably best described as an indie
take on alt-country that falls somewhere between the classic acoustic pop of
The Lemonheads and the heavier indie-rock of Buffalo Tom.
Caudill's pop-punk background means that strong melodies and thoughtful lyrics
are a required necessity and with the help of multi-instrumentalist Baines,
he doesn't disappoint.
The projects only failing comes with the sense that a couple of the later tracks
tread ground already covered on the record.
Given that Caudill was actively writing for Gameface at this point in time,
it's entirely understandable that he was going to carefully choose material.
However, everything is delivered with a compelling honesty as the band creates
a cohesive collection of songs.
Viewed in the context of a blossoming solo career, reissuing this record is
a worthwhile step.
With solo releases The Way Back and Acoustic EPs being necessary stepping-stones
to his excellent 2005 full-length debut, Here's What You Should Do, this
record is where the transformation from indie-punk frontman to something
of more substance first starts.
It's both an interesting chapter in the musical development of Jeff Caudill and
a distinctively American sounding alt-country/indie record that stands the test of time.
Album Reviews - Torso Horse - The Creation Part 1 (DVD) By Steve Rudd
With four classic Goth-Metal music videos at this DVD release's core,
The Creation features the full-blooded intensity of the Torso Horse
swan-songs in In Your Head, Dragging Me Down,
The Angel You'll Never Be and Let It Out - the latter video having been
shot in an exhilarating live setting, showing off the extent
to which 'Horse fans get riled up at their hot
Music, Band Biog - Introducing The Straightmen
The Straightmen are a gathering of four good musicians who make a very nice sound and
everyone seems to enjoy their music.
The band consists of Nick on guitar and vocals, Raz on bass,
Vinnie on keyboard and Mark on drums.
All have been on the scene for a while, but know that what they have now is different and exciting.
The Straightmen have been described as many
Music, Band News - Unless; The Story So Far By Michelle Dee
If you have been listening to some of the John Peel tribute programming you may
have heard this band from Grimsby being played a number of times.
He was quietly making positive noises about them before he sadly passed away.
They are a punk-rock four piece that have been together for a number of
years and are in the process of recording their third
Album/CD Reviews - Little Brother - The Minstrel Show By www.emcee-battle.com
Every so often, an album comes along that makes you step back and take a deep breath ... that
makes you marvel at just how amazing the piece of work is. This is one of them!
The Minstrel Show combines everything you can possibly look for in an album and then
sprinkles it all with an extra little bit of ill.
They put it best themselves, with the 100% true bar
Single Reviews - Stephen Fretwell - New York (Fiction) by Steve Rudd
Fresh from sets at a multitude of summer festivals including Glastonbury and V2005,
Stephen Fretwell is all set to hit the charts again with his stunning
latest single, New York.
Fans of previous releases such as Emily won't be disappointed, as the short-but-sweet excellence
of New York immediately entrances the innocent listener, being as it is
Music News - Opportunity For The Best Hull Bands
Influential Recordings will be releasing a 12 track album featuring Hull's best bands.
The CD will be distributed nationally and will have national press reviews -
The Guardian, NME, The Times etc.
If your band is interested in having one of your songs on the CD please make sure that:
1. The track is recorded to professional level.
2. The Song must have not been released on any
Album/CD Reviews - One Be Lo - s.o.n.o.g.r.a.m. By www.emcee-battle.com
I don't know why its taken me so long to review this album, because it's the kind that
deserves the attention of everybody.
Being his first solo-effort, I didn't know what to expect.
When a lot of kats break away from their group to do a solo effort, it's normally
a shaky attempt at making themselves be known as the illest.
And in a lot of cases, it shines through that they're
Single Reviews - The Kaiser Chiefs - Modern Way (B-Unique) by Steve Rudd
The rise and rise and rise of the Kaiser Chiefs has enraptured the music industry at large during 2005.
Only a year ago they were slogging their guts out around many of the country's toilet-venues,
but even then you could tell that they were teetering on the verge of success.
As soon as I Predict A Riot stormed the charts - and set excited tongues wagging
Album/CD Reviews - The Hussys - Tiger EP (Fat Cheerleader Records) Reviewed By Nick Quantrill
Formed less than a year ago, The Hussys is the new project from ex-Supernaturals front
man James McColl.
Too quirky to become fixtures in the charts but never quite credible enough to
be taken seriously by the music press, The Supernaturals are best remembered for
the ubiquitous Smile. McColl's pedigree sets a high standard for his new band but
Music News - The Lazyswede Strikes Again!
Glenn Williams (aka Lazyswede) recently sent a pre-recorded music show
to WDYN, a radio station in New York.
They liked the show so much that they have asked him to do
more for them.
WDYN is broadcast all over the USA via FM radio but is also listened to in
55 countries via the internet. Glenn talked to the boss of the station who told him that
people had asked for the show to be
Album Reviews - Bruise - B (Pop La Disque) By Steve Rudd
When pure pop meets anthemic rock, I can't help but smile.
Bruise are a delectable duo that produces such a form of music with graceful
panache, sounding somewhat like a more sublime Roxette.
Both the vocal performances and the music are to die for, with the beautiful
Isobel Morris writing all the song lyrics and singing them in style.
She really does
Album/CD Reviews - The Prellies - Afternoon Tea With The Prellies Reviewed By Nick Quantrill
As a general rule, tribute acts are a waste of time and should be left for the
less discerning music fan. The Prellies are the exception to this rule.
The Beatles' musical cannon has been pored over and analysed to the point that
there is little left to say. However, that would be wrong as The Prellies
explore a hidden corner of The Beatles' musical legacy.
The Beatles, along with many others, fused
Album Reviews - Morning Runner - Drawing Shapes (Parlophone) By Steve Rudd
Brace yourselves, one and all, for this band is set to become very, very, very
well known indeed as they head out on the road in support of Coldplay.
This fantastically exciting release is the band's debut EP and it is to be savoured,
kicking off with Work, a song with a dark edge that develops into something of an
epic that's propelled by well-structured means.
The guitar and
Album/CD Reviews - Holly Taymar - EP (Genie Cake Records) By Nick Quantrill
EP is a limited edition release from York's Holly Taymar.
Her critically acclaimed debut album, Less Than Nothing, was very much a jazz
influenced record, yet it wasn't without one eye on capturing a wider audience for her music.
This follow-up EP retains strong jazz elements but also incorporates a more commercial
approach that hints at the direction her forthcoming full-length
Album Reviews - The Departure - Dirty Words (Parlophone) By Steve Rudd
Fit to bursting with a few of the coolest tunes of recent years, there are three past single
releases from this Northampton-nurtured band gracing this eleven-track album in the form
of the uber-catchy All Mapped Out, Be My Enemy and Lump In My Throat.
This album has been far too long in coming, but the wait has been more than worth it, as
The Departure continue to set the
Album Reviews - Ryan Adams and The Cardinals - Cold Roses (Lost Highway) By Steve Rudd
By God, this guy never ever seems to stop working. Despite a rather recent injury to one of his arms after an accident he had while playing a gig, this Country-Rocker is most definitely back on the scene - and not with just a few songs, but with a double-album that heralds a whole 19 brand new tracks.
Granted, the total running time of both CDs combined comes to less than eighty minutes
Music News - Bad Girls Collective By Carolyn
As the house and dance music scene in England goes from strength to strength the city of Hull is supplying it with new and innovative DJs by the dozen. There are many good DJ's in this area and for its size and limited selling area, Hull is certainly keeping up with the rest of the country in its varied nights across the city and many new genres are being supported.
There does seem to be a lack of
Album Reviews - The Automatic - Recover (B-Unique) By Steve Rudd
Release Date: October 24th 2005
Viciously vibrant, dynamically deadly and extraordinarily exciting are just a few ways of describing
this thoroughly refreshing blast of music from the amazingly young band in The Automatic...
a quartet of guys who are clearly plussed-up on the type of music that makes the masses tick.
Busting out of a small Welsh town, they sound destined to take the world by storm
Like skiffle, boogie and ragtime, the concept album seems almost like an ancient relic from a long gone era.
But who could forget Rick Wakeman's epic The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the
Round Table or even, The Six Wives of Henry Vlll? Riveting stuff!
Even then, it was seen as self-indulgent pap, and quite
Single Reviews - Clor -Good Stuff (Regal) by Steve Rudd
Fans who have been following this hugely exciting and innovative band right from the start might be
glad to know that the original release of Good Stuff (when it featured on the band's limited edition
Welcome Music Lovers EP) is now something of a much sought-after collector's item, with
such a release