Single Reviews - The Others - William (Mercury)
Release Date: 4th April
By Steve Rudd
These guys have been nothing but a huge inspiration to hordes of people over the past year,
not least because of the band's willingness to stage impromptu guerrilla gigs - wherever
and whenever they please.
Hell, they've even produced a short film about such exploits which has recently been
shown as part of an Arts-styled exhibition in London's lavish V&A museum.
As for The Others' music itself, it's packed with perky melodies and transforms a
multitude of musical styles (with punk-rock being deftly strained through an
indie-pop mould) into a very special sound indeed.
As with the band's past singles, William: is yet another storming
anthem that's both upbeat and zest-filled, as jagged guitars set pulses racing and
front man Dominic Masters lets rip with some fantastic vocals.
William: is a song that is dedicated to friendship, swaggering in style
and complete with a wickedly simple (Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba... Bow!) chorus that you can't
help but sing along to in the highest of spirits. And, as I have already outlined,
if their music on record isn't exciting enough, their gigs certainly are.
So much so that The Others: recently picked up the John Peel Award for
Musical Innovation at the NME Awards show, given the fact that they are
self-promoting their music so boldly and in such an exhilarating manner from
their fans' point of view.
Ah, how refreshing.
Album Reviews - The Kaiser Chiefs - Employment (B-Unique) By Steve Rudd
This Leeds outfit has become very, very famous in what seems like a very, very short period of time.
The scale of hype around these guys has come to rival the hype that has surrounded
Franz Ferdinand over the past year.
In a coincidental parallel
Band News - The Black Dogs - Headlining at YoYo at The Welly 2nd April
Chromium RecordsBand of the Month for March, The Black Dogs: are
four hard hitting northern
boys from Liverpool. Like their stage presence, their music is as eclectic and electric as it is loud.
The lad's music came together due to a shared passion
Album Reviews - Idlewild - Warnings/Promised (Emi) By Steve Rudd
It might be somewhat incredible to comprehend, but these guys have been around now
for an entire decade, having got together as a band back in Edinburgh circa 1995.
Ten years down the line, and this is Idlewild:'s astonishing fifth album, packed
with twelve stunning tunes.
Album Reviews - Scarlet Soho - Divisions of Decency (Human Recordings) By Steve Rudd
I'm genuinely glad that Scarlet Soho: have released of album of such breathtaking grandeur.
For the past few years, this Hampshire-based band has built up something of a cult
underground following following on from their UK-roving gigs
Single Reviews - Cherry Falls - Winter/Winter (Island) By Steve Rudd
This album has to be one of the most stunning debut albums ever released by a band.
There is not one dull moment or dud note, and every last snatch of melody sets the spirits soaring.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Cherry Falls,
Album Reviews - Face of Scars- Deathblow (11 Reasons to Fight) By Harry Slater
If life was a film, then Face of Scars: would be the soundtrack to the scene when the intrepid
hero gets his head kicked in repeatedly. Sadly, life isn't a film, but if on the off chance
I ever get my head kicked in repeatedly, I will probably be
Single Reviews - Five O'Clock Heroes - Run To Her (Glaze) By Steve Rudd
Release Date: 21st March 05
This is the second single from the band's Bend To The Breaks debut album, and
by the sound of it this quartet is certainly one to watch out for.
Two of the members are British and the other two are native New Yorkers, so there
is an exhilarating melting
Singles Reviews - Chart Review 7th March 2005 with DJ Chris Plant
What a week. Three bits of chart-related news come to mind before we start this week.
First, we have to wait a bit longer for the arrival of downloaded sales into the main
chart, the independent labels finally managing to make enough noise about the fact
Band News - Wanted - Shindigg looking for Drummer and Bassist
Shindigg are looking for a drummer and bassist after the sad departure of The Krazy One
himself and Mr Karl Robson, I guess not all things are built to last.
If anyone is interested in trying to fill their boots they can contact us via email
Music News - London's Marquee Club - Wednesday 16th February 05 By Steve Rudd
Never does a night go by down in the capital when there isn't at least one quality
gig on, and now there is no excuse for music lovers not to catch a gig or two if
they are right in the heart of London's West End since the legendary
Marquee Club has
Single Reviews - The Kaiser Chiefs - Oh My God (B-Unique) By Steve Rudd
If you think you've heard this tune somewhere before, don't despair...you'll probably be right.
Yes, this was actually released last Spring as the band's debut single, but since then a lot
has happened and the lads decided it would be worth reworking the
Single Reviews - Ambulance LTD - Stay Where You Are (TVT) By Steve Rudd
This fame-finding New York outfit could cure all ills, and already they are very well known
over the Atlantic - in the States - where they have appeared on both the Jay Leno
and David Letterman TV shows amongst others.
Slowly but surely the band's profile
Music, Bands - Who Is Phil Marshall? By DJ Chris Pant
In the year 2000 Phil Marshall released a solo acoustic EP entitled The Atlantic Project.
In 2003 he released an amazing album entitled Dondonisi. Most recently,
Phil recorded a Live CD at The Big Coffee in 2004 (which I had the honour of
Band News - Wanted - Killer Of Saints Seek New Vocalist
Established local alternative metal band Killer of Saints recently parted ways
with their long term vocalist.
The band are now looking for a new vocalist who will fit in with their new direction.
Band and gigging experience preferred,
Age Range 18-25,
Music News - Bring a Tube of Toothpaste and Help Save Childrens Lives
Heavy metal power trio Torsohorse are collecting much needed items for children
of the Tsunami by running a series of themed shows across 2005.
Working in conjunction with childrens charity Real Aid, Torsohorse will
be asking fans to donate goods, which will
Music, Band Biog- Red Line To Exit - Looking for Gigs
Red Line to Exit are a four piece Hull/Hornsea band that have been
together since 2003.
They have gigged in Hornsea where amongst other dates they played to a large crowd
at the Hornsea Carnival.
Having made appearances locally at The White Room with Swordface and
Music, Album Reviews - Red To Violet By Andy Dykes
The old adage, never judge a book by its cover has never meant so much to me as when reviewing
Red To Violet's eponymous offering from way back in 2000.
Why am I reviewing it five years late? Who knows.
Anyway, the front cover