Stoner - Life And Times (EP/Rhythmbank)
By Steve Rudd
Superficially judging by the cover photo of this stunning three-track EP release,
one might blindly assume because this trio is comprised of three stylish young
lads that the music will be of the all-out rock variety.
They sure look ready to rock, and in spurts they do rock, but for the most part
the music of Stoner is a refreshing diversion for rock fans in that there
are strong elements of Soul music pulsing through the groove.
Life And Times kicks off the release, and is a mid-paced gem.
In the blink of an eye years have gone by, croons band front man Desmond Lambert,
and from listening to the way he sings you could imagine Des indulging in Swing too.
Desmond plays guitar as well as singing, with his subtle guitar melodies being
arm-twistingly persuasive and charming.
Settle Down, up next, boasts a great chorus, before the slowest song of the
EP in Shine Some Light magically proves to be perhaps the band's most entrancing
tune of all - heralding yet greater things from these three in the near future.
Incidentally, it's Des' brother Gavin on the bass, while Rob Flanagan completes
the picture on the drums.
Single Reviews - Hey Negrita - Old Britannia by Steve Rudd
Following-up their marvellous Devil In My Shoes single in captivating style, this
is the second single from Hey Negrita, a London quartet that deserves to be huge.
Pushing an intriguing style of music, elements of new-wave 'Country' and 'Pop' music
dominate the lush and simply lovely sound. Old BritanniaRead more...
Music News - Press Release - Introducing Paparazzi Whore
Bass driven glam punk with attitude is how people are describing Paparazzi Whore.
DJ Steve Lamacq is currently playing the first track I Don't Think So from their debut album
I'd Rather be Infamous Than Famous. Also, Claire Sturgess from XFM has made them Unsigned Band of the Week.
Pulse Rated Hot Trax are now playing the second track
Album/CD Reviews - Ricky - High Speed Silence (Beat Crazy Records) By Nick Quantrill
Ricky were undoubtedly one of the music industry's success stories of 2004.
Sheer determination, effort and no little talent saw the band's self-released single
hit the national charts and the accompanying debut album receive a four-star
review in 'Q' magazine.
Now signed to Beat Crazy Records, their debut release for the label,
Stop Knocking The Read more...
Music News - Ricky visit Hull Schools - 20th September 2005
Jim Lines and Gary Rex of Portsmouth based band Ricky visited Hull as part of the relentless process of recording local school children performing a football chant. This is for their forthcoming single, a football inspired indie-anthem for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.
The premise is simple; wouldn't it be great to have the sound of a massive crowd at the beginning of the song
to really add some
Music News - PRESS RELEASE - Bob Sinclair 'In The House' 3XCD Compilation (Defected Records)
Release Date: 5th September 05
Ladies and gentlemen, Bob Sinclar is In The House20 years of frisky Parisian eclecticism shapes the first ever mix CD - plus a full-length, lounge-tinged Latin bonus disc - from music's premier playboy superstar.
'French music was always horrible,' says DJ and producer Christophe Le Friant, aka Bob Sinclar.
'I was ashamed once to have French tracks in my record case.
Album Reviews - The Answer - Keep Believin' (EP Release/ALBERT) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
When a band like The Darkness requests that your band open for them at the Brixton Academy,
then you surely know that you are onto a very good thing indeed.
This is what happened to this truly awesome band in The Answer, who are busting out of
Downpatrick in Ireland with a metaphorical fistful of dynamite and an aching ambition
Album Reviews - Fuji Heavy - Demo By Steve Rudd
One of the most magnificently original and shamelessly eccentric demos that I've heard in absolutely ages, these three tracks from this refreshing Brighton band might just blow you away for good.
The type of music herein is almost impossible to categorise, as the delightfully contemporary Prog-Rock
Sunburn hurls itself at you in a most explosively
Album Reviews - The Apostacy - Demo By Steve Rudd
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.
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...