Graham Coxon - Love Travels At Illegal Speeds (EMI)
Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Since leaving Blur, Graham has proved himself to be one hell of a rock god, and right
from the off with this mesmerising thirteen track album, the focus is on loud guitars and swaggering
rock 'n' roll trials and tribulations. Fittingly, the album-opening tune is the hugely popular
single release Standing On My Own Again - a bona-fide anthem in every respect.
Elsewhere on this album, Graham dives into relatively punked-up territory, as
I Can't Look At Your Skin testifies, courtesy of its steaming swagger, before the
uber-cool pop-rock of You + I.
The anthems come thick and fast with barely a moment to catch your breath between such impassioned
assaults, with the colossal riff of Gimme Some Love eliciting similar energy levels to
the Sex Pistols.
This album is the follow-up to the hugely successful Happiness In Magazines, and on
Love Travels At Illegal Speeds there really is not one duff track.
The awesome riffs just keep on coming, with I Don't Wanna Go Out and the
life-affirming anthem You Always Let Me Down coolly contrasting with the slower and
more melancholic nature of Don't Believe Anything I Say.
Coxon says himself, 'This album is like a trip down the fine line between love and hate.
' Thus, all manner of raw emotions are rife, and full of deadly life, which have in turn
fashioned a very special and unforgettable album indeed.
Album Reviews - The Landaus - 5 Track Demo Reviewed By Steve Rudd
If the likes of Razorlight can take the nation by storm as they have, then so can these young upstarts from Hull. Each of these five tracks is a chart-hungry monster, packed to the hernia-inducing hilt with jaw-dropping melodies and soul-filled vocal performances that have the power not only to break one's fickle heart, but to effectively smash to smithereens.
Album Reviews - The Sesh 3 Compilation By Michelle Dee
I'm not going to review this collection compiled by DJ Mak -host of the Sesh
night at Linnet and Lark
in Hull- track by individual track. Reasons being, for the most part I have talked previously on the
bands that appear on here previously on this site.
I listen to these bands most Tuesdays, and Sundays either live or through the demos played by Mak.
I also listen to
Album Reviews - Hazardous Chemistry By Andy Cornfoot Reviewed by Bekki Stephenson and Michelle Dee
Similarly to Andy's last album, Hazardous Chemistry takes you on a journey.
Lying somewhere between chilled out tunes and summer anthems, it is hard to put your
finger on one specific overall feel.
Each track leads perfectly on to the next, combining just enough similarity and
diversity which leaves you lingering for more.
A US vibe flows through the
Music, Columns - Andy Tullock's Music Column February to March 06
Okay, so I'm kinda expecting a dressing down of Parent Magnitude for coming home late from Block (Hide & Seek in macho speak) 2 hours after your tea was put out. So maybe I should explain have I got time before I wash my hands & sit down to eat Meat Pie & Chips? Thanks.
Basically after the launch of my monthly ramblings I had Februarys all prepared and in the bag
Single Reviews - Morning Runner - Burning Benches (Parlophone) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Slowly but surely these four lads are breaking into the big time with their anthemic Emo-edged Indie-Rock music.
Their sets in support of Coldplay's last tour naturally thrust them into the limelight, and now that
their stunning debut album - Wilderness Is Paradise Now - has stormed the charts, this band is fast
becoming one of the most famous and respected groups in the country.
Album Reviews - Meg Williams Band - Fragments Of Love (3 Track Demo) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Meg and her band here present three rousing rock numbers that have been recorded at
Hull's legendary Fairview Studios. Singer and lyricist Meg and her musician friends
have fashioned some truly entrancing numbers, with Stole A Kiss being the first song
on the CD, which oozes moody atmospherics in a Mostly Autumn kind of way,
Album Reviews - Breaks Co-op - The Sound Inside (Parlophone) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
This trio of musicians is a thoroughly exciting Anglo-New Zealand collective, and
comprises one very famous DJ indeed - Mr. Zane Lowe.
Back in 1997, Zane and pal Hamish Clark released Roofers, which showcased their
sample-aided approach to making music. Now they are working with the vocalist from
The Away Team, Andy Lovegrove and The SoundRead more...
Music Band News - Want to play Leeds Festival?
Are you in a band? Do you want the chance to play Carling Weekend Leeds Festival?
This years Leeds festival is on 25th - 27th August at Bramham Park, Leeds.
After the success of the Lee Unsigned Stage at last year's Leeds Festival the event
organizers, Mean Fiddler, have decided to continue and are now looking for bands to
complete this year's
Album Reviews - There are Angels by Rivers By Michelle Dee
Just seen Rivers (formerly The Rivers) opening this Tuesdays the Sesh at
Linnet and Lark in Hull. First thing I notice is that each and every member bears a
resemblance to somebody from our own crowd.
Lead singer Jack Simpson reminds me of Begbie ex- Dirty Dreamers manager.
The bass player, aptly enough, has a definite look
Music, Band Biog- Introducing Lorca
My name is Jam and I am the singer/acoustic guitarist/writer of the band Lorca.
Previously I was in Buff Meaba (local band for 7 years).
In 1998 I went to the USA and Canoe Story were formed in my absence.
Canoe Story won best live band 2001 on BBC Raw Talent Radio Humberside.
We then formed Lorca in 2003 with brothers Dave (lead)
Music Band News - The Circus is Coming to Town
Formed in 2006 from the ashes of some of the most influential bands on the
local music scene - still life, The Raindogs and Midlands band
The Ropemakers, Circus Envy has arrived.
The band have already booked their first performance at the Wellington Inn, Russel Street,
Hull on the 1st June.
The full band will be playing in the area soon,
Album Reviews - Evon Brennan - Small Mercies (Red Cliff) Release Date : June 2006 Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Evon is surely destined to become a huge star in her own right when her
Small Mercies album is released in June 2006.
Born to an Irish mother and African father, Evon spent some of her
childhood in a children's home where she learned to play the piano.
Brought up in Ireland, once she moved to Dublin she realised that a
career in music was the only thing for her
Single Reviews - Dirty Pretty Things - Bang Bang You're Dead (Vertigo) Release date : April 24th 2006 Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Whenever 'legendary' bands split, fans of such bands tend to fear the worst, and
that life will never the same again.
When Pete stumbled out of The Libertines fray for good, a great many people
mourned such a fact - yet it wasn't long before he returned with his
Babyshambles project of greatness that has in due course made
Pete something of a household name... although
Album/EP Reviews - Hey Negrita - The Buzz Above (Fat Fox) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Blessed with stunning single release Can't Walk Away, that opens this twelve-track album,
Hey Negrita return with their eagerly-awaited second album. And, thankfully, the London
quintet is sounding better than ever.
Fronted by Felix Bachtolsheimer, the band fuses an emotionally mature brand of
Americana with rousing Indie-Rock influences. There aren't
Album/EP Reviews - Sandi Thom - Smile ... It Confuses
People (Viking Legacy) Release Date: June 5th 2006 Reviewed By Steve Rudd
If you think that KT Tunstall is an outstanding talent, it's high-time you became better
acquainted with Sandi Thom.
Whilst KT is a truly incredible singer-songwriter, the Tooting-based Sandi somehow
seems to be an even more extraordinary songwriter in a league of her own,
armed with a cauldron of top melodies and a voice literally to die for.
Album/EP Reviews - The Fondas - Dirty Kicks (Level Sound) Release Date: April 8th 2006 Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Fans of vibrantly anthemic rock 'n' roll music could do worse than seek out this 12-track album from this quartet, a four-piece that hails from the South Wales/ Bristol area where they're a well-known outfit on the back of having played plenty of gigs in the region.
Fronted by Andy Ward, D'ya Feel Lucky? hears the band hit their stride right from the opening
Music, Band Biog- Introducing InI Oneness and the UK Players
In a country where digital dub has ruled the roost for the past decade,
InI Oneness & the UK Players are a breath of fresh air.
Very much a live band; InI Oneness & the UK Players have been working together
since the summer of '97, and have clocked up over 200 gigs to date.
They have released a 7" single called Further and more recently the acclaimed debut
Single Reviews - The Human Value - Give Me (Big Deal) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Armed with band members from as far-flung places as Cuba, Greece, Spain and North America, this fresh quartet is making some exceptionally exciting sounds courtesy of this debut single.
Here is an Alt.-rock band with commanding attitude, fronted as it is by the feisty Turu - who used to be in the band The Send Effect. Turu, in The Human Value's initial
Album Review - In the Head of a Dreamer by Mary (Copenhagen) By Sean
Picture yourself lying in a field of long grass, it's 1969. You've kicked off your battered boots and your large flowery shirt lies open, as the sun beats down on you from a cloudless sky. You've just been to Woodstock festival, you're a little bit stoned, and lethargy has kicked in. you're ears are ringing a bit, and you're clutching a guitar that you're too exhausted to play.
Single Reviews - Hey Negrita - Can't Walk Away (Fat Fox) Release Date : 24th April 2006 Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Hey guys! Hey gals! Guess who it is? It's Hey Negrita!!!
This band might be based in London, but their sweeping Country-cradled rock sound has
come via Nashville, Tennessee to a large degree.
Indeed, Hey Negrita's brand of Americana revolves around some beautiful melodies and soulfully
melancholic vocals from frontman Felix.
Can't Walk Away is a chilled-out