The Soledad Brothers - The Hardest Walk (Polydor)
By Steve Rudd
Release Date: March 6th 2006.
Potentially the perfect support band for any future Rolling Stones tour,
these three lads that make up The Soledad Brothers are such a talented
trio that they seem to be leaving most Blues-based rock 'n' roll bands
in their wake right now, especially on the back of this astonishing
twelve-track album that runs for almost an hour.
Opening cut Truth Or Consequences is a riff-raring affair and means that
this LP starts as it means to go on: constantly surprising and thrilling
Many of the songs have been part-inspired by one of the member's break-up with
a girlfriend, so some tracks are appropriately quite dark and bleak in nature,
but never depressing to the casual listener.
Instead, the slower-paced and more intimate numbers are tender-hearted and
entrancing, particularly their Dark Horses number which is beautifully
haunting too, into the bargain.
The harder-edged Downtown Paranoia Blues deals directly with the
breakdown of a relationship (I'm afraid... I'm afraid I'm gonna find her downtown),
while Crying Out Loud proves to be a slower lament about love lost that borders
on being a bourbon-soaked waltz.
All three members are hugely talented multi-instrumentalists, with
Johnny Walker fronting the band on lead vocals and guitar.
Oliver Henry is seemingly the man with most instruments at hand that he
can actually play, with him taking a turn on fuzz piano, saxophone and
flute amongst other things as and when necessary throughout the album,
leaving Ben Swank to set down the backbeats on drums and congas.
Whilst The Soledad Brothers' sound does acknowledge the music of
The Rolling Stones hook, line and sinker, this band still has enough
of an original edge to mark them out, as their Mean Ol' Toledo tune
could have come out of the Appalachian mountains (given its Country twang)
in bewitching style.
The single release in Good Feeling, meanwhile, is such an upbeat and
feel-good anthem that The Hardest Walk in its entirety is a pleasure to experience.
The band has marked the release of this album with a short but sweet
UK tour, which culminated at the London Barfly.
If you've seen them, mark yourself as being very lucky indeed, for
The Soledad Brothers are brothers that you'd be proud to call family.
Single Reviews - Yellowcard - Lights and Sounds (Parlophone) Release date: March 6th 2006. Reviewed By Steve Rudd
They're back! And they're sounding better than ever!
These punk-loving Emo-rockers return with a new single and a new album (both entitled
Lights And Sounds), ready and willing to follow-up the astounding success that was
the band's globally popular Ocean Avenue album that has sold well in excess of two
million copies worldwide.
The lads have been
Single Reviews - The Marshals - Make Her Cry (Vertigo) Release date: March 6th 2006. Reviewed By Steve Rudd
What's in the stars is never meant to be, so croons Marshals band-leader Michael John.
That might be the case, just like this song might literally MakeHerCry -
whoever she might be,
for this is an extraordinarily moving tune that is proving to be a wise choice for the band's
debut single release, given the widespread acclaim that it's receiving.
The Marshals is an Irish trio,
Album Reviews - B-Movie - The Platinum Collection (Warner) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Cast your hazy minds back to the glory days of the Eighties, and the Synth-Pop Brit bands
that were scaling the charts, and does the band name B-Movie ring any bells?
It might do for a few people, but this band isn't as much of a household name as it
deserves to be, given the quality of the music.
This 15-track retrospective is comprised of ten of the band's best tunes
Album Reviews - Dialog - Feel EP (Deuce Management) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
This band is interesting from the off, with all four of its members hailing from a different
Frontman Plamen is from Spain, and is clearly a terrifically talented singer,
while lead guitarist Adam Petty is English through and through.
Dialog ply a rare brand of rock music. The strong and catchy riffs do hark back to
that Classic Rock era of the
Album Reviews - Teddy Geiger Stepladder EP By Jimmy Reed
Teddy Geiger has a voice, a look and a song writing style which will appeal
to a wide spectrum of listeners; which is always a good start.
A very simple formula employed on 6 track EP Step Ladder - the production is very
understated, which is good to hear, and Teddy combines the elements of dusty vocal,
acoustic guitar and at times, strings and a
Music, Columns - Andy Tullock's Music Column January 2006
Hey, hey! Welcome to the first of my monthly columns, running you through the crazy, crazy world that is the modern music scene. Every month I will be going over the previous month's key events, as I see them (i.e. my get-out clause in case I forget some painstakingly obvious stuff, which, in time, will become painstakingly obvious that I do).
Alright, so first
Single Reviews - Your Vegas - Flybuzz By David Thurlby
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not accusing decadent Leeds based quintet
Your Vegas of having ideas above their station, but Flybuzz has
the air of a song which was composed, arranged and recorded purely for the Rock Stadium.
From the opening tinkles of the piano, which would be used to portray glacial rain
in a music class devoted to sound association
Album Reviews - Vib Gyor Five track EP By Michelle Dee
The chiming keyboards and guitars opens Fallen followed by a soft breathy
vocal then, as the song continues it takes on a definite Bono sound.
As the guitar quickens, you find yourself exploring a fresh wind swept arena.
Quiet, quick passionate wavy lines of guitar underpinned with urgent drumbeats,
floating falling into deep wells of white noise.
Plaintive pianos will oft be
Album Reviews - The LVRs - Death Has Become Her (Undergroove) Release date: March 13th 2006
Reviewed By Steve Rudd
This dazzling spoken-word album is a side project for two of the members of
LA rockers My Ruin, with the singer in Tairrie B doing the talking and musician
Mick Murphy providing the background noise, mainly in the form of
atmospheric soundscapes that are genuinely dark and deadly.
Listeners of a nervous disposition might want to give this a miss, especially
Single Reviews - The Somatics - Elemental (Engine Room) Release date: 27th February 2006. Reviewed By Steve Rudd
After the sad demise of cult heroes Ultrasound, ace guitarist Richard Green wasted
no time in forming the Leeds-based trio The Somatics.
Thus, we have Richard on lead vocals and guitar, backed up by bassist Stephanie
and drummer Bruce.
This single was also recorded and produced by Richard, to further prove just
how talented he is both in front of and
Album Reviews - Yeah, It's Supposed To Sound Like That Vol 2 (17 Track Compilation Album - Colchester Recordings) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
The second compilation release on the label that's run by the singing and
songwriting force behind the ace band The Party, James Sherry has once
again collated seventeen hugely exciting and varied tracks from some of
the best underground and unsigned bands/ artists not only from around the
UK, but from around the world.
Having said that, most of the tracks
Music News - Zhain on Tour in USA By Rocky
Three guys from Hull prove U.K. bands can still successfully play the U.S!
We prove not only older people can still rock 'n' roll but that U.K. bands
can still successfully play in the U.S. contrary to articles in The Times etc.
We left for Los Angeles for our first shows in 27 years with, due to
circumstances beyond our control, Anners daughter being born
Music News - Barmby Bash Could Kickstart DJ's Career
Hull DJ Chris Plant has warmed up for a transatlantic trip by taking to the
decks at a party held by Hull City star Nick Barmby.
Chris is heading to America to meet with radio station bosses
and representatives of broadcast giant CBS, hoping to hit the big time.
But, just days before the trip, the star in the making agreed to play
at Barmby's birthday party.Chris said: "Nick told me
Album Reviews - Babar Luck - Care In The Community (Rebel Music) Release Date: March 13th 2006 By Steve Rudd
Rewind a few years back into the early 90's, and a hugely original band called King Prawn
was taking the underground music scene by the storm, especially on the back of superb
albums such as Surrender To The Blender.
Fast-forward back to the present day - 2006 - and the former King Prawn (RIP)
bassist/ backing vocalist in the
Album Reviews - Keeping It Peel (Thisisull Compilation Album) By Steve Rudd
A fitting tribute to the legend that was DJ John Peel, this 12-track CD commemorates
Peel Day from October 13th 2005.
The good people behind the high-profile website www.thisisull.com
put on a concert in
memory of the man, and the bands that feature on this CD appeared at such a gig.
In total there are six bands on this release, each with two
Album Reviews - Kelley Stoltz, Below The Branches (Subpop) Release date: February 6th 2006. By Steve Rudd
This man is amazing; a true star-in-the-making.
Kelley is San Francisco-based, and a home recording artist to boot, following-up his
2001 album Antique Glow with this astounding 13-track album that stuns the
senses with its down-to-earth and humbling sensitivity that streaks through
every song right from the curtain-raising Wave Goodbye: a tune that's both
Album Reviews, - Richard Ashcroft - Keys To The World (Parlophone) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Thank God for the songwriting talents of Richard Ashcroft.
He is now some six years into his solo career since the nation's favourite band from
Wigan - The Verve, that is - split.
Luckily, the material that Richard has released as a solo artist has consistently
been just as enticing, and this latest 10-track album of his will have surely to
goodness attracted plenty more
Music News - Vib Gyor Press Release
Combining the intensity of Radiohead with the subtle soundscapes of
Sigur Ros, Vib Gyor have become purveyors of the finest atmospheric, explosive rock.
With shimmering guitars, pounding drums and aching sweeping vocals, they
project a rich anthemic, yet totally original sound.
Frustrated with everyday life, the Leeds based band formed in 2004 through
Music, Band Biog- Introducing Silverjet
Since their live debut in late September 2004, Silverjet
have been taking the music scene by the scruff of the neck and shaking
it with their own dose of Rock 'n' Roll.
Their songs are raw, catchy, loud and infectious drawing from influences
such as The Faces, The Black Crowes, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC,
The Quireboys and Aerosmith to name but a few.
The result is
Single Reviews - The Fallout Trust - Washout (At Large) Release date: Feb 13th 2006 Reviewed By Steve Rudd
At just over three minutes long, the latest single from the London sextet in Washout
perfectly showcases just how talented this band is.
Given that there are six members, the music naturally has immense depth, and fortunately
no elements are drowned out in the mix.
The guitars ring especially proudly, as band frontman Joe Winter sings out his pretty little heart.
Come the sublime