Cherubs - Paper Cut Moon (Cargo) Release Date: Feb 6th
Reviewed By Steve Rudd
You might already have caught this extraordinary outfit during one of their 2005 festival
appearances... perhaps at the Carling Weekend or T in the Park for starters.
The widespread consensus seems to be that to hear them is to love them, and
there's no wonder if this attention-demanding single is anything to go by.
Paper Cut Moon pits beautifully rousing guitar melodies against some brooding
vocals that give the Cherubs sound a devilishly dark edge.
In no way is this band Metal-orientated. Instead, the Cherubs produce a strain of
catchy rock music that is both highly stylised and hugely thrilling, and as well
as having wowed audiences in festival situations, they have also toured with
The Libertines and The Cribs.
Imagine if the key members of Echo and The Bunnymen,
The Divine Comedy, Suede and The Cure joined forces and indulged in a frenetic
session of songwriting together, and then you might just be able to imagine the
type of music on offer here.
The single B-sides are just as engrossing as the lead track, with
The World Outside bleeding with The Strokes' high-octane rock 'n' roll vibrancy.
Frontman Staale Krantz Bruland coolly croons He's dancing to the beat of his own heart,
before the second B-side For Luck To Land On My Shoulders wields BRMC-esque
atmospherics as macabre soundscapes (generated by the twin guitar assault from
Matthew Orchard and Espen Dahl) frame Staale's vocals with relish, as he puts
on his best Nick Cave-culled voice.
Ever since the release of the band's debut single Hey Bunny, a great deal
of excitement has understandably surrounded this band, especially when their
debut album Uncovered By Heartbeat (released in 2005) proceeded to prove for
certain that here in the Cherubs are songwriters par excellence indeed.
Single Reviews - Fallout Boy - Sugar, We're Going Down (Mercury) Release Date: Feb 7th 2006 Reviewed By Steve Rudd
A chart-friendly anthem for the masses, the wall-of-sound vibrancy that blasts
out of this beauty of a single release is the ultimate wake-up call for
anybody who even remotely finds their ears attracted to high-calibre Pop-Punk music.
Sugar, We're Going Down is melody and harmony-saturated to the hilt, thus ensuring
that it's ludicrously catchy in the extreme, as the energy
Single Reviews - Jeffron - Dance Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Having started playing the piano at five years old, Jeffron was something of a
child prodigy when it came to music, and he is a self-taught guitarist,
keyboardist and vocal arranger.
After he left school he started to indulge in the twin arts of song production and
song arrangement, and he's worked with the high-profile likes of the
Sugarbabes, Liberty X and Errol Brown. Now, though, he's trying to make a
Single Reviews - Boy Kill Boy - Back Again (Vertigo) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
When a DJ like Zane Lowe pronounces that a particular song is the 'hottest
track in the world today,' the nation tends to sit up and listen.
Well, that's what he had to say about Back Again, and he does have a point -
for this tune is an overwhelming example of how melodic rock bands should
write chart-hungry anthems.
Chris Peck leads the band as they mean to go on,
as he strikes a mesmerising barrage of
Single Reviews - At The Lake - These Days (Pop Fiction) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Most definitely not to be confused with the decade-old Bon Jovi anthem of
the same name, At The Lake's life-affirming These Days tune is a rock
masterpiece - and the London quintet's debut single release to boot.
Highly emotive and vibrant, the two band guitarists in Tim Buckland and
James Machin duel away to Coldplay-esque degrees.
They somehow make
Album Reviews - Torso Horse - No Going Back (2 Track Sampler/Wanted 4 Murder) By Steve Rudd
No sooner are we in to 2006, and Torso Horse sound to be back on the scene with a fresh slab of
prime meat in new song Eye On The Goal.
Yet another heady anthem that is explosively dominated by the band's trademark Goth-swathed
heavy-metal guitar riffage, pounding drums and blood-curdling bass-lines that bust out of
nowhere, the swaggering leer
Single Reviews - Imperial Vipers - Promised Land (Eminence) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Here's another homegrown UK rock band with its heart pumping hard in the realm of
Classic Rock music, with this Limited Edition single release being almost overwhelmed
by the monolithic guitar riff that's the perfect foil for the supersize vocals of
band frontman Ash Simmons.
This single is available on 7" vinyl and from various download sites, taken as
it is from their debut LP
Music News - Lazyswede Launches The NightOwl Video Show
Glenn Williams (aka The Lazyswede) has just gone into the television side of the
music business, by producing his own video show called The NightOwl.
This show is being sent three times a day on Channel 125 from New York.
This is an independent channel which sends video shows 24/7.
Last year alone Channel 125 aired over 2.4 million videos,
Single Reviews - The Fallout Trust - Before The Light Goes (At Large) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Pin back your ears, one and all, and listen hard. Busting out of an East London warehouse, here
the nation has a band in The Fallout Trust to be proud of.
They are making thoroughly exciting music, and hopefully they'll break into the big-time during 2006.
Before The Light Goes is their second single, developing as it does from its groovy mid-paced
Album Reviews - Screaming Tarts (Limited Edition 18 Track Compilation Album) By Steve Rudd
The superb second release from Mr Martyn at www.screamingtarts.com
, this is a rare rock
compilation album that comes packed with eighteen fresh cuts of Glam-infused rock action
that are all genuinely brilliant.
Teenage Casket Company headily kick-start proceedings with their catchy Dial It Up riff,
before Electric Eel Shock liven affairs up
Single Reviews - The Holloways - Generator (Sensible Recordings) By Nick Quantrill
Hailing from the Holloway Road area of London, this limited edition,
vinyl-only debut release is a prime slice of ska-tinged pop from a
band destined to be one to watch out for in 2006.
Lead track Generator is a three-minute snapshot of what the band have to offer.
With its prominent harmonies and choppy guitars, Generator is something
approaching a 21st Century take on
Album Reviews - Ellenby - Run Away EP (Levelsound) By Steve Rudd
Ellenby are an exciting London-anchored duo, producing an intoxicating blend of
Folk, Pop and Rock. Their debut album is forthcoming, and provisionally titled
All You Need To Know.
This four-track EP, however, is titled Runaway, which is also the name of the first
track that proves to be the perfect introduction to the music of Ellenby.
Liz Young is the singer, while multi-instrumentalist
Album Reviews - Jethro Tull - Aqualung Live (RandM) By Steve Rudd
Over thirty years on from the release of Jethro Tull's classic Aqualung
album, Aqualung Live is an amazing album in its own right, that captures a live
performance of all the songs that featured on the original masterpiece.
Only legendary band front man, Ian Anderson and ace guitarist Martin Barre remain
from the original band line-up, but the
Music News - The Sesh Column - DJ Mak's Festive Rant
Time to reflect. 2005 has to go down as a great year in my book. I've thoroughly enjoyed my work at various events across the city. Everyone has seemed up for it.
Positivity has reigned supreme. Talent has emerged from all quarters.
The creative folk of the city have been stimulated and encouraged, and the good people of Hull have got together and finally made things
Single Reviews - Coldplay - Talk (Parlophone) Reviewed by Steve Rudd
First there was Speed Of Sound.
Then these guys returned to literally haunt us and to Fix You.
Now all Coldplay wanna do is Talk.
And if they want to talk, the masses will sure as hell listen.
This is the third single to have thus far been swiped from their
stupendously successful X & Y album, and - as always - it is an anthem
dominated by both frontman Chris MartinRead more...
Album Reviews - The Raindogs - The Adventures Of The Raindogs (Three Track Demo) By Steve Rudd
Hull-based quartet The Raindogs are understandably turning ears in their direction with their
uniquely spirited brand of indie-fied rock 'n' roll, that magically manages to be damn
catchy come the choruses of all these three songs.
Stop Smiling is up first, and straight away band front man Martin Clappison stuns the senses with his
extraordinary voice: a voice that is
Single Reviews - Silversun - Immediate (Invisible Hands) Reviewed by Steve Rudd
God, no! The 'Sun front man in James Broad was recently injured whilst making the accompanying video to
Immediate... or so it has been alleged, when Mr. Broad thought that he was James Bond for a
while and went hell for leather to emulate some of the secret agent's stunning stunts for
the aforementioned video.
Long story short, he injured himself. Details are
Single Reviews - Patrolman Pete - Ready To Roll (MX3) Reviewed by Steve Rudd
Bob the Builder has effectively already been here and done this, but this twee novelty
single release still has its wide-eyed and wholly innocent charms, and - at the time of
writing - seems destined to scale the charts in leaps and bounds, with the odds
on it being 2005's Christmas Number One literally increasing day by day.
The AA-affiliated, two and a half minute song