Engerica - The Smell (Sanctuary)
Reviewed By Steve Rudd
This madcap trio has to be witnessed, whether via record or in a live situation.
Truth is, they are awesome, if a tad eccentric and zany in their frantic rock 'n' roll ways.
Fronted by David Gardner, these three guys were going great guns a couple of years ago, but
then they seemed to disappear without a trace for a while before re-launching
themselves back into the 'Alternative Rock' limelight of late, even going so far
as to re-release their Smell anthem.
The Smell itself could be adequately described as sheer craziness coupled with some
genius lyrics (for example, Liar, Cheater, Bogey-eater; look out everyone - here comes Peter).
It's a sing-a-long and laugh-a-long spectacle: a tongue-in-cheek masterpiece for the
masses that might remind some people of the supergroup that is Sack Trick.
B-side A Cure For The Living is bit more of a serious affair, as David offers up some wise advice for life.
It's less anthemic than The Smell but no less enthralling, as Gardner's voice dominates
proceedings as he opts for a spoken-word approach in which his monologue has something of
Hamell On Trial's guts about it.
You may cry from time to time and not know why - mention
this to no one, he muses.
This single is taken from the band's There Are No Happy Endings album, with most of Engerica's songs
being saturated with mesmerising swathes of energy, pulse-racing melodies and dramatic
Biffy Clyro-styled dynamism.
Engerica, incidentally, hail from Essex, and have thus far hit the road with all manner
of bands such as Sum 41 and Reuben, even going so far as to wow huge audiences at
festivals such as Download 2005.
More than ever, Engerica genuinely do deserve to break through into the big time this time around...
Album Reviews - The Bonnitts - Soldier (Demo) By Joe Hakim Photos by Darren Rogers - The Bonnitts at The Sesh 13th December 2005
Well, thank fuck for The Bonnitts.
Just when I was starting to think that the Hull music scene was in danger of disappearing
up its own arse, along comes this blinder of an EP to totally change my mind.
I'm going to rattle on about Soldier for a while, because it is, quite simply,
the best thing I've heard in a long time.
It kicks off with a sublime guitar-line, coupled with singer Mike WrightRead more...
Single Reviews - Lovemat - Between The Lines (Disturbia) Release date: April 3rd 2006. Reviewed By Steve Rudd
A racy anthem to get your rocks off to, the heady music of Lovemat is
primarily propelled by mesmerising guitar riffage that thunders into the mix beside
delectable harmonies and strong vocals from Paul Kell.
They are an old-skool hard rock band and hail from Newcastle, with this being their debut single.
If I were you, I'd buy up a few copies of this release,
Single Reviews - The Voom Blooms - Politics And Cigarettes (Fiction) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Here we have some truly beautiful music, from a band that only got together early in
2005, and that is based in Loughborough.
This, their debut single, is a classic and builds on the star-gazing sounds that
were unleashed via their much-sought-after London Heads demo.
A quartet fronted by George Guildford, The Voom Blooms are masters of melody
Album Reviews - Billy Bragg - Billy Bragg Volume 1 (Cooking Vinyl) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
An essential purchase for hardcore BB fans as well as those people who might
have heard just a few of his songs but who dare to delve further into the life
and times of Billy Bragg, this release is a box set comprising seven
CDs and a couple of DVDs.
In and amongst Billy Bragg Volume 1 there are four of Billy's earliest
and greatest albums, which are Life's A RiotRead more...
Album Reviews - 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.
Album Reviews - Energise by Shatner By David Thurlby
Self-proclaimed common oiksShatner are made up of four, thirty-something nearly
men from Leeds who should really know better.
Fortunately, for our listening delights, they don't.
Numerous years on the local music scene have seen these blokes, notably
singer-songwriter and chief oik Jim Bower, gain a respectful reputation.
A hit among the younger and more media-savvy LeedsRead more...
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
Album Reviews, Music Videos - Torso Horse - Every Dog Has Its Day Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Calling all Torso Horse fans! Your favourite Goth-Metal maestros have recently
reworked their classic Every Dog Has Its Day anthem, and shot a brand new promo video
to boot, which - in a word - is stunning.
The original version of this track was fantastic as it stood, but Adam and band have felt
compelled to rework it a little, and have even added a short-but-sweet keyboard
Album Reviews - Faith No More - The Platinum Collection (Warner) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
A never-to-be-forgotten rock band for so many reasons, Faith No More hailed from
California, and for fifteen years they produced some amazing rock music, a fact
that is proven by this awesome collection of some of their best material.
With fifteen of their own classic tunes being included, along with a live
version of their old classic We Care A Lot, and their infamous cover
Music News - Shine On at Hull City Hall By Alex Firth
I'm currently studying at Northumbria University in Newcastle though I
shall be back home in Beverley on the 29th April. Why, you ask?
I have a concert to go to at Hull City Hall ...
Last year, I couldn't believe all the fuss that was being made about a local
(to Newcastle) band doing their first show at the most famous venue in town -
the City Hall.
The band was called Shine On, and was a tribute
Single Reviews - The Waking Eyes - But I Already Have It (Coalition)
Release date: March 20th 2006. Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Probably the finest rock 'n' roll band to have busted out of Winnipeg, Canada, in
recent years, the four guys that comprise The Waking Eyes clearly sound to have
been born for this type of life in the limelight.
This is the quartet's eagerly-awaited second single, and the follow-up to
their awesome Watch Your Money debut.
But I Already Have It comes packed
Album Reviews - Rising Sun - Dirty Daisy EP Reviewed By Steve Rudd
An indie-gilded rock 'n' roll quartet with a difference, Rising Sun here present
eight extraordinary tracks that prove to be sound testament to the band members' collective talents.
The title track in Dirty Daisy is up first and is bolstered by guitarist Dan's
heavyweight and swaggering riff. Nathan's raw, soul-inflamed vocals work a treat,
while the music is both
Album Reviews - The Soledad Brothers - The Hardest Walk (Polydor) Release Date: March 6th 2006. Reviewed By Steve Rudd
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
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