Having spent the last four years honing their craft, everything you think you know about them and their unique surrealist world is about to be wonderfully shaken up as they prepare to release their hugely anticipated self-titled debut album. It’s an album that celebrates being human, in all its different forms and by doing so, will touch the hearts of everyone that hears it.
It was nearly 5 years to the day that we last saw Big Country perform live at the Exeter Phoenix, okay, back then Mike Peters (The Alarm) was on lead vocals and Derek Forbes (Simple Minds) was providing bass guitar duties, tonight was going to be the first time that I had seen the lineup featuring Simon Hough who, despite being English, sounded remarkably like Stuart Adamson, sharing a similar vocal range which added a touch of familiarity to the songs.
Read on to see how the evening unfolded….
Formed of various members of New Order, Devo and The Verve, ShadowParty's heritage is nothing if not inspirational. Musically, this self-titled debut leans towards the former's Siren's Call era, its side-project Bad Lieutenant and the most recent Music Complete, particularly on the opening "Celebrate" and the Euro-boogie of "Reverse The Curse" which also uncannily resembles "Shellshock" once the chorus kicks in.
After what seemed like weeks (or in the case of the organiser Sadie Horler, months) of preparation, the day had come, today was the day when 25 musicians, bands and artists would come together for the Musicians Against Homelessness event hosted at The Phoenix in Exeter.
Read on to see how the evening unfolded….
I’ve been a fan of Eddi Reader’s since I was sixteen years old, which - I realised as I walked into the Phoenix on the night of the 26th of August - meant that I’ve been listening to (and playing) her music for over thirty years now. Her long and impressive career, that has included three BRIT awards, an Ivor Novello and a double platinum album with ‘Fairground Attraction’, is the envy of many a female artist, particularly as - at the age of 59 - she still shows no sign of slowing down creatively.
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In just 18 months, punchy Bristolian sloganeers IDLES have ferreted their way through current consciousness with a never-ending stream of jaw-dropping, ear-bleeding shows in small venues without so much as a by-your-leave or a back catalogue to speak of. It's like the internet doesn't exist for bands like this, hard-slogging outfits with a message and a melody and a bit of gumption, the likes of which we haven't seen since Drenge, Fucked Up, Sleaford Mods or UK Subs. Years of pitching up to venues right across the UK and acknowledging their fans' existence is finally bearing fruit, as this second album ably demonstrates.
On February 21st 2012, as a protest against Putin’s re-election, five women entered Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and, pulling on coloured balaclavas, bounded around the church’s altar, punching the air and imitating prayer. Using the melody of ‘Ave Maria’ they performed their punk prayer, urging the Virgin Mary to help get rid of Putin… These women were members of Pussy Riot and their actions on this day and the consequences of those actions, would put them smack bang into the annuls of history.
With a stellar line-up consisting of The Hives, Manic Street Preachers, Suzanne Vega, Calexico, Richard Thompson and of course, Levellers, this year’s Beautiful Days Festival looked like it was going to be a fantastic affair, all we needed was some good weather! Read on to see how the weekend unfolded for us.
London is in the midst of a heat wave, and Sly & The Family Stone had no compunction about turning the temperature up a few more degrees with their funk and groove back catalogue. The songs are over half a century old, hailing from the wild social revolutions of the sixties, yet with their pulsating rhythms, energetic musicianship and sense of fun, they still speak directly to an audience.
This was my first ever festival (my wife saw The Cure headline Glastonbury in the 80s) and will probably be my last given that all the stars aligned and delivered everything I would have wanted from one. Let’s see, tickets won via a competition on musicmuso, the weather was glorious and headliners that I would have chosen myself. I really can’t see this happening again. It was going to be a cracking weekend…….wasn’t it?
At 71 years old, Barbara Mason seems to be defying the ageing process. Dressed impeccably in devil red, with glitter-encrusted shoes to match, she looked every inch the performer of her big 1965 hit “Yes I’m Ready”.
Andy Quick has been busy this summer, Land of the Giants have taken the year off and yet still managed to rack up more than half a dozen gigs, including the opening party of 'Tunes in the Dunes' last month along with an awesome acoustic performance at Hope Cove.
The main focus of his creative efforts is his eponymous band, The Andy Quick Band, a four piece which affords him the licence to explore a massive range of styles. The last release we reviewed was "5 Less" at the end of 2017.
Andy finds himself at Port Eliot Festival later this month and at Boardmasters and Watchet Festival in August. He rounds off the summer with a slot at Henry’s Little Big Gig, a proper festival in deepest Cornwall.
Andy’s upcoming release is the splendid, bluesy, 70's throwback; "Little Red Runaround" which carries delicious bass guitar riffs from Josie complementing Andy’s lead guitar, Martin’s perfectly sleazy hammond organ melodies and the smashing rhythms from the Jackal himself. Even the magnificent Sax of ‘Superstar Tom Keel’ makes a guest appearance on this cheeky little number.
Little Red Runaround is a saucy ode about a boy who has an overinflated idea of the aphrodisiac qualities of his other other love, his 'Little Red Run Around' and a girl focussing on putting bread on the table….. It’s a tune about the frustrations of a couple who are over thinking things when they should be having fun. “Step into my world babe, close the door behind….” Who could resist You shouldn’t. Look out for an announcement on Andy’s website from Thursday 18th July…..