Coming three years after their brooding, ultra-serious concept album 'Drones', Teignmouth's finest release their eighth studio album in the form of 'Simulation Theory', which saw it's first single released a full eighteen months before the "parent" record was released. We delved into the long player and wrote what we thought…..
Another year, and another raft of records has come and gone. Some good, some bad, some completely off the bat-shit crazy scale (did The Residents have anything out this year? I'm still recovering from hearing 'Animal Lover' back in 2005...) Rather than compile a simple top ten of 2018, here are some of the albums that ticked some slightly different boxes for me this year...
I’ve had the fortune of seeing The Wedding Present a few times in my colourful life, most recently, it was at Bristol’s O2 Academy where they were supporting The Wonder Stuff but I reach back even further in my mind to recall shows at Exeter Cavern (where we were watching them this evening), Exeter Lemon Grove and dare I say it, The Great Hall at Exeter University (my mind is rather fuzzy around the early 90’s so I can’t be 100% sure).
Leeds based trio release their debut album Recipes from The Bible, we took a listen to it and wrote about our findings, read on to find out how we got on….
It was a cold Sunday December evening and I was planning a nice night in front of the fire, Country File (or whatever was on the tellybox) and maybe a glass of wine, then I got a call from my photographer urging me to get in the car and drive to Exeter as a band called My Baby were performing at Exeter Phoenix, I made my excuses and promptly drove to the venue and took my position on the balcony and waited for the entertainment to commence….
Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0 is the latest album from the Japanese doom metal duo BLACK LAB and was released in July this year. This new offering is a re-worked version of their original Under The Strawberry Moon album, which was only released in tiny numbers on CD in Japan and features a pull together of previous tracks and new songs recorded throughout 2017,.
What I love about Reef are that they, to us who hail from the West Country, are ‘locals dun good’. Hailing from Glastonbury and Barnstaple they always seem very happy to be back. Maybe it’s the scones? Maybe the clean air? I’m not sure, but I can guess that whatever else draws them back, the reaction from the crowd must be one bloody good reason.
Estrons are a four-piece alt-rock band from Cardiff who kicked things off in 2013 when they released their first single on Soundcloud, “Make a Man” and have gone on to open for bands such as Honeyblood and Pussy Riot. They recently released their debut album You Say I'm Too Much, I Say You're Not Enough and are now on their first headline tour around the UK.
We caught them at The Cavern in Exeter, read on to see how the evening unfolded….
The Cabarats bring a new musical experience to the Southwest, combining traditional Balkan and Middle Eastern sounds with lively reggae and ska. Using an eclectic collection of intriguing instrumental performances from Dan Lotoczko on the accordion and keys and Leo James on the Oud, Flugelhorn, Guitar and Clarinet. The rhythm section consists of Jake Leonard-Williams and Rich Palmer who provide the gentle background for the distinctive instruments to develop a stunning palette of sound which is completed by the cheeky, crystal clear voice of Shelley Polaine.
On the 26th of October 2018, the supergroup known as BLOODBATH released their 5th studio album The Arrow of Satan is Drawn after an entire 4 YEARS in the making!!
This was going to be the first time I had seen Arrested Development, so I went to tonight’s show at Exeter’s Phoenix a little sceptical as to the outcome. For me, they were renowned for a couple of tracks in the early 90’s, mainly Everyday People and Mr Wendel, I’ll admit now that I was unfamiliar with any of their other material and was alarmed to find out that they have released 12 albums since 1992! Armed with this information, I took my seat on the balcony and waited for the evening to unfold….
“I wake up every morning and say this is fucking crazy”, commented the North Shields artist Sam Fender, bringing his socially aware lyrics combined with his rock and roll guitar riffs to a packed out Thekla in the heart of Bristol. With just a year in the limelight, Fender’s music career has gained momentum at a RAPID rate. Feeling trapped in his home town, he turned to his guitar for a chance to escape, now he writes songs about ‘life on the fringes’ and raises questions about current social issues.