Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Gomez , Leeds O2 Academy – 29th April (LIVE PREVIEW)


Can it really be 20 years since the chaotic swamp fuzz of the Gomez debut album ‘Bring It On’ took the UK by storm, songs including ‘78 Stone Wobble’, ‘Whippin’ Piccadilly’ and ‘Get Myself Arrested’ helping garner its creators a Mercury Prize for their troubles? 

Monday, 16 April 2018

Long Division Festival, Wakefield, June 2nd 2018 (PREVIEW)


Wakefield’s leading arts fanzine Rhubarb Bomb, created Long Division back in 2011, the city’s own take on the multi-venue city centre all-day music festival that’s become increasingly popular in the last decade. 

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Big & The Fat 'Fruit/Crack Crack' (DOUBLE A-SIDE SINGLE REVIEW)


Electronic garage Londoners Big & The Fat half swagger and half shuffle onto We Can Do It Records with the mesmerisingly tense new double A-side ‘Fruit’/’Crack Crack’.

There is something bizarre, even gratifyingly uncomfortable, about both tracks, which stomp ever onwards with the steady regularity of a pendulum while ramping up a certain sense of uneasiness which never really resolves itself. The tracks are the musical equivalent of eating four grapefruits in one sitting with no sugar, bitter as anything but also delicious, nourishing and distinctly moreish.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Laura Veirs 'The Lookout' (ALBUM REVIEW)


The well-worn adage that a country’s political situation is inversely proportional to its musical output still appears to ring true, in this case, the bewitching release by veteran North American punk turned troubadour Laura Veirs.  

Monday, 2 April 2018

Maff 'Melaniña' (EP REVIEW)


Emerging from the swirling mists and forbidding fogs in the DMZ between shoegaze and grunge, Chilean outfit Maff reach for their bricks and mortar to build another stunning wall of sound on new ep 'Melaniña'. Inspired by frontman Ricardo Gomez’s first child Augusta, the ep title combines the word ‘melanin’ with ‘niña’ – Spanish for little girl – to pay tribute to the fact that Augusta is slightly albino.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Simply Saucer 'Cyborgs Revisited' (ALBUM RE-RELEASE REVIEW)


The story behind this album is arguably redolent of the ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ tale. Canadian cult garage band Simply Saucer had emerged from the Rust Belt punk scene of the early 1970s, following in the wake of Stooges, MC5 and Alice Cooper, whilst also absorbing influences from such varied sources as b-movie sci-fi shtick, early krautrock and British psychedelia.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Beer x Music III : Moonraker x Dinosaur Jr


Beer: Moonraker 'Zam Bone' 8% DIPA
A beer couldn't smell anymore like a Jelly Babies on the pour if it tried and then sat in the glass it smells sweet, zesty and green. Now this looks a hop yogurt! Citra and Simoe work as a marriage made in heaven. 

Thursday, 15 February 2018

I AM HILL 'Give It A Rest' (ALBUM REVIEW)


Sometimes haunting, sometimes uplifting, always intoxicating, the new album  from Canadian singer/songwriter/producer/creative iamhill is a heady after-dark soundtrack to life under streetlights as much as under shooting stars.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Ought 'Room Inside The World' (ALBUM REVIEW)


Yet another Canadian band appear on the Plus One horizon, this time it’s Ought, a post-punk, post-rock quartet of interlopers whose paths happened to meet in a communal rehearsal space in Montreal. After gelling, they signed to local indie label Constellation, the band’s first two records creating approving murmurs in all the right places, yet the 9-track ‘Room inside the World’ finds Tim Darcy (voice, guitars) Matt May (keys) Ben Sideworthy (bass) and Tim Keen (drums) heading south of the border to Merge Records, recording sessions taking place in Brooklyn. With Gallic producer Nicolas Verne (The War on Drugs) installed at the controls, the Big Apple setting clearly helped shape the post-industrial dystopian indie sound, with bags of introspection thrown in for good measure.

Monday, 12 February 2018

The Go! Team - Leeds Wardrobe, February 10th

Credit: Annick Wolfers

One of the most welcome returns to the 2018 music scene must be cosmopolitan co-operative The Go! Team; their fifth long player, the kaleidoscopic and urbane ‘Semicircle’ providing a welcome ray of sunshine in these chilly times. With lead single ‘Mayday’ cartwheeling onto many radio playlists including 6music, the deserved praise has resulted in a slew of their current tour dates selling out fast, including tonight’s Wardrobe appearance by all accounts.