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.


Sunday, 11 February 2018

Funeral Shakes 'Self titled' (ALBUM REVIEW)


The debut album from Funeral Shakes is a raucous and anthemic race through the sort of heart-stopping, sweaty punk rock that launched a thousand garage bands (followed by a thousand noise complaints). And this lot have serious pedigree – members of Gallows (drummer Lee Barratt) and Nervus (guitarist/vocalist Em Foster) join founders and former Smoking Hearts Calvin Roffey (bass/vocals) and Simon Barker (guitar) for a new project straight out of Watford.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Beer x Music II : Verdant x Ty Segall


Beer: Verdant 'Putty' 8% DIPA. 
I can't believe the only time I tried this was a sample at Hop City that I dont recall the flavour of. The hops used are Mosaic, Galaxy and Azacca so pretty much 3 of my favourites; surely onto a winner.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

The Weather Station - Leeds Brudenell Social Club, January 25th 2018 (LIVE REVIEW)


A couple of years ago I happened across the beguiling Canadian folk chanteuse Tamara Lindeman at Headrow House, performing alone under her soubriquet The Weather Station in her opening slot for fellow Ontarian Basia Bulat. 

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Beer x Music I : Lervig/Boneyard x God Damn


Beer : Lervig/Boneyard 'West Coast Dank' IPA 7.1%
Very dank aroma with passionfruit and mango. The look is a little oily. Tastes of a sopping jungle floor with bitterness to wilt a mighty oak. A slight onion note and a little tropics but Jesus Christ it's so...damn...bitter! I've not had one so bitter in ages.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

The Go! Team 'Semicircle' (ALBUM REVIEW)


Experimental south coast collective The Go! Team have always pushed the auditory boundaries throughout their innovative decade-plus long existence, a Mercury nomination for their 2005 debut long player Thunder Lightning Strike bears testament to that.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Keston Cobblers Club - Leeds Brudenell Social Club, November 25th 2017 (LIVE REVIEW)


Kentish indie folk quintet Keston Cobblers Club are one of those live acts capable of bringing a smile to the face of anyone fortunate to witness their uplifting performances regardless of age. Already darlings of BBC Radio, they’ll probably still be gigging for free way into their autumn years and tonight, their one-off High & Lonesome appearance is the first time I’ve seen a band completely fill the new Brudenell Community Room; packed to the rafters and positively buzzing as Julia Lowe (Keyboards/Brass/Vocals), brother Matt (Strings/Vocals), Tom Sweet (Brass, Strings/Vocals), Harry Stasinopoulos (Drums), with Daniel on Tuba, (presumably) deputising for Bethan Ecclestone, take to the stage with the wistful summeriness of ‘Bicycles’.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Brooke Bentham- Leeds Brudenell Social Club, November 25th 2017 (LIVE REVIEW)


It seems only a matter of months since I chatted with then 21-year-old Brooke Bentham ahead of her stripped-down performance supporting John Smith at Leeds Howard Assembly rooms. Still virtually unknown outside her native South Shields and adopted home London, whilst about to graduate from Goldsmiths, the world seemingly at her feet, her unassuming demeanour belied the intensity of the live performance, just her fragile yet piercing voice and a guitar.