The visit of this uniquely celt-vaudevillie artist means for the first time in all my visits to Brudenell the place is filled with rows of seats……and each and every one has an expectant bottom perched upon it. It must be the best part of a decade since Mr Wilson, aka Duke Special caused quite a stir with his first proper album ‘Songs of the Deep Forest’, generating a stack of TV performances for the dreadlocked Ulsterman as he built a cult following of loyal converts over the following handful of albums. Critical acclaim arrived in abundance although that never quite translated into units shifted.
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Monday, 27 April 2015
This five track EP is the latest offering from Manc synth-pop outfit Girl Friend. Less than a year since their inception they're already creating a stir, with outlets from Line of Best Fit to the Guardian awarding them early accolades for their modern take on 80s electropop. Arrive Alone, Leave Alone builds on the absurdly videoed Stop, included here, and musing on the perils of love Chemical Romance, streamed late last year.
At the recent launch of Norland Beers new ale ‘Showcase’ in The Fox and Goose at Hebden Bridge, my taste buds were treated to a proper beer. This is a rich ruby coloured ale with lots of flavour and reminiscent of the ales of yesteryear. In a beer world packed full of ultra-hoppy IPAs and APAs it is refreshing to find a really drinkable ale that showcases British hops to give a deeply satisfying flavour.
Friday, 24 April 2015
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
On sophomore album ‘In ’, LA’s exports White Arrows weave their way through the current indie-rock crop chiefly by following their own divinely psychedelic path. Swirling songs which should sound dangerously familiar around the listener’s brain, the record is a completely unexpected treat.
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Sunday, 19 April 2015
Belgian quintet Balthazar were due to kick-off their 30-odd date European tour in Leeds before an extra date was added for the previous day in Brighton. Singer Jinte reveals the band have never played Leeds before, perhaps an explanation of the surprisingly thin crowd.