Beans On Toast – Lizzy’s Cooking: Track review

Not many people around the music industry have such an individuality as Beans on Toast, and as ever that’s the case with his new track ‘Lizzy’s Cooking’

A good old serenade sort of track, an appreciation for the other half, for something as simple as their cooking. It actually captures what Beans On Toast is about so well, such a simple sentiment goes with his style of songwriting. It’s not groundbreaking and deep, it’s a sweet, fun love song, sometimes music doesn’t need to be any more than that.

It’s just hard to listen to the record and not be happy, like a lot of his music, there’s always an honest and relatable charm that makes it so addictive and easy to listen to, ‘Lizzy’s Cooking’ is no different.

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Band Of Skulls – Himalayan: Album Review

Band Of Skulls have released their third record ‘Himalayan’.

It not only captures that trademark sound of the band, the massive stop and start explosions of guitar in ‘Asleep at the Wheel’, and the big distorted solo in the title track ‘Himalayan’. But There’s also this big soulful element to the album, tracks that focus predominately on Emma Richardson’s vocals like ‘Cold Sweat’, a piece of music that actually wouldn’t sound out of place in a Bond film, must be pretty good then right?

On top of all this there’s  even a couple of more anthemic, stadium filler type tracks, ‘You are all that I am not’ in particular is a highlight of the album, an incredible bit of work that captures this whole different side that the band possess.

Band Of Skulls in all fairness are a band who probably haven’t received the level of admiration they warrant, they’ve been doing rock and roll properly since their beginning, and Himalayan is further proof of that.

JJ Hodari debuts with “Break our Bones”

“Break Our Bones” is the extremely impressive bluesy debut from JJ Hodari.

It begins as a very simplistic stripped back vocal and guitar combination, with each pluck of a string ringing out in an almost old Western style, the sort you could imagine playing out over a desert scene in an old cowboy film.

However, the track builds as it goes along, it begins to incorporate a subtle drum beat with a vocal backing track and piano, before finishing with a much larger atmospheric sound that has a possessive intensity about it that keeps you encapsulated until the very final chord fades out.

Frameworks preview cover of “Fell in Love With a Girl”

The White Stripes’ “Fell In Love With a Girl” is arguably one of the most recognisable tracks around, and now it’s been given a much more robust treatment than its probably used to by post hardcore outfit “Frameworks”, and it makes for one hell of a racket.
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Johnny Marr – Playland: Album Review

If there’s anyone in music who knows proper rock and roll, it’s Mancunian hero, Johnny Marr. It’s safe to say the ex Smiths man has been around the block more than most, refusing to sit on the legacy of the iconic Manchester band, working with the likes of The Cribs, Modest Mouse and Paul McCartney, and not to mention picking up the “Godlike genius award” along the way.

So one might say his latest solo record is in pretty good stead, to say the least, to be another fantastic bit of work. And in doing so, one would be completely correct.
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Jamie T returns with “Carry on the Grudge”

5 years is a long time ey? That’s how long it’s been since we last got a Jamie T album with the critically acclaimed “Kings & Queens”

The album signals a change of pace for Jamie, let’s not forget he was 24 when we last got material from him, he’s closer to 30 now, it wouldn’t be fair to expect the same angsty fast paced style all the way through. Things change with age, song writing isn’t immune from the changes that are part of growing up, something which is clearly evident in “Carry on the Grudge” Continue reading

Peter Hook & The Light play triumphant homecoming gig

Back where it all started some 30 odd years ago for Peter Hook, well, kind of, let’s leave out the whole Salford / Manchester debate for the sake of this and concentrate on what really matters. The music.

Manchester’s iconic Ritz played host, with it’s famous “bouncy dancefloor” and rich history to one of the cities much loved talents with a richer history. This was set to be something a bit special, the band would be playing the full Low-Life & Brotherhood albums, that were released by New Order way back in 1985/1986, who Hook was an integral part of forming after the tragic ending of Joy Division. Continue reading

Band Of Skulls release “Himalayan” as next single

Band of Skulls seem to be one of the few bands who really can do rock & roll properly, they in fact probably have never received the recognition they deserve for it. “Himalayan” proves no different, it makes for a understandable selection for the next single from the forthcoming album of the same name. Based around an infectious bluesy style “wakka wakka” riff, the song builds up to this melancholy harmony between Marsden and Richardson, which is acts as the calm before the storm before the inevitable face melter to bring the whole thing to a valiant close.

The Pixies release fan directed video for “Ring the Bell”

Rock icons, The Pixies have released a fan directed video for their track “Ring the Bell” from their latest album “Indie Cindy”. The video was left to Lital Mizel and Adi Frimmerman, after a video of them lip syncing to the bands famous song “Hey” went viral on youtube. The clip shows the girl hosting a nostalgia filled gathering in a forest, with tons of flashbacks to 80s & 90s fads, the years when The Pixies were at their biggest. The girls have stated in interviews that the idea behind the video was about the kids that grew up in this time holding on to those memories that they treasure. It’s not really what you’d expect a Pixies video to look like, but for whatever reason, it does really work!