Conrad Ashton New Single, ‘Time’

Conrad Ashton’s modern take on classic rock gives us confessional notions of the heart through authentic lyrics. He sings with the confidence of the late, great Mark E. Smith of The Fall, fearless in his delivery, with a definite hint of Bob Dylan. But the main feature is his punk rock tone which delivers pureContinue reading “Conrad Ashton New Single, ‘Time’”

Emma & the Idles New Single, ‘Ride or Die’

Emma & the Idles are a London based group delivering powerful indie pop, driven by the explosive vocal strength of the lead singer, Emma Withers. The band formed last year to really expand Emma’s sound. This new single from the group, ‘Ride or Die’, makes a solid debut. The song begins with western style guitar,Continue reading “Emma & the Idles New Single, ‘Ride or Die’”

Alone – Colin Newman

Colin Newman is best known as the vocalist for the British post-punk group, Wire, but following the band’s peak of success, he released a number of solo albums. His most successfully regarded individual endeavour could be the 1980 album, ‘A-Z’, to which the song, ‘Alone’ belongs. The album wasn’t made to be liked, with itsContinue reading “Alone – Colin Newman”

Birmingham duo MASS HOUSE release new single

Dylan Williams and Tom Minchin are the Brummie duo, Mass House, who have just released their new single, ‘Birmingham’. Their electronic sound has an indie edge and their motive to write is a very interesting one. The often dully regarded ‘grey’ city of Birmingham provokes Mass House to write about the limitations of living somewhereContinue reading “Birmingham duo MASS HOUSE release new single”

Stiff Little Fingers play with an undying energy on their 2020 Vision Tour

To still have the opportunity to see massively influential, original punk bands is so special. I feel very lucky to have caught Irish Punk band, Stiff Little Fingers, in Birmingham in March on their 2020 Vision Tour, before their remaining dates were cancelled due to the current pandemic. After a couple pints of Guinness, meContinue reading “Stiff Little Fingers play with an undying energy on their 2020 Vision Tour”

The Magic of Boy Harsher

Boy Harsher are an american synth duo from Savannah, Georgia. Augustus Muller programs most of the music, while Jae Matthews writes and performs her haunting lyrics. They are a prime example of the addictive tempos and strong emotions that minimal drum beats and synthesizers can create.  Their style falls into the wide categories of Minimalwave,Continue reading “The Magic of Boy Harsher”

Maybe Baby – Buddy Holly and The Crickets

When Buddy Holly died in a plane crash in 1959, his growing success as an american pioneer of Rock and Roll in the late 50s would be cut devastatingly short, but he left behind for us a beautiful collection of hits that he released with his band, The Crickets. Released in 1958 , in hisContinue reading “Maybe Baby – Buddy Holly and The Crickets”

Cherry-coloured Funk – Cocteau Twins

This Scottish band surfaced in the Post Punk era, but grew more successful throughout the 80s. Known for their hazy sound of colourful layered guitars and Elizabeth Fraser’s ethereal, smeared vocals, they contributed massively to the Dreampop genre. Cherry-Coloured Funk opens their 1990 album Heaven or Las Vegas, which achieved the most commercial success. TheContinue reading “Cherry-coloured Funk – Cocteau Twins”

The Damned live in October: Wolverhampton’s Punk Ignition

The Damned came back to haunt us with their sound this Halloween season at KK’s Steel Mill, in preparation for their Night of a Thousand Vampires gig that would follow at the London Palladium a few days later. I travelled by bus to the Wolverhampton venue, eighteen and alone, preparing to see one of myContinue reading “The Damned live in October: Wolverhampton’s Punk Ignition”