Author Archives: Dave Franklin

About Dave Franklin

Musician, scribbler, historian, gnostic, seeker of enlightenment, asker of the wrong questions, delver into the lost archives, fugitive from the law of averages, blogger, quantum spanner, left footed traveller, music journalist, zenarchist, freelance writer, reviewer and gemini. People have woken up to worse.

Scene and Heard – CCCXCI : Dark All Day –  Gunship feat. Tim Cappello and Indiana (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There has been a real revival of the glossier end of the post-punk sound of late, I guess a lot of it has to do just with the passing of time. Eighties revivalism has seen slick keyboard sounds and big … Continue reading

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Lusts share single True Romance

Lusts, the recording pseudonym of brothers Andrew and James Stone, are returning with their brand new LP ‘call of the void’, out November 16th. Alongside they’ve shared their expansive new single ‘true romance’, a motoric and electric track with a … Continue reading

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Stuck on You  –  Kylie Spence (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Drawing the most emotion out of the most transient of sounds is an art in itself, but it is something that Kylie Spence, even at 17, is an expert at. Most people just starting out down such an indie-pop route … Continue reading

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Slept on the Sofa – Camens (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It’s nice to come across a band who actually live in the real world for a change. Too many artists are all about self-mythologising, creating their own celebrity, talking about (shallow) own jet set life styles. Thankfully Camens live in … Continue reading

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Giants –  Leah Capelle (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

We have encountered Leah Capelle in full on pop-rock mode and in the case of Better Off trading sweet harmonies in a stripped back duet with Hayley Brownell. Giants seems to sit somewhere in the middle, the best of both … Continue reading

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Last Train Home – Moonshot (reviewed by T. Bebedor)

Being a child of the 80’s I remember seeing various bands on Top of the Pops, the fashions were wild, the pop stars were cool and the instruments on stage ranged from guitars and drums to rows and rows of … Continue reading

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Evening Machines – Gregory Alan Isakov (reviewed by T. Bebedor)

My knowledge of folk is limited, I find it hard to listen to the British working-class stories of toil, trouble and industry, but I admire and respect the roots of the genre. The instruments; acoustic and organic, the lyrics; heartfelt … Continue reading

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Finding Beauty in Chaos –  Beauty in Chaos ( reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Beauty in Chaos is a strange and intriguing prospect and like anything deserving of such a description is hard to easily pin down. Too fleeting to be a supergroup, more organic than merely a curated project, too original and forward … Continue reading

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Rude Rebels  –  Neville and Sugary Staple (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If  Two-Tone was the perfect storm of the imported Jamaican ska and reggae sounds and the punk spirit and wild energy that was fermenting in British inner cities in the late 70’s then Rude Rebels is nothing short of a … Continue reading

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Crocodile Tears and The Velvet Cosh –  David J (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Stock in the Bauhaus name is riding high at the moment. With one half of the band currently working as Poptone and David J undertaking an extensive world tour with Pete Murphy as we speak, it is certainly the perfect … Continue reading

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