Category Archives: alt-rock

Long Vivid Dream – Discolor Blind (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The ability to produce a suite of five songs which simultaneously seem part of totally different musical genres yet somehow sonically sit perfectly side by side is a great, and indeed brave, trick in this often musically narrow-minded world. It … Continue reading

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Occultation – Dark Moon Lilith (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If the band, album name and artwork seem to suggest something aimed at the black clad, wannabe pagans who still have visions of relocating to Sunnydale and hanging around with Buffy and the gang, I am most happy to report … Continue reading

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Flames and Games – Prym (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Making music is often a case of taking the references and influences from the past and moulding them into a new music sonic experience for a whole new generation. The familiarity of the old and the freshness of the present … Continue reading

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Afloat – The NJE (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Even on paper, The NJE, standing for Near Jazz Experience, is a fascinating concept. Horn led, jazz infused, pop/rock instrumentals, largely unrehearsed and improvised but built on some solid yet supple underlying grooves. But jazz for the purist this isn’t, … Continue reading

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Ephemeral EP – Stephen Shutters (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If opening tracks on records (yes, I still call them records—get over it) are normally about setting the scene, giving the listener a taste of what they can expect, and as a by-product giving lazy journalists, such as myself, a … Continue reading

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Philly To Long Branch (part 2) – Untitled Art (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Being a reviewer of pretty much any genre that comes at me, obviously there are strengths and weaknesses in my arsenal of scribbled thoughts. Particularly when I see those three little letters in close proximity, E, D and M, I … Continue reading

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Heavy – Dust of Days (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Rock music is a genre that is easy to get wrong. Incompetent hands can make it either overtly bombastic and self-aggrandising or clichéd and frivolous. Dust of Days thankfully drive the perfect path between such extremes and deliver a song … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CCX: Miles Above the Baseline – I, Symptom

The mercurially named I, Symptom continue their singular quest to explore the point of impact between dystopian electronica and trashy post-punk forms. But whereas last time around Triple Exclamation Mark was a blend of urgent warped rock and driven, dance … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CCVII : Ethics For Enemies – Fennr Lane

Fennr Lane has been nothing if not consistent in their mission to put muscular, dark, grunge infused rock back on the map. Ethics for Enemies is a blend of the cold, doom-laden edge of Danzig’s dystopian blues-metal and the emotive, … Continue reading

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The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur – The Veldt (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The Veldt has always been a fascinating concept. Two black school kids in 80’s Raleigh, North Carolina dressing like European New Romantics and listening to the underground releases of London’s infamous 4AD label. A bold stance to take but one … Continue reading

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