Category Archives: rock and roll

Hang on a Second – Them Dead Beats (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It may be a very simple idea, but as is often the case with simple ideas, it’s a good one, namely take the groove and grit of blues and give it the scuzzy garage rock treatment. It worked for their … Continue reading

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A Big Bad Beautiful Noise – The Godfathers (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I remember watching The Godfathers at the infamous Marquee Club way back in the formative years of the band’s career (just don’t tell them that I had only gone along for the support act) and thinking at the time…blimey, they … Continue reading

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Magnificent Bastard – Tommy Hale (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Is it really nine years since the sure-footed tones of Stolen Conversations… first washed into my ears? Tempus does indeed fugit but what has changed? Well, in many ways not much. The same alt-country, punk, pop, soul and rock’n’roll influences … Continue reading

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Top 10 Motorhead Songs

With the sad news of the passing of Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, it seems only appropriate that we look at his wonderful back catalogue of the music he made with Motorhead, the band that he will forever be best remembered … Continue reading

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Ron Pope and the Nighthawks – Ron Pope and the Nighthawks (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If Pope’s pre-Nighthawks efforts garnered comparisons to the likes of Maroon 5 and other more indie pop directions, this album certainly sees him heading in a whole new direction. Here there is a more retro vibe, a blend of country, … Continue reading

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New Music of The Day: LXXVIII – The Dynamite Pussy Club – Power

The Dynamite Pussy Club veer between some fairly obvious influences, retro-centric rock and roll, industrial strength blues, ranting Elvis tirades and Detroit garage rock. Power is the summation of all of those elements with a slice of 60’s raving counter … Continue reading

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Shakedown – The Dynamite Pussy Club (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

As well as having one of the coolest band names on the block, The Dynamite Pussy Club has been ploughing a wonderful sonic furrow across the West Country and beyond in recent years. They operate at a point where art-punk, … Continue reading

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Surfing Times – Los Plantronics (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Some music is difficult to write about, with everyone jumping on the same bandwagons or trying to re-invent genres that should best remain forgotten, I often find myself presented with the same wall to wall beige, style over substance conformity … Continue reading

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Reading Writing Revolution: The Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall – Thee Faction (Soviet Beret Records) reviewed by Dave Franklin

Just when you thought that we, as a culture, had totally embraced a new, post-political musical age, along come a bunch of lefties from the South-East (as they often seem to be, Wat Tyler, Jack Cade, Billy Bragg, The Levellers…err, … Continue reading

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Red Hot – Los Plantronics (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

You know the world is a small place when you find yourself listening to a 9-piece mariachi-surf band channelling Gene Vincent…from Oslo! You know that the world is an unpredictable place when you read that the band re-invented their whole … Continue reading

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