Category Archives: rock

New Music of the Day – CCIV : Hojas Amarillas – Stephania Sanquiz ft. Noemi Smorra

If the original version of Golden Leaves was a perfect blend of driven pop, infectious hooks and vocal eloquence, Stephania Sanquiz’s revisit takes the energy levels even higher and pushes a harder edge. Whilst staying faithful to the original and … Continue reading

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The Collection – Nelson King (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There was a point a few songs in to The Collection, possibly somewhere around Always You that I recognised the same battered style and ragged glory of one of my favourite musical cult heroes, Nikki Sudden. In my book, it … Continue reading

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Ethics for Enemies – Fennr Lane (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Fennr Lane has always been about getting the point musically speaking, simple classic rock lines built around a slow and relentless drive rather than any quick pay off or gimmickry. Here they distil that rock and roll essence down ever … Continue reading

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Pratfalls and Curtain Calls – Bob Pepek (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

As the title of the album suggests, Pratfalls and Curtain Calls is autobiographical in nature, an artist reflecting on the world around him in all it’s honest and gritty glory, its intimacy and loneliness, its ultimate highs, its desolate lows, … Continue reading

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The Gospel According To John – The Black Watch (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Some music doesn’t fit neatly into the accepted cultural canon or defined generic boundaries that help keep things organised. There is music that seems to instead exist in alternate timelines and The Black Watch is just such a band. Imagine … Continue reading

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In Deep – Smoking Martha (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

When the What’s Her Name? single landed before my reviewing pen a few months ago it seemed to have arrived at the perfect time. It gave me the perfect opportunity to rally against the conformity and unadventurous nature of the … Continue reading

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Wild Change – Kalo (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Some music seems to be a melting pot of sounds and ideas that takes some unravelling, if you’re that sort of person, one who feels the need to explore what’s under the musical hood of the car. I’m a reviewer … Continue reading

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A Thousand Mandolins – David Marx (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

An album is more than just a collection of songs; it is a window into where an artist is, mentally, physically and often more telling, logistically, at the point of recording. 2014’s compact and bijou five track The Ghost of … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CXCIII: Disposable – The Vampire Monkeys

According to their bio “The Vampire Monkeys take pride in being the voice of discontent in an unhinged world, even if they offer no valuable insights to its reformation.” And that’s fine, we don’t look to rock and roll for … Continue reading

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Is There Something – Nelson King (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It is possible that Nelson King subscribes less to the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” philosophy and more to a “if it ain’t broke it’s still okay to beat the crap out of it and sculpt battered and … Continue reading

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