Trampolene, The Gulps & Ratoon – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – 03/02/2023

Wales has had a severe vacancy for too many years. Since the Manics and Stereophonics got comfortable filling arenas and Super Furry Animals split, Wales has badly needed an exciting, young, new band of national treasures. The latest contenders for the title have rocked up to Clwb Ifor Bach tonight for one in a stringContinue reading “Trampolene, The Gulps & Ratoon – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – 03/02/2023”

Red Telephone – Waiting For Your Good Days

Timeless and expansive psychedelic rock records don’t come along casually just every day, but that’s exactly what we have on our hands in Red Telephone’s single ‘Waiting For Your Good Days’. Diving into some of the most sacred corners of nineties college rock for inspiration, the Cardiff alt-rockers come back up for air grasping bitsContinue reading “Red Telephone – Waiting For Your Good Days”

When Tigers Used To Smoke – There I Almost Am EP

If you were paying attention and kept following When Tigers Used To Smoke after our June review of their ‘It All Just Seems Pretend’ EP, you’d know the Birmingham group had recently dropped the summery surf pop gem ‘Gull Rocks’, a warm-hearted bop inspired by what sounds like a cracking holiday in Cornwall. With ‘GullContinue reading “When Tigers Used To Smoke – There I Almost Am EP”

The Gulps – Mirror Mirror

Never ones to let the party end, The Gulps are right back with new single ‘Mirror Mirror’ just a couple of months after putting out the indie-disco-smash banger ‘Candy’. Anyone lucky enough to have caught them on tour in 2022 supporting Carl Barat, Ash or Cast will recognise the record as the absolute apex ofContinue reading “The Gulps – Mirror Mirror”

CVC – Get Real

CVC have got the weed, they’ve got the blues – caused by their women and stingy bosses, and they’ve got a living room full of recording equipment, no doubt strewn with Pink Floyd, Harry Nilsson and ex-Beatles members vinyl sleeves. Sometime in 2020, the Church Village Collective (in case you were wondering what the CVCContinue reading “CVC – Get Real”

The Malakites – Morning After

Regret has rarely sounded as tuneful as the regret The Malakites are feeling on new single ‘Morning After’. But what better thing to do with anguish over missed opportunity than write a big fucking rock song about it? Luckily for you and I that’s exactly what these Cardiff lads have done. Having already started toContinue reading “The Malakites – Morning After”

Primitive Soul – Euphoria

It’s an absolute wonder the South Wales valleys aren’t a total hotbed of nihilistic, angry young punk rock groups, given the deep political and social history of the locale and the fact that even today driving up the Heads of the Valleys road can conjure a sense of melancholic angst in the pit of yourContinue reading “Primitive Soul – Euphoria”

Sam Scherdel & Harri Larkin – Fairytale of New York

We’ve stumbled across many an artist in 2022, but Harri Larkin have been one of our clear standout faves, so who better to celebrate the festive season with? Teaming up with fellow Sheffield maestro Sam Scherdel, the yuletide troop have given an all-time December anthem a dazzlingly illuminated live makeover on their own version ofContinue reading “Sam Scherdel & Harri Larkin – Fairytale of New York”

YNES – Born Loser EP

There is no upside to a brutal music industry, unstable economy and cruel political environment. No upside at all. A world where these factors weren’t in play would be an infinitely better world. Thank fuck, however, that in amongst the chaotic miasma of shite that is the modern age we still have total punk rockContinue reading “YNES – Born Loser EP”

Dead Writers – Lisa

Some bands write songs, other bands manage to inject the essence of an entire novel into a sub-five minute piece of music. London purveyors of debauch Dead Writers have managed the second feat on new single ‘Lisa’, a magnificent, vaudevillian chronicle inspired by ‘Notes From The Underground’ that recounts a Dostoevsky-style tale set in pre-revolutionContinue reading “Dead Writers – Lisa”