Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – Backhand Deals

Like us, you may have been bracing yourself for a highly sexed, 70s prog-rock inspired, throwback debut LP from Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, but the little wonder of an album they’ve pulled out the bag is a far different thing. Using glam and psychedelic rock tricks from T-Rex to Slade, the Cardiff boys have coupled upContinue reading “Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – Backhand Deals”

Florence + The Machine – King

After her magickal second album ‘Ceremonials’ and the monumental ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’, Florence + The Machine’s fourth album ‘High As Hope’ hit a little lower against a personal, fragile line. ‘King’, then, is Florence Welch back up at her full-throated, anthemic greatest. The song has all the burning heart emotion of aContinue reading “Florence + The Machine – King”

Dead Freights – Hey Hatred

Lurching from out of the shadows into yet more darkness, Dead Freights come fresh from supporting The Libertines on tour, headlong into the launch of their first official single on Gary Powell’s 25 Hour Convenience Store label – ‘Hey Hatred’. Seething with blood-curdling tension, the record’s gothic, bass-heavy rumble and dark lyrical imagery tap intoContinue reading “Dead Freights – Hey Hatred”

Cat SFX – Rodeo

Like the rest of us, Cat Speranza is pissed off at the state of the world. Unlike the rest of us, she has a podium to stand on and preach. And, by God, she is using it well! Cat SFX are lead singer Caterina Speranza, guitarist Giancarlo Mariani, bassist Jacob Morris, drummer Gordon Mills andContinue reading “Cat SFX – Rodeo”

Bandicoot – Early in the Morning / Mynedfeydd

‘Early in the Morning’ wakes up slowly. As gentle keyboards softly ease us in, vocalist Rhys Underdown coos our eyes open as he describes his lover rousing to consciousness after slumber. Delicate chiming guitar builds stronger and more echoey, taking the song up to a cathartic crescendo as the singer’s croon grows more emphatic, eventuallyContinue reading “Bandicoot – Early in the Morning / Mynedfeydd”

The Alphabetamines – Drink Too Much

The ‘Drink Too Much’ picture starts serenely with a short section of lulling strings, but very quickly mayhem ensues. Drums and gritty guitar tumble in as Natasha Sparkes realises all is not well in the Alphabetamines camp and she’s pushed to the point of screaming ferociously at frontman Adam Edwards about his out of controlContinue reading “The Alphabetamines – Drink Too Much”

Stone – Stupid

Their social media bios state they’re “Post Apocalyptic Scally Rock” and I admit to only just stumbling across them seconds before writing this review here, but if first impressions count for anything this sounds like a bob on description of Stone’s latest track ‘Stupid’. This is The La’s playing Happy Mondays, with a chorus likeContinue reading “Stone – Stupid”

Grace Calver – Zombie Conversations

Grace Calver is tired of crappy, short-winded Instagram conversations with wannabe casanovas who end up losing steam before they make it to a first date. So much so, she has turned her frustration into ‘Zombie Conversations’, a charming slack-pop dedication to wasted time on time wasters. Grace’s home counties accent sounds perfectly unimpressed over loose,Continue reading “Grace Calver – Zombie Conversations”

Spacey Jane – Sitting Up

Australia has been a veritable hotbed of on-fire indie bands lately and now, taking their place alongside Gang of Youths, DMAs and Middle Kids, are marvellously monikered Spacey Jane. The Perth quartet’s excellent new single, Sitting Up, is a wavy prelude to their sophmore album, Here Comes Everybody, all about drinking too much booze andContinue reading “Spacey Jane – Sitting Up”

Andrew Cushin – You Don’t Belong

Andrew Cushin’s early career has been packed full of high level endorsement, with third single ‘Where’s My Family Gone’ boasting a Noel Gallagher production credit and his recent signing to Peter Doherty’s Strap Originals records. ‘You Don’t Belong’ is a shining example of why alternative music’s top boys are bigging him up. Newcastle’s Cushin provesContinue reading “Andrew Cushin – You Don’t Belong”