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 Libertines – Up The Bracket 20th Anniversary Edition

2022 saw the 20th anniversary of one of British alternative music’s landmark releases, the one and only ‘Up The Bracket’ by The Libertines. A record that grabbed the baton tossed on by The Jam, The Smiths and Oasis. What made it a landmark release? Try and picture the scene: The drabness of the early 21stContinue reading “The Libertines – Up The Bracket 20th Anniversary Edition”

Tom Emlyn – I’ve Seen You In Town

Some records are intrinsically linked to a corner of the world, a country, a city – if you’ve ever sat on a bus lurching across Manchester with The Smiths playing through your headphones or sped through London on the tube listening to Blur you’ll know what I mean. Well, Tom Emlyn’s second album drips withContinue reading “Tom Emlyn – I’ve Seen You In Town”

Night Swims – Idle/Wild

Hopping over the Atlantic for a little bit, Night Swims is the stateside project of singer and guitarist Michael Thomas. Conceived in San Diego in the middle of 2020, the group’s perfectly monikered debut album ‘Idle/Wild’ is an upshot of the environment and era that created it, at times wild and at times slower paced,Continue reading “Night Swims – Idle/Wild”

Wet Leg – Wet Leg

When ‘Chaise Longue’ appeared on several hundred Spotify playlists in the middle of last year the music sphere collectively dropped the glass bottle of diet coke they were cooly drinking and jaws fell open aghast at this witty, chic, new wave hit appearing out of the furthest reaches of nowhere, also known as the IsleContinue reading “Wet Leg – Wet Leg”

Fontaines D.C. – Skinty Fia

Alternative music, whatever that now means, has been missing some true new festival headliner-worthy giants for a fair while – Wolf Alice have nudged into that territory but it’s population is undoubtedly tiny. Enter Fontaines D.C. with their third and as-yet most accomplished record ‘Skinty Fia’. The Irish lads’ debut ‘Dogrel’ nestled comfortably in theContinue reading “Fontaines D.C. – Skinty Fia”

The Mysterines – Reeling

You may have missed it when The Mysterines creeped quietly onto the scene in 2018 with small fanfare and you would also be forgiven if you overlooked the stream of fast paced and filthy indie blues tracks the Liverpool group have spent the past four years drip feeding the world, but there’s absolutely no ignoringContinue reading “The Mysterines – Reeling”

Peter Doherty & Frédéric Lo – The Fantasy Life of Poetry & Crime

‘The Fantasy Life Of Poetry & Crime’ is the album that a particular school of Peter Doherty and Libertines fans would argue has been sorely missing from the artist’s catalogue. For Libertines fans in the heady days of 2003, not only were they still getting to grips with now-solid-classic debut album ‘Up The Bracket’ butContinue reading “Peter Doherty & Frédéric Lo – The Fantasy Life of Poetry & Crime”

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”

Yard Act – The Overload

What would it have sounded like if Mark E Smith had fronted Blur? The answer is: Yard Act. The Leeds four piece have put together a snapshot of the UK using a caustically humorous cast of invented, or possibly borrowed from real life, characters – all typifying gobby Brexit Britain and a tight collection ofContinue reading “Yard Act – The Overload”