Reviews

Teddy Webb

REVIEW: The Young Hearts, ‘The Modern State’

After a smattering of EPs across over five years, rising punk band The Young Hearts have finally dropped their debut album. According to frontman Craig Lawrence, the plan for this year was to power through the struggles facing so many bands right now and release another EP, but “after realising it could be the final release […], we decided that an album would be the most productive way for us to say everything we wanted to”.

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Margot Macleod

Cat SFX and the hopeful return of punk.

Alan Mcgee told the NME that he wanted to sign “cocky little fuckers” for his Creation23 label again. This may apply to wannabe wee Gallaghers and the likes, but the “dark fruits” stereotype doesn’t really do justice to his recent signing of culture critic, mental health advocate Cat SFX. Lead singer Caterina Speranza already has a fair amount of music industry experience. Having previously fronted a band called The Vincent Fiasco who opened for Interpol, Cat has come back 13 years later with more to say. According to McGee, “In a different time, she’d be a punk hero.” 

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Elly Bailey

PREVIEW: jokes on you, guccihighwaters

Singer/Producer guccihighwaters latest full-length album ‘jokes on you’ (out Friday 22nd January), carries on where his previous album left off. Each song features a touch of tenderness, the emotion fuelled lyrics crossing over into the world of emo-trap. Although a self-proclaimed introvert, guccihighwaters (real name Morgan Murphy), wears his heart on his sleeve in his music, exposing his vulnerability, his worries and fears.

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Teddy Webb

REVIEW: Nadia Sheikh, ‘Fire Away’

Nadia Sheikh exists somewhere in the grey area between indie and pop, with an earnest style of songwriting that creates thoughtful indie-rock anthems. Journos from underground radio stations to BBC Introducing have been singing her praises, particularly as a live artist, and it’s this aspect of her career that she’s drawn from on her latest single ‘Fire Away’.

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Lily Bedwards

REVIEW: Beans on Toast releases not one but two brand new albums

To release an album is a daunting task. Releasing two is an achievement. But to put out two pieces of work simultaneously is a rare-achieve feat. And yet in all its unlikeliness, the much-beloved folk songwriter Jay McAllister, better known under his notorious stage name ‘Beans on Toast’ has blessed his eager fans with two new albums released together, ‘Knee Deep in Nostalgia’ and ‘The Unforeseeable Future’.

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Teddy Webb

REVIEW: October Drift release brilliant video for ‘Naked’

Following on from the powerhouse that was their last album Forever Whatever, introspective rock outfit October Drift have unveiled a stripped-back and stunning new video for their latest single ‘Naked’. The title track for their new acoustic EP, ‘Naked’ marks a poignant diversion from October Drift’s usual M.O. of what Q describes as “sugar coated power-rock”. Instead of distorted guitars and fierce vocal howls coarsing through listeners’ veins…

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Ruby Webb

REVIEW: Hannah’s Little Sister, EP.mp3

If you are unfamiliar with the Liverpool quartet known as Hannah’s Little Sister then their latest release EP.mp3 is the perfect introduction. The opening track Bin Mouth takes a stab at those who in the words of lead vocalist Meg Grooters “chat a lot of rubbish when really they should just zip it.” The word that comes to mind is chaotic; with synths that would not feel out of place on a classic N64 game, this accompanied by the raw, punchy vocals and squeals that add to the anarchy of the song, setting the tone for their new release.

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REVIEW: Fontaines D.C, ‘A Hero’s Death’

Possibly one of the most anticipated albums of the year, Fontaines D.C. have a natural challenge with their second album, A Hero’s Death, as it comes as the follow up to one of last year’s most well-received debuts, Dogrel. To take such critical acclaim and in a sense commercial success, especially given the core DIY ethos the band hold, it would be easy for the Dublin based five-piece to create an album similarly aligned with their debut, yet this follow up album is like nothing the music industry has quite heard before.

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REVIEW: Derealization, Tazer

‘Derealization’ is the debut single by Tazer, a band by Taylor Waller, Max White and Dan Francis-Jones. The group is fronted by the character of Tazer (personified by Waller) created by Waller, White and Francis-Jones to “express the purest form [of] chaos and techno.”

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