Month: September 2017

Slade Alive!

by Rob Jones I recall that ‘Slade Alive!’ on cassette was the first full album by an artist that entered my auditory system. That experience drew me with a magnetic presence towards these Wolverhampton Wizards. Quite frankly, I became obsessed with the Noddy Holder, Jimmy Lea, Dave Hill, Don Powell combo over the next several years – even dedicating one bedroom wall to anything Sladest, Slayed or Slade! However, as the years tally up and the decades vanish it is now 45 years since the release of ‘Slade Alive!’ and as such this TNT tome has resurfaced as a pop product. So what is there to report? Plenty! Genres, movements and scenes galore...

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Happy Mondays – 30th Anniversary: Twenty Four Hour Party People Greatest Hits Tour

by Rob Jones Happy Mondays return to Cardiff University on Friday, November 17th 2017 for a 20th anniversary greatest hits date. The 2016 show at the venue which celebrated 25 years since their legendary Pills, thrills and Bellyaches album was a resounding hit in front of a full house turning an otherwise bleak Sabbath in to a happy Sunday. Tickets are on sale now – so get in the queue as these gold dust items will soon vanish – and, I am not twisting your melon!   Go to:  ...

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SOUND OF THE SIRENS

TO PLAY GWDIHW CAFE, CARDIFF NEXT MONTH NEW ALBUM ‘FOR ALL OUR SINS’ OUT NOW SOUND OF THE SIRENS have announced they are to play Gwdihw Cafe, Cardiff this October 12th. Exeter-based duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood dovetail beautifully on their debut album For All Our Sins which was released in May 2017 to wide praise including from R2 Magazine who called it a “stunning debut collection”. The girls appeared on ITV’s Weekend show with Aled Jones and the video for ‘Smokescreen’ was added to the BT TV playlist. ‘For All Our Sins’ is out now on DMF Records on CD, Vinyl and Digital. New...

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V from V for V

by Rob Jones Each classic band has signature sounds whether it be instrumental, vocal or both and as V, the fifth album from The Horrors, opens up it does not take long before we feel at home with our heroes. We live in a post millennium world whereby there is not going to be anything truly fresh to our ears as artists utilise their influences to either plagiarise or pleasure. The Horrors diligently dip into the decades of the 70’s and 80’s as technology, talent and tunes moved in to new domains. However, this new breed of alternative brethren take the dark and light of those yesteryear electro developments....

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MY BABY

RELEASE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR ‘SUNFLOWER SUTRA’ – WATCH HERE UK HEADLINE TOUR STARTS NEXT MONTH NEW ALBUM ‘PREHISTORIC RHYTHM’ OUT NOW    Tirelessly inventive psychedelic Dutch trio MY BABY are back! With ‘Sunflower Sutra’ the third single from the new album ‘Prehistoric Rhythm’ (Sept 2017).  Sunflower Sutra is out September 15 via Glitterhouse Records accompanied by a stunning video, resplendent with the band’s deep rooted earthy inspiration, beautifully illuminated by rising director Ayla Spaans. MY BABY’s distinctive tribal influences and deep symbolism permeate 3rd album ‘Prehistoric Rhythm’, with their trademark hypnotic drums, shimmering soulful vocals, and psychedelic riffs riding on the back of rootsy Blues and dubbed-out Funk. ‘Sunflower Sutra’ is no exception, telling a story of primal awareness in three parts – Birth, Ceremony, Rebirth Frontwoman Cato van Dyck is represented as an important and holy character who connects the Real and Spirit worlds. In her own words – “This is the story of an ancient city’s Queen blessing her people. Moroccan Gnawa trance meets a dance-themed Andean Hymn, instilling the city’s dwellers with belief in the power of the Sun”. The immersive nature of their mesmerizing live shows continues to earn the band feverish acclaim, whilst tracks from the album ‘Prehistoric Rhythm’ rack up more and more national airplay across 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, Beats 1 and over 60 regional stations. After a busy Summer playing a significant slice of the UK’s festival circuit (Isle of Wight, Wilderness, Glastonbury, Shambala, OnBlackheath, Bestival), MY BABY will also headline a UK tour. Watch in wonder as MY BABY pull...

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