The Claim – Shindig Review

THE CLAIM – The New Industrial Ballads – **** “Long-awaited” may be a knackered old cliche but no one can deny The Claim’s first new album in over 30 years is exactly that. Hot on the heels of their recently re-released “lost” masterpiece Boomy Tella, this belated follow up is confirmation – if any were needed – that The Claim were always rather special. Fans of old will love it. Now freed … Read more

Timeless Resolve – Jumped Up Pantry Boy Review

Generally, I’m not a fan of comebacks. Sure, there are exceptions – Johnny Cash, the Go-Betweens, the Wild Swans, off the top of my head – but for every unexpectedly great later work, there are many which make you wish an artist or a group had let their oeuvre be. It tends to be the case that if you stop exercising that song-creating muscle, it’s hard to get it back into the … Read more

The Abjects – PASTE Magazine Review

Purists can mourn the death of punk’s “golden age” all they want and sneer at whatever the kids are listening to these days, but they can’t claim great punk records aren’t being released in 2019. Below you’ll find 10 exceptional punk releases, each with their own spin on whatever punk means in this current era. Fans of noise-punk, garage-punk, pop-punk, hardcore-punk and more will rejoice at the wide variety of strains represented … Read more

Loud Horizon – Theatre Royal Review

Another great review of  the latest Theatre Royal’s  release, Singles 2010-18, by Cee Tee Jackson at Loud Horizon… I can’t believe it’s been nine years since Loud Horizon first featured Medway band, Theatre Royal. At that point, I think they had only produced a couple of rough demos. But even at very embryonic stage, it was very obvious that here was a quality band in the making. A few months later, October 2010, and … Read more

Indie Buddie Review – Fish In The Sea

The Word UK have released their new EP ‘Fish In The Sea’. The Word (UK) are a Pop Rock band from Medway, Kent. They first got together in 2017 due to their mutual love for The Beatles (the name was taken from a Beatles song), which sums up the band well – these four lads aspire to write and perform music to the same standard as the biggest bands around, past and … Read more

Classic Sounds, March 2018 by Warren Finn

Long before the beat boom generation, there has been a steady flow of creativity seeping into our being. A quality of inventiveness, shaping and altering perspectives, sending feet a tapping, and fashioning our very existence!For the lucky few, riches and plaudits beckon. They lift us, take us with them on their journey, and give us an opportunity to share in a cacophony of platitudes! For others, time mutates, fashion transforms, and they … Read more

Lurching behemoth…

Progressive post-metal / horror-synth / sludge act Upcdownc release their new album I, Awake on 22nd September. Following 17 years of producing constant heavy, instrumental, fuzzy noise this will be the band’s first album as a 3 piece.  The change in personnel and dynamics led to the band taking a new approach to their song writing, looking at it from an alternate angle and with it bringing a fresh perspective. Read the … Read more

Blows the doors off every time…

A VERY strong set from beginning to end, “A Clip Round The Ear” is an absolute knockout of an album. Glenn Prangnell continues to amaze with his extremely sharp songwriting skills and sense of melody that carry on and build upon the very best of British Invasion era classic music. The soul and blues that Suzi Chunk bring add a depth and power that very few other current female singers can even … Read more

I, Awake – new UpCDownC release arriving 22 September…

Medway-based instrumental trio Upcdownc have been nudging (sludging?) at the edges of many a rock radar since 2000. But if you’ve never had the pleasure before, now’s the time, with the band’s new album, I, Awake, released on September 22… read the full article here… http://www.kerrang.com/video/dont-cheat-yourself-check-out-some-cool-upcdownc-live-session-sludge/    

Newest and Grooviest

Prolific songwriter Glenn Prangnell has released yet another album of fun, classy and well-crafted pop songs under his Groovy Uncle guise and this one may actually be the best yet. Mrs Saywell Says is a real pot-boiler — I mistyped and wrote “pop-boiler”, which is actually an accurate description. Great British pop with echoes of Ray Davies with layers of other influences so that it’s a bit like The Dukes of Stratosphear.  Really good. I … Read more