Gig Review: Screama Ballerina at Bar Hall Music – 20th March, 2012...

Apr 26, 2012 by

Tweet When Screama Ballerina took to the stage the first thing that couldn’t be ignored was their unique trademark clothing. The band dress in a style that I can only describe (or attempt to describe) as punk crossed with circus entire. Which (as you can imagine) is extremely intriguing…leaving you wondering what the night will bring you. Having never seen the band perform before I was eager to see how it would all play out. It wasn’t a disappointment. The ‘show’ (the word gig doesn’t do their work justice) was very theatrical and continuously entertaining to watch. Sadly the turnout for the event was lacking, which ruined the atmosphere somewhat. However in spite of this the band managed to get the people there up and dancing. They weren’t much with the words on stage, however...

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Album Review: Convolutions – The Thomas Confession...

Apr 1, 2012 by

Tweet Artist: The Thomas Confession  Album Title: Convolutions Release Date: 5 December 2011 I have just got my hands on a copy of this album and I regret not hearing about the band sooner. (It’s now found a place for itself on a number of my playlists). The Thomas Confession started in 2008, in Fresco, CA. After receiving no.1 at indie-music.com and winning Battle of the Bands at Sacramento State University,  they have worked on recording and releasing their debut album Convolutions. Their overall style is hard to label but if I had to, I’d say they are producing energetic, indie dance music. The type that gets better the more you listen to it. The first song on the album “Love Like Fire” is one of catchy lyrics, with a depressing tone and an angry...

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Gig Review: Van Susans at Proud2 -10th March, 2012...

Mar 31, 2012 by

Tweet When Van Susans first hit the stage at Proud2, the energy of the room increased dramatically and they were met by a lively, loving crowd. It was an intimate venue (one smaller than the band were used to) but I think this made the night what it was. The closeness of the band and fans made for good atmosphere to be involved in. After going straight into two songs the bands took some time to banter with the crowd and introduce themselves. If there music hadn’t drawn people in then their personalities would. Their likability is hard to ignore. A girl (not me) even threw her underwear on stage. The song “Glow” really stood out amongst their set list, primarily because of the lovely feeling it willed throughout the audience. It was such...

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Single Review: “Me and My Machine” – Mono Stereo...

Dec 9, 2010 by

Tweet Single Review Artist: Mono Stereo Singles: “Me and My Machine” and “You Gotta Take Me Home” Release Date: Out Now For those of us old enough to remember what A sides and B sides were on what we used to refer to as singles… This is a double A side “Me and My Machine” and “You Gotta Take Me Home from Mono Stereo, which in absolutely simple terms means that it is two tracks that are both as good as each other, and should be considered together as one. Mono Stereo are a Swedish band who refer to themselves using the term “shoegazer.”  When the NME started using that in the late 80’s I’m sure it wasn’t always meant as a compliment.  However, the first track (or the “A side” if you will)...

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Album Review: Be Brave – Auditorium...

Dec 7, 2010 by

Tweet Album Review Artist: Auditorium Album Title: Be Brave Release Date: 18th January, 2011 There are many crimes, and having had this Auditorium’s Be Brave in my possession for a few weeks only collecting dust has been a devastating oversight and possibly the crime of the century.  A mixture of folk/indie/rock, Be Brave has a blissfull blend of haunting melody and uninhibited hope. It sounds like a simple combination that can be said for a lot of recent albums, but something in the lyrics gives the songs a levity whereon first listen you might confuse it for solemnity and possibly darkness. Be Brave, the brain-child and studio-child of Spencer J Berger, everything you hear on the record has been recorded and played by him… over the course of a year. All the mixing was...

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EP Review: Actions, Reactions and Misunderstandings – Zalinski...

Aug 23, 2010 by

Tweet EP Review Title: Actions, Reactions and Misunderstandings Artist: Zalinski A man of action will always be worth more than a man of words. A wise old saying which in this case means the hard work and recognition go to the band and not the writer… although a free lunch would be nice on occasion. This is not the first time I’ve written about Zalinski and hopefully it won’t be the last – they have that original spark that will carry them far.  A blend of melody and rock that uses a wealth of inspiration to transform the indie rock template into something with a little bit more colour and a dash more of flash. Actions… is the culmination of Zalinski’s hard work and as their second EP, it’s the next rung on the...

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Album Review: ri-solv – Mahri Autumn...

Aug 16, 2010 by

Tweet Mahri Autumn released ri-solv in March 2010 The track ‘High Time’ is available to download for FREE on the Insomnia Radio Daily Dose (11 August 2010) Australian musician Marianthe Loucataris has set the bar high on her first solo endeavor with the sweeping, emotive sounds of ambient-folk record ri-solv. The album is a revealing collection of ten songs that float over your ears on a breeze of acoustic delicacy which underpins a most soulful voice that is full of quiet passion and deep yearning. The album begins tentatively, introducing the record’s underpinning elements with the accordion-rich strains of ‘High Time’ – a flowing, folksy piece peppered with acoustic guitar, piano and Egyptian percussion (of which more will be said later on). But what really catches you is your first introduction to Loucataris’ voice,...

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The Agenda: Couch’s Top 5 Film Soundtracks...

Jul 28, 2010 by

The summer sounds have reached us once again. Dancing in the streets becomes our festival as the sun beats it’s steady rhythm down, the smell of…ah f**k I forgot to get my cigarettes. Be right back…For those of you that haven’t noticed it is officially summer. Which means that live music is in abundance and any bar you’re lucky enough to stumble in to will have an open mic night. I’ve been to a couple of said event in recent weeks… and they really don’t deserve a mention here… but don’t lose hope! You’re just closing the gap between yourself and the band that will set your summer ablaze. But enough about my lamentations and trifles with the current state of Camden bars, I’m here to spread a wealth of music knowledge, trivia and add perspective to an otherwise shallow and empty grave where our passions go to die…

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Album Review: Gold Motel’s Summer House...

Jul 5, 2010 by

Tweet Album:  Summer House Artist:   Gold Motel Release Date:  June 1st, 2010 Well this is a little embarrassing. I was sent Gold Motel’s EP a couple of months back kindly by their lead vocalist Greta, formally of The Hush Sound. But in the time that it’s taken me to get my act together to review the EP, they’ve gone and released a full length! Honestly, these indie bands and their organisational skills.  So to try and keep up with the times, I’ve decided to forgo the EP and dive straight in to writing some very nice things about their album, Summer House. And nice writing it does indeed deserve, being a lovely, sunshine-tinged jaunty escapade of a record. Summer House is one of those gorgeous, jumpy boppy indie albums that will be spinning on...

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