Alfa 9 – My Sweet Movida

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Alfa 9’s third long player is a heady mix of influences that are worn clearly on their sleeves.

With sixties melodic jangly pop and west coast US psychedelia coming to the fore, The Byrds being a huge reference point, but including undeniable Country & Western and Spaghetti Western leanings.

The bands harmonious layered vocals would also not have sounded out-of-place in the 90’s alongside more modern luminaries like Burgess and Brown. To an extent you can also hear an element of the lush dreamy sounds of shoegaze bands such as Slowdive and Chapterhouse from around that time.

With this mix of influences, it is natural that different styles come to the fore at different times on the album.… Read the rest

Reaction – Out of My Head – 7″

White Vinyl

To keep Reaction fans going until the new album, they have a limited edition white vinyl 7″ out now for ordering on Tarbeach Records.

The two songs on this 7” show two different sides to the band. On one side, “Out of My Head” with its driving guitar, pounding bass and drums intro & refrain is the sophisticated melodic punk rock that the band have become known for. engaging guitar breaks, cymbal crashes and tambourine all add up to this being a stonker of a tune. Carson my want “you out of my head”, but I’m quite happy for this tune to stay there all day.Read the rest

Graz – Acoustic Astronaut: Galaxy Traveler Acoustic EP

Graz

I’m currently enjoying this acoustic EP from talented NY singer/multi-instrumentalist Graz (Dan Graziano).

Dan Graziano - (photo courtesy of grazmusic bandcamp page)
Dan Graziano

The EP consists of 6 original acoustic songs, as you may have expected from the EP title. Graz has a gruff but rich warm voice, vaguely reminiscent of Elvis Costello and a more than agreeable selection of tracks on the EP.

Each song has something a little different to give, the little twists and unusual instruments on some of the tracks (see musician list below) add an interesting and diverse layer to the songs.

Take, for example, the music box intro and harmonica throughout “Concrete Jungle Blues”, and the atmospheric instrumental of “The Lullaby of Valiant Thor” which adds has an eerie feel.… Read the rest

Voicex – Waiting

Voicex – Waiting…

Following on from “Never”, the Scottish post-punk super-group (Scars, Boots for Dancing, Heavy Drapes) follow up with second offering “Waiting”.

It is a jangly indie-guitar masterpiece.

Shades of 60’s buzz pop/The Primitives in the intro, and capturing the spirit of many bands of the classic 80’s era in Weather Prophets, Shop Assistants and their ilk, with shades of Bunnymen thrown in to boot.

Suky
Suky Goodfellow – photo courtesy of Voicex website

Don’t get me wrong though, Voicex have their own individual sound when you add Suky’s impassioned vocal to the mix. Listen for yourself:



I’ve been fortunate to hear a sneak preview of another track and if you like, nay, love the 2 tracks so far, you won’t be disappointed.… Read the rest

Morrissey and Me

Not a review

I went to see Morrissey play the Hydro in Glasgow last night.

This isn’t a review of the night. More of a reflection. It may seem self-indulgent, which is one of the things that I may have criticised Morrissey for recently, but I’m in danger of dwelling too much on this and overthinking it, so I just need to get it off my chest and move on. That may seem melodramatic and yes, to an extent it probably is. But I’ve experienced what overthinking and dwelling too much on things does to me, and those who have to live with me!… Read the rest

Ian Donaldson – Live – Websters Theatre 9th February 2018

Ian Donaldson

Ian Donaldson

It has been a long time in coming. Ian Donaldson performing his first live solo shows since H2O (and a Few Good Men).

Over the last few years Ian is back in the limelight and has been busy, having launched his first novel “A Rainbow in the Basement” and earlier this year releasing his debut solo album, as well as having his own radio show on Your Radio 103FM.

Ian Donaldson From Stars We Came
From Stars We Came

Friday night is gig night

Websters Theatre is an imposing venue from the outside, a converted church in the West End of Glasgow. It is a venue I’d never been in before.… Read the rest

The Lost Boys – Nosebleeds – album review

I’m Addicted

As the first track on The Lost Boys album says “I’m Addicted”. I’m addicted to this album, I’m addicted to its charm. I’m addicted to its powerful hook laden tunes. I’m addicted to its humour and clever lyrics.

Take a level tablespoon of the power-pop-punk sensibilities and driving guitars of The Buzzcocks, season with a bit of the abstractness of Graham Coxon, add the warm timbre of Mark Morriss from The Bluetones, mix well. Add the personality, humour and song-writing of Daniel Ash (showing my age, but no, not that Daniel Ash) and before you know it you’ve got a thrill rush that has resulted in the brilliance of Nosebleeds.Read the rest

Alex Lusty – Rats From a Sinking Ship/Happy Martyr/Frigid Vinegar – Interview

Alex Lusty

On the eve of a new album (number 3) from Anarcho/Rap punk outfit with a social conscience, Rats From a Sinking Ship, and forthcoming tour dates, I caught up with main man Alex Lusty.

The new Rats From a Sinking Ship album is his main project just now having been in the studio recording at the start of the year and now mastering. Over the years, man of many talents Alex has been involved in a variety of bands and projects covering a range of music styles. I was interested to find out how he manages his time on these various and how he comes to write in a variety of styles for the different outlets of his artistry.… Read the rest

The Autumn Stones – Escapists (Album Review)

The Autumn Stones
The Autumn Stones

The Autumn Stones – Escapists

The Saxophone

The saxophone. A deep resonance, rich, vibrant and mellifluous.

I personally love the saxophone, and co-incidentally, have seen 2 videos cropping up again recently on social media of buskers playing sax which both had me enthralled. I often scan videos on social media, but both of these I watched all the way through, then did it again.

The sound and look of a sax being played just has something that draws me in.

Over the years there have been many great alternative/rock bands and/or songs that have used the sax to great effect.… Read the rest