Track Review: Louis Antoniou “I Don’t Want No More Woes”

2017 has seen Louis Antoniou assert himself as an alternative rock rising star, entertaining crowds across the country with this powerful, gritty sound and well-crafted lyrics. Antoniou has previously recorded some new material at the famous Gizzard Studios in East London, where he shared a space in which music luminaries such as Mark Ronson, Mr…

Track Review: QTY ‘Ornament’

New York’s QTY yesterday released their latest single ‘Ornament’, an exhibition of songwriting quality that strikes shades of early Julian Casablancas. The intro immediately casts my mind to Blur’s ‘Tender’, until the complimenting sound of vocalist Alex Niemetz and the deeper tone of Dan Lardner. Alex sounds like she belongs in a fiery Wolf Alice…

Introducing: Louis Antoniou

With blues-rock back on the frontline of British music, Watford-born Louis Antoniou is set to release two independent singles. He has described the process of writing and recording these as ’a way of realising and expressing his deepest and darkest thoughts’. “Bad Apple” is without a doubt the track that is soon to push Louis…

Track Review: Louis Berry “She Wants Me”

The husky sound of Louis Berry was a successful one last year and has started 2017 with a hit. “She Wants Me” is fast-paced, good old fashioned rock and roll. The self-proclaimed ‘Liverpool’s finest’ is certainly one of the brightest coming out of the city at the minute, he has a handful of dates to…

Track Review – The Shimmer Band “Jacknife and The Death Call”

Another release from Bristol’s The Shimmer Band. These lads are very active around the country and are on a quick rise, this song, Jacknife and The Death Call will add strings to their bow. It’s a good sample of their music to date, with Kasabian sounds throughout and a layered electric feel which runs behind…

Review: The Cheap Thrills “Glare”

Liverpool band The Cheap Thrills are catching the eyes of psych-indie fans across Merseyside and beyond. They streamed their brand new EP last week and its’ now available on all platforms. You’ll find a thrill of riffs and reverb with this band, and their opening track “Tides” sums that up perfectly. Energetic and infectious, “Machine”…

Album Review: The xx “I See You”

Back in 2009, London trio The xx released a debut album that became one of the most influential records of the decade. Romy Marley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith, along with Baria Qureshi at the time, produced nothing many had ever heard before, the combination of genres left them hanging excitingly between electro-pop and…

Album Review: Sundara Karma – Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect

There’s always an excitement when a band gains a big following before even releasing an album, we’ve seen it recently with Blossoms, but there’s also an added pressure to deliver. Reading’s Sundara Karma released their debut album today. Speaking candidly, let’s not mark them as trailblazers, neither are they completely the same as what we…

Album Review: The Courteeners “Mapping The Rendezvous”

Album number 5 from Manchester band The Courteeners was premiered tonight on Radio X, with 4 tracks already released as singles to wet the appetite over the past few months and a date at Old Trafford next May in the diary it’s a new chapter for the band. Opening track Lucifer’s Dreams is a rip-roaring…

Track Review – The Courteeners ‘The 17th’ (includes lyrics)

The Courteeners at midnight released their latest single ‘The 17th’ from their forthcoming album ‘Mapping The Rendezvous’. The band haven’t produced an EP since ‘Concrete Love’ in 2014 but have since continued live performances attracting their biggest crowd at their unforgettable Heaton Park gig last year. The gig will be released on DVD with the album…

Track Review: FIX ‘Vanity Parade’

Formed in Cambridge in 2014, FIX are an alternative three-piece calving their way through local and national underground music with a heavy guitar sound and punchy drums.  In November they released their EP, ‘T R E P I D A T I O N’ and since have been played on BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire, Cambridge 105…

Album Review: Blossoms “Blossoms”

We’ve already heard plenty about Blossoms, their groove seeped from Stockport what seems so long ago now, and it’s almost hard to believe they’ve had the success they have had without an album. This eponymous debut is more of the quality we’ve grown to expect. Opener Charlemagne is already among their best, so much so…