The Blackout's newest offering to the ever growing British rock scene, Start The Party completely reflects their energetic, fun-filled shows
Their newest album, 'A Map Of All Our Failures', is typical of the Yorkshire group's material - solemn, epic and heavily layered - a perfect example of what 'doom metal' should be.
This isn’t an album for folk lovers, this is an album for music lovers and not only deserves but manages to command your full attention when listening to it.
This is by no means a bad record, the stark melancholy of some of the tracks is really quite beautiful...
"‘All our Favourite Stories’ is nothing Mumford and Sons, Arcade Fire, Noah and the Whale and Alt-J haven’t conquered before."
Pavlis ascends but doesn't bend with GY!BE.
The Unthanks sing songs from the shipyards
The Lovely Eggs present Wildlife
Underlined with unease, an eerie quality hidden behind a thick wall of notes and vocals. Like coming home to an unlocked door.
Heaton the smoking woman’s crumpet, the working / thinking man’s idea of a proper bloke might just have delivered the white man’s answer to ‘What’s Going On’?
It is pleasant enough, but certainly nothing new to get too excited about. Nothing more than a Scott Walker tribute band.
"Eventually to be consigned to a wooden chest labelled ‘Derivatives’, they share their fleeting success with plenty of other bands..."
Promising a dark twist on Disney classics, Princess Chelsea is an unlikely candidate for any magical soundtrack.
"It’s mainstream Ameriana at its best; the type of record that gets stuck in your head without you even realising it."
One for fans of the Mumfords and world music...
For an album called ‘Dead Silence’, Billy Talent’s newest offering is the very opposite. Irony maybe?
The new melancholy kids on the block Stalking Horses bring you their debut album Specters, chockablock full of ambience, electronica, and a very British ‘dead-end street’ message.
Over their three studio releases Yeasayer have definitely travelled on an exponentially poppier path, with ‘Fragrant World’ not only being their most recent, but also their most accessible work.
Could this be the new McFly?
"The album is as abrasive as a crocodile crotch cloth." Hmm...
On first listen the totally bat shit sonics on the record provide a pleasant regression to the simple world of underage drinking and poppers.
While Geva Alon sounds like the kind of made-up “active ingredient” they feature in L’Oréal adverts, there is nothing active about the start of this album.
Ellie reviews the latest album from Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.
Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun's folk/punk fusion - is it a combination that can work for a whole album?
West Coast psychedelic country rock from Detroit, Aukland, Malmo and Leeds, not feeling the Love.
The debut album from the Horrors approved Toy. Anyone for a game of "spot the indie/alternative influence"?
"Apparently each of the songs ‘came via a bird that had a story to tell’. Forgive me if I seem a little cynical..."
A Slightly hungover Jack Johnson.
The Beach Boys, 50 years on...
"Punk and classic rock cross-over, it’s like the love child of Kiss and Sid vicious."
"Despite being a horrific album, subject wise, it’s sickeningly good. It’s a charming change to listen to album that MEANS something, that cuts deep, that makes you sit up and listen."
"It’s all far too fast, frantic and repetitive, resulting in them creating a real marshmallow of a sound..."
Listening to ‘Souvenir’ is like sitting in your favourite bar with Ricky Wilson and the rest of the Leeds likely lads, reminiscing about the good times.
Newman’s sighs between singing makes ‘Bloodflood’ sound creepy and like a panic attack during an acid trip.
"How did the conversation with Ke$ha even come about?! A casual chat over a goblet of blood?"
"What sounds like The Jesus And The Mary Chain playing out of the right-hand speaker and Kraftwerk out of the left just becomes too much..."
"Delilah has a super-cool vocal, a product of London town and music industry parents and a keen ear for songwriting too..."
"Get a little closer for there is a great new British talent walking our streets..."
"The final track and also the brightest moment, with its spine chilling choral finale, it is quite simply stunning"
"By being recorded in a studio somewhere the nuanced vocals and the gutsy feeling of the whole thing is compromised."