Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Bradford - Bright Hours

There's two kinds of reformation - the big cash-in on the legacy and nostalgia culture that seems to be polluting the pool for new artists being able to make their mark and those that aim to conclude unfinished business that come about as a result of old friends getting back together to rekindle the magic of their formative days and the excitement of being in a band. The latter tend to be more rewarding and Bradford's thirty-one years later follow up to their Shouting Quietly debut sits alongside Thousand Yard Stare's Panglossian Momentum as a shining example of a record that's been made for the sake of making it.

Monday, 22 February 2021

The Blinders - Manchester Scruff Of The Neck Offices (Livestream) - 22nd February 2021

Live music. Remember that? The thrill and excitement and adrenaline as the drums kick in, guitars roar and the bassline rumbles seductively and then the vocals come in, delivering words of wisdom, experience, loss, love or any combination of them?  Close to a year after the gig scene came to a grinding halt and on the day we finally (hopefully) got a date for it to start again, The Blinders reminded us what we've been missing with a scintillating live show mixing tracks from last year's Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath and their debut Columbia on a Twitch live stream from Scruff Of The Neck's Manchester offices.

Dulcimer Melody - Interview

Dulcimer Melody's debut album Dark Alchemy was one of our favourite random finds of 2020, following an effusive championing of the album in Facebook group to find a record we described as "a meticulously constructed set of ten songs, taut with tension, rippled through with dramatic moments and with a voice that soars, drifts and takes the listener off on a journey through its creator's detailed mind maps." With a new single Absent Friend, we got in touch with her to ask a few questions and she recorded her answers for a video interview.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Matter Of Mind - As Far As I Can Tell

Matter Of Mind's first single of 2021 demonstrates a harder edge and a vitriolic biting response to an ex who's done them wrong as the Stockport band deliver their most ambitious single to date.

Thursday, 18 February 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Ryley Walker - Rang Dizzy

Rang Dizzy is the first track to be revealed from Ryley Walker's forthcoming album Course In Fable, his first studio album of original material under his own name alone since 2018's Deafman Glance.

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Rare Monk - Never Really Over

Sometimes the only PR that can sell you an album is the music itself. We were listening to something sent to us in one of the hundred or so emails we get every day when, away from the computer, You Tube threw a song we'd never heard before by a band we'd never heard of at us. And then when you delve more you find and album and a back catalogue.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Loose Articles - Buses

After Loose Articles announced themselves with their Orchid Lounge EP in 2019 things went a bit quiet from them, but now their new tracks are coming along like buses. Except they don't like Buses as they tell us in their latest two-minute onslaught accompanied with an equally chaotic video.

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Lean Logic - Mother Machine

Mother Machine is the latest single from the newly-formed Lean Logic released by the Ogenesis label. Julia Grantham waxes lyrical about the beauty of this intriguing track.

Monday, 15 February 2021

Rosellas - Interview

Rosellas recently released their new single Damaged and played the Music Feeds festival alongside the likes of Liam Gallagher and Blossoms, winning over a whole set of new fans in the process. We caught up with Drew and Euan to chat about their prolific songwriting, remaining true to themselves and standing out from the crowd and their plans for the rest of 2021.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra - I Didn't Love You When I Said I Did And I Don't Now


I didn't love you when I said I did and I don't now is the magnificently-titled third single from Dublin's Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra. Released, somewhat (in)appropriately on Valentine's Day, the track sets its sight on the futility of trying to build relationships that are doomed to fail with a caustic and critical commentary.

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : The Shop Window - Out Of Reach

Out Of Reach is the sixth single from Maidstone band The Shop Window, a track that captures the uncertainty of the times we're living in, locked in our homes and wondering what the hell is going on. Set to an addictive and catchy guitar hook that drives the song along and vocals that possess a comforting warmth and understanding to them, Out Of Reach has a genuine timeless feel to it.

Monday, 8 February 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : The Slow Readers Club - Everything I Own

The Slow Readers Club have revealed a new video for their track Everything I Own, taken from their recent album 91 Days In Isolation, written remotely during the first lockdown last year. Filmed in the imposing location of an empty Manchester Arena, the video both complements the song perfectly and gives us a reminder of exactly what we are missing out on.

Friday, 5 February 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Keeley - The Glitter And The Glue

Keeley return with their second single - the double A-side The Glitter And The Glue and You Never Made It That Far - an impressive follow-up to last year's stand-out debut single Last Words. In just two minutes and thirty seconds The Glitter And The Glue is a thrilling headrush of a song, whilst its partner-in-crime You Never Made It That Far shows a more experimental electronic side to a band whose intrigue grows the more you discover about them.

Thursday, 4 February 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Rory Wynne - Make You Mine


 Rory Wynne returns with his first single in almost a year with Make You Mine released via Blossoms' Very Clever Records label. Less guitar-heavy than his previous work, the single still possesses his now unmistakable voice and a refreshed confidence and immediacy in its soaring hooklines.

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Hennessey - 8 Men

8 Men is Hennessey's first release of 2021 following on from their 01 EP. It's a protest song and a call to arms to redistribute half the world's wealth that resides in the hands of the 8 Men of the title. Merging post-punk spirit with electronic sounds Hennessey emerge sounding unique, fresh and vibrant - music with a message which you still want to dance to.

Thursday, 21 January 2021

Shame - Drunk Tank Pink

Recorded in France in 2020 Drunk Tank Pink was ready to be unleashed to an expectant public when everything came to a crashing halt due to a global pandemic that has caused nothing but heartache for a plethora of musicians. This was Shame’s second album and it was meant to showcase their new found maturity and sound. Nurtured in the womb and ready for arrival into an expectant world the delay has been worth the wait.

Friday, 15 January 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Spunsugar - (You Never) Turn Around

Spunsugar follow up last October's release of their brilliant Drive-Through Chapel debut album with a new single (You Never) Turn Around. Incorporating a more melodic sound whilst retaining the headrush excitement of the debut, (You Never) Turn Around is the final chapter of a story that started on the album.

Friday, 8 January 2021

Turnstiles - Interview

Turnstiles are one of the most exciting bands emerging from Ireland at present with five singles under their belt by the end of 2020. They start off 2021 with their debut EP, four new songs that see them stretching the boundaries of their sound whilst retaining the intensity of their early releases. We caught up with Jake, Colm, Cillian and Luke to find out more about them and their approach to their music.

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Turnstiles - Turnstiles EP

We were given the heads up on Turnstiles in late 2019 by our friends with exceedingly good musical taste across the Irish Sea. Since then we’ve never looked back following the Galway-based five piece as they consistently produced music of the highest calibre against all the odds that 2020 threw at them. January 8th 2021 sees the quintet release their debut EP ‘The Turnstiles EP’ via Blowtorch Records. 

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Proletariat - Interview

Proletariat image by Trust A Fox

Dial back two years and Proletariat were on many people's lists as the next band to break out of Manchester and then, almost overnight, they announced a split and disappeared. Now they're back, with a new line-up, a powerful new single Go Ahead and a new approach to what they do best. We caught up with front man James for a chat about what happened and what's going to be different in 2021 for Proletariat.

Friday, 18 December 2020

EVEN THE STARS Top 25 Albums of 2020 - 5 to 1

And finally we reveal our five favourite albums of 2020, a strange year in pretty much every respect, but one that still managed to deliver some stunning new music to our ever-growing collections of albums. 

Thursday, 17 December 2020

EVEN THE STARS Top 25 albums of 2020 - 10 to 6

Today we reveal five more of our favourite albums of 2020, a strange year in pretty much every respect, but one that still managed to deliver some stunning new music to our ever-growing collections of albums. 

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Lanterns On The Lake - The Realist EP


The Realist EP is a collection of songs that didn't quite fit on Lanterns On The Lake's Mercury-nominated album Spook The Herd - four new previously unreleased songs and a radically different Model City version of the album track Baddies. Whilst the tracks might not have fitted on the album, that's absolutely not an indicator of inferior quality - and the EP provides a broader view into the creative processes of the Spook The Herd sessions.

EVEN THE STARS Top 25 Albums Of 2020 - 15 to 11

Today we reveal five more of our favourite albums of 2020, a strange year in pretty much every respect, but one that still managed to deliver some stunning new music to our ever-growing collections of albums. 

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

EVEN THE STARS Top 25 Albums Of 2020 - 20 to 16


Today we reveal five more of our favourite albums of 2020, a strange year in pretty much every respect, but one that still managed to deliver some stunning new music to our ever-growing collections of albums. 

Monday, 14 December 2020

James - Live In Extraordinary Times


James have released their first live video since 2002's Getting Away With It Live DVD of one of their December 2001 farewell shows in Live In Extraordinary Times. The DVD (included as part of a deluxe photobook edition) and digital download capture highlights of shows in Philadelphia and Madrid in summer 2019 as part of their tour in support of their Living In Extraordinary Times album whilst the live album across 2cd, vinyl and digital also contains songs from their Manchester Arena show in 2018. With more than half the tracks across the package coming from their last three albums, it's a living document of a band unafraid to push the envelope and refuse to rest on their laurels.

EVEN THE STARS Top 25 Albums Of 2020 - 25 to 21

Today we reveal the first five of our favourite albums of 2020, a strange year in pretty much every respect, but one that still managed to deliver some stunning new music to our ever-growing collections of albums. 

Friday, 11 December 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : The Red Stains - Freezer Jesus

The Red Stains return with their second single, live favourite Freezer Jesus, and their first ever video that captures both the wild lyrics of the song and the chaos that seems to follow the band around wherever they go.

Thursday, 10 December 2020

Ist Ist / Gravediggers Union - Live From The Attic

Live From The Attic was the first opportunity for people to hear Ist Ist's debut album Architecture played live in its entirety with the addition of a few old favourites and the first airing of a brand-new track from the sessions for their second record. The self-released album hit number three in the independent charts in May against the odds and has consistently won new admirers since. Yet as the evening was to prove, Ist Ist are at their most formidable in the live environment even without an audience present as they deliver an alternate version of the songs from Architecture that will cement its place in the hearts of those whose path it has crossed.

Friday, 4 December 2020

LIVESTREAM : Blossoms - Brixton Academy - 3rd December 2020

Back in March, Blossoms' biggest UK tour to date to celebrate their number one album Foolish Loving Spaces was cut off in its prime. Nine months on, they performed a live stream from on stage at Brixton Academy with songs taken primarily from that album.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Loose Articles - Up The Disco

Loose Articles return with their first single since last year's Orchard Lounge EP. Up The Disco is a riotous barrel of fun that doesn't take itself too serious accompanied by a music video that follows in the same vein.

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Katherine Priddy - Interview


Katherine Priddy has been an artist on our radar since we caught her set at the much-missed A Carefully Planned Festival in Manchester in October 2016. Her 2018 EP Wolf was one of our favourites of the year and she finishes 2020 with a new single Still Winter Still Waiting. We caught up with her for a chat about the track, working with other musicians, her place on the English Folk Expo mentoring programme and hopes for 2021.

Monday, 23 November 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : For Those I Love - I Have A Love (Live)

Watching the latest series of Jools Holland during these troubled times unearthed a gem for many in terms of Dublin artist For Those I Love.

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Cobain Jones - Interview

Last Friday saw Cobain Jones release his debut single Hooked and last night he revealed the first in his series of Estate Tour videos. We caught up with him for a chat about the single, signing a record deal, meeting his musical heroes and how he wants to be an inspiration to others.

Monday, 9 November 2020

LIVESTREAM : Liam Frost - Bury The Met - 5th November 2020

In celebration of the vinyl reissue of his debut album Show Me How The Spectres Dance, Liam Frost and friends performed an in-the-round live performance of the album plus a bonus track at his hometown venue Bury Met. 

EP REVIEW : Asthmatic Harp - Things We Learned To Live With


Asthmatic Harp's second EP, the follow-up to 2015's Lost Astronauts, has been five years and a couple of life moves in the making for its creator Hannah Fredsgaard-Jones. Deeply personal in lyrical content and delicately constructed musically the five songs take the listener on a journey through her creative mind and the thoughts that run through her head that leave you feeling you've trodden similar paths by the end.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Celestial North - Distant Life

Distant Life is Celestial North's seventh single and her first of 2020 as she has spent lockdown writing tracks for her debut album. Her most uplifting song to date, there's an infectious energy from the opening bars as she takes a look back over her life and contemplates finding herself and learning from the lessons of earlier life

Saturday, 7 November 2020

LIVESTREAM : Lanterns On The Lake - Gateshead Sage - 7th November 2020

It's been quite a year for Lanterns On The Lake. Their fourth album Spook The Herd earned them a Mercury Prize nomination to go with universally positive reviews for their strongest record to date. Touring plans had to be put on hold because of lockdown and tonight's show, initially planned to be a socially distanced event in the stunning surroundings of Gateshead's Sage, had to be changed to a livestream playing Spook The Herd in full.

Friday, 6 November 2020

LIINES - Interview

photo by Asupremeshot

LIINES today release their new single Sorry and couple it with last year's On And On as part of a limited 7" single. With new member Anna Donigan joining earlier this year and recent appearances on Gorilla TV and radio play for the single, it feels that LIINES' star is continuing to ascend despite the constraints of lockdown. We caught up with Zoe and Leila for a chat about the single and what's been going on over the past few months.

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Liam Frost - Interview

We caught up with Liam Frost to talk about the vinyl reissue of his 2006 Slowdown Family album Show Me How The Spectres Dance, his live show A Love Letter To Bury that is broadcast tonight from The Met and his new project The Fountainhead.

Monday, 2 November 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : VLURE - Euphoria '94 (Live)

VLURE might only have one released track available, a live video at all, but they've got a lot of people excited about their uncompromising sound and attitude. That excitement is heightened by a second video, a live performance of Euphoria '94 for the SAY Awards last week.

Saturday, 31 October 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : Geneva - Fault Lines


Geneva have released their first new material since 2000's second album Weather Underground with the surprise release of the magnificent brooding dark Fault Lines countered by Andrew Montgomery's unmistakable vocals.

Friday, 30 October 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : Ist Ist - Under Your Skin

Ist Ist today revealed Under Your Skin, the penultimate in a series of ten videos shot to accompany their independent and vinyl chart top five album Architecture. A simple shoot captures perfectly the claustrophobic cloying nature of the track.

Thursday, 29 October 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : King Hannah - Meal Deal

Meal Deal is the second track to be taken from Meal Deal's forthcoming EP Tell Me Your Mind And I'll Tell You Mine due for release on November 20. Clocking in at seven minutes and fifty second, the song takes the listener on a real musical journey with enough ideas for an album in its own right told by Hannah's rich emotive and unique vocals.

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : RosesAreBlue - I Am Not Your Prey


I Am Not Your Prey is the latest track from the prolific RosesAreBlue, a dramatic and unequivocal response to the type of predator who takes her submission to his will and removal of her independent spirit for granted.

Monday, 19 October 2020

The Slow Readers Club - 91 Days In Isolation

The Slow Readers Club follow up Spring's Top 10 album The Joy Of The Return with the eight track 91 Days In Isolation, written during lockdown and recorded as soon as it was possible to get back together in the studio. Featuring singles Yet Again and Two Minutes Hate, it's a much more direct yet nuanced record than its predecessor whilst maintaining the anthemic qualities that have won them so many new fans over the past few years.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Jack In Water - Beast Behind Your Eyes

Beast Behind Your Eyes is the first single to be taken from Jack In Water's forthcoming debut album due for release in early 2021, a decade after his first release. Following on from last year's Presence EP, the single continues to deal head-on with personal issues that affect him and those around him, this time focusing on members of his family who seek solace and escape in alcohol.

Thursday, 15 October 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY VIDEO EXCLUSIVE : Little Sparrow - Tears


Little Sparrow returns with her new single Tears from her forthcoming as yet unannounced second album, a song with deep personal meaning from her childhood originally penned by her father. It's accompanied by a space-themed video that captures beautifully the emotion of the song.

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : Lanterns On The Lake - The Realist


Mercury-Prize nominated Lanterns On The Lake return on December 11th with a new five-track EP The Realist and have unveiled the title track from the collection of songs that didn't fit on Spook The Herd.

Friday, 9 October 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : Ist Ist - Night's Arm

Ist Ist release Night's Arm, the eighth in their series of individual videos from their indie / vinyl top five album Architecture. The oldest of the tracks that made up their debut record, it's set to a stark black and white live performance video that heightens the sense of dramatic tension within the song.