Sonic Boom Six – ‘From The Fire To The Frying Pan’ [Review]

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Sonic Boom Six are a band with ska-toned fingers on the pulse of current politics – and they’ve never been afraid to speak their minds.

Having already taken on sexism in music with No Man No Right, this time around Sonic Boom Six are aiming at Britain’s meme-enamoured racists with a level of accuracy that the anti-EU and anti-immigration brigade consistently lack. If you’re not sure why this song is important, consider yourself Read more…

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Posted on 24 May 2016

Volbeat [Interview]

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Interviewing musicians can be a tricky business – especially when you know they’ve sat across from countless others before you and been subjected to endless barrages of identical questions. For ex-Anthrax and current Volbeat guitarist Rob Caggiano, who left the former on good terms to pursue his own path and joined the latter after taking on production duties for 2013’s Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies and finding that all-important chemistry sparking in the studio, that’s meant explaining the above over and over again. After touching briefly on what I referred to as “the Anthrax question,” Rob proved a fascinating and engaging conversationalist… Read more…

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Posted on 24 May 2016

Yossi Sassi – ‘Roots And Roads’ [Review]

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Innovative instrumental guitarists are a rare breed. Most still stick to recycling Satriani licks over stock-issue backing tracks. The standard has been set and met many times, but rarely exceeded.

Yossi Sassi is a notable exception. This guy has mastered many stringed instruments, the electric guitar being just one – and he’s even masterminded the creation of an entirely new instrument, the bouzoukitara – half guitar, half bouzouki. In short, Yossi Sassi is pretty much a one-man orchestra.

Fans of Jimmy Page’s ‘Guitar Army’ approach to composition and arrangement will instantly Read more…

Posted on 23 May 2016

The Rubens [Interview]

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UK: get ready for an Australian invasion. With their new album Hoops, The Rubens are patiently strutting their way toward world domination – and any blues- and soul-oriented rock fans whose ears get bent by those eleven tracks are likely to find themselves swept away.

Produced by a behind-the-board team boasting Grammy wins and collaborations with Lana Del Rey, Coldplay, and The Strokes, it’s little surprise that Hoops sounds as big, flavourful, and vital as it does. Check out my full review here, and read on for an in-depth chat with The Rubens… Read more…

Posted on 18 May 2016

Signals – ‘Paraesthesia’ [Review]

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What can I write about Signals that I haven’t before?

This Southampton-based self-proclaimed math-pop quartet makes music that seems to demand a hell of a lot of hyphens in order to explain it properly. With Paraesthesia, Signals have levelled up afuckinggain, taking a soulful, jazzy tack and dropping a freaky Tim Burton-esque video accompaniment, viewable below. Paraesthesia takes math-rock’s trademark sense of playful joy and keeps dead-brain numbness at bay by amplifying Signals’ trademark quirks, showcasing a band hitting the next peak of their powers.

Long may Signals’ ascent continue. When these guys hit debut-album territory, it’s going to be Read more…

Posted on 17 May 2016

Cabin Boy Jumped Ship – ‘Pathways’ [Review]

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Imagine a musical four-corner cage match involving Asking Alexandria, Bring Me The Horizon, Periphery, and Enter Shikari. The results would be fucking chaotic – and they’d likely also sound a lot like Cabin Boy Jumped Ship.

Cabin Boy Jumped Ship aren’t looking to play sardines within an already cramped scene. They’re not trying to live up to someone else’s expectations, or Read more…

Posted on 16 May 2016

Tiny Moving Parts – ‘Celebrate’ [Review]

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Too often, punk-inspired music seeks to do little more than recycle the ways of the past. The cookie-cutter pop-punk path has become especially well-worn, with countless bands applying generic formulae to their own music. When a band take a fresh approach to punk, though, greatness results.

Celebrate has given me reason to celebrate. Cheers, Tiny Moving Parts.

Tiny Moving Parts’ songs are freakish but friendly mutants. Like Beast from The X-Men, they’re Read more…

Posted on 14 May 2016

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