Category : Music Reviews

Andrew Patterson – Pave the Road

  Andrew Patterson’s EP, Pave the Road, is composed of four tracks. His music is accompanied by guitar in a style mostly freed from sounds effects. It is quiet, charming, and extremely pleasant to the ear. Two things caught me…

October 27, 2016

Safire – Under My Skin

Safire is a band I have seen a couple of times in a live situation now, and while it was clear that the band was still finding its way, I was left in no doubt that it was a band that…

October 25, 2016

Ports – The Devil Is A Songbird

One of the prickliest subjects with musicians is that fine line between ‘being influenced by’ and being ‘derivative of’ a famous band. Any band that is deemed to be chasing a trend is put down as the musical equivalent of an…

October 19, 2016

Worm Hears

Worm Hears – Live Demos

Often, listening to live recordings and demos gives the impression of missing-out. Something is lost, the energy of the live performance or the sharp, clear separation of a professional mix. These are the dimensions of the music that give us…

October 10, 2016

Aislinn Logan – Lost or Gone

Already achieving acclaim, Aislinn Logan encapsulates the quintessential earthy and ethereal qualities of traditional Irish folk music and wraps it up in the kind of trance inducing rhythm that is so popular right now. Akin to the likes of Maria Mena, Laura Marling,…

September 19, 2016

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R51 – No Chill

Since the launch of their debut EP ‘Pillow Talk’ in Bar Sub to performances at Reading and Leeds Festival last year R51 have proven themselves a confident, competent and infinitely determined outfit. Blurring chart-worthy pop sensibilities with Shields-style guitar work,…

September 14, 2016

The Crawling – In Light of Dark Days

  Lurking in the shadows of Northern Ireland’s music culture is a healthy and vibrant extreme metal scene, showcasing the best doom, death and black metal that the province has to offer. These bands plug away determinedly, recording and gigging…

September 13, 2016

brand new friend – American Wives

  Very few people were surprised when indie pop poppets brand new friend won Chordblossom’s Kickstart competition back in March this year (you can read all about their triumph here): their sugary sweet pop tunes both charmed and piqued the…

September 11, 2016

Maverick – Big Red

  Everyone’s favourite retro rockers Maverick are back with their second full length album Big Red, to be released on August 26th on Metalapolis Records. Since forming in mid 2012 the band have come along in leaps and bounds, from…

August 24, 2016

Triggerman – Atomic Rock Number 79

  There’s a line in the title track of Triggerman‘s latest EP Atomic Rock Number 79 that goes “rock to the metal, rock to the blues”, a line that neatly sums up both the band’s ethos and their sound in…

July 27, 2016

Smoking Tongue – The Cave Sessions

  Lisburn’s Smoking Tongue came to our attention a few years back with the release of their debut EP Gak Tooth Grin (you can read our review here), but the band have actually been around for about a decade, starting…

July 10, 2016

Attack the Day – Felons EP

It’s often said that time moves faster as you get older; years just whizz by in the blink of an eye. When you’re young, it’s the opposite: days drag by, months stretch out ahead of you and a year can…

June 30, 2016

Ciara O’Neill – The Ebony Trail

Country music has always enjoyed an inexplicably huge following on both sides of our border, which the national scandal that followed in the wake of 2014’s ‘Garthgate’ scandal following prodigal son Garth Brook’s cancelled stadium shows, as well as the…

June 28, 2016

Search Party – Art is life

It’s been a long road for Search Party. After forming in 2013, they’ve gone through a sizeable turn around in members, particularly in the bass department, and gigged furiously around the country before finally settling into their now established line up of Sean…

June 27, 2016

Pleasure Beach – Dreamer To The Dawn

From their first low-key gigs at The Menagerie and Bar Sub to an upcoming live performance at Longitude Festival, a look back at Pleasure Beach’s debut EP underscores the impressive musical competence that has launched the young band to critical…

June 23, 2016