Single Reviews

Army Navy – Saints (Fandango) 06/07/2007

Expect to hear the B word around these guys for some time.

Paul Steel – In A Coma (EMI Japan) 06/07/2009

Paul Steel is a pretty unassuming name for such a musically eccentric artist to go by. The singer songwriter’s latest offering ?In A Coma? is a brilliant psychedelic pop tune which sounds like Elvis Costello and The Beach Boys singing covers from Elton John?s Yellow Brick Road album. As we’ve come to expect from Paul […]

The Hickey Underworld – Mystery Bruise (Naive) 29/06/2009

Is it just me or is Belgium normally perceived as being a land of, well, nothing of any interest. So how they?ve managed to produce a band which sound like the reincarnation of At The Drive In, is beyond me . The Hickey Underworld, hail from the unlikeliest of places Antwerp, and yet somehow have […]

The Blizzards – Buy It Sell It (Island) 06/07/2009

Here we go again, another pop-indie band for you all to not get very excited about. The Blizzards are another band intent on following in the path of The Kooks and One Night Only, in their quest to conquer daytime radio. That?s not to say The Blizzards are a bad band. The Irish four piece […]

The Toniks – This Summer (Greater London Records) 15/06/2009

The Toniks hail from the most unlikeliest of rock ?n? roll breeding grounds, Guilford. A town not exactly know for its? grittiness or diversity, it?s easily to see why the Toniks are so bland. Their new four track E.P is just about as exciting as Guilford town centre on a weekday. Opener ?Wonderful Then?, is […]

White Lies – Death (Polydor) 29/06/2009

White Lies are one of those bands that have seemingly leaped out from nowhere and become everyone?s new favourite band. Well nearly everyone, I?m sure the tag ?shite lies? has been doing the rounds in certain circles. This reservation expressed by some music fans has a firm grounding. Previous singles have been guilty of clunky […]

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (Polydor) 29/06/2009

New Yorkers are good at being cool. Now having a hit record is one of those things: you start off being super cool, and then the General Public get their hands on your records and the cool people stop liking you and you are then merely popular. It?s a tricky thing to negotiate coming out […]

Solid Gold – Bible Thumper (Solid Gold Music) 29/06/2009

Ok this might sound like an anti-catholic call to arms on paper, but on the ears it?s actually more of a laid back electro funk assault of the timid kind. Solid Gold are a three piece from Minneapolis who have recorded all of their debut album ‘Bodies of Water’ in a assortment of basements, cabins […]

The Voluntary Butler Scheme – Tabasco Sole (Split) 20/07/2009

The Voluntary Scheme aka Rob Jones, clearly aims to bring us all some much needed musical sunshine in these dark times. His latest offering ?Tabasco Sole? is a laid back slice of soulful funk which is sure to brighten up even the most cynical dolite?s day. The unassuming jerky lead line quickly gives way to […]

Starsailor ? All the Plans (Virgin Records) 22/06/2009

This single is the title track from Starsailor?s well-received fourth album. Eagerly anticipated by their modest yet loyal fan-base, this is sure to placate with its comforting tones. Recent collaborations with Ronnie Wood and Brandon Flowers don?t seem to have been able to drag this band far enough out of their comfort zone to have […]