Tag: band

  • New Music, New Battles

    New Music, New Battles

    One of the juiciest new sounds of 2019 comes from quite an unexpected source… Drummer John Stanier used to be in a nineties metal band called Helmet. Remarkably, the name was a blessing, given one alternative band name given serious consideration was “Tuna Lorenzo”. Helmet were dubbed a “thinking man’s metal band”, which, at a […]

  • What Have Music Festivals (Like The Village Green) Ever Done For Us?

    What Have Music Festivals (Like The Village Green) Ever Done For Us?

    With a thousand music and performing arts festivals reportedly taking place in the U.K. every year you would be forgiven if the annual bash at Chalkwell Park, within touching distance of Southend-on-Sea, had passed you by. But this omission would be a shame, because Chalkwell’s Village Green, celebrating its tenth year, is a hub of […]

  • Meet Your IDLES…

    Meet Your IDLES…

    If pithy song titles and smart lyrics were all the five-piece Bristol punk band IDLES had, they would still be a very good band indeed. You have to love an album with a song title as good as “Never Fight A Man With A Perm”, or one that boasts a song (“Gram Rock”) with a […]

  • Yes Overcome Sparse Crowd at Stone Free Festival, O2 Arena

    Yes Overcome Sparse Crowd at Stone Free Festival, O2 Arena

    It was the climax of the Stone Free Festival at the O2 Arena, and the 20,000 seater was less than a third full. Perhaps a reflection of the bill which veered from Supertramp to Megadeth but stuck to a “classic rock” brief, but perhaps just a reflection of the popularity of Fathers Day and a […]

  • A New Year, A New Band: Shame

    A New Year, A New Band: Shame

    2018.  A new year, a fresh start. A chance to shed the winter coat that you unwittingly piled on when you bought, and then consumed, those second and third tubs of Heroes and Quality Street over the festive season.  It’s a chance to move more, eat less, make resolutions, quit things, start other things, fix […]

  • How Asylums and South Record Shop Are Making Southend Rock

    How Asylums and South Record Shop Are Making Southend Rock

    On a day when that august (and indeed August) celebration of the best albums of the year, the Mercury Prize nominations list, was released, a small part of Southend-on-Sea was showing what a bit of DIY spirit and grit and determination can do. At the start of 2014 Richard and Stephen Onslow decided to open up […]

  • The Best Records of 2015 So Far #1: Asylums

    The Best Records of 2015 So Far #1: Asylums

    Every now and then I get to hear a new record that really stands out from the crowd and brings me to the sort of heightened state of alert that you would normally only see at the Criminal Records Bureau when a Radio 1 DJ puts in an application to work with the local scout […]

  • Why German Heavy Metal Still Matters: Accept – Live at The Forum

    Why German Heavy Metal Still Matters: Accept – Live at The Forum

    As a veteran of several eighties Monsters of Rock Donington festivals, the odd Reading Festival, and a myriad of lesser gigs at Hammersmith Odeon, The Astoria, Dominion, Brixton, The Town and Country Club (now renamed as tonight’s venue, The Forum), et al, I have reached the point (or perhaps “age” is a better word) where […]