Single review: Nails by Dukes of New York #NewMusic #MusicIsEverything @dukesofnewyork

NailsSince the last time I wrote about Dukes of New York just over a year ago, they have had a change in line-up by recruiting singers Michelle Major-Butler and Zoe Bradbrook.

This has brought a new dimension to the music from DoNY, and the band are going for more of an alt-rock, almost grunge feel these days.

Their new single, “Nails“, has a theme of helplessness in a way, making us think of the situation we are in and how we got here – did we actually have a choice in the matter?

There is an intensity to the song that matches the subject, manifesting itself in the soulful vocals of Michelle and skilled guitar playing of Will. Have a listen for yourselves and see what you think…

The single will be released on 2nd October, and there are two live dates to coincide with this. Firstly, on Thursday 1st October at 8:00pm, they’ll be appearing at “Suffolk Songwriters”, an open mic night for original music helf at The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich. On Saturday 3rd October, DoNY are playing a one-day busking tour of Suffolk, moving between Ipswich, Woodbridge and Bury St. Edmunds. Get along and see them if you can!

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New Music Releases 2nd October 2015 #MusicIsEverything #NewMusic

music is everythingGang Signs – Geist

Promised Land Sound – For Use and Delight

Express Rising – Fixed Rope

Hey Colossus – Radio Static High

John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

Dukes of New York – Nails (single)

Lake Poets – Lake Poets

Deafheaven – New Bermuda

Kamasi Washington – The Epic

W.A.S.P. – Golgotha

Clutch – Psychic Warfare

Larry Gus – I Need New Eyes

Kylesa – Exhausting Fire

Mercury Rev – The Light in You

Born Ruffians – RUFF

Lucy Ward – I Dreamt I Was a Bird

The Icarus Line – All Things Under Heaven

Blitzen Trapper – All Across this Land

Editors – In Dream

Wavves – V

Trivium – Silence in the Snow

Faithless – Faithless 2.0

Squeeze – Cradle to the Grave

New Music Releases 25th September 2015

new-musicThe Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing – Not Your Typical Victorians

Girl Band – Holding Hands With Jamie

Silversun Pickups – Better Nature

Youth Lagoon – Savage Hills Ballroom

Caspian – Dust & Disquiet

Steve Hauschildt – Where All is Fled

Graveyard – Innocence & Decadence

Dungen – Allas Sak

Futurebirds – Hotel Parties

Northcote – Hope is Made of Steel

The Dears – Times Infinity Volume One

Boy Sets Fire – Boysetsfire

Darkstar – Foam Island

The Lonely Wild – Chasing White Light

The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die – Harmlessness

Doe Paoro – After

Brock Zeman – Pulling Your Sword Out of the Devil’s Back

Wand – 1000 Days

Chvrches – Every Open Eye

U.S. Girls – Half Free

Julia Holter – Have You in My Wilderness

Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Going Down

New Order – Music Complete

The Dead Weather – Dodge and Burn

Gig review: The Wildhearts, Rock City, Nottingham, 17th September 2015 @TheWildhearts @GingerWildheart

Twenty years ago, we were in the midst of the triumphant days of Britrock with a plethora of epic UK bands, carving out an entire scene that was very much all our own.

Colourful and varied artists such as Therapy?, 3 Colours Red, Ash, The Almighty , Joyrider, Headswim and Terrorvision occupied the rock consciousness and curveballed their way into the charts as a feisty alternative to Britpop.

However, the crown of the whole mid-nineties movement belonged to The Wildhearts. The song writing was in a different class, and Ginger Wildheart never fell into the predictability or complacence that some of the other bands were guilty of.

The Wildhearts Rock City 17 Sep 15 (9)The 1995 “P.H.U.Q.” album that they treat us to tonight in its entirety demonstrates a marked evolution from the iconic first album, “Earth vs” with a feverish amalgamation of The Ramones, The Cardiacs, XTC, 1967 era Beatles, and a side order of crushing Metallica style riffingtons.

The band is on form, with the addition of Random Jon Poole on bass this time around, they chop out the album in short order, and the hardcore loyal crowd responds with blissful enthusiasm.

The Wildhearts Rock City 17 Sep 15 (12)Highlights for me were the rarely heard “Just in Lust”, “Caprice” with its chorus that delivers like rainbow powder contrasted with a belligerent and twisting groove, “Jonesing for Jones”, and the highly emotive “In Lilly’s Garden”.

The Wildhearts Rock City 17 Sep 15 (23)For some reason, the curfew at Rock City was ridiculously early again so the encore, certainly compared to Manchester the following night, was not as plentiful. However, the “Cheers” theme tune was something of an unexpected apogee, as was a fiery version of “Vanilla Radio”.

The Wildhearts Rock City 17 Sep 15 (27)Set List:

  • I Wanna Go Where the People Go
  • V-Day
  • Just in Lust
  • Baby Strange
  • Nita Nitro
  • Jonesing for Jones
  • Woah Shit, You Got Through
  • Cold Patootie Tango
  • Caprice
  • Be My Drug
  • Naivety Play
  • In Lilly’s Garden
  • Getting It / Don’t Worry ’bout Me

Encore:

  • Vanilla Radio
  • Sick of Drugs
  • Mazel Tov Cocktail
  • Cheers (Gary Portnoy cover)
  • My Baby Is a Headfuck
  • Suckerpunch

Twenty five years on, The Wildhearts are still a force to be reckoned with. Past glories aside, one would be optimistic for a release of new material. Here’s hoping Ginger’s unbridled creativity will allow for this in the not too distant future.

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New Music Releases 18th September 2015

Nicolas-Godin-Widerstehe-Doch-Der-Sünde-770x415This week, there are so many new albums due for release that I’ve decided to do away with impartiality for a change, and choose five of my favourites for you to listen to immediately! Don’t worry, though, there will also be a list of everything else for you to investigate! Enjoy!

Diat – Positive Energy

Nicolas Godin – Contrepoint

Mild High Club – Timeline

Big Air – Don’t Care

Lucero – All a Man Should Do

Battles – La Di Da Di

Ought – Sun Coming Down

Telekinesis – Ad Infinitum

Homeshake – Midnight Shack

Skylar Spence – Prom King

Salad Boys – Metalmania

Bob Moses – Days Gone By

Sean Nicholas Savage – Other Death

Windhand – Grief’s Infernal Flower

Baio – The Names

Robert Forster – Songs to Play

The Kickback – Sorry All Over the Place

HeCTA – The Diet

Destruction Unit – Negative Feedback Resistor

Turnpike Troubadours – Turnpike Troubadours

Superhuman Happiness – Escape Velocity

Botany – Dimming Awe, The Light is Raw

Grift – Syner

Robert Delong – In the Cards

Earl Burrows – No Love for the Drowning

Glen Hansard – Didn’t He Ramble

Metric – Pagans in Vegas

Blackmore’s Night – All Our Yesterdays

David Gilmour – Rattle that Lock

Chris Cornell – Higher Truth

Shinedown – Threat to Survival

Duran Duran – Paper Gods

Peterborough Beer Fest 2015 – the bands and the revellers, part three.

When I was told by the lovely organisers of Peterborough Beer Fest that I could have a press pass, what I was most looking forward to was seeing local and upcoming bands and musicians.

Apart from the open mic night on Tuesday which I sadly couldn’t attend, the lineup on Saturday 29th August was the best opportunity to do just that, with the music starting at 2pm and going right through till 10.30pm!

I was very disappointed to miss the first act, Doug Heath, but have watched his performance via Hereward TV and he did a great job! His set was a lovely, chilled out start to the musical entertainment for the day! You can watch him and all the other bands for the day via YouTube – starting at 1hr51 minutes here. Enjoy!

I arrived shortly after The Lartey Sisters had taken to the stage, and they were singing one of my favourite Dolly Parton songs – “Jolene”. Suffice to say, I liked these girls immediately. They then went on to perform “Old Man” by Neil Young, and I was hooked!

DSC_8652Other songs in the set were “Mrs Robinson”, “Here Comes the Sun” and one I wish I’d arrived in time for – “Big Yellow Taxi”. The beautiful melodic vocals from Faye & Ashleigh, and Faye’s rather lovely acoustic guitar playing are worthy of comments received by Steve Harley who champions these girls… “Inspirational. Doesn’t happen very often. Special. Unique.”

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Next on stage was Nick Corney with his band The Buzz Rats. I had already listened to and enjoyed their upcoming EP,  “The Perfect Landing”, so was looking forward to this!

DSC_8730It must be pretty nervewracking getting on stage at the best of times, but when it’s to perform songs you’ve written yourself I think it’s got to be even more so! Nick & co. had an air of confidence and I sensed the enjoyment they felt from being on stage together – this was lovely to see!

DSC_8697The songs came across very well, and they had an audience (albeit fairly small) who were listening intently and rewarding with appropriate levels of applause! Personally, I very much enjoyed this set, with songs from both EPs such as “Smoky Joe” and title track from the upcoming EP “”The Perfect Landing”.

DSC_8782I’ve got to give a special mention to guitarist and harmonica player Chris (pictured above), as rarely have I seen that much energy on a stage, and it was a pleasure to witness! Good stuff indeed!

If you’re interested in seeing Nick Corney and The Buzz Rats for yourself, head along to The Brewery Tap on 18th September for their EP launch – I reckon you’ll love ’em!

Up next was out of town solo artist The Lone Groover. With a mix of original songs and covers, all with a folk/country feel from this ex-punk, there was a good variety of songs to nod the head to and other songs to sing along to.

DSC_8794This one man band gave renditions of “Young Americans” and “Eton Rifles”, and later providing an admission that “I was wasting my youth in punk rock bands when I should have been a country singer.” – so, someone with a sense of humour and the bravery to get out there on his own in front of an unknown beer-fuelled crowd! Kudos to him! For further info on The Lone Groover, drop a like on his facebook page.

DSC_8818After a break of an hour or so, it was time to get back to the barrier, front and centre stage for the next band, The Tin Pigeons. By now, the crowd was gathering and they were ready for a good sing and dance. I can think of no better band to provide the necessary service!

DSC_8857I’m trying not to be too over the top with the compliments within this review, but it’s not easy, as these lads are absolutely brilliant – fun to listen to, entertaining to watch, easy to like their personalities, and generally an absolute joy!

DSC_8862Kicking off with an immediately rowdy version of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Tell it to Me”, then going quickly into their own song “Old Rosie” (complete with deliciously low bass vocals), the audience was on board straight away and really got into the spirit of the barn dance feel – there simply aren’t enough barn dances nowadays, right?!

DSC_8874The rest of the set was equally as raucous, with a good balance of original songs and covers including a quite brilliant version of “Folsom Prison Blues” – can’t beat a bit of Johnny Cash!

DSC_8904Right, you get the picture, I love this band. Maybe you will, too! Go check ’em out on twitter & facebook and find out for yourselves!

Somehow, we were suddenly about to see the last live band of the week – as I said at the beginning of part one, it was over so quickly! So, it had to be a band who would keep people in high spirits for the remainder of the night! Who better than local covers band The Replicas to provide the necessary tunage?!

DSC_8970Bursting onto the stage and commencing their set with “One Step Beyond”, proceeding to captivate and delight the audience with other popular songs such as “Geno”, “She’s Electric”, “Disco 2000”, “Town Called Malice” and completing the night’s, and the week’s, festivities with “Nightboat to Cairo”, this really was a great choice for headliner!

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The Replicas have got a few upcoming gigs in the Peterborough area, so keep up to date with their whereabouts on facebook and get along to see them if you can!

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DSC_9012 DSC_8969Thank you to everyone for reading and sharing my reviews, and a final MASSIVE thank you to all at Peterborough Beer Fest for their organisation and hospitality – every one of you is amazing, and without you the event simply wouldn’t happen! Long may it continue!

Here are some of Saturday night’s revellers…

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DSC_9022All photos were taken by and are copyright to Fi Stimpson / Music vs. The World. Please do not use any image without prior consent. Thank you!

Peterborough Beer Fest – the bands and the revellers, part two. @borobeerfest

After the ace night I had at Peterborough Beer Fest on Thursday, I was really looking forward to what Friday night had to offer!

Due on stage were a band I had wanted to see for a while, a band I’d seen twice before and who I very much enjoyed, and a band I had never heard of until they were announced as headliners!

I arrived a little late, and by the time I made it to the stage the Palmerston Ukulele Band were already in full swing with a really great crowd singing along to the fifth track in their set, “I Can See Clearly” – it was a lovely sight and sound to behold!

DSC_8006Sixteen members strong, the guys and gals proceeded to sing and play their little hearts out to songs such as “Bring Me Sunshine”, “Teenage Kicks”, “King of the Swingers” (from Jungle Book), “These Boots are Made for Walking”, “Norwegian Wood” and “Que Sera Sera”.

DSC_8029Every single person in that tent seemed to be singing along, and maybe some people outside the tent, too! It was energetic, noisy, hilarious in places (a group of wives & friends of the band threw their knickers on stage at one point… yes, really!), and most of all it was a LOT of fun!

DSC_8116If you’d like to know more about these fabulous people, head along to their facebook page, or even better, go to The Palmerston Arms on a Thursday evening to see them in the flesh and even join in!

Next on stage were Peterborough gig circuit regulars Dizzy Miss Lizzys. These guys really know what they’re doing – all with extensive experience in various bands and with, they seem to be at their most comfortable when on stage. Performing a wide range of popular songs such as “I Saw Her Standing There”, “Brown Sugar”, “Purple Haze”, “Back in Black” and the finale “Hey Jude”, there was no risk of a crowd who was bored, and every chance of people getting involved!

DSC_8381Singer and guitarist Gizz Butt was clearly focused and self-assured, and full of charisma. It was obvious he revels in being in the limelight (especially when performing those epic guitar solos) – and who can blame him?!

DSC_8322Indeed, the whole band are immensely skilled musicians – Si Martin on vocals and bass, James Cluer on guitar and vocals, and Fozzy on drums (what a drummer – you seriously have to witness what that man can do!). With the addition of Simon Russell on keys and John Mosely on percussion, this was a perfect formula.

DSC_8312 DSC_8386 DSC_8399If you’d like to keep up with the whereabouts of Dizzy Miss Lizzys, drop in to their facebook page where all gig announcements happen! Enjoy – I promise you will!

Onto the final act of the evening, a band hailing from Lincoln called The Activators. This was the band I’d never heard of, and I was intrigued to see what they had to offer, especially as they’ve performed gigs far and wide, including a show in Paris!

DSC_8608This band’s set was largely originals, interspersed with some covers that suited their style perfectly, namely “Ghost Town” and “Rock the Casbah” – these went down a storm!

DSC_8582Now, bear in mind that the audience for the night had just heard a shedload of songs they knew and loved, and had expended a ton of energy at the same time. Coupled with the fact that the majority had consumed more beer than is probably normal even for your average Friday night out, and this resulted in something of a difficult crowd. This was a massive shame, as the band was keen to do their thing – full of verve and ebullience, and do their thing they did, regardless of the tricky so-and-so’s before them!! The mark of true professionals, I think! The boys and girl done good!

DSC_8572DSC_8580 DSC_8592 DSC_8596You might like to know more about The Activators, and go to one of their gigs for yourself – if so, head over to their website or facebook and twitter accounts to keep up to date with goings on! Definitely worth an outing, in my opinion!

Don’t forget, you can catch up with everything you missed via Hereward TV on their YouTube channel, so make sure you head on over there! If you’re interested in volunteering for Hereward TV, get to their website to find out more!

Whilst you wait for part 3 (the final part!) of my Peterborough Beer Fest review, have a gander at some photos of people who were in attendance who kindly allowed me to take their pictures!

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DSC_8228All photos were taken by and are copyright to Fi Stimpson / Music vs. The World. Please do not use any image without prior consent. Thank you!