Interview and Gig Review: The Virginmarys, Rock City, Nottingham, 15th March 2017

We met up with Ally and Danny from The Virginmarys before their gig at Rock City. Here’s what they had to say…

Fi: So guys, how did you meet?

Ally: Dan and I met years ago, we were at college together and it was a really bad course. It was a music course and it had just started out. Dan and I were kindred spirits where we were like ‘well who can I realistically play with on this course?’ I ended up moving in with Danny and his family and we have jammed ever since.

Danny: Yeah, we pretty much passed the course at my house. We got on well with the guy who was running the course, bless him, the course must have killed him because when we first turned up and he was bright-eyed and dead happy and buzzing and I think there was loads of money from the lottery that had been put into it. By the end of it, we’d go up to him and ask if we could record it at mine and he would be so stressed out with the others he would be like ‘yeah yeah go ahead’ and it was great.

Ally: We always had this dream of being a band, travelling around and we’ve had a few different bass players since we started. Matt has only recently left, due to it just being the right move for him. It’s hard work being in a band not making much money if you have a family. You kind of ask yourself where it’s going, and you have to really want to do it.

Fi: How do you know Ross?

Danny: I have known Ross for years, in Macc you know everybody. If you went there people would look at you like ‘who’s that?’ I’ve always known him and he’s a wicked bass player. He knew the songs inside out. We invited him to a gig and he played for us, and he knew the songs already.

Fi: When did you get your recording deal and what was your first release?

Ally: We got spotted on a platform like Myspace (before Myspace existed) then we got signed to some guys from LA. They thought ‘we just need to develop them, sprinkle a bit of glitter on then we will sell them on’. It’s hard to maintain your integrity and keep playing the music that you love and that you believe in. You kind of fail as a band depending on what type of character you are, there is only so long you can play what your hearts not in or you’re gonna give up or its gonna backfire.

Richard: You remind me of some very cool bands from the late 90s such as China Drum, Three Colours Red and Cable. Who were your early influences?

Ally: I think when I was a teenager I was always listening to the Beatles but as I got older and started picking up guitars, I kinda started getting into Three Colours Red and the Wildhearts. I like rock and punk. There’s just like a realness to it. I got taught by a guy who did blues. I love Fleetwood Mac and BB King and I always go back to it.

Fi: What do you sing about? What inspires you to put pen to paper?

Ally: It’s a communication. You are expressing yourselves in the only way – it’s kind of like a medium that seems more effective, more appealing than just speech. I was always shy as a kid, and musicians helped me with their way of expressing themselves. It would be a lot different if I only had a microphone, not instruments, and I had to do a comic routine. You have to have a persona type thing. For inspiration, it’s what’s going on in the moment. It’s a bit like a diary, and its a form of communication that helps you get thoughts across.

Danny: Our new song is called Donald Trump! (Not really…!)

*Laughter*

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Richard: The world appears to be going to hell in a handcart at the moment. Do current world events at home and abroad affect what you say in your songs?

Ally: Yeah, they kinda are what you write songs about. We have made a conscious effort with this new material to give people hope and not say how rubbish everything is. The only way it will change is people switching on and realising the power they have. We have got a lot of younger people coming to our gigs – listening and understanding they are the only ones who can change what is happening.

Danny: The first record we did we were playing a lot of classic rock clubs, but the last album wasn’t necessarily purposefully against classic rock but there are more different scenes now so since then there’s a different crowd coming on board instead of just blues rock fans. Rock is pretty broad and we’ve got a good mix of people coming along.

Fi: Do you guys find you need to have regular work as well as the band?

Ally: Bits and pieces here and there.

Danny: We seemed to have more money before we signed with labels and stuff – because you have to give away your money!

Maddy: What are the most memorable shows you’ve done to date?

Danny: Leeds and Reading on the main stage last year was pretty big, really cool for both of us. New Model Army always stand in my mind, they were amazing. It was a proper eye opener. We drank too much on that one, so we just stood there shaking and wishing we hadn’t. Justin came over and said their fans are like one band fans so they took a while to warm up to us. 

Ally: Our fans are a bit like that too – they all meet up before shows and stuff.

Danny: New Model Army’s fans make a pyramid on each others shoulders, I thought it was a rave when I saw it. We got a good reception from them and they still come and see us. Skunk Anansie were great -Mark the drummer found out my cymbals broke and gave me his, and gave me a snare drum too!

Fi: What was it that inspired you to do the People Help the People tour?

Ally: That was just an idea that came from the fact you can actually do something. We got like two tonnes of food by the end of it. It was more about the people getting together and doing something to help. It was awesome that so many people donated. It feels like you’re brought up a certain way, moulded through a system and certain things don’t seem possible, but they are and you can do it. It was amazing of you to get involved – we relied on people like you. It was really cool.

Richard: Punk rock has always traditionally been the music of resistance. What have you guys taken from Punk rock?

Danny: It’s always been a big part of us playing, it is such a broad term. Whenever we have a photo shoot or videos or record an album, we always think about what we want to sound like – bands like The Clash. It’s cool but honest.

Ally: I hope there’s always going to be a place for Punk, I’m hoping that something slips through the cracks and more people listen to it again, because it is brilliant. We wouldn’t have found it unless we listened to certain things then I wouldn’t have opened my mind. It inspired me to go on a search to express myself – people should always try to do that.

Fi: What other English bands do you rate at the moment and would recommend to us to check out?

Danny: We have a band on – it’s the first time we’ve requested a band so we’ve got The Hyena Kill, from Manchester onwards, that we chose. The Wytches are really cool.

Ally: There aren’t that many rock bands. I’ve been listening to a lot of soul and disco at the moment, it makes stuff feel passable.

Fi: What are your plans for the rest of 2017 and beyond?

Ally: We will release a lot of music on EPs and a new album. The reaction has been amazing. You can sometimes just get lost in this world of thinking it’s going to be great and this is going to work, but it’s hard to plan, you just get lost in the jargon and nothing really happens.

Danny: Divides went really well -it was amazing to work with Gil Norton, we all love him. It’s weird to think he’s such good friends with Ally, that he’ll just call up for a chat. That album was awesome. We would probably still be promoting it now, but after Matty went we started to write new stuff instead of using Divides – it just feels right to do new stuff now.

Fi: Thanks guys – looking forward to hearing the new stuff and to seeing you on stage very soon indeed!

Gig review:

The Virginmarys are very difficult to pigeonhole, as are their audience. There is the feral energy of punk rock, some kind of blues sludginess going on and an immediately focused intensity that only a three piece band is able to present you with.

Ally Dickaty’s voice at times reminds me of Dan McCafferty of Nazareth. There is a brash yet melodic sensibility to their songs and a tightness that puts the hairs up on the back of your neck.

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Drummer Danny Dolan, apparently suffering from a ferocious chest infection, lays into his traps with the same sort of panache you’d expect from a rockabilly drummer, sometimes standing up and being hunched over his kit. I imagine he gets through a fair few cymbals!

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Bassist Ross Massey, the new boy, presents a Flea-like figure, a skilled fingerstyle player who exhibits a commanding persona stage left.

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We get 18 songs, several of which I’m not familiar with, but the sign of a great band is that it does not matter – the energy and delivery entice you in.

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Highlights for me include opener “Dead Man’s Shoes”, the China Drum-esque “Just a Ride”, “Free to Do Whatever They Say”, “Ends Don’t Mend” and finale “Bang Bang Bang”.

There is something very timeless, working class and ‘English’ about what they do. Hearing Ally’s M-accent in the songs is very endearing, a refreshing change from that American whine we are all too familiar with.

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The Virginmarys are a very likeable band and one that you can be reassured I will see again this year.

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Gig Review: @BadReligion at Hammersmith Apollo @EventimApollo June 22nd 2016 – words by @GuitarTutorRich

I’m currently sporting bruises upon bruises from the front of stage pit; my 14th Bad Religion gig was as it should be – carnage.

I’ve been watching these guys for a quarter of a century now, right back as far as their second ever UK Show at Tufnell Park Dome on July 3rd 1991.

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Over the years the line ups have changed and the music has become more sophisticated and multi-faceted, but the essential melodic punk backbone has remained very intact.

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Adhering to a murderous pace, BR smashed out 18 songs in short order with little time for either band, or moshpitters to draw breath. As is the norm, we are presented with a set replete with unexpected ingredients – 7 tracks from the magnificent “Suffer” album, including the bombastic “Delirium of Disorder” and the pertinent “You are the Government” as well as neck breaking versions of “Atomic Garden” and “Modern Man”.

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‘The Serb’ (on 2nd guitar) seemed fuelled by Amphetamine flavoured chewing gum as he slashed and burned his way through riff after riff – the wiry cool looking dude is also a marathon runner, and it shows!

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New boy Jamie Miller on traps lacks the articulate precision finesse of Brooks Wackerman, but offers us a bludgeoning presence more in the vein of Peter Finestone, BR’s original drummer.

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Bad Religion’s following and fanbase has always been of the most loyal and obsessive kind – lyrics are important from such a band, and this crowd knew every goddam word, ranting them hoarsely back at the stage. Jay Bentley is a giant of a man, standing at least 6 ‘5” he dominates stage left and summons up a bass sound to disembowel bison with.

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Hammy Odeon is a nice big old London auditorium – I imagine singer Greg Graffin will feel he can sleep comfortably tonight now that his band have played the legendary Hammersmith venue.

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There are feverish rumours of a new record in 2017, and with it a fervent prayer that Bad Religion will stick around for a 40th anniversary tour from this much beloved band.

Words by Richard Mackman

Photos by Fi Stimpson

Gig Review: Stiff Little Fingers @RigidDigits at @Rock_City_Notts , 11th March 2016 #MusicIsEverything

Ricky Warwick & The Fighting Hearts

The last time I saw Ricky Warwick was when Black Star Riders supported Def Leppard & Whitesnake in December 2015.

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He was a great frontman then, and brought the same required elements this evening, including BSR bassist Robbie Crane as part of his band The Fighting Hearts.

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The majority of the crowd didn’t know the songs, and even seemed slightly apprehensive at the start, but were soon won over with the superlative Rock and Celtic Punk tunes.

The highlight for me was hearing Finest Hour by Black Star Riders again – can’t help loving that band!

It was a pleasure to see these guys on a more accessible stage, and I reckon they definitely procured a few new fans tonight!

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Perfectly coiffed Mohicans and checked trouser wearing men who I’m pretty sure used to have Mohicans, teenagers with their dads, Goths, bearded Vikings, and couples who have grown together with the music… that was the makeup of tonight’s crowd. An eclectic mix indeed!

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It’s not about the look, though… it’s about the passion, the fire, the energy, the strong statements about Irish politics and other pertinent subjects, the lack of fear and the mutual fondness and respect. Every single person was there for one reason alone… Belfast’s own Stiff Little Fingers.

The moment Jake, Ali, Steve and Ian strode onto the stage, their audience erupted with fierce joy, showing their loyalty and adoration for this band who have been doing their thing since 1977. Incidentally, that’s before I was born, and there were people there tonight who were a lot younger than me – nice to know the older Punk bands are still corralling a new following!

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Tonight’s gig was like a short story, each song a chapter depicting the world of Stiff Little Fingers. There was much hilarity when Burns lamented about arriving over here too late for the Brit Awards. Jake pointed out that Adele’s mantelpiece must be huge, then went on to say that they don’t believe in awards… they “believe in the power of guitar and drums”! This prompted a rip-roaring cheer and a good old pogoing session!

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Favourites “Nobody’s Hero” and “Barbed Wire Love” went down a storm – it was truly wonderful watching the loving crowd sing and wave along to these iconic tunes. In fact, the audience was in my opinion better than a choir – I haven’t heard a group of people sing so loud without microphones since I saw The Wailers!

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I was mesmerised tonight – there were guitar solos to die for, the bass repeatedly sent shivers down my spine (McMordie’s hands were so blurred that I thought I could see a mirage!), the lean, vigorous drums were relentless and Jake’s affable nature, humorous and entertaining anecdotes and formidable stage presence ensured the careening music, sturdy vocals and profound lyrics meshed together to form the perfect tale.

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I can’t review this evening without mentioning Jake’s battle with Depression. He wrote the song “No Going Back” as a self-help guide, and had to be talked into recording it by Ali. He’s thankful for that, especially as he’s had countless people express their gratitude for putting their feelings into words. I can personally vouch for the fact that “The first step to getting better is talking about it”, and must admit to feeling a little emotional, as at that moment in time everyone there was reconciled to supporting those with mental health issues. I therefore extend my own appreciation to Burns for bravely wearing his heart on his sleeve.

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Just as I thought the pace was about to wane, the energy turned up a notch with “Tin Soldier” and “Suspect Device” (which has become a favourite of mine, largely thanks to my other half’s band The Expletives selecting the song for their set – I’m confident that Jake would agree they do a grand job!)

Stiff Little Fingers returned for a two song encore, and with a particularly feisty rendition of “Alternative Ulster”, the book was closed on the evening’s narrative.

I left with an overriding feeling that Punk most definitely hasn’t gone away – both this band and their music consistently stand the test of time in their collective rally against injustice, and we are with them all the way.

Why I Love Bad Religion by @guitartutorrich #BadReligion #MusicIsEverything

It was March 1991, and I was already bored with hair metal, thrash and even grunge. I was really looking for something new. A good friend of mine who I had known for years, and who was something of a connoisseur of all things punk gave me a C90 tape of this American band who I had never heard of before. They were called Bad Religion.

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The first track up was “Modern Man” (the album was “Against the Grain”) and on first listen it sounded to me like a bunch of lab scientists playing at melodic hardcore. The whole idea that a band could play that fast whilst adding in harmony vocals that sounded like The New Seekers, and with lyrics that had a profound angle on the human condition, was an epiphany.

These guys sounded like a folk band on amphetamine. Dr Greg Graffin’s words of wisdom and Jay Bentley’s grinding yet melodic Fender precision barrage tapestried with chord progressions straight from the song book of Richard Thompson offered me a new favourite band. Twenty five years later, they are still THE favourite band.

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Very few of my mates at the time got them. It was only with the advent of the more vanilla bands of the melodic punk genre three or four years later that anyone else really caught on.

Having experienced the band live on nearly every occasion they have played in the UK since 1991, if anything over the years they have got better, diversified the song writing, reinvented their sound and explored new intricacies and sophistications. The addition of the mighty Brooks Wackerman on drums and Brian Baker on guitar in the late 90s and 2001’s monumental “The Process of Belief” album which heralded the return of Graffin’s songwriting henchman, Mr Brett, set Bad Religion off into a new golden age.

I think being able to relate to lyrics on a very personal level is imperative, and the fact the songs have such a degree of melody and aggression with Bad Religion also being a ferocious live band sealed the deal for me.

Suggested listening:

“Turn on the Light” from “Against the Grain”

“All Good Soldiers” from “Recipe for Hate”

“Stranger than Fiction” from “Stranger from Fiction”

“When” from “Suffer”

“Cease” from “The Gray Race”

“The Defense” from “The Process of Belief”

“Honest Goodbye” from “New Maps of Hell”

Gig Review: The Expletives, Peterborough 14th February 2015

The Expletives, 14th February 2015, Swiss Cottage, Peterborough

When I walked into The Swiss Cottage pub on 14th February 2015, the air was bristling with a kind of nervous energy that is specific to a pre-gig atmosphere. Whether it’s a huge arena with a million pound budget or a tiny, cramped pub with a dartboard as a backdrop, that excitement is very much present.

On surveying the scene, I quickly noticed the band was busy setting up in a tiny “stage” area, like they were playing a game of Jenga with guitar amps; the post-football-game crowd was dispersing ; a small group of obviously close friends were sitting off to the side near the mixing desk, chatting and laughing together; people were propping up the bar, drinking away their woes perhaps, or catching up with friends after a long week. Nothing out of the ordinary here – just your average Saturday night down the local, where a band happens to be playing. Right?

Whole Band Wrong! I was there to see The Expletives, an alternative covers band from Peterborough, formed only 10 months ago and borne of a shared love for 70s Punk and New Wave music. Singer Sean Dunleavy and guitarist/bassist Angus Mackman have played together extensively in various bands, most recently and currently in Filthy Lucre, a Sex Pistols tribute band. They knew the exact formula they wanted for The Expletives, and quickly recruited 19 year old drummer Luke Pasco and 17 year old bassist Joel Bowyer. Don’t let those young ages disillusion you – these lads REALLY know what they’re doing. I hope that doesn’t sound patronising!

The band is on at 9.30pm and immediately burst into action with “Blitzkrieg Bop” – it’s a kick-ass, attention grabbing, exuberant start, and a sign of the good things to come.

Joel Blasting out “Borstal Breakout”; “A Bomb in Wardour Street” and “Denis Denis”, it is evident that frontman Sean loves a bit of crowd interaction, and I like that he has no fear of getting close to individuals, who more often than not react well and join in! He’s not even phased by a couple of stony glances or the heckling. By the end of “Denis Denis”, people are up and dancing, and the atmosphere is nicely upbeat.

The well-honed performance continues with “London Calling” – the band and the crowd are feeding off each other’s energy here, which is joyous to see!

Next up is The Expletives’ take on “Tainted Love” – a feisty, lung-bursting version which enables Angus to display his ace guitar techniques.

Richard Hammering through classics such as “Suspect Device”; “Silly Thing”; “Babylon’s Burning” – the drums on this are incredibly difficult, and damn well executed – Luke is a rising star, that’s for sure – and “Here Comes the Summer”, the first set comes to a close with “Leaving Here”, where Joel’s bass sounds absolutely sublime; “Hanging on the Telephone” and “Anarchy in the UK”. The crowd is on top form, and the band members are dripping with sweat.

After a much needed refreshment break, The Expletives are back for set two, which is equally as triumphant and powerful as the first. Giving us their take on “God Save the Queen”; “Stepping Stone”; “Milk & Alcohol”, full of dirty sounding vocals and sexy bass sounds galore; “Hurry Up Harry” and “Too Much Too Young”, this band are relentlessly energetic in their delivery. It’s a pleasure to witness.

The musical onslaught continues with “Baggy Trousers”; “Kick Out the Jams”, which includes a delightfully jaw-dropping guitar solo; “All Around the World” and “Love Song”. I find myself thinking these guys are having such a good time, and have got such a great connection, that they might just want to carry on playing forever…

Rich and SeanHowever, all good things do eventually somehow come to an end. Sometimes, though, it’s an enthusiastic, exciting end – that’s what The Expletives give us. “Jilted John”; the crowd pleasing “Should I Stay or Should I Go”; “Rockaway Beach”; “New Rose”, which Sean dedicates to his wife; and “Pretty Vacant”. It’s all genuinely raucous, dynamic and fiery. People watching and listening are on the band’s side, dancing and singing along with the music, and that’s got to be a very good thing!

Whoops and cheers persuade the guys to come back, and they not so gently ease us out with “I Fought the Law” and “If the Kids are United”. By popular demand, they then replay “Borstal Breakout” and “Babylon’s Burning” (Luke’s face was a picture – he must have been hurting by then!).

I came away from this gig feeling exhilarated and almost as worn out as the band must have felt! Excellent music played by people who enjoy what they do and are bloody good at it too. Can’t complain at that at all!!

In essence, The Expletives are a must see band, who are gigging furiously in the Greater Peterborough area this year. There are no excuses – get following their facebook page or MySpace to keep up to date with their whereabouts, or to contact them to book a gig! You won’t be sorry.

All photographs used in this article are owned by and copyright to Adam Pasco. Please do not use any image without prior consent. Thank you.

Dotty View: The Speed of Sound

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hear a merger between Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Lou Reed? Well, wonder no more! Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you The Speed of Sound.

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Progressivepunkbluesrock, although a completely made up word, is my new favourite genre!

The vocals are dark and melancholy – they have an intense quality that makes me stop everything I’m doing and just listen. The music surrounding the words pulls me along like a tide, making me drift away from reality without even feeling that I have an option. I guess this is what it felt like to be around in the ’60s! I always felt I was born in the wrong era!

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The Speed of Sound have a definitive sound for these times. Not many people touch Blues or Punk nowadays, let alone anything vaguely Prog, whatever other genre it’s attached to! I don’t know why – I guess people think it’s had it’s time, but not me. I think it’s great. More, please!

Right, I am in serious danger of gushing here, and because I wouldn’t want you thinking I’m a sycophant (er, because I’m definitely not!), I’m just going to link up some of The Speed of Sound’s songs, and hope that you enjoy as much as I do! Go!

Girl on the Roof (my favourite!):

 

 

Ghosts of Grytviken (dig those dirty guitars!):

 

 

Checkpoint Charlie (that bass, man!):

 

 

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Dotty View: The Finest Hour – Reason & Rhyme

It’s 8.15 on a bright Sunday morning, and I’m listening to anthemic indie rock tunes that hail from the rock n’ roll town of… Cleethorpes (and an injection of Grimsby for good measure)! Who else could the band be but The Finest Hour?

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Despite a slight change to the lineup last year when co-frontman Paul Kavanagh departed the band, The Finest Hour have been working their fingers to the bone gigging whenever and wherever they can, aswell as perfecting the album tracks for the long awaited follow-up to “These Are the Good Old Days” – album number two, “Reason & Rhyme”, will be released on 19th May 2014. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a listen, and what I hear are quality songs from passionate, hard working musicians who really care about the finished product.

It kicks off with “November”, a melodic yet punchy tune about the modern world and human nature. It’s so darn catchy, too – a brilliant balance. They’ve cracked it on this song, in my opinion.

Moving on, we hear the involuntary head nod inducing “Dig Two”, the rousing chorus of “Rum & Red Wine” and move onto “Matchlight”. This is one of the strongest songs on the album, for me. I’m imagining it at a gig – a real jumping track, I think!

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Next up is the first single from the new album, “Over Bar the Shouting”, which will be available on 31st March 2014 via all the usual suspects, but you can have a sneaky listen right here, right now!

It’s a fusion of indie, rock and folk – the latter dimension provided by addition of some rather lovely vocals belonging to Louise Connor – I’m loving this track! There will be a single launch on 4th April in Grimsby – I don’t mind betting there will be some previews of songs from “Reason & Rhyme”, so I suggest you get down there for what promises to be a special night with these guys!

Every song on the album is a favourite in its own way. “Prizefighter & the Priest” has some really nice guitar work on it – I also really love the pace changes, and the way it just disappears at the end. The “Price of Petrol” showcases Bywater’s vocals and lyrics – it’s beautifully put together, it’s an absolute delight of a song that will have an entire crowd singing along to it.

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“Middle Name” brings the tempo right back up – it’s a proper indie tune, this is! Next up is “Strength For the Fight” – I rate the vocal on this very highly – Rob’s voice is at its strongest here, and I totally love the bass!

The penultimate track, “Lost”, is absolutely rocking! This is probably the most anthemic tune on the album, and is what has me dancing in my living room at such an early hour! Brilliant! Last up is “The Long Way Home”, an uplifting, exhilarating, brighten up your day type folk/indie song, and a perfect end to what is a truly awesome album.

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The Finest Hour are:

Rob Bywater: vocals, guitars, acoustic guitars & percussion
Sam Simmons: vocals, guitars, acoustic guitars & percussion
Craig Cox: bass guitar
Luke Whotton: drums
Patrick Blakey: vocals, acoustic guitar & percussion

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Dotty View: Land Lovers & Windings

Dublin band Land Lovers and Limerick based band Windings have joined forces to release a special double A side album, courtesy of Popical Island and Out on a Limb Records. It’s due out on 28th February, and will precede a joint tour within Ireland.

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When released, the Land Lovers/Windings album will be available both digitally and as 12” vinyl, with modern artwork by Bronwyn Murphy-White, which is evocative of the artwork on The Farm’s Spartacus (which, if you’ve not heard it, is an absolutely brilliant album, but I digress!). You can pre-order on bandcamp.

I’ve been lucky enough to hear two tracks from this forthcoming album…

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“Neverwood” by Windings is the band’s first single since their 2012 album, “I Am Not the Crow”. I really like the upbeat turn it takes, and it has an almost prog rock feel in places, which is right up my street. It’s quite different to most of the songs on the last album, which were quite indie with an occasional punk twist, sometimes slightly folk, in style. I wonder if this new song is a teaser for how their next album will sound.

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Land Lovers’ song for the double A side is Vittima di Cucina, which for me is the stronger of the two tracks. It’s got a fab 90s indie kind of feel – I’m thinking of Teenage Fanclub and The Farm mixed together, and it works. It’s an incredibly catchy tune, a definite foot tapper, and it’s stuck in my head! I can’t wait for BBC 6 Music to get its hands on it! Their last album, Confidants, had quite a similar feel, occasionally reminding me of The Divine Comedy. Full of catchy, yet far from irritating, tunes, this band will go far, I reckon!

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Dotty View: The Cottonettes

I’ve just been jumping around my house listening to a new (to me) band called The Cottonettes, and they are quickly restoring my faith in British punk rock! It still exists! Hurrah!

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Catchy beats and guitar riffs, funky bass, shouty vocals, well constructed tunes and a brash “let’s get on with it” attitude are all in abundance with this band.

Tom Robinson has declared himself a fan, Amazing Radio are giving them airplay, and cool music biz people such as Simon Raymonde (of Cocteau Twins & Bella Union fame) have shown interest.

I’m willing these southerners to take a trip oop north – if only just a few miles, Cambridge is acceptable – as I am chomping at the bit to see them gig. Raw, it is what it is music, is the best kind of music to be played live, in my opinion.

I’m really excited about this band – to find out if you are, too, you’ll need to give them a listen…

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Now, excuse the short and sweet write up, but I need to get my punk rock moves on again… I suggest you do the same.

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