Category: Music

  • DES ROCS – GIVE ME THE NIGHT | SINGLE REVIEW

    Des Rocs is back with ‘Give Me The Night‘, another killer notch for this hipster on a mission to write relentlessly danceable blues rock for the 2020s.  If you’ve been living under a rock (who can blame you); you’d be forgiven for thinking Des Rocs is part of the Cool France school of musicians that […]

  • MISSIO – SING TO ME | SINGLE REVIEW

    So yeah, we finally know Hideo Kojima’s game-epic, Death Stranding, is creepy. Also yeah, it makes sense for synthwave / dark electro infused Missio, to take centre stage within the game’s soundtrack with ‘Sing To Me’. And now it looks like they have discovered a whole new audience in the process. Not that they needed […]

  • Beans on Toast – The REAL Glastonbury Fave

    Beans on Toast – The REAL Glastonbury Fave

    Beans On Toast might be the name of your favourite breakfast. Look chump, I said it might be. So Beans On Toast is the stage name of my favourite political folk singer, mostly because he’s the only guy who can get away with saying Fuck You Nashville in an explicitly entertaining way. Frank Turner could […]

  • Band Review: Wall Market Racketeers, KRAAK Gallery

    Band Review: Wall Market Racketeers, KRAAK Gallery

    “They sound like The Mars Volta’s softer stuff, you know?” said my new Irish friend Ryan after checking out their first release on this VCR POP 4-split EP. “I like it.” While recording at the home of lead-vocalist Alex Coates, guitarist/pianist Ben Bulow (and for the cause of honest journalism, Alex’s kinda glam but always […]

  • Review: First Aid Kit, The Lion’s Roar

    Review: First Aid Kit, The Lion’s Roar

    This is an article I wrote for THIS IS FAKE DIY, uk, 2012-2013 Album Review: First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar Heaven knows why the Unofficial Music Writers’ Collective say second albums are so hard to write. For First Aid Kit, it sounded like the easiest thing the world. The Lion’s Roar graced shelves in […]

  • Music’s Not A Competition, But…

    Music’s Not A Competition, But…

    (Feature written by Alex Coates) Hey! It’s October time again, Speechmarks folk. As you may have read in previous posts, I’m with a rather wonderful chap called Alex whom, I’ve definitely been not subtly plugging on this blog for a few years. An aficionado of music since day dot, he writes one of those ‘Best Of’ lists every year; […]

  • Foreign Talks: Weird Band Name, Awesome Album

    Foreign Talks: Weird Band Name, Awesome Album

    Expunged Records have a good’un on their hands. They’re like a mini, folky Blink 182. The Portland (Oregon, US) -based band Foreign Talks seem to be fostering support alongside their labelmates Blind Pilot – a sweet guitar effort which lends kind ears an interesting take on both post rock and folk. The only difference is that Foreign […]

  • Go To Hell! And Come Back: Listen To Anna

    Go To Hell! And Come Back: Listen To Anna

    When the legends look down from their thrones of rock & roll to applaud a relatively non-glossily-famous musician, you know you’ve either a) found a groupie/child star of the already famous or preferably, b) someone with a whole bunch of talent who acts as muse to the rock gods in question. Arise, Star Anna. “She […]