Ducking Punches: Alamort

Ducking Punches deserve to do well with this rather decent album; they’ve played 1,000 gigs say the Press notes, which is good going, and explains the tight sound. They play high energy and melodic indie rock, veering towards pop punk in places, and with enough quirkiness to make it appealing. The title is taken from […]

The Lovely Eggs: This Is Egglando

Should anyone make us rulers of England, our first act would be to give everyone in the realm a copy of this CD. In this post-Brexit North Korean Trumpian world we need some cheer and the Eggs are the ones to do it. Sure, there’s some swearing (one song is called Dickhead, another has the […]

Brix and The Extricated: Part 2

Many of the albums we get sound like music that came before; Mumfords, Jesus and Mary Chain, the usual suspects. This debut from Brix and The Extricated goes back further, to the days of indie labels and punk, with opener Pneumatic Violet channelling the Buzzcocks with a splash of the earthier Magazine. Even the lyrics […]

Son of Dave: Music for Cop Shows

We’ve heard of Son of Dave — he’s being going for 20 years — but heard nothing by him until now. Or at least no solo work; he was in Crash Test Dummies for a spell. Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm. He plays beat-box and harmonica-driven blues, and the sound and DIY ethos are reminiscent of […]

Green Day: God’s Favourite Band

No really, God loves them. Not THE God, obviously, the one whose son’s birth we celebrate, but a Python-esque carton voiced by an actor on the Stephen Colbert show, presumably so they could name this hits package what they did. Green Day’s last hits package was 2002’s International Superhits, at which time they had a […]

Skinny Lister: The Devil, The Heart, The Fight

Roaring drunk in Hamburg. Locked in a bunker in Berlin. Tearing up the road in New York and Tokyo. Dreaming of Cairo. Originally recorded in Newcastle-Under-Lyme. They get about. We saw these live at Rode Hall’s Just So festival in 2016 (we think; possibly 2015). This album was put together while they were on the […]

From The Jam: Live!

We’re not really into tribute bands but this one seems pretty good, not least because an original band member is in it. Former Jam drummer Rick Buckler, then working as an antique furniture restorer and dealer in Woking, formed From The Jam, playing old material from The Jam’s back catalogue. In 2007, Buckler’s former bandmate […]

The Front Bottoms: Going Grey

This is possibly the worst band name ever, not even really offensive just puerile. Maybe it gets them straight to their core audience: beer chugging students who want likeable shouty indie to sing along to. We’d favour that explanation: The Front Bottoms are not stupid and can turn in a great tune. We came across […]

Tigers Jaw: Spin

Tigers Jaw have been going for 12 years. Half the band left a couple of years ago, leaving guitarist Ben Walsh and keyboard player Brianna Collins (both singers). For 2014’s Charmer, the musicians who had left the previous year came back, even though the band was officially a duo. Spin (technically lower case, spin, but […]

Gogol Bordello: Seekers and Finders

Gypsy punks Gogol Bordello emerged from the depths of the Balkans (ok so it was Lower East Side of Manhattan but that doesn’t sound so romantic) a good few years ago. We’ve never taken to their raucous brand of punk: it’s good fun and brilliant at a festival, but not something you’d sit and listen […]