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Album cover of Fluxus by Pink-Drone

Fluxus by Pink Drone – Album Review

For those who know their art history, the album’s title Fluxus – yes, I had to research the name and art movement – highlights the knowing erudition of John Rose aka Pink Drone. The idea of a constant “flow” of […]

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Alone by Up The Bug – Single Review

Up The Bug formed back in 2019, and when times allowed, they travelled all over England and Europe spreading their mixed genre music far and wide, “without a fuck to spare, nor a shit to give”. With 2020 becoming the […]

Cover for Darklight Horizon: The Fallen and Oxide - Single

Darklight Horizon: The Fallen and Oxide – Single Review

“The Darkest Light That Shines So Bright, Horizons End That’s Out Of Sight” An inspirational quote or the tag line of recently formed New Classic Rock band Darklight Horizon, based in Gloucestershire. Under the dark cloud that was 2020, Vinnie […]

Single cover for I’m Sorry by Hey You Guys!

I’m Sorry by Hey You Guys! – Single Review

By now you may have heard that infection rates have hit an all time high… that’s right January 1st saw the release of Hey You Guys brand new single I’m Sorry. A song, that despite not having a chorus and […]

Single cover for Cascade by Mistrusted

Cascade by Mistrusted – Single Review

From award nominations to radio plays, Midlands based three-piece band Mistrusted have seen plenty of success despite what 2020 had thrown at the music industry, and their latest single Cascade proves that 2021 will be another incredible year for the […]

Single cover of Walk on Water by The String of Roses

Walk on Water by The String of Roses – Single Review

A duo created out of lockdown, if we look at the positive sides of the pandemic (which there are little), a lot of music was created online. The String of Roses are one of those finds you discover during a dark […]

Single cover for Pocket Full of Flowers by Fights & Fires

Fights & Fires – Pocket Full of Flowers – Single Review

“Sometimes you’ve gotta start again”, and when you do, you will need the strength and power of a blinding anthem to give you the motivation. “Pocket Full of Flowers”, by Worcestershire based punk/Rock band, Fights & Fires is one trillion […]

single cover for Straight Up Genius by Jack Blackman

Straight Up Genius by Jack Blackman – Single Review

Jack Blackman has been busy. Rather than spending lockdown binge watching Netflix, Blackman has fed his fans with release to release, making 2020 worthwhile. His latest single, ‘Straight Up Genius’ captures the new meaning of everyday life amidst Covid. Upbeat […]

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THE IKO ALLIANCE – ‘Remain Calm’ – EP Review

‘THE IKO ALLIANCE’ is a collaboration founded by producer/songwriter Dave Draper (Hey You Guys!) and composer/songwriter Paul Terry (Cellarscape), surprising & delighting fans with its debut E.P. there is certainly much here not to ‘Remain Calm’ about. With four songs, […]

EP cover for Time For You by Day Trip to Monaco

Time For You by Day Trip to Monaco – EP Review

Armed with a hook-line that will sink itself into our brain easily, Day Trip to Monaco release their first single ‘Time For You’ since their self-titled EP was released back in September. Currently based in Liverpool, the two piece band […]