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Disassociator by Lucky Number You – Single Review

Released on 7th January, Disassociator is the debut single from Birmingham based trio Lucky Number You. The band started out in 2020 as a studio project with one aim, to produce a full LP while being locked down in their […]

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Sittin’ (on the Dock of the Bay) by Weak13- Review

Weak13 are a guitar, bass and drums three piece hailing out of Birmingham/ Black Country. Describing themselves as ‘low-tuned punk metal terror’ their take on the Otis Redding classic Sittin’ (on the Dock of the Bay) is the third of […]

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James Harris: Christmas EP – Review

James Harris is based in the Black Country and spends his time writing songs and singing – amongst other creative endeavours. With the time allowed by the pandemic Harris has been creating highly personable songs on a near industrial scale; […]

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From the Jam & The Selecter – Gig Review

From the Jam & The Selecter at Cheltenham Town Hall 10th December 2021 Growing up In the 1970s, a double A-sided single was to be treasured and highly valued. Out of respect to The Selecter, this tour should have been […]

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Synthetic Ecstasy by Elkapath – Single Review

Elkapath are Synthetic Gothic Rock band from Gloucester. Their new single, Synthetic Ecstasy, is heavy goth rock, hugely influenced by the likes of Nine Inch Nails, the Prodigy, Birthday Massacre and Korn (according to their blurb) but you will certainly […]

EP cover for Peter With Rosie Christmas Eve

Peter With Rosie-Christmas Eve – EP Review

The streets are alive with the hustle and bustle of the seasonal fayre, shoppers max out credit cards in a bid to secure that all elusive last minute gift for granny, employees rustle around in the back of wardrobes for […]

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Feature: Power-Up Promotions, Hereford

What is Power-Up Promotions? Power-Up Promotions (Power-Up), established in 2019, is a Herefordshire based music promotions company. Created to address the missing link between young local bands, audience members, and live music supporting venues. Challenges faced by local musicians and […]

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Gig Review: Uncover x Surprise Attacks: WMRSASC Fundraiser

Marrs Bar, Worcester 27th November 2021 With Worcester’s much-missed Marrs Bar reopening a couple of months ago after an extended hiatus, the prospect of more gigs was tantalising. When the announcement that local promoters Uncover and Surprise Attacks—each of which […]

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Dead Dad’s at The Old Con Club, Malvern – 4th December 2021

Live and partying at the Old Con Club!  Arriving just as the support act Liberty Artillery concluded (apologies!) the atmosphere at the Old Con Club was charged, the thrill of seeing the band in hometown Malvern, brought an enthusiastic crowd. […]

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Squeeze, Leon Tilbrook & Elvis McGonagall – Gig Review

Squeeze, Leon Tilbrook & Elvis McGonagall in concert at The Sub Rooms, Stroud – 29 November 2021 It was a quintessentially British walk along the Bowbridge canal, in the early evening chill, in the lurking presence of the viaduct that […]