The Great Escape – Day 3

great escape

A final day building up the step count trudging between venues. This time choosing to start at a free all day gig at Bleach which was not an official GE event, and was nearly 3,000 steps away, but worth it all the same for Nots and Nap Eyes.

The former, a blistering all-female foursome from Tennessee, peeled what paint was left from the walls and the latter playing downstairs in the main bar offered some delightful slacker-indie pop with appropriately obtuse and literate lyrics. Both in their own way thoroughly entertaining.

After a break, I was back later for a set of spaced out, ambient tinged krautrock from Ulrika Spacek before Traams stormed the stage with their belligerent, brooding post-punk. A stunning Succulent Thunder Anthem appeared early in the set whilst closer Klaus was as good as anything we’ve heard live for a long, long time.

I hopped over the road (negligible steps) to The Joker to see a charming if somewhat inoffensively bland set of mild folk rock from Leif Erikson before retracing those 3,000 steps back to the seafront to squeeze in for the blazing, full on psychedelia of The Cult Of Dom Keller.

Ears suitably ringing, I did the last 1,000 steps or so back to the hotel and the end of three pretty fine days at the Great Escape.







Man Of Moon – I Run

One of the bands we’re most looking forward to seeing at the Great Escape next week is Man Of Moon whose debut track The Road made the top echelons of our Best of list for 2015.

We’ve previously shared Sign from new EP Medicine and now we have I Run, another brilliant example of their insistent, pulsating psychedelia that ebbs and flows and mesmerises.

Listen here.


Musical Pick ‘n Mix – Quick Round Up

pick n mix

Here is a quick round up of a bunch of cracking tunes that have been earmarked for posting in our inbox for too long!

Treat it like a musical pick ‘n’ mix and make your selections from the queasy, post-punk drama of Greys, Ladada’s surf-psych, the crisp indie rock of Clean Spill, rustic American from The Convergers, dystopian garage rock from Sans Pareil, gorgeous, ambient tinged piano folk from M. Craft, hypnotic alt-country rumble from Snakes, and finish off with a ripper of guitar shredding from Austin’s OBN III.









Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the week

Here is this week’s offering of songs gathered from the past seven days that are surely worth a bit of your attention and ear-time.

From the garage rock of The Limiñanas and Music Band to the proto-punk of The Gotobeds, the haunting gothic pop of Marissa Nadler and the soulful delta blues of C.W. Stinking.  We have Easter treats for everyone.

All yours…

  1. The Limiñanas – Prisunic
  2. Arbor Labor Union – Belief’d
  3. The Gotobeds – Real Maths/Too Much
  4. Marissa Nadler – All The Colors Of The Dark
  5. Music Band – Fortune Guns
  6. C.W. Stoneking – Get On The Floor
  7. The Raveonettes – Excuses
  8. The So So Glos – Missionary
  9. Tancred – Control Me
  10. FEWS – 100 Goosebumps











Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekA day late perhaps, but none the worse for all that. Our collection from the past seven days includes ten new tracks from Bleached,  Andy Shauf, Julianna Barwick and the welcome returns of both Big Deal and Virginia Wing.

  1. Bleached – Sour Candy
  2. Andy Shauf – The Magician
  3. Cat’s Eyes – Drag
  4. Big Deal – Say Yes
  5. Virginia Wing – Rhonda
  6. Margo Price – Hurtin’ (On The Bottle)
  7. Weaves – One More
  8. Baby In Vain – Martha’s View
  9. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Gamma Knife
  10. Julianna Barwick – Nebula












100 Songs In 100 Hours: 77 – A Nighthawk

Swedish trio A Nighthawk release their debut full-length Ice In The Belly, Fire In The Mind via their own imprint Dead Dandelion Collective, on 26th February.

A confident distillation of rhythm, songcraft and texture: signposts to Lykke Li, Susanne Sundfør, Beach House or perhaps a Nordic Cocteau Twins populate the album – giving the songs an eerie, sometimes Lynch-ian feel.

Listen to Dune, and you’ll hear exactly what we mean.


100 Posts in 100 Hours is a series rounding up the best of our inbox from the tail end of 2015.

MM Shorts 793: North Collins

MM Shorts 793: North Collins

North Collins self-titled debut album is a thoroughly beguiling work of layered orchestral arrangements, pop-folk simplicity, ambient sounds and cinematic textures; finding way to unique tensions and resolutions. The duo is comprised of Celine George and Robert Pycior (O’Death, Skeletonbreath).

Listen to a couple of tracks below and order from Bandcamp here.



Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our regular weekend collection… this week seven new releases gathered for your edification and listening pleasure. Enjoy.

  1. Beach House – Elegy To The Void
  2. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Laid (James cover)
  3. Soldiers of Fortune – Campus Swagger
  4. Coromandelles – New Ordain
  5. Palm Honey – Bewitched
  6. Sea Pinks – Depth Of Field
  7. Sune Rose Wagner – Donna (Richie Valens cover)









Nickel In The Jukebox (Vol 6)

Nickel In The Jukebox

After a bit of a gap due to too much life interrupting, we’re back with instalment 6 of Nickel In The Jukebox. Ten new songs, you decide how good they are…


Miners – Better Instincts  [RIYL: Folk-rock, Lord Huron, The Head And The Heart]


Futurekids – White Girl In A Wu-Tang Shirt  [RIYL: Indie-rock, Wilco, Jenny Lewis]


PROM – I’ll Teach You  [RIYL: Sludge-punk, Girl Band, Jesus Lizard]


Sudakistan – Concrete Jungle  [RIYL: Garage punk, Thee Oh Sees, GOAT]


Benedict Benjamin – Thin Skin  [RIYL: Singer-songwriters, Tom Petty, War On Drugs]


Alnilam – When It Comes To You  [RIYL: Ambient folk, Widowspeak, Melissa Nadler]


Rob Williams – Sometimes It’s A Song  [RIYL: Acoustic folk, Elliott Smith, James Taylor]


Tiger Waves – In Your Head  [RIYL: Country-psych, The Byrds, Allah-Las]


Slow Death Lights – Dirty Chores  [RIYL: Stoner rock, Black Sabbath, Kyuss]


Hollow Hand – Chariot  [RIYL: Electric folk, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span]



Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

A day late, but surely none the worse for all that, our collection of some of the best tracks from last week.

  1. Low – Lies
  2. The Mantles – Doorframe
  3. Laura Stevenson – Torch Song
  4. Lanterns On The Lake – Faultiness
  5. Heaters – Gum Drop
  6. Nai Harvest – Ain’t That Enough (Teenage Fanclub cover)
  7. Alien Hand Syndrome – Something In The Way (Nirvana cover)
  8. Moses Sumney – Pleas