Dinosaur Jr. – Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not | Album Review


Dinosaur Jr. are simply badass. Since the original trio of J, Lou and Murph reformed back in 2007 they have released four albums that have continued to cement the notion that hey, these guys know how to make great music. Whether it’s the pop-tinged sounds of ‘Beyond’, the drawn out alt-rock sounds of ‘Farm’ or the laid back, scuzzy sounds of ‘I Bet On Sky’ Dinosaur Jr. know how to get the best out of three stacked amps and Rickenbacker bass guitars. Their new album Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not sees the band return with another dose of punchy distortion, with a side order of emotion thrown in for good measure too.

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Viola Beach by Viola Beach | Album Review


Viola Beach is the posthumous album from Warrington’s Viola Beach. Last year I had the pleasure of witnessing the four-piece perform on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds Festival and was blown away by their vibrant display of great indie rock. Their singles ‘Swings & Waterslides’ and ‘Boys That Sing’ provided all of the yearning lyrics, sunny instrumentals and youthful enthusiasm to make it easy to fall in love with them. Unfortunately a tragic accident during the band’s first overseas tour resulted in their careers ending before they truly had a chance to get started. However, thanks to the bands’ families they were able to get their debut album released to the world, which reached the #1 spot here in the UK.

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Tickle Torture – Full Court Press | Track Review


Since writing about music I have had the opportunity to discover many, many bands from various levels from all over the world. Some have been great, others have been not so great, but one in particular has always stuck out in my mind as being something…unique. Elliott Kozel, under the name Tickle Torture, produced arguably the strangest, danciest EP around with ‘Spectrophobia’. It’s an EP that went from sampling dangerous sounding coughs to the sweet, groovy sounds of ‘Would I Love You’ and opened my mind to the world of a genre I could only describe as BDSM-Funk.

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Queen Giza – Machine Master Demon Dream | Album Review


When you come across a submission in your inbox and see that the band’s influences range from Pink Floyd’s ‘Animals’, Queens of the Stone Age’s debut and Thee Oh Sees’ ‘Mutilator’ you know you’re gonna be in for a good time. Queen Giza is a band based in Brooklyn and Charleston in the US of A and this is their debut album Machine Master Demon Dream. The record is described by the band as a “something of a two act rock opera” and the plot (in a “sentence”, the band says) is (and I quote):

“An old man builds a humanoid in his younger image, implanting his memories; the robot discovers what he is, hunts down and kills creator with some difficulties (Machine Master Side), and then the creator has a postmortem dream/nightmare focused on losing his soul to the robot/demons/devil (Demon Dream Side). The 2nd side is formatted around the stages of sleep/dreaming and the bodily/brain functions, and all songs flow into each other. “

Simply put, it’s badass.

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Private Island – Sunbreak | EP Review


Private Island is a band comprising of SIX PEOPLE determined to knock your socks off and throw your feet to the dancefloor with the release of their second EP Sunbreak. These guys’ flair for indie rock and funk have gained them quite a bit of attention thanks to the release of some popular singles in the form of ‘Enough’ and ‘Drugs’, and now look to come in strong with this new EP.

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The Academic – Mixtape 2003 | Track Review


The Academic are an Irish four-piece and this is their new single Mixtape 2003. I was 10 years old in 2003; unwillingly about to leave primary school and head into the scary world of secondary school which meant puberty, liking girls and puberty again came into full swing. My mixtape back then would have involved a lot of boybands my sisters liked, and possibly some Guns N Roses for good measure.

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Jaunt – Chat | EP Review


Jaunt is a band from Toronto and this is their new EP Chat. The art of conversation is a wonderful thing, as it allows you to join words with a person of choice about whatever topic you please. From Brexit to Dip Dabs to the person you hate at work to something you saw on the Internet, you get to talk about all kinds of shit. In this conversation, we’re talking about how great Chat is.

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