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Dead Pony

IGNORE THIS

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DEAD PONY – IGNORE THIS – ALBUM REVIEW

Dead Pony have been doing all the right things since beginning to release music in 2020. That year may go down in history however as the definition of poor timing for a new band to share their art with the world. But even so, Dead Pony have garnered a dedicated fanbase which is growing with every single and every show.

Now they are ready to unleash their debut full-length album on the world with ‘Ignore This’, perhaps a not-so-subtle nod towards the every diminishing attention span of music aficionados. This record however commands attention and is certainly no half-measure at sixteen tracks and nearly fifty minutes of action.

The pace of the album though ensures that there are neither dips nor opportunities for lapses of concentration from the listener. Indeed each track grabs the listener by the collar and drags them into the action alongside the band.

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Sonically intoxicating and lyrically captivating this collection of full-throttle modern rock mastery is amongst the best opening offerings in recent memory. You can call it making up for lost time, or flying out of the traps but whichever tired cliché is assigned to ‘Ignore This’ will be a positive one.

‘Ignore This’ is an expansive expression of artistry from a group who are able to pull from a diverse palette of influence and produce a fresh sound with a self-assured identity. If you’re somebody that has been sleeping on this band, then now is very much the time to jump on board.

That’s because one thing that is for sure, with this stunning debut album in the bank it’s going to be very hard to ignore Dead Pony moving forward!

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The Black Keys

Ohio Players

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THE BLACK KEYS – OHIO PLAYERS – ALBUM REVIEW

After a career long gap of five years between ‘Turn Blue’ and ‘Let’s Rock’, ‘Ohio Players’ marks the fourth album from The Black Keys in the past five years! Making up for lost time perhaps the duo have certainly showered their fans with new music lately, so it’s perhaps not surprising that the hype around this record feels slightly muted.

They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder and perhaps everyone is a little Black Keys’d out? It’s good then that the band have brought in the likes of Beck and Noel Gallagher to work with whilst recording this, their twelfth studio album.

The presence of those guest musicians and particularly Lil Noid and Juicy J does help to bring something a little different to the now formulaic garage rock of the duo. That said the structure of these bluesy rockers is still the same that brought the band their acclaim.

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The Black Keys – ‘This Is Nowhere’

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At forty-five minutes and fourteen tracks this isn’t a short sharp shock to the system despite the changes. This is another flex by the duo who again showcase their incredible talents over what is a thoroughly enjoyable collection.

What this album doesn’t really do though despite the featured writers is offer much different to any of their previous work. That isn’t a bad thing of course, and if this was outlandishly different then people would no doubt criticise the band for abandoning their roots.

All in all, fans of the band will genuinely get pleasure from this album and that makes it another successful outing from The Black Keys.

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Bob Vylan

Humble As The Sun

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BOB VYLAN – HUMBLE AS THE SUN – ALBUM REVIEW

It’s been difficult to ignore the emergence of Bob Vylan whilst the duo have been winning over audiences with their outstanding live shows. Higher festival billings and bigger sold out shows have typified their past few years, all backed by a steady flow of punk-infused rhymes which provide a commentary of a plethora of the world’s problems.

Unfortunately, the world only seems to be becoming unfairer, harsher, more hostile and divided. Bob Vylan meanwhile have never been ones to sit around singing ‘kum ba yah’, and have certainly never been afraid to call a spade a spade. It may not be a surprise then that on their new album, ‘Humble As The Sun’, the band are as frank and forceful as ever.

The manner in which they deliver their message of empowerment however has evolved as the duo look to stretch their musical legs. Punk rock may still provide the backbone of the sonic ambience of the record, but the extent of their ambition feels far greater. A line in statement song ‘Reign’ quips that the band were robbed of the prestigious Mercury Prize, and the care and attention put into this record makes you feel that the duo are trying to prove a point.

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Bob Vylan – ‘Reign’

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Critics and naysayers are increasingly going to be unable to ignore the noise coming from the Bobs. Artistically this album marks a significant declaration of self-belief and natural talent. Thematically the album typically wears its heart on its sleeve and continues to address the world’s wrongs with a thunderous rage.

As you’d expect the lyricism is clever and there are countless memorable witticisms and easter eggs over the course of the ten tracks. Long term fans will feel at home with this record, but perhaps vitally these tracks are more than capable of reaching a wider audience.

‘Humble As The Sun’ has to legitimately be recognised as Vylan’s best and most diverse album to date, and more so the record opens up a new sense of intrigue as to where the duo can go in the future.

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The K’s

I Wonder If The World Knows?

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THE K’s – I WONDER IF THE WORLD KNOWS? – ALBUM REVIEW

There has been a subtle indie revival in recent years and it’s becoming somewhat cool to like music with guitars again. One young group to have grabbed moderate levels of attention is The K’s and that hype has slowly built towards the release of their debut album.

The return of festivals in this post-pandemic era seems to have heralded this new found fondness for sing-a-long ready, flare-lighting indie rock anthems and it’s in these fields that The K’s have helped to forge their own path.

It’s a positive then that straight out the bat you feel that ‘I Wonder If The World Knows?’ has been summoned by the festival lords for the good times ahead. As you listen, you can shut your eyes and feel the summer sun (or rain!) beating down on your face as you lose yourself in the music.

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The K’s – ‘Lights Go Down’

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That feeling should serve the band well as we head into another festival season, and is a key takeaway from this record. It would however do the quality of songs a disservice to simply marry them to the good time vibes of a festival main stage.

Indeed, there is a depth to these tracks which provides a firsthand social commentary of surviving the current pitfalls of modern life. The lyricism is clever and relevant, strengthening the credible indie soundtrack and creating a collection of indomitable melodies.

Whilst there is more than a knowing nod towards the icons of northern indie, The K’s have been able to establish their own identity with a superb debut album. With the likely success that this record will bring, the band will no longer need to wonder, because the world will most definitely know!

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Sum 41

Heaven :x: Hell

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SUM 41 – Heaven :x: Hell – Album Review

When bands announce hiatuses, splits or disbandment’s these days the news is usually greeted with a heavy pinch of salt and much scepticism. The news that Sum 41 were calling time on their near three decade long career was no different and ultimately only time will truly tell if this is indeed it for the Canadians icons.

Their career has certainly been eventful and they’ve had more than their fair share of ups and downs. As recently as September, singer Derek Whibley was hospitalised again, there have been line-up comings and goings, heralded and maligned releases and shows and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It definitely hasn’t been boring being a fan of the group.

So, with a farewell tour underway and a final double album, ‘Heaven :x: Hell’, out now, it’s time to celebrate the legacy of Sum 41, and that’s exactly what this record sets out to do!

Broken into two halves, ‘Heaven’ commemorates the pop-punk sound that served as the launching pad for the band at the turn of the century; whereas the second half, ‘Hell’, is a more lineal continuation of their recent heavier output. Together ‘Heaven :x: Hell’ truly captures the best of what the band have served up over their previous seven studio albums.

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Sum 41 – ‘Landmines’

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‘Waiting On A Twist Of Fate’ and ‘Landmines’ set the tone of ‘Heaven’ and the following eight tracks all help give this side a classic feel which concludes with the melancholic ‘Radio Silence’. In isolation ‘Heaven’ is a short and fun pop-punk romp akin to their breakthrough EP ‘Half Hour of Power’.

‘Rise Up’ soon delivers the overall package a kick up the backside however as ‘Hell’ hits much harder over the second half. Whilst sonically bigger than ‘Heaven’, ‘Hell’ is again a thoroughly enjoyable listen and the inclusion of former live favourite ‘Paint It Black’ is a nice touch.

If future history does ultimately prove this to be the grand finale from Sum 41 then the band can rest assured that they’ve done their great career justice. Whilst this may not be their magnum opus, it’s a true to heart celebration of everything that they’ve achieved and that’s all anybody will really want from ‘Heaven :x: Hell’!

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Crushed By Waves

More To Life

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CRUSHED BY WAVES – MORE TO LIFE – ALBUM REVIEW

Manchester’s Crushed By Waves have been making, well… waves over the past few months with a string of impressive modern rock singles. Now the time has arrived for the group to unleash their debut album and for ‘More To Life’ to be judged! Will the band soar or be crushed (sorry) under the weight of expectation.

Well the first hurdle that the band must overcome is the crowded scene in which they find themselves. Where everybody is trying to stand out, often that means that nobody does. The blame can perhaps be placed at Bring Me The Horizon’s door (or Linkin Park’s if we go further back), as their innovation has inspired no end of copycats.

Whilst it’s almost inevitable that new bands breaking through will get lost in the shuffle these days, you instantly feel that there is enough on ‘More To Life’ to elevate Crushed By Waves above the parapet. Opening duo ‘Nothing Left’ and ‘Dangerous’ set the tone early and act to dispel any worries that this is just another cookie cutter new age rock album.

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Crushed By Waves – ‘Nothing Left’

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The band have touched on a feeling of imposter syndrome whilst discussing the album but the fruits of their labours here should give them vindication. They’ve managed to produce a thoroughly enjoyable set of hard hitters that can more than hold their own in the current congested climate.

‘You Know’, ‘Won’t Get Out Alive’ and the title track all highlight that ambitious sound which is the sonic template for rock bands in the 2024. They do so however in an assured manner which belies the relative inexperience of the group.

Indeed for a debut album, Crushed By Waves couldn’t really have wished to have delivered anything more resolute and intriguing. Whether they can cut through the noise or not only time can tell but with ‘More To Life’ the band have managed to deliver a notable opening gambit.

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Kid Kapichi

There Goes The Neighbourhood

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KID KAPICHI – THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD – ALBUM REVIEW

Kid Kapichi have certainly made an impression in this desolate and austere post-apocalyptic landscape. Whilst they are far from the only band to gain popularity by mixing punk attitude, indie swagger and witty lyricism, they’ve certainly been one of the most prolific.

Prolificacy and quality though don’t always go hand in hand and with some high profile peers fending off some lacklustre reviews recently, it’s an interesting time for Kid Kapichi to be releasing their third studio album.

Let’s face it, there is not absence of source material for musicians looking to call out government incompetence, social injustice or horrifying world affairs, but in an election year at home and abroad there’s also a risk of political statement fatigue from music fans.

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Well, that’s where Kid Kapichi seem to find their niche… in finding balance between heavy subject matter and playful output. ‘There Goes The Neighbourhood’ unapologetically continues where ‘This Time Next Year’ and ‘Here’s What You Could Have Won’ left off, with a razor sharp tongue and catchy beat.

Any listeners looking for some ambitious sonic exploration on this album will be disappointed, but anybody hoping for more biting, frank and ferocious bangers will get their fill! The ability of the band to create this steady stream of passionate and astute songs is really quite canny, and at times like these their music should be classed as essential listening.

If we were to pick one track here to highlight, we’d be amiss not to guide you towards to fabulous Suggs featuring ‘Zombie Nation’, but this album is one of those ones where we get to say that there really isn’t a bad track.

The gentler ‘Jimi’ is a charming way to close out an album which will be defined by that now well established brashness. All said and done this is just the latest statement from a band marching relentlessly towards revolution.

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Grace Petrie

Build Something Better

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GRACE PETRIE – BUILD SOMETHING BETTER – ALBUM REVIEW

Grace Petrie has long established herself as one of the country’s finest folk troubadours and now after a much heralded sojourn touring her comedy show, ‘Butch Ado About Nothing’, Petrie returns with new album, ‘Build Something Better’.

Petrie is now approaching two decades behind the microphone and has an increasingly impressive assortment of releases in her back catalogue. Each album seems to demonstrate artistic growth and particularly this album feels like Petrie’s song craft has reached new levels of brilliance.

Yes, this is a confident and assured collection of reflective and honest folk tales from an artist at their very best. Each track paints an all too familiar and desperate picture of living life in modern Britain; told as only Petrie can with her lived experience and ability to verbalise the untold.

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Grace Petrie – ‘The House Always Wins’

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Touring buddy Frank Turner continues to cut his producing teeth and on this record he manages to capture the frank (pun only slighted intended!) passion of Petrie perfectly. The clever lyricism and pure vocal delivery of Petrie though is the big takeaway from the eleven songs.

‘The House Always Wins’ is an early standout and the likes of ‘Meanwhile In Texas’, ‘Start Again’ and ‘Fixer Upper’ are worth a note, but the reality is that the old cliché that there isn’t a bad song on the album is indeed very fitting here.

‘Build Something Better’ is the latest statement of an artist of unparalleled natural talent. There are many artists and groups making sincere and striking music, many of which form the wider scene that Grace Petrie calls home. But it’s hard to argue on the evidence of this record that Petrie isn’t amongst the very best.

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Liam Gallagher & John Squire

Liam Gallagher John Squire

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LIAM GALLAGHER & JOHN SQUIRE – ALBUM REVIEW

The news that legendary Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher and iconic guitarist John Squire of The Stone Roses would be teaming up was met with glee from their fans. The team-up was greeted with similar anticipation that Marvel fans give superhero crossovers in the MCU.

Recent lacklustre blockbusters however have coined the term superhero-fatigue and music fans have also become hesitant to overhype so-called supergroups after more than a few duds! So whilst the diehards still pop for a Guardians of the Galaxy cameo in a Thor movie, two celebrated musicians joining forces fails to overexcite casual music fans.

As with a finished movie however, the proof is always in the pudding and the Gallagher/Squire pairing have now served up their eponymous debut album. The collection consists of ten songs spread over forty minutes, which is instantly allays fears of an over-bloated anthology.

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Liam Gallagher & John Squire – ‘Just Another Rainbow’

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The teaser trailers of ‘Mars To Liverpool’ and ‘Just Another Rainbow’ gave a good indication of what to expect with the finished record, and there’ll be little to surprise you over the course of the whole piece.

Fans of both men and their careers will find comfort and joy in this album with the sound being pretty much what you’d expect if you combined their previous bands. This isn’t a bad thing at all, because much like Marvel the duo know their core audience.

There is plenty of lip service here with tracks and moments akin to standard superhero tropes with ‘One Day At A Time’ akin to a heroic vow and ‘Love You Forever’ like a secret identity. What is perhaps missing though is that punch the air moment like Captain America lifting Mjollnir.

Ultimately though there is more than enough here for this adventure to be deemed a success. Don’t pull on Dr. Strange’s cape and don’t question the ability of Gallagher and Squire to deliver a fan pleasing pile of indie rock.

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Bruce Dickinson

The Mandrake Project

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BRUCE DICKINSON – THE MANDRAKE PROJECT – ALBUM REVIEW

Nearly two decades have passed since iconic Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson dipped his toes in the waters of his solo career. The Iron Maiden machine keeps turning but following outside adventures from bandmates Steve Harris and Adrian Smith, Dickinson is once again ready to dive into the deep end with new opus ‘The Mandrake Project’!

Previous solo outings have seen Dickinson broadening his horizons away from the Maiden mould and genuine excitement seems to have broken out for this release. The pre-release singles, ‘Afterglow of Ragnarok’ and ‘Rain on the Graves’, certainly managed to further whet appetites and as the record finally arrives fans appear ravenous.

So, has this album got enough to feed the fans and meet the lofty expectations? Spoiler alert – you’re damn sure it has! Dickinson has always demanded ambition from all of his musical projects and ‘The Mandrake Project’ may be his most ambitious yet.

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Bruce Dickinson – ‘Afterglow of Ragnarok’

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Partner in crime Roy Z helps to provide an expansive metal powered soundtrack allowing for Dickinson’s dexterous vocals to soar. The duo have had success together in the past, but with both older and wiser this project feels perplexingly both refined and extravagant in equal measure.

The ten tracks sprawl over nearly a full hour but the album never lags, with each track adding something meaningful to the overarching masterpiece. Going back to that earlier question, there is certainly plenty for fans to sink their teeth into. Each listen will highlight new textures and moments of majesty.

Ten minute opera ‘Sonata (Immortal Beloved)’ brings the record to a powerful conclusion and acts as the final course of a mighty feast cooked up by Dickinson and co. The long wait for a solo expedition has been proven worthwhile and Dickinson proves that even at this late stage of his career he can still astonish!

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