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Drewvis

June 8th, 2008 · posted by jas · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

What a great name for a mini-album. Drewvis is mellow acoustic ska. The only criticism I think it warrants, is its mellow stylings don’t reach out and grab me, instead flowing over quietly. Still, this isn’t really a criticism as what more can acoustic ska really do? Saying that, ‘Fear and Self Loathing (In 7 [...]

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Flogging Molly

June 7th, 2008 · posted by jas · marked as: Live reviews · Reviews

Review by Andrew Sibley
Arriving at 7 I thought we’d be in time to catch at least some of Ill Scarlett, but as soon as we’d bought a drink we were confronted by Pepper bouncing onto the stage. They sound something like Pennywise trying to play speedy ska interspersed with some mid-paced dub, with lyrical ‘highlights’ [...]

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State Radio

May 26th, 2008 · posted by jas · marked as: Live reviews · Reviews

It’s 9.30 at the weird venue that is King’s College. I can’t shake the feeling we are on the fourth floor, and someone has just pulled the blinds back and revealed it’s still light outside. The smoke machines are making it feel like a school disco, an image shattered only by the people wandering back [...]

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Billy Bragg

March 5th, 2008 · posted by jas · marked as: Live reviews · Reviews

I had never been to the Roundhouse before tonight, and it is a beautiful venue, inside and out. Despite the tall ceiling and odd shape, the room has brilliant sound all round, and the audience experiences a closeness with the artist that isn’t possible in most venues of this size.
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip [...]

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Reel Big Fish

March 3rd, 2008 · posted by jas · marked as: Live reviews · Reviews

This show was originally scheduled at the Mean Fiddler, but was upgraded and managed to sell out its big sister venue. There was an excited buzz outside, with people of all ages, those seeing the Fish for the first time and those who could probably remember them from the first tour.
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Ettin

March 2nd, 2008 · posted by jas · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

Another new Do The Dog release, the label seems to have been furiously signing bands and releasing CDs while my back has been turned.
I haven’t heard of this lot before, apparently they’re a four piece from Sussex., and already here they are with a full-length They have a female vocalist, same as other recent Dog [...]

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All Idols Fall

March 2nd, 2008 · posted by jas · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

At the time of writing, this lot are on tour with Anti-Flag, and I expected them to be some kind of poppy punk thing in the same vein. Nope. They are heavier than that, and the guitars are a bit more prominent. The album chugs, whines and thuds along at a fair old pace and [...]

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This Is A Standoff

March 2nd, 2008 · posted by jas · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

My immediate reaction to the artwork of this CD was this was it was a Drive Thru band. Well anyone who knows who they are will probably kick me. This is a release on Household Name Records, and this lot are bits of Belvedere who have come back for another round since splitting up a [...]

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Zeeb?

March 2nd, 2008 · posted by jas · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

I had heard of these guys but never heard them until I got this CD. It’s sleazy garage rock’n’roll type stuff, and it’s not entirely my cup of tea but I quite like parts of it. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and some of the lyrics are incredibly amusing. Take track two ‘Da Hairy [...]

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Zatopeks

February 27th, 2008 · posted by jas · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

There was a time when it seemed all the Household Name bands were an unchanging entity – Adequate Seven, Lightyear, Captain Everything!, Capdown etc. would always be touring and there was a HHN ‘type’. Recently, however, the label seems to have undergone some changes with a lot of the older bands leaving or splitting up, [...]

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