[VIDEO] Craig Taylor-Broad unveils video for ‘lying’

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Cornwall-based solo artist Craig Taylor-Broad has unveiled a new video. This is for his track ‘lying’, and you can watch this below.

Taylor-Broad says that this song is about “fighting with mental health. It’s about depression, sadness, and isolation. Most importantly it is about your loved ones, pretending to them that you are happy, and essentially living a lie in order to make others happy.”

The song features melodic guitar picking and a desperate sounding vocal, before things become much more brash and frantic as the video begins to picture Craig’s friend walk towards the cold October sea in a home video style. Following this destructive moment, sombre picking then returns for the culmination of the track.

‘lying’ will, at some stage, feature on a currently unnamed album.

In January, we reviewed his ‘Suicide Song EP’ release, a three-track selection which also saw Craig face up to his mental health demons through the medium of music. You can read that review here

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[NON-NEWS] Hot Chip’s Al Doyle responds to Noel Gallagher’s jibe

In a recent inteview, Noel Gallagher let rip at yet more musical targets; this time it was the turn of Foals and Hot Chip to face his cutting Manc tongue. He also stuck the boot into Radiohead but that is probably even less news-worthy than this post.

He said: “You’re not seriously telling me that anyone is going to be listening to Foals in 12 years. Is anybody going to be fucking begging for Hot Chip to get back together in 22 years? I don’t fucking think so.”

Upon hearing this, Hot Chip’s Al Doyle unleashed a barrage of tweets in response to Noel’s jibe.

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It certainly is a box ticked, as Noel has fired off his fair share of insults over the years. In this very interview, he also said of One Direction: “Cocksuckers, all of them in rehab by the time they’re 30.”

In 2008, he said: “I feel sorry for Keane. No matter how hard they try they’ll always be squares. Even if one of them started injecting heroin into his cock people would go.. Yeah but your dad was a vicar, good night.” Perhaps Hot Chip were just next on his list.

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Amusingly put, but this does seem to be Noel’s exact point. Mick Jagger is 72 and Roger Daltrey is 71, and massive numbers will still pay top whack to see The Rolling Stones and The Who live. Songs about trainers or not, it seems unlikely that Hot Chip would have that kind of staying power and mass appeal at that age. Gallagher certainly has a dim view of where music is at right now.

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Adele does seem an unusual target, what with her huge success. With wildly-directed comments like that, anyone would think Noel serves up some of these jibes just to keep his name in the limelight, regardless of substance or believing them to be true. Doyle himself, however, shows himself to be a pretty “funny dude” too – at times –  with some of the responses that followed. This one was particularly enjoyable:

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Except he wouldn’t. Hot Chip could fold now. Doyle could put down his instruments and kick back in his slippers, and then just respond to the inevitably overwhelming demand for the band to get back together in 2037, allowing him to get one over on Noel.

This next post didn’t seem that funny…

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Until the context of the view out of the window of his high end hotel room was added. Looks lovely:

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But then he went on to labour the point a little.

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I think we get it.

Doyle then got back on form, albeit due to occupying the position of a slightly sheepish cyber-rabbit caught in some headlights.

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But the good humour was soon combined with a reversion to going on and on. And on.

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The ‘mate’ stuff was funny though. Very Mark Corrigan. 

The next day, Doyle just couldn’t resist one last tweet for Noel. Anyone would think this throw-away comment (which could as easily have been for any other band on the planet who Gallagher happens to fancy using to get himself talked about a little bit more) had hit a nerve.

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Who will be next to bite the former Oasis songwriter’s bait? Ed Sheeran managed to win Noel around in a much more succinct fashion recently, after Noel had bemoaned his ability to sell out Wembley Stadium. 

Gallagher has also berated The Kaiser Chiefs in the past, saying, “They play dress-up and sit on top of an apex of meaninglessness. They don’t mean anything to anybody apart from their fucking ugly girlfriends.”

He didn’t have much time for Emeli Sande either: “Emeli Sande? That is fucking music for grannies. I don’t get it.” She responded by posting a picture to Twitter of her granny swearing, with the caption “Thanks Noel.”

To read more of Gallagher’s slurs, including some equally cutting responses from the recipients, have a look at this NME article here

[NEWS] The Stone Roses announce three summer 2016 shows


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Just when fans had probably started to resign themselves to it looking like The Stone Roses’ 2012 resurrection had been a short-lived event, the enigmatic band have emerged from the shadows and announced three big summer 2016 shows. These are:

17 Jun MANCHESTER, Etihad Stadium
18 Jun MANCHESTER, Etihad Stadium
08 July SCOTLAND, T in the Park Festival

Tickets for the two gigs at the Etihad – Manchester City Football Club’s stadium – will go on sale this Friday (November 6th) at 9.30am.

The announcement came after posters of lemons appeared in record stores all over the band’s home city of Manchester yesterday. Posters depicting the lemon, which has appeared on the band’s artwork in the past, were seen at the likes of Vinyl Revival and Close Barber’s shop. An official announcement later justified the hype built by this teaser, and tickets will no doubt be in high demand on Friday morning.

[LIVE REVIEW] The Staves w/ Gabriel Rios, Albert Hall, Manchester

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Venue: Albert Hall, Manchester
Date: 24th October 2015

For the first night of his first UK tour, Gabriel Rios could hardly have wished for a better venue to show off his vocal range. Flanked to his right by a cellist and to his left by a double bassist, Rios combined with his band brilliantly to truly show off his potential. In a crowded market for singer-songwriters, he definitely has some strong competition, but with four albums to draw from he’s certainly not lacking material. Rios’ new material, from the album ‘This Marauder’s Midnight’, formed the bulk of this brief set however, with ‘Gold’ being the standout song. Here Rios and his band’s skilled musicianship really came to the fore and the addition of a percussive beat on the body of the guitar gave the sound more cohesion. The band finished on a cover of a Spanish song, which Rios said he wishes he had written himself, the Spanish singing showing a potential way of standing out from the rest of the crowd. He departed from the stage to a warm round of applause having shown enough to make some new fans.

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It’s been 50 years since Bob Dylan caused outrage at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall with his movement away from his folk and country roots to a more electric sound. Whilst Dylan was met with shouts of “Judas” that night, the transition from acoustic to rock now seems almost commonplace in the music industry, with The Staves being one of the latest bands to change their sound.

Greeted with a huge cheer from the audience and accompanied now with four backing musicians, the band powered through their first few songs, the sisters’ voices combining brilliantly in a venue perfectly suited to such strong harmonies. ‘Blood I Bled’ and ‘Steady’ truly demonstrated the vocal range of the Watford trio, the former involving a choir-esque crescendo.

Sound issues during the following song created the first break in the gig, and the first opportunity for the band to engage with the audience. After horrendous feedback issues spoiled ‘No Me, No You, No More’, the band claimed they had “broken sound” and then asked the audience if it was safe to continue, before falling back on plan B by doing a stripped back version of the song. After transitioning into ‘Let Me Down’, as is the case on the album, the band claimed that they welcomed the sound issues as it helps rid first night nerves.

Photo Credit: Andrew Bamford

Photo Credit: Andrew Bamford

The Staves continued by mixing songs from ‘If I Was’ with material from their first album ‘Dead & Born & Grown’, the addition of violin giving them a richer sound on ‘Winter Winds’. A cover of Bombay Bicycle Club’s ‘Feel’ gave them another opportunity to show off their vocal talents, a respectful cover to one of their favourite bands.

A testament to The Staves rise to prominence was demonstrated by them discussing a previous gig at the Albert Hall, where they supported Angus and Julia Stone. Now, one year later, they were headlining a sold out show, and the run of rock-tinged songs including ‘Shining’, new song ‘Tired as Fuck’ and ‘Teeth White’ showed why they’ve made this transition so seamless.

A brief encore of ‘Eagle Song’ and ‘America’ finished the set and the band left the stage to a thunderous round of applause, the crowd truly appreciating what was a mature – and at times breathtaking – vocal performance, backed by a strong band, giving the full sound a venue of this size requires.

9/10 – Clearly the Staves haven’t forgotten their acoustic-folk roots but with the addition of a full band and more rock-based material to work from, they were able to give a nuanced and memorable performance.

By Alex Squires


[LIVE REVIEW] Lucy Rose, Academy 3, Manchester


Venue: Academy 3, Manchester
Date: 19th October 2015

Not many artists sell their own branded tea on the merch stall. Lucy Rose does, though. Fitting then, that by the time she took to the Manchester Academy 3 stage, the venue had been suitably heated up to boiling point by the night’s support artists.

Rose later championed opening acts Billie Marten and Jake Isaac as being “amazing to have on the road”, and the buzz in the brimming venue certainly owed something to them.

By the time Rose reached the intoxicating chorus of her opener ‘Like An Arrow’, it was clear why she had sold out the venue; a really strong, balanced band sound was laced by her crisp vocal on this stunning track from her second album ‘Work It Out’, which was released in July.

The jaunty ‘Cover Up’ came next, then ‘For You’, where Lucy really demonstrated the power and range of her vocals. “It feels so good to be here. It is unreal to see so many people,” she said.

‘Middle Of The Bed’ got the crowd singing and clapping along, and then Rose took to the piano for ‘Nebraska’. “Piano is very edgy for me,” she quipped, before explaining that the lyrics to this song made a lot of sense to her when she wrote them: “Being on the road is one of the most exciting things!”

The crowd indulged her again, joining in on ‘Shiver’, following which she said: “I can’t tell you how unbelievable it is to have you singing the words back. Sometimes you write in a lonely place…”

Engaging the crowd was something she seemed to feel at ease with on the night, demonstrated most memorably on the next song. Before airing ‘She’ll Move’, she said “I never go into detail on what songs are about, it’s embarrassing. But I will do here.

“I go through phases of doubting myself, of inner turmoil, and questioning whether my music is good enough. I was in one of those stages, but then I got this letter. It recharged my relationship with music.

“The person who wrote that letter is in this room right now, and they have no idea that it was them who inspired this next song. I completely and utterly dedicate this to them.” The lyrics to this one include ‘first time on your own no-one knows where you should go, s’been a hard  time’. This song, detailing her wavering confidence, was performed in fittingly heartfelt fashion.


Before the final track of the main set – the poppy ‘Our Eyes’Lucy said: “it has been a privilege to play in front of you tonight.” However, upon reappearing for the customary handful of extra songs, she blurted: “That is one of the WORST encore cheers I’ve ever had! I was shitting myself thinking ‘we’re not going to do it, they don’t want me to play!’”

This was seemingly a return of her inner doubt, but the crowd disagreed and roared her back on to perform ‘Red Face’ with a collective “of course we want you to play more!” kind of vibe. Rose then re-took to the piano for a rendition of the title track from her new album. “Thanks,” she said. “This makes me want to carry on making music for as long as I can.”

Her backing band then left the stage to allow her to perform ‘Into The Wild’ solo. In untimely fashion, her guitar started buzzing and feeding back half way through the song. She stopped, and upon confirming that the crowd could “hear that fuzz”, she looked hesitant to carry on: “Ah fuck the last song being fucked!”

But with some vocal crowd reassurance, she soldiered on through, and the onlookers clearly didn’t mind this slight technical hitch if their almighty cheer upon the climax of her finale was anything to go by. “Sorry!” she said, before flitting off the stage.

4/5 – This apology at the end of her final encore track, in tandem with her admission about the letter, forged a theme for the night: Lucy Rose’s tendency to self doubt. Her performance, in stark contrast to this, proved that such feelings are unfounded, no matter how understandable they are in a cut-throat music world.

Clean, melodic instrumentation combined with heartfelt, powerful vocals really demonstrated her talent, embodying a very enjoyable set. This was the first night of her tour, so make sure to try and catch her on the road!

[TOURS] Noel Gallagher announces six-date UK tour for April 2016

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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will play six UK arena gigs in April 2016. The dates are as follows:

Apr 21 GLASGOW, The SSE Hydro
Apr 25 LIVERPOOL, Echo Arena
Apr 27 LEEDS, First Direct Arena
Apr 29 BIRMINGHAM, Genting Arena

This tour will see Noel head out on the road again to tour his second solo album ‘Chasing Yesterday’. You can read our review of that record here.

Gallagher’s original UK run of dates, following the release of the album in March of this year, saw him play Belfast, Dublin, Nottingham, Glasgow, Manchester and London. The former Oasis songwriter will therefore tour his latest record in six different UK cities than on that first tour.

Super Furry Animals will be the support act at all six shows.

O2 Priority Tickets for these gigs will be available tomorrow from 9am.

[TOURS] Gabriel Rios to support The Staves at 10 UK shows

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Acclaimed Puerto Rican/Belgian singer-songwriter Gabriel Rios is set to support The Staves on their UK tour, which begins on Saturday 24th October in Manchester. The full set of dates are as follows:

Oct 24 MANCHESTER, Albert Hall
Oct 25 NEWCASTLE, University
Oct 26 GLASGOW, Old Fruitmarket
Oct 27 LEEDS, University Union
Nov 01 BIRMINGHAM, The Institute
Nov 03 CARDIFF, Y Plas
Nov 04 FALMOUTH, Princess Pavillion
Nov 07 BRISTOL, Colston Hall
Nov 08 BOURNEMOUTH, Old Fire Station
Nov 09 LONDON, The Roundhouse

Rios’ latest release – his fourth studio album ‘This Marauder’s Midnight’ – hit the Number 1 spot in his native Belgium, prior to the announcement that he would be the support act on this tour.

This album is made up of tracks which Rios posted up on his website, one per month, between October 2013 and October 2014.

You can watch his cover of ‘Sadness Don’t Own Me’, originally by The Staves, below… or get yourself down early to one of the shows, and see him open for the Hertfordshire folk-rock trio for yourselves!


[TOURS] Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott announce biggest headline tour to date

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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott have announced their biggest headline tour to date. The shows are listed above.

A special fan pre-sale of tickets takes place tomorrow morning (Wednesday 7th October) from 10am, and you can access that by clicking hereFans will also be able to pre-order signed copies of their forthcoming new album ‘Wisdom, Laughter and Lines’ on this link; the album is released on 23rd October.

General sale tickets will be released at 10am on Friday 9th October, available on this link

Will you be heading to a show? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter @rock_trans.

[LIVE REVIEW] The Strypes, The Ritz, Manchester


Venue: The Ritz, Manchester
Date: 26th September 2015

Some say Rock’N’Roll is dead but baby-faced Irish band The Strypes blazed onto the scene a few years ago with other ideas. Championed by Roger Daltrey, Paul Weller, Dave Grohl and Noel Gallagher, the lads currently weigh in aged between just 17 and 19. But despite their boyish appearance, at Manchester Ritz on Saturday night they looked pretty comfortable taking to the stage.

A mixed, melting-pot horde looked on: wise old-timers in their ‘60s, no doubt latching onto the blues-rock roots of The Strypes – whose influences include Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Howlin’ Wolf – stood alongside Indie-mod youngsters of similar age to the band, rife with energy and intent of their own.

The energetic set was largely geared towards showcasing the band’s new and second album ‘Little Victories’. The night’s opening track ‘Now She’s Gone’ is from that album, and featured lead guitarist Josh McClorey treating the masses to some behind-the-back guitar playing.

‘What A Shame’ – interrupted by a sound system failure – and ‘What The People Don’t See’, both from the band’s debut album ‘Snapshot’, book-ended ‘Eighty-Four’ and ‘Best Man’ from the new record, before a cover of Joe Jackson’s ‘I’m The Man’ was aired and put smiles on the faces of the onlookers.

The climax of ‘A Good Night’s Sleep And A Cab Fare home’ – very ‘AM’ era Arctic Monkeys – preceded chants of “Manchester, na na na”, which the impossibly young looking, sunglasses-clad Evan Walsh joined in with on the drums.

The next two numbers in ‘Queen Of The Half Crown’ and the intoxicating Franz Ferdinand-esque ‘Get Into It’ were the highlight songs of the night; the former featured brilliant guitar work from McClorey, and the latter sublime harmonica from frontman Ross Farrelley. Peter O’Hanlon was consistently great and engaged the crowd throughout, his wily fingers flying all over that bass fretboard with panache.

Towards the end of the main set, the introduction to ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ by The Stone Roses was teased by O’Hanlon and Walsh, a snippet which raised a big cheer on the resurrected Manchester band’s home turf; the crowd may just have thought it was about to be covered in full, but were left wanting more where that came from as the boys called it quits after a few bars. ‘Scumbag City Blues’ preceded that fine piece of audio-bait, and the shirt McClorey was sporting on the night – accompanying his backwards snapback in a distinct shift in image towards some sort of Irish Bieber-chic – bore the title of that song.

The band were demanded back onto the stage for an encore, and performed somewhat grungy renditions of ‘Kick Out The Jams’ and ‘Rollin and Tumblin’, before a fine ‘Can’t Judge a Book By Its…’ cover[squared] brought an end to proceedings, triggering O’Hanlon to duly launch himself off the stage and into a warm and recipient crowd. A check of the watch and the band were done, dusted and off stage by the strikingly early time of 9.30pm. Insert quip about them being tucked up in bed by 10.

3/5 – Nothing incredible to write home about but a solid set from what, we must remember, are still a very young band. Energetic and lively with some decent tracks and flashes of brilliance, and they have decades ahead of them yet.

[TOURS] Stereophonics add two new dates to UK tour

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Stereophonics have added two extra dates to their UK winter tour.

New shows at Liverpool Guild of Students and Nottingham Rock City now sit at the front of what has become a 12-date run. The full set of dates are as follows:

Nov 26 LIVERPOOL, Guild of Students
Nov 27 NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
Dec 04 MANCHESTER, Arena
Dec 05 LEEDS, First Direct Arena
Dec 06 NEWCASTLE, Metro Radio Arena
Dec 09 GLASGOW, SSE Hydro
Dec  11 BIRMINGHAM, Genting Arena
Dec 12 CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena
Dec 13 CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena
Dec 15 BRIGHTON, Centre
Dec 16 LONDON, The O2

This tour follows the release of the band’s new album ‘Keep The Village Alive’, which came out on 11th September.

Check out Rock Transmission’s review of the Welsh rockers’ previous album ‘Graffiti On The Train’ by clicking here


Five Reasons To Be At Reading & Leeds This Year!

Five HUGE Reasons To Be At Reading & Leeds This Year!



Wolf Alice

As one of our favourite memories from last year’s line-up, and now with a debut album ‘My Love Is Cool’ under their belt, you’d be mad to miss the spellbinding sound of Ellie Rowsell and the band piercing the NME Stage. Upgrading from last year’s spot on the Festival Republic stage, this is surely a sign of the band’s huge progression in popularity, so grab your chance to see them now before they get even bigger.



Royal Blood

It’s a no-brainer that this huge duo will produce an explosive set in the late afternoon sunshine. As they packed out the NME Stage last year, the upgrade to the Main Stage will undoubtedly provide one of the biggest memories for the 2015 festival goers. Be sure to catch them at what is probably one of their final shows following their debut album.





Frank Turner

With over ten years of gigging experience, starting from the bottom and climbing to the height of the London Olympics and Wembley Arena, AND with his sixth studio album ‘Positive Songs for Negative People’ only just released on 7th August, you’d be crazy not to choose to visit the unique folk and punk vibes of the ever-energetic Frank Turner.






After a departed bassist, a huge number one album in September, and an even bigger tour in January, why would you not treat yourself to the distinctive alt-pop sounds of Alt-J, just as the sun is setting and the festival prepares itself for Mumford & Sons. Enough said.



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‘Wilder Mind’ is out, and it blew us away. This is such an exciting chance to see the band with and without banjos, experiencing the quality new tracks and also revelling in their huge back-catalogue of music that is perfect for festivals. You will also get the chance to experience the folk-pop band’s first Reading & Leeds headline set, which will undoubtedly provide an atmosphere like no other. Surely this is something for everyone.






Looking Ahead to Reading & Leeds 2015

With August around the corner, Rock Transmission takes a look forward to the huge line-up on offer from Reading and Leeds this year.

After a sizeable Relentless Stage announcement earlier in the week, the line-up is, on paper, looking to be one of the loudest and most exciting of the year.

The headline acts The Libertines, Mumford & Sons and Metallica will ensure that each night of music concludes in the festivals’ usual explosive style. 

Here’s the Leeds poster so far, in all its glory, for you all to admire…






Those of you lucky enough to have tickets, there are some tough line-up choices ahead.

If you don’t, then never fear! Tickets can still be purchased here:

Leeds:  http://www.leedsfestival.com/information/tickets 

Reading: http://www.readingfestival.com/tickets 


[VIDEO] Noel Gallagher unveils video for ‘Lock All The Doors’

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Noel Gallagher has unveiled the video for his track ‘Lock All The Doors’. You can watch this below.

This video features clips of Noel and his High Flying Birds on tour, both live on stage and behind the scenes.

The song is from Noel’s second solo album ‘Chasing Yesterday’, which came out in February. You can read our review of that here

Another video to have been released from this latest album is for penultimate track ‘Ballad of the Mighty I’, and you can watch that one here.

At the weekend, Gallagher played at T in the Park festival in Scotland. If you missed it, you can catch up on his set courtesy of BBC iPlayer by clicking here

[NEWS] Introducing…Rival Bones

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The debate has been raging for a while now – is rock dead? The charts teem with generic dance songs one week, and are replaced the next week by yet more generic dance songs. But I can assure you that rock lives. In fact no, it doesn’t just live – it thrives. Foo Fighters are the biggest band in the world, Royal Blood are the most promising band of recent times, and now Rival Bones are set to follow in the footsteps and deliver the final resuscitating thump to the heart of rock.

Hailing from Liverpool, the duo James Whitehouse and Chris Thomason produce a sound that rock has needed for so long. It’s hard, it’s relentless, and it’s just damn good. This Friday (10th July) sees the band release their first single, ‘You Know Who You Are,’ and having listened (more times than I’m willing to admit), I can tell that they’ve got what it takes.

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And while they’ve got the sound and the dedication, it’s their talent that will propel them to dizzying heights. The riffs are as contagious as the words, and the fills and breaks are the sort to make you start pounding the desk with your fists. The only issue I have is that the world has to wait to hear it.

Rival Bones are set to tour the UK around August and already have a few gigs lined up, including a single release show with The Eyres at The Zanzibar Club. Other shows announced are:

Stockport, Romiley Beer Festival – 18th JULY
Birmingham, Roadhouse – 23rd JULY
Stockport, LIVE – 14th AUGUST
Liverpool, Magnet – 15th AUGUST
Leeds, Carpe Diem – 5th SEPTEMBER

Rival Bones are James Whitehouse (lead guitar & vocalist) and Chris Thomason (drums). Know them before your friends do.

Find them at:

Jonny Naylor

[Live Review] Liverpool Sound City 2015: Friday


In 2014, Liverpool Sound City dominated the city centre with stages everywhere; from car parks to The Kazimier. In 2015, the stages sprawled across the docklands, exposed to the elements. However, it was the warm Titanic Hotel that served as our base, for the majority of Friday. Whether it was chatting to the organisers of SXSW and Kendal Calling, or simply watching a handful of fantastic young bands perform throughout the day – including Edge Hill University’s Maybe Raglan? – The Titanic Hotel had a fantastic energy.

In a conference scene led by male voices, Viv Albertine’s recollection of the music scene in the 1970’s was invigorating. Over the course of sixty minutes, Albertine reflected heavily on her time with The Slits, and the challenges they faced. “This was the first time people had ever seen girls playing drums, bass, and guitar in their lives”, she smiled. Albertine also spoke of her later years; her time as a filmmaker and director. More poignant however, was her discussion of her role as a housewife, mother, wife and survivor of cervical cancer.

Albertine highlighted her troubles and struggles, and said that returning to The Slits in 2009 was crucial in re-discovering herself. She later released a solo album, The Vermillion Border in 2012. Flanked by filmmakers Carl Hunter and Clare Heney, Albertine wandered through the hotel, to Room 410, to sit down with us.

Hunter and Heney’s latest film project is an exploration of the history, culture and emotion of Liverpool; a collection of memories. Despite her reputation as a member of a revolutionary female punk band, she is a gentle, warm and poetic speaker. As she stares out of the window, she recalls her earlier visits to Liverpool, hanging out with Paul Rutherford and Holly Johnson – who would later form Frankie Goes To Hollywood – and playing Eric’s Bar. Her love for the city is apparent. “I could feel something,” she says, “emanating from the red bricks all over the city”.

The Beatles are synonymous with the city, and her love for the Liverpool quartet transcends music. She recalled the first time she heard ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, and realised the World was boring. To her, The Beatles were “a portal, an awakening”. Like with so many, they inspired and revolutionized the World. In particular however, her love for John Lennon is incredible. Everyone has idols, but for Albertine, Lennon shaped her completely. Opening up on her childhood, Albertine revealed, “I had no male influence. None. No father. John Lennon was that for me.” She left quite quickly with a hug, a handshake and a smile, but left us inspired. A fantastic storyteller.

Heading back downstairs, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips meandered through the waiting crowds, into the conference room. A fantastically wacky man, Coyne’s keynote speech is full of brilliant stories. His manager, Scott Booker, watches on, as Coyne takes off his torn shirt and suit jacket, revealing his tattoos. “This one here,” he says, pointing to his artwork on his ribcage, “is of Miley Cyrus’ dead dog, Floyd”. Miley Cyrus was a huge talking point, following her recent collaboration with The Flaming Lips on a re-recording of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band (1967).

The simple mention of her name, by broadcaster Dave Haslam, received mixed reaction from the audience. “Look,” Coyne began, “working with Miley isn’t that strange for us. People constantly expect something wacky from us. Look at Zaireeka (1997) , it’s a four-CD album which is meant to be played in four separate CD players simultaneously. Personally I prefer three CDs, but still, we do what we want to do.” Booker and Coyne also, rather affectionately and humorously, opened up on their relationship. “Sometimes,” Booker said, “there are times I have to tell Wayne to stop and think very carefully about something. Others, I just jump straight on-board. We trust one another’s judgement.”

Over seventy-five minutes, the Oklahoma pairing discussed everything: the origins of the space bubble, designing stages, touring in the early days and the beginnings of a new album. One of the highlights of the weekend however, came during the subsequent Q+A session. A young woman beside me was handed a microphone, and asked if Coyne could quickly improvise a song for her brother, Ian, who was a huge fan. Quickly, he managed to rhyme Ian with peeing, and let loose, to a rapturous applause.

Just as Albertine had done, Coyne and Booker kindly followed us to record some segments for Hunter and Heney’s project. Sipping wine as he walked along the docks, he was the absolute epitome of cool, with his ragged hair and his tatty suit, holes at the elbows and knees. I stood beside him, as he pushed the button for the elevator. Introducing myself, I said, “Today’s been a very strange day.” He looked at me, his jewel-covered face glistening in the light and asked why, as the elevator doors opened. Following him in, I said “I walked to the festival towayne interviewday, listening to Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002), and now I’m stood in a lift with you. I definitely didn’t expect this when I crawled out of bed today”. We hugged and laughed, before he adjusted his eye-liner in the mirrored walls.

As he sat down in the hotel room, his focus shifted from the nerdy fan in the elevator, to his current surroundings. “I don’t really remember the first time I was here,” Coyne mutters, sipping from his wine glass. “I think we might have just passed through on a tour before, but I really got to explore today”, he smiled. He, and the rest of The Flaming Lips, had embarked on a Magical Mystery Tour earlier in the day, exploring The Cavern Club, as well as the homes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon. “That was fantastic, to be surrounded by such history”, he surmised. His conversation with us took us in every possible direction. He rambled at length about his love for architecture, his experimentation, his home in Oklahoma, and his love for Britain. As we posed for photographs, I asked him a question that, as a fan, has always been in my head. “Where does this bravery to constantly experiment come from?”. He shook his head and smiled. “It’s not really bravery, it’s just who we are. We were a bunch of fucking weirdos making fucking weird music. It just so happens that some people, yourself included, love what we do.” The perfect answer. He left soon after, bragging that his hotel room was bigger than ours.

Escaping the dark corridors of The Titanic Hotel, the festival site beckoned. Thousands descended upon The Atlantic Stage to catch a glimpse of Everything Everything. Clad in what can only be described as red graduation gowns, or possibly Clark Kent’s castoffs, the Manchester-based quartet presented the Liverpudlian crowd with a great set. Frontman Jonathan Higgs seemed a little rough, raw and ragged at times, but the band came together fantastically on ‘Regret’, with beautiful, cascading vocal harmonies, and hammering drums. Mixing in songs from their upcoming album Get To Heaven (2015) was brave, but ‘Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread’ and ‘No Reptiles’ were full of power and electronic flair, and went down a treat.

Headlining the first day, The Vaccines were largely disappointing. Whilst opening song ‘Teenage Icon’ sounded great, Justin Young’s voice waxed and waned, floundering. The enigmatic ‘Dream Lover’, crackling, buzzing and whirring, was the highlight of a bland set, with even the anthemic ‘Post Break-Up Sex’ falling flat . Put simply, they looked like they weren’t having any fun, and neither were we.

[NEWS] Introducing… The Scarletts

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetSouthend four-piece The Scarletts released their new single ‘Carousel’ on 28th March, following on from the unveiling of their eponymous debut EP in August 2014.

‘Carousel’ starts off sounding a bit Inspiral Carpets, moves very much into the realms of ‘Humbug’ era Arctic Monkeys, before a more raw, grungy finale tops things off. The rumble of the drums on the verses is particularly memorable, and you can check out the video for the track here:

This video was recorded at The Railway Hotel in Southend, and filmed by Tunnel Shark Productions.

In September, the band played support to The Moons at Bush Hall in London. The Moons are led by Andy Crofts who is part of Paul Weller’s band. The Scarletts have also enjoyed shows with The Spitfires in Soho and Brighton.

The boys have more gigs upcoming, and you can check them out at the following:

11 April CAMDEN, Proud
21 April SOUTHEND, O’Neills
7 May HOXTON, Underbelly
23 May SOHO, Spice of Life
6 June CANVEY, The Haystack

The Scarletts are:

Ryan Turner (Vocals/Guitar)
Liam Dunne (Guitar/Vocals)
Billy Phelps (Bass)
Harry Clarke (Drums)

Marcus Raymond


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