The Suns

Rock-a-billy from Chester in England – yes you read that right, welcome to Liam, Jono, Rutter, Dave and John who make up The Suns and put on your blue suede shoes before you go further.

The Suns - rock-a-billy from England

The Suns

Being a music reviewer is such fun some times and here I am dancing with the keyboard as I attempt to type, thank you The Suns. But aside from my own enthusiasm – why else am I am asking you to spend a moment with a band that is so retro that Dr. Who becomes redundant?

Inside the snappy swirling tunes are compositions which rebound to 2014 – even the sardonic introduction ‘please could you consider us for a listen. we are from england and we wear black’ tells us all we need to know. Sometimes music is just for the joy of it and The Suns don’t need lengthy pomposity as to how the bass hits a demanding C minor as the lead guitar reaches a clef of D major and wow it all sounds perfect at The Albert Hall.

Take it from me – switch to your dancing feet and just dance with vivacious joy wherever you are right now.

That isn’t to say that The Suns can’t hit a note and explore the far more serious to further enthral the audience.

From the retrograde references to Sun Records and a logo demanding of a 45 rpm on a juke-box which retains that reference point – I am a fan of it, thanks The Suns for doing what you do and yes I do really have a pair of blue brothel creepers and thanks for giving them a work-out as I finally settle back to the desk.

A couple of tunes to consider and if you don’t want these to be released on vinyl – I think you are reading the wrong website.


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Matthew & Me

Matthew & Me is an alt-rock band from Totnes in England comprising Matthew BoardGrace BillingsAndrew HopperLucy Fawcett and Sam Craigan.

Matthew & Me - alt-rock from England

Matthew & Me

Burgeoning ballads are pricked by sharp barbs of rock derived influences which scores across tracks like rumbling thunder. There is no doubt that Matthew & Me are consummate song-writers with the instrumental and vocal skills to transpose the ideas aurally and provide the audience with music which entrances.

Matthew & Me deliver their sounds with a slight damper which gives the effect of rustling leaves in a breeze and regardless of the volume you play it back, there is a slightly haunting feel to the music. Possessing the ability to play with numerous inflections the quintet are able to provide the audience with a rich seam of discovery.

A new EP set for release on the 16th June – Golden Charms – is a luxuriant journey across their out-put with tracks ranging from the pugilistic to the acoustic and a welcome addition to the world of music that reflects of the 2010’s.

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MMXIII – EP – Matthew & Me is available on iTunes*

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The Talks

The Talks – ska – from Hull in England is Patrick Pretorius (Vocals / Guitars / Sax), Jody Moore (Vocals / Guitars / Keys), Iain Allen (Bass) and Richard Lovelock (Drums).

The Talks - ska from England

The Talks

The Talks are a pure delight, but reviewing ska comes at a price – time – inevitably I spend more time dancing than I do typing and when it is delivered as well as this quartet, the desire to get anywhere near a keyboard fades to a distant memory, but finally I have reached the keys. Whilst rooted in the sounds of the past the band is far more than a throwback as they have managed to add a warming glow to the sharp edged notes which gives it an even more inclusive feel.

It is the keys which have been given a new twist with a wurtlitzer effect and the saxophone is more muted whilst a rap derived vocal gives it a modernity. The Talks stay mainly with ska, but are not averse to dance-hall reggae diversions, which they deliver particularly well and it is of little surprise they are gaining an increasingly international appeal, with festival appearances across many European countries.

A new single Radio is scheduled for release on the 30th June with thoughts of an LP – Commoners, Piers, Drunks and Thieves for later in the year.


Don’t Look Behind You – Single – The Talks is available on iTunes*.

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The Hertz Complex

The Hertz Complex is an alt-rock band based in London (England), comprising Chris Keelan (Bass), Neil O’Keeffe (Vocals / Guitar), Paul Keane (Lead Guitar / Vocals) and Benjamin Balan (Drums).

The Hertz Complex - alt-rock from England

The Hertz Complex

Combining musicians from Eire and Canada ending up in Deptford in South London may sound like an unlikely tale, but therein sits The Hertz Complex. Juxtapositions of clarity and haziness flow through the material which reverberates through the room and for some bizarre reason I am craving liquorice as the warming, though slightly bitter-sweet sounds spin around my head.

The Hertz Complex have the ability to compose songs which immediately inject themselves into the veins as the lower registers rattle the blood cells whilst a dreamy flow of guitar and vocal drift the brain away in a world of its own. The quartet deliver sounds which drift slowly through the mind in a dream sequence as the lo-fi fuzz is combined with a slow progression of notes, that allows the mind to dwell on each component and enjoy it to its full.

An inauspicious – forwarded email – was my introduction and as with all forwarded emails I was somewhat ill-disposed on opening it, but I am delighted I did as the music contained within was a pure delight and the forthcoming début EP A New Habit which appears on the 14th July, that I have had the pleasure to hear, is a cracker.


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Natalie McCool

Natalie McCool from Liverpool in England is a singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Natalie McCool - Photo © Gaz Jones 2014

Natalie McCool – Photo © Gaz Jones 2014

A sparkling apodictic voice greats the listener on hitting play and in many ways that would be enough, but Natalie McCool is able to deliver songs which are steeped in thematics and emotive context. Performing songs with like-minded musicians enables the full sound to communicate with the audience.

The voice seems to hover in the air before the vibrato descends in a triumphant swirl and the mind becomes transfixed in the distinguished underlying power. Natalie McCool is able to emote the sentiments of the songs in an evocative, but not schmaltzy manner, thereby retaining the credence of the material. Having learned her craft within a band she has developed the ability to ensure all parts of the track, sum more than the individual constituents.

The natural flow of the tracks and cohesion in delivery enables Natalie to provide music that transcends usual genre preferences by those who come in contact with her work.

A new single Wind Blows Harder is scheduled for release on the 16th June.


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