Cross Wires – We Call The Shots – Audio

The début LP by the English new-wave quartet Cross Wires was first signposted last year.

Cross Wires - We Call The Shots

Cross Wires

News surfaces of the track We Call The Shots (due to be on the album) which will itself be released as a stand alone single on the 21st.

Boot your speakers across the room to ensure they are fully fired as you yank up the volume controls as to not have soundwaves which are bulging the window glass is to be approaching the output from the the wrong direction. Only thereafter worry about the ceiling height and potential damage to the fabric of the roof – as the two and a tad minutes track will have you leaping in delighted pogo with arms raised aloft.

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The Magic Es – I Just Wanted To Tell You – Audio

The English alt-rock quartet The Magic Es will be releasing the LP It Goes On on the 28th.

The Magic Es - I Just Wanted To Tell You

The Magic Es

Bearing in mind that I Just Wanted To Tell You is currently only in demo form, The Magic Es have the knack of surfacing with new material each time they feature, this being their third appearance, that makes the listener wonder – well that must be the high-point of their creativity – only to find each new song is even better, so I can only posit that It Goes On is set to be a fine album on its release.

Given their progression, even though the album potentially sets a high-bar that the audience will contemplate, ‘well its all downhill from here’. I am happy to lay a wager they will be even better after the 28th.

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The Barnum Meserve – The Summit – Audio

The English alt-rock trio The Barnum Meserve release the LP When All Is Lost on the 21st.

The Barnum Meserve

The Barnum Meserve

Eschewing the more regular structure of a lead guitar, The Barnum Meserve, replace the six stringer with keyboard to accompany Bass, Drums and Vocal to deliver a distinctiveness of sound that immediately captures attention.

From the deeply pacing bass, via the tenacity of the drums, to the dexterous and expressive vocal the audience quickly looses all sense that they are not in fact listening to a classic heavy metal outfit, yet the spaciousness afforded by the keys sets them in to an arena all of their own.

By way of an introduction, the seventh of the ten tracks on When All Is Lost – The Summit.

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When All Is Lost – The Barnum Meserve is available on iTunes.*

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Twist Helix – Pulse – Single Review

The English synth-pulse trio Twist Helix released the single Pulse on the 31st of March.

Twist Helix - Photo credit Juan Darío Marhuenda Ruiz

Twist Helix – Photo credit Juan Darío Marhuenda Ruiz

With a much darker presence than much of their material; Pulse has an industrial wrecking-ball temper to it which swings across the room creating a shadowy blackness that reflects upon the continual havoc which has been sown by wealthy oligarchs and London-centric bureaucrats upon their home town of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, in the North East of England, as it contemplates a local venue that will be known by many national and international touring bands – The Cluny, which, as a building began life as a Cotton Mill.

Pulse is a track that can equally be transposed, by you as a music fan to your own local venue that ‘matters’, where ever you are in the world, whilst property developers, like vultures, lurk awaiting for planning permission to move in and destroy gathering spaces for the non-conformists to enjoy life and get away from the grind-stone, even if only fleetingly, to resurface as a Corporate Headquarters or unaffordable housing stock.

Which similarly minds me of a nearby local authority who evicted a group of tenants, making many homeless, so they could turn the properties over to a property developer to rebuild spaces as ‘homeless accommodation’ all for a short term cashflow, whilst in the longer term being rented back by the same local authority at far higher cost than the cash injection, such is the dystopian reality of socio-capitalism.


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Diablofurs – Blue Candy Blue – Video

Diablofurs is an English new-wave band.

Diablofurs - Blue Candy Blue


Blue Candy Blue, the latest track by Diablofurs is a fuzzed garage-rock piece that the packs the room with a retro flavour which is ideally suited for an evening with friends as the three and a sixth minutes track is a party number which lifts the mood and tempts the listener on to the dance-floor.

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