The Brighton in England rock band Collisions comprises Olly SimmonsAndy TrewinSpud and Will Chapman.

Collisions - rock from England

Collisions – rock from England

The combinations of synthetics, howling guitars, driving percussion and a forceful vocal gives Collisions a fascinating space to deliver their music. Well received in live performance, their mix of mosh-pit, melody and dance-floor gives everyone something to grapple with, they equally transfer this fusion to recorded material.

There is a natural feel to the music which belies the blends of styles and one which can’t but capture attention and the longer the play, the greater the breadth and skilled delivery becomes evident.  Theory suggests that dub ‘n’ bass and metal just shouldn’t work, but like all good theories the exception proves the rule and Collisions are most definitely the exception as they deliver a sound that you just want to stay with for extended periods of play.

A few years behind them Collisions have stood their ground and it is paying off for them as higher profile gigs are coming their way and I for one look forward to hearing much more of their superbly crafted compositions.


We Know the Enemy – Single – COLLISIONS is available on iTunes*

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Shopping from London in England is the new-wave trio of Billy Easter, Andrew Milk and Rachel Aggs.

Shopping - photo by - Jenna Foxton

Shopping – photo by – Jenna Foxton

Scant guitar, strung so tightly and and compressed it hurts, as Shopping mark point into the room and it is impossible not to fall immediately into a state of rapture. The scythed syncopation reminds of a double time military march as the trio pour scorn on society around. It is through the clipped delivery that I find myself wanting to know why I didn’t have them on my playlist already, it would not be unfair to mention that I am minded of The Adverts, not that Shopping sound remotely as though they are trying to copy anything with their freshly scrubbed vigour.

Shopping are able to extract imagery of fulminating swarms which flash like massed ranks on a frenzied invective through the very brevity of the chords, which possess an icy terror that slices its way in the head. The oppressive mechanisation threshes unheeding of all trampled underfoot in a diatribic Social reportage.

The unrelenting continuums of razor-sharp six and four string guitars are equally served by an unwavering percussion as a vocal burrows like a hornet sting. For a more cohesive reflection of the world of isolated Silos in the ’10s it is hard to think of comparatives, which bizarrely marks the comprehensive inclusivity and relevance of the out-put.

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Consumer Complaints – Shopping is available on iTunes*.

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White Ape

White Ape from London in England is the rock ‘n’ roll quartet of Tommy Mack (Vocals), Jim Turner (Guitar), Mike Davies (Bass) and Olly Golding (Drums).

White Ape - Photo by Jess Drummond

White Ape – Photo by Jess Drummond

From which ever angle you approach White Ape – don’t forget your dancing feet as the scintillating reference points of ska, rock-a-billy and Morricone will sweep you on to the dance-floor.

The music cascades around the wall like a pin-ball machine bouncing the ball at obtuse angles and variable speed. The percussion / bass combine to salve the audience in frothing footsteps, whilst the guitar sings of entropy, which scatters the dancers around the room and a vocal pithily espouses of social discord.

White Ape have the ability to extrude the elements of body sway and social context to afford the listener with plenty to keep them busy, be they sedentary or flailing around the room.

A six track EP – Waiting to Say This, which I have had the pleasure of dancing with – is planned for release on the 6th through Sotones Records.

From the EP – the opening track – A Run For Gringo.

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The Art Of Amputation

The Art Of Amputation from London in England is the five piece progressive rock quintet of Freddy de Lord (Keyboards / Vocals / Saxophone), Hugh Fox (Drums), Allan Harrod (Vocals / Guitar /  Keyboards), Mark Hyden (Guitar / Vocals) and recent addition –  Tim Harrod (Vocals / Percussion) – so recent there are no images of the quintet, hence the four below.

The Art Of Amputation - Progressive-rock from England

The Art Of Amputation

Mystical and mythical pirouettes of smoke spiral towards the ceiling as The Art Of Amputation deliver their contemplative sounds. I always feel that I must finally being growing up when I find myself writing about Prog-rock as the lingering notes are so far away from three chord ’70s punk, that one gets the feeling there should be more than one word for the general concept of ‘music’.

The superbly textured eddies of calmness that define The Art Of Amputation luxuriantly float around the timpani, but there is no pretentious over-play as the quintet utilise the instruments and voices to develop the theme of the composition not confuse it and the exquisite caresses between keys and semi-electronic percussion provides the audience with harmonics that need continually replay.

Whilst not – unsurprisingly – something for my everyday playlist, when in more considered mood, I can’t think of a much finer recommendation to accompany an evening with those of artistic and musical leaning.

A new single – Distorted Pop Song is slated for release on the 17th November and is most certainly a piece of music to get to know and hold close.

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Best Friends

Best Friends is a garage rock quartet from Sheffield in England, comprising Lewis Sharman, Tom Roper, Ed Crisp and Jonny Gaymer.

Best Friends - photo by Josh Rock Photography

Best Friends – photo by Josh Rock Photography

The sheer joy of Best Friends bounces around the room with their mash-up of surfy pop and garage rock and the listener can’t help become an active participant. The quartet are able to merge psychedelic trails of smoke into lengthier pieces, equally they can play tracks which are kept short and the content shorn of adornment, both leaving the ears happy and the body leaping around the room in delight.

A hard hitting percussion keeps the material at a trot as the bass lays down solid foundations for the guitars to weave their way through the music and a sharply defined vocal completes the format. Best Friends have an effervescence and enthusiasm, which they have retained through their few years of existence that allows them to continue to surprise established fans, whilst to those coming across the music for the first time will find common ground in the sparkle that glimmers out of the sounds.

Ever touring up and down the UK Best Friends play to enthusiastic audiences, who, like the quartet just want to party. The recorded material is a little scarcer on the ground.

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Happy Anniversary / Nosebleeds – Single – Best Friends is available on iTunes*

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