The Q

The Q is Tim Vanstone (Guitar / Lead Vocals), Mike Veale (Guitar / Vocals), Dean Gifford (Bass / Vocals) and Shane Blackshaw (Drums) a Mod quartet from Gloucester in England.

The Q - mod from England

The Q

The Q are more than capable musicians who bring the modernist back into mod with their new look at an old genre. Smart, sharp and loud, the quartet have the added benefit of a top notch vocalist who rounds out the sound with a powerful and clear vocal presence.


There are far more reasons why I should dislike The Q than reasons why I would like them, particularly given three of my nemesis bands The Sex Pistols, The Jam and The Beatles are rolled into one on one of the first tracks I heard, not to mention the genre, but as I have learnt over the years, always worth taking time away coming back to it and trying some other tracks and I found a band I enjoy despite myself as they lend some gumption to powerfully delivered rock music.

Established back in 2006 to their credit they have remained intrinsically tied to the concept of being an independent band. In the earlier days of their existence they focussed more on the past and have used 2013 as a springboard to finding their own feet with a series of singles that have been launched in the four months from 1st June to 1st September that have culminated in the EP Chemical Overload and they are mid-way through a follow up EP set for early 2014.

With a new found freedom and individualism The Q should now be free to make some significant strides going forwards. My only request to the guys – please stop combining Anarchy in The UK with Going Underground and Help! to come up with Communication Breakdown (which may well have been named with a sense of irony in which case this is my favourite song of the year so far) but other than that – definitely worth getting to know, every EP has to have one song that it the weakest.

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Xander Allen & The Keys

Xander Allen & The Keys a three piece indie rock band from Bournemouth in England is Xander Allen (Vocals / Guitar), Marko Owen (Drums) and Lee Hammond (Bass).

Xander Allen & The Keys - indie rock from England

Xander Allen & The Keys

There is something I can’t quite put my finger on that reminds me of ’50s and 60’s pop rock, perhaps it is the jazz infusions, maybe it is is just the general feel, but that doesn’t mean to say that Xander Allen & The Keys sound like something from the archives, far from it, there is a freshness to it all.

Less than a year old the trio have set out their stall with hard work. Over 60 gigs and a new EP, with music that stacks up, Xander Allen & The Keys have the potential to go far. There is a mix of radio friendly material combined with solid contemporary rock, for which there is undoubtedly an audience. A tad too ‘too grown up and gentle’ for me, I am also aware that many of the readers of the website find this style to be exactly right and even with my worn out ears I can recognize quality musicianship when it rolls through the room, so even though it won’t sit on my ‘must play this today’ playlist, there is no reason why they shouldn’t sit on yours.

I most certainly do however extend my best wishes to a band who are striving as hard as possible to achieve their dream and have the compositional and playing skills to reach their goals.

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The New Infection

The New Infection is Seamus (Vocals / Guitar), James (Lead Guitar), Ben (Drums) and Jeremy (Bass) an indie-pop rock band from London in England.

The New Infection - indie pop from England

The New Infection

The New Infections add a zing to the day. I am reminded of the likes of The Shh and The YuYa with their sounds that can’t help but make everything seem better. Adding some well constructed bass line gives the material a firm foundation on which electronics and instruments jump around like spring lamb inside a framework of a well defined percussion, the vocal completes the sprightly sounds.


Judging by the opening track on their scheduled EP and comparing this to earlier material The New Infection seem to be moving to a more techno pop feel from the more instrumental focus of previous pieces. However they play it, the band have the ability to make the most out of the ideas and deliver music which lives up to the bands name as the listener can’t help but be caught up in the infectious enthusiasm and joie de vivre.

In addition to the recordings The New Infection can be found regularly playing live, typically at present in and around London, but it shouldn’t be too long before they are given the opportunity to venture further afield.

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Superfecta

Superfecta is Andy Urwin (Vocals), Danun Todd (Guitars), Junior (Drums) and  Max D Pinto (Bass) a rock band from London in England.

Superfecta - EP artwork

Superfecta – EP artwork

Well delivered spacey guitar riffs encase the classical big stage rock sounds that define Superfecta. They are also able to let the audience get out the air guitars to join in with faster anthemic rock numbers.

A couple of years behind them, the quartet have developed in to fine musicians and there is nothing to criticise about the studied output yet, as you know, it is the very fact of that flawless radio friendly delivery that I struggle to find a heart and soul which seems to have been ironed out along with all the other creases, but as always, that is just me and shouldn’t put you off as Superfecta have worked hard to get their songs sounding as they do.

They chose to spend a year focussing on rehearsal and live performance before hitting the studio this year to produce their debut EP – the eponymous four track release which came out yesterday. Even the artwork sets the tone of the considered nature of the band as this is part of a storyline as yet undisclosed.

I have much time for these guys and raise my hat to their hard work but – too ‘perfect’ or just Superfecta? Time will tell and I will leave you to be the judge.

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Audio Disease

Tom Harris (Lead Vocals), Daniel Bremner (Guitar), Luke Bradley (Bass), Josh Warby (Rhythm Guitar) and Scott Davies (Drums) from Dudley in England make up the rock band Audio Disease.

Audio Disease - rock music from England

Audio Disease

Making full use of the two guitars Audio Disease send out soaring riffs of fretwork which sits within the context of classic rock. Referencing influences from across the generations the quintet are able to offer their rapidly growing fan-base with a smart mixture of sounds that provide well considered hooks and also are able to play a more considered and thoughtful melodies.

Relatively newly out of the blocks, if their start is anything to go by, Audio Disease are set fair for a great career as a band as they demonstrate both able song-writing skills and the ability to get the most out of the tracks musically. Well defined compositions are delivered fluidly and each member of the band adds their own defining brush stroke to the overall sound.

In support of a new single that came out yesterday – Breakaway – and their May LP Contagion (which is available on iTunes*) –  they are on an extended UK tour which should see them gain an even wider audience in short order.

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