The Kingsmiths

The Kingsmiths is Eddie Henley (Vocals / Guitar), Amir Taghan (Drums), Elliot Parkes (Guitar / Backing Vocals) and Ed Singer (Synth) an alt-indie band from Brighton in England.

The Kingsmiths - alt-indie from England

The Kingsmiths

Like pulling party poppers The Kingsmiths create songs with punchy punctuation, which gives the material the sound of continual capital letters emerging out of the speakers. The staccato style demands absolute precision and the quartet is able to meet the mark as required. Maths-rock is a difficult nuanced music to carry off, with it’s sharp and accurate lines, however the quartet meet the task and more than that are able to inject warmth and a sense of fun with strong use of melodies both lyrically and through the instruments.


Eighteen months into the development of the band The Kingsmiths recently released a five track EP Arms For Legs. A smartly put together piece of work, which should see them further raise their visibility, that is already growing along the South Coast with regular live performances, in addition to a couple of London gigs coming up in February.

The music has an immediate approachability in core style that is normally quite spikey for those not inculcated in the genre, which gives The Kingsmiths the ability to attract a broadly based audience.

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Will And The People

Will And The People from London in England is a world reggae outfit comprising Will RendleJim RalphsJamie Rendle and Charlie Harman.

Will And The People - World reggae from England

Will And The People

Maturity of compositions don’t deflect from the liveliness of the sounds as Will And The People, who have established a global audience with their flowing dance material that lifts the audience into a better place. A slow burning fuse was initially lit back in 2008 and it wasn’t until 2011 that the quartet were finally complete, but throughout the process of development each appearance added more to the audience base and this has continued ever since, with global tours and numerous festival appearances.

As you well know I am a sucker for the reggae off-beat and whilst Will And The People are a far better known band than most given first reviews on the site, it is the fresh enthusiasm that hasn’t been lost which makes this an outfit I think is worth drawing to your attention if you don’t know them already.

Whilst it is essential to remove all sharp objects before hitting play else you will inevitably crash into it as you dance around the room in carefree joy, underscoring the lightness of sound lays a connection with struggles worth defending that sits at the heart of the whole output.

About to set out on another couple of tours. One a UK tour Will And The People is well worth getting out to see and in all likelihood they will appear somewhere near you soon wherever you are as there is also a tour in India scheduled for April.

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Los And The Deadlines

Los And The Deadlines an alt-rock band based in London, England, is Alex LoSardo (Vocals / Guitar), Niels Bakx (Guitar), Agostino Collura (Bass) and Alberto Voglino (Drums).

Loss And The Deadlines - alt-rock from England

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Mixing elements of the disparate cultural backgrounds and musical influences Los And The Deadlines deliver a rock rooted sound with lyrics reflecting on everyday life which add a sardonic nature to the sounds.

Forming back in 2010 the line-up has undergone changes to the bass and percussion which has led to an evolution of the sound from earlier material. There remain elements of maths-rock and jazz derivatives, which are driven by a steely bass / drum combination that keeps the music driving forwards. To accommodate the evolution of the sounds a five track EP Part One: Bank was recently released, which, you will have guessed it to be followed up in due course with part two.

Los And The Deadlines, with their iconic style, do seek to challenge the listener, however, accepting the questions is a worthwhile exercise. The latest release spreads the sounds far and wide, enabling listeners to find something of attention within the material and once you have found your own personal hook the rest of Part One: Bank makes perfect sense.

A touch too grown-up for me to add to the everyday playlist, this suits well on more thoughtful days.

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Deadcuts

Deadcuts from London in England is the alt-rock quartet of Mark Keds (Vocals / Guitar), Jerome Alexandre  (Vocals / Guitar), Trevor Sharpe (Drums) and Mark McCarthy (Bass).

Deadcuts - alt-rock from England

Deadcuts

What better way to start a Sunday (as I write) than listening to music emerging from a crypt. Deadcuts combine fuzz and gloom to create sounds which coat the room in a blanket you just don’t want to leave. Well written material rebounds with echoing guitars which lean across each other, giving the sounds a sense of being touchable, whilst bass and percussion loom behind, giving the tracks their oppressive atmosphere. Vocals are delivered as-though from another dimension.


These are experienced and talented musicians who are able to portray, sonically, impressively encapsulating imagery and deliver music that is best taken in large doses. Reference points from standard bearers of the darker side of rock of decades gone by are clearly identified, but Deadcuts do not fall in to the trap of trying to recreate the past, rather bring a 21st century dimension to the compositions.

A couple of years behind them the quartet are developing a strong local following and establishing a profile, it would be deserved if 2014 found Deadcuts making larger strides and I look forward to hearing more.

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The Bordellos

The Bordellos from St. Helens in England is the agit-rock trio of Brian (Guitar / Bass /vocals), Dan (Keyboards / Bass / Guitar / Drums / Vocals) and Ant (Percussion / Harmonica / Vocals).

The Bordellos - agit-rock from England

The Bordellos

Ever focussing on issues which vex them, The Bordellos reflect a continually changing landscape in their music. Extant for many a year through various iterations, the music ever has a connectedness of vicissitude melted into lo-fi hieroglyphs.

There is much to credit a core group of musicians who can find commonality in an ever shifting paradigm of shifting sands as they peruse the inconsistencies of the world outside their window. Parallaxes of sounds drift across the room as The Bordellos expound on the issues of strife.

Sporadic releases are made available in short bursts of activity which resonate of a moment in time and the band offers a reflective snapshot of the surrounding moment.

Personally I enjoy music which is of its moment as it stands as a testament, in the same way to diary entries of currency. Which for it’s very self-reflective introspection makes it less tangible when looked at from a different lens and I will inevitably seek to offer you music from time to time which causes you a moment to conjugate.

I find The Bordellos fascinating for their very inconsistencies and hope they stay to diarise the world from  St. Helens for a long time to come.

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