The Polysonic – Unstoppable – Video

The Polysonic from Reading in England have a three track release out – Collide.

The Polysonic

The Polysonic

Here is track 1 – Unstoppable.

Collide – Single – The Polysonic is available on iTunes*.

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Anas and Friends أنس عبد المؤمن

Anas and Friends from Damascus in Syria centres around Anas Abd Al-Moumen who has over the years sought to work with a variety of new musicians.


Anas and Friends أنس عبد المؤمن - rock from Syria

Anas and Friends أنس عبد المؤمن

Those of you who have got to know my politics over the years will have been expecting me to find someone in Syria to talk about.

With the breadth of musicians that the collective collaborates with there is a wide spread of material on offer, from melodic vocal masterpieces to hard rock edges. As Anas acknowledges with this disparity in vocalists and instrumentalists there is a certain problem with continuity, but given the situation in Syria at present, perhaps that uncertainty of itself creates its own significance, giving its own reflection on the local environment.

It is always a salutary lessons to the world of musicians who are unhappy with their lot, to find creators who are struggling to stay alive, never mind get the music together. Updates are somewhat sporadic as you would perhaps expect from Anas and Friends, but posted just a couple of days ago is a performance in Damascus shot in December, I will even forgive them a cover song.

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Sweet Jane

Sweet Jane is Danda (Guitar / Vocals),  Ruairi Paxton (Bass), Donagh O’Brien (Drums), Neil Paxton (Keys / Guitars / Vocals) and Conor Paxton (Guitar) a psychedelic rock band from Dublin in Ireland.

Sweet Jane - rock from Eire

Sweet Jane

You are left with the feeling Sweet Jane is the music that Hawkwind would have put together had they had a tighter reign. There is a potent chameleonic wave of tempos and sounds that drift lazily across the room, billowing progressively, to create music that completely wraps the head in its various textures.

Whilst the music is multi-layered with a range of sounds meeting the ears, it is not confusing, allowing the listener to relate to the out-put and become involved. Sweet Jane is a group of well versed musicians who handle their compositions gently, allowing the widely spaced refrains plenty of time to express themselves before blending in the next phrase, which gives the tracks fluidity and creating the over all effect of music that is emerging from smoke.

It was a few months ago that Dan, from the independent label Reekus Records, also based in Dublin, made contact, but this occasion, the slow progression from email to review suits the music well and I look forward to spending time in the future held by the soft embrace of Sweet Jane.


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Indie Music Tips #1 – Live Music

For those who know the old website – I am back on the Indie Music Tips series, which for the future will be audio posts.

Tim Whale - Indie Music Tips

Tim Whale

This is the 1st in the series as it makes sense to let the new readers catch up. Live Music, which I recorded with Francesca Baker who is involved with Shoreditch Radio as well as her own website – And So She Thinks.

After a lengthy delay – I would once again be interested in talking to people who have their perspective on ‘how to make a go of it’ for Independent musicians. If you would be interested in adding your thoughts, please drop me an email to tim @