Núria Graham – Christopher – Video

Núria Graham is an atmospheric-rock project from Spain.

Núria Graham - Birds Eyes - artwork

Núria Graham – Birds Eyes – artwork




Normally performing as a three piece Núria recently performed a solo performance show and from the LP Bird Eyes, the seventh of the ten tracks Christopher.

There is a haunting sparseness to Christopher in full rendition with a synth generating the background atmospheric of the track, in this version the vocal soaks the room with a sense of melancholia.

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Desperate Journalist – Leave Home – Video

The English alt-rock band Desperate Journalist are a regular feature on the site.

Desperate Journalist - photo by Dave Zorg

Desperate Journalist – photo by Dave Zorg

Every time I come back to Desperate Journalist, I find myself needing to go a selection of their catalogue as there is a hypnotic magnetism to their luscious sounds and Leave Home, the second of the five tracks on the Good Luck EP is no different.

Good Luck – EP – Desperate Journalist is available on iTunes.*

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Her Magic Wand – Draw A Line – Audio

The French electro-rock project Her Magic Wand release their début LP Everything At Once on the 19th of February.

Her Magic Wand - Everything At Once - artwork

Her Magic Wand – Everything At Once – artwork

From the forthcoming release Draw A Line melts into the room as the synths gradually build the dreamy composition.

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Shagging Ponies – Living on the Road – Video

Shagging Ponies the glam-rock quintet from the Netherlands are releasing their début LP – GREATEST tITS on the 6th of February.

Shagging Ponies - GREATEST tITS - artwork

Shagging Ponies – GREATEST tITS – artwork

In a world of political correctness gone wild, like a Fallopia japonica growing in the garden, it is good to stumble across musicians who are exactly what they say on the tin – and Shagging Ponies make no pretence they are in the music business to bring smiles to both the audience and themselves, which they achieve with boundless enthusiasm, humour and creative ability.




The opening track of the thirteen, Living On The Road, is one of the tamer tracks on the LP, which as a whole is probably not intended for the tender ears of the 20-somethings’ who are more used to plastic wrapping and find not being ‘on trend’ some sort of abomination and still wonder why Lady Chatterley’s Lover was ever allowed to be published but I have more faith that you, as a regular reader, appreciate the real world is one in which you are allowed to be outside the box rather than always being ‘on message’.

Flouncing out of the speakers like a prima donna seeking audience Living On The Road spins across the room to blousey guitars and frenetic percussion to which the falsetto scream adds only more pleasure before developing into a track that demonstrates the ability of the quintet to create good time rock’n’roll that will have you reaching for your own air-guitar whilst loosing foothold in a hiatus of carefree dance-steps.

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The Girl Who Cried Wolf

The Girl Who Cried Wolf from Mechelen, in Belgium, is the melancholic-rock quintet of Heleen Destuyver (Vocals / Keys), Samir Boureghda (Guitar / Keys), Michael-John Joosen (Drums / Vocals / Keys), Sofie Sweygers (Cello / Keys) and Willem Meeus (Bass / Keys).

The Girl Who Cried Wolf - melancholic-rock from Belgium

The Girl Who Cried Wolf

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the Belgian journalist Sarah Gommers, who will be writing articles from time to time predominately focussed on the Belgian, Netherlands and French scene.




A band with a special name. A name that doesn’t just expose it’s secret, one that sounds mysterious. Does it have anything to do with wolves? Or a crying woman?
Without over-analysing, or trying to discover the why behind the name of their band, it’s easy to feel it fits in a somewhat dark atmosphere, one created to bring us a message.

The Girl’, as they call themselves in short, is not a group of friends that went on the play music together. They’re musicians that found each other in their passion for music, and because of that became friends. It’s quick to notice too. Five completely different personalities that somehow fit together perfectly. Even though all five of them are pretty down to earth about the possibilities of the band: growing organically, performing, improving and releasing some CD’s. They want to capture a place in the hearts of their fans.

Thanks Sarah, your contribution is more than welcome and I, along with the readers look forward to discovering more of your introductions.

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Ruins – The Girl Who Cried Wolf is available on iTunes.*

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