The Tommy Drums

The Tommy Drums an alt-indie rock band from Cheltenham in England is Sam Jones (Vocals / Rhythm Guitar), Jamie Cairney (Lead Guitar), Fraser Hopkins (Bass) and Jack Quance (Drums).

The Tommy Drums - alt-indie from England

The Tommy Drums

A delightful sound emanates around the room, permeating every nook and cranny as The Tommy Drums deliver their angst riven material. What I particularly enjoy about the quartet is the way they control the delivery speed, which must have been tempting to hurtle like the hare passing the starting gates at a greyhound night of racing.

By controlling the pace The Tommy Drums provide space for the well composed songs to gain traction, leaving the listener captured both in the melodies and moment. That isn’t to say they can’t harry along the music, where appropriate, and the audience is left in no doubt this is a band with much potential to travel far.

Whilst deploying the two guitars to give the tracks more solidity The Tommy Drums do not ignore the bass / percussion spine of the sound that are equally given room to be heard over which rings a well suited vocal.

I was looking forward to spending a few more hours listening to the music, but sadly so far the repertoire doesn’t extend that long, I look forward to when it does.

So, having commented how I particularly like the tempered measure, here is one of The Tommy Drums faster songs….

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The endgame

The Endgame from Durham in England is the independent rock band of Sarah Tyler (Lead vocals / Guitar / Percussion), Dave Hay (Guitar), Guy Millen (Bass) and Chris Johnson (Drums / Backing vocals).

The Endgame - alt rock from England

The Endgame

Reminding of Chrissie Hind as Sarah sings, how could I not be engaged? What more should I say? Oh Ok – you insist… When you are as engaged in the voice it easy to forget the backdrop, but The endgame offer something in to which wrap the ears.

The quartet define their sounds in an equilibrium of despair and hope as the music resonates around the room in a calming sense of gloom. Delightful caresses of bass kiss the cheeks as from above pierces the guitars which sway rhythmically and in the ether lays a sympathetic percussion. It is the backward compositions which raise The endgame above the parapet to the minds eye.

Effortlessly the band marks a differentiation as the music offers to the listener a sound that clocks naturally, whilst they forgo simplistic connectivity in the weaving sounds that engage the audience.

I have had the pleasure of taking a listen to the eleven track debut LP Shifting Circles and already this hits my – must get back to this – playlist.


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Indian Summer

Indian Summer an alt-rock quartet from Coventry in England is Nathan Wood (Guitar / Vocals), Benjamin Scott (Guitar / Vocals / Synth), Tim Hegan (Bass) and Sam White (Drums).

Indian Summer - alt-rock from England

Indian Summer

Shimmers of shoegaze feed through the guitars as Indian Summer deliver music which lives up to the band name, somewhat mournful, yet with that lightness of late autumn sunshine. Formed mid 2013 the quartet recorded an eponymous five track EP in December that they have released as a pay as you like download on bandcamp in which they explore some of the different influences of the players.

The quiet backdrop of electronics adds a warmth to their sound which would otherwise sound quite sharp to the ears as they tighten the strings and voices to the higher registers. As you know, being a fan of stretched bass, it sits at the opposite end of the fret to my personal taste, nonetheless no less the engaging for it.

Indian Summer have made a fine start and have the ability to write tunes with catching melodies, whilst having a depth of emotional context and I would anticipate that with more experience and confidence they will be releasing material which snares a broad international appeal.

My choice of track for the introduction to Indian Summer is unsurprisingly one in which they allow the bass and percussion to rumble a little.


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The Greeting Committee

Greeting Committee from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in England is the psychedelic quintet of Sean Hanson, Jon CorbettJohn Cardill, John Duggan and Woodtits.

The Greeting Committee - Psychedelia from England

The Greeting Committee

It was only last month that I first came across The Greeting Committee through a video posted by End Of The Trail Records, however I did want to get a full review written as soon as possible.

The music imperceptibly wafts across the room as otiose guitar notes drift gently across the room, dreamily filling the head with kaleidoscopes of  colour. The band combine references to a version of slow-motion Brit-pop and ’70s psychotropics to provide the listener with an intriguing third eye of sound that melts inside the ears.

The unhurried delivery enables the audience plenty of time to saviour the individual components of the tracks, without it ever becoming funereal as inside the seeming torpor The Greeting Committee are busy delivering layers of texture and activity. Their relaxing stance makes for a comfortable space in which to lay as a haven to the freneticism of much of the current music around.

With four years experience behind them, The Greeting Committee deserve a far broader audience than thus far achieved, which is perhaps due on the main to their scarcity of releases.


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Senopia, based in London – England , is Pia B (Vocals), Andrew B (Bass / Guitar / Programming / Vocals), David H (Drums) and Rich W (Guitar) an electro-rock band comprising members from Finland, Austria and England.

Senopia - electro-rock from England


Electro-rock when in the hands of skilled creators can be a stunning space in which to spend time and the fact that I am writing about Senopia is a clue to my thoughts. Combining ability with a breadth of cultural influences enables the quartet to offer music with a broad wingspan.

The combinations of synthetic sounds and instrumentation gives the quartet an ethereal outline within which the compositions form solid blocks of being which flash across the brain. Another band to spend considerable time to allow the music to soak the brain. Senopia are able to portray their ideas inside tracks which never extend beyond their welcome, though flood the audience in considered deliberations.

For a moment of tranquillity the quartet offer an enticing spa in which to unwind as the smoke wafts around the room. My only surpise being that after nearly four years their profile remains subsumed. One can only hope that their debut LP Modern Squalor which came out yesterday will raise that profile to a far wider audience.


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