New Year Ninety 2018 – 80 to 71

For those new to the annual New Year Ninety – every two hours and two minutes on the 1st of January from 05:05 until 23:23 UTC a section of the chart is published, a chart based on the Readership activity on the associated sites over the year – resulting in the Ninety bands.

Steve Schuster - New Year Ninety 2018

Steve Schuster

Whilst reflective of you as a reader of the site, it is, as you will note, not a chart in which anyone is able to vote, rather calculated on various algorithms, which do take in to account whether a band has only been featured first in December as opposed to in January or earlier, amongst other factors. This is intended to make the chart a more genuine representation of the readership and based on actual events, not who is the band with the most active fanbase… from  80 – 71…

80. 40 Shillings On The Drum (England)

Beggars Who Believe – EP – 40 Shillings on the Drum is available on iTunes.*

79. White Ape (England)

Ape! – EP – White Ape is available on iTunes.*

78. Lord Willing (USA)

You Got a Hold on Me – Single – Lord Willing is available on iTunes.*

77. L-Space (Scotland)

Aloe – Single – L-Space is available on iTunes.

76. The Pistol Mystics (USA)

Ammunition is available on bandcamp.

75. Steve Schuster (USA)

74. Bruno Major (England)

A Song for Every Moon – Bruno Major is available on iTunes.*

73. CNGRTS (Germany)

A Fall From Grace is available on bandcamp.

72. Nemra (Armenia)

71. Elisa Money (USA)

The Seed – EP – Elisa Money is available on iTunes.*

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40 Shillings On The Drum – Beggars Who Believe – LP Review

The English celtic-rock sextet 40 Shillings On The Drum released the LP Beggars Who Believe on the 25th of August.

40 Shillings On The Drum

40 Shillings On The Drum

Prior to heading anywhere near the play button – do have plenty of space in which to dance and ensure you turned up the volume.

As regular readers know when a fiddle comes to fore and takes leading role I am likely to be best amused and the opening track Ode To Old Reilly is by necessity my pick of the release.

The second piece Beggars On The Street doesn’t let the side down either with agit roots of societal inequality taking centre stage with a blistering track of forment reflecting of a country in which 25% of families have less than £100 available to spend at any one moment in time and even of those other 74% with a few more pennies available – the average debt (excluding housing mortgage) is approaching £20 000 such is the disconnect between the theoretic of socio-capitalism and its reality other than for the 1% – hence that missing digit.

Just because I haven’t selected an audio to run alongside the third song Brighton Belle doesn’t mean things have gone downhill – merely as you will know – no more than one in three tracks are made available for stream on an album review and as there are only six on the album and two have already been streamed it means from here on in it is only text. A less angry number as it roars around the room and minds the listener they really need to be listening to Beggars Who Believe with others, in live performance, at an unlicensed lock-in at the local.

Blind Drunk – sadly informs that we are already in to the second half of Beggars Who Believe with a track that lowers the temperature in a song to sing alongside.

The penultimate song – A Dance With Jack Ketch turns up the tempo again as a rockabilly-blues temperament skips through the eardrums and I posit that you will instinctively play this again immediately

Closing out the album is The English Coast which has another change of focus as a piano surfaces – delivering a melancholic backdrop to the ballad.

Despite all the anxiety and realities of life 40 Shilling On The Drum in Beggars Who Believe are able to reveal a roughly twenty six minutes LP that makes the listener delighted to be alive.


Beggars Who Believe – EP – 40 Shillings on the Drum is available on iTunes.*

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