Category Archives: Indie Rock

I HAVE A TRIBE-BENEATH A YELLOW TREE.

I HAVE A TRIBE-BENEATH A YELLOW TREE. Back in 2013, Patrick O’Laoghaire was a member of Slow Skies, the group he had formed with Karen Sheridan and Conal Herron in 2012. They released their debut E.P., Close in May 2013. Close was well received by critics, and a great future was forecast for the Dublin based …

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WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS-CHARLEROI: PITTSBURGH VOLUME 2.

WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS-CHARLEROI: PITTSBURGH VOLUME 2. It was Mark Twain who wrote: “write about what you know.” Many aspiring writers have taken Mark Twain’s advice, and have gone on to enjoy long and successful careers. However, Mark Twain’s quote also applies to songwriters. This includes William Fitzsimmons who has drawn upon personal experience throughout his career. …

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WHOLEWHEAT-SONGS FROM MY PARENT’S BASEMENT.

WHOLEWHEAT-SONGS FROM MY PARENT’S BASEMENT. A degree of mystery surrounds New Jersey based singer-songwriter, Wholewheat. Musically,  Brian Austin a.k.a. Wholewheat is something an enigma. Very little is known of him. However, in September 2014,  Wholewheat released his debut album Songs From My Parent’s Basement. It features songs that Wholewheat  recorded between 1995 and 2003.  Songs From …

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THE BATHERS-KELVINGROVE BABY.

THE BATHERS-KELVINGROVE BABY. January 2016  marked the comeback of  a Scottish musical institution, The Bathers. They were formed in Glasgow, in 1985, by singer, songwriter and troubled troubadour Chris Thompson and released six albums between 1987 and 1999. The Bathers fifth album was Kelvingrove Baby, a minor classic, that’s one of the finest Scottish albums ever …

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EMMA POLLOCK-IN SEARCH OF HARPERFIELD.

EMMA POLLOCK-IN SEARCH OF HARPERFIELD. Most people haven’t heard of Castle Douglas. Why should they? It’s a small market town in Dumfries and Galloway, in south-west Scotland. However, Castle Douglas has been home to some famous faces over the last 224 years. This includes a potter, politician, footballer and two rugby players. However, they’ve been …

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THE BATHERS ARE BACK, AND ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL.

THE BATHERS ARE BACK, AND ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL. Nowadays, anniversaries are a cause for celebration in music. They’re also the perfect excuse for record companies to reissue an album. Especially, if it happens to be a the twenty-fifth or thirtieth anniversary of an album’s release. This gives a record company the perfect excuse for …

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THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART ONE.

THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART ONE. As I continue my look back through 2015, we get to the best albums of 2105. Usually, I choose fifty albums. This year was such a good year for music. So much so, that I increased the list to fifty-five. The artists represented, come from all over …

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MIAOUX MIAOUX-SCHOOL OF VELOCITY-VINYL EDITION.

MIAOUX MIAOUX-SCHOOL OF VELOCITY-VINYL EDITION. Following up a critically acclaimed debut album is never easy. It never has been, and never will be. That’s why many artists labour long and hard over their sophomore album. In some cases, three years pass by. During this creative struggle, an artist is said to be suffering from second …

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ADMIRAL FALLOW-TINY REWARDS-VINYL EDITION.

ADMIRAL FALLOW-TINY REWARDS-VINYL EDITION. Often, the hardest thing about forming a new band is coming up with a name. It can be a long and tortuous process. Especially, in the internet age. A new band have to ensure the dot com address hasn’t been taken. If it has, it’s a case of starting the process …

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MOGWAI-CENTRAL BELTERS -VINYL BOX SET.

MOGWAI-CENTRAL BELTERS -VINYL BOX SET. 2015 finds post rock pioneers Mogwai celebrating their twentieth anniversary. A lot has happened in that twenty year period. Mogwai have released eight studio albums and three soundtracks. These albums have been critically acclaimed and commercially successful not just in Britain, but in America. That’s why nowadays, Mogwai are regarded …

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SWEETHEARTS OF THE PRISON RODEO-PIGS IN THE BULL RING [HUMANS LIKE BEASTS].

SWEETHEARTS OF THE PRISON RODEO-PIGS IN THE BULL RING [HUMANS LIKE BEASTS]. Concept album. These two words are guaranteed to divide opinion amongst music critics. That’s despite many classic albums falling into the category of concept albums. This has been the case for nearly fifty years. One of the first concept albums was The Beach …

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JEFF BUCKLEY-GRACE-VINYL EDITION.

JEFF BUCKLEY-GRACE-VINYL EDITION. Twenty-one years ago, Jeff Buckley released the one and only album of his career, Grace. Jeff was the son of  Tim Buckley, one of the most talented singer-songwriters of his generation. Tim could’ve and should’ve enjoyed widespread commercial success and critical acclaim. Sadly, that wasn’t to be. Having released nine albums between 1966 and …

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CHVRCHES-EVERY OPEN EYE-VINYL EDITION.

CHVRCHES-EVERY OPEN EYE-VINYL EDITION. It was 10.30pm, when there was a knock at the door. The old couple from up the stairs stood there almost embarrassedly. “Could you possibly turn it down a wee bit. We’re trying to sleep?” This actually happened to Chvrches during the recording of their new album Every Open Eye which …

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MOGWAI-CENTRAL BELTERS.

MOGWAI-CENTRAL BELTERS. 2015 finds post rock pioneers Mogwai celebrating their twentieth anniversary. A lot has happened in that twenty year period. Mogwai have released eight studio albums and three soundtracks. These albums have been critically acclaimed and commercially successful not just in Britain, but in America. That’s why nowadays, Mogwai are regarded as Scottish music’s …

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GLORIA-GEISTER.

GLORIA-GEISTER. Just two years have passed since Gloria released their eponymous debut album. Since 2013, Gloria’s star has been in the ascendancy. They’re regarded as one of the rising stars of the German music scene. However, things were very different when Klaas Heufer-Umlauf, Mark Tavassol, and Tim Schierenbeck first started making music. Back then, music …

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ASTRID WILLIAMSON-WE GO TO DREAM.

ASTRID WILLIAMSON-WE GO TO DREAM. Despite just releasing her sixth album, We Go To Dream, Astrid Williamson is still one of music’s best kept secrets. That’s despite a career that’s spanned three decades. Astrid Williamson’s career began in Glasgow, where the Shetland born singer was studying music. Astrid Williamson was born in 1971, and brought …

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ADMIRAL FALLOW-TINY REWARDS.

ADMIRAL FALLOW-TINY REWARDS. Often, the hardest thing about forming a new band is coming up with a name. It can be a long and tortuous process. Especially, in the internet age. A new band have to ensure the dot com address hasn’t been taken. If it has, it’s a case of starting the process all …

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LLOYD COLE AND THE COMMOTIONS COLLECTED RECORDINGS 1983-1989.

LLOYD COLE AND THE COMMOTIONS COLLECTED RECORDINGS 1983-1989. The Lloyd Cole and The Commotions story began in 1982, when Derby born Lloyd Cole was studying at the University of Glasgow. Twenty-one year old Lloyd Cole had moved to Glasgow to study philosophy and English. Previously, Lloyd had studied a year of law at University College …

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THE BATHERS-SWEET DECEIT.

THE BATHERS-SWEET DECEIT. Usually, the music business is quick to celebrate anniversary. Especially, a thirtieth anniversary. That usually, is a cause for celebration, and would result in a reissue of all the band’s albums.  Each album would be remastered and released in various formats. Usually, there’s lavish double albums, featuring outtakes, unreleased tracks and live …

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MIAOUX MIAOUX-SCHOOL OF VELOCITY.

MIAOUX MIAOUX-SCHOOL OF VELOCITY. Following up a critically acclaimed debut album is never easy. It never has been, and never will be. That’s why many artists labour long and hard over their sophomore album. In some cases, three years pass by. During this creative struggle, an artist is said to be suffering from second album …

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