Album of the Year. Trouble Pilgrims ‘Dark Shadows and Rust’

        Dublin 1976-’77. Bleak, uncompromising and unpromising. The price for looking even a little bit different is getting your head kicked in. Conform, conform, conform was the motto of the time. A motto so ingrained in us that it didn’t have to be spoken out loud. Then came the early angry shouts … Continue reading Album of the Year. Trouble Pilgrims ‘Dark Shadows and Rust’

Quicksand – Interiors

Quicksand Interiors Epitaph So let’s pretend you’ve read a review I’ve written before. You know I place emphasis on memories. I pay homage to an Irish era that was discovering the rest of the world. An ireland pre Celtic tiger. An ireland where our nations confidence was only starting to build. The grey streets were … Continue reading Quicksand – Interiors

Angelic Upstarts – Bullingdon Bastards

Angelic upstarts Bullingdon bastards Boss Tuneage Like any angelic upstarts record this is not just music. It’s a reflection of society and a request for those not happy to do something about it. Musically it’s sing along mid tempo punk rock but the upstarts are still trying to smash the system. Or, failing that, those … Continue reading Angelic Upstarts – Bullingdon Bastards

Bear Trade – Silent Unspeakable

Bear Trade Silent unspeakable Dead broke records "Please raise a glass and speak well of me when I'm gone " sings Greg robson on the opening track to bear trades third album. Well I'm not going to wait and I will continue to speak well of Greg and his band as long as those lungs … Continue reading Bear Trade – Silent Unspeakable

Mystic Inane – EP’s of M/I

It's very rare that a record label gets a description incorrect of one of its bands.  They know them best, theiy know their secret likes and all that goes into the wiritng of their songs.  So when their record label, lavidaesunmus, describe Mystic Inane as "Freaked out FLIPPER meets RUDIMENTARY PENI acid punk from New … Continue reading Mystic Inane – EP’s of M/I

Anxiety -new record

Anxiety, from Glasgow, have been on the go for a year. It is punk rock that would have found a home on the same bill as a band like Amebix but without the fear. There is an unease, almost anxious feel to some of the songs. They are ready to atttack you in a way … Continue reading Anxiety -new record

Album of the Week – Membranes Dark Matter

The Membranes Dark Matter / Dark Energy Cherry Red   Dark brooding atmospheric noise pop from the membranes 25 years since their last release. They have lost none of their manic soundscape or youthful abandon even if they have been unable to halt time and regain their youth. As singer John Robb sings "I am … Continue reading Album of the Week – Membranes Dark Matter

Roughneck Riot – Out of anger

Roughneck Riot Out Of Anger TNS Records Have you ever been in a situation where you are party to a conversation and just can't hold back on giving the punchline? Or butting in where you shouldn't? Are you one of those who can just let the story flow, hold your peace and come in a … Continue reading Roughneck Riot – Out of anger

Cannibales and Vahines – Songs For a Free Body

Cannibales and Vahines Songs For a Free Body Freddy Morezon Productions All We Want is that which makes us less than free should stop now Since leaving the Ex as its lead singer and troubador GW Sok has been as busy as ever. His artisitic output continues to grow as he collaborates with many around … Continue reading Cannibales and Vahines – Songs For a Free Body

Hard Skin – We’re the Fucking Business

Hard Skin We're the Fucking Business JT Classics http://jtclassics.co.uk/product.php?id_product=142   So many football teams have them - players that don't pull their weight but seem to get away with it. Workplaces have them, people that turn up but do little and yet the bosses love them Hard Skin are that player, that workmate. They are … Continue reading Hard Skin – We’re the Fucking Business