Single Review: Socrates Johnson – Thunder and Enlightening

Words: Tom Walton Out Now This self styled ‘blues rock’ quartet have been hiding on the Sheffield underground for a while. But maybe now is the time for the band, with Thunder And Enlightening being a different beast to what has come before, seeing them leave behind a sound that catapulted Nessa and Bryn to … Continue reading

Single review: Bloc Party – Octopus

Words: Adam Kay Out now Ah, Bloc Party. How we’ve missed them. The London art-rockers have been on a three-year hiatus, almost splitting up in the process as members pursued their own interests. Floppy-fringed guitarist Russell Lissack joined Ash for a short time, while bassist Gordon Moakes formed the post-hardcore outfit Young Legionnaire. Singer Kele … Continue reading

EP Review: New Street Adventure – Say It Like You Mean It

Unmasked Recordings, Out Now This London soul outfit are probably one of the most exciting things coming out of London at the moment. After the release of Just The Kind Of People, which signified a change of direction for the band, they’ve grown in confidence and diversity, reaping the benefits because of it. Say It … Continue reading

Single Review: Lawson – When She Was Mine

Words: Corrina Dalby Out: 27 May Having toured with the likes of  The Wanted and Will Young, new boyband Lawson are ready to take the UK by storm with their new debut single ‘When She Was Mine’ Lawson are not your typical boyband and show much more maturity than other bands out there at the moment which makes them appealing … Continue reading

EP Review: Best Friends – Throwing Up

  With their quirky brand of indie Surf Pop, Sheffield’s Best Friends have been turning heads with their regular appearances at shows and house parties across the city. The four piece, who formed in March 2011 recently released their second EP, Throwing up on Art is Hard Records.       While self-titled debut EP … Continue reading

Single Review: Dead Sons – Room 54

Words: Tom Walton Out: June 4 Dead Sons are probably Sheffield’s most exciting band of the moment. Already holding a fearsome live reputation, latest single, Room 54, has more energy than Michael McIntyre on speed as ferocious riffs and thumping drums blow holes in the entire population of Steels City garages. It’s dynamic rock at … Continue reading

Single Review: Alvarez Kings – Cold Conscience

Words: Tom Walton Alvarez Kings have been a mainstay in Sheffield for what seems like years now but after a couple of tours and a performance here and there and SXSW, the Steel City quartet aren’t just turning heads locally. Cold Conscience, set for release on June 11, is a highly charged slice of indie … Continue reading

Single Review: The Hot Soles – Ready To Burn

Words: Tom Walton If you want to rock and roll then you’ve come to the right place. The Hot Soles have been one of the area’s most talked about bands since last year’s Tramlines and the Rotherham duo are on fine form with this new offering. Kieran Wardle’s vocals are emphatic while the blues-abilly-rock guitar … Continue reading

EP Review: In Arms – Tape 2012

EP REVIEW: IN ARMS – TAPE 2012 If you’re a musician, you very rarely look back to your teenage years of playing in bands with anything other than slight embarrassment. However, that won’t be how these 5 Sheffield lads will remember it in 10 years’ time. Don’t let their youthful appearance fool you, In Arms … Continue reading

EP Review: Blue Lip Feel – Glitterbox EP

Words & featured image: Tom Walton Blue Lip Feel – Glitterbox Despite being a relatively new Sheffield band, Blue Lip Feel have carved a reputation as one of the city’s most ferocious live acts. Glitterbox EP is their first effort since finalising the line up last November, when Conor Houston (guitar) and Sam Bywater (drums) … Continue reading