Team Member – Alan Poole
The Release – ‘Bones’ by Skinny Milk (Selected Video)
Not an album this week but the ‘Bones’ EP by Skinny Milk. Saw these guys Friday and they were awesome.
Team Member – Andy Murphy
The Release – ‘First And Last And Always’ by Sisters Of Mercy (Selected Video)
After Bauhaus last week the Gothic theme continues. With Wayne Hussey coming to East Sussex (Blackmarket VIP, Hastings on 1/9) as part of his ‘Salad Daze’ Tour, I thought I would revisit his early career and listen to ‘First And Last And Always’ by Sisters Of Mercy. I’d actually forgotten how good this album is and now I’m raring to go on Sunday.
Team Member – Cris Watkins
The Release – ‘Kill Your Friends’ by Bitch Queens (Selected Video)
This week – Bitch Queens – ‘Kill Your Friends’. Pure dirty rock ‘n’ Roll brilliance from Bitch Queens! My driving album of the week! Check Out ‘Gimme A Kiss’, ‘Lick It (Like You Like It)’ and ‘That Girl’.
Team Member – David McLean
The Release – ‘Sweet Princess’ by Dry Cleaning (Selected Video)
This week ‘Sweet Princess’ by Dry Cleaning. Lots of talk about B-52s or Tom Tom Club in reviews but people of a certain age (such as me!) will recognize the Au Pairs sound from 1980.
Team Member – Guy Ramone
The Release – ‘In The Middle Of Nowhere’ by The Silver Shine (Selected Video)
This week’s selection is ‘The Middle Of Nowhere’ by The Silver Shine. Hungarian rockabilly …groovy!
Team Member – Ian Bourn
The Release – ‘Quadrophenia’ by The Who (Selected Video)
Its got to be – it was on before I went and on after. The place to be on Saturday was ‘Quadrophenia Live’ at Concorde 2 – a run thru to refresh my memory of the songs. A cracking album from The Who. Met up with some of the stars in the film and so the album has been on since!
Team Member – Jan Hinchy
The Release – ‘Snare’ by Battery Operated Orchestra (Selected Video)
Having witnessed a great set by Battery Operated Orchestra at the Green Door Store last week, I completed my BOO albums by purchasing their last album ‘Snare’, which has an intriguing sky drama theme to it.
Team Member – Mark Kelly
The Release – ‘Ramones’ by Ramones (Selected Video)
This week’s selection is the Ramones’ debut album. It provided a blueprint for punk and an antidote to the likes of Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes’ ‘Tales From Topographic Oceans’.
Team Member – Mark Kite
The Release – ‘Cause & Effect’ by Chaos 8 (Selected Video)
My album this week has been ‘Cause & Effect’ by Chaos 8. The sound of this band takes you by surprise the first time you hear them. The very first track ‘4 Minutes’, sets the scene for a truly brilliant album. Beki Straughan on vocals is incredible. You find yourself deep in the music thinking about influences that have brought about the deep dark sound. Killing Joke come to mind but with a real twist. Hard driven guitar, haunting melodic synth and razor sharp lyrics, is how I would describe this offering from 2016. I really want to see this band live, so it looks like a trip up North for me. This needs to be played loud. Enjoy!
Team Member – Martin J Fuller
The Release – ‘The Dandy Warhols’ by The Capitol Years 1995-2007 (Selected Video)
A compilation of their time on the Capitol record label by the American Indie-rock greats which features loads of their top hits including ‘Everyday Should Be A Holiday’, ‘Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth’ and ‘Bohemian Like You’ to name but a few.
Team Member – Michael Hundertmark
The Release – ‘Requiem’ by Goat (Selected Video)
Goat ‘Requiem’. A great record on rocket recordings label with an off beat, afro- funk influenced sound. A Swedish band with a unique experimental psychedelic sound. During live performances they fair elaborate masks and costumes.
Team Member – Nick Linazasoro
The Release – ‘Electrical Language (Independent British Synth Pop 78-84)’ by Various Artists (Selected Video)
Sometimes you come across a release that is absolutely awesome and you know that it’s going to be treasured for decades. ‘Electrical Language (Independent British Synth Pop 78-84)’ is most certainly one of these. I have been a synth pop fan right from the very beginning and I have to honestly say that there are a number of tunes on this compilation that simply passed me by. Such is the obscurity of a number tracks that this makes the release almost a fresh sound to my ears. There are thankfully only half a dozen well known tunes here, which signifies that this 80 track compilation is far from a rehash. Definitely one of the best albums of 2019 so far!
Team Member – Nick Tutt
The Release – ‘John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett’ by John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett (Selected Video)
This week’s selection is the self-titled in 1997 album by John Otway & WIld Willy Barrett. It makes me feel ‘Really Free’.
Team Member – Rachel Griffin
The Release – ‘Bennett Wilson Poole’ by Bennett Wilson Poole (Selected Video)
Bennett Wilson Poole’s self titled 1st album is great, lots of jangly, earworm self-penned tracks. BWP are Robin Bennett (Dreaming Spires), Danny Wilson (Grand Drive & Danny & The Champs) and Tony Poole (Starry Eyed and Laughing). Looking forward to album 2 shortly.
Team Member – Richie Nice
The Release – ‘Braindrops’ by Tropical F*ck Storm (Selected Video)
I was drawn to this Melbourne band’s latest release by the edgy name and its neon pink vinyl. It’s a challenging listen, but a bit of a grower, with a languid rapped vocal over the sound of guitars being pushed to their limits.
Team Member – Sara-Louise Bowrey
The Release – ‘Satis Factory’ by Mattiel (Selected Video)
Satis Factory by Mattiel. ‘Food for thought’ is on heavy rotation on 6Music and drew me in. understated rock’n’roll with witty observations and experimental landscapes.
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