Author: Charity Swales

The Horrors @ O2 Academy 2 | Gig Review

10 years on from the release of their first album ‘Strange House’ the Horror’s were back in Liverpool On Sunday, to tour their synth-tinged goth pop 5th album ‘V’. With an uproar after a last minute venue change from the main O2 Academy Room to the 500 capacity space of O2 Academy 2, the anticipation builds for the heirs of goth-gloom pop. Emerging through the smoke, kitted in black like a young Robert Smith, Faris Badwan mutters “Hello and good evening” before kicking off with the dissonant slow burner, ‘Hologram’ from new album ‘V’. The reverb ignites the whole...

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The Luka State @ The Zanzibar | Gig Review

“That rock’n’roll, it just won’t go away. It might hibernate from time to time, and sink back into the swamp.. But it’s always waiting there”, Arctic Monkeys maverick Alex Turner once infamously said at the BRIT awards. The rock icon does have a point, with the rise in popularity of genres like grime and rap, guitar music has been declining in popularity. However in Liverpool, just around the corner from the bustling clubs of Concert Square is The Zanzibar, one of the city’s most intimate live music venues. ‘This Feeling‘ is a rock’n’roll club night which tours the UK bringing exposure to some of the...

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JAWS ‘Cast’ | Single Review

JAWS have had an epic start to the year after returning from 2014 album ‘Be Slowly’ with the progressive and sonically charged offering ‘Simplicity’ and a UK tour with a sold out date at Manchester Academy. 2017 has seen the band explore mature and experimental territory, resulting in their most developed album to date. ‘Cast’ is subtly seductive with swirling guitars complemented by lead singer Conor Schofield’s beguling vocals. It’s a single of self determination, reminiscent of The Smashing Pumpkins softer work from the ‘Siamese Dream’ period. It’s a single overcoming inner turmoil and watching it fade into the past, just like...

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NME Awards Tour @ The Olympia | A Review

Last Friday the NME Awards tour rolled into the stunning surroundings of the Liverpool Olympia, to serve a palette of raucous punk rock and indie rock courtesy of some of the most promising artists in the country.   In the past the NME awards tour has been a breeding ground for some of the most established acts in the country from Arctic Monkeys to The Cribs being some notable acts to give their names to the tour. This year is no exception as the night kicks of with 17-year old prodigy Rory Wynne who unapologetically swaggers on to the...

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Rory Wynne on his stance as a ‘proper Rockstar’ and what he would choose as his Desert Island Disc | Interview

Cut Rory Wynne and he’ll bleed the same self-confident arrogance akin to The Gallagher Brothers. After singles such as on his latest EP What Would Rory Wynne Do?; this surprise release from the Stockport teenager elevates him from one of 2017’s new acts to 2017’s act to watch out for. With the same big choruses as his indie rock predecessors Catfish and The Bottlemen and the acerbic wit of early Alex Turner, there’s little doubt that he will self-fulfil his prophecy. Currently signed to Liverpool’s very own Skeleton Imprint records, Rory makes his live return to the city on the NME...

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