Author: Joel Costi-Mouyia

Mr Jukes live at Manchester Academy 2 | Gig Review

For diehard fans of Bombay Bicycle Club their frontman, Jack Steadman’s latest venture as Mr Jukes may come as a surprise, swapping guitar ridden, synth induced indie anthems for brass bands, soul and jazz. Though this may polarise those of their fan base who lust for more of the same from a man whose songs coloured much of their youth, Steadman’s new journey is just as enjoyable. Speaking in an interview with Mista Jam on Radio 1 upon the release of his debut album, God First, Steadman remarked that this was “the album I was born to make” and...

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Stuck between Rock and a hard place – Think piece on the guitar, rock music and what it may have to learn from hip-hop

In a recent interview with The Spinoff, Queens of the Stone Age commented on the current status of the guitar in today’s musical climate. Their drummer, Jon Theodore, said, “It’s like guitars are going extinct in a lot of ways… It’s a new world right now, and sometimes I feel like a dinosaur but most of the time I’m just grateful that we got started before this transition started […] we’re still firmly rooted in the world of guitar”. This typified a lot of comments that I’ve recently read on the supposed decline of the guitar by the music press...

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Burning the HAUS Down at Sound Control | Interview and Review

Despite embarking on only their first ever UK headline tour, London based quintet HAUS took to the stage at Manchester’s Sound Control with a youthful energy, exuding confidence as each song flowed on to the next. Regarding the tour, lead singer Ash spoke of the different weight in expectation in comparison to being a support artist: “I think on average, support tours always go better because you have low expectations, you can have a shit show and that’ll be it.” However, when asked about their date at the London Courtyard the following day he responded more positively: “You always...

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Blaenavon Shine During Sundara Karma Support Slot at O2 Academy | A Review

The 1,200 capacity O2 Academy in Liverpool could easily seem an intimidating venue to any young support or headlining act. Today was definitely not the case. As Blaenavon walked out to rapturous applause from the near-full capacity crowd, the Hampshire-based three piece launched into an animalistic, powerful drum intro for their 2016 single ‘Hell is My Head’, with frontman Ben Gregory viscerally pounding his guitar against his torso. As the song took off they set a precedent for what was a high octane and pulsating support slot to headliners, Sundara Karma. When listening to Blaenavon on record, I’ve been...

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