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The triumph of reaching your destination, if the land snail can do it, so can you. Ah yes music (not that I have all that much experience of making it), is an unfathomably long process, and any band that serves up two albums in a year is clearly cheating, and should consider summarising how they went about it. One of those dubious one-page PDFs you find in the pits of the internet, buried among that...

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I was first introduced to Tom when I put on his band Papayér at once rocking bar Catch (here’s the poster). They came all the way from Derby, on a train I think it was, and were astonishingly good. Catch, like most of Kingsland Road has now been reborn into a cocktail/electro bar. We have a habit of reinventing ourselves, which is healthy, and the very fact I’m being awfully nostalgic about my times sipping...

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This introduction is often saved for an apology about not finding the time to write enough. So here it is. We’ve a General Election in the UK on December 12th, and in-spite of the huge amount of Conservative populous and giant scary offshore owned ‘news’ groups, we’ve the first chance ever to elect a socialist government, with honest policies and their hearts in the right place. My fingers are crossed but nails, bitten right the...

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It’s near impossible to read anything without a mention of or an allusion to, that 6-letter word, suffix ending -it. It will always be a stupid decision. These seasonal round-ups of UK bands used to be a semi-regular thing during my enthusiastic, soup-heavy lunch-breaks writing on Zine & Not Heard (the former resting place of this blog). Keeping with the format, here’s 5 new bands from UK shores you may not have heard. With bandcamp...

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The first time I saw Mat Riviere play was perched on the floor, keyboard precariously balanced on the seat of a wooden bench, in the garden of The Windmill in Brixton. It was part of an all-dayer, and the usual deal is that, for organisers, the venue will throw you a BBQ for the bargain price of £50, punters are told to eat as much as they like, or rather can. There are no food options...

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Holding Patterns make sprawling indie-rock that is as exhilarating and direct as it is explorative. Their music dials into the deep heritage of 90s alternative rock and punk that pushed the boundaries of pop forms, subtly experimenting with structure and composition. Formed from the ashes of UK band Crash of Rhinos, Holding Patterns match the emotional drive and intricate guitar work of their previous incarnation with a greater sense of space. Dust is, in-part, inspired by...

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I am hyped, oh so very hyped for Shady Bug’s new LP Lemon Lime that will be out soon courtesy of noise-staple, Exploding in Sound Records. On ‘Make It Up’, Hannah Rainey and 3-other well dressed band flit between a sound matched to that of their label – one sometimes that become so heavy and distorted it’s borderline unsettling. Taking a sharp turn, the remainder of this song is but a lovely sub 4-minutes of jangled guitar music,...

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Nottingham’s 55 Deltic meander down the railway track with this new number out on two of the best UK labels – gorgeous, hazy tones that recall the likes of Duster, Codeine and Yo La Tengo in parts. You Could Own An American Home got its release this week on Barely Regal (one of the last few by our beloved friend Matt) and strictly no capital letters, who have a thing for trains, so this is...

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