8th Dec 2013
It's the time of year that unless we are about to review X-Factor finalists from last year or the latest musician to jump on the Christmas = 'crooners album'. Not that there is anything wrong with a bit of Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra, but basically they cornered the market on this. However, after some broadband issues (i.e. none at all), here's a quick roundup of bits and pieces that I've thought worth pulling out for your collective attention:-
- Back in September we brought you news of Dearly Beloved's single She. Since then the band have put enough music together to release their album Hawk vs Pigeon and from that album comes a new track Living Proof, which is catchily attracting you over on YouTube.
- Either Southend-on-Sea band Velvet Morning are big fans of The Verve or they've taken a love for the Velvet Underground. If you hop over to Soundcloud and listen to track Paranoia I am sure the conclusion you will reach is on the latter, with all its 60s-psychedelic notions that float around.
- If indie-rock is more your scene, then Dublin band Spies might be more your wavelength. With the likes of NME, The Guardian and Fake DIY already behind this band it does seem that Spies might well be about to become a little easier to spot on your musical radar. If you want to find out what all the fuss is about, then head over to Soundcloud where single November Sun is playing.
- With d-jaysea currently checking out American band The Moth & The Flame, we can bring you news of their latest single Sorry. The track is a release from their six-track EP & and is currently melodically appearing on YouTube.
- Nearly 12 months ago now we reviewed InMe's album The Pride. Since that release InMe's Dave McPherson, Gazz Marlow and Greg McPherson have worked on new band Centiment and with February 2014 tour dates on their Facebook page, the band have placed track Zero Tolerance on Soundcloud to whet your appetite.
19th Nov 2013
An afternoon spent with d-jaysea, was somewhat sullied when d-jaysea realised that there was some editorial control here. Yes, sometimes the powers that be at Grumpyrocker towers like to take the cream from the crop, but that's not to say we don't sometimes let some worthy albums pass by unsullied by editorial hands and with that in mind d-jaysea gives us his views on David Bronson's latest album The Long Lost.
17th Nov 2013
14th Nov 2013
Is it Americana? Is it American Folk? Or is it all just music from America? Whatever is the answer, whilst I excessively listen to Lincoln Durham's Exodus of the Deemed Unrighteous and refuse to let anyone else get their hands on it, the lovely people at G Promo PR keep d-jaysea occupied with a few choice acts from their client list...read on for review on The Tillers, Kimmie Rhodes, Tony McLoughlin and Rod Picott.
12th Nov 2013
11th Nov 2013
To be honest I've forgotten when the release date for The Lonesome Southern Company's album The Big Hunt was, however, having handed it to d-jaysea to review, there was some confusion when we realised we had three copies in the office. The question is whether we all thank our stars that we have our sweaty mits on a quality album, or they'll do as coasters when the neighbours pop in....read on and d-jaysea will decide their fate.
7th Nov 2013
26th Oct 2013
Oh what's this then? A new review on Grumpyrocker....yes to misquote Mark Twain "reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated". With no excuses or flannel, here is Jimbo's review of the new Antlered Man album and thankfully for the first review for sometime is in keeping with the website's founding father(s) vision!
6th Oct 2013
Fresh from his review of Black Belt Karate and with his osteopath banning him from taking up this particular martial art, we decided to cheer Jimbo up by letting him review the debut EP from Dublin band Kid Karate.
1st Oct 2013
Steve Cradock, now there's a name to conjure with, the recognisable guitarist from Ocean Colour Scene, who also provided support for Paul Weller is now releasing his third album Travel Wild - Travel Free and d-jaysea almost snapped my hand off when the opportunity to review this album was mentioned in passing.