Street Voice Reviews – Xmas 2013

3 DAFT MONKEYS – Of Stones & Bones: 3 Daft Monkeys are an acoustic band from Cornwall who’s musical influences range from dub, punk rock right through to traditional folk music. Never heard much by them until this album came through and I bloody well love them now! ‘Of Stones & Bones’ is filled with energy from start to finish and with tracks such as ‘Agnes The Giant Killer’, ‘The Lovers Of Porthgwarra Cove’, ‘World On It’s Head’ and ‘The Pellars Of Zennor’. Oh man this is banging. If you’ve not heard 3 Daft Monkeys before you must have a listen to this album! 9/10

Self Released

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ANE BRUN – Rarities: Ane Brun has been in the music business for 10 years and celebrated it by releasing a ‘Best Of..’ album. After many requests Ane has now released an album filled with rare and unreleased material which I now have in my hands. This is a double album filled with twenty awesome tracks which I must admit surprised me as artists tend to fill these albums with fillers. Not Ane Brun though! This is top quality material! Check out tracks such as her covers of ‘Aint No Cure For Love’ and ‘She Belongs To Me’ and then there’s her own tracks such as ‘Daring To Love’ and ‘Orphan Girl’, If you’ve not heard of Ane Brun before then this album is excellent place to start! 9/10

Balloon Ranger Recordings

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BIG SEXY NOISE – Collision Course / Trust The Witch: This super group consists of Lydia Lunch, James Johnston and Ian White of Gallon Drunk. This double CD consists of their live album as well as live show recorded in Italy. Both discs contain high quality and energy filled music from start to finish. It’s times like this that I’m glad I enjoy music so much. It was a sheer pleasure hearing Lydia Lunch and Co delivering some great music. 8/10

MVD Audio

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CAPITAL LETTERS – Reality: Capital Letters are a new reggae band to me despite being around from the early 70’s. I’m amazed they lived so close to me too! Great album this and the songs sound so fresh despite being around since the early 80’s. The trick here was to use un-mixed tapes which gave the production team scope to put out something new and fresh sounding. The tracks here have been given first class treatment. I love this style of reggae and the vibe feels so good! It’s great to see this album being released in several formats too! Tracks that really did it for me were ‘Reality’, ‘Dub Dance’, ‘No Jobs’ and ‘Love The Dub’. Enjoy this release! 9/10

Reggae Archive Records

Release Date: 10th February 2014

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COSMIC PSYCHOS – Blokes You Can Trust DVD: I haven’t heard these guys in years. In fact it’s got to have been around 20 years since I last saw anything about the Cosmic Psychos. It was great to find this DVD in the letterbox when I came home a couple of weeks back. This DVD tells the story about the band which is a great one as they’ve spent years touring the world and releasing records which I have to try and track down now! As well as interviews with the band there’s also interviews with the likes of Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Mudhoney to name but a few. This is certainly worth picking up if you’re a fan of the band or just a fan of independent music. Made my day watching this! 8/10

MVD Visual

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DAVID ROTHERAY – Answer Ballads: Most people will know David Rotheray from the Beautiful South and he’s back with a pretty cool ballads album which is simply great. The vocals are made up from a number of vocalists including the likes of Lisa Knapp, Kathryn Williams and Mary Coughlan to name but a few! This release is certainly worth picking up as every track has it’s own identity and the order they sit makes this album flow so well! 8/10

Navigator Records

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ELECTRIC WOODLAND – Potrero: If you’re into bands like the Doors and Queens Of The Stone Age then you’ll love this Norwegian act who deliver high quality and entertaining rock music. Tracks such as ‘Heavy Eyes’, ‘Have You Seen My Baby’ and ‘Dog Without A Bone’ will really draw you into the band and that can only be a good thing. I’m surprised these guys aren’t more well known as their music is be crafted to a fine art. I wished more bands would take their time to develop as fools who rush in don’t usually stay around too long. Electric Woodland will hopefully be around for a long time to come! In the meantime enjoy this album! 8.5/10

Snaxville Recordings

Release Date: 9th December 2013

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FALLING RED – Empire Of The Damned: Falling Red are another new band that has brought pleasure to my ears and I can safely say if you have a thirst for sleaze rock then you’re going to love this band. It’s great to see socially aware lyrics being brought into this scene to make people think! It’s a safe bet to say Falling Red take no prisoners with this album and with tracks such as ‘The Devil You Know’, ‘We Escaped A Cult’ and ‘Empire Of The Damned’ they’re going to go far! Not only do you get a great album both lyrically and musically but it also comes well packaged too! Falling Red are a band that should be on your list to check out! 9/10

Self Released

Release Date: 27th January 2014

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HEAVEN ASUNDER – Among The Damned: Not usually a fan of this style of metal but I must admit Heaven Asunder grabbed my attention and now they have a new fan. They play a style of metal similar to the likes of Bullet For My Valentine and their standard of playing is second to none. Tracks such as ‘Shallow Graves’, ‘And Their Broken Soul’ and ‘Lest We Be Scattered’ blew the cobwebs away from the speakers. Brilliant stuff! Their bassist and guitarists really added to this release. Top performances! Great production too! Well played here guys! 8/10

Self Released

Release Date: 6th January 2014

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KATSUO – Creators: This is an interesting release which is the creation of Alex Larkman who manages to merge and number of music genres from electronica to dubstep and rock. On reading the press sheet I didn’t think it would work but this guy is good! All five tracks are worthy of a listen as they show that music shouldn’t be so predictable like so many acts around today. If you’re looking for something different then maybe you should give this artist a listen. 8/10

Super Happy Records

Release Date: 20th January 2014

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MENACE – Too Many Punks Are Dead: This was originally released on the Menace’s own label back in 2011 but has now been given the re-issue treatment by Rebel Sound. What do I think? While the sound doesn’t compare to Menace back in the early days the album isn’t bad though! There’s still some good tunes and lyrics but it’s the energy at times that is lacking. Tracks such as ‘Thank God I’m An Atheist’, ‘Too Many Punks Are Dead’, ‘United’ and ‘Get Out There’ great and had me jumping about. It was great to hear Menace once again. 7/10

Rebel Sound Music

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MY FAVOURITE RUNNER UP – Crossroads: I wasn’t going to review this album until 2014 but I can’t keep silent that long! For a young band this album is the nuts. It’s one of the best releases I’ve heard all year! Pop Punk inspired by Jimmy Eats World and New Found Glory is what you get throughout this eleven track album. Every track is enjoyable and it’s one those albums you can get easily addicted too! Favourite tracks for me we ‘Light a Fire’, ‘Never Again’ and ‘Better Without You’ but I’m sure you’ll find you own favourites. Killer tunes and killer vocals – What more could you possibly want from an album? 9.5/10

Self Released

Release Date: 17th February 2014

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NICK BURBRIDGE – Anticlockwise….The Best of McDermott’s 2 Hours: Nick Burbridge the folk-punk songwriter/poet behind legendary Brighton band ‘McDermott’s 2 Hours’ has recently signed to ‘On The Fiddle’ the label owned by the Levellers. To celebrate this Nick has hand-picked 14 tracks from his long and varied career which you’ll find on this album. Tracks include ‘Dirty Davy’, ‘World Turned Upside Down, ‘Tod The Ranter’ and ‘All In Your Name’. Lots of great folk-punk tunes to get your dancing shoes out! Can’t wait for the new album but this compilation will make up for the wait! 9/10

On The Fiddle Recordings

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RHODA MAY – Sessions: I’m not a fan of instrumentals. I find they have no soul so Rhoda May are lost on me. I can see what they’re doing but this is the kind of record for technical musicians to drool over similar people’s way of playing. Have you noticed all these style of releases tend to be of the progressive rock genre? These guys can play though and that’s what I don’t understand why they didn’t add vocals to give their songs more feeling. There’s 6 tracks on this release but none did it for me! 5/10

Self Released

Release Date: 6th January 2014

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RORY GALLAGHER – Kick Back City: Sony have come up trumps here with a great package that incorporates crime novel music from the great Rory Gallagher with a novel by Ian Rankin. If that wasn’t enough Ian Rankin’s book ‘The Lie Factory’ is narrated by Aidan Quinn. It all comes together in a neatly laid out package. This is awesome. It’s great to see both live and studio music by Rory Gallagher. What a talented guy! If you’re a fan of Rory Gallagher or Ian Rankin then this package is just for you! 8/10

Sony Music

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SPIRYTUS – The Fundamentals EP: If you’re looking for a groove metal sound laying somewhere between Faith No More and Korn then maybe you ought to check these guys out. The eight tracks being offered on this EP are certainly worthy of being heard especially ‘Fundamentals’, ‘Mandem’ and ‘Patient Of A Saint’. Some hard hitting stuff here from start to finish, Miss out at your peril! 7.5/10

Self Released

Release Date: 6th January 2014

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VITRIOLIC RESPONSE – Follow The Herd….An Alternative To Fucking What E.P: Another new band to me. Not my thing really but they’re good at what they do and that’s what counts right? If you’re into crust/thrashy punk then you’ll be in for a treat here with the five tracks on offer. Opening up with ‘Follow The Herd’ will blow your face off then it gets harder with tracks such as ‘Society’ and ‘Tides Will Turn’. Certainly one of the better bands on the scene who play this style of music. Check ’em out! 7/10

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V/A – Cashing In On Xmas Vol 5: This is the latest festive album to be released by Black Hole records and it isn’t bad too! Like most compilations there’s plenty of good tunes on here and there’s a couple of duff tunes too! There’s 19 tracks from the likes of Evil Conduct, Hooligan (Dublin), Immoral Discipline and Splodge. The CD version contains a couple more bonus tracks. It’s a record to get the punk rock party going so why not support this cool release this Xmas? 8/10

Black Hole Records

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