Street Voice Reviews – December 2014

ANOTHER DEAD HERO – Dystopia: Fans of RATM, Korn and the Deftones will like this Brit metal crossover album. Another Dead Hero have put a lot into this album and it shows right from the musicianship to the production. Certainly the best metal album I’ve heard in a while and it’s good to see a band take their influences and add their own ideas to give the listener something cool to listen too! Best tracks for me include ‘Change’, ‘System’ and ‘Feed Me Your Lies’. Go on give this a listen if you’re a fan of metal! 8/10

Self Released

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AUTONOMADS – No Man’s Land: This Is a welcome re-issue of the Autonomads debut album. Cover wise you’d be mistaking this Ska band for a Crass type band. If you did you’d be so wrong! What you get for your money is a pretty hard hitting Ska-Punk-Dub album filled with great tunes . ‘No Man’s Land’ is a strong album which certainly won them a great audience across the UK. Skankin’ around the front room was the order of the day here! A politically charged album that needs to be heard. Missing out on this would be sheer madness! 8/10

Redstar73 Records

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AUTONOMADS – One Day This Will All Be Gone…Everything Now!: I believe this is the second album from this Manchester based Ska-Punk-Dub band. For me it’s their best one so far. While the debut album rocks I think this one stands out as it has a much fuller sound and the band have put so much more work into this album. With the addition of Perkie in the band has also added to the charm. Here’s an album filled with diversity and you can hear that with tracks such as ‘Conditions Of The Working Class’. ‘J.C.P.’ and ‘Breadline Britain’. Aside from having well written lyrics and great musicianship I really love the production and packaging too! The Autonmads have gone out to deliver a top album and this is sure to take them to a new level. 9/10

Redstar73 Records

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CLEAR THE AUDITORIUM – The Final Broadcast: I’m not a huge fan of electronic music but since this had a rock edge it certainly grabbed my attention. If you like bands such as Enter Shikari and Pendulum you’ll probably get off on this South Welsh band. There’s some good tracks on here though the ones that stood out for me were ‘If We Burn’ and ‘We the Danger’. Certainly a band to look out for! I just wish other bands were as imaginative. 8/10

Self Released

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DIAMOND DAYS – We’ve Come A Long Way EP: Its great hearing new bands and Diamond Days are on my list to see live. Cracking band and this EP is filled with some great pop-punk tunes. ‘Let Go’ was certainly the best track by far and caught the band at their very best. Cool guitars, a driving bass line and harmonious vocals really worked here. The other tracks aren’t far behind. ‘Rewind’ is well wicked. All round good ep. Check it out! 8/10

Self Released

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HAND – Kintsugi: I’m not a huge Prog Rock fan but I enjoyed this album as there’s lots of good tunes on here with some great twists and tunes. With the female vocals this tales the prog rock scene to a different level as that scene is pretty much male dominated. If the band are to be judged on who they sound like I’d go for a cross between Muse and Porcupine Tree. I really am enjoying what I’m hearing now. Just have a listen to the likes of ‘Level One’, ‘Volcanic Panic’ and ‘Amazing Burn’. Top tracks though the rest of the album isn’t far behind! 8/10

Brutal Elite Records

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JENN HART – Scraped Knees & Sob Stories: This is a great little DIY zine from Jenn Hart. It’s a quick read but Jenn’s words grab you and they stay in your head. There’s images that reflect the poems too! If you’re into poems that are personal, feminist leaning and for the environment then you ought to check out this zine. Super cool lady! 9/10

Self Released

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JOHNNY THUNDERS – Looking For Johnny: The Legend Of Johnny Thunders: Well you all know the know or heard the story about Mr Thunders. A mad one which involved drugs and other sad events. It’s what every young Rock N Roll band should watch so they don’t tread the same path. They can however take out the positives though which were up there with the negatives. The guy lived and breathed Rock N Roll and this is his story told by Danny Garcia the creator of this release. He travelled all over to meet the people who closest to the man himself. Lots of great stuff here from music to footage of Johnny Thunders. One DVD every Rock N Roll fan should own! 8/10

MVD Visual

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KEYSIDE STRIKE – …Back From Hell: It seems ages since Keyside Strike had done anything so this new studio album has been a much welcomed release. From the opening moments you know its Keyside Strike as these guys don’t mess around. They’re a punk equivalent of Motorhead. Keyside Strike come at you fast and hard. There’s just no messing! If only more UK bands were as good and original as these guys and we’d have a much healthier scene. No fillers on here at all. Proof of that lays with tracks such as ‘So Let It Begin’, ‘Brethren’, ‘….Back From Hell’ and ‘Whatever Did I Ever Do….To You’. There’s no other words to describe this baby as I had the Pizza Box format sent through which blew me away big time. This is just one album you really do need to hear! 9/10

Steeltown Records

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LEOPARDS – Future-State-Forever: If you like Paramore you’ll love this EP just as I did. Some great catchy tunes with amazing voice from Jenna Clare who’s voice makes this EP stand out. Going on the quality here I wish the band had released an album now as every tune is so damned tasty. Check out ‘Promise Me’ and ‘Take Control’ to understand why I love this band. The effort put into this EP is second to none. A band that had caught my attention. Please do give them support. 8/10

Self Released

Release Date: 23rd February 2015

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LIGAMENTS – Eat Pizza EP: Never heard this band before but I’m glad I’ve been sent this ep as there are some great tunes on here. If you’re into bans like Husker Du and AFI you’ll probably enjoy this offering. ‘Eat Pizza’ has four great tunes on including ‘Precinct 13’ and ‘Turn To Acid’. These tunes I really enjoyed as they are what Rock n Roll is all about! Another UK band to look out for! 8/10

Self Released

Release Date: 16th February 2015

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LOST GRAVITY – S/T: These aren’t a bad band but they need to throw a few more of their own ideas as they rely too much of other bands sounds. After playing the album three times I still have the same feeling. Fans of the Foo Fighters, Metallica and Soundgarden will probably get off on it and with tracks like ‘What Goes Around Comes Around’ and ‘Back Where You Belong’ I don’t blame them! There’s some well played music on here and vocal delivery spot on so yes well worth a punt for sure. 7.5/10

Self Released

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MATT WATSON – Grounded: Matt and I came across each via Erica Nochalls of the Wonder Stuff after I had interviewed her for Street Voice. Anyway after a brief chat Matt sent me over his album as one of the tracks featured Erica. On playing the album I wasn’t too sure about it at first but on a second play it clicked with me. Matt Watson sits somewhere in between Billy Bragg and TV Smith which will please those into the acoustic sound. Tracks such as ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Grounded’ and ‘If You Decide To Leave’ really make this album what it is. It’s an album packed with emotion. I love it! 9/10

Self Released

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NICK LOWLESS – Hope (The Story Of The Campaign That Helped Defeat The BNP): To mark the 10th birthday of Hope Not Hate this rather cool looking book has been published to mark that event. Not only that but there’s other reasons such as their determination to defeat the BNP amongst many other reasons. It’s through this political engagement that has seen thousands of people inspired to join in the struggle against fascism. In fact this is an exercise that militant Anti-Fascists could learn from. Nothing seems to have been missed out! I don’t agree with everything but Hope Not Hate does but this book is bang on the nail. 9/10

Self Released

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PERKIE – Time Machines: When I first saw Perkie play with Resolution 242 I knew there was something very special about this lady. A few years on and this album gets released that just blew me away and confirmed what I’d always said about Perkie. I suppose comparisons could be compared to a raw Lilly Allen. In fact I doubt Lilly Allen could write something this good. The music fits in so well with the excellent written lyrics. One just only has to listen to ‘Run’, ‘Assertive Anger’, ‘Things That Make Us Different’ and ‘While We’re Here’ to realise that this album is one that’s needed to be heard everywhere. In fact even though it doesn’t sound Punk it is Punk in the sense that Perkie has gone out to do what she wants without compromise. She gives it to you straight. For me that’s more than enough to justify the greatness of this album. 9.5/10

Self Released

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PRYTI – Tales Of Melancholic: This album just fell through my letter box and I’m blown away by what I’ve word. Pryti is a Birmingham based female solo artist who’s music sits somewhere between the Deftones and Paramore. The listening experience is amazing. Haunting in parts and passionate in other parts. Such diversity! Not one of the ten tracks on here is a filler. There’s so much love and attention which has gone into every track and on that basis this is one album that really deserves to be heard. Support the independent artists so make sure you support this release. 9/10

Self Released

Release Date: 16th February 2015

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THE REBEL SPELL – The Last Run: This is another wicked album from Canadian punk band ‘The Rebel Spell’ and one I’ve been waiting to hear. What a great release with such diversity in both the music and the lyrics. The Last Run comes at you like a tornado. You’re left blown away! Just have a listen to tracks such as ‘Hopeless’, ‘Pride And Prejudice’, ‘Ten Thousand Years’ and ‘Let’s Roll A Storm’. Great band and great album. One of the best albums I’ve heard in 2014. 9/10

Rebel Time Records

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THE SEX PISTOLS – The TV Tapes DVD: I was actually cringing at the thought of watching that as I thought the Sex Pistols back catalogue had been done to death. However this DVD showed a lot of footage I hadn’t seen and in fairness many others wouldn’t have seen either. There’s so much on here including a mad interview with Malcolm and Vivienne who contradict each other leaving the viewer either cringing for them or left laughing! There’s some great moments from John Lydon too! A great watch for anyone into punk rock! 8/10

MVD Visual

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SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES – Superstition: This is the 10th studio album from Siouxsie and Co which saw them widen their musical influences for the better with the addition of Talvin Singh. Having taken Talvin on board the band certainly caught people’s attention with tracks such as ‘Kiss Them For Me’ and ‘Silver Waterfalls’. Both tracks back in the day received positive criticism from both press and the fans alike. The quality of tracks throughout saw a lift in the band. A great goth rock influenced album that sounds as good today as it did back them. What’s more it comes with some bonus tracks as icing on the cake. 8/10

Universal Music

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SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES – Through The Looking Glass: This is a covers album by the Banshees and one I never really got to be honest. I just didn’t see the point. Originally released in 1987 it’s been given the re-issue treatment with a few bonus tracks. The Banshees cover tracks from the likes of Kraftwerk, Roxy Music, Sparks, The Doors and Bob Dylan. Admittedly the band add a different dimension to the original but this came at a dry period for the band. As I said not my thing! 4/10

Universal Music

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THE SLEAFORD MODS – Tiswas EP: These guys have come out nowhere and now everyone seems to be talking about them! I’m not surprised as they just tell you how it is! The Sleaford Mods aren’t the most musical band in the world which doesn’t matter as they have so much originality in their sound. The fiver tracks on offer continue in style with my favourite being ‘Tiswas’. However ‘Bunch Of Cunts’ and ‘The Mail Don’t Fail’ aren’t too far behind and need to be heard. Loving what I hear here. Almost certainly the most exciting band in 2014! 7/10

Invada Records

Release Date: 24th November 2014

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SLUG – Detect Denounce Destroy: Slug are a London based band mainly made up of former members of Active Slaughter. This is full on kick ass anarchist punk rock and from the very start every song comes at you like a smack in the face. Top stuff here both lyrically and musically. I must admit to being very surprised at how good this release is as most politically fuelled bands tend to bore me. All kind of subjects are dealt with here! ‘Shoot To Kill’, ‘Why?’, ‘Propaghanda’ and ‘Smash HLS’ certainly do it for me! If you’re looking for something that sounds fresh then SLUG are your band! 8/10

Self Released

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