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High Hazels BW

If you like your music full of gorgeous vocals, shimmering guitars, plenty of reverb and with a sense of navigating the spaces between night and day, good and bad, and old and new then you’re in luck. Sheffield four-piece – High Hazels – are back with new single ‘Days of No One’, their first with …

Reverend and the Makers Band Picture

Sheffield’s very own Reverend and the Makers have just returned with their sixth release, and follow up to 2015’s critically acclaimed album – Mirrors – with possibly their most impressive – and expansive – outing so far. ‘The Death Of A King’ was released on 22nd September via Cooking Vinyl and it certainly grabs the …

Deer Tick Band Shot

Acclaimed roots-rock-americana-country-folk-acoustic-boundary-breakers Deer Tick have released their first new material in four years via Partisan Records. The good news for fans is that they have released not just one, but two new records. This is not a double album either, these are two separate collections of original material (Volume 1 and Volume 2), both recorded …

Flyte

‘The Loved Ones’ is the long anticipated debut from London four-piece Flyte. It’s been some time in the making – about 3 years in fact. Flyte separately admit that as early as age ten, a career in music was their only ambition. Drummer Jon Supran and bassist Nick Hill met guitarist and lead vocalist Will …

Bell X1 - Band shot

Intelligent and inventive Irish band Bell X1 return with their new studio album “ARMS”, released in the UK via Belly Up Records. This is the band’s seventh studio album and is a fantastically assured and consistent follow-up to 2013’s acclaimed “Chop Chop”, which became their third #1 album on the Irish Album Charts and their …

The Last Dinosaur

Hewn from the emotional turmoil of personal tragedy and challenge, The Last Dinosaur (aka London-based soundscape artist Jamie Cameron) releases new album “The Nothing” on 7th July via Naim Records. It’s been 8 years since debut release “Hooray! For Happiness” and a triumphant return. The first single from the new album is the beautiful, gentle …

Dan Croll

Dan Croll, the 26 year old über-talented, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter from Newcastle-under-Lyme, returns with the new single ‘Bad Boy’ from his forthcoming album ‘Emerging Adulthood’. The single and album are both released on July 21st on Communion Records.   ‘Bad Boy’ is written by Croll and produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Cee Lo Green) and like …

Night Moves release the Carl Sagan EP.

Night Moves – Carl Sagan EP   Listening to Night Moves’ new EP ‘Carl Sagan’ is a glorious and uplifting experience because their music envelops you in a soft duvet of grand, sweeping, hooky goodness in a style that belies categorisation. As a result, ‘Cosmic Music’ is probably the closest you will get to any …

Calexico - Albert Hall - Manchester

Calexico made a welcome return to the UK after a couple of years’ absence in support of their brilliant new album – Edge of The Sun – and we were there to see them at Manchester’s Albert Hall. This was only one of three British gigs for Calexico so the venue was packed to the gills with people of …

Champs - Belgrave Music Hall

We are big fans of Champs here at Backseat Mafia and loved their recent album ‘VAMALA’ which we reviewed here, one of a multitude of rave reviews for the Isle of Wight duo’s album of exquisitely crafted and gorgeously harmonised pop-folk songs. It really is an album of sheer beauty and if you haven’t yet added …