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Meet: The Coral’s James Skelly takes us through the inspirations for the new album ‘Coral Island’, the magic of memories, and how The Coral are the Robbie Fowler of the music industry.

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Background At the start of 2023, in those bleak January days where you get about 14 minutes of daylight each day, I faced a dilemma. The Outlaw Orchestra had a really busy 2022 with a pretty gruelling festival schedule followed by intensive recording and promo for an EP and single releases over the autumn and …

Some context surrounding the making of the record: Unfortunately, no juicy bits or dirt to speak of surrounding the making of Ben Blank – no slander, no in-fighting, no back-stabbing, no epiphanies, no love triangles, squares or circles or any other geometric shapes…perhaps our anaemic, wafer-thin social media presence has already told you that story. …

The EP has been a bit of a labour of love over the last few years. Technically we started recording it at the beginning of 2020, but the process was halted by a couple of factors. Firstly Covid got in everyone’s way, not just ours. But in the middle of Covid our drummer Paul was …

The debut album ’Teiger’ is sort of a calling card for what’s to come. It came to life during a really interesting time – we were all going through various personal struggles during the songwriting process, the bulk of which happened during semi-lockdown. The timing of the band’s formation was impeccable for Phil as he’d …

Interview with Mike Trevor, vocalist So, after a 30 year break and then COVID getting in the way of the reboot, Uncle Dave’s Biscuit Barrel finally got into the studio in 2023 to record the long awaited debut, “Goes Apeshit in Your Laundry”! Well, for a band that originated in the early 90s, it was …

The wonderful The Belair Lip Bombs today unveil their debut album ‘Lush Life’ and exclusively take Backseat Mafia on a detailed track by track analysis of the album. The Belair Lip Bombs are purveyors of the most magnificent brand of blistering indie pop and ‘Lush Life’ captures their energy and songwriting, with a delicious air …

Having just released reissues of his classic solo albums ‘Electrical Storm’ and ‘Honey Steel’s Gold’ (see details here) through Remote Control Records, the legendary Ed Kuepper is about to embark on an extensive Australian tour – entitled ‘The Exploding World of Ed Kuepper’ playing the albums and more. I interviewed Kuepper back in 2021 and …

Friday 11th August Killswitch Engage – The American Metalcore heavyweights will have the task of closing out the Friday of Bloodstock and I’m sure that they will well and truly relish it and close it out in style. Jesse Leach will help lead the band headfirst into the UK’s biggest independent metal festival and antagonise …

Brighton’s frenetic art-rockers Public Body have released their much anticipated debut album ‘Big Mess’, via FatCat Records, accompanied by an official video for brand new single ‘Driven By Data’. Detailing their debut full-length, frontman Seb Gilmore explained: “This album is a ‘Big Mess’. It’s me laughing behind my own back at all my failures, shortcomings and the shame that comes along with it. I’m …