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Live review: Squid, Falmouth, May 18th: who finer to bring us back to the live experience?

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LIVE: The Clashed at The Georgian Theatre, Stockton (Tribute band)

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Live: EWAH and the Vision of Paradise, Altar, Hobart 14 March 2019

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Announcing their arrival on stage with a short and punchy blast of ‘Peter Gunn’, it was clear from the off that Terminal Gods were here to blow the joint apart, and attempt to leave a lasting impression on the gathering before them. Just in case anyone had any doubt as to where they were going …

I always seem to be playing catch up with Elephant Stone. I missed their live gig at The Leeds Cockpit, in support of Black Angels because of a queue on the motorway, and I didn’t really get into their eponymously titled 2013 album until this year. Now that I have I think it’s one of …

Like many people I know, I really do prefer the smaller gig. They’re a bit more intimate and personal. More importantly, the beer is usually a lot better than the over priced watered down chemical rich rubbish you have to endure at the more corporate venues. And of course, you quite often get to meet …

I’ve never swallowed the bullshit about punk been dead. Mainly because I’ve always found it’s exactly that. Bullshit! No matter where I go at home or abroad (especially Europe) I’ve always managed to find a reasonably thriving punk scene, whether it be a bar, a club or a D.I.Y. festival in the middle of nowhere. …

Do you remember The Heartbreaks? These four boys from Morecambe have been quiet in recent months, performing infrequent shows in London and Manchester but staying under the radar for quite some time. It was not their intention to stay so quiet – their second album was recorded over a year ago but it’s their label …

[Click here for main Backseat Mafia feature on the whole Live At Leeds Weekend] BLOOD RED SHOES: “…Laura-Mary Carter looks far too casual for the output from her guitar. Cool and collected, alongside drummer Steven Ansell, they are capable of bringing a noise that has you checking every so often to see where they have …

In the 30 years since the release of their first album, ‘Vengeance’ , New Model Army have built up an ever increasing and very loyal fan base, and a reputation for staging fierce live performances. Their 2013 album ‘Between Dog and Wolf’ has been their most successful for 20 years. It was time to see …

Brown Brogues aren’t really a psych band, but I’ve included them under the ‘Psych Insight’ banner because they are headlining the Bristol Psych Fest on May 10th. Brown Brogues are more of a garage band. They are a two piece, Mark Vernon (guitar/ vocals) and Ben Mather (drums/ vocals), who make one heck of a …

It is not very often that I get to see bands a couple of times in short succession, I’d rather see as many as possible rather than a few many times. So it was interesting for me to see Cult of Dom Keller (CODK) at Sheffield’s Detestival Festival so quickly after having seen them in …

A full three decades after the release of his first, and until now, only solo record, North Marine Drive, it’s been something of a renaissance of late for Ben Watt, better known as a DJ, producer, and, of course, the “other one” from Everything But The Girl.Following on from the critical acclaim heaped upon his …