• The Test Drive: The Harringtons – Change Is Gonna Come

    Forming in 2014 at the age of 16, The Harringtons are a fresh faced, feel-good Rock n’ Roll trio from Sheffield, Jack, Brad and Jordan have a fresh outlook on music, taking influence from mod-culture and vintage styles, mixed with other guitar-based music from the 90s, The Harringtons classify their

  • The Test Drive: Bentley Jones – Unravelling

    Bentley Jones definitely kicks it up a notch with his new album, “Unravelling”. While his musicianship and songwriting chops were already state-of-the-art when we first reviewed him for “The Rebellion” in 2015, the maturity and experience clearly shine through, both on his original material, as well as his cover of

  • The Test Drive: Kovax – If There Was Ever Any Doubt

    Chuck full O’ Riffs and laced with guitar heavy hooks, Kovax’ new EP “If There Was Ever Any Doubt” is a how to at constructing chunky power rock. Each track has it’s own identity, a rare thing in today’s music, while maintaining the style and innovation that is Kovax. Listen

  • The Test Drive: Iguana Lovers – Surfing Caos

    Iguana Lovers are a shoegaze/psych/indie band from Argentina who were formed in 1990 in Buenos Aires by founding members Ariel Soriano (guitars and vocals), Ivan Mirabal (guitars) and Javier Accossatto (bass). The line up now also includes Gabriel Diederle (tambourine and machines) and Alfredo García Kalb (drums). They recorded Universo

  • The Test Drive: Micah Gaugh – Stars Are A Harem

    Maintaining originality within a diverse and influential genre of music, such as jazz, is a hard enough accomplishment within itself. To actually make a mark in that genre on top of staying original is a feet. And Micah Gaugh does this flawlessly, and with class. Sonically pleasing as if recorded right

  • The Test Drive: Rum Thief – Time to Make a Move

    Rum Thief is solo artist Jot Green with support from his band members Kieran Whitehouse on lead guitar, Gary Long on bass and Chris Hobbs on drums. Based in Chorlton, Manchester, the project began when Green, a drummer in bands for over ten years, decided to record some songs of

  • The Test Drive: Hightown Pirates – Dry and High

    Introducing Hightown Pirates with their debut album Dry and High with stunning artwork by Pete Doherty. Hightown Pirates is the band formed by Simon Mason. His friendship with Mick Head (Shack) sowed the seed, conceived in Liverpool, took their first steps in opening for Mick Head in Hackney, went on

  • The Test Drive: Florence Joelle – One Step Forward

    Sassy, sensual and effortlessly cool, Joelle has created a musical subgenre all of her own. Its a Franco-Anglo polychromatic, potpourri of latin and classic jazz, vintage and contemporary blues, gypsy folk, 50’s R&B rock n roll and Parisian torch song. Pull up a chair , pour yourself a glass of

  • The Test Drive: Lunar Twin – Night Tides

    Electronica with soul. Shoegaze with vision. These are a few phrases that come to mind when I listen to “Night Tides”, the new album from Lunar Twin. Originality usually comes at a price, and that price is risk. Lunar Twin pays that price with cash and gives all they have

  • The Test Drive: Anilore – Lull

    Hailing from New York, Andy Cheng, Andrew Malenda and Michael Worsa met in the 90’s and formed Anilore. In 2006, the band released a remastered version of Still Awake, drawing on their influences from post punk and shoe gaze. In 2010, Cheng and Malenda began working in earnest on what

  • The Test Drive: Kristin Hersh – Wyatt at the Coyote Palace (Disc One)

    Shedding the constraints of electric (mostly) and going acoustic for her latest set of expressions, Kristin Hersh re-invents herself immaculately with her double-disc titled “Wyatt at the Coyote Palace”. To be honest, I am overcome by the sheer freshness of this new music. I know Kristin is an accomplished singer,

  • The Test Drive: Elevant – Normal Life

    Elevant are the thunderous genre absorbers heading the Loner Noise label.Since their formation in 2014 they’ve fused a host of disparate influences into a sound that can be dark and atmospheric, heavy and crushing or irresistibly grooving. The trio sounds far vaster than the sum of their parts. Anchored by

  • The Test Drive: Orations – Wych Elm

    Orations have released, what I would consider, a true album. I say true because every song, to me, gets to the very core of what music is all about. Imaginary and emotional exploration. The new album, titled “Wych Elm”, recalls a genuine time in music when alternative was called post

  • The Test Drive: Phil Odgers – Roll To The Left

    Best known as one half of the legendary joint vocal strike force of The Men They Couldn’t Hang, Phil Odgers strikes out on his own once more with ‘Roll To The Left’, his latest solo offering. With this brilliantly fresh new album Phil brings his songwriting into sharp, bright, focus.

  • The Test Drive: The G-O-D – Grafters OV Denton

    The G-O-D, Simon Wolstencroft’s current band, has released their new EP titled “Grafters OV Denton”, a three track modern Merseybeat that’s just as original as it is bound to it’s roots. And those roots are deep. Don’t forget, Simon is a legend when it comes to the second UK music invasion having

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