• 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

  • The Test Drive: Maker – Move Your Feet

    Infectious to the point of being contagious, Maker’s new EP “Move Your Feet” chuck up five of the gnarliest, catchiest funk-punk “grunge-itude” clad hook laden tracks found on either side of the pond. I’m actually kind of pissed this is an EP because I would love five more tracks of

  • The Test Drive: Cowards – Teeth

    Cowards was born in and around Blueprint Studios, Manchester by three musicians disillusioned with the Manchester gig scene but still in love with making music. Mike Charles, Grant Tildsley and Iwan Jones picked themselves up from the ashes of their previous bands and united in a mission to create something

  • The Test Drive: Days Indoors – Dusty Road

    London based Days Indoors formed in 2015, the creation of drummer and songwriter Jean-Marc Valat who is joined by long-time collaborator Joe Killington on vocals, Gonçalo Charneca, aka Gonzo, on guitars and Matthew D Seal on bass. The band, influenced by the likes of Stereophonics, The Killers, Foo Fighters, Radiohead

  • The Test Drive: DocFell & Co – Dust Bowl Heart

    On any given Wednesday, in a Tahlequah back alley that smells of fryer steam and hash browns, you can walk up a rickety flight of stairs and find yourself amongst the padded walls sound boards of the studio belonging Doctor John Eddie, or DocFell as he’s known to most. Fell

  • The Test Drive: Traveller – All This Time

    The summer of 2012 saw Gerry Sheridan and Simon Usher begin their songwriting partnership, which progressed to become Traveller in January 2016 when they were joined by Martin Yves on guitar and Brian Socha on bass. By spring 2016 the band had written and recorded their debut EP at Chamber

  • The Test Drive: Echo Arcadia – Visions of Symmetry

    Echo Arcadia are six piece Indie band from Edinburgh, Scotland who strive to “make music that will break your heart while your foot taps along.” Guitars underpinned by thumping drums, thick bass lines and keys with violins that would break a stone heart, all bearing the weight of heartfelt vocals.

  • The Test Drive: Carly Thomas – Explode

    Born in Thailand and raised in Argentina, France, and various parts of North America, singer songwriter Carly Thomas can trace her insatiable wanderlust to a childhood in which she never lived anywhere longer than three years. Having attended four different high schools in three different countries, Carly is more skilled

  • The Test Drive: Fiona Brown – Demons

    Singer songwriter Fiona Brown is inspired by roots, rock and soul music and her latest EP ‘Demons’ sees her embracing these influences wholeheartedly. Demons represents a coming of age for the multi-instrumentalist who says she’s finally writing and producing the music she’s always wanted to. Brown’s debut single ‘Wisdom’ was

  • The Test Drive: Mike Milan Dedic – Mike Milan Dedic

    Virtuosity is never a feat easily achieved, but in those rare times there comes a musician who makes it easier than it actually is. Toronto guitarist Mike Milan Dedic is one such musician. Seamlessly molding the stylings of guitarists as varied as Yngwie Malmsteen, Rick Nielsen, Alex Lifeson, Steve Vai,

  • The Test Drive: .bipolar. – Seven

    Making metal with heart is never easy, but .bipolar. pull it off with brilliance. The tracks on “Seven” have groove and an aural assault second to none as each riff would wet any guitarist’s pallet and each scream is a wet dream in cacophony. Well done!   @bipolarmetal    About .bipolar.

  • The Test Drive: Joe Symes and the Loving Kind – Acoustic Variations

    Joe Symes and the Loving Kind go for a total switch of the gears with their latest outing, an EP titled “Acoustic Variations”.  If you’re lucky enough to know their previous eponymous album, then you will know how much of a departure “Acoustic Variations” is. This EP is also a

  • The Test Drive: Memories In Broken Glass – Enigma Infinite

    Masters of the thunderous rhythm, a.k.a. Memories In Broken Glass, are getting ready to release their upcoming album titled “Enigma Infinite”. The “memories” may be in broken glass but the solid hammerhead beat and seething guitars are firmly in the five members of M.I.B.G.. Take into account the sheer volume of

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