• 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

  • 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.

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