All posts by Kevin Mathews

EP REVIEW: DONNY BROWN – S/T

Donny Brown

Not a day goes by without me pining for the days of the 90s pop underground movement. It was a retro-delicious time (to steal a phrase from Robyn Hitchcock), where bands developed the influences of the 60s (The Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and The Who) & the 70s (power pop, glam, pop-rock and rock ’n’ roll) into a heady melodic yet erudite melange.

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BOOK REVIEW: CHRISSIE HYNDE – RECKLESS

Chrissie Hynde photographed this month for the Observer New Review by Dean Chalkley.

To be absolutely honest, Chrissie Hynde was one of the first female rock ’n’ rollers I seriously got into at the very beginning of the 1980s. Considering the times, she represented something very different in rock ’n’ roll for a female performer and fronted an amazing band in Pretenders.

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ALBUM REVIEW: DR. DOG – PSYCHEDELIC SWAMP

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Nicky Devine

Old school rock lovers will find much to savour on this new album from classic pop-rock revivalists Dr. Dog. And here’s the hook – the band has gone back to their unreleased debut cassette of the same name (from 2001) – to revisit the material and come up with new songs based on that vibe.

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DVD REVIEW: TURN IT UP! A Full-Length Film Celebration Of The Electric Guitar

Turn It Up!

The press release sums it up this documentary rather well – “celebrating the electric guitar, the full-length documentary film Turn It Up! will be released on January 22, 2016. A cinematic and auditory tour de force, the film – shot in high definition – is a combination of stunning photography, musical performances, world-class collections, and in-depth interviews – from international legends to “everyman” collectors.”

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ALBUM REVIEW: NIGHT BEATS – WHO SOLD MY GENERATION

Night-beats

Is rock ’n’ roll in 2016 a dinosaur? Yes a fucking T-Rex! And it’s coming to rip your guts out!

But seriously, boys and girls, Seattle trio Night Beats viz. Danny Lee Blackwell (guitar / vocals), Jakob Bowden (bass) & James Traeger (drums), do not quite care whether their music is relevant or not.

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ALBUM REVIEW: KING CHARLES – GAMBLE FOR A ROSE

KingCharles

“Well, I’m a lion in the haze and the lamb in the lightning/Oh these spears and chains of flames around my neck are tightening/So line up your armies, burn down my home please/Take the part that’s in my lungs, and the song I’m singing.”

King Charles (aka Charles Costa) is a good old fashioned singer-songwriter – cramming flowery words into his straightforward indie rock songs. After all, in 2009, he became the first ever Brit to win the International Songwriting Competition in Nashville for his song “Love Lust” and he’s basically kicked off from there.

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ALBUM REVIEW: TURIN BRAKES – LOST PROPERTY

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Here’s a recommendation for old school pop-rock lovers – the new Turin Brakes’ album is a definite winner. Filled to the brim with well worked melodies and hooks, coupled with appropriate instrumentation and arrangements, with a strong acoustic guitar vibe – this is a welcome addition to the best of the new year’s release so far.

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