Author: James Wilkinson

Emily Breeze Review – Hen and Chicken

➤   16 March, 2019, 12:54

Photo: Chris Cooper Walking into the room, there was a distinct change. Dotted about were various members of Bristol’s music elite; Suicide was playing, it felt electric, a happening. As if you had side stepped into somewhere...

Ålesund – Shift & Flux EP

➤   17 February, 2019, 19:30

There’s a wonderful calm in this age of constant noise that comes when you simply press the off button. No, I’m not saying to press stop on ‘Pins and Needles’, the opening track of Ålesund’s new EP...

The Twilight Sad – It Won’t Be Like This All The Time

➤   17 January, 2019, 20:00

Jumping straight into The Twilight Sad’s return with their fifth album It Won’t Be Like This All The Time, opener ‘(10 Good reasons for Modern Drugs)’ pounds you with an motorik synth riff, hitting straight between the...

Neurotic Fiction – Pulp Music

➤   16 November, 2018, 16:14

Review: Luke Penny As first hits go, Neurotic Fiction’s debut record, Pulp Music, is a mission statement wrapped in garage surf thrills dripping in honey-coated vocals. ‘Social Animal’ lays out the feral template all hung on irresistible hooks....

Chuck Prophet Review – The Hen and Chicken

➤   6 October, 2018, 14:10

You may of not given it much thought beyond seeing John Lydon on those butter ads, but tonight gave us an answer of sorts to what happens when Punks grow old. They keep their heart emblazoned on...

Texas Review – O2 Academy Bristol

➤   10 September, 2018, 10:34

35 years ago I was just discovering music through my Dad’s copy of Hunky Dory, Top of the Pops (on a Thursday night) and a well worn cassette of Queen’s Greatest Hits. Somewhere around 400 miles north...

Texas Preview – O2 Academy Bristol

➤   19 August, 2018, 18:00

The inaugural Skyline Series has already seen some great shows from the like of Echo and the Bunnymen and Future Islands, despite venue issues. And now, another show is set to join the above ranks – Texas....

The Naked and Famous Review – Trinity Centre

➤   25 July, 2018, 19:21

Sometimes the old saying ‘less is more’ is apt and in the Trinity Centre tonight it could not be more so. The Naked and Famous gave us a concert that at times was spellbinding, uplifting and beguiling....

The Naked and Famous Preview – Trinity Centre

➤   8 July, 2018, 13:40

The was a time when it may of been feared that The Naked and Famous were going to be relegated to a all too common indie fate ‘Quite big early hit wonders’, rolling on the success of...

LUMP – LUMP

➤   11 June, 2018, 21:30

Let’s get the formalities over with (as you most likely know), LUMP is a collaboration between Laura Marling and Tunng’s Mike Lindsay. Opener ‘Late To The Flight’ bathes in graceful presence of space with a juxtaposition of close/far...

Skindred Review + Photoset – O2 Academy Bristol

➤   30 April, 2018, 22:00

Photos: Mediaembargo If you came here for some soothing soundscapes then you had better leave in a hurry. A sold out crowd was already heaving for opener Danko Jones. Well worn road hogs, Danko Jones are a...

Hinds – I Don’t Run

➤   11 April, 2018, 21:00

Any doubts about the ‘second album’ curse for Hinds are all shoved aside with the immediate opening double of ‘The Club’ and ‘Soberland’; all the elements that made us fall in love with Hinds on Leave Me...

Turbowolf – The Free Life

➤   17 March, 2018, 15:00

Let’s get straight to the point, this is Turbowolf. You are not here for a spew of Radio Beige mush. Let me repeat, this is T-u-r-b-o-w-o-l-f and you’re in for a loud, noisy and crazy good time....

Brian Fallon Review – SWX

➤   2 March, 2018, 13:30

What were you doing ten years ago? One thing I can distinctly remember is seeing The Gaslight Anthem for the first time a few roads down from tonight venue (SWX). Brian Fallon and The Gaslight were riding...

The Flux Capacitors – Courtesan

➤   16 February, 2018, 13:10

Of course it has to start with a snippet of Doc Brown, what more, even what less, would you expect from the fantastically furious The Flux Capacitors. ‘Melt’ does what it says on the tin via a...