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January 2017

Single review: SEA – Once We Were Dead

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The Business or Unfinished Business? SEA from Copenhagen came out with their self-titled debut album in 2014, and pulled in very good reviews from all over Europe. Their modern take on the classic heavy rock virtues, are a fresh breath in the rock genre, that has sadly become somewhat niche-like nowadays. If you were to travel back to the late 60’s/early 70’s, you’d meet a band somewhat like SEA on any stage around. With a sound resembling Deep Purple/Zeppelin, you can still hear the modern-ness (is that a word?) in their universe of epic-like soundscapes. These kinds of songs are…

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Tom Chaplin ‘Still Waiting’

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Tom Chaplin will release his stunning new single ‘Still Waiting’, the third to be taken from his critically acclaimed solo album ‘The Wave’, impacting February 17th on Island Records.  ‘The Wave’ debuted at number 3 in the UK Album Chart to rave reviews. The Sunday Times Culture awarded it Album Of The Week saying it is “incredibly beautiful and affecting”, The Telegraph, “the most gorgeous, anthemic, uplifting music of Chaplin’s career”, and the Standard, the Sun, Q and Mojo all awarding it 4* in their reviews.  May: 6th CARDIFF, St David’s Hall 8th DUBLIN, Olympia 9th BELFAST, Ulster Hall 11th…

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Maximo Park Announce UK Tour Dates

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New Album ‘Risk To Exist’ Released On April 21st On Daylighting and Available NOW Alternative pop experts Maximo Park announce UK tour dates for Spring this year. Starting at Birmingham O2 Institute on May 5th, the tour takes in London’s Royal Festival Hall on May 12th before ending on May 19th at Manchester Albert Hall. Full list of tour dates listed below: May Dates 2017 Fri 5th Birmingham O2 Institute Sat 6th Newcastle O2 Academy Mon 8th Aberdeen Lemon Tree Tue 9th Glasgow O2 ABC Wed 10th Sheffield Leadmill Fri 12th London Royal Festival Hall Sat 13th Bexhill De La…

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Clean Cut Kid Announce UK Headline Tour

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Liverpool’s finest fuzz pop four piece Clean Cut Kid today announce a headline tour of the UK in spring. The seven date tour includes a show at London’s Scala on May 10th and culminates in their biggest headline show to date in their hometown at the 1200 capacity Liverpool Academy. Clean Cut Kid’s first four singles ‘Vitamin C’, ‘Runaway’, ‘We Used To Be In Love’ and ‘Make Believe’ introduced a band brimming with unshakeable hooks and full of imagination. Their songs demand your attention from the first second to the last and have gained them plaudits across the board, ranging…

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Handmade Festival 2017

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Handmade Festival will be returning to Leicester’s O2 Academy in 2017 for two days of the finest music, comedy, art, film, performance and photography, hand-picked and carefully curated. The festival will take place on 29th and 30th April 2017. In December 2016 Handmade Festival announced the first wave of bands for the 2017 music programme: Twin Atlantic, Frightened Rabbit, British Sea Power, Pulled Apart By Horses, Honeyblood, JAWS, Muncie Girls, Tigercub, Puppy and Idles Today, Handmade Festival are very pleased to announce the second round of acts set to join their estimable line-up: Cabbage, Superfood, Demob Happy, God Damn, Kagoule,…

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New Album From The Pigeon Detectives

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Formed in 2002, The Pigeon Detectives are Matt Bowman on lead vocals, Oliver Main and Ryan Wilson on guitars, Dave Best on Bass, and Jimmi Naylor on drums. Looking forward to this one landing! ‘Broken Glances’ is a more eclectic LP than previous albums and was recorded with Richard Formby; a producer associated with bands like indie crooners Wild Beasts, leftfield London vocalist Ghostpoet and ‘mind-expanding synth pioneers’ Spaceman 3. Speaking about the move to work with a more leftfield producer singer Matt Bowman says ‘We wanted to work with someone that would challenge us in the studio and put…

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FAC 51 Hacienda Makes A Return in 2017

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Hacienda returns to Manchester’s Albert Hall Friday 24th March with another top class line up. FAC 51 The Hacienda’s next Manchester event sees it return to The Albert Hall with another top class line up on Friday 24th Marc featuring house legends Kerri Chandler and Derrick Carter. Having a brought a succession of the best American DJ’s to the venue so far including Frankie Knuckles, Danny Tenaglia, David Morales and more, March’s party is no exception with Delano Smith making it three US DJs on a bill that also features The Hacienda’s Mike Pickering and Jon Dasilva. House icon and…

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Tyketto, Liverpool O2 Academy 2

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Tonight was a night that will be remembered by those in attendance for a long time. As we entered the venue many were heard to say ..”wow this is intimate”, and indeed it was. A smaller 500 capacity venue below the main arena was just right for tonight.  What was interesting form the off were the number of families in the room. A fact commented upon by Danny Vaughn, lead singer of Tyketto. Formed in 1987 by  the former Waysted frontman this band were rose to prominence with their first release on Geffen records “Don’t Come Easy” and have attracted…

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In The Studio With Rival Bones

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Rival Bones Record their new EP at Parr Street Studio, Liverpool and FOTF were there to catch all the action RIVAL BONES recording 4 new tracks with Tony Draper. Just before the end of 2016, Liverpool 2 piece, Rival Bones, allowed me into Parr Street Recording Studios in Liverpool, for a few days, to watch and photograph them record their forthcoming EP. Rival Bones consist of James Whitehouse, guitar and vocals and Chris Thomason on drums. Based in Liverpool and making their debut back in 2015 with the release of ‘You Know Who You Are’ RIVAL BONES began to receive…

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Record Label In A Box From Ditto Music

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Are you a musician looking to get your music heard by more people? ‘A Major Label In The Palm Of Your Hand’ No doubt one of your dreams is to get your music released to the masses. To be put out on a record label and feel a sense of achievement. To be proud. This is now easier than you may realise. Welcome to Ditto Music and their Record Label In A Box! The Ditto foundations are firmly built by musicians who have faced the same challenges that you are facing right now if you are thinking of either starting your…

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Ten Fé ‘Twist Your Arm’

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After Ben Moorhouse and Leo a.k.a Ten Fé released Twist Your Arm, their bluesy-electro-stomper produced by Ewan Pearson (Jagwar Ma, M83, The Rapture), which was NME’s New Music of the Day, Line Of Best Fit’s Song of the Day and Hype Machine No. 1, today Ten Fé unveil an exciting new rework by Berlin-based DJ and producer Roman Flügel. The original ‘Twist Your Arm’ features slide guitars, chain-gang backing vocals, gospel piano and a Primal Scream / Screamadelica infusion by Pearson. Flügel, one of Germany’s biggest names on the electronic music scene has delivered a darker, moodier mix. Also today the band announce their 5-track Remix EP, ‘Hit The Light…

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Louis Berry ‘She Wants Me’

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Following on from his latest single ‘Restless’, Louis Berry blazes into 2017 with his new single ‘She Wants Me’. An undisputed highlight of his live shows, the track ups the ante on Louis’ trademark firebrand rock ‘n’ roll. Bursting with pace and passion, ‘She Wants Me’ builds layer upon layer of uptempo rhythm accompanied by Louis’ raspy vocal. The fiery track was written by Louis, recorded at The Chapel, and produced by Jim Abiss (Arctic Monkeys) and Iain Archer (Steve Mason). With critical acclaim already coming from tastemaker heavyweights including Radio 1 (Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Clara Amfo, Greg James),…

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Criminal Party ‘La Revolution Bourgeoise’

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Formed back in 1986, followed by multiple splits, the Italian punk band are once again back with new members and a brand-new album, which also happens to be their first release to contain English vocals – La Revolution Bourgeoise. The album opens with a memorable instrumental, which is a simple yet catchy taster of what is forthcoming. The guitar playing of the band’s founder, Fabio Vinciguerra, has a certain Santana energy and swagger about it, which is no mean feat. The band immediately begin their showboating by demonstrating their freshness and power with Angry and Tired, which is a fast-paced…

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The Fall, The Arts Club, Liverpool

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The Fall headline CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH all day festival. Mark.E.Smith and The Fall topped a well organised and band rich event. The Fall have been called “the most prolific band of the British post-punk movement.” They have released thirty-one studio albums as of 2015, and more than three times that number when live albums and compilations (often released against Smith’s wishes) are taken into account. While the Fall have never achieved widespread success beyond minor hit singles in the late 1980s, they have maintained a strong cult status. They were long associated with BBC disc jockey John Peel who championed them from…

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The Dillinger Escape Plan tour Denmark

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DK tour start on January 31: Aarhus, Odense, Copenhagen After almost two decades on stages around the world, the American hardcore band The Dillinger Escape Plan chose to pull the plug last year. Despite a critic praised album in 2016 (Dissociation) the band will split after a comprehensive european tour. Beatbox Entertainment will host no less than three live concerts in Denmark. You will have the opportunity to see The Dillinger Escape Plan in following venues: Odense, 31.January Venue: Posten Tickets: 200Dkr + tax & fee Aarhus, 01.February Venue: Voxhall Tickets: 190Dkr + tax & fee Copenhagen, 09.February Venue: Pumpehuset Tickets:…

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Avenged Sevenfold, Manchester Arena

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Avenged Sevenfold smashed on to the scene with success from a string of best-selling albums including 2005 platinum hit record ‘City Of Evil’  and 2007’s self titled ‘Avenged Sevenfold‘ Their self titled record topped the Billboard Alternative, Hard, and Rock Charts which got things started then followed two consecutive No 1’s albums. On top of that ‘Hail To The King‘ achieved Diamond, Platinum and Gold awards for album sales in nearly 12 countries. Avenged Sevenfold fill Manchester Arena will 21,000 metal fans On top of their album sales success the band have also had a series of top 10 singles including Bat Country, Almost Easy, Scream, Nightmare,…

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REWS ‘Miss You In The Dark’

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Having played at the inaugural Off The Record in Manchester, REWS will be playing their first ever headline gig, as a spin-off from the Off The Record umbrella on 16th February in The Castle Hotel on Oldham Street, as part off their UK wide tour. Get Tickets Here Classed as a “great discovery”, by music fans that came down to Off The Record. REWS are a Huw Stephens’ “Tip Of The Week” on Radio 1 with their new single – “Miss You In The Dark”. Also played on Radio 6 with Tom Robinson and all 38 BBC Introducing shows! Tom said “They return in…

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Black Oak County (support: Libido Overdrive), Huset, Esbjerg

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Debut album release concert from one of Denmark’s most promising  hard rock bands January 14.: I drove four hours to get here – Denmark’s most western city, Esbjerg is the pinnacle of marine industry – although somewhat sleepy, it also boasts one of the most promising hard rock bands in Denmark – Black Oak County. Black Oak County were supposed to have presented their debut last night on Copenhagen’s High Voltage Rock Club, but it was cancelled for undisclosed reasons. Tonight they’re on, though, and the combination of having their new album on heavy rotation in the Danish FOTF office,…

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The Hunna, O2 Ritz, Manchester

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A night of explosive music fills the sodden Manchester air as a sellout crowd packs the O2 Ritz. As far as Sunday evenings go, normally by the time 4pm comes around we’re all just counting down the hours until the Monday morning wake up call. Tonight however, I found that the best way to overcome the doom and gloom of a depressing Monday morning is to go to a gig! WINNING! The opening band of the night, Kovic, recently signed to the same label as The Hunna lads, High Time Records, in fact was only the bands 2nd gig ever. With…

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Chevelle at the Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA

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Chevelle sold out the Ace of Spades in Sacramento along with the notable Black Map as support on the 15th of January. Dinosaur Pile-Up played a short opener at the beginning of the night. By 6:00 pm, the line was down the street as people waited to fill the small Sacramento venue. Dinosaur Pile-Up played 7 songs including: “Arizona Waiting”, “Grim Valentine”, and the closer “11:11”. The music they put out was a bit repetitive although they were engaging the crowd to sing along, as any good opener should. A very young band with a long way to go for…

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Record of the Week: The Calls ‘Doesn’t Feel Right’

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In 2016 Flick of the Finger launched a competition to offer an unsigned band the opportunity to spend a full day in a world class recording Studio! The full prize was to record an original track, have it mixed, mastered, ready to release along with an interview, photoshoot, a digital press pack and a video of the day.  Flick of the Finger teamed up with Oscillate Recordings and Sharie Denson and the lucky lads were a band from Leeds, The Calls. It’s with great pleasure to introduce The Calls ‘Doesn’t Feel Right’ produced by Chris Hughes filmed by Shari Denson and…

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Lee Fields Biography

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There aren’t too many artists making soul music today who had a release in 1969, back when R&B was first beginning to give the drummer some. Lee Fields, however, is one such artist–or maybe he’s better labeled a phenomenon. Since the late sixties, the North Carolina native has amassed a prolific catalog of albums and has toured and played with such legends as Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers, O.V Wright, Darrell Banks, and Little Royal. With a career spanning 43 years, releases on twelve different record labels, and having toured the world over with his raucous-yet-tender…

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Brooders Release Their Eponymous Début Album

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Leeds-based grunge three-piece, Brooders, release their début self-titled mini-LP in February, but is it up to scratch? Back in September I heard and reviewed the band’s latest single at the time, Haze, citing it as a powerhouse release. That blistering track is thankfully present on this new mini-LP, along with five other brand-new offerings. Thrill Killer opens the mini album with a catchy, powerful and compact piece of youthful aggressive fury, aided by some slick production. Unfortunately, the track is somewhat dampened by the screaming of certain lyrics by frontman Adam Bairstow, which feels somewhat shoehorned in, as his natural…

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Columbus ‘Say What You Want’

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Brisbane’s alt-punk trio Columbus have today unveiled new video ‘Say What You Want’, which documents their recent UK live debut as support to Roam & Like Pacific in November 2016. The track fittingly features guest vocal appearances from Roam’s Alex Costello and Like Pacific’s Jordan Black, and is taken from 2016’s debut album ‘Spring Forever’ “Say What You Want speaks about moving past bad relationships and living each day for yourself. It felt more than appropriate to shoot the video during our recent tour of the UK, which was a time filled with pints of beer, friends and good music.”…

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Minus The Bear Release First Album In Five Years

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Minus the Bear are excited to announce their new album VOIDS, due out March 3rd. VOIDS is the Seattle band’s sixth full-length album, and first new LP in half a decade. It also marks the band’s return to their original label home, Suicide Squeeze Records, a longtime pillar of the Emerald City’s vaunted indie rock scene. Fans can hear “Invisible”, the first single off VOIDS, and learn more about the album via an interview with Noisey posted today. For the past 15 years Minus the Bear have made music on their own terms while carving out their own unique musical…

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The Tapestry, Witchwood Ashton-u-Lyne 26th December 2016

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The Farewell Gig! It seems somewhat fitting that Tameside band The Tapestry whose early gigs were at The Witchwood in Ashton should return almost six years later to play their final farewell gig before finally calling it a day. Much has been written about why The Tapestry failed to make the impact and get the recognition they deserved but tonight the sell out crowds focus is on the gig and the anticipation of another wild Tapestry performance highlighting what a brilliant live band they are. Packed out with adoring fans, the Witchwood is already rocking when the band stroll on…

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Rag’n’Bone Man Sells Out Biggest Headline Tour To Date

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Rag’n’Bone Man has sold out his biggest headline tour to date. Opening this April, the dates sold out in record time and includes two shows at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. He will also headline The Great Escape Festival in Brighton this May. Rory was also awarded 2nd place in the BBC Sound Of 2017 last week. News of the accolade follows an incredible 2016 for the singer: recently crowned winner of the coveted BRITs Critics’ Choice Award, Rory was also tipped by Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, Amazon, The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, The Times plus many more. Single Human…

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The Day The Music Died….

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On this day in English music English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, painter, actor and all round legend, David Bowie passed away from liver cancer at his New York home two days after releasing the album Blackstar on his 69th birthday. The cliché about David Bowie is that he was a musical chameleon, adapting himself according to fashion and trends. While such a criticism is too glib, there’s no denying that Bowie demonstrated a remarkable skill for perceiving musical trends at his peak in the ’70s. After spending several years in the late ’60s as a mod and as an all-around music…

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The Stranglers Announce HUGE UK Tour

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The Stranglers will be back on the road again in March 2017. Following the sell-out success of their Black and White Tour in March last year, the group will, this time, present the Classic Collection to coincide with the planned re-release of the entire Stranglers studio album catalogue from the period 1977-82. Drawing from this expansive and impressive catalogue that spans some 40 years, the Stranglers will enthral audiences with an exciting mix of material, all bearing the distinctive signature style of this most enduring of British bands; driving rhythms, anthemic melodies, quirky time signatures and occasional dark humour, held…

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Cage The Elephant Sell Out UK Tour. Were You Lucky Enough To Get Tickets?

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Cage The Elephant’s UK tour this month, which includes their biggest London show to date at Brixton Academy, has now completely sold out. Long celebrated as one of the most explosive live bands in the world, Cage The Elephant truly lived up to that billing at Reading and Leeds Festivals last year, completely packing out the Radio 1 / NME stage at both events and for many providing one of the most ‘’talked about’’ sets of the weekend. Cage The Elephant’s current album ‘Tell Me I’m Pretty’ has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the ‘Best Rock Album’ category.…

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Record of the Week: Young Romance ‘Pulling At The Grey’

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London-based duo Young Romance have released their long-awaited debut album, ‘Another’s Blood’, out on Banquet Records. ‘Another’s Blood’ is a beautifully constructed 10-track epic that merges the powerful vocals of Claire Heywood and raw garage guitars of Paolo Ruiu to create something truly unique. While setting a dark tone throughout with their new wave inspired songwriting, anthemic choruses and vocal hooks will draw you in immediately and stay with you long after first listen. Doubling up as drummer, Heywood fronts Young Romance impressively while guitars are allowed to wash over her, creating walls of feedback and riffs. Taking their cues…

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RedFaces Announce 16 Date UK Tour

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In these dying days, as a brutal 2016 drags itself to a welcome end, guitars can seem rarer than hope. RedFaces are rarer still – a brand new guitar band snapped up by a major label in open defiance of chart stats and marketing departments. Newly signed to RCA and with a debut single – the incendiary ‘Kerosene’ – available now (with a limited 7” due on February 3rd), RedFaces are Harry Lyon, Isaac White, Charlie Yapp and Ryan Laycock. Four lads from Sheffield treading what was once a well-worn path, these days the road less travelled. The journey started…

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Westworld

Westworld re-release review

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Westworld was recently re-introduced to the wider masses in a new format, packaged together nicely over a much grander scale this time around. I’ll forgive you if you thought I was referring to the recent TV series Westworld, but it couldn’t possibly be any further from the truth. Westworld is a post-punk belter of an album from Theatre Of Hate. The album, which was produced by Mick Jones of The Clash fame, entered the UK charts at a respectable No.17 when it was originally released back in 1982, with the lead single ‘Do You Believe In The West World’ becoming…

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Placebo, Wembley Arena, London

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I fell in love with Placebo six years ago, after listening to Every You and Every Me for the first time, and after seeing its accompanying video, the Cruel Intentions cut. Slowly, but surely, my love for Placebo grew; I became completely fascinated by their sloppy sadness, painful lyrics and cathartic sound. By Brian Molko’s dresses, smokey eyes, nasal voice, by his mysterious demeanour and saddened self, by the alluring dynamic he shares with Stefan Olsdal. I found comfort in their verses and listening to their music represented a healing process for me. So, naturally, as any respectable, head-over heels…

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