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John Ashton
Passionate about all things music, film and photography related. Lennon, Elvis, Manics, Oasis. Tell me otherwise! Peace.
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Shader return with new single There Was A Time

Can Shader manage to capture the magic again with their fourth single? After a trilogy of behemoth singles that set the bar high, the band continue that successful trend with the release of There Was A Time. The song flows with upbeat energy which fills you with a summery vibe that makes you want to get up and savour the moment as if it was your last. From the opening… Keep Reading

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NEW RELEASE: Shader Release Third Single ‘Silver’

If the four-piece were hoping for a trilogy of great singles then they have succeeded. The song’s guitar work is a spiky, epic assault on the system as it thumps along relentlessly with a sense of freedom and joyousness. The track was recorded at Faktory Studios by Si Jones of The Verve fame, and mixed by Tom Twemlowe. It was always going to be fascinating to hear what Shader would… Keep Reading

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REVIEW: Blue Nation Release Powerhouse Album ‘Kaftan Society’

The agonisingly long and tantalising wait for the new album from the Birmingham-based three-piece is now over. After a wave of behemoth singles that set the bar high, can Kaftan Society carry on the praise? Opener ‘Gimme Some Time’ sets the mood, and as I said in the single review back in May, ‘There’s something beautiful about the way it rolls along like an eighteen-wheeler about to mow you down.’… Keep Reading

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Trampolene Release Impressive New Single

‘The One Who Loves You’ is the latest release from the three-piece hailing from Swansea. It’s a soulful acoustic-driven anthem with a chiming ’60s feel-good ambience. There is absolutely no way you will not be immersed in this infectious track. Trampolene have boosted the release with ‘There’s No More Rockstars’ as the b-side. Vocalist and guitarist Jack Jones says,”‘The One Who Loves You’ is quite different for us, less distortion… Keep Reading

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Ocean Colour Scene Unleash New EP This November

Hearing Simon Fowler’s majestic voice singing new words has been long overdue, so when opener Another Bard May Chant begins, that agonising wait is washed away, leaving you in a state of euphoria. Yes, Ocean Colour Scene are back. The song is something of a funky rocker, driven along by what sounds like a drum machine, which is a rather different take for the band. The track really does try… Keep Reading

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Tempesst Unleash Glorious New EP

Tempesst are an Australian London-based quintet and the impressive quality of musicianship is obvious from the get-go on their latest release. The forthcoming Doomsday EP is a four-part document of the band finding new avenues to explore, setting out a lush, almost-psychedelic adventure for the listener. ‘A Little Bit Of Trouble’ has a dreamy, hypnotic vibe as it grooves along. The track is an infectious, tantalising ballad-like slice of musical… Keep Reading

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Moses Release ‘Cause You Got Me’ Single

Cause You Got Me, the latest single from London-based four-piece Moses, is a terrific little number and sure to get one hell of a reaction. The track is a shining example of the group’s flair for a catchy hook and infectious melody. Interestingly, Cause You Got Me has managed to find a home on the ‘Tomb Raider’ soundtrack, and although the quality of the movie is somewhat questionable, the song… Keep Reading

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Shader Release Second Hit Single ‘Streets Tell Stories’

Shader return in glorious fashion with their second single and it’s simply brilliant. After whetting our appetites back in January with their first single, ‘Broken Minds’, the four-piece from Macclesfield have unleashed what is quite possibly one of the best track of 2018. ‘Streets Tell Stories’ possesses the quality of a seasoned band which wastes no time in embedding itself into your brain. It’s big, powerful and has a confident… Keep Reading

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Blue Nation To Release Their Monstrously Infectious 3rd Single

The Birmingham-based three-piece are about to unleash their third single ‘Gimme Some Time’ and it completes a great trilogy of singles. It was always going to be interesting to hear what the band would come up with after their previous two singles, which were both beastly, melodic anthems. If the sounds of ‘Gimme Some Time’ are anything to go by then their forthcoming début album is one to be excited… Keep Reading

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James Release New EP

James are back, constantly evolving, and here they release something quite magical. The new EP consists of four new songs, and is the band’s first material since 2016’s Girl At The End Of The World. ‘Better Than That’ – which also happens to be the name of the forthcoming album – is an upbeat monster of a song with classic James vibes. It’s infectious, melodic pop that draws you in… Keep Reading

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Skull Unleash Their Début Album ‘Thoughts Of The Others’

Leeds four-piece Skull release Thoughts Of The Others, but does their powerful live reputation translate to the record? A short spoken voice section opens Skull’s début album, which rather intrusively carries on throughout in an effort to create a narrative. Much like David Bowie’s cringe-worthy ramblings on his 1995 album 1.Outside that nobody cared about, these superfluous spoken monologues are an attempt to trace a journey, yet they feel out… Keep Reading

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Maker Are About To Unleash Their Début Album ‘DEA’

Lead single ‘Soul’ kicks Maker’s début album off in style, with a high-level energy boasting a glorious mid ’70s stomping rock sensibility, setting the overall tone and vibe that is to come over the next twelve tracks, making an instant impact. It perfectly encapsulates everything good that the band stand for and want to accomplish with their music. ‘Dead Ends & Avenues’ is perhaps best summed up as The Charlatans… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: Blue Nation ‘Rich Girl’

Back in September when reviewing Blue Nation’s previous single, the stomping rock anthem ‘Good Times’, I said that one could only hope that it was just beginning of good times for the band. So, how does this follow-up fare? ‘Rich Girl’ is another slice of anthemic rock of astronomical proportions from the Birmingham trio, with a dark grittiness running through the track’s DNA. The beefy track is bursting at the… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: Factory ‘Little Black Book’

Liverpool-based Factory unleash their impressively groove-filled, powerful new single ‘Little Black Book’. When a song turns up the amps to the max, becoming an engaging filthy rocker as ‘Little Black Book’ does, there is simply nothing that comes close to the thrill of a rock ‘n’ roll song that oozes with such attitude. The band’s new single is a well-crafted and inventive piece of explosive music that packs a lot… Keep Reading

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Shader ‘Broken Minds’ ‘An Impressive First Single

Shader are a four-piece rock ‘n’ roll band hailing from the Macclesfield and Manchester areas and have just released their sensational début single to the world. Having received praise on the live circuit, have the band managed to capture that magic and transfer it across to recorded music? A lot of bands fail to make an impact when releasing records after having gained a certain level of popularity on the… Keep Reading

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Record of the Week: Ex-Supergrass Drummer, Danny Goffey Releases New Single

Danny Goffey’s name may not be familiar with some people, but mention Supergrass and the penny will drop. He’s released a new solo track entitled ‘Ancient Text’, with guest vocals delivered by Suede’s Brett Anderson. The track has traces of Supergrass in there, especially the condensed running time of 2:33, but overall it has more of a glam feel to it, even managing to sound not unlike ‘Rock the Casbah’… Keep Reading

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REVIEW: Shed Seven’s First Album In Sixteen Years Has Been Worth The Wait

The York five-piece unleash their first album since 2001’s Truth Be Told to much anticipation, but does it manage to meet those high expectations? When reviewing the thunderous ‘Room In My House’, which was the first new material to be heard from the band, I said that the track had enough freshness, swagger and energy to set the bar extremely high for their forthcoming fifth album. That bar was indeed… Keep Reading

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The Slow Readers Club Release Upbeat New Single “Lunatic”

The Slow Readers Club are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with and the release of their new single, Lunatic, cements that fact. The track has an epic 80s funky electronic vibe to it as it soars along, possessing melancholic depth, giving the song heart, soul and intensity. It has shades of Gary Numan to it with its upbeat and almost dreamlike edge. The track was produced by long-time… Keep Reading

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Stillia Release Their Second Single ‘4am’

Stillia’s second single ‘4am’ is taken from their forthcoming album ‘From Ground To Light’ and bestowed the title of Flick of the Finger’s Record of the Week. In a nutshell the track is about turning up drunk on your lover’s doorstep at 4am (if you somehow manage to stay out that late). It’s not a particularly clever lyric, but it’s potentially relatable to some listeners, but it’s the beauty and… Keep Reading

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Ed Blaney’s Urban Nature feat. Mark E. Smith

For an album that is basically twenty years in the making, you’d be forgiven for expecting there to be a lot riding on it. After many abandoned efforts and other projects, including writing with Mark E Smith for The Fall, and an interesting Smith & Blaney album, Ed Blaney has finally pulled it off, creating a record that features several members of 90s Salford band Trigger Happy, Mark E Smith… Keep Reading

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