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Mark Sharpley
Greetings! The name is Mark, born in Macclesfield and now exiled in Colchester. I love music, just as long as it's groovy. My favourite band? The Smiths
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New Music – Gary Numan – ‘The Fallen’ E.P

Numan Behaviour…. Rammstein. Nine Inch Nails. Just two of the acts who owe a debt of gratitude to Gary Numan. An artist who not only kept with the times, but changed them as well. Songs like Cars, Are Friends Electric? and This Machine, were at the forefront of the New Wave movement. Music that stands the test of time, and Numan still produces a high standard today. None more so than his new E.P., The… Keep Reading

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Echo & The Bunnymen, The London Palladium

Echo, Bunnymen, Patience and Grace…. The London Palladium, one of the most famous venues in the country, played host to one of Liverpool’s most famous bands in Echo & The Bunnymen. The band, who are celebrating 40 years in the music business, were in the mood to treat the crowd on a packed Thursday night, and they certainly knew how to do it.  “How we all doing!!”, enquires enigmatic front… Keep Reading

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Suede at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith

The Per-Suede-ers…. Even before the ‘Britpop explosion’, Suede were miles ahead of anyone else. Great songs, great songwriters, great band. Fast forward to October 12th 2018, and have they mellowed with age? No. Not even close. A curtain adorns the stage as the silhouettes of the band make their way on, with a special loud cheer reserved for lead singer, Brett Anderson. And the shadows of Suede start us off… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: A Certain Ratio ‘ACR:SET’

Manchester music turns in A Certain Ratio….. Pioneers. Trendsetters. Icons. Those words have long been associated with Manchester music legends, A Certain Ratio. And now they bring their long and illustrious career to the full with the release of their greatest hits, ACR:SET. And if you haven’t come across the band and their work, then you are in for a treat with this album. All the hits and the best bits… Keep Reading

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Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood – Islington Union Chapel Hall

Two men, two albums, one show…. The idyllic setting of the Union Chapel Hall in Islington played host to two remarkable musicians, Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood. And these pair of talents treated a packed house to not one, but two albums worth of material. And here is how it all went down. First album – Black Pudding The moment Duke Garwood arrives on the stage to warm cheers and… Keep Reading

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New Music – Sukh – Let Me Love You

Sukh my kiss…….. Not many doctors are in the music business, as well as doing a fine job in our hospitals around the country. But Wolverhampton’s own Sukh isn’t like the rest. After staying on in Manchester, he has now combined his musical flair with his medical studies, and has the perfect remedy for those in need of new music attention. The song? Let Me Love You. And what a charming… Keep Reading

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New Release – Suede – The Blue Hour

Cometh the Blue Hour, cometh the Suede Since they returned after an 11 year hiatus in 2013, Suede graced us with the albums Bloodsports and Night Thoughts. And now Brett Anderson and company return with their brand new album, The Blue Hour. And an interesting album it is too. But don’t expect a short album though, as this has 14 songs on it. 14 songs that see Suede go into Kate Bush style territory, with strings… Keep Reading

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The VirginMarys – Northern Sun Sessions

Three Hail VirginMarys…….. Believe it or not, The VirginMarys have been around for quite a while. Since 2009 in fact. And the Macclesfield rockers show no signs of letting up with their third studio album, Northern Sun Sessions. So how does it fare? Well, it gets off to the usual signature heavy start with, Look Out For My Brother. An absolute no nonsense song from the band – Ally Dickaty and Danny Dolan –… Keep Reading

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New Music – Richard Ashcroft – Surprised By The Joy

Bring on the Joy with Richard Ashcroft It’s a very well known fact that The Verve are still regarded as one of the greatest British bands of the last 50 years. And that has had something to do with the quality of the songs they delighted crowds with. And now, Richard Ashcroft presents his latest single, Surprised By The Joy. Surprised By The Joy is taken from the forthcoming album from Richard… Keep Reading

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ShadowParty Live Birthdays, Stoke Newington

The ShadowParty ain’t over yet… And now it’s part two of our Stoke Newington live reviews, and it’s ShadowParty. A band that Flick Of The Finger has made a firm favourite with our readers. And on Thursday, they were at Birthdays in Stoke Newington, as part of their UK tour. So how was it? Really darn good, as a matter of fact. The core members, consisting of Tom Chapman and… Keep Reading

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Average Sex – Birthdays, Stoke Newington

Average Sex ain’t your average band As part of the ShadowParty show in Stoke Newington (that review will follow this one), London based indie rockers, Average Sex, were picked to get the festivities started. And they most certainly did.  The band, comprising of lead singer, and Gaelic charmer, Laetitia Bocquet, guitarists Sam O’Donovan and Louise Earwaker, bassist Jamie Graeme and drummer Finnigan Kidd, start off their high energy set with Hey… Keep Reading

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New Album Release – Echo & The Bunnymen – The Stars, The Ocean & The Moon

Echo & The Bunnymen with further proof that they never stop For an amazing 40 years, Echo & The Bunnymen have proved pivotal to the British rock music scene. The trials and tribulations of this band have been well documented, but they remain as important as ever. And to justify that, the band release their new album, The Stars, The Ocean & The Moon. And it’s an album that covers that… Keep Reading

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New Music – ShadowParty – Reverse The Curse

The ShadowParty ain’t over, the After Party has just begun…….. ShadowParty, the band made up of the New Order pairing of Tom Chapman and Phil Cunningham and Josh Hager and Jeff Friedl of Devo, have made a considerable impression in the music world in the last 2 months. I’m certainly a fan, and now there’s a remix E.P for everyone to enjoy. And it’s called the After Party E.P. Reverse… Keep Reading

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Barry Adamson – Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis

Barry Adamson……..the man you probably knew about already Barry Adamson should be a familiar name to a lot of the music fraternity. Well, he was one of the founding members of the Bad Seeds, along with Nick Cave. Film work has been done for the likes of Oliver Stone and David Lynch, to name but a few. But he is a solo artist in his own right too. And Set The… Keep Reading

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Liars – Murdrum

A return to form from Liars, and that’s the truth….. Since the year 2000, American/Australian rocksters, Liars, have been treating us to no less than 8 studio albums in that time. And now, a new album, Titles With The Word Fountain,  is on the release threshold. So a single has been released to give you a taste of things to come, and that single is called Murdrum. A very simple mix of… Keep Reading

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Interview With Shadowparty

ShadowParty come out of the shadows to talk to Flick Of The Finger. A combination of members from New Order and Devo, ShadowParty released their self titled album a few weeks ago, to great acclaim. So Flick Of The Finger thought it was time we had a little bit of a chat with them, and Tom Chapman and Josh Hager duly obliged….. So, how did the collaboration between yourselves come… Keep Reading

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New Single Release – Chris Liebing – Card House

Welcome to the Card House, Chris Liebing is waiting there for you…….. From the moment Kraftwerk blew the music world apart with their now iconic technological take on musical sound, it has needed someone with an equally sound musical footing to follow. And now, the path takes a new direction, courtesy of German born techno master, Chris Liebing, and his new, and extremely cool single, Card House. And it’s a song which… Keep Reading

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New Album Release – Interpol – Marauder

Be a marauder with Interpol and their new album….. From the humble beginnings of their debut at the Luna Lounge in New York, Interpol have certainly come a long way since their formation in 1997. 4 band members have since become 3, but that hasn’t stopped them releasing top drawer music. And Interpol continue that trend with the release of their sixth studio album, Marauder. So…what’s it like? First number on the… Keep Reading

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New Album Release – Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood “With Animals’

Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood take us on a trip to blues rock psychedelia….. When someone describes you as their “all time favourite artist”, it’s high praise indeed. That’s what former Screaming Trees singer and Queens Of The Stone Age cohort, Mark Lanegan, said of English blues rock master, Duke Garwood. And now they join together once again for the brand new album, With Animals. Save Me is the first track on… Keep Reading

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New Album Release – Alice In Chains – Rainier Fog

The evolution of Alice In Chains continues……. In the last 20+ years, it’s been fair to say that Alice In Chains have been through some trials and tribulations. The loss of founding member and bassist, Mike Starr, and that of iconic lead singer, Layne Staley, plus the great expectations of putting the band back together with a different vocalist, would make many bands throw in the towel. Not Alice In… Keep Reading

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