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Crown of Thorns: Omen Machine

Omen Machine is new young 5-piece band on the East Midlands Metal scene and in Crown of Thorns, their first single, they are setting the bar mighty high. They describe themselves as an ‘Alternative Metal’ band and within the first few bars of the…

Alex Cavan…A Man on a Mission

All For YouAlex Cavan https://www.facebook.com/cavanmusic/ Life can be so tough and music is such a great method for people to express the way they cope with the challenges that come along. All For You is a heart-on-the-sleeve love song from talented musician , Alex Cavan….

Jack Ryan – The kids are alright…

How do folks? You find me in the midst of a rather manic day before a holiday. My car needs packing, there’s mixes to mix and I have other exciting things occurring that I’m dying to share in good time! Today’s blog however, focuses…

Olly Hensby: Finding an undiscovered gem down a Facebook wormhole

When I began pulling together artists for the latest series of The Pin-up Sessions I decided it was time to indulge my ears a bit and find an amazing bluesy/jazzy guitarist. I started my quest on Facebook and more specifically on some posts from…

Benjamin…Concrete Rose

When you look at the musical calibre of this new band, it just oozes quality! With connections to Unknown Era, Ferocious Dog and Idle Nova, you know you’re in for something really special. Of everything queued up before me today, Concrete Rose’s debut track,…

Code Blue…Jack Chapman

Nottingham is a city awash with young singer/songwriter talent and Jack Chapman fits the bill. Having decided to go solo at the end of last year, he is carving out quite a local following! He plays a cool guitar and has a delicious voice….

Four artists, one day and an abrupt, heavy sound of impact…

So after a few months away from Pin-up Session activity, the 12th of May went off with a bang. Or a clonk to be precise. Learning from all our shoots to date, the Pin-up squad* have come to the realisation that we can minimise…

Post Remedy…new sounds

New release: Enemy 4-piece Alt/Rock band from Nottingham. I don’t know what else they do, but I’ve been listening to this track on repeat for around 20 minutes now and it’s so chilled! The band are fronted by Jess, who’s vocals are a major…

#upthebabs

Pretty Babs haven’t been slouching since they released their debut album, Graffiti Lights, back in 2017 (I had to check then, in my head it was only last year!) – with an ever-growing gig schedule they’ve released a new EP, #upthebabs – building on their…

The Last Netflix Show

The Last Netflix Show May 2019  Everything comes to an end, Betamax lost out in the battle to  Video which became  subsumed by DVD which is becoming slowly taken  over by boxed sets stored on TV hard drives. ( Believe it or not I…

Faust…Infernal Symphony

‘Dissonance!’ In musical terms it means a general lack of harmony which, in Western music, our ears are unused to. In layman’s terms: think of the sound created when a cat walks up and down a piano keyboard! Got it? You need to know…

From Angus Young Impressions to The Pin-up Sessions: an introduction to my Roots blog.

Last week I had a message from Chris asking if I’d like to join the writing team at Roots. Whilst I’ve become a bit sick of late night dissertation writing marathons this year, a head scratch lasting about 0.5 seconds led me to say…

The Importance of Being Local

Whether you’re travelling from the borders of Sherwood Forest or the Derbyshire wilderness; it’s best to take a spare set of strings. When Chris asked a few of his closest muchachos, amigos y compadres if they would mind surrendering some of their time, effort…

Blue Lighting with Captain Accident (& the Disasters.) The Maze, Nottingham. 03/05/19

Emergency! Emergency! The Maze is closing down! Captain Accident & the Disasters come all the way from Cardiff to this well-loved venue to bring some much needed cheer. Adam Parsons (aka Captain Accident) sits alongside me in one of the big comfy chairs in…

Review: Ferocious Dog – Fake News and Propaganda

Taking you from the hearth of a fireplace to the heart of a rebellion, Nottingham’s own Celtic-punk Ferocious Dog have produced an album that has managed to infuse a healthy dosage of punk-style commentary into its diverse soundscape… Ken Bonsall and co may not…

Start Me Up

For many people live music of any sort is the pinnacle, forget the genre the sheer joy of playing, singing or performing music is enough.The bad news is that music venues are closing at an alarming rate  across the country and for varied reasons.  https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/apr/30/gig-venues-harley-sheffield-arctic-monkeys?CMP=share_btn_fb…

Extermination Dismemberment gig review at Albert’s Nottingham

Everyone has a dream, be they young imaginations shaping the future, the first 30 seconds of the play button being pressed on a Walkman, images and dreams created by music, but behind the screen of melodies, poetry and rhythm one asks, “why can’t I”…

The one thing you have to understand to get more gigs

Not all gigs are created equal: how to get the right gig for you So you want to play more gigs. It seems like other artists you know are performing all the time, so surely there must be a secret formula to getting gigs….

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