HEAD NOISE: Microwave EP (Self released Aug 2018)

Aberdare based posse Head Noise return with their second EP this year.

Eighties Electro Pop is an odd genre to revive. And a brave move, it is a style has not really stood the test of time. But Head Noise somehow manage to make it sound cool. Cooler than it was in the eighties.

This EP mixes nostalgia with irony in a way that really should not work. But does. Continue reading HEAD NOISE: Microwave EP (Self released Aug 2018)

SLAVES: Acts of Fear and Love (Virgin 2018)

This third album from Slaves, Kent’s number one punk outfit, is a full frontal dose of sass and attitude. As we have come to expect.

Attitude? Tick. Swagger? Tick. No frills? Tick. Songs about everyday life? Tick. Lo-fi? Tick. Yep, it’s punk rock. Although punk with a twenty first century twist.

Chwarae teg, they don’t half make a racket for two guys with drums and some guitars.

They first grabbed our attention when we caught them live. Boy do they put on a show and a half. Does that translate onto disc? Well, sometimes. Old numbers like the Hunter have blown us away with their raw power.

For this album they have tried to progress with their sound, taking it into new territory. Now we would normally be the last to complain about that sort of thing, but there is a limit to how sophisticated you can get with just guitar and drums. These more melancholy moments don’t work for us – at least not on the first half dozen listens. Maybe they will grow on us with time.

It’s not all bad news though. Tunes like ‘Bugs’, ‘Chokehold’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence’ show glimpses of that old sonic attack and we remember why we liked them in the first place.

No doubt if we persevere with it we will grow to love it. But life is too short, too many other good albums out there for us to wrap around our lives.

We will still be making a beeline for their next live gigs in the ‘hood though.

DEAD AT 27: Bring in the lights (Self Released August 2018)

Dead at 27 drop ten new tracks to (hopefully) prove that you don’t have to be dead to be appreciated.

Eighty years to the day since the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson shuffled off his mortal coil, and thus claiming his place as the first member of the ‘Dead at 27 club’, this upcoming South Wales alt-metal outfit release their first album on all good streaming platforms.  Ask them nicely and you might be able to get hold of a limited copy on one of those ye olde compact discs.

In their two short years of gigging they have earned themselves a reputation with crowds, sound engineers and pub landlords alike as being loud enough to wake the dead. And this reputation is cemented with this release. Although it is not loud for the sake of it. It is tight, crisp, precision loudness, with volume used as another tool in the kit. Continue reading DEAD AT 27: Bring in the lights (Self Released August 2018)

Robert Johnson: Legend lives on 80 years after death

Eighty years ago today, Robert Johnson went to the great Juke Joint in the sky.

Johnson allegedly went down to the crossroads and sold his soul to the devil, in return for fame fortune and rock and roll stardom – all be it a good two decades before the invention of rock and roll.

As an itinerant performer who played mostly on street corners, in juke joints, and at Saturday night dances, Johnson had little commercial success or public recognition in his lifetime. Continue reading Robert Johnson: Legend lives on 80 years after death

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 178 – Landed, Griffstock, Not the end of the World and all that Jazz

Landed, Griffstock, Not the end of the World, Beautiful Days, Green Man. Just a few of the festivals coming up in the next two weeks. And they are just a few of the festivals we previewed on show 178.

Relive our evening of jolly festival japes by checking out the Mixcloud thingy below

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LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio 178 – Festival mayhem again

Festival season is now at that head spinning mind numbing stage where there are just too many gigs to be able to go to with one body.

With this show we will try to make sense of some of what is coming up, with Landed (again), Griffstock, Not the End of the World, Beautiful Days, Green Man and more. All mixed up with our usual selection of new releases.

Buckle up brothers and sisters, we’re not in Kansas anymore.

Tune in to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm Tuesday 14th August

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LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 177 – Landed (part one) and Boom Town preview

 Another one of our festival preview shows. Mainly Landed festival (part one) and a bit of Boomtown.

When I were a boy there were not many legitimate festivals around. The hardest decision we had to make was at Glastonbury, because so many good bands were on at the same time.

Fast forward to today, and not only are bands clashing but festivals are clashing. And in august there are four or five decent festivals on each weekend.

For this show we focused on Landed, the best in-land festival in Wales, and Boomtown – an event that has ambitions to be better than Glastonbury.

We will also had a smidgen of Green gathering, following on from our show dedicated to the festival last week.

Listen again below like innit

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