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QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 26.01.04
26 January 2004 / 14 Trk CD
:: The Twilight Singers :: Amp Fiddler :: Fila Brazillia ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 26th January 2003

LOGIC WILL BREAK YOUR HEART * Record Of The Week*
26 January 2004 / 679 / 12 Trk CD
:: The Stills ::
The Stills bury their ears in the shimmering rock/melodics of a post 1990 shoegazing Creation - make this your album-to-have

SPINNING
26 January 2004 / 1 Trk Cd :: Wildstar
:: Clarkesville ::
The one big attribute that Mr Clarkesville possesses is that he writes and performs all of this himself, but undoubtedly for M-O-R lovers everywhere

PIGS AND THEIR FARMS
26 January 2004 / 4 Trk CD :: Shifty Disco
:: The Unisex ::
The Swedish six-piece impressed with their debut “Take Me Higher” and “Pigs And Their Farms” exploits, yet again, the soaring vocals and capable, jangling guitar lines

RUN
26 January 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk Cd
:: Snow Patrol ::
Magnificent and if you haven’t yet moved yourself to purchase “Final Straw”, do so now.

STUMBLE & FALL
26 January 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk Cd
:: Razorlight ::
Razorlight deliver their best song to date exploiting bouncing rock moves and a rattling anthem to boot

LAY OF THE LAND
26 January 2004 / Matador Records / 12 Trk CD
:: Seachange ::
Seachange somehow seem to have come up with a cocktail of pure rock and roll, psychedelia and nervous post punk new wave rattles

THE WILD SON
26 January 2004 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk Cd
:: The Veils ::
A curiously slow burning, multi-layered performance churns along quite happily with a whiff of a darker Starsailor

KICK IT * record of the week *
19 January 2004 / XL / 3 Trk CD
:: Peaches :: Feat. Iggy Pop ::
Sparse but effective and like putting your legs in a meat grinder

LONG TIME COMING
19 January 2004 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD
:: Delays ::
In the grand tradition of chiming, harmony-soaked pop, with a whiff of the Beach Boys, Beatles and other 60s luminaries

TRUCK ON
19 January 2004 / 3 Trk CD (2 M Recordings)
:: Simple Kid ::
Combines Simple Kids’ quirky outlook with a catchy chorus and also revisits his ability to generate bohemian electro-folk with a pulsating American heart.

ANGEL IN DISGUISE
19 January 2004 / 1 Trk Promo :: Victory
:: Minus ::
A hard charging, heavy bass driven piece of blistering rock, haunting but thrusting vocals and chugga-chugga guitars and semi-gothic interludes.

HARDER TO BREATHE
19 January 2004 / BMG / SonyBMG / 1 Trk Promo (Octone / J Records)
:: Maroon 5 ::
Certainly not cutting edge, but decent enough and probably one for Radio 2 slots

MENTAL
19 January 2004 / Universal / 3 Trk CD
:: The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster ::
Not unlike a hurled bottle of gas with a lit rag sticking out of the top

(I HATE) EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU
12 January 2004 / Music For Nations / 3 Trk CD
:: Three Days Grace ::
Three Days Grace tip their hand when it comes to getting a glimpse of how hard and complex they can get although the lead track here is a little obvious

MISTY ROWE
12 January 2004 / XL / 3 Trk CD
:: Young Heart Attack ::
Could easily have slipped from the larynx of the late great Bon Scott, with it’s grinding fistful of chords and sunny but dangerous melody

TAKE ME OUT
12 January 2004 / Domino / 3 Trk CD
:: Franz Ferdinand ::
A clever mix of Strokes Lo-Fi with the gothic single note epic strums of guitars not a million miles away from true originals like The Chameleons

ALL MEDICATED GENIUSES
12 January 2004 / Matador Records / 3 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Pretty Girls Make Graves ::
Clashing guitars are both sonically challenging and pleasing, the swing and punch of the chorus just leaving you dizzy and delighted in equal measures

TAKE THE BOX
12 January 2004 / Universal / 3 Trk CD (Island)
:: Amy Winehouse ::
A sweet, silky distinctive voice, in this case, set to a jazzy, smokey soundtrack

THE PUSH
12 January 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Underwater
:: Paul Jackson : Steve Smith ::
Dirty Vegas man Steve Smith has stuck on some vocals to Jacksons original instrumental and the net effect is actually quite striking

REPTILIA
12 January 2004 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD
:: The Strokes ::
Tuneful, fashionably abrasive and most of all even more listenable

DOUBLE MINE PLUS FOUR
11 January 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Novasmoke ::
Heavy, heavy, heavy, well rounded and providing some glimmers of greatness

TRANSITION
11 January 2004 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: The Longcut ::
The Longcut have achieved some headshrinking, thematic scores - abrasive, exciting, epic - welcome to the next generation of alt.post.rock excellence

WHO AM I
11 January 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Tarzan Stripes ::
Numan meets Beck on a dark night with a Brian Ferry fronted Soft Cell in tow

ON THE BACK OF AN EVELOPE
11 January 2004 / Demo / 9 Trk CD
:: Isobel Heyworth ::
Heyworths tender insights are both a pleasing and touching experience, but more importantly, the music exactly conveys all of the emotions and atmospherics it deserves

EVERYTHING GROWS LIGHT
11 January 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: A Day Left ::
Grunge guitars and pounding drums, show A Day Left are expertly drafting up some well polished and ingenious, metallic tunes

FUNKY DREAD NOWT
11 January 2004 / Eli Records / 4 Trk CD
:: Mrs Cakehead ::
Down to Earth but not of this planet - Cakeheads ragga Lanc dub is strange but listenable

UMTITLED
11 January 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Freddy Harrison ::
Harrison has devoured his “Sheffield 1979” influences like a Harry Potter novel

WONDERLUST
11 January 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Ocean8 ::
Fine tunes, stoked up guitars and finely delivered broadsides are impressive

SHADOW BOXING
11 January 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Champion Kickboxer ::
Full of Peel and Lamacq potential, with their brash new rock alternative indie played with a vocal that‘s part Blur and part Pulp

DEMO
11 January 2004 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Ona ::
Raw, but offers the promise of rambling, scuttering pre-77 Byrne on jazz

DAY OF THE YEAR
11 January 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: mia ::
Mia sparkle easily in starry eyed wonder as they leave you in a wake of new folk masterpieces

TAKING THE BAIT
11 January 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Tricky Nixon ::
Simple with a deadly serious feel that reels you into it’s rumbling bass lines and layered off kilter vocals

OPINICUS
11 January 2004 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Emmet ::
Emmet need to decide if they’re a “Reel To Reel” era Simple Minds or really 21st Century Euro Electro Pioneers and not sit in between

LOVE WILL TEAR US APART
05 January 2004 / Demo / 12 Trk CD
:: Litmus ::
Classic re-runs of Mancunian groundbreaking tunes is at times odd but a pretty compulsive listen. Listen to that viola lick and the violin riff...

ENGINEERING WORKSHOP
05 January 2004 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Starbase 109 ::
Intriguing mix of the Clangers and the theme tune to Bits and Bobs is a post-ironic attempt at electro-cool

VOYEUR
05 January 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Spanglephish ::
Impressive instrumental led moments pepper a competent but astounding lack of meaningful vocals

E.P.
05 January 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Shards Of Glass ::
A teenage riot contained within the glittering dimensions of the CD’s plastic and optics

'AVIN IT LARGE
05 January 2004 / Demo / 7 Trk Cd
:: Waiger ::
Refreshingly simple three chord blast of proto-punk, post baggy influenced indie often hits the mark but needs focus

SOUL RETRIEVE
05 January 2004 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Session 9 ::
The contrasts don’t appear with the desired effect and clumsy timing and heavy handed mixing hampers a genuinely fantastic potential

RESIGNED
05 January 2004 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Nikoli ::
Guitars happily buzz along, with raw, jangled rusty sounds and an infectious alternative indie sound that swoops and glides with plenty of shimmering sonics

ZERO POINT
05 January 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Red Vinyl Fur ::
The two accompanying tracks to Zero Point are the best songs that Red Vinyl Fur have yet produced...read on

DEMO
05 January 2004 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: Invincible Counter Offensive ::
Forget the blatant references and ICO are on to a pretty good thing that just needs a decent recording

THE THOMAS PINK SESSION
05 January 2004 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Decoration ::
Thank god for inventing the crushing, shimmering capabilities of the guitar

TEMPTED
05 January 2004 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: White Buffalo ::
Epic, but overblown, with Ian Gillan inspired vocals peppering a sub-rock soundtrack

BURDEN
05 January 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Like I Care ::
West Coast / LA inspired punk, melds the Dead Kennedy politico logic with the bluster of Green Day

TAKE IT EASY
05 January 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Overtone ::
From eloquent post-Radiohead to bone crunching New Rock intensity

TEARS FOR THE JOURNEY
05 January 2004 / Mate / 4 Trk CD
:: Roger ::
Northern Euro-pop that nods knowingly to late ‘70’s Berlin and which immerses itself perfectly into Manchester’s dance bound culture

I FEEL
05 January 2004 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Purgatory State ::
Grinding, darkly lit corridors of a noisefest Hole with a headache, Post Punk PMT screams checked with a rusty nail through your wrist

THE DROWING NYMPH
05 January 2004 / 2 Trk Cd :: Complete Control Music
:: The Hot Puppies ::
Fast paced jump start ska pops and barrel organ jitters are the best fun you’ll find for your ears

THE MONEY SHOT
05 January 2004 / 15 Trk CD (trks sched for rel via V/VM)
:: Fast Lady ::
A sexed up Soft Cell, all cabaret pastiche and antagonistic, angsty vox mangled into 70's cock rock and fuzzy guitar riffs

LITTLE LIGHT
05 January 2004 / Demo / 2 Trk Cd
:: The Shallow Call ::
The widescreen scutter is definitely something to rouse the rebels - full points on a smouldering demo

PAIN / STRONGER
05 January 2004 / Demo / 2 Trk Cd
:: The Tides ::
The strength of voice to match singers like James Walsh with a carefully controlled and restrained tug on the melodies

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