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10 October 2002 / Promo / 3 Trk CD - 1000 Watt
:: David R Black ::
Haunting effects and subtle textures help conjure images of a taxi edging through the Bronx, headlights illuminating rain - like Travis Bickle ?
1000 WATT VOLUME ONE COMPILATION : 1000Watt
02 October 2002 / Promo / CD Album
:: Various Artists ::
1,000 Watt… celebrates the plethora of punk-cum-metal shows that have been rocking The Met Bar in Bury and indeed, the rest of the northwest for the past couple of years
HOW WE BUILT THE BOMB
01 October 2002 / Demo / CDR
:: Mantis ::
Alternating between blues influenced retro indie and at times dragging acoustic laments. Maybe a case of a rethink ?
01 October 2002 / Demo / CDR
:: Trip 69 ::
Iron Maiden fronted by John Major ? Read on.
01 October 2002 / Demo / 3 TRK CD
:: Kid Conspiracy ::
"Don’t judge a band by the grainy photo on the front. Give the record a spin, then tear ‘em to shreds.” - Young chancers Kid Conspiracy look set to prove my gross preconceptions (slightly) wrong with this collection of three tracks
07 October 2002 / Sobrierty / 11 TRK CD ALBUM
:: Hoggboy ::
Hoggboy are a powerful outfit and this debut justifies such accolades – they’ve had their leather jackets longer than the rest and learnt how to curl their lips long before the NME could retrieve pictures of a 1977 Billy Idol from their archives.
07 October 2002 / Independiente / 3 TRK CD
:: Kinesis ::
Ever had your fucking head kicked in by four 18 year olds. I just fucking have. In stereophonic wonder, I went down like the tramp in the opening scenes of “A Clockwork Orange”.
THE WORLD IS OURS
07 October 2002 / Fierce Panda / 2 TRK PROMO CD
:: The Rain Band ::
The Rain Band are at the moment, maybe one of Manchester’s best kept secrets, but this all set to change with the release of a one off single on Fierce Panda before their major label contract takes effect.
YOU WERE RIGHT
07 October 2002 / XL / 3 TRK CD
:: Badly Drawn Boy ::
Sounding a bit like Tom Petty doing a Beatles impression, Damon Gough’s latest offering sort of confirms his commercial viability and pop sensibility.
THIS AGE - [ Crystal Songs ]
01 October 2002 / Promo / 2 TRK PROMO
:: The Briefs ::
I was thanking my lucky stars that it was only a single and praying that I don’t get to review the album when b-side ‘Medication’ kicks in and hallelujah!
01 October 2002 / Mantra / 3 TRK CD
:: Parva (pre Kaiser Chiefs) ::
Throw in a frantic and erratic guitar solo and ‘Livin in the Hessles’ chant to fade, and you have one of the finest pop-metal moments since ‘Troublegum’-era Therapy?
I TO SKY
07 October 2002 / Lakota (Columbia / Sony) / 5 TRK SAMPLER CD
:: JJ72 ::
JJ72's post rock, highly strung musings were slightly ahead of their time a few years ago, but at long last things have caught up somewhat - a glimpse of some good possibilities from this sampler
21 October 2002 / Promo / 3 Trk CD + 10
:: Oceansize ::
Titanic and elemental, flaring directly into a cascading inferno of guitars and a whirlpool of sibilant effects - The first major label release from Oceansize is exclusively reviewed - read it hear first