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THE USED
20 December 2002 / Warner (aol time warner) / 12 Trk CD Album
:: The Used ::
Sounds a bit like a heavy version of what The Cult would be like if they listened to Linkin Park, Pearl Jam, Motley Crew and Rage Against The Machine

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES
20 December 2002 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD
:: British Sea Power ::
They could sound so good, so arrogant, so melodic and so undeniably, infectiously, commandingly good

PSYCHOSIS SAFARI
20 December 2002 / Universal / 3 Trk CD
:: The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster ::
There’s a whiff of The Cramps on a dark, dirty mission. A further visit evokes the bouquet of The Damned dancing with The Birthday Party.

SCORPIO RISING
20 December 2002 / BMG / SonyBMG / 3 Trk CD
:: Death In Vegas ::
Seasonal, epic, melodic, tuneful, memorable and maybe even timeless

THE BEST LITTLE SORE SOUND INFEXSHUS
20 December 2002 / Skinny Dog / 3 Trk CD / 3 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Jackie O ::
Celebrates the death of Elvis just as Sid Vicious, with the grim reaper gripping his shoulder, was dancing on the kings grave

HI-FI SERIOUS
20 December 2002 / London / 12 trk CD plus 3 Trk DVD plus Addn’l Footage
:: A ::
After mopping up various rock awards and stealing the fans at sell out shows, this album is a snapshot of their heady mix of The Police mashed up with Rocked out Metal.

WOLF
20 December 2002 / Skint / 4 Trk Compilation CD
:: Dave Clarke ::
Dave Clarkes track shines out from this mini-compilation

DOES THIS LOOK INFECTED ?
20 December 2002 / Universal / 14 Trk Cd Album plus Bonus mini DVD
:: Sum41 ::
“..Infected?” raises the real prospect that this is one of the most fun and better pop punk rock albums since Green Days “Dookie”.

WE ARE SKINT
01 December 2002 / Skint / 24 Trk CD plus 26 Trk DVD
:: Various Artists ::
A must buy and testimony to the power of skint. At release it was also stupidly cheap to buy, given the quality of tracks and sheer volume

INSOUNDIARY
01 December 2002 / Promo / 6 Trk CD
:: Trip ::
Relatively laid back with a positive rock slant that incorporates a suitably contemporary outlook. There’s a lot of studio trickery crammed in as well

NIGHT VISION
01 December 2002 / EMI / 3 Trk CD
:: Hell Is For Heroes ::
Canvas of guitars is like a giant wave of sound and the tune itself just embeds itself into the back of your skull

GET AWAY
01 December 2002 / Virgin (EMI) / 3 Trk CD
:: The Music ::
There’s a lot of drivel and diluted indie masquerading as rock out there and I’m pleased to report that it doesn’t include The Music, who appear much to be the genuine article.

ALWAYS TRIPPING
01 December 2002 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: The Psychedelic Breakfast ::
The Psychedelic Breakfast serve up acoustically fuelled bluesy guitar leads and a folksy indie skiffle

DEMO
01 December 2002 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Recalcitrance ::
There’s nothing to suggest that Recalcitrance have anything other than a great interest in their live work and continuing playing to their mates

COMPLICATION
01 December 2002 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Twenty Twenty Vision ::
Gentle and can’t be faulted for it’s human touch despite the presence of machinery

25 EASY PIECES/LONG ROAD AGAIN
01 December 2002 / Promo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Earlies ::
Cool as F*ck

TO BE CLEAR
01 December 2002 / Promo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Agents Of Groove ::
An angsty skewered dose of punk and roll blues

STAND
01 December 2002 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Stricken ::
Traditional heavy rock metal number (late 70’s / 80’s) with a floating female vocal that shines over some neatly arranged verses and background synth sounds

YOU’LL NEVER KNOW
01 December 2002 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Immerse ::
slightly mixed quality on this indie offering - may be of interest or just too tried and tested ?

MILLION MILES AWAY
01 December 2002 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: ETO ::
irrespressibly impressive - oozes class, a great melody and superb song writing, with plenty of verve thrown into its melting delivery

SMILING FACE
01 December 2002 / Virgin (EMI) / 3 Trk CD
:: The Burn ::
An attractive proposition if didn’t end up sounding so ordinary

COUNTRY AND EASTERN
01 December 2002 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Paula Darwish ::
Effectively catches the spirit of Country / Americana, delivered by a singer / song writer from Manchester via Turkey

FADE IN TIME
01 December 2002 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Overtone ::
An almost Americana feel - There’s some slide guitar work adding a dash of magic and some harmonies that that re-inforce its west coast rock tag

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