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AMORE DEL TROPICO
26 February 2003 / Promo / 15 Trk Cd Album
:: The Black Heart Procession ::
If Bonnie and Clyde had ever conceived a child with Romeo and Juliet and it was made into musical, it would probably sound something like The Black Heart Procession

25 EASY PIECES/LONG ROAD AGAIN
28 February 2003 / Promo / 2 Trk Vinyl
:: The Earlies ::
Cool as F*ck

EYES WIDE OPEN
24 February 2003 / City Slang / 3 Trk CD
:: Radio 4 ::
Farewell, then, Joe Strummer. Your body may be – well, dead, to put it bluntly – but your spirit lives on in The Clash’s fine discography. And all who copied it.

DECEMBER FALLS
23 February 2003 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Kid Conspiracy ::
Throwing that many ideas out that you can’t see anything but a ready potential being demonstrated in an original mash of well read hard rock

THE IDEAL HEIGHT
25 February 2003 / Beggars Banquet / 3 Trk CD
:: Biffy Clyro ::
Headshrinking, intense, carefully crafted rush of adrenalin

I’LL DO ANYTHING
23 February 2003 / Warner (aol time warner) / 3 Trk CD
:: Simple Plan ::
A good example of trying to flog a dead horse

COMFORTING SOUNDS
23 February 2003 / SonyBMG / 3 Trk CD
:: Mew ::
The vocal is quite angelic in places and the song in full swing remembers the off kilter excellence of an early Associates

DAYBREAK Vs PRIDE
23 February 2003 / Universal / 3 Trk CD
:: Medium 21 ::
If you could possibly imagine REM fighting it out with early Violent Femmes, you’d be halfway to the point

AND THEY DANCED ON GLASS
23 February 2003 / Promo / 11 Trk CD
:: Star*Bodixa ::
Female vocals cut through over the rusty stringed guitars - there’s more than a feel of All About Eve about the record

PORTAL
25 February 2003 / Promo / 11 Trk CD
:: Gabrielle's Wish ::
America may have stolen, plundered and desecrated the sound of Manchester’s late ‘70’s- 80’s undeground music scene, but they could never capture its heart and soul. That, for sure, is the property of Gabrielle’s Wish

DRIVING
23 February 2003 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: When Animals Attack ::
The climatic crescendos just envelope you in the stereophonic audio equivalent of a mesmeric gaze

FILLING EMPTINESS WITH SWEDISH FURNITURE EP
23 February 2003 / Promo / 4 Trk CD
:: Narcissus ::
Reasonably dark indie, dreamy stuff with an upbeat posture with plenty to catch the imagination

STRIKE UP THE BAND
23 February 2003 / Wrath / 14 Trk Enhanced CD
:: The Scaramanga Six ::
Roughsawn enough to hold up your local post office

LAUGH LIKE A HORSE
23 February 2003 / Wrath / 5 TRK CD
:: Galitza ::
Galitza somehow manage to concoct exciting basement rock music, with a heady finesse, using only the basic ingredients.

LETTERS TO YOU
23 February 2003 / Universal / 3 Trk CD
:: Finch ::
Finch manage to avoid the use of too much cheese and conjure up a fairly respectable chorus with massive, text book produced guitars.

BANDAGES
23 February 2003 / EMI / 3 Trk Cd
:: Hot Hot Heat ::
Cabaret on the scale of a post career Wonderstuff.

BRAND NEW BOY
23 February 2003 / Promo / 2 Trk CD
:: Flylow Organization ::
Fuses nu-metal with mega-produced pop to serve up quite a heavy slice of guitar rock

HANG ON TO YOUR LOVE
23 February 2003 / BMG / SonyBMG / 3 Trk CD
:: The Vessels ::
Another band with a name beginning with “The”

THE BITTER END
23 February 2003 / Virgin (EMI) / 3 Trk CD
:: Placebo ::
Still cutting it and a welcome return

TWO MOONS
23 February 2003 / HTI / 3 Trk Cd
:: Adam Snyder ::
A much better alternative to say David Gray or even better, Jimmy Naill. But seriously, this Arthur Baker co-written number is all shiny and sparkly and full of melodic charm.

L’ILLUSTRATION MUSICALE
23 February 2003 / Mantra / 10 Trk Album
:: King Of Woolworths ::
Dot Allison layers on her monotone angelic voice to the sound of punchy synths and a thumping bass line. So glamorously stripped bare it still fills the room with some heady intoxicating sounds

ESTAURY ENGLISH – MUSIC FROM MEMPHIS INDUSTRIES VOLUME ONE
23 February 2003 / Promo / 17 Trk Cd album
:: Various Artists ::
Despite my initial reaction to hate the album on the basis that I hate this kind of music, it is actually rather good

LOST CONTROL
17 February 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: then came music ::
Since Interpol slipped through the net I believe official restrictions on “Use Of Delay Pedals” have been lifted at long last

THE TRUTH IS NO WORDS
17 February 2003 / Virgin (EMI) / 3 Trk Enhanced CD (video of title track)
:: The Music ::
Now The Music make music videos in America. Robert Harvey’s vocals are definitely getting awesome and Adam Nutter’s guitar work is getting pretty inspirational

LIGHT & DAY
17 February 2003 / 679 / 3 Trk CD
:: The Polyphonic Spree ::
A skip down melody lane in a world where everyone carries a brass instrument and enjoys a good singalong

MMMNN
17 February 2003 / Southern Fried Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Grandadbob ::
Computer designed and generated it has another lovely lady “banging out a tune” with a few whispers and sexy vocal rasps

HAYLING
27 February 2003 / Skint / 5 TRK CD
:: FC / Kahuna ::
Not written by 40 year olds and performed by TV selected teenagers

PUSHIN
17 February 2003 / London / 5 TRK CD
:: Nylon Pylon ::
This isn’t just a studio dance band tinkering with electrical gadgets, its an outfit that’s prepared to experiment with live instrumentation and ballsy computerised trickery

BLUE JEANS
17 February 2003 / Promo / 3 Trk CD
:: Ladytron ::
The intro even vaguely sounds like a digitised version of a goth rock theme tune with some 80’s stadium electro rock underneath it all

ALMOST THE SAME
17 February 2003 / Domino / 3 Trk CD
:: Clearlake ::
The band - and very able label Domino - have recognised their own luck and released a few minutes of the genius that is “Almost The Same”

LOVE BUZZ EP
16 February 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Jobe ::
They can play as loud as they like as long as it doesn’t scare the children and your granny can whistle it

And They Obey
17 February 2003 / Independiente / 3 Trk CD
:: Kinesis ::
The words are exhaled with all of the intent of a rampaging teen and the length of these tracks leave room only for sticking to the point

WHIP IT ON (EP)
04 February 2003 / Promo / 8 trk Cd (crunchy frog)
:: The Raveonettes ::
For an audience weary of media cheerleading, it may be difficult to swallow, but this time believe the hype

THE NEON HANDSHAKE
03 February 2003 / EMI / 12 Trk CD ALBUM
:: Hell Is For Heroes ::
Hell Is For Heroes continue to triumph with an ear damaging and heart thumping collection of new century anthems

EASY RIDER
03 February 2003 / Universal / 3 Trk CD
:: The Rain Band ::
A brand of more mature sophisto electro rock that will appeal to those with bigger CD collection that reaches back to those “Halcyon Days”

DANSE MACABRE
03 February 2003 / City Slang / 9 Trk CD Album
:: The Faint ::
You can’t hear Danse Macabre without its cultural context because it’s an album built out of cultural references. It gets its kicks not being The Faint, but from being The Faint being their darkling electro heroes

SEVEN EASY PIECES
03 February 2003 / Rough Trade / 7 Trk Cd
:: The Detroit Cobras ::
Something that drags over some of the fashionable credibility of the Americas, but brings with it something a little more home grown

ONCE UPON A TIME
02 February 2003 / Centro Del Blanco / 2 Trk CD & 7
:: The Bandits ::
Loose stringed acoustic guitar, tea-chest bass and hammond organ sounds combine to provide the unhinged rhythm and blues/country rock/60’s beat sound

OPEN WIDE
03 February 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk Cd
:: Omerta ::
Much of the demo follows the tracks of a moody, not exclusively Mancunian, but rained on vibe

BLACK FEVER
02 February 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Innasence ::
Innasence are at their best when they strip away the overbearing influence of their peers and find their own voice

THE CATCH SEQUENCE
03 February 2003 / Promo / 3 Trk CD (for 5 trk release)
:: The Capital Stereo Conspiracy ::
The Capital Noise Conspiracy seem to be all about aftermath. However, the embers still burn brightly with shards of life still hollering out of the wreckage

CEDARS
02 February 2003 / Domino / 11 Trk CD Album
:: Clearlake ::
In love with parts of the record and confounded by others - Maybe its about time there was more of this kind of thing around

ALL YOU NEED IS HATE
02 February 2003 / Mantra / ALL YOU NEED IS HATE
:: The Delgados ::
Hippy sixty harmonies and slightly hidden jangly guitars. Very melodic and very arthouse pop, but somehow completely over the top yet quite infectious

TALLAHASSEE
02 February 2003 / 4 AD / 14 Trk CD Album
:: The Mountain Goats ::
At times sound a bit like Placebo with Takemines, but further listens cannot wrestle the notion that the music they’re producing is more akin to The Houghton Weavers

EVERYWHERE YOU TURN
02 February 2003 / Promo / 1 Trk CD
:: Longwave ::
Refreshing to hear something a bit more convincingly rock / indie, and with a bit of flair

THE HELL SONG
02 February 2003 / Universal / 3 Trk CD
:: Sum41 ::
Sum 41 seem to be doing it right and are untainted by the cheesy, nasty and naïve ramblings of their Blink’ counterparts

NICE WEATHER FOR THE DUCKS
02 February 2003 / XL / 2 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Lemon Jelly ::
Like the theme from “Tales From The River Bank” given a latino swing and played by a motley crew of Twisted Nerve associates

YOU DROVE ME TO IT
02 February 2003 / EMI / 3 Trk CD
:: Hell Is For Heroes ::
All that is good with rock and roll, in a metal stylee and with the integrity of bands like the Undertones

REVOLUTION
02 February 2003 / Taste / 4 Trk Enhanced CD
:: One Minute Silence ::
The Linkin Papa Limp Rage machinery churns ever onward and One Minute Silences slickly produced ep, cruises and purrs with plenty of noise

WADES INTO WATER
01 February 2003 / Valentine / 3 Trk CD
:: Palo Alto ::
Clanging guitars, delicately overlaid with sustained distorted notes and topped with crystal clear vocals

REALITY CHECK
01 February 2003 / City Slang / 4 Trk CD
:: SchneiderTM ::
Punchy, simplistic but refined sequencer and beats

HORSE OF THE DOG
01 February 2003 / Universal / 10 Trk CD
:: The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster ::
Weird mix of rock and roll, rock, black eyeliner infected punkabilly, perfect for a graveyard mosh out

IMPOSSIBLY REAL
01 February 2003 / Promo / 11 Trk CD Album
:: Roller ::
General themes are about being broken hearted or “leaving town” etc - and so it jangles through, quite innocently and quite sincerely

BUTTERFLY
01 February 2003 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: The Unknown ::
A band with massive potential who could make their music quite popular and little more ground breaking if they just pushed out a few more ideas

MISSING
01 February 2003 / Promo / 2 Trk CD
:: Akayzia Parker ::
Strong but sultry vocals show glimmers of experimentation that indicate that a hand could be taken to very much anything

DEMO
01 February 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Stingray Firecracker ::
Exciting stuff with plenty of AAA for all listeners young and old, new and old

DEMO
01 February 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD-R
:: Blank Space ::
Fluffy off kilter melodics and piano and acoustic guitar fuelled marshmellow drowning tunes

DEMO
01 February 2003 / Demo / 4 Trk CD-R
:: Crestfallen ::
Despite using as much unplugged stuff as possible the guitar break rocks as hard as anything with “Marshall” on the front

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