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A DAY AT THE RACES
27 May 2002 / V2 / DVD / VHS
:: Stereophonics ::
For Stereophonics fans this DVD really is a quality item to own. The DVD offers top quality footage and of course digital stereo audio to go with the 'lovely' images of the band - Footage is taken form the shows at Donington Racetrack and Cardiff Millenni

Risky Disco
01 May 2002 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Earl ::
Even if I don't like the content, my dog will have a new toy - Unfortunately for Fido its back to the slippers

PRE-MADONNA
01 May 2002 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: 65 Days Of Static ::
Sheffields 65 Days Of Static are a heavy four piece (I think) who don’t have a drummer. This is compensated for by the fact that they have a bank of electronics larger than Jodrell Bank and an ear for guitars – the type that threaten to break all sound ba

YO BABY GO NOW
01 May 2002 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Steve Mead ::
Winging its way all the way up from Oxon, Steve Mead looks as though he’s a bit of bedroom studio boffin. This is all self produced, self recorded, self performed

SO YOUNG
01 May 2002 / Sobrierty / 2 Trk 7" Vinyl
:: Hoggboy ::
This rollicking romp “So Young” is all lo-fi vocals, screeching guitars and supercharged bass lines. Putting the “rawk” back into roll, this leather jacketed bunch would look as much at home on the set of “The Wild Ones” as they do on any stage

E FOR EFFORT
01 May 2002 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Superelectric ::
Superelectric are back with this big beat electronica collection. The pumping dance grooves for once are partly replaced by phasing guitars and lush keyboards, which are blended and processed into quite a massive enveloping sound.

CONSTANTLY SHAKIN
01 May 2002 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: The Palatines ::
Epic and enjoyable stiff – that sort of loud cabaret style that works for bands like Los Nachos and Gold Blade, whilst The Palatines have a more David Devant kind of approach.

PLASTIC FANG
01 May 2002 / Mute / 12 Trk CD Album
:: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion ::
Jon Spencer are compulsive viewing if not compulsive listening. Their recent sell out tour just demonstrates that prolific chart success, or lack of it, does not necessarily mean that you’re not popular – or influential.

HELD HIGH
01 May 2002 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: Ronnie Smith ::
“Ronni Smith has a uniquely powerful voice and a deep lyrical insight…sings with intensity and conviction” – It says here

MY RELIGION
01 May 2002 / Demo / 10 Trk CD
:: Silverstones ::
The Hatters execute some tight indie rock action that sounds like all of those cracking Oasis B-Sides in the Definitely Maybe era. There’s no escaping this, but the more stunning fact is that we found it totally enjoyable and frighteningly good !

MONDAY MORNING
01 May 2002 / Demo / 9 Trk CD
:: Stephani ::
This is really a whole album worth of credible performances, nothing short of brilliant arrangements and a collection of songs that are well on the way to just needing a big name producer.

ONLY TIME WILL TELL
01 May 2002 / Demo / 3 Trk Cd
:: The Aftermath ::
This collection of acoustic tracks blends pop with a folky, melancholy approach that has some nice little lines and some great ideas in terms of songwriting and structure

STILL EP
01 May 2002 / Demo / 5 Trk Cd
:: Palo Alto ::
Chameleonesque riffs and solid epic 80’s chorus, exciting guitar work - rushes and swirls around - rousing guitars and lo-fi keyboard notes just scream out of the speakers

A FRIDGE TOO FAR
01 May 2002 / Demo / 10 Trk CD
:: The Blazing Snowmen ::
The Blazing Snowmen come up with catchy lines such as “He’s as stable as a horse” (from “Jamie Dodges”) and with songs titled “Mr Poisonality” and “Blackpool Hallucinations” you can almost smell the irony.

MINDLESS SHARK ATTACK
01 May 2002 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Slide ::
Possibly a defining moment for Slide, maybe let down by a lack of proper assistance in the studio, but the clinical effects of this are soon washed out of the way by the slaughterhouse ending

ROUND HERE
01 May 2002 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Zenfo ::
Zenfo flit between high powered energy to a blissful exercise in lower tempo grooves, the four tracks are a mix of rock/rap sermons and a post-baggy exercise in electronica meeting the guitar

PENDLETONES
01 May 2002 / Demo / 8 Trk CD
:: Transelement ::
Transelement, are perhaps one of the most important bands around at the moment. Committed to their own style and their own way of doing things, it doesn’t stop any of the tracks being tuneful, inspiring and influential

DANCEFLOOR MAINTENANCE
01 May 2002 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Victor FME ::
The title track sounds like the theme tune to “Rupert The Bear” being played by Dexy’s Midnight Runners with a sequencer. Quirky, cruise ship sort of stuff....

UP ALL NIGHT
01 May 2002 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Dekoder ::
No bells or whistles – just sticking to a well trodden formula of easy access…..rock.

ROUGH ARSED DEMO
01 May 2002 / Demo / 6 Trk Demo
:: Q-Car ::
Heavy 4AD/ grunge basslines and a female vocalist who spits out Courtney and chews on the bones of PJ

SOMEDAY
01 May 2002 / Demo / 4 Trk Cd
:: The 69ers ::
Managing to avoid the tribute tag, the roaring chorus is king. Without any undue aggression and a sensitivity in the arrangement of their sound, The 69ers could well be a Mersey-beat foursome in the shape of The Real People.

TANTRUMS
01 May 2002 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Aqute Couch ::
Interesting stuff as it certainly is trying to attract attention to itself with the female vox yelling all over the place. Disjointed is perhaps the word, although its deliberate, intentional and by design.

TÊTES
01 May 2002 / Action / TÊTES
:: Kandid ::
Promising, atmospheric - doesn’t give too much away. The voice is nothing less than superb and soulful.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY GANG BANG
01 May 2002 / Minus-Money / 6 Trk Promo CD
:: doublejoHngrey ::
Think slightly hip-hop beats, a bass on the verge of feedback and keyboard effects from both the Pet Shop Boys Era and Aphex Twin / Chemicals. Mix in a bit of Suicide and I kid you not a little dash of The Streets and you’re only getting a glimpse...

FOR EVERY BAD MEMORY
01 May 2002 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: Remote ::
Bouncy and poppy enough and the singers got a good voice but maybe not infectious or original enough?

RESURRECTION EP
01 May 2002 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Mahon ::
If you appreciate intelligence in music, are blessed with a decent sense of humour and if you can possibly find it in your heart to acknowledge a particular brand of Manc-songwriting which does, and will always exist, then you should read on about this de

CHEVROCK / TWISTED & FALLEN
01 May 2002 / Valentine / 2 Trk CD
:: Chevron ::
Epic rock manifestos mixing alternative big guitar musings with traditional wig out rock & occasionally sneering vocals. Wall to wall noise, with a raw edge but with sensitivity

PRETEND LOVE
01 May 2002 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Lookin ::
Dirty, shouldn’t-be-allowed, bass rumbles with intent beneath the shredding guitar power chords. Two minutes thirty and its finished. Perfect.

ROGUE STATES
01 May 2002 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Darcy Sarto ::
A bit of rough demo but some good potential with some moments of quirky and loud bits and promising structures

BEEF ROCK SHOW
01 May 2002 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: August ::
Furiously paced punk pop song with a strong and powerful presentation - the guitar frets see more action than a Tesco Bacon Slicer with the vocals having that familiar but solid two part harmony thing going

MUM & DAD
01 May 2002 / Twisted Nerve / 10 Trk CD Album
:: Mum & Dad ::
If you thought Twisted Nerve was all about rabbits, woolly hats, wind instruments and DJ slip mats think again. Whilst flagship act BDB is off to higher levels of activity we still have some eclectic experimentalism going on, on our doorstops

LUX FORWARD
01 May 2002 / Storm / 5 Trk CD
:: Adom ::
A heady mix of U2 meets The Cult with dark guitars. An alternative slant mixing the melodies of The Sterephonics with the complexity of bands like Simple Minds.

EVERYTHING
01 May 2002 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: For Tomorrows ::
Melodic three part harmonies, catchy chorus's and fast paced guitar work - You can’t beat two guitars thrashing out the same chiming chords in complete unison.

OUT TO LUNCH
01 May 2002 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 2 Trk Vinyl
:: Loose Canon ::
Trash can drums and a distorted bass with a thrashing acoustic guitar. It sounds like Bob Dylan having a scrap with Mick Jones. I’m sure it all ends with everyone getting pissed making up and then having a brawl at closing time

BLACK SQUARE : YELLOW SQUARE
01 May 2002 / Demo / 11 Trk CD
:: 30Day Hex ::
A collection of numbers that switch from stripped down instrumental sonic soundscapes to acoustic guitar led musings - the whole plot is deliberately disjointed and interinterspersed with electronic interference, skewered beats and difficult arrangements

NEVER
01 May 2002 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: One Window ::
Dirty urban summer beatpop - jazzy guitar big beats and some sweet female singing - A flowing, funky bassline keeps everything nicely upbeat.

JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE
01 May 2002 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Mint ::
Straight down the line indie / rock - jangles its way along with a folky rock vocal - but the recording is a little mushy...

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
10 May 2002 / Urbanite / 3 Trk CD
:: Tribeca ::
Another slice of the spirit of a concrete summertime. crisp but subtly dirty electropop - it gives you the kind of feeling you get when bright sunshine breaks through when its still raining. think of mint royale with doc martins on.

TIME OF MY LIFE
01 May 2002 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Menu ::
A big sixties feel in here and so much potential but dissipated.

CLOCKWORK
01 May 2002 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Wintergreen ::
Slow beats and beeps - a bleak bedsit land muse. Atmospheric & white noise - an interesting collection of songs.

MEA CULPA
01 May 2002 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: [Missed Her Bliss] ::
Noise / Grind / Terror

GEORGE OLDFIELD
01 May 2002 / Goal Mouth / 4 Trk CD
:: Lorimer ::
Big loud punk rock with that much energy in it that it wants to blow up the sleeve - Lorimer play as though their lives depended on it and you’ll not find a finer balls out punk rock tune with memorable hooks & sneering vocals

THE FEEDER
01 May 2002 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Mensch ::
Technology with guitars, ambient sounds and samples - a very atmospheric package

A Word In Your Ear
01 May 2002 / Promo / CD Album
:: Alfie ::
Alfie give out the merest impression of Manchester musical folklore and attitude when they foray into the whimsical and dreamy world of summertime nothingness - capturing your imagination for a brief moment...

COMET OF THE SEASON
01 May 2002 / Backburner (US) / 10 Trk CD Album
:: David Barbe ::
Former Mercyland and founder member of Sugar, original bassist Dave Barbe, uses his skills, honed as chief songwriting collaborator with Bob Mould, to good effect on this solo project.

THAT WHICH DOES NOT KILL US…
01 May 2002 / Demo /
:: Donut Robot ::
Donut Robot

ABSENTIA
01 May 2002 / D’em UK / 3 Trk CD
:: Intervurt ::
Intervurt return with this beast of a track - Guitars are effected and big noises ploughed into the chorus

ROCKS IN HER POCKET
01 May 2002 / Promo / 4 Trk CD
:: Desolation Angels ::
Dark tomes - the depths of which are only mitigated by its fragility and intense beauty - Perhaps a more intricate moment that belies the Angels image as gothic punks

SILENT SIGH
01 May 2002 / XL / 3 Trk CD
:: Badly Drawn Boy ::
There has always been a little spark of genius under that woolly hat, that will allow BDB to literally chuck out an enjoyable tune whenever he wants.

NOTHING BEFORE ME
01 May 2002 / Demo / Cassette
:: Innabula ::
A lash up rehearsal recording but it shows promise with its epic approach to sophisticated rock numbers

LIVE
01 May 2002 / Paradiso / 18 Trk Dble CD
:: The Chameleons ::
A CD which recaptures the events and underlines the fact that The Chameleons are and always were a stadium band. Their songs are massive in stature and their sound larger still.

THE HINDU TIMES
01 May 2002 / SonyBMG / 3 Trk CD Single
:: Oasis ::
Bog standard guitar riffs and 12 bar boogie timing..This is a band who sold millions upon millions of copies of their second album and in a way set themselves an almost impossible benchmark

THE LAST BROADCAST
01 May 2002 / EMI / 12 Trk CD Album
:: Doves ::
a moody album - the truly momentous events in this collection do shine

DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF ROCK N ROLL ?
01 May 2002 / Promo / 12 Trk CD Album
:: Goldblade ::
Man the barricades ! Stockpile the Brillcream ! Slip on those Bockersole Brothels’ Baby ! Gold Blade are back and they’re firing on all six, both barrels are blazin’ and the cheap whisky is sold out.

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