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L
21 May 2003 / Promo / 14 Track CD (revolver records)
:: Laurels ::
run the risk of being labelled a heretic and proclaim that “L” is of the pioneering standard of “Head”, “1000 Hurts” or even “Spiderland”, and just about anything...

COOL AS
19 May 2003 / Mute / 3 DISC PACKAGE – 20 Trk Singles CD, 17 Trk Rarities CD, 18 Trk plus Bonus footage DVD
:: Inspiral Carpets ::
The Inspirals not only helped soundtrack Manchesters last new movement, but became completely synonymous with the whole scene, sharing fans, commanding G-Mex size turn outs and running up the charts as often as feasibly possible.

DEATH AND TAXES
12 May 2003 / Deep Elm / 6 Trk CD EP
:: Brandtson ::
Brandtson espouse a ‘don’t sit in your room feeling sorry for yourself, get out there and show ‘em’ mentality, which considering the Morrissey-like reputation of emo-kids, can only be a good thing

SEVENTH SON EP
12 May 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Java ::
It retains a shambling charm as if being played by a hoary old country or folk band.

ANCHOR
12 May 2003 / RCA / 3 Trk CD
:: Cave In ::
Cave Ins increasing popularity this side of the Atlantic is probably long overdue. There’s a heavy Foo Fighters influence without doubt, although everything that Cave In do, seems to somehow sound a bit fresher and a bit more interesting

CHICKEN
12 May 2003 / Universal / 3 Trk Cd
:: The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster ::
If you can live with this then you have truly understood the meaning of life.

FUCK THE WORLD
12 May 2003 / Burning Heat / 2 Trk Cd
:: Turbonegro ::
Neither strangely goth or funny – just daft. Their overall aim seems to be something like “Zodiac Mindwarp and The Love Reaction”

DIRTY SWEET EP
12 May 2003 / Elektra / 4 Trk CD
:: Jet ::
Lo-Fi rock played with savage intent at garage band standards, if with not much originality

DEMO
12 May 2003 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: Broken ::
There’s enough sub-bass synths and spinning effects to add up to something a bit more complex than just dance music.

4 TRACK DEMO
12 May 2003 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Twenty Twenty Vision ::
Hints of melodic genius can be glimpsed, without looking too deeply into this collection of rather promising songs

ITS ALRIGHT
12 May 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk Cd
:: Island ::
A thrilling vocal does add more to the songs than they deserve, but first listens point to something quite interesting and promising indeed

ALWAYS BE RIGHT THERE
12 May 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk Cd
:: The Haze ::
They earn a couple of M’s for ability and obvious passion, but future demo’s of this ilk run the risk of no accolades whatsoever

ANOTHER STRING TO THE BOW
12 May 2003 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: The Medicine Bow ::
The dustbowl scenario just conjures up an image of a Mancunian Tex-Mex soundtrack with sawnoffs

EXPECT TO FORGET
12 May 2003 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: More Than Here ::
Crashes in with wonderfully pompous intentions and the band have in fact proved that they can write at least four good tunes

THE VOICES
12 May 2003 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Trip 69 ::
Not too far off , it just needs a fine layer of cheese scraping off the top and less cabaret vocals

RIBCAGE
12 May 2003 / V2 / Pay Web Download
:: Elbow ::
Elbow make a foray into the world of downloadable singles with their first offering since the “Asleep In The Back” sessions.

TAKE ME HIGHER
05 May 2003 / Promo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Unisex ::
Swedish six-piece The Unisex, do little to give you any clues with their monicker which has “The” in it and a brash Britpop theme like “Unisex” (they’re all blokes by the way).

DANCE A WHILE, UPSET
07 May 2003 / Deep Elm / 10 Trk CD
:: Settlefish ::
There’s plenty of gratifying novel character here. It’s just fairly subtle. It certainly makes terrible background music but that’s because it’s music that demands every last morsel of your attention.

GUILT BEATS HATE
07 May 2003 / Deep Elm / 10 Trk CD
:: Benton Falls ::
It would be a real injustice not to sample at least one track that manages to cram in so many textures and emotions. So they keep playing the same song? Yeah, but what a song!

ONE DAY ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS
04 May 2003 / Beggars Banquet / 3 Trk CD
:: Oceansize ::
Enriched with all of the Oceansize hooks and looping guitar lines and yet more

SUFFOCATE
02 May 2003 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Irregular John ::
Though the boundary between metal and hardcore has all but dissipated these days, Irregular John are one of the most fluid fusions.

ADDICTED
02 May 2003 / Warner (aol time warner) / 1 Trk CD
:: Alexis Strum ::
When the plum-voiced Ms Strum croons ‘I’m a junky’ just before the start of ‘Addicted’, my heart went out to her

DEMO
02 May 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: The Shallow Call ::
The search for the next doyens of music in this city turns to the new blood, the young pretenders, the un-scened, unsullied and unseen to instil faith in the future of music

FEVER FOR THE FLAVA
02 May 2003 / Warner / 2 Trk Cd
:: Hot Action Cop ::
Manages to combine the most banal of nu-metal riffs with lyrics which shifts between rank gibberish such as ‘wickie wickie/lickie lickie/woop woop’

EMO IS AWESOME/EMO IS EVIL – DEEP ELM RECORDS SAMPLER
02 May 2003 / 4 AD / 19 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
North Carolina independent Deep Elm’s latest sampler is of a prodigiously high quality (as you would expect from a label widely tipped as home to the best post-hardcore around) and, surprisingly for an emo-centric line-up, features commendable variety

THE BIG KERBUFFLE
02 May 2003 / Demo / 2 Track Demo
:: Made In China ::
Even an emaciated lack of production can’t hold back a pack of fiery-eyed ideas that snarl in anticipation, ready to leap over the walls of hiss and unequalised sludge

SEEING STARS
01 May 2003 / Demo / 4 TRk CD
:: Nusonic ::
Where the unfettered jangle of a fender sparkles through, there’s at least three layers of vocals spinning harmonies over the four quite endearing songs contained within this demo

THE GREAT EP
01 May 2003 / Promo / 4 TRk CD (Gravity)
:: Instruction ::
Basically the sticker says “been on tour with Hundred Reasons” and effectively you can hear why

ALL POSSIBILITIES
01 May 2003 / XL / 3 TRk CD
:: Badly Drawn Boy ::
Badly Drawn pulls another out of the “Have You Fed The Fish? “ bag

WHORES ON THE DOORS
02 May 2003 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 10 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
The long awaited compilation from aA is now here and for one, its been worth the wait

SOMEONE ELSES PARTY
01 May 2003 / Promo / 14 Trk Cd (Artful)
:: The Durutti Column ::
A very compelling and impressive album which could be viewed as essential listening.

SLEEPING WITH GHOSTS
01 May 2003 / Virgin (EMI) / 12 Trk CD (Hut)
:: Placebo ::
If you examine 1996’s brilliant self titled debut and ignore most of the offerings in between, Sleeping With Ghosts is in many senses Placebo’s second album

FASTBOY / LIQUID LIPS
01 May 2003 / Promo / 2 Trk Cd (Superior Quality)
:: The Bluetones ::
Their latest offering to be followed by a full length album, sees a more direct, but still guitar driven sound

WHO WAS THE KILLA
01 May 2003 / Promo / – 4 Trk Enhanced CD (Twenty Stone Blatt)
:: Goldblade ::
5 star entertaining, rollicking knuckledusting mantra with loads of “Whoao-ohh” s

A SMALLER VERSION OF THE REAL THING
01 May 2003 / Storm / 10 Trk CD
:: Josephine ::
Multi-layered tapestries that mix modern ballads and tinge them with hints of Americana, each track is often mellow, quite sensitive and packed with melody

KINGMOB
01 May 2003 / Thrill City / 4 Trk CD
:: Strawberry Blondes ::
Clash era heroics via the sounds of “Give ‘Em Enough Rope” helps the Strawberry Blondes chugga-chugga their way onwards

DO IT WITH MADONNA
01 May 2003 / Universal / 3 TRk CD
:: The Androids ::
A hopeless ode to a now too rich and too hopeless icon

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