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FALLING/BECAUSE THE NIGHT
27 June 2003 / Demo / 2 Trk Cd
:: Mona K ::
An exquisite gothic boogie burn slightly tarnished by blasphemous rendition of Boss song

FOREVER REELING
23 June 2003 / Independiente / 1 Trk Cd
:: Kinesis ::
Set to appear at the Move Festival this summer with their spiritual forefathers the Manic Street Preachers, their star’s continued ascent looks assured

USER FRIENDLY
27 June 2003 / Domino / 3 Trk Cd
:: The Blueskins ::
A riotous noise, a punk blues Stones swagger with a dose of 70s Deep South rock thrown in

LOSING GRIP
27 June 2003 / BMG / SonyBMG / 1 Trk Cd
:: Avril Lavigne ::
Having borne witnessed to the truly abominable Amy Studt on Friday’s show, I have developed a renewed appreciation for the young Canadian rock queen

6 TRACK DEMO
27 June 2003 / Demo / 6 Trk CDR
:: Nathan Burton ::
A hint of genius in it’s most stripped down and modest form, hiding behind nothing but an acoustic guitar

IF I FALL / LIVE AT THE SCALA
27 June 2003 / Chrysalis / EMI / 2CD EP (B-Unique)
:: Aqualung ::
Life trapped inside an advert must be so tough. You’re inside a world where you can’t go into Homebase without bumping into Neil Morrissey and the lippy Leslie Ash

GROWING ON ME
23 June 2003 / Must Destroy / 3 Trk CD & DVD
:: The Darkness ::
Are The Darkness ridiculous ? Of course they are, that’s the whole point.

TRINITY NEON
23 June 2003 / Duphonic Super / 11 Trk Cd
:: Imitation Electric Piano ::
Veers from bohemian mod-rock to cock rocking 60’s jam outs, all to the general ambience of a . . . . yes – Electric Piano

LOW
23 June 2003 / BMG / SonyBMG / 3 Trk CD (RCA)
:: Foo Fighters ::
Terribly Mastered and Produced makes this unlistenable in this quarter

ARE YOU HAPPY NOW ?
23 June 2003 / Warner / 3 Trk Cd (Maverick)
:: Michelle Branch ::
Another package of corporate, slick, unimaginative, exploitative chart rock

DE-LOUSED IN THE CREMATORIUM
23 June 2003 / Universal / 10 Trk CD
:: The Mars Volta ::
Not always an immediate accessibility, but somehow you feel it’s a natural progression from the band members former works

PIN
23 June 2003 / Universal / 3 Trk Cd (Polydor)
:: Yeah Yeah Yeahs ::
As their stock rises, they’re another one of the few bass-less bands that could do with a bass player.

COME INTO THE DARKNESS
23 June 2003 / Domino / 2 Trk Cd
:: Clearlake ::
One of the best two tracks off the album, with its predecessor - its roaring finale increases its contention

I AM THE MOVIE
23 June 2003 / Epitah / 14 Trk CD
:: Motion City Soundtrack ::
Its all been done before and has also just been redone again by hordes of new bands

THE RAIN BAND
23 June 2003 / Universal / 11 Trk Cd
:: The Rain Band ::
Punching rock of disco guitars and festival / warehouse freakouts

THE GET-UP SET
23 June 2003 / Beautiful Pigeon / 11 Trk Cd
:: Mos Eisley ::
An eye on current music trends with some rather clever ideas lurking behind all of this

STEREOTYPE!
18 June 2003 / Demo / 4 Trk CD (Fat Bob)
:: This Product ::
Meatl with the edginess of Jello Biafra and CRASS - both strange and attractive at the same time.

A DIFFERENT PLACE
18 June 2003 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Acoutsic Jackson ::
All nicely rounded with a mesmerising quality

SUGARSPOON
18 June 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk Cd
:: Little Plato ::
Full of twists and turns and glorious crescendos, Little Plato mix tender interludes with climatic guitar chords

Promo
18 June 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: McGill ::
McGill – Manchester's best new boyband/popband ?

TOOK YOU FOR GRANTED
18 June 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: HANKyPARK ::
Soulful genuine heart, carefully blended with the echoing, jangling guitars and punching basslines

AIRTIGHT EP
18 June 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Groucho ::
When things do crank up , they sound pretty intense with their militarised political new wave rock

MORNING WONDER / LOWS
18 June 2003 / Rough Trade / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl (For Us Records)
:: The Earlies ::
The guitars, so dry that they’d soak up half the Atlantic, twang a blues influenced riddle, blending in as many synthesiser sounds in as possible

THE BADLANDS
17 June 2003 / Promo / 6 Trk CD (Bluebar Records)
:: Silva Surfa ::
The trouble with being “ironic”.

DISPOSABLE MUSIC VOLs 1 & 2
18 June 2003 / Demo / 16 Trk Cd / 22 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
At the time of writing Volume Three is in the offing and priced at £4, it’s certainly a good way to get hold of around 70 minutes of up and coming music

1 Trk CD
16 June 2003 / Demo / BS3 (STATE OF MIND)
:: Moqsha ::
“BS3” is momentarily attractive but in no time you’re fervently demanding more

THIS IS SUCH A QUIET TOWN
17 June 2003 / Promo / 9 Trk CD (Mekong Delta)
:: Peace Burial At Sea ::
A rewarding and individual beast whose sardonic humour and asphyxiating ambience are just about unparalleled

FOUND
16 June 2003 / Universal / 1 Trk Cd
:: Span ::
“I Love Rock n Roll” gone vaguely psychedelic

WITCHCRAFT
16 June 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk Cd
:: One Louder ::
We award 5 M’s to One Louder’s sleeve designer…and there’s some music too

HAUNTING ME
16 June 2003 / Demo / 2 Trk Cd
:: I Squirrel ::
The Skatalites and the long forgotten crooners of prim and proper interwar songs as well as sound engineers from children’s TV programs

Demo
16 June 2003 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Death By Design ::
It might as well wear a sawn-off t-shirt saying, “this is going to get louder”.

SINISTER AMBASSADOR
16 June 2003 / Promo / 8 Track CD
:: Captain T ::
With one merciful press of “forward” there’s actually four relatively worthy stoner-rock efforts.

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
10 June 2003 / Promo / 3 Trk Cd
:: Black Car ::
Boisterous episodes that clatter along quite nicely

FAINT
10 June 2003 / Warner (aol time warner) / 3 Trk Cd
:: Linkin Park ::
Judge me on my biased weakness for emotionally intense trips of adrenaline supercharged melodic hardcore rock

GIRLS NOT GREY
10 June 2003 / Universal / 3 Trk CD (Polydor)
:: AFI ::
Davey Havok has a great name, the darkest eye liner, raven hair and the biggest tattoos

FOOT IN MOUTH
10 June 2003 / London / 3 Trk Cd
:: Nylon Pylon ::
Setting alight basement clubs and torching the temple of software generated song writing

ST ANGER
10 June 2003 / Universal / 11 Trk CD c/w 11 Trk DVD
:: Metallica ::
“ Aaaaaaaaarrrrghhhhh” – ‘Deh! Deh! Deh! DEEh! DEEh!’

YOU’VE GOT IT ALL / EVERYMAN
10 June 2003 / Promo / 2 Trk CD (Industry Of Cool)
:: Cracatilla ::
Swinging acoustics and sweeping strings riddled with “inoffensive charm”.

EVERYONE DOWN HERE
10 June 2003 / Universal / 12 Trk CD
:: Earlimart ::
The mid-western looseness of Grandaddy and the melodramatic swagger of Elbow.

THE VERTIGO OF BLISS
10 June 2003 / Beggars Banquet / 13 Trk CD
:: Biffy Clyro ::
Loose limbed, partially fragmented, yet so impossibly accessible

BELIEVE IN ME
06 June 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk Cd
:: For Tomorrows ::
Deception doesn’t have to be a swindle. Sometimes surprise can be infinitely more life affirming than predictable wish fulfilment

THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN
06 June 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk Single
:: 10 Days ::
Syncopated drum blasts, unconventional creeping bass lines and atonal riffs with those gorgeously haunting Asian tinted rock melodies

WAITING FOR THE MOON
06 June 2003 / Beggars Banquet / 10 Trk CD
:: Tindersticks ::
Overall the best Tindersticks album since the ‘Tindersticks II’ and whilst the ‘hound dog’ artistic expressions of the band on the cover testify, their pain is definitely our gain

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
06 June 2003 / Beggars Banquet / 3 Trk Cd
:: Biffy Clyro ::
Mixes disjointed rock outs with sensationally melodic anthems. “Questions And Answers” displays the bands most accessible harmonies and careful songwriting, with an ability to use the abrasive guitars to full, compelling effect

JUNIOR KICKSTART
06 June 2003 / 3 Trk CD ( Memphis Industries )
:: The GO! Team ::
Peter Purves, I’m sure, would approve as Dougie Lampkin’s son manages to lunge his Montesa over another boulder in the lake district

DO SOMETHING WRONG EP
06 June 2003 / Melodic / 6 Trk 12" Vinyl
:: Psapp ::
Sneakily slips between genres, dabbling with electronica, and glitchy folk and jazz.

YOU GOTTA GO THERE TO COME BACK
05 June 2003 / V2 / 13 Trk Cd
:: Stereophonics ::
Stereophonics have proved that they can write great tunes, sing well and play fantastically live. They seem to have just forgotten how to write interesting songs

LIBERTY BELLE
05 June 2003 / Integrity Records / 3 TRK CD
:: Katastrophy Wife ::
Mad, noisy, exciting and absolutely bloody lovely

DEFTONES
05 June 2003 / Maverick / 11 trk CD
:: Deftones ::
Fall in love with “Minerva”. It’s the best, hardened, atmospheric rock single, so far from across the sea. “Deftones” won’t give you 11 “Minerva’s” but it certainly sets you up for something very promising indeed

THE DECLINE OF BRITISH SEA POWER
04 June 2003 / Rough Trade / 11 Trk Cd
:: British Sea Power ::
A Reginald Perrin style in comedic philosophy and conjured up imagery that seems to promote tweed military garments, isn’t often enough to keep a band in a credible season, but BSP made more than decent start at being something special

BY MY SIDE
04 June 2003 / Universal / 3 Trk Cd
:: Medium 21 ::
Medium 21’s trademark off-kilter melodies and twisted jangles keep up the interest.

A MIRACLE
04 June 2003 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk Cd
:: The Hidden Cameras ::
Whether their journey from Toronto Canada, will be affected by SARS, their infectious “A Miracle” shouldn’t be sneezed at

mOBSCENE
04 June 2003 / Interscope / 3 TRk CD
:: Marilyn Manson ::
The wonky eye is still ever present although there now seems to be a growing collection of new hats

AM I WRY ? NO
04 June 2003 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk Promo
:: Mew ::
Jonas Bjerre has a voice that can shatter wine glasses from the next room

TAKE IT AND RUN
04 June 2003 / EMI / 1 Trk Promo ( B-Unique )
:: The Bandits ::
Not quite the perfect pop song, but its entertaining all the same

EZ PASS
04 June 2003 / EMI / 1 Trk CD
:: Har Mar Superstar ::
The silky smooth, velvety jazz vocal of Jay Kay and the pump action disco of Sister Sledge

CRASHPAD NUMBER
04 June 2003 / Promo / 3 Trk Cd :: Evangeline
:: Marc Carroll ::
Guitars a-jangling and harmonies a-jostling from Ex-Hormones Marc Carrol

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING
03 June 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Black Queens ::
It sort of sticks two fingers up to the climatic keyboard sweep of something like “I Am Sailing”.

PRE RELEASE ALBUM SAMPLER
03 June 2003 / Storm / 5 Trk CD
:: Adom ::
Definitely a calling to the sounds of early Police / U2 / Radiohead

UNTITLED
03 June 2003 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Lost In Traffic ::
This homegrown demo successfully blends Paul Simons “Graceland” with a touch of Chris Rea

WHITE WATER SONG
03 June 2003 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: BellX1 ::
Churning, jangling chords push against a slightly angular but mellow vocal

THERE AINT NO FOOL IN FERGUSON / 1956 AND ALL THAT
03 June 2003 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 3 Trk CD
:: McLusky ::
A bizarre blend of early Beasties with clanking bass and drums accompanied by disjointed guitar chops

KNEE DEEP AND DOWN
03 June 2003 / Universal / 3 Trk CD :: (Tempation / Island)
:: The Rain Band ::
After “Easy Rider” this new single from The Rain Band borrows more heavily from New Order and The Cure – all to great effect

GETTIN WISE
03 June 2003 / Wiija (Beggars) / 14 TRk CD
:: Brassy ::
this collection could just as well be full of tracks from Girls Aloud, J-Lo or any other female fronted pop30 act

LUXEMBOURG
03 June 2003 / 10 Trk CD :: Superior Quality Recordings
:: The Bluetones ::
Bluetones have a stab at New Wave post punk Americanised off kilter pop

CLAP CLAP CLAP
03 June 2003 / 3 Trk CD :: Jack & Danny Records
:: ambershades ::
This Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel song/sound- a-like with chirpy guitar riffs has a whiff of bohemian coffee bars or chilled out indie lounge bars.

CARVE ME AN EDGE
03 June 2003 / Mercury / 3 Trk CD
:: Fake Ideal ::
A stirring debut

MUTLEY1 FROM ESSEX / PROFESSIONAL STALKER
02 June 2003 / Wrath / 2 Trk 7
:: Les Flames! ::
The latest in a string of releases from Leeds label, WRATH, this single by LES FLAMES ! proves that their live shows and growing reputation are built very much on solid ground.

HAIL TO THE THIEF
02 June 2003 / EMI / 14 Trk CD
:: Radiohead ::
Radiohead have ensured that their canvas is big enough to demonstrate their new approach - One which refers to their earlier work, but presents some grander statements using the old adage, “Less Is More” . It works

DEMO
01 June 2003 / Demo / 2 TRk CD
:: Finka ::
Here lies potential in a sensibly assembled track providing a rough edged indie feel

DON’T EVEN GO THERE - EP
01 June 2003 / Beggars Banquet / 3 Trk CD
:: Tindersticks ::
Moping around a bit, but always with great intelligence and dapper suits. I like that in a band, suits and orchestras

CRADLE ME
01 June 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Jimmy O'Neill ::
Jimmy O’Neill is the name of a singer songwriter from Wigan and I, for one, am all up for boringly named acoustic balladeers from the pie eating hills.

CRACKED BONES CHEAP SKIN
01 June 2003 / Double Dragon / 3 Trk CD
:: Fi-Lo Radio ::
The best record to come out of the more direct alt.rock scene so far, making the ground shake along the way, raising hearts and flying the flag for rock and roll without any compromises

MISS MANTARAY
01 June 2003 / Poolside / 3 Trk Cd
:: Moco ::
An essential, cutting, pop-edged mangle that shows a more mature and serious side to Moco’s very capable abilities

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