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WHERE DAMAGE ISN’T ALREADY DONE
30 July 2004 / XL / 3 Trk CD (Labrador)
:: The Radio Dept. ::
Distorted recorded values, where the drums slam the VU meters into the red and where the guitars skip over the whole lo-fi mix

GROOVESTOMP
26 July 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Innasence ::
In fairness Groovestomp is not a complete disaster, but whatever Innasence do have to commend them shows itself only in the briefest of flashes.

DEMO
26 July 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Vib-Gyor ::
There’s a host of elect influences at play here, and a fair degree of impeccable taste. But you get the feeling Vib Gyor would be a better band if they threw their pretensions to copying that out the window, and got on with being Vib Gyor.

DON’T STOP THE FLOW
26 July 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Monsieur Landslide ::
Even though it can sound like it’s basically all thumbs, you’ll still find Monsieur Landslide here charming you from the inside out.

TORN FROM A WARM PLACE
26 July 2004 / Blunt Monkey / 4-Trk CD
:: Brody ::
And the frustrating truth is that Brody at their best are homicidally fervid and engrossing; fiery masters in the art of surprise.

PROGRESSION
26 July 2004 / Demo / 10-Trk CD
:: Munkie ::
So, accomplished is probably putting it a bit too strongly, but it’s rare you get a home-made record as visual, lucid, creative, fertile as this.

SOMETHING ELSE
26 July 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Agent Blue ::
Big chords – and only a few of them. But kept to 2’21”, it’s a decent in your face encounter.

GUILTY
26 July 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Rasmus ::
If “In The Shadows” has been played enough to give you “Diarrhoea” then expect another bumpy (“fluid”) ride.

STANDING WATCHING
26 July 2004 / Promo / 1 Trk CD
:: Cherryfalls ::
Cherryfalls' clever use of dynamics and refusal to let things get overblown amount in one reasonable tune.

WORLDS ON FIRE
26 July 2004 / Albert Productions / 2-Trk CD
:: Breed77 ::
Straight out of a 1990’s Iron Maiden support band. On the way home from the gig they listen to the entire Metallica collection.

TRY AGAIN TODAY
26 July 2004 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: The Charlatans ::
Sort of like The Professionals meets Deep Purple. A rollickingly great slab of organ infested fun.

FUR
26 July 2004 / Domino / 10 Trk CD
:: Archie Bronson Outfit ::
“Kangaroo Heart” sounds like someone took the intro from a Crowded House song and tore its beaten body inside out.

THE LIGHTS IN THIS TOWN ARE TOO MANY TO COUNT
26 July 2004 / BMG / SonyBMG / 12 Trk CD
:: Grand Drive ::
You can’t escape the fact that the first track “Love And The Truth” sounds like Cast playing a ballad. However, this is a very mature blend of countrified folky rock.

IN A SAFE PLACE
26 July 2004 / City Slang / 10 Trk CD
:: The Album Leaf ::
Crammed with ambience and definitely a collection of soundtracks, The Album Leaf provide innovative material and challenging approaches.

THE EXILE EP
26 July 2004 / Riverman / 5 Trk CD
:: Colour Of Fire ::
In all honesty it’s like a cross between Kinesis and Feeder but with a tougher line and some direct rock verve.

HOLD ME NOW
26 July 2004 / Good / 1 Trk CD
:: The Polyphonic Spree ::
As ever weaving tales of epic grandeur and spontaneous choral set pieces, DeLaughters off kilter, but often sunny vocals help light up this Beatles inspired chorus line.

THE EP
26 July 2004 / BMG / SonyBMG / 4 Trk CD
:: Silvertide ::
It’s as if the last dying breath of early 90’s heavy metal was never drawn.

PORN STAR / BLACK STUFF
26 July 2004 / Promo / 2-Trk CD
:: Earth The Californian Love Dream ::
He’s more likely to beat you round the head and scream at you like Jim Morrission - and that’ s unplugged.

DIALOGUE
26 July 2004 / BMG / SonyBMG / 12 Trk CD
:: The Honeymoon ::
Magnusdottir is from Iceland and there’s definitely that offshore feel to proceedings. Wayne Murray is from Hackney, although gratefully he’s no Tenpole Tudor.

FREE
26 July 2004 / Brush Fire / 4-Trk Album Sampler
:: Donavon Frankenrieter ::
Definite Radio 2 material and for all of the pitch perfect musings, it’s not that inspirational, but makes a decent candidate for Galaxy FM playlists.

DEMO
19 July 2004 / Demo / 9-Trk CD
:: Shadowplay ::
Antipodeans take the darkest strains of gothic sludge guitars and cram the cavern wall to wall with doom laden strings, choral vocals and of course the ‘beauty’ part.

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 19.07.04
19 July 2004 / Various Formats
:: The Concretes :: Red Bee Society :: The Walkmen :: The Cure :: Fights :: Madaction :: The Distillers :: My Red Cell :: Longview ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 19th July 2004

STARTING FIVE
19 July 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: (2020 / Polydor)
:: Dios ::
Enjoyable for the moment, but will you remember me tomorrow. Actually, not really

YOU COME THROUGH
19 July 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: P J Harvey ::
Harvey continues to lead in her field, produce great songs and inspire us all

TOGETHER WE’RE HEAVY
19 July 2004 / 10 Trk CD :: Good Records
:: The Polyphonic Spree ::
Keeping the boundaries of modern music under pressure and providing real shows and innovative entertainment

LOVE THE CUP
19 July 2004 / Domino / 7 Trk CD
:: Sons And Daughters ::
Darkly tormented and wonderfully minimalistic, gothic bluesy folk with gutsy torpedo bass lines

NARCOLEPSY / SOBER
19 July 2004 / Infectious / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: No Hope In New Jersey ::
Something far heavier than Seattle could ever offer

NOWHERE AGAIN
19 July 2004 / 679 / 1 Trk CD
:: Secret Machines ::
Like a slick Crazy Horse singing surf bound sci-fi

SUNSHOWERS
19 July 2004 / XL / 4 Trk CD
:: M.I.A ::
Knits together quite well and the neat lyrics and the simple rhythms work

DRY YOUR EYES
19 July 2004 / 679 / 1 Trk Promo
:: The Streets ::
Slow moving hip hop beats, this-is-england string arrangements and acoustic hugging chorus

THE LONG FACE
19 July 2004 / 1 Trk CD :: Victory
:: Minus ::
Never gets overblown, contained excitedly by the increasing, spontaneous, fever of the guitars

WATCHING TRAFFIC EP
19 July 2004 / Shifty Disco / 4 Trk Enhanced CD
:: The Unisex ::
You may ask yourself if you’ll be singing this from memory tomorrow. The answer is most probably no –

THE POWER IS ON
19 July 2004 / Memphis Industries / 3 Trk CD
:: The GO! Team ::
No matter how many samples they use, Go! Team are brimming with the spirit of rock and roll and an original dance floor vibe

KAJA KAJA GOO
19 July 2004 / 2 Trk CD :: Sur La Plage
:: Polysics ::
Unfeasibly coherent and addictive slice of retro new romantic electro pop with screeching guitars when needed

WELCOME TO BRITAIN EP
19 July 2004 / 3 Trk Enhanced CD :: Propane
:: Y.O.B. (Youth Of Britain) ::
Interesting and hard work both at the same time as The Streets and The Prodigy get mangles in with FAith No More

CHERRY TREE
19 July 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Sunday Best
:: Grand National ::
An American indie feel and all out disco beats will have you hooked into Grand Nationals giddy vocal lines

STARCROSSED
19 July 2004 / Infectious / 2 Trk CD (Warner)
:: Ash ::
A shame for all of their energetic skills, that they can’t push out a few more boundaries,

STARLITE
19 July 2004 / XL / 3 Trk CD
:: Young Heart Attack ::
Plugging straight into the thumping adrenalised unrelenting excess of 80's new wave rock.

TURN THE LIGHT OFF E.P.
19 July 2004 / 4 Trk CD :: My Dad Recordings
:: Jack Cooper ::
Injects some much needed, brazenly obvious and new ideas into an already exciting scene

FIRST OF THE GANG TO DIE
19 July 2004 / Sanctuary / 2 Trk CD (Attack)
:: Morrissey ::
This could have been the kind of stuff The Smiths may have gone on to write.

IS LIVE, AND WELL, IN NEW YORK CITY
19 July 2004 / Universal / 13 Trk Live DVD + 3 Promo Video Trks
:: The Rapture ::
You can catch a real feel for Talking Heads, PIL and scratching P-Funk screeching

LAKESIDE WAY / WHITWORTH PARK * record of the week *
19 July 2004 / StolenWine / 2 Trk CD / 7” Vinyl
:: Anna Kashfi ::
Evocative and attractive release from Manchester’s alt.folk pioneers

DEMO
19 July 2004 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: El Quinnell ::
Seems like Noel Gallagher's been at the medicine cabinet.

DEMO
19 July 2004 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: The Grain ::
‘Fork in the Road’ sees The Grain move past standard indie fare with the injection of funky samples, beats and trumpet interjections.

DEMO
19 July 2004 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: Tunnelvision ::
Once a part of the early Factory roster Tunnelvision may have picked the right time to dust down their old Rickenbackers.

WINTER * joint record of the week *
12 July 2004 / Dead Digital / 3 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Escape Pod ::
An almost overwhelming theme, backed by a subterranean bass noises and equally fractured sonics, which skitter above it

ISLANDS
12 July 2004 / Domino / 3 Trk CD
:: Archie Bronson Outfit ::
The swamplands of America may have spawned the blues, but at last someone from our end of the water has the gall to steal it from them and rub the bigger, better, dirty sound right in their face

HOLD UP !
12 July 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Big Cat / Ignition
:: Republic Of Loose ::
Chunky slice of good time four for the floor retro dance floor shenanigans

SOMEWHERE ACROSS FOREVER
12 July 2004 / RCA / 1 Trk Promo
:: StellaStarr* ::
Stellastarr* shine as brightly as their name and have an ambition that’s prepared to look beyond the short horizon of a bewildered record industry

THE RULES
12 July 2004 / BMG / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD
:: Ben Kweller ::
Kweller shows, he can kick out the jams in 2’36” as well as any other pretenders out there

CRUISING ATTITUDE
12 July 2004 / 15 Trk CD :: Discograph
:: Dimitri From Paris ::
Capable jazz leanings and computer controlled beats are Dimitri From Paris’s forte, although it's arguably a niche sound

SPITTING GAMES
12 July 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo
:: Snow Patrol ::
A chorus that could only be obtained by selling ones soul to the devil - C86 mixed with 21st Century indie pop

2 A.M. WAKEUP CALL
12 July 2004 / Gut / 12 Trk CD
:: Tweaker ::
A myriad of alt.guest vocals, a little self indulgent at times, but certainly not contrived, “2 A.M. Wake Up Call” has a lot to offer.

ALL MY FAVOUTITE . . .
12 July 2004 / Southern Fried Records / 17 Trk CD
:: A Man Called Adam ::
Club beats and disco guitars all help light things up in Relaxing trance / dance music kinda way

PLEASE DESCRIBE YOURSELF
12 July 2004 / V2 / 10 Trk CD
:: Dogs Die In Hot Cars ::
If you fancy a better pastime than gouging out your eyes with a butter knife, then playing this could be the ticket

HOLIDAYS ARE NICE
12 July 2004 / City Slang / 1 Trk CD (Labels / EMI)
:: Sophia ::
The musings of say Mogwai’s postman,who's just met Chris Martins hairdresser

EP ONE
12 July 2004 / 4 Trk CD :: Marowak
:: Nothing ::
An interesting blend of 'mellow' versus Seattle and a pleasing debut

MISSISSAUGA GODDAM
12 July 2004 / Rough Trade / 11 Trk CD
:: The Hidden Cameras ::
Well rounded 2nd album from the camp side of Toronto which despite its reluctance to take itself too seriously, has many high points

HOT FUSS
05 July 2004 / 11 Trk CD
:: The Killers ::
The hit rate is far superior than many recent releases and also because of the fact that when The Killers are on fire, they blister the walls around them

THE SILENT HOURS
05 July 2004 / Universal / 12 Trk CD :: Loog / Polydor
:: The Open ::
As Steven Bayleys vocals leave us hanging on with his last positive recorded breath, you’re hankering for the next album

ETERNAL WHEEL – THE BEST OF
05 July 2004 / 16 Trk Enhanced Double CD :: Snapper
:: Ozric Tentacles ::
Makes Genesis sound like The Darkness

ONE PLUS ONE IS ONE
05 July 2004 / XL / 14 Trk CD
:: Badly Drawn Boy ::
Serious third album (or is that four ?), that allows Gough to explore the world of Hymns and new ballads

YOU’RE SO CRUEL TO MY HEART
05 July 2004 / Twisted Nerve / 4 Trk CD
:: Misty Dixon ::
Ends up sounding rather ace. Some contrasting tracks on here make this both interesting and compelling

UP ALL NIGHT
05 July 2004 / Universal / 13 Trk CD + Limited 6 Trk DVD :: Vertigo / Mercury
:: Razorlight ::
Enough rasping and barbed wire sonics to keep your attention at peak and your head constantly nodding

OUTTA SIGHT / OUTTA MIND
05 July 2004 / V2 / 12 Trk CD
:: The Datsuns ::
Burning a torch for rattling rock cuts and dazzling riffs

I SAW YOU
05 July 2004 / 3 Trk Remix Promo
:: Deeyah ::
Cue over the top vocal wobbles that masquerade as an ability to execute accurate music scales

VIOLENT SILENCES
05 July 2004 / 12 Trk CD :: Artful
:: Rico ::
Looking a bit like Brendan Fraser on the press shots with rope tied in your mouth is quite an interesting concept

WONDERWALL
05 July 2004 / 1 Trk CD :: UMG
:: Ryan Adams ::
You will have to listen to it first and make your own mind up. An original and evocative production

LICK YOUR TICKET
05 July 2004 / Universal / 12 Trk CD
:: Chikinki ::
One of the best new generation electro crossover albums this year, leaving the door wide open for yet more developments

CLICHÉ
05 July 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Walker Music
:: Dean Walker ::
Clever Liverpudlian punky influences, compellingly and infectiously loud to boot

DOGS
05 July 2004 / Touch and Go / 15-Trk CD
:: Nina Nastasia ::
Re-release of Nastasia's hard to find and impressive debut. Eccentric folk in it's highest form.

ACHILLES' HEEL
05 July 2004 / Jade Tree / 11-Trk CD
:: Pedro the Lion ::
‘Achilles’ Heel’ sees Dave Bazan’s take a departure from his hardcore roots though his beloved mordant wit is still left very much in tact.

NOW HERE IS NOWHERE
05 July 2004 / 679 / 9-Trk CD
:: Secret Machines ::
Invigorating neo-psychedelic rock.

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