2018’s Return Of The Guitar Jedi

2018’s Return Of The Guitar Jedi

This unreal year started with that utter bollocks, "guitars are dead", from sofa-critics, while independent venues battle the destroyers ("developers") "exterminate exterminate" mentality. It's almost impossible to be a band without riches, music education is being culled, high street music retail is plummeting and B*!xit threatens music tourism... yet this is a classic era. A drum roll please, for up and coming talent that could make any impression, outside of (or even within) the mainstream during a year with credible, timeless alternative album releases that included Idles, Big  Joanie, Manic Street Preachers, Shame, Goat Girl, 485C, Boy Azooga, The Blinders, Arctic Monkeys, The Velvet Hands, Asylums, LIINES, Young Fathers, Slaves, The Slow Readers Club, The Lovely Eggs, CABBAGE, Tom Grennan, Dream Wife, Suede,  Black Honey, Miles Kane, She Drew The Gun, Florence & The Machine, The Orielles, Johnny Marr, Blossoms, Estrons, Let's Eat Grandma, MGMT, Muse and The 1975. That doesn't even include…
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‘INSCAPE’: Alexandra Stréliski’s album of classical power.

‘INSCAPE’: Alexandra Stréliski’s album of classical power.

In an article for the Guardian recently, Lenny Henry said: “Perhaps it’s time for everyone to take a fresh look at classical music and put aside the stereotypes”. That statement couldn’t be truer in the classical world right now. Whether you listen or not, you may have noticed some shifts going on.  There’s a push for real diversity, a reflection of the world we live in. Different ages, cultures, backgrounds, one by one we are creating change, simply by sharing our creativity. Some are avid performers of the greats, like myself (classical pianist) and there are some who are taking us into a whole new world of wonder.  One of those new emerging artists in the classical world is none other, than Alexandra Stréliski. Her latest album 'INSCAPE' takes us down the rabbit hole, into her world,…
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Susan Hansen, Reporter Of The New Rock n Roll

Susan Hansen, Reporter Of The New Rock n Roll

It's All Happening. Who, What, When, Where, Why? Ask a journalist who travels and strives to profile artists shaping the near future: Susan Hansen. An unassuming friend of the gigging world is essential when the most thrilling composition / performance skills (and compelling back stories) in decades are currently a virtual secret to potential followers. Susan is a regular attendee of "I Swear I Was There" moments where DIY music activism fuels our story. Professional, articulate and researched at all levels - from pre Mercury Wolf Alice, intimate Liam Gallagher / Slaves sessions, Later With Jools Holland and Bobby Gillespie/Suede in-stores to The Blinders' secret Neighbourhood gig recently, Susan is alternative rock's n.m.e. (noteable music expert). How did she get here? TheZineUK: "Can you remember what made you wish to become a music journalist?" Susan : "Being a writer is a dream I have…
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CroCroLand. 2019’s Hot New Indie Festival.

CroCroLand. 2019’s Hot New Indie Festival.

CroCroLand Festival, Saturday 6th April 2019. One Day, One Venue, Three Stages. Musical capital, Croydon, is celebrated with an inaugural Indie music festival of highly acclaimed bands and fast rising newcomers at The Lansdowne Hotel. Early bird discounted tickets for the 14+ EVENT are on sale now via SeeTickets at https://crocroland.co.uk/  An amazing #CroCroLand line up is to be announced in the New Year. Music fans; subscribe For News. Artists; apply To Play (by NYE deadline) at the site. Capital of Music? After researching the UK’s most streamed artists Croydon came out on top. Musical magician, Nadia Rose, was even honoured with a platinum tube from Pringles! Brit Winner and Glastonbury star, Stormzy plus Dubstep pioneers Skream & Benga, are all connections. The BRIT School consistently produces amazing acts including Adele, Loyle Carner, Amy Winehouse and Ella Eyre. MOBO award-winning Grime stars, Krept And Konan,…
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Bob Dylan || Mondo Scripto || Halcyon Gallery

Bob Dylan || Mondo Scripto || Halcyon Gallery

We had the great pleasure to slip into Bob Dylan's world that informs or is born from his music into other mediums. Dive into the mind of this creative genius, through his artwork, lyrics and sculpture.  Now extended until 23rd December 2018  If you can't make it down to see it in all its glory - use the link below to enter his world. https://halcyongallery.com/exhibitions/bob-dylan-mondo-scripto "Dylan has revealed something about why he continues to wield influence so huge as to be almost inconceivable for a living artist" - Vanity Fair "Dylan - who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 - continues to refuse to be pinned down over interpretation of his work" - Patrick Sawer, The Daily Telegraph "This is an essential show for anyone touched by Dylan" - David Sexton,…
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Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak ft. Miley Cyrus, Annie Mac and Jamie xx

Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak ft. Miley Cyrus, Annie Mac and Jamie xx

Club Heartbreak, the love child of Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus, took place in Soho on Friday 7th December in a bid to promote the two musicians' new song, ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart”. Mark Ronson had said on Instagram that he would be DJ-ing at The Borderline at an event dubbed, ‘Club Heartbreak’ with tickets being won only through Dice. Teasing comments from Miley Cyrus, Mark Ronson’s collaborator on his newest hit, had been posted hinting that she would be putting in a surprise performance at the 300 capacity venue alongside Mark. Doors opened at 9:30pm with hard-core Miley Cyrus fans who had been queuing for hours immediately taking the space around the stage, but somehow we managed to claim a spot.  On the small stage stood a DJ booth with a huge broken heart shaped disco ball, the…
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Dexy’s ‘Xmas Lights’ single is aural monochrome melancholy

Dexy’s ‘Xmas Lights’ single is aural monochrome melancholy

Away in a stranger shade, 'Xmas Lights', the new single from honey voiced troubadour, Dexy, is a beautiful song for anybody that doesn't naturally feel the Christmas cheer, and refreshingly so. The single is out now (3 Minute Records) via the usual digital outlets. Guitars chime as heart strings are pulled, but the effect is uplifting in it's empathy. Recorded and produced by Adrian Hall (Anna Calvi, Ray Davies, All Saints) who also produced Dexy's debut album 'Tear It Down' (2017).  The sparse and spacious new video - comes complete with a Dog Star! -That last scene though... Awww. It was created by multi talent, Shaun Grimsley (who will also play a live show with Dexy on 13th December at Sister Midnight Records in Deptford, London.   (well that's a refreshing change from the usual, brightly coloured, "spend spend spend - eat eat eat - drink drink drink…
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2019 FuturePicks The Music People; on and off stage

2019 FuturePicks The Music People; on and off stage

The Music People Party started 2019 early  with MOSES, The Cosmics, The C33s and Luvia (live) and host, Peggy From Earth, thrilling a (packed from start to finish) Camden Monarch.  "Amazing night!" (Terry Tyldesley, Kitmonsters) Victor of MOSES let's a rocking choir (the crowd) sing the band's songs to them Lisa Perry captured these live images from the event. Image : Erin of The Cosmics - bewitching and dynamic. Mover shakers united, while mixing local scenes. 2017 invited Cornwall, Yorkshire and Wales. This year Birmingham, Manchester and Brighton joined the party. "Super fun night last night with The Zine UK team and friends. Laughter, dancing and hits.  What a flawless line up" (Dizzy Spell, TheZineUK Editor) The Newer Wave have diversity in their DNA and social inclusion implied at their events. Every set was picked for songs, performance, engagement and brilliant buzz - so that the audience could have the best…
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Easy Life bring the nightmares to The Cellar

Easy Life bring the nightmares to The Cellar

“Who Gives A Fuck about my nightmares? But its nothing you should worry yourself about!”  Nightmares we all have them some of us daily, dealing with everyday struggles that life throws at us, but who really listens to our woes, does anyone really care? Nightmares about our family, friends, work, what the government are up to, the list goes on. This song perfectly captures that feeling and is written by Easy Life who are a fairly young band, from Leicestershire, and who have only been together for just 2 years, having heard lots of their music recently I wanted to check out what they sounded like live, as I couldn’t manage to get their hometown gig in Leicester two nights before. Out of Leicester there are lots of great sounds…
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Into the future with Feral Five’s Pet Show

Into the future with Feral Five’s Pet Show

Futuristic feral-Art by Strype Our favourite electro-punk duo have released a new single that is as ferocious and daring as their creative genius, and stage persona. They’ve recently supported Black Grape @ Concorde 2 in Brighton and safe to say, they have bagged a fresh new set of fans. Kat and Drew Five are multi-talented, and “Pet Show” simply adds to their ever-growing list of achievements.  This song is set in the (not too distant?) future, in a city occupied by misfits, the misinterpreted and a cyber-community hidden in the depths of society, yet so overt in their secretive and illicit behaviour.  Kat’s dynamic vocals create the perfect backdrop to the funky electro beat, that has you visualising streets covered in neon lighting, most trying to sell something, grab your attention. Picture a future that’s a crossover between Blade Runner…
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Getting infected with Ho99o9’s CYBER COP

Getting infected with Ho99o9’s CYBER COP

The infection has begun. Ho99o9’s latest EP ‘CYBER COP’ centre on the topic of technology, much like the recent 1975 album. But that’s where the similarities end. Ho99o9 want to induce you into a mind-fuck, making you question everything you believe about modern technology.  Or...In their own words:  ’Is it safe to share on the internet? Is it safe to learn from the internet? What’s real, what’s fake and what’s actually true. Is it safe to say the Internet isn't safe? Is it safe to love the internet? Is it safe to hate the internet? Is Internet God? Is Internet the Devil?’ Is it Safe to Internet goes straight in with adrenaline filled madness. It perfectly demonstrates their musical versatility, as genres collide and swap within the 3 minute 20 song,…
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Camden Rocks with Tokyo Taboo, Bugeye and friends – grrrl power!

Camden Rocks with Tokyo Taboo, Bugeye and friends – grrrl power!

"This is the year that women break through..." said The Nyx in January. it feels like we have come a long way, with a long way still to go, as 2019 looms. Camden Rocks Presents ended November with a glam tinted night of rock headlined by the fetish punk riot that is Tokyo Taboo. Celebrating their new single 'No Pleasure Only Pain' they brought an appearance that was no pain, only pleasure, evidenced by the reactions of a packed out Fest venue. WHAT a launch with Thunder On The Left, Bugeye, HAWXX and Bled The Fifth as an array of very special guests that all were received with great applause. Members of BERRIES, Feral Five and various zeenagers out to play ,made it feel like a very sociable party. Below; Grace and Angela of Bugeye with Kat Five. Good on you Camden Rocks, by the way.…
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Going DIY with Allusinlove

Going DIY with Allusinlove

"The worlds shit and it’s getting divided - let’s stand for unity."  An incredibly strong statement from Allusinlove made with the announcement of their return. Previously named Allusondrugs, the Leeds based band have been working in secret for the past year on brand new material. Unfortunately this means all tracks released under Allusondrugs have been removed off streaming platforms; goodbye ‘Sunset Yellow’ and ‘I Should of Gone to Uni’... You will be missed! But times are changing, the band is progressing and sacrifices have to be made for their rebirth- cue Allusinlove. The band allowed some fans early access to their new music by direct messaging them on social media.  Cutting out the middle man and getting music straight from the artist creates a personal connection between band and fan, as well as effectively…
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‘Trust Is Blind’, The Cosmics astonish.

‘Trust Is Blind’, The Cosmics astonish.

You think you know somebody, but you don't..."  'Trust Is Blind' by The Cosmics on Spotify Art brushed garage rockers, The Cosmics, have captured the essence of veering from the cloud nine of being in love to the madness in hell inflicted by betrayal - and bottled it in a song. A tune that brings a whole new facet of potential to an already rising band; Erin Grace (Lead Vocals/Bass Guitar), Conor Boyle (Lead Guitar), Danny Boyle (Drums). Punkily independent, hard working musicians, and a key force for good in Birmingham's vital music scenes, this is their fourth release. 'Trust Is Blind' is a sweet sad ballad of hurt, that swells through rock dynamic orchestration into a tsunami of pent up rage, unleashed. Erin 's vocal journey from sad kitten to furious hell cat is part of an aural rocket of…
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The Surrenders Tell It Like It Is…

The Surrenders Tell It Like It Is…

"If you’re going to be fucked you might as well have a party on the way." Cheeky, fun and playing a guitar wherever they went, The Surrenders, made up of Connor, James, Rich and Scott, are a bundle of energy. These four guys are loving life and enjoying every moment and every opportunity that comes their way. Elly : "How’s this year been for you?" Connor : (laughing): "It’s been absolutely awful, from start to finish…" Rich: "...The start of the year I had no bags under my eyes, now I have baggage..." James: "...Nah, it’s been good man." Elly: "What's been your highlight?" Connor: "Personally for me it was Y Not festival, but I know you guys will say differently." Scott: "It was grim. Well it was a good festival but we had about thirty people…
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Healthy Junkies have ‘No Control’.

Healthy Junkies have ‘No Control’.

For their recent fourth album, Healthy Junkies have paid homage to their punk and grunge influences from the 70s and 90s. The first single from the record is 'No Control'. From the off you are tuned into a vibe echoing the Ramones, Joy Division and Republica. Regulars at Camden Rocks with support slots for The UK Subs, The Professionals, Sham 69, GBH and The Rezillos, the band are defining their own sound. Parisian Nina Courson and guitarist Phil Honey/Jones present themselves like a mix of The Damned meets Shampoo but hold their own in a copycat world. No Control is about, well, just that; the lyrics revolve around standing up for yourself and fighting for individuality. "I went to the doctor and he told me to take some pills/He said I'd…
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Lacuna Bloome find their way on tour.

Lacuna Bloome find their way on tour.

The #AliveTour2018 is exploding! Photojournalist, Elly Bailey, grabbed an interview from one of the tour star turns, Lacuna Bloome, before they headed off and prior to the release of their new single, 'Find Your Way'. The youngsters on the scene, Lacuna Bloome are a Brighton based indie pop band, made up of Noah (drums), Molly (bass), Sam (guitar), and Niall (guitar and singer).  About to embark on the This Feeling Alive tour, this for them is the biggest and only proper tour they’ve ever played. While sitting down with the band, it just so happened to be guitarist, Sam’s 21st birthday, who later on was presented with a cake by the This Feeling team. Elly : "GigSlutz describe you guys as: ‘beautiful, lo-fi indie pop’ – is this an accurate description of your sound?" Noah: "Yeah it’s pretty close." Sam: "Not so much lo-fi, but…
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The New Music People of Rock n Roll

The New Music People of Rock n Roll

On and off stage, despite austerity, a credibly high quality of talent, passionate support and intense drive have created a renaissance for rocking, especially in the independent spaces that inspired Music Venue Trust.  This is at a time when guitar bands are supposed to be over (according to arts critics that aren't at such events). That's OK. NME (or VO5) went to the Black Honey show. Their "report" is hardly what the likes of Sahera Walker or team Public Pressure are doing. Bands are not a backdrop. We love our diverse ways of life, and it shows. It's good to see the newer wave rising stealthily to attention (and in the case of Black Honey, the album charts) but is nobody just crazy about gigs, outside of the many scenes and anti scenes under radar? Mad for bands? The answer…
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Trampolene are ALIVE! (and candid!) – TheZineUK interview

Trampolene are ALIVE! (and candid!) – TheZineUK interview

The Alive Tour press day for This Feeling was a unique and unforgettable day, full of laughter, music and even a This Feeling bus that took everyone from The Monarch in Camden to The Boogaloo in Highgate. Ever the cool kids, The Surrenders, took straight to the back of the bus, singing a variety of '70s hits, with Rich playing the guitar they’d been carrying around all day, while at the same time Trampolene singer Jack Jones got a hold of the bus's microphone, rapping Eminem lyrics (who knew he was a fan?), and coming out with random lines, the most remarkable being, “my nans 62, her name is Sheila, she’s always on the phone to her mother fucking dealer!” “Yeah we have to live with this…” says Trampolene drummer, Rob, with a laugh and an eye roll. Prior to…
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Rotor Videos celebrate good times with a gig.

Rotor Videos celebrate good times with a gig.

Rotor Videos and Kick Out The Jams stage an enjoyable gathering of  artists, media and music industrious starring J. J. Rosa, The Velvet Hands and 485C Newer Wave Rock beats Above The Velvet hands, below 485C. 485C and The Velvet Hands have grown from sizzling seedlings at our music socials into outstanding career potential with acclaim and achievements under their collective belt already.We enjoyed ambitious new songs and tracks from their phenomenal debut albums 'Party's Over' and the eponymous '485C' - in the intimate Ministry Club studio. Many names in our story's are leading the renaissance of revolutionary art that is about to hit. Fun is fundamental. With our culture, respect for all talents are due. Guitars included. Get in a small venue,  you might just like it. After all, it's only rock and roll... This night felt timely. We were celebrating ethics and…
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