Lorna Reports: Absolute Radio 10th Birthday Party

Lorna Reports: Absolute Radio 10th Birthday Party

Absolute Radio are celebrating 10 fabulous years on the airwaves in the best way possible, with a huge birthday party gig at the o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Tickets sold out in a matter of minutes, and with 3 great acts performing it’s going to be a party to remember. Hosts for the evening are Absolute Radio DJs Dave Berry and Danielle Perry, and they take to the stage to introduce the first band, Blossoms.  The 5-piece indie rock band from Stockport, led by singer/guitarist Tom Ogden, play a cool, late 60’s style rock and have a Woodstock era #stagestyle to match. Sadly, it’s only a short set tonight, but includes the extremely catchy single ‘I Can’t Stand It’. Their performance is well received and kudos to the lighting technicians, who create a varied and atmospheric…
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Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – Album Review

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – Album Review

There’s that old saying, that “youth is wasted on the young”. Well that’s just it, it’s an antiquated saying that is not relatable to any of us right now. That saying means that young people don’t give a shit, can’t contribute to positive change, or are happy to take stuff lying down. The last 4 years alone has proven to be quite the contrary. Along with the legends returning to celebrate anniversary albums, we have emerging artists breaking through at a rapid rate, and we have artists that have been consistent in their musical delivery, climbing higher and higher. The common denominator, is that their musical delivery and messages are resonating on a deep level. One of those people is Sam Duckworth, the front man of Get Cape.Wear Cape. Fly. Sam is already a favourite of The Zine…
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Jekyll – ‘So Wrong’

Jekyll – ‘So Wrong’

This quartet from Blackpool, are making an undisputed impact within the industry in only a short space of time!! They made serious headway performing at the Great Escape Festival; bringing in such a crowd that they played twice. Other festivals they have been at include Tramlines @ Sheffield, Blackpool’s Rebellion Punk Fest, and Liverpool’s Threshold just to name a few. Their latest EP titled “Jekyll” has been receiving critical acclaim and notice from the likes of John Kennedy at Radio X, and Steve Lamacq at BBC Radio 6. The EP has been released by the label “Fierce Panda Records”. Now if you’ve been following us at The Zine UK for a while, not only are we big fans of Fierce Panda, but they are consistent and picking out the right talent at the right moment, with bands like…
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Calva Louise – I Heard a Cry

Calva Louise – I Heard a Cry

London based trio, Calva Louise are back, releasing their fourth single.  'I Heard a Cry' contains an upbeat riff, a thumping leading bass line and to top it all off  is Jess's beautifully diverse vocals; she can cross from harmonies to shouting effortlessly. For those of you who've never listened to Calva Louise before, they're style is a wonderful blend of punk, grunge and pop, creating a sound that's both loud and angsty, but also very fun. 'I Heard a Cry' in particular seems to lean towards the pop with its levels of energy. In fact, their Spotify describes them as 'Bubble gum punk rockers', a phrase which I think perfectly described the new track. The short 2 minute track is packed with energy and quite frankly just makes you want to grab…
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Review: False Heads Less is Better EP

Review: False Heads Less is Better EP

False Heads have been the name on everyone’s lips in the past few months. An enigmatic, fast-paced rock and roll band, who’s music oozes contagious energy, there was no doubt that their latest EP Less Is Better was going to follow suit. Released digitally on 21st September (vinyl’s and CDs are on sale 5th October), the four-track EP demonstrates lead singer and guitarist Luke Griffiths, bassist Jake Elliot and drummer Barney Nash’s extreme talent, and why they have gained support from the likes of Iggy Pop and Danny Fields.  While Retina was released back in February 2018 and has become one of the boys most known songs, more recently the single Yellow was released, on August 24th.  The first track on the EP, Yellow sets the tone for the rest of the…
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Lorna Reports: Suede at Rough Trade East

Lorna Reports: Suede at Rough Trade East

‘Here I am, talking to my shadow’. ‘Here I am’ sings Brett Anderson, the Suede frontman stands on the lip of the stage, almost touching the outstretched hands of the girls in the front row. ‘Here I am, talking to my shadow’. This very special gig at Rough Trade East begins with ‘As One’ which is also the opening track of Suede’s stunning new album ‘The Blue Hour’. Described as the third and final part of a trio of albums released since 2013, tonight’s hour long set also features cherry-picked songs from their other most recent works ‘Blood Sports’ and ‘Night Thoughts’. The next song is the glorious ‘Wastelands’, another new but trademark Suede track, with Richard Oakes’ chiming guitar and epic choruses which the sell-out crowd obviously love. It’s amazing to be one of the first…
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Seismic Alt Rock Artists/Audiences AWEtumn

Seismic Alt Rock Artists/Audiences AWEtumn

By 2018, artists and audiences under the radar have created a 2020 vision which  DIY rock geared up a few years before the tory Brexit/Narnia nonsense.  Following June's introduction "Our Newer Wave Music Future" (excerpt pictured left), our situationism continues to be inspired by this reality. Pix in that article included Monefa, Katie and Fahima at The Great Escape in May - Alan Wells and Rohan Murray at Abbie McCarthy's Good Karma Club, last May, Ms Mohammed (Off The Record Manchester), Bang Bang Romeo (SoccerSixFest), Mark n Bev of Music Venue Trust (Venues Day), The Surrenders and Asylums (Reading Festival 2017), Sahera Walker (Some Might Say) with Luke Griffiths of False Heads and 485C. There were also mentions for fresh essential industry mover-shakers; End Of The Trail, Benumu, Kick Out The Jams and Modern Age Music. All part of UK underground alt rock music movement.  Boldly starting with "Equality Is The Future", Part 1 ended with the image; "What Happens Next?" that will start TheZineUK's next picture book. …
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Lorna Reports:  Pale Waves at Rough Trade East

Lorna Reports: Pale Waves at Rough Trade East

Pale Waves are certainly riding high this year. The Manchester band have travelled the globe, taking their goth-tinged jangle pop to audiences far and wide. Support slots with The 1975 and CHVRCHES as well as many festival appearances over the Summer have helped the band grow a loyal and enthusiastic fanbase. Most of them appear to have descended on the Rough Trade East shop this evening, the famous East London record store is packed for tonight’s acoustic performance and signing event. The band are here to promote the release of their much-anticipated debut album, ‘My Mind Makes Noises’ and singer guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie takes to the stage for a stripped back solo performance of singles and new songs from the album. Pale Waves make no secret of their 1980’s musical…
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STRANGE BONES direct. Here Come The Wolves.

STRANGE BONES direct. Here Come The Wolves.

TEXT 07999527181 NOWSTRANGE BONES share ‘Here Come The Wolves’ direct to fans via Whatsapp New video unleashed, plus UK headline tour dates, October 2018 Raucous Blackpool rockers STRANGE BONES share their latest deafening anthem 'Here Come The Wolves', direct to fans via Whatsapp messenger from Friday 21st September, three weeks before official release.  Whatsapp ‘Howl’ to 07999527181 With the dissemination of music coming only from a select number of sources, Strange Bones are cutting out the meddle man and releasing direct to fans through their phones - sparking the revolution in secrecy. This comes before an eagerly anticipated EU tour. Produced by front man, Bobby Bentham, and mixed by Thomas Mitchener of Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, 'Here Come The Wolves' is a reaction to a society of hypernormalisation; Society has anxiety, and nobody really knows the true from the false. When the public narrative is curated by…
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Daydream Believers: Barnsley’s beautiful game.

Daydream Believers: Barnsley’s beautiful game.

"We were hopeful of giving the people a film to be proud of but the reaction has been nothing short of staggering." New movie, 'Daydream Believers', mixes football and social history for the inspiring story of how a football team made a town believe again. A decade on from one of the biggest political disputes in 20th century Britain, the Town of Barnsley – decimated by the year long Miner’s Strike of 1984 – began to believe again.  That belief was sparked by Barnsley FC. Now, thanks to a crowdfunded feature-length film; ‘Daydream Believers’, people can relive one of the most incredible achievements by the town and it's football club. The debut production of GRAFT Agency tells the story of how Barnsley Football Club’s promotion to the Premier League, for the first time in their 111 year…
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In Depth: Blaenavon Interview

In Depth: Blaenavon Interview

Indie rock story tellers, Blaenavon, are hectic! They headline small venues and previously un-played towns, on tour in October, with sneak previews of new music. There is a bold follow up to their 2017 debut album, 'That's Your Lot'., in the wings. They start 2019 at major venues with The Wombats. Before all that, they took time for an interview for TheZineUK at one of their festival appearances. Interviewing Ben, Harris and Frank, who make up the band Blaenvaon was an interesting experience, very polite and rather shy, you wouldn’t believe it was the same three lads who appeared on stage later to deliver a fierce, rock and roll performance. Here’s what they had to say in a sit down interview with Elly Bailey and Juicebox lead singer, Thomas Muckian.Elly: "You guys just got here, are there any bands playing today that you want to…
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The Wonder of Old Swing

The Wonder of Old Swing

Sparkling and sentimental, London’s Old Swing return from a string of UK dates to release their second single Wonder.  Following the release of their debut Time, Wonder takes Breakfast Club drums and champagne synths twisting them into the last summer song of the year.  With contemplative lyrics it’s a little wistful, looking back on an old flame, picturing them as they move through life without you, hopelessly wondering whether you slip into their daydreams too.  With self-destructive undertones disguised by vibrant instrumentation and a rising melody, this song describes futile desires.  There's a sense of curiosity which singer Luke Goodall hopes will resonate with his listeners.   Despite having only two releases to their name Old Swing are already proving their talent for writing ear-worm melodies to raise you up no matter how melancholic or self-indulgent a subject matter…
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Stepping into Columbia with… The Blinders.

Stepping into Columbia with… The Blinders.

"These children that come at you with knives, they are your children. You taught them. I didn't teach them. I just tried to help them stand up..." Perhaps once in a generation comes a movement that speaks for its outcasts, those who are undernourished but well read, those who see injustice, but have been fed only on a diet of apathy, and corruption. The blue generation before us were emotionally rescued by bands like the Manic Street Preachers, now, rising from the ashes of Brexitopia, (and the burned out ruins of the indie landfill) we have The Blinders. With Columbia, the highly anticipated debut from the Doncaster trio, we are taken to what they describe as a 'fictional world, based on reality', it's poetry depicts a desperate battle between light and dark, that gradually accepts that both are necessary for survival…
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In Depth: Circa Waves Interview

In Depth: Circa Waves Interview

Indie rockers, Circa Waves, are fresh from yet another year's amazing  Summer festival season.  In November, lead singer, Kieran Shudal is one of the Artist Speakers at this year's BBC Music Introducing Live event in London. In February 2019, the band are special guests of The Wombats on their European tour dates. Elly Bailey had the chance to interview Kieran, and bass player Sam Rourke, before their main stage set at Y Not Festival. Cheeky, sarcastic and full of humour, here’s what they had to say; Photography by Elly Bailey Elly : "How are you guys?" Kieran : (laughing): "Just both really great, both so good, we both look really attractive, we’re great." Elly : "Your first album ‘Young Chasers’ was more of a good vibes, fun, summer album and your second ‘Different Creatures’ was more heavy and even politically…
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Best of 2018: The Velvet Hands

Best of 2018: The Velvet Hands

New Shows. New album? The Velvet Hands invite music fans to join their Stonesey, Strokesey, Beatlesey punky fun. Still barely out of their teens, the Libertines-tinted quartet were born amidst the NME coined ‘Kernow Wave’, Cornwall’s blistering garage-rock scene. They are now a focal point of of the nation’s mushrooming underground guitar scene. The band properly arrived in fine style this year with their widely acclaimed debut album, 'Party's Over'. We love these lads, and know that the party is never really over when they're around. So, since being tipped 'Big In 2018' by the influential This Feeling, what can they actually remember about this year? (image by Lorna Cort) Toby : "2018 has been one of those years that has gone impossibly quickly yet I have no idea how it isn't over yet.  We've managed to…
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Bjork in Eden, Summer 2018

Bjork in Eden, Summer 2018

Bjork at the Eden Project in Cornwall - a botanical match made in Heaven from concept to performance.  Bjork has always been passionate about the environment, spearheading several campaigns to protect her native Iceland from over-development. Today, the Eden project is an oasis for transformational thinking; it’s self-proclaimed aims being to connect people to each other and their natural environment, in order to better understand, respect and take care of our planet. On a warm Summer evening the walk down into the old quarry basin within which the Eden Project sits, is a perfect start to the journey. The path curves down from the entrance to reveal the evening sun bouncing off two giant glass biomes and a host of gardens and art installations. These are all open throughout the…
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In depth: Elly Meets Anteros

In depth: Elly Meets Anteros

we want to be doing this forever if we can" Anteros are living up to being tipped for 2018, and then some, in their own, highly colourful, compelling and creative way.  To round off an incredible 2018, these fresh festival favourites have a new single and video plus more tour dates in Autumn.  Watch this space/band - Anteros are rising.  They were also in conversation with Elly Bailey, recently. Summer 2018 was already hot enough! Laura Hayden, Joshua Rumble, Jackson Couzens and Harry Balazs found themselves in the Moroccan desert making the short film accompanying dream pop (driving bass-lined) new single, 'Call Your Mother'. The single was streamed 100,000 times in it's first ten days of being public. The video (heading for 17,000 views in just over a week) is Part One of a trilogy. It's  a tale within a tale (of  sassy…
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In Depth: Elly Meets Harry Koisser (Peace)

In Depth: Elly Meets Harry Koisser (Peace)

In 2012, Peace, released their first single, 'Follow Baby' then, a tribe of fans followed.  2018's 'Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll' is their third and most fearless album. NME called it; "a reminder of the necessity of trying to enact change in your own world, whatever its size". The title and artwork should be a way of life. The band's lyrics are already many a tattoo. This November, Peace will explode with energetic engagement  live on stage in Birmingham (24th) and Manchester (25th). Sandwiched between their Spring LP tour and these dates, the multi talented Elly Bailey had a diverse and frank conversation this summer... Walking from the artist dressing rooms down to the media tent with Peace lead singer, Harry Koisser, was an interesting experience. Kids noticed him left right and centre and were eager to yell words of praise and admiration at…
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Iconic Music Artefacts Auction ends Sunday

Iconic Music Artefacts Auction ends Sunday

Last chance to own a piece of iconic music history original imagery! David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz, Debbie Harry, George Michael, Nirvana, Liam Gallagher, Amy Winehouse, Lemmy, Alex Turner, The Rolling Stones, Kylie Minogue, Duran Duran, Pink Floyd, Kurt Cobain, Bjork, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, john Lennon, Mick Jagger, John Lydon...more. Music Photographers United came out in force to raise money for Pat Pope (as per our previous article on Patstonbury with  his pix of The Bluetones and Thom Yorke). Their charity photography auction ends this Sunday 16th September. Investments at a range of reasonable prices. Tell your music obsessed friends. Legendary photographer, Pat Pope had a stroke this summer and is going to be hospitalised for a long time. His family and friends are trying to raise money for his care. At the aforementioned fundraiser in Tunbridge Wells Forum recently, members of The…
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Red Stripe presents This Feeling TV 7 in Brighton!

Red Stripe presents This Feeling TV 7 in Brighton!

Black Honey, Trampolene, Lacuna Bloome - stars of TFTV episode 7. - Red Stripe presents This Feeling TV starring three rising names in a *Brighton-Swansea-Brighton* bands rock n roll sandwich of goodness. "TFTV" is the popular on line music  show's first recording in Brighton. Free tickets were hotter than, well, July, and were snapped up instantly.  On screen soon, it promises to be a MOMENT. There are always some faces from the guitar blessed new rock scenes in these zones. So far filmed in London venues, This Feeling TV is taking its multi media cult of zone to Brighton. A heady, ready rocking ready community of fans, bands, production team (with opportunies), reporters and down the front party people - as well as a few hand picked celebrities - will land at iconic…
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