The Dan The D (the music, the photography)

The Dan The D (the music, the photography)

Multi-talent-tasking Dan Donovan has created artbeat escapism weaving a desert blues, garage rock album - 'Mojo Del Rancho' (available. digitally via iTunes and Spotify). Music for modern lovers. It was recorded (with members of Eagles Of Death Metal and Snow Patrol) at Rancho de la Luna studio; home to Josh Homme’s Desert Sessions. The LP conjures a wigged-out house party biography with songs as chapters from musicians letting go like a festival set, in the wide open space to do so. The CD is accompanied by a limited fifty two page photo journal available via Moose Shack Merch. It is an exhibition blessed with Wild West beauty and fine design. Me? I dig it. My time travelled recommendation is written in Summer 2020. Lockdown feels a little like life in…
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Video Premiere: ‘Georgia’ by Family Jools

Video Premiere: ‘Georgia’ by Family Jools

Britain's grooviest trip rock band, Family Jools, have a new single, 'Georgia' for the first of August 2020's five weekends. They were set for this year's SXSW Festival, perfect for their Wild West (Bristol) Americana sound but continue to forge new futures, with this dreambeat new release (and it's cosmic lockdown video). https://youtu.be/IeOOfYCAq6s Having startled last year's Sound City and The Great Escape in 2019, Family Jools were in festival demand this year, pre Covid. Alongside a few select live sessions, the band have been writing steadily. 'Georgia' is the first track from those writing sessions. Support for the band has come from all directions including Fresh On The Net, Radio X and BBC Radio 6 with Steve Lamacq noting that their sound "sets it apart from a lot of…
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BLAB: ‘R.I.P.’

BLAB: ‘R.I.P.’

Heeoojazfuq single! Released on the Essexual Cool Thing Records, 'R.I.P.', the debut single from Blab, has got the ROCK swagger of myriad main stage strutters with youth's literate suss rapping over with bite. Ice-cool as Johnny Marr guitar. BOLD never gets old. This rock is boulder. Kinda liked it from first listen. Kinda freaking LOVE it, 'cos I went back, and again. Ha ha. That first listen evoked a memory of Polly Harvey (from Yeovil in the black leather jacket and docs) when she debuted on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury and a hundred thousand jaws dropped at P.J.Harvey's bright pink cat suit. I enjoy being vintage but am thrilled that new heritage is being made. Blab is definitely a 50ft Queenie. The musicians who are a product of two…
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Balcony Festival 007: Bonding.

Balcony Festival 007: Bonding.

For the Carers UK charity, on Saturday 18th July 2020 from 6pm GMT - Balcony Online Festival Number 7 Katie Malco - God Is In The TV Zine. StageVincent Bugozi - Benumu StageNervous Twitch - Reckless Yes StageDavid Woodcock - Joyzine StageMouse - LOUD WOMEN StageGris-de-Lin - Sonic Tonic StageKJ & The Fox - GigSlutz StageDan O'Farrell & The Difference Engine - Quarantini - Live Virtual BarDonate to Carers UK: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/balconyfestival7 Who cares for the ever essential Carers of our society, - what would we be without them? They are so appreciated, and Carers UK care, that's who. https://www.carersuk.org/ Give thanks/support, and if you can, please give money. These events are exclusive and personal performances from high quality, selected artists via a coalition of key media, industry mover shakers and…
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‘Genetic Cabaret’ by Asylums

Asylums release their third album on Cool Thing Records, 17th July 2020 http://www.asylumsband.com/ Physical; https://asylums.tmstor.es/ Digital: https://asylums.tmstor.es/ 'Genetic Cabaret', the coming of rage lucky-number album release from Asylums, swaggers open with intent. 'Catalogue Kids' is the sound of a blockbuster movie's rock'n'roll band arriving on a stage - with pyrotechnics. As a body of (smart and hard) work, it jump starts an adventure that doesn't run out of sparks. Asylums display the confidence to tug heart strings with the striking melodies and harmonised licks of 'Platitudes' weaving like bumblebee flight in and out of car-chase rhythmic bang bang bursts. While noting, relevantly; "Is this the loneliest place in the world? / There’s a plague going around." Get ready for these songs to live in both your head and in your…
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When This Is Over

When This Is Over

"HOPE IS BUT TWO METERS AWAY, ONE DAY SOON THE BANDS WILL PLAY" A spartacus tinted summery anthem from The Velvet Hands for Music Venue Trust dan, sam, louis, toby by harvey williams fairly Fact. This is gonna be so many of us after lockdown: "Walk down the street with a big fat grin, new shoes on my feet and I've had a trim..." Fuct. We've a long way to go to grinning. We'll get there. Britain is a nation with community boozing at heart (see TV). Although we've been divided then locked down. One day again, we will be reunited and rocked out. Until then, stay safe because we are not being looked after by those in charge of the nation, any more than the positive, socially inclusive gig…
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The Novus

The Novus

‘Man On The Bridge’. Band On The Cusp. Image by Auberonfilm for ASBO Magazine Midlands musical ringleaders, The Novus, not only shoot from the hip but were shooting a video for their latest single, when they were interrupted by gun shots! Probably not even the most surreal day in their story so far, to be fair. More on that, to follow, but if you're not on board with The Novus already, get involved. A star shaped ride that starts with ambitiously rhythm, riff and tune sparked rock songs and wow-the-crowd live performances - they have the "IT" factor. Summer 2020 single, 'Man On The Bridge' is out now to flail about to and roar along with. It continues their all-thriller-no-filler release CV. It was produced and mixed by this documentary's ominpresent Wizard…
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Ready, Steady, Bang. Explosion Imminent.

Ready, Steady, Bang. Explosion Imminent.

Top Disco-Punk rock glamsters, BUGEYE, venture beyond genres and generalisations to an alternative classic loaded with ready, steady bangers. 1) On and On, 2) Breakdown, 3) Shake and Bake, 4) Blue Fire,5) When The Lights Go Out, 6) Sunday, Monday, 7) Electric,8) Something's About To Change, 9) Nightlife, 10) Don't Stop art by 31% Wool 2019 Composed/Performed by Bugeye, Produced by Paul Tipler, Vinyl, CD, Digital via  Reckless Yes. Artwork by 31% Wool From the get-go, this is a 21st century pop music spectacular. Grace Healey (keys), Kerrie Smith (drums), Paula Snow (bass) and Angela Martin (guitar/vocals) confidently invite us into the heart of a (blooming) arts movement they're an essential part of. Image by Julia Woolams 'On and On' builds from bleep-rave to crystal-voice to 1970s disco beats and…
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Generation Tremorists

Generation Tremorists

Working with exciting music talents as a compulsive lifestyle, I trust my ears/pulse and am humbled to be part of TheZineUK's three degrees of happening over six years of adventures. I gasp at rising star tingles in spaces where cons cull (thriving!) culture: #SaveOurVenues! Otherwordly soundtracking from a WEALTH of colourful reaility back story. This list doesn't even "touch the sides" Punk Rock is in the he(art) of the beholder. Personally, "Newer Wave" ain't genre, geography, conforming/not, hype/hip etc. It's unashamed people-pleasuring passionately, purely. Bombastic Pop Guitar rewilded rhythms crystalised into dazzling, dirty, dystopia-dousing diamonds. Bomb Pop EXPLODES live. 2020's a downer. Yoohoo from Under The Radar! 42 Names From This Tale. Click Video Playlist. Nearly everybody's skint, too. Rewards come even later nowadays (as this story attests, also reporting…
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This Earth is F**ked. Too Many Ts are Treemendous

This Earth is F**ked. Too Many Ts are Treemendous

News: Too Many Ts release 'This Earth is F**ked' video alongside a huge mission to plant Too Many Trees. Something our planet can NEVER have. https://youtu.be/RuELL1fE3rc More: UK hip-hop duo rally fans to plant millions of trees. A lively up beats ballad of rage, comedy and concern it's a rapped rallying cry to join up, step up and make a real difference. 2020 is a year for such vision. 'This Earth is F**ked' video was produced by The Rattle, an artist-first music community putting creators in power, which Too Many Ts are part of. True to form, the award winning UK hip-hop duo (already in our documentary as Star Turns - ambassadors for ethical streetwear brand THTC), are using their music to elevate awareness and engage their dedicated fanbase to…
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20 June: Balcony Festival 6 at 6pm!

20 June: Balcony Festival 6 at 6pm!

Saturday midsummer, Team Balcony Festival (Artists, Audience, Allies) are raising awareness and funds for the Mental Health Foundation. Virtual reality, top entertainment, social (inclusion multi-) media! Bookmark the streaming URL and meet up 6pm Solstice Saturday 20th June - in friendship. The artful rockers, David Devant & His Spirit Wife will delight on The Joyzine Stage alongside a formidable cast of talent: Velvet Starlings on The Gigslutz Stage, Sherika Sherard on The Benumu Stage, Ailsa Tully on God Is In The TV Stage, Idealistics on The Quarantini Stage, I Am Her on The Loud Women Stage, Fightmilk on the Reckless Yes Stage and The News At Six is that RTN Makes Music is gracing TheZineUK Stage with a live show premiere! instagram.com/rtnmakesmusic/ : "As someone who is often at the…
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I,Doris are pop’s Wonderwomen!

I,Doris are pop’s Wonderwomen!

Escape from dystopia's dreary nutsies "news" with 'Wonderwomen' the uplifting latest single from London’s ‘mummycore’ feminist pop band I, Doris! Bright and catchy, this song is accompanied by a suitably DIY comic book strip video which stars the Dorisses donning superhero costumes to tackle everyday epic battles, like the school run, the office, and the supermarket. This is EXACTLY what 2020 needs. Right NOW. https://youtu.be/dIP4ye4CY-c An absolute delight, the video was filmed just before lockdown – in the supermarket scene you can see the last toilet roll being grabbed!). Dare you not to watch, thensmile! Doris says of this hooky nu-vintage tinted pop TUNE: "Women are often praised for being multi-tasking superheroes – who needs that kind of pressure? This is a song about cutting yourself some slack. If you’ve…
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The Palpitations: ‘Feed The Poor, Eat The Rich’.

The Palpitations: ‘Feed The Poor, Eat The Rich’.

Rock band (and Covid19 frontline NHS) The Palpitations release; 'Feed The Poor, Eat The Rich' . A pandemic anthemic debut EP and challenge injustice. TheZineUK have twitter-pestered for more of The Palpitations' eloquent articulation, so it's sweet to tell more with this news. Photography: Aidan Dale On the front line of the NHS battle against Covid 19, doctors and rockers, The Palpitations showcase a cohesive story to transplant the listener directly into the hospital corridors, painting emotional vignettes of love and loss - all the while, soundtracked by intense, emotional vocals and layered musical dynamics. The band feel it's essential that people know what is really happening at ground through the eyes of doctors - not politicians or their propaganda main stream media. "From our own point of view, we…
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IoW Festival LIVES!

IoW Festival LIVES!

#ZineAndHeard: Exclusive short film interview - Heather Minx meets multi talent tasking music biz supremo and Isle of Wight Festival head, John Giddings who kindly let TheZineUK create at his London HQ. Click here for an Awesome Conversation John is the personable music agent and promoter responsible for tours including The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Iggy Pop and David Bowie. In 2002 he revived the Isle of Wight Festival and continues to run this prestigeous event. Heather's interview is engaging, wholesome heritage with integrity: anecdotes, advice, memories and a few surprises that all music artist, industry and media interested, should watch. Heather is a consumate professional of Music interviews and prolific TV, Film and Video creator. TheZineUK is blessed with stars on and off stage! Also, our team are still buzzing from This…
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Balcony Fest #SaveOurVenues

Balcony Fest #SaveOurVenues

Saturday 30th May #BalconyOnlineFest Live stream music show from 1pm for Music Venue Trust's #SaveOurVenues campaign. Hosted by Louise Schofield - Free to view. Donations Welcomed. Updates/Artistshttps://facebook.com/events/700745894008346/ Saturday's show features exclusive performances, curated by regulars of grassroots independence rooted under the radar where the exciting up and comers are. (scroll down for more) A promoter on this circuit, Baroque n roll musician and composer, Monefa Walker, of our team, not only soundtracks these days classically but also notes: "If artists and venues are the microcosm, the industry, community and abundance available is the macrocosm. You can't build without a foundation so trust me, if these venues go, the artists and higher echelon industry can forget about pulling in loads of dosh. Image by Lisa Perry The grassroots section of the…
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Sick Love, Baby, It’s You!

Sick Love, Baby, It’s You!

'I'm So (Fucked Without You)' is the fourth track from Sick Love's no-holds-barred EP, 'Baby It's You', which this track completes. It's a major rock anthems alert, every song, with this band. As 21st Century up and comers go, they are easily one of the sickest of the slickest. Photography by marthas_picsx With 'Im So...", Rebecca Geary's voice entices us gently by a small side door into the aircraft hangar sized space that Sick Love fill to capacity with this song. Straight to any lockdown escapism with the increased relevance of the "so fucked without you" sentiment. You can hear, taste and feel the energy shaking this EP. Turn it UP. Sick Love trade in songs we can relate to. They are "The Band Next Door" in our ears and…
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Dirty Orange ‘Fold’

Dirty Orange ‘Fold’

New BritRock single 'Fold' is the full hand! Dirty Orange? Filthy, more like! Accompanied by an instant fave video. Affordable, DIY multi media tech rules 2020. With no gigs, quarantine has gone beyond being a great leveller to a personal insight as to why Britain has stayed (mostly) caring and compassionate, even with a shifty sociopath part timer in Drowning Street: Music lovers are creative, fun lovers! From highly personal and stripped down live streams to the fans-and-friends family videos, we have never been so 'All In It Together'. Aww, Dirty Orange have got a bunch of charismatic, potential Brit-flick stars in their story. I'm just really lifted by the songs energy and this gang: https://youtu.be/7Y-daSEYAdY Clocking in at around two minutes of sandpaper punked guitar blasting dynamics, 'Fold' is…
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Cassia are ‘Drifting’. Upwards.

Cassia are ‘Drifting’. Upwards.

The weather has come out for Cassia who's new single, 'Drifting' sounds like a ray of sunshine that George Benson's rhythm section have blown a kiss at. This is feel good, community-love Pop Music which follows their most recent success, the single, 'Do Right'. Macclesfield musicians, Cassia are catchy beyond the music, having grabbed not just the attention of BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music, Radio X and more national media heavy-weights, but also being heard at the prestigious BAFTA Awards (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts).  Their debut album ‘Replica’ got huge tours (80+ gigs in 2019) andcred festivals including Reading, TRNSMT, Kendal Calling, and Boardmasters. They were nominated for Best Live Act by the Association of Independent Music Awards (alongside Idles and DMA’s) and got to…
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Latenight Honeymoon ‘For Heaven’s Sake’

Latenight Honeymoon ‘For Heaven’s Sake’

New single release: Alternative Pop Summer Sounds to get you through dark days from new London four-piece, Latenight Honeymoon. Following an amazing 2019 that included mainstream festival slots and a Bloc Party support, Latenight Honeymoon release a very 2020 video. It features a Zoom cast of phyisically distanced togetherness, to accompany their second single, 'For Heaven's Sake' which was DIY recorded by the band, then mixed by Mike Fraser (Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro, Franz Ferdinand). Latenight Honeymoon take the bedroom-music-industry concept to the next level as they are fused into this summer of good vibrations tinted promo for their nineties meets naughties sound. https://youtu.be/QRKItss6M9w This song follows the recent audio bloom of debut release, 'Sunlight', which also goes to the light side in our current darker ages and unites these…
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Nova Twins, FAC

Nova Twins, FAC

Who Are The Girls? They are Nova Twins! - #2020vision lighting up dark days - and newly announced among fifteen new Ambassadors of the FAC. Appealing to every music loving human demographic (and undoubtedly extra terrestials in our multi verse), Nova Twins latest achievement is extremely exciting. The FAC is the UK artist trade body. Many high profile names are already involved. New ambassadors from a diverse range of backgrounds are helping to grow the organisation’s community and amplify it’s message of fair representation for artists. FAC is delighted to also receive support from two of Britain’s finest musicians and songwriters Johnny Marr and Paloma Faith.  New Artist Ambassadors include Skin, lead singer of multi-million selling British rock band Skunk Anansie. Born of Jamaican heritage and raised in Brixton the…
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