Calva Louise, unsettled.

Calva Louise, unsettled.

Interview. "...we are always at the edge. But we never lose our minds." Thanks to artistic bright visions and hard work, Calva Louise are already roaring in the '20s, no puppet strings required. Image by Conner Dixon Over the last few years - and now armed with the startling debut album, 'Rhinoceros', their seeds are blooming. 2019 was an incredible year of landmark releases and shows, internationally. It was rounded off with a dazzling new EP - 'Interlude For The Borderline Unsettled' - and their own (triumphant) tour. With acclaim and audience reaction spreading, they round off January 2020 on tour with Strange Bones before headlining London's Roundhouse Rising in February. At TheZineUK we feel that favourite threads of our tapestry deserve to rise. On one dimension, we're living through…
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COUPLES – outer view, interview.

COUPLES – outer view, interview.

"Our music is for us". No end/start of year lists at TheZineUK. Our ongoing story proves it's tips. Still though, we suggest that you get rock alternators, Couples, on your a.s.a.p. must hear/see bucket list! Henry Yeomans, Millie Ritchie, Jaime Bravo, Conor Collingwood and Tamsin Wickens photographed by Quinn Humphreys It's no secret how there is a noticeable adoration for this London five piece from quite a few of TheZineUK crew. Stand alone musicality emitting grunge strewn, post-"Post-Punk" engagement. Washes of ambience, waves of groove, tangos of tempo from musical and vocal instruments orchestrating a blissfully addictive presence. Therapeutic primal live show release. Organically woven into the Fertile Environment. In Feb. 2017, The Velvet Hands played a support slot at Camden Monarch for Mark Beaumont (NME, The Guardian). Couples' singer,…
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The Deptford Mix Up 27 July, London

The Deptford Mix Up 27 July, London

The Deptford Mix Up, Volume 1; 3pm-3am on Saturday 27th July 2019 at Amersham Arms London. The latest in a series of partying with lava-hot alternative rock bands (that you'll wish you'd seen this close, if you weren't there). Stop Press! Now with Newer Wave rock instigators, Apeman Spaceman playing a very special midnight set! Already faves of TheZineUK, so we're well chuffed. Nice one Kick Out The Jams/Andy Palmer! CLICK HERE FOR AN ADVANCE TICKET. GET IN FOR £8 INCLUDING BOOKING FEE! Event Preview by TheZineUK's classical musician witch and rock promoting writer, Monefa Walker; If someone asked me to find an example,of the underground scene accelerating and evolving faster than the overground scene, I'd highly suggest you come to The Deptford Mix Up on July 27th. https://youtu.be/kVkq9w9Id2o In…
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The Velvet Hands – “Don’t Be Nice To Me” single review

The Velvet Hands – “Don’t Be Nice To Me” single review

What do you get, when you put The Velvet Hands, live music and music lovers together? A guaranteed party every time, where dancing is the currency, and everyone leaves their gigs feeling uplifted and jazzed for the week. Which is why I’m happy to announce, our avid dose of Cornish fever continues to shine brightly. Toby, Dan, Louis and Sam are gracing our hearts and souls with their new single “Don’t Be Nice To Me”. A little taster from their second studio album and if this single is anything to go by, these lads are well on their way. Their consistent brilliance, has produced a song full of sass, fun and assertion. In a short space of time, they have evolved dramatically, and you can hear that in this single. The signature Velvet…
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“Shake It” with Feral Five

“Shake It” with Feral Five

When we’re excited, pleased or happy, we like to “high five”. When we break from the norms and recondition stimuli we are called a rebel or feral. What about when you have a powerful duo named Feral Five? Expect music that is going to push you out of your comfort zone, in order to re-tune the senses and open up the possibilities required to reach this level of creativity. A level of creativity, that Kat and Drew execute consistently and effortlessly. At least, they make it seem so easy.  Feral Five are back with their latest self-produced single “Shake It” (Which Zine UK Radio Fave John Kennedy recently premiered on his Radio X show!). They’re not just blending the old with the new, they’re seeking unknown places, techniques and ideas…
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CroCroland re-awakens Croydon!

CroCroland re-awakens Croydon!

An overview, of what I witnessed whilst having fun in Croydon. Ten minutes walk from East Croydon station, is The Landsdowne. Not your typical hotel. You won’t find boring small talk in the lobby, or mindless music in the elevator. Instead, a web of creativity is being given a new refreshing layer. On the Saturday 6th April 2019, the hotel began a bubbling hub of loud music, joy, fun and the who’s who of the underground music scene. With lots of new faces, and music enthusiasts.  #AllisWells : No small talk in this lobby! There were three stages, and lots of space to socialise and gander in between sets. Literally, there was something for everyone. I caught Bugeye on the Town Square main stage. Angela Martin is a powerhouse. Not only is she the co-creator and facilitator…
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Monefa Meets… The Mysterines.

Monefa Meets… The Mysterines.

There’s no doubt at all, that this island has always been a hot bed for musical talent. From Cornwall, to Bristol, to Essex and even London. I think it’d also be fair to say, that Manchester is considered in some ways the musical epicentre, in terms of how many artists and bands have come out of that one city alone. However, let’s not forget a city less than a couple of hours away that has also cemented this island into the musical hall of fame: Liverpool. Time and time again, the Merseyside have also brought forth knockout music for all genres. Just to name a few off the top of my head: Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Teardrop Explodes, OMD, Echo & the Bunnymen, Dead or Alive, Space, The Coral and…
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Calva Louise album review – Rhinoceros

Calva Louise album review – Rhinoceros

If you go back far enough, some of you will remember when this band use to be called “Mystified”. Either way, no doubt in my mind that people are very aware of the Manchester trio and how they’re going from strength to strength. Jess, Alizon and Ben have just released their debut album “Rhinoceros”. If you want to understand the subtext of this album, then it goes back to Romanian-French playwright Eugene Ionesco who wrote the play titled “Rhinoceros”. The play, is about people in a French town morphing into rhinoceri, except for one man who is labelled as a madman, charlatan, paranoid. It also explores issues regarding monotony, lack of individuality, fascism, mob mentality and a desperate desire for control by any means. Talk about relevant! This play, is the inspiration for the video and first…
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Don’t erase, just rewind with The Cardigans…

Don’t erase, just rewind with The Cardigans…

Saffron, Shirley, Polly Jean. These are just a few names of the formidable women that helped shape the 90s (and music) for the better, simply by being themselves in an industry that perhaps weren’t ready for them, and what they had to offer back then. Another notable lady, is Nina Persson and her clan aka The Cardigans. Formed in Jonkoping, South Sweden, this delectable group brought attitude and an edge that was very different from the norm at the time, but still made them successful.  After a knockout tour in December, celebrating the 20th anniversary of platinum-selling album ,”Gran Turismo”, they have now announced on the 1st of February, the band is doing a complete re-issue of all 5 of their studio albums. Not only that, it’s going to be remastered on Vinyl LP, 2 of which have…
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In Depth: Weird (Ears) is the new Wonderful

In Depth: Weird (Ears) is the new Wonderful

Anyone who was at our The ZineUK music social back in March 2018, would remember our ace line up, and the impact of our headliners The Nyx. Since then, there have been many changes for the band. First and foremost, their name has changed to... Becky and Simone are currently on the road travelling Europe with their trusty Snail (home van). These two formidable women, got in touch with me last week, and asked if TheZineUK would like a conversational update about what has been going on. Of course, we were happy to oblige! Thanks to technology, they were able to park up on the side of a road in France. Their drummer Kayleigh (still in the UK), was kind enough to free up some time during work and join us too. This doesn’t…
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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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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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Berries – Discreetly (Review)

Berries – Discreetly (Review)

When I think of the bands that are rising up the ranks with consistency, BERRIES is most definitely one that comes to mind. Everywhere they play, they pack out the room and dazzle everyone new and old and they have been dazzling far and wide this year, playing in Brighton at the Alt Great Escape festival. On October 3rd, Holly, Lucie and Lauren released their latest single “Discreetly”. Their signature sound is so confident, and in this track with their pulsating rhythm and precision. It carries an incorporated flavour of punk and grunge, but also carrying the spirit of the defiant distinction that emerged in the late 80s/early 90s. The vocals are in perfect harmony, setting the foundation for the story, while the syncopated rhythm from the drums sets the tone to deliver sweet aural pleasure. The message in this song is clear:…
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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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Reviewing…The 90’s

Reviewing…The 90’s

It’s pretty fair – and easy – to say that music has a profound effect on all of us, especially going back the last 500 or so years to the Renaissance period. Music in each decade of the 20th century, represented a rebellion and a refusal to stay stuck in the past, and bravely take a step into the unknown. This also involved new fashion trends and ideals that came along, such as wanting global peace in the '60s, to wanting sexual liberation and anarchy in the '70s and '80s. However, the final ten years of the 20th century, had a phenomenal impact. It was a culmination of the all the previous decades, an effect that is shaping (primarily) guitar music right now, and even seeing some familiar faces return to…
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Panic! At The Disco – ‘Pray For The Wicked’ – album review

Panic! At The Disco – ‘Pray For The Wicked’ – album review

If you think back to 2004 - in particular, my age group as we were teenagers then - we were introduced to a burst of new talent from the record label Fueled by Ramen.  This label has actually been around since 1996, but 2004 was when they found the winning formula. With bands like Gym Class Heroes, Cute Is What We Aim For and The Academy Is... , there was something for everyone (whether you classed yourself in a certain 'group' associated with fashion, or people assumed you were part of one by what you wore).  Fourteen years on, and much has changed, though there are three bands that have managed to survive life's lessons: Paramore, Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco. The latter coming from Las Vegas, Nevada, same…
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Lily Allen has got ‘No Shame’

Lily Allen has got ‘No Shame’

The lady that has no apologies, about being blunt and straight to the point, is back with a bang.  Lily Allen's 4th album, "No Shame", is a refreshing album, where a woman speaks her mind, and not giving two hoots about those that can't bear to hear the truth.  The first track "Come On Then" epitomises that; the song is about telling a person to look at their own bullshit first, not throwing stones when one lives in a glass palace themselves. It's about the power of the individual becoming toxic; before physically asking a person for the facts, some would rather listen to hearsay, read posts online and make a biased judgment that they pass off as facts, which in some ways is a projection or distraction from the…
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Album review; ‘Islands’ by Ash

Album review; ‘Islands’ by Ash

'Islands' is the seventh studio album from Ash, who are still telling a story that is relatable and sympathetic to so many of us. The trio from Downpatrick, Northern Ireland have seriously pulled it out of the bag with this album.  It's not just me who agrees, Ash have received extremely positive feedback after their gig at London Hippodrome (17th May). They were supported by 485C, a big favourite of ours here at TheZineUK. It's great to see accomplished artists, giving the emerging ones a leg up. It's a bit like the master and the apprentice kind of thing, that we're seeing more of lately. But isn't that how the creative arts should be?  Following on from our recent review of the single, 'Annabel', This album is a spiritual journey; one that's full of raw beauty,…
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Cherry Cola Club – Interview

Cherry Cola Club – Interview

Congratulations to one of London's key, established gig and festival promoters, Cherry Cola. Not only the capital's biggest established rock and roll club, widely respected and still going strong, but getting even stronger with a weekly event at one of Camden's venues of legend - Dingwalls. Our musician x writer x promoter, Monefa is the perfect person for an interview with creator, Alan (more of a conversation between the music passionate, really) When some people think of a club night, maybe one of the first names to pop into their head is Ministry of Sound. Overall, their target audience are those people who are into music with a pure electronic touch. But what about other genres, and their club nights?  Go even deeper, and more memorable club nights started or continued in Camden Town; Stay Beautiful, Subverse (it was…
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