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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Passport Back To Our Roots

Passport Back To Our Roots

Artists announced to raise money for (and in!) grassroots live music venues. More t.b.c. Passport: Back to Our Roots has partnered with Music Venue Trust to raise much needed funds to safeguard the futures of grassroots music venues struggling to survive the COVID-19 crisis. Faves of TheZineUK team, The Slow Readers Club, join Elbow, Everything Everything and Public Service Broadcasting as the first names announced. They'll play one-off, intimate shows at Safety-First led dates (to be confirmed) in 2021, once physical distancing is no longer needed. “Like loads of other bands, acts or performers, grassroots music venues were there to give us a stage when we first started out, so to be part of this cause to ensure they survive and thrive makes total sense. It’s the least we can…
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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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FONTAINES D.C. – ‘A HERO’S DEATH’

FONTAINES D.C. – ‘A HERO’S DEATH’

'A HERO'S DEATH', the second album from Fontaines D.C. is out now on Partisan Records and it's a heroic legacy, as Monefa Walker reports: For many, maybe nearly everyone, the perception of time has changed rapidly in the last year. Everyone’s going through their own paces visibly, and behind the scenes. Yet again, in the face of adversary, a loss in income, security and earnings, many artists are using that as fuel to continue creating, to continue sharing their gifts with the world. That is very much the case, for the Irish band, Fontaines D.C. They haven’t just jumped out from the music scene, but since the release of their debut album 'Dogrel', their visibility has expanded exponentially. From a world tour (which sadly – but understandably - has been…
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Kyle Krone ‘Alone In Paradise’

Kyle Krone ‘Alone In Paradise’

Interview with charismatic, award-winning purveyor of bitter-sweet melodies). New single 'Alone In Paradise', shimmers with a true story, eloquently. As founder and frontman of indie rock band The Shys, musician, composer and producer, Californian, Kyle, took LA by storm, then joined his musical hero's (incl Talking Heads, The Cure, and The Smiths) on Sire Records. Krone's songs featured on multiple TV and movies. The Shys also topped Billboard's US Garage Rock Charts. After extensive touring, a solo career and sonic shift earned new fans (Kings Of Leon included), impressive record sales and myriad co-writing partnerships. A good soul, Kyle Krone is on some musical ride! Kelly Munro joins in... Kelly : "Tell us, how long have you been making music? Kyle : "Twenty three years". What have been some 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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Thomas Bartlett; ‘Shelter’

Thomas Bartlett; ‘Shelter’

Available 24th July 2020 (on Modern Records/BMG), Thomas Bartlett’s debut solo album 'Shelter' contains eight piano nocturnes, inspired, he says, by the work of Chopin, Satie, Ravel, Talk Talk and Keith Jarrett.  He recorded it in his home studio in New York over two days at the beginning of lockdown as a way of creating something calming.  Thomas explains:  “There’s a space that I really love to be in, as a listener, and as a player.  It’s a feeling of arrival, and comfort, and peace.  It’s an easy place for me to get to, but one that I’m suspicious of because of that.”  He was initially unsure whether the songs were good enough to share, but was quickly convinced by friends. For those who do not know the name, Thomas…
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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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‘Fantasies of a Stay At Home Psychopath’

‘Fantasies of a Stay At Home Psychopath’

The Blinders release their second album. Review by Alan Neilson. What are the chances of releasing an album called ‘Fantasies of a Stay At Home Psychopath’ at the exact moment in time when the world is forced to stay at home? The Blinders’ second album was due to be released in May, right at the height of lockdown in the UK, but was delayed due to difficulties in guaranteeing pressing and shipping in time for the original release date, as well as not being able to play live and promote the album with live shows. All of the tour supporting the album was cancelled and rescheduled for September**, which even now seems a little optimistic at best, and unlikely at worst, when pockets of the country enter further localised lockdowns.…
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Conor Molloy – Hiding A Storm

Conor Molloy – Hiding A Storm

Conor Molloy is a composer and performer of smart, chirpy tunes with dark lyrics. His influences include Bob Dylan, The Arctic Monkeys and The Libertines. Conor's already played some impressive gigs and has just released his new single, 'Hiding A Storm'. Kelly Munro grabbed an interview. How long have you been making music? "I've been writing songs since the age of nine (so my mother tells me). I've been singing them with my guitar since about age twelve (sometimes raucously!). I've been performing in front of whomever will listen since about the age of eighteen and pursuing music in a more professional capacity since late 2016." What’s been some of your highlights so far on your musical journey? "Supporting Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott on tour around the UK in…
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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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Madame So

Madame So

"I don’t believe art, including music, should necessarily be explained" Madame So interview by Kelly Munro From writing about music to composing sonic experiments with lyrics that have experienced reality, Madame So strides post punk dimensions. A wordsmith musician whose comparisons include PJ Harvey and Patti Smith, the Paris-born singer - song writer is based in London. New song, 'Generation Y', is loaded: Intense tangents of tempos. Guitars singing the harmonies while backing vocals are instruments. Increasingly sculptured with each listen, it winds up tight like a Wonderland clock until ticking out to finale. It's definitely time we found out more about Madame So, one of the stars in our documentary. November 2019, The Camden Mix Up (Sick Love EP launch) June 2019, rocking up. Madame So filming the 'Year…
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Idle Noise ‘Ghosts’

Idle Noise ‘Ghosts’

For fans of Circa Waves, The Courteeners, The Enemy, The Strokes. Q&A with Kelly Munro Tell us how long you've been making music? "Collectively as Idle Noise we've been making music for the last four or so years, individually a lot longer." What’s been some of your highlights so far on your musical journey? "Selling out Manchester 'Deaf Institute' in January 2020, shortly after supporting The Enemy's Tom Clarke's sold out hometown show in December 2019." Your single is called 'Ghosts'. Have you ever seen one? "Ben (frontman) sees Dead People."  Idle Noise, Ghosts, TheZineUK Tell us more about the single. Is there a story attached to it? "'Ghosts' is a track relating to a long distance relationship that eventual crumbled. Hence the "too far to hear me, too far…
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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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Joe Peter is ‘Self Adhesive’

Joe Peter is ‘Self Adhesive’

"Sticking myself back together again" Multi-instrumentalist producer, Joe Peter, reveals a brand new project with debut release; ‘Self Adhesive’ interview by Kelly Munro 'Self Adhesive' is recently released by Joe Peter - By jupiter, it's a confident intro to a Solo Artist with an obsessive attention to detail. This Brighton based multi talent has created, performed, home recorded, produced and presented an aural gem that is memorable within one play; “I wanted to kick things off with something that was a bit more guitar based than my other tracks. Lyrically, it was written as a kick up the arse to myself, but also as a reminder to pick yourself up, dust yourself down and start again.” Tell us how long you've been making music... "I started making music back in…
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