Review: The Flatliners – Inviting Light

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Review: The Flatliners – ‘Inviting Light’ Canadian quartet The Flatliners have released their latest album Inviting Light on Rise Records in conjunction with Dine Alone Records on April 7th  marking their first release after 5 albums with Fat Wreck Chords. After almost 4 years of touring, writing, breaks to focus on family and regrouping on direction, this latest release proves to …

Review: Strike Twelve – ‘Down With The Ship’

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Strike Twelve –  Down With The Ship Last year the guys in Strike Twelve got together with their friends in Margate and released a spectacularly fun EP called Do Each Other.  If you aren’t familiar with this band already, that will be your next stop as you work your way back into their catalog because you my friend are about to …

Janet Street Slaughter – Janet Street Slaughter

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Janet Street Slaughter are a five piece band, four of whose members I first heard on an excellent compilation of Bury St Edmunds based bands called ‘This is the Sound of Sugar Town’ (still available at repeatfanzine.bandcamp) around 15 months ago. They went under the name of Voter Kernel and the promise of that early blast of anarchic energy and …

The Brainiac 5- Journey to X

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What is it with artists from the seventies/eighties returning after a long hiatus with excellent material to unleash on an unsuspecting public? The last few years have been littered with many such bands and solo singers- The Distractions, John Howard, Bill Fay, The Pop Group, The Slits to name a few- who have new releases that match if not better …

Review: Oh My Snare! / Freya Wilcox and The Howl – ‘Split’

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Freya Wilcox is a throwback. She has the voice of a dive bar angel whose affinity for whiskey and cigarettes is palpable. Her on-stage demeanor is reminiscent of the devil-may-care style of Donita Sparks. And her song writing is both powerful and soulful, with a decent dose of fuck you, so you don’t get too comfortable. The Oh My Snare!/Freya …

Loudhailer Electric Company- Cursus

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Members of 70’s, 80’s and 90’s cult bands sing songs about local and natural history backed by widescreen psychedelic sounds.It’s worth delving into the backgrounds of the musicians assembled for this debut by ‘cult super group’ Loudhailer Electric Company to understand maybe a little of how they’ve arrived at producing this, their debut album called ‘Cursus’. Singer, bass player and …