Posted in February 2013

Falling for Gabrielle Aplin

Falling for Gabrielle Aplin

First Published in The Ocelot Magazine March 2013. I was lucky enough to have the chance to attend a small intimate gig and signing at a record store locally with rising star Gabrielle Aplin, and then have a chat with her afterwards. And I fell in love a little bit… Witnessing the growth of a … Continue reading

Gig Monkeys Unsung Heroes – From The Ladder Factory

Gig Monkeys Unsung Heroes – From The Ladder Factory

First published in The Ocelot Magazine March 2013 edition. For any successful music scene to thrive it needs more than just some talented artists. Perhaps more importantly it needs a strong infrastructure of un-heralded heroes giving time, effort and often cash to support, develop and promote said artists. Whether this is venues, promoters, managers, PR … Continue reading

March’s Ocelot Album reviews

March’s Ocelot Album reviews

First published in The Ocelot Magazine.  Bit of an lighter feeling selection this month. Album of the month is obviously the stunning début from Bastille. A near perfect indie-pop record without flaw. Doughnut of the month was a surprise, as I expected a lot more from Delphic, having really liked their début a few years ago. A special mention … Continue reading

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

“Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.” – Alfred Hitchcock I am glad I decided to wait to write this this morning, when I had time to calm down and collect my thoughts. I think if I had written this straight out after returning home last night … Continue reading

Tegan & Sara – Heart Throb

Tegan & Sara – Heart Throb

First published by greenmanmusic.biz  I nearly skipped this one in the review pile. Coming to it with no prior knowledge it looked to me like some kind of cheesy X Factor rejects having a final stab at stardom. The acts name, the album’s name, the artwork, all screamed “mainstream nonsense” at me, loudly. But, being … Continue reading

Klak Tik – The Servants

Klak Tik – The Servants

First published by greenmanmusic.biz They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I often feel that an equally pertinent motto could be beauty is in the ear of the listener (or words to that effect, I am not much of a philosopher). This occurred to me whilst listening to The Servants, the … Continue reading

British Harlem – EP

British Harlem – EP

Swindon’s British Harlem appear to be one of those bands that is very good at keeping an outrageously low profile before exploding to life with something a bit special. Mainly formed from the embers of Young Blood, a highly regarded band who just seemed to drift away last year without explanation before now doing something … Continue reading