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May 2014 local music reviews

May 2014 local music reviews

It is back to business as usual for the local reviews in The Ocelot Magazine. Here is May 2014’s Effort, headed by the brilliant August List and Greasy Slicks. Could barely squeeze a rizla between these two records!   The August List – High Town Crow (EP) 4.5/5 Record Of The Month Latest “one from … Continue reading

Kill Murray – Microscopic Feel EP

Kill Murray – Microscopic Feel EP

Oxfords Kill Murray are a band happy to blaze their own trail, taking cues and ideas from a myriad of wide ranging influences, mixing them up and stamping their own identity on the resulting sound. Unusually for a band at their level they also manage to infuse each song with very different identities to each … Continue reading

Armchair Committee – Imola e.p.

Armchair Committee – Imola e.p.

An often recurring theme in my reviews is the blurry lines between genres, and how some of the most interesting music straddles several, creating its own niche within which to develop. Some genres seem to purposefully contain very loose common characteristics, or already be a cross breed of several more traditional and rigid categories, often … Continue reading

Old Colours – Mountains EP

Old Colours – Mountains EP

Music can be a powerful trigger, generating synaptic responses in the listener that can cause extremes of emotion, opinion, feeling and memory. Some music does this with a real battering ram approach, grabbing the lapels of your brain and shaking a response from it, but sometimes a more subtle tactic can be by far the … Continue reading

Wet Nuns – Broken Teeth EP

Wet Nuns – Broken Teeth EP

I first encountered Yorkshire band Wet Nuns on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading last year, immediately making a mental note to investigate them more upon my return to civilisation. But a weekend of typical festival fun put paid to most of the mental notes I made, and through a fluke of editorial selection their … 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

The Lost Art of Appreciation..

The Lost Art of Appreciation..

It is always nice to know that when you review a bands work that they read it, understand what you were trying to say, and respect your opinion. This doesn’t always happen of course, most reviewers develop thick skin, especially when they are in the habit of being honest, and saying if they dislike a … Continue reading