August 2018 | Top 5 Albums of the Month

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IDLES smash the Top 5 List, Along with Two Debut Albums!


5) Muncie Girls – ‘Fixed Ideals’  – LISTEN HERE

Muncie Girls Fixed IdealsThis was the second album released by Exeter trio Muncie Girls. Working up to the album I went and listened to their debut record again just to see how this one measured up and it’s clear that ‘Fixed Ideals’ is a step further for the band. Their lo-fi riffs are brilliantly under produced giving a raw feel. The hard hitting tracks are opinionated and fun to listen to, with wild drums throughout. FULL REVIEW HERE.



Top 3 Tracks : ‘Jeremy’ , ‘Locked Up’ and ‘Bubble Bath’


4) Slaves – ‘Acts Of Fear and Love’LISTEN HERE

Slaves Acts of Fear and LoveOver the past five years Isaac and Laurie have continued to grow and develop as a band while keeping their core sound – and this album they offered something a bit different. Of course you still have that raw aggression from the vocal delivery and tireless guitar riffs, but this album had something different which is shown in the song ‘Daddy’. Throughout the album you hear the bands wicked wit, which never gets boring and keeps the album at their high standards. FULL REVIEW HERE


Top 3 Tracks : ‘Photo Opportunity’ , ‘Daddy’ and ‘Magnolia’

3) Bad Sounds – ‘Get Better’ – LISTEN HERE

Bad Sounds - Get Better Album CoverBad Sounds debut album promised the World to us, from new and innovative sounds and limitless creativity, and they delivered. After a lot of build to it with ‘Wages’ and ‘Evil Powers’ the band really did had a lot to live up to, and it was a relief to hear they done just that throughout the album. Listening to the album is a complete joy, and will have you bopping around the room and whistling those sweet little hooks that they deliver with ease. FULL REVIEW HERE


Top 3 Tracks : ‘Wages’ , ‘How You Gonna Lose?’ and ‘Evil Powers’

2) Our Girl – ‘Stranger Today’ – LISTEN HERE

Our Girl - Stranger TodaySince they announced their debut album I was waiting with high anticipation, as everything up until then had moved me and left a mark. From songs ‘I Like You’ to ‘Our Girl’ they had it down. With this release they managed to do that at numerous points in the album, with distant sound of ‘Being Around’ to the mumblings on ‘Two Life’, their sound just throws you around room, and it was everything that I wished for on this album. FULL REVIEW HERE!


Top 3 Tracks : ‘I Really Like It’ , ‘Being Around’ and ‘Our Girl’

1) IDLES – ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’  – LISTEN HERE

Idles -Joy As An act of Resistance.jpgIDLES completely blew us away last year with their debut album ‘Brutalism’ (Album Review Here) which seem to come out of nowhere. Now with expectation resting on their shoulders, it was interesting to see how the band would fair with a second album. The band proved that they did not suffer with second album syndrome, as they made an equally good, if not better, successor. Much like their first album it’s completely packed with piss and vinegar, and the band will not rest until they’ve got everything off their chest. An excellent listen which firmly puts IDLES as one of the best bands the UK have today, cannot wait for the third release! FULL REVIEW HERE.

Top 3 Tracks : ‘Never Fight A Man With A Perm’ , ‘Love Song’ and ‘Great’

That’s it for this Month, what did you make of the albums in the list? What would you have put in the Top 5? Let us know, in the comments below!


The Sonic Gun Weekender is Upon Us!

Sonic Gun Weekender

Next Friday (August 17th) will be the start of the Sonic Gun Birmingham Weekender which will take place at The Castle & Falcon!

This will be a celebrtaion of some of Birminghams best up and coming bands at the moment, including The Cosmics, Violet, Ivory Wave, The Assist, RISCAS, The Clause and Sugarthief! With it taking place at The Castle and Falcon, it’s the perfect venue for this event as it’s one of Biriminghams best destinations for new music!

All of this has been brought together by Birminghams best music promoters – Sonic Gun. They’ve done a fantastic job of putting all of these talented people together, which will be one of the best representations of the Midlands music scene there’s been for a long time!

As well as music there will be a cocktail bar along with food stalls, they’ve really thought of everything.

Tickets are running low for the weekend, so if you want to make sure you’re there make sure you get them NOW – Buy Tickets Here.




The Assist

Spilt Milk Society


Echo Beach




Ivory Wave


The Cosmics


Sleepy Heads

Wolfgang Harte

The Novus


Special Guest DJ


Harry Jordan

The Surrenders

The Good Water

Bad Girlfriend

Cave Girl


Wood & Nails

History of Sex


July 2018 | Top 5 Albums of the Month

5) Dirty Projectors – ‘Lamp Lit Prose’

Dirty Projectors - Lamp Lit ProseAfter the self entitled album which was released last year, the Dirty Projectors project has been something to keep an eye on. Although this album never hit the heights that last years did, it was still a good outing. The album has some impressive features, with Haim jumping on for track ‘That’s A Lifestyle’ and Empress Of featuring on ‘Zombie Conqueror’ it brings some great contrasts on the album. Looking forward to what else this project can bring, and what David Longstreth can pull out his magic hat.

Top 3 Tracks : ‘That’s a Lifestyle’ , ‘Right Now’ and ‘I Found It In U’

4) Mikaela Davis – ‘Delivery

Mikaela Davis - DeliveryI was pleasantly surprised when listening to the debut album from Mikaela Davis, as I didn’t think I would’ve enjoyed it as much as I did. The album has a tinge of grit drizzled around it, and when it has Davis’ delicate vocals sit over the top, it makes for some tasty sounds. With the mix of the harp and guitars you have some interesting elements across the whole album. The album wraps up just over half hour which is just enough for you to grasp what Davis is all about, another solid breakthrough act this year.

Top 3 Tracks : ‘Get Gone’ , ‘Other Lover’ and ‘Do You Wanna Be Mine?’
3) The Internet – ‘Hive Mind’

The Internet - Hive MindThis was another album which really went above my expectations. After not listening to much of The Internet, Hive Mind made a real lasting impression on me. With some funky instrumental work and insightful lyrics, the album is steeped with content as there’s plenty to lose yourself in. The sound of the album comes across as very collaborative, as if in some senses it was being made on the fly – and it works so well.


Top 3 Tracks : ‘La Di Da’ , ‘Come Over’ and ‘Girl’


2) The Ophelias – ‘Almost’

The Ophelias - Almost

This was the second album from the Cincinnati band, and after going back and listening to their debut this album is definitely a step up. Their indie rock-pop feel is one of the bands USP, and when it’s got that dark twinge it gives the album depth. Almost is garnished with clever lines and little hooks which give the band it’s own stamp, making this album distinctive to them and their twisted sound.



Top 3 Tracks : ‘General Electric’ , ‘Lunar Rover’ and ‘House’


1) BODEGA – ‘Endless Scroll

BODEGA - Endless Scrolls

This album really made my month, and it came out of nowhere. This debut album is a dream to listen to, as it’s full of ideas and absolutely no fear. The band completely let their imaginations run away with them, and thank god they did. With it being Produced by Parquet Courts’ Austin Brown, it’s clear the bands already raucous sound was only heightened by the introduction of the post-punk indie mastermind. The album never lets you sit still as the BODEGA sound is very erratic and in your face, it’s fantastic.


Top 3 Tracks : ‘General Electric’ , ‘Lunar Rover’ and ‘House’


20 EP’s In 2018 That You NEED To Listen to (So Far)…

Before I start this list I want you to know that these are in no particular order, each of these EP’s are great listens and this is simply to showcase which ones I feel have really stood out. It was incredibly hard making this list as I have listened to a lot EP’s this first half of the year, so there are ones that have unfortunately been left out! So, without further ado.

Sea Girls – ‘Adored’

Sea Girls - AdoredSea Girls have been on my radar for quite some time, and I thoroughly enjoyed their ‘Call Me Out’’ EP which they released last year. However, ‘Adored’ really was a 3 hit banger, as each song has so much about it. Their big sound could easily fill out big venues, just listen to the hook on ‘Eat Me Whole’ and you can easily hear what they’ve got to offer. Along with this, their live performances have been highly praised which only adds to the bands aura.



Listen to the EPSea Girls – ‘Adored’

Youth Man – ‘Five Songs

Youth Man - Five SongsSince announcing their return to music, two-piece Birmingham band Youth Man have been highly anticipated. Their song style draw similarities from Drenge, another two piece band which carry a lot of angst and pace in their songs. Five Songs definitely is a flag in the ground to say that the band are back and hungrier than ever. The aggression that features on the EP makes the songs so intense, and ‘Constantly’ showcases this perfectly. Welcome back Youth Man.


Listen to the EPYouth Man – ‘Five Songs


Spinn EPComing across SPINN this Year has been a delight, as their floaty rhythms and hooks have helped me along many of my car journeys. Their EP featured four great songs which really put them in the front of people. Most notably ‘After Dark’ which is arguably the band’s best song to date as you feel like you’re diving into the unknown when the songs first hits you. The bands also catered to the lighter side with happier songs like’ She Takes Her Time’  which really is an indie disco anthem at heart. Full Review.


Listen to the EPSPINN – ‘SPINN EP’

Adam French – ‘You From The Rest’

Adam French - You From the Rest EPUpon first hearing Adam French I was astonished that I never had the joy of listening to his music before, simply because of how good it was, it felt like he should’ve been getting regular plays on radio 1 already. This EP is a rich masterclass in songwriting, as he delivers 4 of the best tracks to feature on a single EP. His acoustic tendencies are enhanced with great instrumentals. Normally this is because of the lack in vocals, but that’s not the case with Adam as his warm voice puts a firm trademark on his songs.

Listen to the EPAdam French – ‘You From The Rest’

Gender Roles – ‘Lazer Rush’

Gender Roles - Lazer Rush EPSince listening to this EP Gender Roles have become one of my favourite bands whom I haven’t had the chance to see live yet. Their brash punk roots and insane guitars show tints of The Cribs, which is why I initially gravitated towards them. Yet the band have their own style with tracks like ‘About Her’ and ‘Gills’ are fast and fun tracks with wall sticking chorus’, which I’ve come to learn is their forte. Cannot speak more highly of this EP, listen to it. Full Review.


Listen to the EP  – Gender Roles – ‘Lazer Rush’

Rascalton – ‘C S C’

Rascalton - CSCSticking with the theme of punky sounds I will slide on over to Glasgow punk band Rascalton who released a gem of an EP earlier this year. The frantic pace at which they move through this EP is invigorating, and gives you an uncontrollable buzz. ‘Told You So’ throws you into what Rascalton are all about, angsty vocals and mad riffs. It’s refreshing to hear 4 songs which finish under the 3 minute mark, because you never feel like it’s going on to long, and are always left wanting more.


Listen to the EPRascalton – ‘C S C’

Peach Club – ‘Cherry Baby EP’

Peach ClubThis was the first EP that I had the pleasure of listening to this Year, and I still find myself coming back to it wanting to hear more. Peach Club really do the the Riottt Grrrl Sound justice as it is all over this EP, and the vocal performance across all five songs are incredible. They were even more incredible live. ‘Cherry Baby’ is the epitome of what Peach Club are all about, the story telling, the in-your-face guitars and impeccable vocals. Full Review and Live Review



Listen to the EPPeach Club – ‘Cherry Baby EP’

Bryony Williams – ‘Conscious’

Bryony Williams - Concious EPThis EP caught me by surprise as I saw it being shared around twitter by my followers, and how glad I am to have found it. Bryony Williams creates her own world on this EP with it’s complete full sound and the far out vocals. It’s clear that her influences bleed into her music with Kim Gordon and PJ Harvey being her shining light of examples, but Bryony takes this on without turning into a cheap rip-off. With the beautiful sound of ‘Conscious’ really is Bryony’s best work to date, with her having so much more to offer.


Listen to the EP Bryony Williams – ‘Conscious

No Hot Ashes – ‘Skint Kids Disco’

No Hot Ashes Skint Kids Disco EPI’ve known No Hot Ashes for quite some time now which is a testament to the bands quality, as they’ve always produced a high standard of  songs. This came to light when the band released their 3 track EP Skint Kids Disco which premiered everything that is good about No Hot Ashes. Their attitude comes through in every song, especially in the EP’s title track. What is most unique about the Stockport outfit is the vocals as Isaac Taylor delivers some rough vocals which brand their songs with the bands mark. Looking forward to seeing the band live later this year. Full Review and Interview.

Listen to the EPNo Hot Ashes – ‘Skint Kids Disco’

I Feel Fine – ‘Long Distance Celebration’

I Feel Fine - Long Distance Celebration EP.jpgI first came across I Feel Fine when I heard ‘Everyday Safari’ which I completely fell into because of their quality punk rock sound, which had something about it. Their shout down the door approach to songs work so well, and they knew that going into this EP. Each song shares that noise punk-rock combined with the shouting vocals. ‘Lifer’ really is the stand out on the 5 song track list, as it has a great building intro and breakdown. Also the band is from Brighton, which seems to be a breeding ground for great music at the moment – along with everywhere else.


Listen to the EPI Feel Fine – ‘Long Distance Celebration’

The Modern Strangers – ‘Meltdown Mechanics’

The Modern Strangers - Meltdown MechanicsI was always taught to reference my sources so I have to give a shout out to Robbie Warren for letting The Modern Strangers come into my musical life. Meltdown Mechanics is a talented piece of work which is reminiscent to some of the material the band HURTS put out some years ago. The slick looking band delivered a suave debut EP which featured some great synthesizers and vocal performances. ‘One Of My Mistakes’ has all the qualities of a summer tune, which is a contrast to the bands darker songs like ‘She’s So Cold’.

Listen to the EPThe Modern Strangers – ‘Meltdown Mechanics’

Remo Drive – ‘Pop Music’

Remo Drive - Pop Music EPAfter becoming a keen fan when they released their debut album ‘Greatest Hits’ last year, I was interested to see what Remo Drive had to offer with this EP. Pop Music is a 3 song hit-and-run which still elements of their pop punk flavour which they delved into on their debut. It was refreshing to hear Remo Drive release something like this, as it done the band a favour and kept them at the forefront of their fans minds. ‘Heartstrings’ really stands out on this one as a favourite and is deserved to be on this list.


Listen to the EPRemo Drive – ‘Pop Music’


Pale Waves - All The Things I never Said EPAt the end of last year I said that it’s a really big year in 2018 for Pale Waves as they have a lot to prove to the World, as it seems they’ve been pushed some influential people in music. This EP ofr me was their first hurdle, and they leapt over it with ease as they back it up with the songs. It’s completely doused in productions with an extra coating of sugar, but the songs hold up. ‘The Tide’ is easily a floor filler and will resonate with a lot of young people, as well as ‘New Years Eve’. You can’t argue with good pop music. Full Review.

Listen to the EPPale Waves – ‘ALL THE THINGS I NEVER SAID’

Fangclub – ‘True Love’

FangClub - True Love EPAfter their impressive debut album last Year I was hoping Fangclub wouldn’t rest, but instead continue their momentum by releasing more music Luckily they released True Love which has been another shot to the arm for the band as their grunge sound is perfect when it’s packed into 5 songs. ‘Knife’ is a solid opening track, and when you have punchy rock songs like ‘Smother’ and ‘High’ to follow it’s a winner. All of these songs could’ve feature on the album they’re that good – which shows they’re not resting on the laurels.

Listen to the EPFangclub – ‘True Love’

Michael Cera Palin – ‘I Don’t Know How to Explain It’

Michael Cera Palin - I dont know how to explain it EP.jpgWhen I type that this was stumbled upon, it was genuinely stumbled upon. It was a night where I was just listening to all sorts of music just trying to find something new to cling to and there I found Michael Cera Palin. Released back in February the band unleashed five bursting tracks full of life that would engrain themselves in my brain. The standout track is ‘Portrait of a Man on a Couch with Cats’, not only because of it’s great name but because of it’s pop punk tendencies and heavy guitars – and the whole EP is like this.


Listen to the EPMichael Cera Palin – ‘I Don’t Know How to Explain It’

Cassia – ‘Movers and Shapers’

Cassia Movers and ShapersAt the start of the Year Cassia released ‘Come & Talk’ which won Single of the Week here at WFM – Read here. Since then the band have been breaking down doors at their live shows while continuing to release great music. Their EP release came at a great time, much like Fangclub they’ve built on their momentum. The tropical and upbeat sound which Cassia have adopted is all over the EP, from the moment ‘Sink’ hits you’re dropped on a mythical island to enjoy yourself.


Listen to the EPCassia – ‘Movers and Shapers’

Fuzzy Sun – ‘Want Love’

Fuzzy Sun - Want Love EP.jpgInitially it was the EP’s title track which gravitated me towards Fuzzy Sun, however it was the EP which made me become a fan of the band. Their elecrto-emotions on the title song is so good that it was whirling around my head for months “So tell me you want love!”. The EP very much builds a room of sadness for the band filled with desperation and a yearning for love and it’s a unique electronic universe.



Listen to the EPFuzzy Sun – ‘Want Love’

Sick Joy – ‘Amateurs’

Sick Joy Amateurs.png

Sick Joy delivered a very thick and heavy debut EP, which completely does the band justice. For a band with only two members that make some amazing noise, ‘Smiling Shame’ has a manic switch from singing to shouting and it’s a joy to listen to. The band show some real promise with this EP, and you can see the songs being big winners at a live show because they have a rawness about them.



Listen to the EPSick Joy – ‘Amateurs’

Sports Team – ‘Winter Nets’

Sports Team - Winter Nets EPWinter Nets’ is a very different to other EP’s on this list because of how unique the vocals are, as the lead singer delivers them in such a different style. The musicality on the EP is also interesting to listen to as it has some cool breakdowns as the guitars are just punchy and so poignant. Sports Team do everything they can to separate themselves from the pack, and they do in spectacular fashion, also with the recent release of ‘Kutcher’ you can be sure that you will hear off them before the end of the Year.


Listen to the EP –  Sports Team – ‘Winter Nets’

Glass Caves – ‘I Do’

GLass Caves - I Do EPGlass Caves have a very classy sound, from their vocals to their smart guitars they’re sound very tight and clean cut. The polished sounds come off very well in the EP, from the start with ‘I Do’ you already get the feel for what you’re in for. On this list they are one of the most oldest acts having released an album back in 2014, but this EP definitely feels like a fresh coat of paint for the band. The final track ‘Swim’ has to be the highlight with the angelic reverb and slow build it has a magnificent ending which is fitting for the EP.


Listen to the EPGlass Caves – ‘I Do’

That’s the end of the list I encourage you to take the time out and listen to all the EP’s listed as they are well worth your time. As I already expressed, unfortunately I couldn’t put more on the list but I wanted to stick to 20 so it didn’t become overcrowded! It’s only half way through the year so there’s another big 6 months ahead for more music to be released, really enjoyed making this list so I will be doing one again at the end of the year as I know there will be even more mind-blowing EP’s to be released!

Words by Alex Wise @AJWise

Would love to know your thoughts on the choices, so please leave your comments below!

June 2018 | Top 5 Albums of the Month

Matt Maltese and Boy Azooga burst into the Top 5 for the Month of June!

5) Boy Azooga – ‘1, 2 Kung Fu’

Boy Azooga 1 2 Kung FuThis is another debut album to make the top 5 and it comes from Cardiff band Boy Azooga, who have been gaining some heavy recognition from this release. As soon as the album opens up with ‘Breakfast Epiphany’ you’re thrown into the Azooga universe and you find it very hard to leave. The stoner/Tame Impala sounds that the album inhibits brings a fresh type sound to the indie scene that they’ve been lumped into, but they are very much a stand out act in that category.

Top 3 Tracks : ‘Breakfast Epiphany’ , ‘Taxi In Your Head’ and ‘Hangover Square’

4) Florence and the Machine – ‘High As Hope

Florence and the Machine High as HopeFlorence has an innate ability of churning out consistently good albums, and this one doesn’t break the streak as it’s another gem. Her albums always have serious depth to them lyrically and melodically, just hearing ‘South London Forever’ can send shivers down your spine. Instrumentally Florence stays well within her wheelhouse as she once again opts for the floaty and atmospheric tones which blend so well with her vocal style. Thoroughly enjoyed this album, and can see a lot of Florence fans falling head over heels for it. Of course it doesn’t hit the heights of her earlier work in ‘Lungs’ but it definitely hold its own.

Top 3 Tracks : ‘South London Forever’ , ‘Grace’ and ‘Sky Full of Song’

3) Ben Howard – ‘Noonday Dream

Ben Howard - Noonday Dream 1Since Ben landed onto the music scene he’s drawn attention from people who listen to all types of music, really opening the door for everyone to enjoy his music, especially with his debut ‘Every Kingdom’. However since then he’s stepped further and further away from his debut, and really created some new and inventive material. ‘Noonday Daydream’ is the album which showcases this best as Ben immerses himself in the weird and wonderful, crafting some beautiful lengthy tracks which proves Howard’s genius. Read Full review here.

Top 3 Tracks : ‘Nica Libres At Dusk’ , ‘The Defeat’ and ‘There’s Your Man’

2) Matt Maltese – ‘Bad Contestant’

Matt Maltese.jpgThis is the debut for Matt Maltese however you wouldn’t have guessed it from listening to this album as he sounds like a seasoned veteran. The lyrical depth in this album is something to behold, as each songs paints a wondrous picture direct from Matt’s mind. His sarcastic and quirky lyrics provide the brightest moments on the album, which play off so well to the sound of his piano-’Nightclub Love’ being the perfect example. Although this is only the beginning of Matt’s career it seems that he’s already has a firm grasp on songwriting, which means we’re in for something special moving forward.

Top 3 Tracks : ‘Greatest Comedian’ , ‘Nightclub Love’ and ‘Mortals’

1) Father John Misty – ‘God’s Favourite Customer

FMJ - Gods Favourite CustomerAfter a short year since he dropped ‘Pure Comedy’, FJM delivered his follow up album ‘God’s Favourite Customer’ at the start of the Month. The album was a short and snappy ride with plenty of highlights as he reflects on his life while delivering some of his most cutting edge lyrics. This was a complete contrast to his lengthy last album, but it was a welcome change. This album lit up the start of Month and there’s a strong chance it will be in the memory come the end of the year. Read full review here.

Top 3 Tracks : ‘Please Don’t Die’, ‘God’s Favourite Customer’ and ‘Mr.Tillman’

May 2018 | Top 5 Albums of the Month


May was a Superb Month for Music as Parquet Courts among others showcase excellence

5. Chvrches – ‘Love Is Dead’

Chvrches Love is dead

Since their debut album release (The Bones of What You Believe) back in 2011, Chvrhes have made themselves a band to keep an eye out for. Unfortunately their third release didn’t hit the heights of their debut, but it’s completely packed out with larger than life synth-pop tracks. Lauren Mayberry’s voice continues to be a perfect contrast for the bands sound, which can be heard at various different points in the album.


Top 3 Tracks : ‘Graffiti’ , ‘Miracle’ and ‘Wonderland’

4. PEACE – ‘Kindness is the New Rock and Roll’

Peace Kindess is the new rock and roll.pngSeeing Peace grow since their debut EP release Delicious it has been a very beautiful blooming into the band they are today. Their third album ‘Kindness is the New Rock and Roll’ was an interesting release for the band, as it seem to have more personal values at the heart of it, which can be heard on the track ‘From Under Liquid Glass’  making it the band’s most heartfelt release yet. You can also see evidence of Harrison Kossier taking huge strides in his songwriting and vocal performances, which is a welcome development. The band stepped slightly away from the sun kissed guitars and bouncy melodies for this one, as they prove their a multi-dimensional band.

Top 3 Tracks : ‘From Under Liquid Glass’ , ‘You Don’t Walk Away From Love’ and ‘Shotgun Hallelujah’

3. Courtney Barnett – ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’

Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really FeelAfter a very well received debut album, Courtney really did have a lot of people building up the expectation for this release. Barnett really delivered with this album, the loud guitars combined with the complete raucous vocals helped it inhibit a very raw and real vibe. From the amazingly catchy ‘Nameless Faceless’ where she takes on internet trolls to ‘City Looks Pretty’ which delves into how weird life can really be at times. This release really fills me with anticipation for her next release, as it seems she has a knack of releasing high class albums. Full Album Review Here.

Top 3 Tracks : ‘Nameless Faceless’ , ‘Sunday Roast’ and ‘City Looks Pretty’

2. Arctic Monkeys – ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

Arctic Monkeys - TBHACThis was the Monkey’s sixth album release, and it caught a lot of attention due to the polar opposite opinions it drew from the bands core fan base. Some admired and enjoyed the release, some admired and disliked the release and some just flat out hated it. For me the album was a great turn for the Arctic Monkeys, one which saw them delve into the grounds that Bowie wasn’t too unfamiliar with. The album was filled with sleek, crooning tunes which just invited you into listen. Of course some people still yearn for the days when Turner would sing about waiting a bus stops and going out to town, but the fact is his influences have changed, and he’s leading a much different life now which will bleed into his music. All in all I’m glad the band were bold enough to take on something new, and they made it work in my eyes.

Top 3 Tracks : ‘Four Stars out of Five’ , ‘One Point Perspective’ and ‘She Looks Like Fun’

1- Parquet Courts – ‘Wide Awake

Parquet Courts- Wide Awake!Parquet Courts really made an exquisite album with ‘Wide Awake’. The band managed to stick to their lo-fi punk roots, however they developed it slightly which can be heard in the title track with the uses of the whistles, bongos and some other interesting elements. The album has such a great flow, with it slowing down every now and then for you to catch your breath which is needed after a song like ‘Normalization’. This really has all the components to be an album of the Year contender, and I’m sure at the end it will be in the conversation. Full album review here.

Top 3 Tracks : ‘Wide Awake’ , ‘Normalization’ and ‘Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience’

Thats the list for May 2018, did I miss anybody?

  1. Words by Alex Wise @AJWise


March 2018 | Top 5 Albums of the Month


Gengahr, The Magic Gang and Camp Cope all make the Top 5 Albums of March!

5. Gengahr – ‘Where Wilderness Grows’

Gengahr Where Wilderness growsThis is Gengahr’s second Album after their debut release A Dream Outside, which was a promising debut. However this one trumps it. This album has lots of beautifully orchestrated tracks which blend perfectly well with the soft vocals of frontman Felix Bushe. There’s catchy hooks laid throughout the entire album, whether it’s the calming tones of ‘Before Sunrise’ or the blissful squeak of ‘Mallory’ , the album has subtle diversities. Can easily see this being an important step for the London band, will be interesting to see what they can cough up next.

Top 3 Tracks : ‘Mallory’, ‘I’ll Be Waiting’ and ‘Before Sunrise’


4. Mount Eerie – ‘Now Only’

Mount Eerie Now OnlyAfter the emotional release of A Crow Looked At Me last year, Mount Eerie quickly became one of my favourite artists. Now Only is the companion album to his release last year which isn’t any easier to listen to. The open-heart stories Mount Eerie shares with us are heathrobbing due to how real they are, and also because he doesn’t hold back. His late Wife is at the centre of this entire album as he drifts and tells stories with her and how life is like without her, with such tracks like ‘Distortion’ and ‘Now Only’ offering two completely different feelings about the same subject. Another great release from a stunning artist.

Top 3 Tracks: ‘Now Only’, ‘Crow Pt.2’ and ‘Distortion’


3. The Magic Gang – ‘The Magic Gang’

The Magic Gang AlbumFans of The Magic Gang have been waiting for an album for such a long time. After several triumphant EP releases it was clear they had the talent to easily cover an album, and March 2018 it happened. The band put together all their greatest songs from their EP’s, (Along with a few new ones) making a great album. The whole tracklist is full of sing-along songs, with melodies and hooks that will whirl round your head for weeks. They made subtle tweaks to their old time favourites which gave them a fresher sound, and new track ‘Getting Along’ blended in well amongst the hits. Now this has been completed, it would be interesting to hear the lads create something completely fresh, but in the meantime enjoy their upcoming UK Tour! Read Full Review Here.

Top 3 Tracks: ‘Jasmine’, ‘All That I Want is You’ and ‘All This Way’


2. Camp Cope – ‘How to Socialise and Make Friends’

Camp Cope - How to Socialise and Make FriendsThis album really made me realise how great Camp Cope are. After their debut they featured a light of bright spots with some great songs, but this album they picked it up a level. Their gritty style combined with the very real voice of lead singer Georgie Maq creates complete magic over a song. The album still has that lo-fi feel which endearing and is pivotel to tracks like ‘The Face of God’ and ‘The Omen’. The final track ‘I’ve Got You’ is drowned in emotion as Georgie sings about her late Father, showing you glimpses of their wonderful bond. Full Review Here.

Top 3 Tracks: ‘The Omen’, ‘The Opener’ and ‘I’ve Got You’

1. Demob Happy – ‘Holy Doom’

Demob Happy Holy DoomAfter seeing Demob Happy support The Cribs last year, they have been a constant figure on my radar. I was aching to hear their new album as their explosive live  performance that night just fuelled me with energy, and I needed more. The album is blast from start to finish as it rich with heavy riffs and sumptuous vocals which reeks of just classic rock. The band have everything, if you want a catchy number you can sing along to you have ‘Be Your Man’. Or if you want to completely lose yourself you have ‘Maker of Mine’. The album also has tinges of Psychedelia to their songs, as their whirring riffs can have you dancing circles at times. Expecting a lot from Demob Happy these next couple of years, and after this album it’s clear they can produce.

Top 3 Tracks: ‘Be Your Man’, ‘Loosen It’ and ‘Spinning Out’


Take Note of the Birmingham Music Scene


Tim Senna documents how alive the Birmingham Music Scene is

The Birmingham music scene have watched a fair few acts blossom these past few years with the likes of PEACE, Superfood, Swim Deep and Jaws all gaining recognition. However Tim Senna went out to prove that Birmingham has so much more to give.

The Sugarthief show which took place at The Sunflower Lounge on 8th March, was a hallmark for the scene as a sold out crowd came to watch some of the best acts the Midlands has to offer.

The video really grasps the feel-good culture surrounding the entire Birmingham Music Scene at the moment. There’s no bitterness between any of the bands, as they all support each other. In the video you see the likes of Ivory Wave, VIOLET and The Assist all supporting the show in one way or another. It’s apparent that each of the bands know that working together they really can make something special here in Birmingham.

There’s a lot of creativity going on in the Second City and it needs to be taken note of, because it won’t be long until these bands really start making a big push. Combined with what the likes of Jacky P and Tim Senna are doing, it’s really putting a magnifying glass on this brightly-lit talent.

Would just like to thank Tim for letting me share the video on the site, he’s doing a lot for the scene and is well worth checking out, and as he would say, Welcome to the Madlands!

Tim Senna – @TimSenna

Madlands –  @UKMadlands

Tim Senna YouTube


Words by Alex Wise – @AJWise

Ranking The Smiths Albums from Worst to Best

I’ve Been wanting to do something like this for a while, but with everything being so busy lately it has fallen to the wayside. However finally here’s the chance, I’m going to rank The Smiths albums from Best to Worst. To preface this, The Smiths are one of my favourite bands and I enjoy each of their albums, yet there are ones that stood out just that bit more and I’ve leaned on increasingly over the years.

This is only eligible to studio albums, because not only would choosing compilations be cheating, but it also would’ve made the list very VERY long.

4 Strangeways Here We Come – 1987 – Rough Trade

strangeways here we comeIt pains me to put this last, but it has to be. The album has so many great songs like ‘A Rush and a Push and the Land is Ours’ along with the transcendent ‘Stop Me if You Think That You’ve Heard This One Before’ (Which is the one and only version that matters). I’m also very fond of ‘The Death of a Disco Dancer’ where Mozza shows a slower side to himself, and the ending is grand. Also I enjoy the storytelling in ‘Paint a Vulgar Picture’ however melodically there’s better Smiths songs.  The second half of the album lets this record down, with ‘Unhappy Birthday’  being the main culprit here, it just didn’t sit well.  However ‘I Won’t Share You’ claws the second half back somewhat.


3 – Meat Is Murder – 1985 – Rough Trade

meat is murder the smithsThe message that this record gave was huge, as it’s turned many people vegetarian and I’d hazard a guess that this is still the case today. The picture Morrissey paints in the title track is ominous, and I can still hear him sing over the carving of an animal, a very powerful message indeed. On influence and message alone this album achieved such a lot, yet there were also so many other highlights your ears can get into. From the delightful ‘I Want the One I Can’t Have’ to the cruel beauty of ‘That Joke isn’t Funny Anymore’ the album pushes you and pulls you to every corner of your emotions. It’s unfortunate that this can’t be placed higher, simply but the other two hold a closer place in my heart.

2 – The Smiths – 1984 – Rough Trade

The smiths The smithsThe Smiths debut  is considered to be the worst of all their albums by some people, as their sound was truly discovered yet. However it’s that rough edge which makes this album so moreish. The fact that they were still finding themselves and producing such quality has to be appreciated. ‘Hand in Glove’  and the amazing ‘What Difference Does it Make?’  are the most recognized songs on this album, and rightly so due to ear bending guitar riffs that Marr was pulling off. The record also has these hidden gems that can only be appreciated by true Smiths fans, songs like ‘The Hand That Rocks The Cradle’ and ‘Reel Around the Fountain’ from a lyrical standpoint are impeccable. What makes this album so great is that I still feel after all this time listening to it, that I haven’t got everything from it yet, there’s still juice in orange, there’s still water in the sponger, there’s still wilderness to wonder into, and for that reason it gets the number 2 spot.

1 – The Queen Is Dead – 1986 – Rough Trade

The queen is the dead the smithsI’m sure it was obvious when the list started, but The Queen is Dead quite frankly Mr.Shankly the best piece of work The Smiths ever did. The record has everything from the serious and morbid side with ‘I Know it’s Over’ to the quirky and silly side of ‘Vicar in a Tutu’, the band made it work so well, and it blends without you batting an eye. The start of the album is one of the best openings to an album ever, the dear old blighty snippet then leading into the gut punching drums, to finally hear Morrissey wail and burst into song – untouchable. ‘The Boy with a Thorn in His Side’ also features, and is one the best Smiths songs ever written. You also have ‘There is a Light That Never Goes Out’ which has become a phenomenon on its own, to the point where you forget that it features on this album. Songs like those are often stand alone singles. The album is packed with such quality, each song can easily stand on its own but the fact they’re all on this album make it very special. It’s been voted on several polls as one the most influential indie album, and it’s hard to disagree, without The Smiths and most importantly this album a lot of bands wouldn’t be around.


Overall The Smiths are one of the most important bands to come out of the UK, and this list can argue that point because every album could’ve taken the top spot. This list was very difficult to make, and I hope you all enjoy the read. Would love to know your thoughts on the list and what you would’ve done differently.


Words by Alex Wise @AJWise