The Twang

Wide Awake

There�s something about singer Phil Etheridge�s voice that�s a strange hybrid between Ian Brown and, oddly, Preston of Ordinary Boys/CBB �fame�. As for �Wide Awake�, listening is like stepping into a Tardis and emerging in the 90s Britpop era more… “The Twang”

The 4th Parallel

Ultra-Extra

The title track from these Glaswegians� debut promo is ready to catch you from the beginning, with a bassline that can only be described as delicious, wanting to break out into a funk experimentation, only to be reigned in by spacey synths and the swaggering tones of Michael McCahill more… “The 4th Parallel”

Captainface

BOOM

There�s some things you certainly may need to know about Captainface. They�re named after a Boer War casualty (officer Captainface of the imperial Light Horse Regiment to you). They hail from Kinmundy (nope..us neither) and they peddle a peculiar blend of Politico-punk funk and hard rock more… “Captainface”

Various

Free Download Compilation

This is an interesting look at the diverse Amsterdam based label. The flavour is mostly punk (Sex Pistols punk as opposed to moronic ‘middle class American life is so hard’ punk thank god) with the occasional astract folk and electro pop numbers thrown in for good measure. There are a few wee hidden gems in here, particularly for fans of Yeah Yeah Yeahs etc. Though not all of it will be preffered listening for everybody (as often is the nature of the compilation) overall it’s a compilation which is definitely worth a listen. Fans of the late great John Peel may recognise bands Persil and Seedling from their numerous sessions. Even if you don’t like anything on it, which is really rather unlikely, it won’t cost you a penny. Can’t say fairer than that!

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Stuart Torrance

My Device

Nervous System

My Device are an excitable Brighton trio, sitting uncomfortably in the space left between Maximo Park and the next faintly-melodic jerky indie band that the NME so loves to give its magazine space to more… “My Device”

Jesse Malin

Glitter in the Gutter

I don�t know who this Jesse Malin character is, but he seems to have a lot of famous friends – Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Bruce Springsteen and Ryan Adams are just some of the rock royalty to have collaborated with Jesse on his new album more… “Jesse Malin”

The Horrors

Gloves

The Horrors are less a band and more a theatrical performance. From the image to the stage show to the songs – everything about them seems practised and performed to horror-punk perfection. However, this is not entirely a bad thing. It�s been light-years since a band had the gall to dress up and challenge their audience more… “The Horrors”

Wolf & Cub

This Mess

Here�s one for all you dancefloor indie kids. These electro-garage rockers are one of the bands it�s going to be cool to like in 2007. The pounding bass line and tripped out wailing guitar resembles Primal Scream around the time of Vanishing Point. It�ll make you want to get your groove on and leave you more… “Wolf & Cub”