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Alexisonfire

Not my cup of tea. But, let me finish, I actually quite like this. Aside from the generic screamo-ing and undeniable eau d�Enter Shikari, I�m inexplicably impressed by this track. Well no, not impressed, �Boiled Frogs� isn�t a big steaming bowl of genius, neither is it an epic in abstract lyricism; but what it is […]

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The Twang

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

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The 4th Parallel

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

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Captainface

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

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The Pigeon Detectives

Catchy enough garage rock indie fodder which would be fine if it weren�t for the million and one other catchy enough garage rock indie fodder bands

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My Device

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

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Jesse Malin

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

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The Horrors

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 […]

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The Pack

Wow, this was not what I was expecting I thought to myself. Then I realised I hadn�t actually put the promo CD of this on and was listening to Edinburgh hip-hop act 3Style from last year�s T-Break sampler which was still in the machine. True story. Vans, the debut single from hip-hop�s next big thing […]

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Wolf & Cub

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