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CARDBOARD HIT

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Cardboard Hit are a three piece band consisting of Ross Towner, Lee Hayes and Matt Rouse.  The band play an Alternative Rock but I also think there is an element of Punk in there as well.  There are great unusual vocal harmonies coinciding with a pounding drums and powerful guitar riffs.


The debut E.P. entitled "Subject To Status" was released last year.  The songs "All The Voices" and "Say Yes" are brilliant rockers.  The band have been compared to Muse or Queens Of The Stone Age, but to me they bring to mind a hybrid of Progressive Rock such as Led Zeppelin with a little Midnight Oil and Wall Of Voodoo thrown in for good measure!


Formed in East Sussex, only Matt is from that area with Ross from North London and Lee from Cheshire.  The three different backgrounds make three different characters, but also three friends who certainly rock together and are set for stardom, I will certainly be keeping my eye on this band.


Cardboard Hit are a uniq…

MOHAWK RADIO

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Mohawk Radio are a 4 piece Rock band from Manchester.  The line-up comprises of Mia Page, James Gregory, Conor Marsh and David Quinn and they play in an Alternative/Rock/Pop style.  The powerful vocals of Mia are backed by dynamic guitars and drums.


Already with tours in the USA under their belt and some famous fans including Ace from Skink Anansie the band are trailblazing their way on the Rock circuit.  More Pat Benatar/Heart than Paramore, it is melodic, authentic anthemic Rock.  The band won "Rock The House", beating thousands of bands across the UK.  They also won PureFM's 2014 Stockport's Finest.

Each member of the band has lived and breathed Rock music since an early age.   Their unique sound brings back the real rock n' roll live band and have earned rave reviews and a blossoming fan base, as well as international radio and TV airplay.  They released their third E.P. in 2917 entitled "Shoot From The Hip".  

This follows on from their prev…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - MICHAEL JACKSON "OFF THE WALL"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
MICHAEL JACKSON

"OFF THE WALL"

Love him or hate him, Michael Jackson was a top performer, singer and dancer and he made memorable songs that the world will remember for a lifetime.  I never really got into the Jackson Five or the solo stuff he used to make but "Off The Wall" took him to a new level.  Before the tabloids got hold of him, the weird eccentricities that took hold, before the appearance changes and the sometimes annoying "ugh" vocal inflection before every line, (I know for a fact it grated on some people who couldn't see past this) and before the megastadom began with "Thriller" this was the album that put Michael on the map.  

"Off The Wall" reached a pea…

HOW MUSIC HELPS US FEAR WAR, GET THROUGH WAR AND REMEMBER WHY WAR IS POINTLESS

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War is a sensitive subject but war songs evoke feelings of inspiration, pride, fear, remembrance, confusion and hope.

The headline echoes Edwin Starr’s 1970 anti-Vietnam hit War and most people’s feelings towards conflict.  Culture Club released The War Song in 1984, although not their greatest song it stated, “War is stupid and people are stupid”.  Maybe childish but a true statement?



People are definitely not stupid and music is a very emotive media. A war song relates to war or a people’s thoughts of conflict, they could be anti-war, pro-war or just statements of warring life.  There are many songs we know and remember today passed through generations of loved ones lost in battle or proud patriotic moments in history. Historically, there has always been a “war” song.  As early as the 16th century, ballad writers wrote songs encouraging bravery and honour in war.  The earliest British war song was The Ballad of Chevy Chase which was written about the Scottish victory at t…

ELEANOR NELLY

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Eleanor Nelly is a young singer songwriter from Liverpool who has created a quiet little following around the town gigging regularly.  Her influences are far and wide and include My Chemical Romance, The Hummingbirds, Slash, Billy Joel and Johnny Cash! Her sound is a mix of Folk, Country and Blues and is surely heading for big success.


I first reviewed Eleanor in a mini review a few years ago after seeing her performing Acoustic tracks on BAY TV, a Liverpool based channel.  Just her and her guitar oozing with confidence and such an accomplished performer.  I did say at the time she reminded me of an Eva Cssidy/Alanis Morissette hybrid telling her songs in a unique way.

Gigging regularly and being managed by her mum she has appeared in many festivals picking up fans and follwers and awards such as Knowsley Rising Star in 2014 and the Liverpool International Music Festival Academy awarded her as "the one to watch" in 2015 and "most ready artist" in 2016.  She is c…

THE SOAPGIRLS

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The SoapGirls are Camille and Noemie Debray, known as Mille and Mie and are a fun, sexy and quirky Alternative Pop/Rock/Punk duo.  With Mille on bass and Mie on guitar they provide a blistering flashback to the Punk bands of the late 70s and early 80s.


On a journey to find their true musical identity the girls have travelled from their birth nation of France via USA and now based in South Africa, they started out at a very early age street performing.  At 15 years old they released a Pop Dance album called "Xperience" which gave them a few hits on International labels such as UMG Africa.  As The SoapGirls they released their debut abum, "Calls For Rebellion" in 2015.  I had just done a mini review on the girls at the same time.

The album contained "Hater" which reminded me of the old Punk of the early 80s, a little Grunge and Goth Rock combined with the attitude and devil-may-care attitude of girl bands Elastica and Fuzzbox.  The song had a cool …

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - TRANSVISION VAMP "VELVETEEN"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
TRANSVISION VAMP

"VELVETEEN"

Transvision Vamp burst onto the scene in 1988 with their debut album, "Pop Art"With the "sexy wild child" Wendy James as the frontwoman and some exhilarating Pop Punk tracks they stormed the charts.  Like I have said numerous times in these blogs the late 80s leading into the 90s was a scarce time for music in my opinion.  The "Vamp" were one of those bands that lifted the mood, like a New Wave/Punk band I loved their music and was very disappointed they split up after their next album.  I remember seeing this band in '89 at Birmingham's NEC and it was a brilliant show.  On top form Wendy, looking fantastic proved she was not to be trifled wit…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - NIK KERSHAW "THE RIDDLE"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
NIK KERSHAW

"THE RIDDLE"

Nik Kershaw was years ahead of his time, a brilliant songwriter and had an ability to write stories within his songs with great hooks and memorable melodies and choruses.  His debuit album, "Human Racing" was like nothing I had heard before.  Was it Electropop, Synth Pop or just superb creative music.  Nik among others inspired me to write songs and poems during my teen years.  When I heard the "Human Racing" demos were written, composed and recorded at his home on a Portastudio I soon began writing my own music but not recording until many years later.  I loved that all Nik's music seems to have lots going on in the background that you don't hear on first lis…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - TEXAS "SOUTHSIDE"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
TEXAS

"SOUTHSIDE"

When I first heard "I Don't Want A Lover" with its thudding marching band beat and Country tinged twang slide guitars with a distinct American Rock vibe I was taken aback.  Thinking this was an experienced band from USA calling themselves Texas.  The voice of Sharleen Spiteri is just pure, soulful and effortless.  She is still one of my favourite vocalists today, a fantastic voice.  Along with their other Scottish counterparts Del Amitri, Hue & Cry, Deacon Blue and The Proclaimers they brought a brand new sound to the late 80s when music was getting very stale indeed.  Although this album didn't lead to mega success until another 8 years later ("White On Blonde")…

RADIO DRIVE

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Emerging from the capital of St.Paul in Minnesota, Kevin Gullickson launched a solo career after appearing in various bands and kept one of the names, that of Radio Drive.  He has travelled through Europe to fine tune the music style which is positive, uplifting and motivational.  Rock how it should be.  The band have been described as Pop and Indie, but I'm not sure a label can be put there as there is such a variety in the music.  Everyone can find something different that means something to them.


I have reviewed the band in an earlier article a few years ago and Kevin was very appreciative and humble at the mention.  I recently reviewed the latest fifth Radio Drive album in full, "She Colors My World".  Check out that review on this blog for more info on every track.  My favourite song being "Time To Rise", Electronic Rock including elements of all genres, it is a bit of everything and a superb "live" sound.


I first heard the band on the vid…