Album Review: Alt-J’s RELAXER

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Alt-J have made a name for themselves since the release of their debut album An Awesome Wave in 2012 as a band who aren’t afraid to try anything new in their music, and it usually works. Their latest offering, Relaxer, features eight songs that transcend multiple genres in what is possibly their most complex record to date. Continue reading “Album Review: Alt-J’s RELAXER”

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Gig Review: The Magic Gang in St Albans

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The Magic Gang have been making waves across the country over the last couple of years with their catchy brand of indie rock. With a host of EPs under their belt, they embarked on a headline tour, supported by Abattoir Blues and Paris Youth Foundation. I was lucky enough to catch them at my local venue, The Horn pub in St Albans.

The night began with Liverpool-based rock group Paris Youth Foundation, who played an enjoyable set of guitar rock. They were soon followed by Abattoir Blues, who impressed with their heavier sound, building up nicely to the main event. A few lucky attendees even noticed TMG frontman Jack Kaye in the crowd before his band performed.

The crowd had seemed relatively quiet and sedate during the two support acts, but this immediately changed when The Magic Gang came on. Within the first few bars of the jaunty track ‘Lady Please’ the moshpit had got into full swing. Despite being somewhat unknown on the mainstream stage, the band have steadily built a loyal fanbase, and the crowd screamed the words back at Kaye as they went through the setlist.

Their most popular song ‘All This Way’ elicited a strong positive reaction, and it was clear this was a band confident in their ability to perform. Other tracks that were particularly good included ‘Jasmine’, ‘How Can I Compete’, which comes off their most recent EP, the imaginatively titled ‘EP Three’, and ‘No Fun’, one of their earliest songs.

The band, which comprises of Kaye, fellow singer and guitarist Kristian Smith, bassist Gus Taylor and drummer Paeris Giles, are already one of indie music’s hottest acts and, by this showing, definitely have a very bright future ahead of them.

 

Album Review: Blaenavon’s That’s Your Lot

 

Blaenavon released their long-awaited debut album on Friday, and it was certainly worth the wait. The Hampshire outfit, who first appeared as teenagers five years ago, have shown that they are almost certain to be a major indie band for years to come.

What is perhaps most impressive about the album is how it defiantly decides to throw the rule book out of the window. Sure, there are tunes that can appeal to the masses such as My Bark Is Your Bite, but the album also features three songs that surpass the six-minute mark, including the atmospheric and beautiful Swans.  Continue reading “Album Review: Blaenavon’s That’s Your Lot”