Reviews

Amateur Ornithologist – ‘I Told A Lie’ Single Review

Following the success of his most recent single ‘Hermit Phase’, Amateur Ornithologist reveals he has an exciting new single in the works. Set for release on June 17th, ‘I Told A Lie’ beautifully demonstrates how far the soloist has come since his debut back in 2021. The dreamy (yet sometimes nightmarish) track is packed full of…

Holiday In Tokyo – ‘White Marquee’ Single Review

Holiday In Tokyo tease their upcoming album with dazzling new single ‘White Marquee’. Ripe with summer-tinted melodies and warm vocals, the sentimental track follows vocalist Matty Rogers down memory lane as he recounts a core moment from his childhood. The single encapsulates the band’s signature mellow lo-fi-esque beats, husky vocals, and kitchen-sink lyrics to evoke…

Honeyflux – ‘Hourglass’ Single Review

Newcastle-based alt-rock outfit, Honeyflux returned the local music scene this summer with their sparkling second single, ‘Hourglass’. Released on July 2nd, the visually inspiring track is overflowing with fictitious imagery that effortlessly paints a vibrant, picturesque, and sun-tinged landscape. Composed of members from Backyard Rhythm Orchestra, The Baghdaddies, Prudent Primate, and Shields UK, Honeyflux is…

Docksuns – ‘So Cold Love’ Single Review

Back on April 30th, Sunderland-based indie-rockers, Docksuns dropped their latest single titled ‘So Cold Love’. The retrospective track sees the band look back upon, and candidly open up about, unstable past relationships, serving as a sequel to their passionate previous single, ‘Blew Up A Kiss’. Docksuns is composed of: James Baxter’s vocals and guitar, Adam…

Hannah Robinson – ‘Dark Desires’ EP Review

Back in March, Gateshead-based singer-songwriter, Hannah Robinson graced the local music scene once again with the release of her debut EP, Dark Desires. Oozing with emotion and melancholic character, the three-track EP explores a range of delicate sentiments, from lust and obsession, to heartbreak and grief, all through the candid lens of the emerging artist.…

Spilt Milk – ‘Rocks against Your Window’ Single Review

Gateshead-based indie quartet, Spilt Milk return with their fourth single, ‘Rocks against Your Window’. Released on May 28th, the upbeat new offering is full of thoughtful lyrical content, arena-worthy instrumentals, and the bands signature indie-rock sound. Made up of Oscar Nolan (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Isaac Nolan (lead guitar), Theo Nolan (drums) and Thomas Carney (bass),…

Amateur Ornithologist – ‘Birds Fly Over Me’ Single Review

By Jamie Davison. After a difficult year, Amateur Ornithologist (the musical project of the North-East’s own Daniel J Clifford) soars onto the scene with debut single Birds Fly Over Me. Released on April 16th, the cheerfully melodic and thoughtfully written track explores feelings around finding and surrendering yourself to new love. Amateur Ornithologist’s debut was…

Jenny Lascelles – ‘Dying 2 Get 2 U’ Single Review

Jenny Lascelles is a singer-songwriter and pianist from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne who, over the last few years, has established herself within her local acoustic scene, having performed in many regional hot-spots prior to the pandemic. Her new single, ‘Dying 2 Get 2 U’ takes on a darker indie-pop sound, marking the beginning of a new era in…

Abnorm – ‘Everything Temporary’ Single Review

Following the success of their debut single, ‘Citrus’, Abnorm are back with a with a bang(er)! Released on March 26th, their latest single, ‘Everything Temporary’, is a great addition to the quintet’s growing discography. Fuelled by emotion, the energetic alt-rock offering focuses on the idea of impermanence and loss, complete with soaring vocals and an…

Docksuns – ‘Blew Up A Kiss’ Single Review

Emerging indie-rock five-piece, Docksuns return with their most recent single, ‘Blew Up A Kiss’. Released on January 29th, the track is an intense, gritty, and roaring rock’n’roll inspired anthem, complete with an effortlessly catchy hook and a fuzzy bass-line. Hailing from Sunderland, Docksuns formed back in 2019 with the goal of one day being able…

Spilt Milk – ’12 Weeks’ Single Review

’12 Weeks’ is an introspective new offering from indie-rock quartet, Spilt Milk. Released on March 12th, the track sees the Gateshead-based band experiment with a more acoustic sound as they reflect on their experiences over lockdown.   Emerging onto the scene back in 2019, Spilt Milk consists of Oscar Nolan (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Isaac Nolan…

noyou – ‘Underneath The Pain’ Single Review

Sunderland-based electro-pop outfit, noyou kick off 2021 with show-stopping new single, ‘Underneath The Pain’. Shared to all major music streaming platforms on February 26th, the heavily nostalgic offering sees the band reflect on feelings of self-doubt and uncertainty in relationships. ‘Underneath The Pain’ is an energetic, full-sounding track that possesses the same 1980s synth-pop charm…

Komparrison – ‘Dancing with Demons’ Single Review

‘Dancing with Demons’ is a catchy new offering from the female-fronted indie-pop outfit, Komparrison. After two years of silence, Komparrison return to the North East’s music scene and tease their upcoming EP with feel-good single, ‘Dancing with Demons’, which was shared to all major music streaming platforms on January 29th. ‘Dancing with Demons’ is a…

Radio Silence: ‘The Hanging Tree’ – Single Review

Newcastle-based quartet, Radio Silence reflect on the dire realities of lockdown in a rather morbid, yet uncannily zealous, psychedelic-punk number, ‘The Hanging Tree’. Released to all major streaming platforms on December 19th, ‘The Hanging Tree’ is the band’s first release with new band member John Gair, as well as being the opening track of their…

Post Rome: ‘The Idea of Having a Boyfriend’ – Single Review

Sunderland based three-piece, Post Rome return with their energetic new single ‘The Idea of Having a Boyfriend’. Shared to all major music streaming platforms on December 14th, the band reflects on the complexities of dating in a powerful and well-mixed alt-rock number that is possibly the most exciting releases I’ve heard on the local scene…

Cat Ryan: ‘Mary Shelley Song’ – Single Review

Up and coming Newcastle-based trio, Cat Ryan bless the local scene with their nostalgic new single, ‘Mary Shelley Song’. Shared to all major music streaming platforms on November 25th, the art-rock inspired offering comes as the band’s third release this year, bringing their growing discography and unique sound to the forefront of the scene. Known…

Swine Tax: ‘Johnny’ – Single Review

Tearing down the walls of silence, Newcastle-based quartet, Swine Tax return with their most recent single ‘Johnny’. Released to all major streaming services on December 4th, the boisterous new single showcases an engaging new side to the band as they couple their frenetic and anxious energy to a motorik, groove-laden track. Recorded with Barry Hyde…

Abnorm: ‘Citrus’ – Single Review

Newcastle-based alt-rock outfit, Abnorm, open up about bad mental health days in their debut single ‘Citrus’. Released on September 18th, the up-and-coming five-piece kick started their discography with this strong offering, which is packed full of catchy melodies, emotive lyrics, and powerful, Paramore-esque vocals. Despite having formed just months before the national lockdown, it is…

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