Tag: London

Melanie Crew – ‘Midnight Sounds’ (EP review)

Melanie Crew – ‘Midnight Sounds’ (EP review)

As the tinsel and trees start to emerge ahead of the holiday season, it’s refreshing to find something simple and authentic. Meet Melanie Crew. Pure voice, simple acoustic accompaniment, and slice-of-life lyrics. Recorded and produced at her home in London, her music is a testament to musical integrity. Melanie Crew released her third EP, Midnight Sounds, just a few weeks […]

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Pissed Jeans – Electric Ballroom, London (photo review)

Pissed Jeans – Electric Ballroom, London (photo review)

A night of three faces of punk rock at Camden’s Electric Ballroom – from the haven of grunge punk to full on hardcore punk-rock with a diversion through the weird and wonderful, too. Saturday night in the heart of trendy North London could never be called dull. Scrap Brain DEMO by SCRAP BRAIN DIY grunge punks. Why write songs that […]

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The Academic – Live at Dingwalls, London (photo essay)

The Academic – Live at Dingwalls, London (photo essay)

The Academic The Academic. Remember that name because I think you’ll be hearing a lot more from them next year (and we’ve already covered their music for some time). The fantastic Irish indie band performed the perfect set on Wednesday evening at Dingwalls in Camden, London. Opening with their latest single “Permanent Vacation”, they had the busy crowd singing along […]

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Julien Baker – Union Chapel, London (photo review)

Julien Baker – Union Chapel, London (photo review)

The Union Chapel is found in the middle of a Georgian terrace of houses and set back from Islington’s busy Upper Street. The venue is as it appears – a church with high-arched ceilings, lofted galleries, stained glass windows, and ancient pews and pulpit. It has, however, an upstairs bar and a stage where the altar would have been. The […]

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Lahayna – ‘Lahayna’ (album review)

Lahayna – ‘Lahayna’ (album review)

It’s rare to find a band that hits its stride immediately, which is what Lahayna accomplished with their debut single, “In the City”, back in 2007, achieving UK music history by reaching #33 in the Official UK Singles Chart, despite being unsigned and with no radio airplay or industry support. The band’s bassist, Chris Church, explains: “We built a dedicated […]

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Chk Chk Chk, Boxed In & Sink Ya Teeth – Electric Ballroom, London (photo review)

Chk Chk Chk, Boxed In & Sink Ya Teeth – Electric Ballroom, London (photo review)

Regular readers will know me as an indie kid. If I was pushed to give you my favourite genre, I’d plump for indie-dance, so tonight’s three-band lineup, including the mighty Chk Chk Chk, was right up my street. Anyone who has walked along Camden High Street may have noticed The Electric Ballroom. The iconic North London venue sits between the […]

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London gig roundup (photo review)

London gig roundup (photo review)

Been a busy couple of weeks for my camera and earplug combo. Here’s a sample of where I’ve been in and around London. Music is very much alive and thriving in our capital city. Everywhere you turn there’s a band waiting for my camera and cynical commentary. Hopefully this won’t disappoint. In alphabetical order: Desperate Journalist  The Dome, Tufnell Park, […]

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Debo Band – The Water Rats, London (photo review)

Debo Band – The Water Rats, London (photo review)

Anyone who reads my stuff on The Revue will know I tend to cover smaller indie bands, usually in Victorian pubs. However, a trip to The Water Rats in London’s King’s Cross gave me something very different to chew on. The Water Rats is a historical building. Bob Dylan made his UK debut in 1962 here, and Oasis performed their […]

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PAVVLA – “This Is Not A Movie” (video premiere)

PAVVLA – “This Is Not A Movie” (video premiere)

Everyone wants a happy ending, particularly when it comes to love. Unfortunately, as we all know, reality often has other ideas, and not all love stories can end like When Harry Met Sally, Pretty Woman, or Jerry Maguire. We often have to encounter multiple heartbreaks before finally finding the one. But there are times when you do find that special person […]

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October Drift – The Lexington, London (photo review)

October Drift – The Lexington, London (photo review)

In the Summer, I got some business cards printed. I had to choose 10 photos from the 1000s I’ve taken to go on the back of them. One of those had to be October Drift. I “discovered” October Drift playing a support slot for Echobelly in June. I was one of only two photographers who had turned up early and […]

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Snippet – ‘Human Good’ (album review)

Snippet – ‘Human Good’ (album review)

There has been some heavy lifting happening in the music-making department of Snippet HQ. It’s been just six months since Johnno Casson, aka Snippet, released his magnum opus, Future Melancholy Pop Music, yet here he is again with another album, Human Good. And what’s not to like about that? To get one release in a year from an independent artist of Johnno’s […]

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YONAKA – ‘Heavy” (EP review)

YONAKA – ‘Heavy” (EP review)

After bursting onto the scene in 2016, YONAKA immediately became one of the UK’s buzziest bands. Comparisons to Wolf Alice were inevitable with their combination of gritty, explosive indie rock and foreboding storytelling. Not surprisingly, Atlantic Records UK quickly signed the Brighton-based quartet, further fueling expectations that a record was on the way. Finally, YONAKA’s first EP arrived on Friday, and […]

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The Dears – Live at Oslo Hackney, London (photo essay)

The Dears – Live at Oslo Hackney, London (photo essay)

The Dears The Dears delighted their UK-based fans on Saturday night with 90 minutes of nothing but music. With barely a break for Murray Lightburn to let the band know he was ready for the next song, the Montreal duo had the packed-out London venue dancing and singing along to their packed out setlist. Opening with “Take It to the […]

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Mauno – The Islington, London (photo review)

Mauno – The Islington, London (photo review)

A bomb scare didn’t stop Mauno making an appearance in London’s Islington. I’m glad they braved the cordons. So I continue my tour of small venues in London. This time it was The Islington Pub, which, as you may have guessed, is another pre-war, red-brick pub with a trendy bar and a small music venue off to one side. The […]

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Shelita Burke takes a midnight “Drive” on her sultry new single (premiere)

Shelita Burke takes a midnight “Drive” on her sultry new single (premiere)

Special. That’s the title of Shelita Burke‘s forthcoming debut EP, which finally comes in less than two weeks. To date, the DIY, globetrotting singer-songwriter has shared three songs, and each one has been different. Some readers may already be familiar with each single, but it’s worth running through them one more time. The first was “Penetrate”, which was released earlier […]

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Barns Courtney – LP release gig – Dingwall’s, London (photo review)

Barns Courtney – LP release gig – Dingwall’s, London (photo review)

Barns Courtney released his new LP today and celebrated by playing an intimate gig to a room full of adoring fans. Dingwall’s is a basement space in a red brick warehouse in the heart of Camden Market in London. While I was waiting for the support band, a 19-year old actor asked me about my camera and what I’d recommend. […]

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Alaskalaska

Alaskalaska – Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London (photo review)

Another day, another trip to London’s East End. This time for the launch party for Alaskalaska’s new EP. Bethnal Green is part of London that still feels a bit edgy, despite the encroaching hipster wine bars and craft beer pubs. The Working Men’s Club looks like it probably did in the 1960s with pine-paneled walls, a downstairs bar that sports […]

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First Impressions: Wolf Alice – ‘Visions of a Life’ (album review)

First Impressions: Wolf Alice – ‘Visions of a Life’ (album review)

In 2015, Wolf Alice were the year’s buzziest and fastest-rising band. They went from UK indie darlings to global stars in the blink of an eye, propelled by their debut album, My Love Is Cool. That LP populated dozens of “Best of” and “Favorite” lists, including our own. It was fierce and edgy, but it also surprised with unexpected pop […]

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Bite the Buffalo

Bite the Buffalo ‘Big Blind’ LP gig – Cargo, London (photo review)

Back in London’s Shoreditch. This time to Cargo for the LP launch event for Bite the Buffalo’s, Big Blind. Cargo is a venue set in three Victorian red brick railway arches. Previously a train workshop, the ghosts of its engineers still inhabit the vaulted halls, as does an actual stuffed lion in one of the bars. Tonight Bite the Buffalo […]

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Swimming Tapes & Softer Still – The Lexington, London (photo review)

Swimming Tapes & Softer Still – The Lexington, London (photo review)

Two bands, gently pressed from the same mold, provided an evening of accessible indie/dream pop in the heart of Shoreditch. I seem to be spending more and more time in the trendy East End of London. The Lexington is another of those Victorian pubs with an expanse of craft beers on offer downstairs and a snug venue on the upper […]

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