Emma Ormiston

Review: Harry Styles’ Debut Single, Sign Of The Times

Review: Harry Styles’ Debut Single, Sign Of The Times

After much anticipation and an epic build up, Harry Styles has (finally!) released his debut single Sign Of The Times much to the delight of millions of teenage girls and this 21-year-old female. Harry Styles, if you haven’t heard of him, is most famous for his stint in the mega-boyband that is One Direction that […]

 Lauren Gosling

Review: Coasts – You

Review: Coasts – You

Following great success with their third single ‘Oceans’ back in 2014 and a positive start to their current UK tour, Coasts returned last week with the release of their brand new single ‘You’ exclusively to Spotify and live on BBC Radio 1 with Huw Stephens. Currently embarking on their first headline UK Tour, the band consisting of […]

 Lauren Gosling

Review-The 1975 ‘Love Me’

Review-The 1975 ‘Love Me’

  Two years after their debut self titled album ‘The 1975’ and following months of speculation about the bands future, The 1975 returned to the scene in style, on Thursday evening, with the anticipated release of the brand new single ‘Love Me’ live on BBC Radio 1 with Annie Mac . Speculation about the bands […]

 Paul Barclay

Review: Lifehouse Out Of The Wasteland

14 years on from the debut album No Name Face, which spawned their biggest hit Hanging By A Moment, Lifehouse are back with their new album Out Of The Wasteland. This is the seventh album of their career and their first since leaving their previous label Geffen. Previous album Almeria had a very mixed response […]

 Tor Bainbridge

Interview: Plecdrum.Inc “That’s what we want everyone to know, we don’t hold back”

Interview: Plecdrum.Inc “That’s what we want everyone to know, we don’t hold back”

Mark Tyers interviews one of the North East’s most original, up-and-coming acts ahead of their May 29 headline gig at Independent, Sunderland– Plecdrum.Inc are an unsigned 5-piece band which stand-out thanks to an ambitious coupling of searingly-honest song-writing with a visceral blend of hip-hop, rock, dub-step and drum-n-bass. It’s midday and muted sunshine is beaming into […]

 sophieheward

Young Rebel Set: “We wouldn’t release music for music’s sake. It’s got to be right.”

Young Rebel Set: “We wouldn’t release music for music’s sake. It’s got to be right.”

Stockton-on-Tees favourites Young Rebel Set have been off the scene for a little while, but last week they were back doing what they do best with a headline show at Think Tank. The last time the band played in the North East was back in December and despite doing little preparation, their return brought an impressive […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Ken Masters sets the bar with bars about bars inside a bar…

Ken Masters sets the bar with bars about bars inside a bar…

In the latest release from Ken Masters, the Geordie MC spits bars about bars, with a music video shot inside a bar – and in doing so, sets the bar for releases this year. Using the polysemous term “bar”‘ as a centre point for his newest release, Master’s constructs a series of (rap) bars which exhibit […]

 Rebecca Leighton-Cox

"The long break has done us good" – The Castells release new tracks

"The long break has done us good" – The Castells release new tracks

After not releasing any new material for two years, The Castells are back with two new tracks for 2015. The new tracks, Shake The Reins and Caught Up On The Tracks, were recorded by Ousburne Valley’s Blank Studios. On January 6 The Castells declared that they were back, as they supported Hazels at THINK TANK? […]

 Christabel Howdon-Bancroft

Review: Little Comets at Pop Recs

Review: Little Comets at Pop Recs

Little Comets performed a small gig at Pop Recs in Sunderland on Tuesday (February 17), to promote their new album Hope Is Just a State of Mind. This is Little Comet’s third album and is a combination of new songs and songs previously released on their EP, The Gentle EP, which is available to buy […]

 Steph Chungu

Interview: Canadian duo Moon King

Interview: Canadian duo Moon King

Canadian music is up and coming in 2015, with bands like Alvvays breaking through with a fresh indie sound, but an act in this category that’s particularly intriguing is new duo Moon King. Moon King weave dreamlike harmonies over buzz-saw guitars and electronic percussion, with their live performances capturing a raw-nerve intensity that verges on […]