Category Archives: Rock

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An Interview With: Banshee – Taking Life Off Standby


“We lived a dream for a few months, but I’ve said it before, playing Download Festival was the best-worst thing that ever happened to us.”

There aren’t many unsigned bands who are given the opportunity to play one of the UK’s biggest music festivals, but for Greenock four-piece Banshee, formerly known as Life on Standby, it was a turning point in the group’s life cycle.

In 2015, the quartet blazed a trail through the Red Bull Live at Download competition to rub shoulders with some of the world’s biggest artists, an invaluable experience for any young band, but also one that left them at a crossroads.

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Live: The Smyths @ O2 Islington 07/01/2017


THE Smyths, a world famous Smiths cover band who have performed at the likes of Glastonbury, provide a rocking performance at the O2 in Islington, making sure the Smiths will never fade away. I’ve never been a huge a fan of The Smiths but nor have I ever really given them a proper listen, but after witnessing the energy and atmosphere that world renowned Smiths cover band The Smyths, I’ve been converted.  Continue reading Live: The Smyths @ O2 Islington 07/01/2017

An Interview With: The Northern – Making garage rock cool again


HEAD to toe in grayscale uniform like a sleek, modern take on ‘50s teddy boys, Glasgow rockers The Northern like to keep things simple, clean and high octane.

As I scrambled down a pothole-laden gravel path to meet them at their rehearsal space, just outside of Glasgow, everything about the place personified what the East Kilbride band portray. Dark, dingy and dirty, on the banks of the White Cart Water in the middle of an industrial estate is where the gutsy, riff-led sound of The Northern is cultivated.

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