Author: John W. King

The Woodentops + The New Chapter @ Live Rooms, Chester – Review

I haven’t been to Chester for a gig in about a decade, and tonight was the first time I’ve been to The Live Rooms. It’s located literally 2 minutes walk from the train station – which is useful when you’ve got to catch the train back to Liverpool after the gig.  The 11pm train gets into Lime St at 11:45, but the next train, the 11:22pm gets in about 3am! I got down there for doors opening, and the bands were still sound-checking so I thought I’d get myself a pint.  It’s a really decent venue. First up were...

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Kælan Mikla (Icelandic DarkWave) coming to Studio 2 Liverpool

Fans of Darkwave may be interested to know that Icelandic Synth-punk / darkwave band Kælan Mikla are coming to Studio 2, Parr St, Liverpool next Wednesday, 13th November 2019. If you haven’t heard of them yet, just check out this absolute stormer of a tune: and if that’s not enough to tempt you, there is support from Body of Light: Double Echo: and Rongorongo Event details here and tickets...

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Hands Off Gretel – London & Barnsley 2019 shows

If you haven’t seen Hands Off Gretel live yet, you really should!  They put on a phenomenal show.  And if you have seen them before, then you don’t need me to tell you how good they are. Though the year is drawing to a close, there are still a couple of chances to catch them live before the end of the year. They play at the wonderful Nambucca on Holloway Rd, London on Saturday 23rd November, supported by Mummy & Midwich Cuckoos + a 90s DJ after party  Click the link for more info. Advance tickets just £7 plus...

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The Woodentops to play Chester’s Live Rooms next week

The Woodentops are a national treasure. Propelled into the arena by John Peel in the early 1980’s and furthered by Rough Trade they produced a slew of high energy singles that leapt out of the radio. One of the stand out albums of the period, Giant, led to one of the best live Lp’s of all time ‘Hypnobeat Live’. A cut from this album ‘Why Why Why is the principle crossover anthem of the second summer of love that brought the club movement of the late eighties. David Bowie, a big fan of the band booked them to support,...

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The Make it All Show – Skating Polly – Album Review

Title: The Make it All Show Artist: Skating Polly Label: El Camino Media Release Date: 11th May 2018 It’s very rare than I write album reivews, indeed I believe the “about” page of this blog specifically says I don’t.  There doesn’t seem a lot of point in an age where people can go on to spotify and listen to the album for themselves and make up their own mind about it.  There isn’t a lot I can add.  All I can do is say “hey this is a great artist, go and check them out”. Ocassionally I may make...

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