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The Lids - I'm So Bleak (Track Review + Interview)

The Lids are a 3 piece band based out of Leicester, leading a charge to destroy indie music and all of your pre conceptions surrounding it. Their previous single "Delectable" is one of the best underground rock anthems I've ever heard, perfectly catchy in its own right. But not only this, on the one opportunity I've had to see them live they commanded the stage, filled the room and made it shake. It's safe to say they are one of the most exciting new bands out there.

And here is their new single "I'm So Bleak" a perfect representation of everything that makes The Lids so engaging and exciting. The lyrics are perfectly relateable and the tune is the complete opposite, an over-joyous occasion, the difference between this song compared to their previous ones as well it just how polished and clean it is - this does take away from the rawness of their sound a little but but ultimately I think they're better off for it.


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Bernhoft & The Fashion Bruises - Humanoid (Album Review)

Norwegian R&B singer-songwriter super talent Jarle Bernhoft is back with his fourth album, this time with The Fashion Bruises to provide their capabilities as the band around him. The grammy nominated singer has always had a knack for creating the kind of music that you sit and listen to and it just puts you in a great mood - this album is no exception.

Taking all of the best elements of an R&B album Bernhoft then creates an album that is infused with pop melodies and choruses so catchy you'll wonder how the grammys have ever escaped him. And those choruses are what makes the album that much sweeter raising it from a run-of-the-mill album into one that really showcases talent and expertise.


The album is centered around reconnecting humanity and learning to reconnect with ourselves and the people around us. This topic is a tough one because people don't like to be preached to, especially in ways that completely deters them from their current life - Jarle stays away fro…

PMMR's Corner: The Bag of CD's...

As I suggested in an earlier post I was watching a bag of 93 CDs on Gumtree which was £20. I collected them today…

I find it hard to accept sometimes that these little silver marvels of modern technology are now classed as a throw away item, especially after seeing them revolutionise music back in the 80’s and how they effectively ‘killed’ vinyl before its astonishing return of the last couple of years. The 16-year-old version of me with my Sentra music system would have killed to get his hands on a big bag of CD’s for £20! So, to the point, did this gamble pay off?

Let’s look at the split.

There was, as predicted, a lot of rubbish in here with a fair share of Now music and similar which is going straight to the charity shop along with some Vandross and similar which I have no interest in. However, there is a selection of fine music that is worth a listen, in fact whist typing this I am listening to a very fine album by The Twang called’ Love it when I feel like this’ n ever heard thi…

Slaves - Acts of Fear and Love (Album Review)

Did you know that 65% of UK homes contain at least one magnolia wall? I bet you didn't.

Slaves return with their third album, their last record "Take Control" is a self-confessed misfire - but I was a big fan of that album, it was a little bit heavier than their previous effort and yet I felt that it was more self-controlled and I felt that it was more "Slaves-y". I can understand Isaac and Laurie's concerns with that album though because in their own words it felt "Like a mixtape" because they just threw everything they'd made on it. Hence why "Acts of Fear and Love" sits at just 9 tracks refined to the extreme.

The first single from the album, "Cut and Run", is going to be a future cult classic and it's already a fan favourite with thanks to the dance. Not only this but I feel like no one ever acknowledges the recorder in the chorus - completely and utterly out of tune and yet horrendously loveable. The album opens w…

Introducing... Ted Russet

Artists like Ted Russet don't come along very often, a rare breed of singer-songwriters who utilise every inch of their own talent without the interruption of outside forces. We saw this years ago with Ed Sheeran and now he's selling out stadiums - people love a natural talent. Ted has only released two songs so far, and yet you can have hours of fun with them, both joyous occasions in their own right with "Crazy Perfect" forming an open love letter to Ted's girlfriend after a night out and "Gold Dust" becoming an empowering anthem that can lift anyone out of their current blues. Find out what Ted had to say about his music below...

Question. Hi Ted, what are the thoughts and feelings behind latest single 'Crazy Perfect'?
Ted Russet: I really enjoyed the process behind writing and recording Crazy Perfect as it is about my incredible girlfriend. As cheesy as this may sound I don't often write love songs but I finally bit the bullet and try to …

The Sunset Beach Hut - Upside-Down (Track Review)

I've come to be a big fan of The Sunset Beach Hut since their debut single release in february. They've already shown that they can produce a wide spectrum of music. This new single is further proof of that, and whilst those debut singles were rougher around the edges, this one is so polished and so well made that it feels as though they've gone to amateur to pro in about 6 months. When you see a band come a long this far in such a short space it is a stark representation of how immensely talented they are.

Upside-Down opens with a driving bassline - reminiscent of gargantuan indie legends The Smiths before a guitar opens with a sound so catchy it will rattle around your head for days. And then Aphra's vocals kick in and this is the strongest she's sounded yet, she takes over the track entirely and drives the song a long very well. She really exemplifies the strength of her voice throughout this as well. As a side note - I love the single cover of this track as we…

Our Girl - Stranger Today (Album Review)

Our Girl are a three piece from Brighton in the UK. A band that caught my eye when I saw them supporting Marika Hackman and I was sure I recognised the singer... Of course I did it's Soph Nathan from The Big Moon! How Soph manages to sort her schedule out is beyond my logistical thinking - and to refer to Our Girl as a side project would be misrepresenting their hunger, drive and sheer talent. But where Our Girl really shines for me is Josh Tyler's bass work - it's absolutely sublime and I find it very hard to even look past it on this album because it entices me with every listen.

But once you break out of the grasp you have Lauren Wilson's drumming to contend with which drives the songs along at such a pace that you never have time to stop and look around. And then there's the layers and layers of guitars - it hurts to think of how long has been spent ensuring that this album is sonically so perfect.


The album opens with their self-titled tune "Our Girl&quo…

PMMR's Corner: CD Is The Future?

What a strange reaction to a seemingly innocent post.

I tweeted that I was really enjoying CDs at the moment and the ease of use compared to vinyl. I don’t think this is a revolutionary statement, but I touched a nerve with the vinyl obsessives.

Before I delve further, let me explain my situation. I mainly work from my man cave that provides me with a good place to write, read, store stuff or just look into space. Whilst I am in there I listen to music. Now as you would imagine the internet reception is a touch iffy as its at the bottom of my garden and the router is at the front of the house. Contrary to BT’s outrageous claims and terrible adverts the internet is a bit patchy, and often non-existent. So, to stream music I must use my phone and its lovely 4G. This works well but I burn through my data allocation quickly; so its either boom or bust there as well. This leaves my superb music system and stack of vinyl and CDs. I tend to ignore the radio because I am sick to death of the…

Unpopular Opinions: Musicals Have The BEST Music?!

I think it's way too premature to start banding around they are one of the greats. For example, with the amount of time and music that he's been around for it would have more substance to claim that Arctic Monkeys are one of the greatest of all time - which you can't really state until they've either disbanded or been around long enough to see the change their music caused. I'm personally a fan of Joey Bada$$ but to state that he's a goat at this stage of his career is ridiculous.


I challenge you on these 4 singles, because I refuse to believe that much good music ever came from Maroon 5. I will concede that "She Will Be Loved" was a banger in its day and "Moves Like Jagger" was a big song in its day. But the only song of theirs that I've ever actually liked is "Sugar" other than that it's just forgettable bubblegum pop.


Whilst Kanye is my favourite artist of all time I do find it ridiculous that people say things like thi…

Unpopular Opinions: Bohemian Rhapsody is TERRIBLE?!

Obviously this is a complete rip off of TheNeedleDrop's "Let's Argue" series, to the extent where I'm actually using the tweets replied to his post. HOWEVER! In my defence I've tried to pick ones that he's never used in his series. Just because I think it's so important to have these discussions around music and to debate each other regarding what we love and hate. It keeps music alive and ticking on a very basic level. So without further ado let's take a look at some unpopular opinions...


I genuinely find it so hard to argue with this point, a lot of that is to do with the fact that I actually don't like Queen but 'Bo Rap' grates me on a whole other level. I can't stand it. Personally I give Queen quite a hard time but I do quite like "Brighton Rock" thanks to Baby Driver. But everytime I listen to Queen I just can't understand the appeal - I wish I could but when I hear songs like "We Will Rock You" and &…

Introducing...The Sunset Beach Hut

The Sunset Beach Hut are a band that I recently discovered whilst trawling through music from the Birmingham scene that is raging with eternal fire at the moment. This band stood out to me because the wide variety of genres and influences that clearly inhabit their music. Their single "Comfort" is one of my favourites to be released this year and has been on repeat on my Spotify ever since. They're constantly touring at the moment, grinding away and trying to carve their way into the big time, and carry on like this and they will...
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Question. What made you 3 want to start making music?
Matty: Ben and I started playing music together as soon as we became friends, it’s always been something that came naturally to us. We started jamming together and ended up writing some tr…