Walking from a jail cell into the atmosphere of screaming fans at Leeds' First Direct Arena, J. Cole takes to the stage as if he's out to promote the new series of Orange is the New Black. However, he's here to share the trials and tribulations of growing up as a black man in North… Continue reading J. Cole @ Leeds’ First Direct Arena – 22/10/17.
Yorkshire's answer to Russell Brand; political and quick with the wit. The only addition is that ExP possesses the ability to rap. ExP (Ben Goodwin) takes to the stage for one of his first solo gigs; crowd involvement fills the gap usually occupied by Flame Griller's JND and Addverse. And adding beats, backing vocals, and… Continue reading Flame Griller’s ExP (Eggs Pea) @ Vinyl Tap Records, Huddersfield.
So, it has been a month since the release of the video for Loyalty. And the questions left spinning around your brain after viewing it seem never-ending. You're left with mixed-emotions; one part of you is certain it's the best thing you have ever witnessed, a cinematic masterpiece. The second is trying to decode the… Continue reading Kendrick Lamar ft. Rihanna – Loyalty Video Analysis.
Ghouls' Run crosses boundaries, and offers everything the five piece have.The album starts with a gritty jam that spills the truth of everyday life; exploring topics of mental health and its consequences in Seasonal Affective. Perhaps the catchiest hook in pop-punk so far, "Maybe you'll get better, improve with the weather..." captures the often naive… Continue reading Ghouls – Run.
Another level of my soul has been opened, and I will not let this masterpiece go under the radar. Opening like a blockbuster superhero movie, Flatbush ZOMBiES - Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Erick Arc Elliott - are introduced to the world. Their mission? To deliver real rap music. The first song off of their highly underrated, and… Continue reading Flatbush ZOMBiES – 3001: A Laced Odyssey.
The Deaf Institute is essentially a matchbox decorated in your grandma's wallpaper. Industrial fixtures run throughout, and there is an odd red curtain here and there. The venue alike dangles a giant disco ball from its shaky infrastructure. A mounted on the wall behind the bar is a variety of speakers. Bodies dot themselves around… Continue reading Knuckle Puck & Wallflower @ The Deaf Institute, Manchester – 11/06/2017.
In a Big Brother fashion, Katy Perry live-streamed 96 hours of her life from the 9th of June to the 12th to promote her new album. Perry states that this was done in order to showcase to the world that she is human, just like us. In a touching segment of the stream, Perry takes… Continue reading Album Review: Katy Perry – Witness.
It's been 10 days since Slam Dunk Festival hit the north and the buzz is just wearing off. So, now's a perfect time to reminisce on what went down. Neck Deep took on the challenge of closing the Monster Energy Stage, and started off with a nostalgic throwback that had the crowd singing in unity… Continue reading Slam Dunk Festival 2017 – Neck Deep.
Frank Iero is keeping the spirit of My Chemical Romance alive. Alongside this, he offers something new that translates perfectly to a live atmosphere. Songs of sorrow tinged with a moody optimism produce a place for connections to blossom. And the whirlpool of crowdsurfing fans, arm-flingers, and lyric bellowing supporters reflect this. There's nothing flashy… Continue reading Slam Dunk Festival 2017 – Frank Iero and The Patience.
Ben Marwood takes to the floor wearing an AJJ shirt , "It is an honour and a pleasure to close this stage." Marwood is selfless, humble, and polite. And he’s out to make sure that everybody is having a good time. Sticking to his roots has earned Marwood a close and loving community of fans,… Continue reading Ben Marwood @ OneFest & Frank Turner’s Lost Evenings – 15/05/17.