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Steph Powell

Whats On...: What’s happening in Southampton plus your chance to WIN 2 tickets for Twin Atlantic courtesy of Joiners Live.

Managing Editor Head of Interactive Media

@wafflemag Jenny Gates

Venice Ahoy: Ollie caught up with Southampton boys, VA to see what they’d been upto since their appearance at the EjectorSeat Arts Festival last year.

Creative Director Head of Web

EjectorSeat Festival 2011: Waffle looks forward to this years free community festival that promises to be bigger and better than last year’s spectacle.

James Cockburn Reviews Editor

Reviews: The latest reviews reviewed by us, for you - includes local artists Cardinals, Apollo’s Arrows and Boxer.

Ollie Brown Copy Editor

Letter from the Editor Hey all. So this is it. Our shiny, brandspanking new magazine; a gift for you from us all about the beautiful south. That’s the coastal region and not the band. In our debut edition expect interviews with local stars in our spotlight feature, reviews and a bit of fun from Ollie, our copy editor. Look out for the QR codes to unlock extra online content including competitions. Bear with us, we’re still rough around the edges. Steph

Contact Us: Reviews: review.waffle@gmail.com Website: www.wafflemagazine.co.uk Blog: wafflemagazine.tumblr.com Fun Stuff: youtube.com/wafflemagazine

For more listings visit the Waffle Blog. TWIN ATLANTIC | 12 MAY 2011 The Joiners SP Glaswegian rockers, Twin Atlantic, are back at the Joiners in May following last year’s explosive show. Whilst previously touring as support for the likes of fellow Scots, Biffy Clyro and American rockers The Gaslight Anthem, Twin Atlantic have refined their more recognisable melodic sound, establishing themselves as a mature, notable rock outfit despite only having been making music together for a modest 4 years. First album release, ‘Edit Me’ is full of characteristic screaming, relentless guitars and Sam McTrusty’s urgent style of vocal deliver to make this a fun song, in a rocker’s sort of way. With it’s big chorus, it definitely sounds like the kind of song that could reverberate around venues as punters sing passionately along. On the whole it sounds like an exciting tour, for both fans and the band; as Sam McTrusty promises new songs that define the bands new direction, he adds ‘we can’t wait to let people hear what we have been working on.’ The tour coincides with the release of the band’s full debut album ‘Free’, released on May 2. For tickets visit www.joinerslive.co.uk or win below!

Smash West-End Musical We Will Rock You begins its residency at Mayflower Theatre from Wed 20 Apr - Sat 28 May 2011. Any Queen fans, come along. Tickets from : www.mayflower.org.uk

Scream 4, the last installment of the horror series and the film series that made ‘Monica’ is in our cinemas on the 15 April Sidney Prescott is on the final leg of her book tour. But now Sidney is back, Ghostface decides it’s time to put in another appearance. Everyone in Woodsboro is about to scream once again.

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Ever find yourself pre-drinking or at house party with a carpet mouth from beer? Does the taste of excessive vodka red bulls make you feel sick after a while? Maybe you just aspire to drink something a little different for a change. Well look no further. Here’s a few cheap and easy ideas to make drinking more fun. The majority of these cocktails have ingredients easy to pick up in a supermarket at a reasonable price so you’re not breaking the bank. | Words: Ollie Brown

With a choice of over 30 nightclubs and endless pubs in and around the city centre, Southampton has a lot of clubs to offer. But everyone wants something different from a night out. Some want cheap drinks, some want certain types of music, some want a certain atmosphere and some people want to grab as many numbers as possible. The question is which ones are suitable for you? Here’s a slice of what the city’s nightlife has to offer with a good variety of clubs to get you started. | Words: Ollie Brown

Jesters (Monday night)

Vodka shot and a gherkin

Peaches and Cream

Sound strange? Arguably not the easiest thing to stomach but it’s the healthiest way to have vodka. Constant fizzy mixers such as coke or red bull not only contain excessive sugar but a lot of caffeine which will normally contribute to dehydration and your beauty of a hangover the next morning. The gherkin not only instantly takes the burn of the vodka away but the salt helps the body retain water. This keeps you hydrated meaning a potential hangover cure!

Just like drinking dessert. You’ll need a bottle of peach schnapps, single cream and milk. All bargains in your local supermarket. Stick in the blender with lots of ice and serve in a wine glass, cocktail glass or a mug if you’re not bothered. If you’re feeling really fancy then peel a peach and add slices to the glass edge accordingly.

Black Magic

This beauty is a tasty alcoholic smoothie with two of your five a day. You’ll need half a measure of dark rum, two measures of advocaat (the weird custard looking alcohol that only appears during Christmas), 2 measure of orange juice, half a banana and lots of ice. Stick everything minus the banana in the blender and poor in a tall glass. Stick the banana on top and there it is. Recommended that you don’t drink these all night.

This short cocktail has a great unique flavour and is cheap to make. All you need is one and a half measures of vodka and Tia Maria (or a cheaper coffee liquor if you’re hard up) and a dash of lemon in a short glass. Red Gin and Black Hawk Two very similar recipes here, both involving two measures of cherry liqueur. To make a Red Gin add two measures of gin. To make a Black Hawk add two measures of whiskey. Be warned this is a vicious combination!

Beach Blonde

Irish Car Bomb A short glass of Guinness, with a shot of Baileys and Irish cream liquor. Think of a thick, foul tasting jager bomb. Everyone I know hates them but you might like them. I doubt it though.

How does 50p a pint grab you? Thought so. Ten drinks for a fiver sounds almost illegal but it’s true. However the place is arguably the dirtiest, grimiest club in the city. The floors are sticky, walls damp and the toilets are less hygienic then some Victorian relics. Some say it’s all part of the Jester’s experience though, depending on your outlook. The dance floor is relatively big and despite the cheap prices it’s relatively easy to get a drink at the bar. The beer itself isn’t great quality and there’s a five pound entry fee. You will however make it up very quickly on the ridiculous drink prices. Reflex Everyone’s favourite place for a bit of 80’s cheese. On Tuesday’s the Flex is generally the last or second to last stop in Bedford place. Only a few bob to get in and most drinks cost the same. Equipped with a light up dance floor, a dancing pole on a podium and a free cash machine inside it’s a haven for good clean fun. Turn up early because the queue can get pretty chunky near the end of the night and bouncers are very strict with the drink on the dance floor rule. The Dungeon (Wednesday nights) If your looking for your money to stretch then look no further. Located in Beavois Valley, The dungeon is an alternative style club with a general alternative crowd. However if you’re not a fan of metal or band t shirts don’t be alarmed. Wednesday night is generally random and cheese music and a real student hot spot for all kinds. With a four pound entry

after ten and double vodka mixers for a pound (yes doubles for a pound!) you don’t need to break the bank. If you’re expecting luxury, lavish style decoration and facilities however, you will be mistaken. The toilets are something to be desired and the dance floor gets sticky. For smokers the area is huge with picnic style tables and sheltered benches. Vodka revolutions Be warned: money is a necessity within this club. Revolutions is a restaurant by day and club by night with a cocktail theme and an emphasis on vodka and quality alcohol. Despite entry being free the drinks are expensive with doubles hitting as much as a fiver each and cocktails even more so. The club has two floors and on Saturday nights is separated with old school songs downstairs and dance mash-ups upstairs. The smoking area is located outside the entrance with patio warmers making it that little more comfortable to go outside. Kaos Are you a student with a light wallet? Then look no further. Kaos is arguably one of the continually cheapest nights in Southampton. The catch? You need to be a university student or a plus one. Free entry every night and drink prices remain the same price regardless of the day. Drinks start at just over a pound and you can even buy cans of beer at the cloak room. There’s no toilet attending, no dress code and very little standards in this place. The best thing for your wallet For more nights out visit our blog:


WM: Have you had any great shows?

Interview Ollie Brown | Words: Steph Powell WM: So the last time we saw you guys probably the EjectorSeat Arts Festival last year. That looked like a fun day! How was that for you? Josh: It was great. We got to work with the Oasis Support Academy; they did a lot of the backing vocals for us, which was pretty cool. It’s a free event so we got a mixed audience and got compliments from people you wouldn’t normally expect to enjoy our music. Oh and I climbed the speaker rack, that was probably a personal highlight! WM: You’ve since disappeared from the scene for a while. Been upto anything interesting? J: I think we’ve been the busiest we’ve probably ever been. We’ve had line-up changes, sat about for a year, and just been writing songs. We’ve had the chance to work Jim Abbiss, who’s produced for the Arctic Monkeys and Bombay Bicycle Club. Working for 2 weeks back in April to finish two singles. Then we’ll get back out on tour. WM: Any Gigs lined up? J: We’re just perfecting the art, so we’re just doing a few select shows at the moment. Then we’re going to get on tour with a bigger band. WM: You’ve had the debut EP out for a while now. You mentioned the new recordings, where did you do that? J: Chapel studio in Lincolnshire. It’s like and half hours away, middle of nowhere. There’s a pub so we hung out with a man and his dog. It’s really good to escape away from things, we had no phone signal so we weren’t being bothered.

WM: That would be good – no distractions?! J: No, we started about midday and worked for about 12 hours midday. We got a lie-in and then just worked really hard! WM: When can we expect a release? Chris: Should have a song up in a couple of weeks, with a video! WM: Is that coming through a local label, oronline/ iTunes? C: We’ll probably have a probably single in a couple of month’s time. WM: Sounds good. Keeping you pretty busy? J: We’ve been pretty bored at the moment where we’re waiting for the mixes to come back so we’ve made our own videos (Suspi-

cious giggling from Chris!)

We got a pretty decent little Canon and we’ve made videos to become YouTube superstars as well as chart superstars. WM: Isn’t everyone these days?! J: Hahaha! Yeah! WM: So spill the beans. What’s the worst gig you played, any that just didn’t go to plan? J: I think any band has a terrible gig but you have to look on the bright side. There’s going to be two people who turn up and love it, but um, probably Lennon’s? Ian: We played Lennon’s to one person before. C: She was a good ‘one’ though.

Josh: I think Ejector Seat has to be one of mine. I enjoyed Ejector, it was a whole different experience for me because it was outside. Chris: and during the day! Josh: Yeah it was weird, as soon as we went off it went dark for Science of Eight Limbs. Any Birmingham shows although they always have ‘technical difficulties’. The people come out for the music regardless of who’s playing. WM: Who has the worst habits in the group? Josh: Ian’s the oldest and it shows. Ian: Yeah I’m a grandad. A proper grumpy old man. They put up with my moaning Chris: I’m the untidiest for sure. Josh: Yeah we all know each other’s flaws so we just get on with it. We moan and deal with it. WM: No onstage fall outs, storm outs? Nothing rock n roll? Josh: Oh yeah that happens everytime. That’s just normal now. No, I think if you can criticise yourself and each other than that’s how you right a good song. Chris: If we don’t like someone else’s part then we’ll tell them! Josh: We’re three boys, three chancers, and all three of us just want to make the best songs we possibly can do and if one of us is saying that isn’t right then it’s for a reason and I think we can take that into consideration because we want to make the best songs we can.

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At a time when Summer is a bankrupting time for festival goers, it’s frustrating to have to say no because of finances. Thankfully in the midst of all these monstrous events there is the Ejector Seats Arts Festival. Set up seven years ago, the festival is held in Palmerston Park Southampton annually and features a variety of local talent. There is also various scatterings of warm up shows around the City Centre including the Bargate tower.

Words: Ollie Brown

ers and Artists! t f a r C l ll loca a g n i l l a C

Held on the 4th June anyone can pop along to the park to check out the 30 plus music acts set to perform with various orchestras. There will also be a film tent with local company Citeye, a local gallery exhibition. Additionally you’ll be able to catch live illustrations, arts and crafts and a spoken word tent featuring comedy and poetry. So there’s plenty of events to get your teeth sunk into.

Antiquing

Empty egg shell

Potentially the oldest, most famous and simple prank that can be done anytime, anywhere and anyplace. The fundamental idea consists of throwing flour in someone’s face but the possibilities are endless. Traditionally they have to be asleep but there’s never a bad moment to earn a cheap laugh. Just out of the shower is particularly brutal. Once again a night out is always perfectly timed or of course a drunken sleeping casualty. Adding eggs to the mixture as a variation known as caking and tenfold as devastating. Black tar and feathers is the most extreme. However if you are this heartless I would suggest using treacle or golden syrup considering the health consequences.

All you need is a couple of eggs, a needle and access to water. Put a pin into the egg and make a hole in the egg. You’re now going to have to suck out the contents of the egg without breaking the shell or making too obvious a hole. It’s an acquired taste but hey, Rocky drinks them. Now wash out the inside of the egg shell and leave some water in. Now show the victim the eggs and crack it over their head. Watch them panic as they feel the ‘egg’ oozing down their hair.

Re-decorating If your housemate is out for the day or maybe even a few you could treat them to your refurbishment skills. Perhaps tin foiling or clingfilming everything they own? A bit of improvised Feng Shui is always appreciated by reversing all the furniture and items they own, or even turning everything upside down. The possibilities are endless just use your imagination.

Last year’s festival saw bands like Science Of Eight Limbs and Venice Ahoy giving stella performances. See the Venice Ahoy interview for their impression of the overall festival. Co-founder Mac Ince’s ambition is to slowly build the reputation and establishment of the festival year after year and it would be fair to say he’s succeeding. The beauty of Ejector Seat is that it’s all free and run by volunteers. The idea is to give something back to the community, raise awareness of local talents and share the creativity and arts that Southampton has to offer.

Does someone need knocking down a peg or too? Maybe you were pranked recently and lacking inspiration? Perhaps you just fancy having a laugh at someone’s expense. Pranking is a fantastic way of killing two birds with one stone: revenge and hilarity. Here’s a combination of classics, simple ideas, and those for the more ambitious. Words: Ollie Brown

For videos from last years EjectorSear Arts Festival visit here:

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Beer Balancer

Attack of the Gnomes

Best performed in a pub with a gullible friend or even better, a show off. Even better with a large group of friends all in on the joke. Bet someone they can’t balance two pints on the back of their hands. Give them a bit of help with and as soon as they’re up and running, everyone leave the premises. This one is even funnier if they pay for the drinks themselves. Despite this being as old as pubs are, its still one of the best.

One of the more surreal pranks and a tried and tested plan by yours truly. Buy a load of cheap, tacky garden gnomes. When I say a load you’ll need twenty plus for it to have any effect. The choice is yours whether you place all these gnomes in the victim’s front or back garden and then wait for their reaction. Make sure they’re out long enough for you to set it up and be cautious of over zealous neighbours calling the police.


WAFFLE’s Ollie catches up with probably the most enthusiatic perfomer on the South Coast to appreciate all things electro with FRANKIE MURDOCH of Arp Attack. WM: Last time I saw you play was at Soul Cellar with Laurel Collective early March. Great performance by the way. Before that I saw you play Music in the City last Summer. What were you up to in the mean time? Thanks! I loved that gig. Laurel Collective are so much fun. But yeah..Chris and I moved to Chichester where we have built a small studio which we also use as a rehearsal space. I’ve been busy coving the walls in inspiration ranging from newspaper clippings to pictures of chickens. It seems to have triggered a writing splurge as we haven’t stopped churning out new tracks. It’s great having the ability to record new ideas on the spot. We definitely changed and improved the way we write. We’ve also been up in London a great deal for meetings and showcase gigs. I grew up in the big smoke so it’s nice to have an excuse to spend more time there WM: Being a relatively local band where have been your hot spots for performing in Southampton? The Music in the City gig was pretty special. I’d never been in The Medival Vaults before. The lights, the crazy sound and the stalactites created a pretty special atmosphere. I hope they do more gigs down there this summer. WM: Where’s the worst gig you’ve played? (or at least the least favourite you’re willing to talk about) Umm maybe that night years ago at the Soul Cellar, back when I played acoustic. The strap broke on the second song and my precious Martin fell on to the corner of the monitor splitting the back panel. I was devastated but

had to continue through the 30 min set. Tricky times. It’s now glued back to one piece but I’ll never forget the horror. There maybe some evil going on there as Chris broke his guitar on exactly the same spot at the Laurel Collective gig. Great venue though so no doubt we’ll be back... maybe with some bubble wrap. WM: You’re recording an EP in Dean Street Studios. How is the general process going and what can we expect to hear? It’s amazing! So chuffed to be working in that studio. That place reeks in a history of talent from Pink Floyd to Florence and the machine. As you walk in there is a gold wall where all the artists have signed their names. Seeing The Streets did it for me! But we’re almost finished now. The drums are all down and we’re back in early April to finish off vocals and guitars. Ben Robbins is producing the tracks. It’s great to let some one else take control of recording although we’ve had a few battles with some reworkings of the songs but I’m confident its going to sound epic. The drums already sound massive! WM: When can we expect a release? We’re still in talks with the Record Company and of course it depends on the finish result but we will definitely have something out by the end of the year without a doubt. WM: If you could open or support for any band who would it be? Anyone? I don’t think Chris and Kev would turn down a tour with Muse. I’m pretty into Bat for Lashes so I’d pick them. Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Metric, Battles, and Friendly Fires would all kick it.

WM: Who have you enjoyed playing with most recently and previously? Before we went on at T in the Park I was warming up watching The Gossip. That definitely worked, Beth Ditto is pretty good at getting those juices going. The support slot with Delphic and Two Door Cinema Club was pretty cool. The Joiners was rammed and the crowd well revved up. WM: Any bands you’d recommend at the moment to check out? Kid Adrift are doing pretty big things at the mo. Battles are back on the circuit, I love their new track “Ice Cream”. Oh and I can’t stop listening to

“Rumour in Africa” by Errors. In fact check out our blog Arp Attack recommend *. We put up new and old discoveries pretty often. Most recently “Don’t Falter” ft Lauren Laverne by Mint Royale. Haha its so cheesy but makes me smile everytime, plus it’s pretty funny seeing Lauren sing as a shop assistant. *http://arpattack.wordpress.com/ Arp Attack will be playing at the EjectorSeat Arts Festival on 4th June.


WAFFLE looks at an art legend as the City houses some of his finest work.

Words: Steph Powell Andrew Warhola, known as Andy Warhol was an American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker and a leading figure in the pop art movement. Launching a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Andy Warhol designed advertising campaigns for brands such as Perrier, Absolut Vodka, RCA records and The Beatles. It was during this period that he would produce perhaps his most famous piece in the Campbell’s Soup series of adverts.

DID YOU KNOW.

+ Warhol got offered Absolut for his work but as a nondrinker chose to wear the Swedish Vodka as a perfume instead! + When he died his coffin was covered with white roses and asparagus ferns.

It all started with Etao Shin, their quirky and rather odd sound spilling out at a droning pace. It was what my friends and I decided to dub as a little ‘post progressive’ with their never ending electric melodies. This, however, did not mean they were not enjoyed by all. Their lyrics in particular were something to be loved, ever...y word constructed almost as though the singer was singing a poem. Boxer was next to follow, relatively new off the scene, this band surprise me more than I thought was possible. What could possibly be described as an edgy rock sound with a drop of indie was superbly executed on such a small stage. Their energy filled the entire room, aided by the rip roaring sound of two guitars, a sound deck and an electric bass, all of which the Soul Cellar’s sound system could just about handle. Boxer looks, sounds, and is fantastic.

In 1968, Andy Warhol’s mental state and outlook was affected by an attempt on his life causing him to have a new focus on death in his work. This was portrayed with his affections towards sex icon, Marilyn Monroe. After her death in 1962, Warhol had focused Warhol, 1964 on her in many pieces of artwork, continuing to commemorate her through image and ensure she was not forgotten. Andy Warhol, now immortalised himself in song by David Bowie, had became famous worldwide for his work as a painter, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer, author, and member of highly diverse social circles that included bohemian street people to Hollywood celebrities. His use of screen printing and film had advanced the art techniques of the twentieth century and inspired artists like British filmmaker, Peter Gidal.

Laurel Collective w/ Boxer, Arp Attack and Etao Shin Soul Cellar 2nd March | Jenny Gates

ANDY WARHOL EXHIBITION Southampton City Art Gallery John Hansard Gallery 27th March - 26th June 2011 In Southampton this spring discover the work of Andy Warhol (1928–1987), one of the icons of twentieth century art. Nearly two hundred works will be on show across two of the city’s galleries, as part of the ARTIST ROOMS 2011 national tour. DONATION ENTRY

The first thing that came to mind was, ‘Gosh, there sure are a lot of them, how will they fit on that tiny little stage?’ but somehow Laurel Collective all managed to squeeze on and I’m glad they did because they were good, not absolutely astounding but they were good.

Then along came Arp Attack, bouncing across the stage. This girl really throws herself into her music, her facial expressions and movements make it seem as though she is music personified, that or she is generally just a bit loopy.

It seemed the theme of the night was to bang on a drum in the middle of the stage but Laurel Collective did it in a way that almost made you feel as though you were in the middle of a carnival. Every song was catchy and had the room dancing by the end of the night, not to mention that their harmonies were a darn sight better than Etao Shin’s.

It’s hard to put down in words their sound, but Arp Attack give off this electronica vibe which I could just imagine would get thousands of people dancing at a festival like Glastonbury. If you’re the Glastonbury type, I would definitely say check out this kooky little band.

However, if I had to choose a band from the line up which I would go see again, it would definitely be, Boxer. As entertaining and talented as Laurel Collective, Arp Attack and Etao Shin were, the roar of a few guitars just does it for me. Electro Indie, not so much my thing. For videos of the gig visit Waffle online:


The Strokes | Rough Trade Angles | Steph Powell New York rock outfit, The Strokes are back with their first full-length release since 2006’s First Impressions of the Earth after a difficult five years of fall-outs and creative differences. Angles is a comeback album but also a reunion party for all involved. A re-invention for the band; taking a back seat are the grungey guitar sounds that we became accustomed with and in their place lots of dancey synth and drums, more similar to front-man Julian Casablancas recent solo release, Phrazes for the Young. On first listen, I like many, was doubtful and dubious. Unsure of what I was hearing, I dismissed the whole album as too plain and unimaginative, but I was wrong. As I consumed it again and again, the real gems shone through this mixed bag, exposing Julian & co’s ability to still write great rock songs, perhaps even some of their finest. The album starts with a smooth groove in ‘Machu Picchu’, with a reggae-influenced bass that seizes your inner mover, and a squeaky guitar riff that reassures you that this is The Strokes. Flowing, although perhaps not seamlessly, into ‘Under Cover of Darkness’ we continue the classic Strokes blend of bass and drums combo, accompanied with catchy guitar hook over top. Perhaps the best example of The Strokes new musical direction is on closer, ‘Life is Simple in the Moonlight’. For the first 20 seconds you could be excused you thinking you just stepped in a lift, before Julian’s voice kicks in an uncharacteristically delicate manner. For the first time since Is This It, he sounds a part of the gang rather than the stand-apart leader of it. The track is led through ambient keys, but still builds to a memorable and catchy chorus, reaffirming The Strokes as popular music artists and not an alternative rock act. Their best ever? You wouldn’t want to compare this to breakthrough album Is This It, but some of the music produced here by the band’s is of superlative quality, and highlights their enthusiasm for music again. When Angles is good, it’s stand-alone amazing, but when it’s average, as a fan, you can’t help but judge. It has taken 5 years to come after all. Stand outs: Machu Picchu, Under Cover of Darkness, Life is Simple in the Moonlight Apollo’s Arrows | Flatpack Recordings Young, Romantic Mannequins | James Cockburn After performing together for almost 8 years under a mix of names, Apollo’s Arrows have become quite the popular figure in the Southampton area and other local cities being known for their exhilarating live performances. All culminating in a sold out EP release show at Hamptons on the 22nd January. From the opening track ‘Start at the end’ you immediately realise the journey you are about to endure on this exciting debut. Singer/guitarist Ed Bidgoods vocals mix perfectly with the unique time signature guitar laid throughout the EP, clearly taking many an influence from post-rock bands such as At The Drive In and Biffy Clyro. Songs like ‘Umbrellas to the Sahara’ make it almost impossible to distinguish where the release will go next. “Life sized translation” the final track on the debut brings the EP to a perfect finale with crushing vocals as well as guitar loops and drum fills that will melt your ears.

The Vaccines | Columbia What Did You Expect from The Vaccines? | Ollie Brown What did we expect from the Vaccines? A valid question. If you believed the hype - the new supposed heroes of guitar based music? But really?! For a lot of the album, all I can hear is a Stone Roses/Strokes tribute band with a lousy rhythm section, dodgy vocals and lyrics to match. Of course the songs are catchy; that’s why they sound like the Roses in the first place but it lacks the charm, delivery and design Ian Brown and the crew had with little of the energy you get from The Strokes. All we’re left with is generic sounding guitar chords and riffs and slightly murky, distant production to make it sound more meaningful and ‘oh-this-tune-sums-up-my-summer’ then it actually is. I’ll admit I am being harsh. After all, ‘Wreckin’ Bar manages to muster up some energy on the album but it’s just over a minute and over before it should be. The majority of it is too unoriginal and not done well enough to be forgiven for it. Go down to your local venue and you’ll find a band doing the same style every night of the week. With new albums by The Strokes and Glasvegas doing much more interesting things, I recommend you save your pennies and buy them instead. RADIOHEAD | XL The King of Limbs | Steph Powell Radiohead; a household name, except this time the music is anything but household music. A rock band by every true sense of the word, producing an album that is anything but rock music. In this, their eighth studio album, Radiohead indulge in a mix of electronica and abstract rhythms to produce something that would unite journalists and fans in a frenzy of musical excitement. Technically, the album combines hints of their last record, In Rainbows, as the band utilise their very own distinctive brand of intelligent, complex guitar-based rock with assured maturity and effortless grace and unite it in seamless harmony with similar sounds heard on their 2003 release, Hail To The Thief, as they throw in electronic glitches, jazzy accompaniments and off-beat rhythms with notable ease. Bloom is an atmospheric opener offbeat and understated with stilted, jerky electronic percussion, swirling orchestral ambience over which floats Thom Yorke’s unearthly mumble. Simultaneously acutely weird and inviting, Bloom leaves you wanting and warm with anticipation. Stand-out song, and first single off the album, Lotus Flower, is a beautiful melodic number. The bass hooks elegantly over a gentle drum pattern. Yorke’s singing is light and smooth, almost floating above the rhythm as he entices you in with the promise of setting you free. Spacey electronic echoes could draw comparisons to Four Tet and if you’d only dare imagine the places a mind could visit on a collaboration between the two! Lotus Flower comes with a video release, which sees front man Thom Yorke don a Clockwork Orange-esque bowler and begin throwing some serious if not questionable shapes; fittingly surreal. At 37 minutes, the rather concise offering of The King of Limbs is music to rock out to in the most meditative way as its beautiful melodies drift into and linger in the forgotten corners of your mind, short enough to consume but long enough to enjoy.


PANIC! At the Disco! | Decadence Vices and Virtues | Jenny Gates This album has been mercilessly slammed by one or two mainstream magazines, sending anger across the internet but here I bring you a positive review of Vices and Virtues. It is quite clear that Panic! At The Disco have matured despite adding the ! back into their name. With only two band members left they have perfected their identity and sound to a T but still hold that theatrical quality that their dedicated fanbase adore. The album definitely has some sort of Victorian Steampunk theme running through their new identity, perhaps defining Steampunk as a musical genre which has always been a blurred topic in the past. The use of violins and trumpets next to a techno beat are revitalizing without being too OTT, it definitely gives the album the spark to stand out in the market at this time. Tracks Worth a Listen The Ballad of Mona Lisa - A bit of a homage to I Write Sins Not Tragedies, The Ballad of Mona Lisa is the first single and the first song on the album. Let’s Kill Tonight – A wonderful song with a mix of electronic beats, clapping and spooky violin melodies which just make this song. Hurricane - I was first introduced to this song on their promotional video, ‘Overture’ and was instantly entranced. It was portrayed as a ballet dancer spinning around the room while dancing a sort of tango with the lead singer. Memories and The Calendar - Two of the more mellow tracks on the album, at first I wasn’t so keen and found myself skipping to the more upbeat tracks but the lyrics for this song caught my attention and drew me in, though some might describe the lyrics as a little emo the sound of the tracks are anything but. Sarah Smiles - I absolutely adore this song and could possibly be my favourite song on the entire album, this or the final track Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met). I’m not normally a fan of trumpets or the Michael Buble type sound of voice but again the lyrics won me over. Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met) - This track starts with a choir of French children before bursting into a catchy techno beat and then breaks into a slower chorus, which I’m not too keen on but the beat within the verses make up for it. It’s a tune that just makes you want to dance.

Fleet Foxes | Bella Union Helplessness Blues | Steph Powell The Seattle band that provided the soundtrack to indie summers everywhere 3 years ago with hits Your Protector and White Winter Hymnal amongst others are back with follow-up album, Helplessness Blues. Drawing inspiration from folk/rock from about 1965 to 1973, in particular Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, Helplessness Blues is a showcase of Fleet Foxes as musicians and sees the band heighten and grow by adding instrumentation from around the globe. The album opener, ‘Montezuma’, is a Fleet Foxes classic. The desired combination of Robin Pecknold’s warming voice and finger-plucked acoustic guitar taking you back to that exciting place of discovery that you were in 3 years previous. ‘Bedouin Dress’ is folky, but in an Irish-dancey kind of way. The introduction of fiddles naturally makes you connect the song to that environment. All the time there is still a focus on clear, direct lyrics, and an emphasis on group vocal harmonies. Not all dreamy, warm folk, the album does have moments of somber. ‘The Shrine / An Argument’ dissolves into an Experimental breakdown that introduces clarinets, music boxes and strings into an angry show down of noise, before resolving into a moody, solemn walking double bass riff. By comparison to 2008’s self-titled release, Helplessness Blues is musically smarter, a more mature showcase of Fleet Foxes talent as songwriters. The wide variety of instrumentation, including clarinets, a music box, Tibetan singing bowls and vibraphones, demonstrate the diversity within the band. It still has crescendos of harmonies and more G strings than Ann Summers, but they’re elegant and refined. The production on this album is smoother, a credit to Phil Ek’s engineering ability, and it adds to the listening experience as you’re invited to listen rather than having it thrust down your ear canals like perhaps before. CARDINALS Cardinals EP | James Cockburn Cardinals have quickly built up a sparkling reputation within the Southampton area after forming only in the summer of 2010. The self titled EP was released on the 24th March at a packed show at the Avondale house w/Tangled Hair. Cardinals consist of Pattrik Callingham(Guitar/vocals), Neil Allen(Guitar), Nathan Kerntiff(Bass) and finally James Richardson(Drums). The guys all met at Southampton Solent University whilst study Popular Music. The self titled EP is an excellent debut. Each track is different from the last and shows a wide range of influences from each of the members. Opening track ‘Numbers’ is both chilling and exhilarating with the catchy upbeat Guitar Riff mixed lyrics like ‘Not alone but lonely’. ‘Human trace’ carries on this chilling theme present within the EP mixing light vocals and guitaring with crashing Choruses. Its this mix of exciting music and a unique vocal sound that has helped Cardinals to the share the stage with many bands such as: &U&I, Tangled Hair, Drawings, Munroe Effect and many more. Being all Music students the guys knew they had to get their perfect sound on their first release, and this is exactly what they have done. Check the guys out at their first ever headline show at Goblets on the 8th April


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