Feature on shortlist (and winner) of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2014.
Published 21 May 2014.
Album Titles: All Change/Mother Nature Calls/Magic Hour/Beetroot
Label: Edsel Records
Release date: 3rd February 2014
I’m not too sure what Noel Gallagher was getting at when he described seeing one of Cast’s performances as ‘a religious experience’ but this re-release of four of their albums acts as a great package for fans of the 90s Merseyside foursome. It’s also a good introduction to the band for people unfamiliar with their work.
Featuring members of The La’s and Shack, at the height of their fame Cast were described as ‘the Who of the 90s’ and this collection certainly shows the breadth of their musical talent.
The package begins with ‘All Change’, their debut album released in 1995. ‘All Change’ features top 20 singles such as ‘Finetime’ with its classic Britpop guitar riffs and anthemic choruses. This album reached number seven in the UK charts and was a prominent album in the Britpop years.
This debut was followed two years later with ‘Mother Nature Calls’ which broke the top five. From around 1997, the Britpop sound was changing and bands such as Blur and Oasis were taking a slightly darker alternative move with their music. Cast were no different with ‘Mother Nature Calls’ containing lazier, almost grungy tracks such as ‘Soul Tied’ and top 10 hit ‘Live the Dream’.
Artist: The Rifles
Album Title: None the Wiser
Label: Cooking Vinyl
Release Date: 20th January 2014
This latest offering from the Rifles is an upbeat collection of indie goodness.
Although it would be nice to hear something a little grittier from the Rifles, the catchy feel-good essence of the tracks on ‘None the Wiser’ fit their style to which they are brilliantly suited.
This new album signals the return of the five-piece doing what they do best – creating great music with talented musicianship and top class songwriting skills. The fact the Rifles only release a new album every few years supports this, unlike bands who churn out new music every year, arguably without much musical input.
Feature about what makes vintage fashion so popular.
Published 20 January 2014.
Review of Robin Hood at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge.
Published 11 December 2013.
Following the release of ‘Heebie Jeebies’ in October, The Rifles share ‘Minute Mile’, ahead of the release of their new album in January next year.
Even after a couple of listens it is clear that this new track is sure to be a catchy anthemic tune, a favourite amongst fans and a great introduction and teaser to the new album. The four-piece return in their original line up, delivering a punchy, indie track with strong guitar rhythms and brilliantly matched vocals.
Josh Taerk brings his debut to English shores later this year with his eponymous album released on 4th November.
The last few years’ have seen Taerk’s popularity grow, having toured the UK with The Soldiers last year and having picked up fans in, among others, Max Weinberg of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. In fact, Weinberg was so impressed with Taerk’s performance and musicality, he invited him to open his show in Weinberg’s hometown of New Jersey. These tours and performances show Taerk is no stranger to the stage, especially one that is not in front of his own fans.
Feature on a new luxury, boutique hotel opening in Ely, Cambridgeshire.
Cambridge Corn Exchange
19th November 2012
Singer songwriter Willy Mason opened last night’s gig at the Cambridge Corn Exchange with his smooth blues and folk tunes from his American homeland. Although only the tender age of 27 (at time of print), Mason has a gravelly yet strong range to his voice well beyond his years.
Following on from Mason’s set, the audience of the packed venue now gently warmed up, the main attraction took to the stage. With Ben and co tuning their instruments and tweaking the final touches, the crowd was full of suspense and anticipation.
Preview/interview for Calendar Girls performed by Ely ADS, for Local Secrets.