Song reviews

  I'm Famous by Meca

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Urban identikit

Really, what's the point? Meca does the generic, totally plastic "urban" thing with only some dull rapping to break up the repeated chant of "I'm Famous". I kind of hope this is some sort of pastiche or at least part of some master plan to get on American Idol but, in my heart, I know it is not.

Review date:  October 27 2011

  Nobody Wants Me by New Messiahs

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Happy smiling Yorkshire lads

With a la la la and a near sociopathic affection for early seventies British pop music, Yorkshire band New Messiahs go large on the hooks and big choruses with "Nobody Wants Me".  You want more than that? Why? This is pop music like it used to be done.

Review date:  October 10 2011

  Clones by Pistolettos

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Indie rock with attitude

Although seemingly driven by – actually welcome -  nihilism, London band Pistolettos demonstrate a very respectable amount of style to complement the post punk ferocity of  "Clones". "Knights Suck" maintains that attitude but heads off towards hard rock territory right from the get go. A band on the way up, perhaps?

Review date:  October 8 2011

  Far Out by Visions Of

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Serious Glasgwegians

Easy on the ear if somewhat anodyne, Visions Of draw heavily on the ghost of Scotland past as they merge Del Amitri, Big Country and even Franz Ferdinand into two thoughtful and serious songs. "Far Out" comes off best here as "Is This Real" suffers from over familiarity right from the opening riff.

Review date:  October 8 2011

  Alone on the Road by Sheila K Cameron

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Sultry songstress

The return of the torch singer continues with the blues flavoured "Alone On The Road" . On this song, Sheila K Cameron shows an almost poetic disregard for cadence and consequently pulls the songs way off towards inner torment but she gets away with it. That, my friends, is the sign of true class.

Review date:  September 29 2011

  Vancouver by Martha and The Moodies

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Urban folk

Louise Ward, formerly of Louise Against the Elements, resurfaces in a new band going by the name of Martha and the Moodies. In "Vancouver", however, she returns not to the power pop of The Elements but to the acoustic urban folk style of another one of her previous incarnations, Captain Howdie, with the result being both subtle and sultry.

Review date:  September 25 2011

  Sour Rum by Twelve Clay Feet

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Cambridge style indie rock

Finally some proof that there is life in the indie rock genre.  Cambridge band Twelve Clay Feet turn in a thoughtful performance on "Sour Rum" that easily distinguishes them from the pack of Oasis or The View clones that otherwise pollute my ears. Jay Jeff's guitar switches between light and shade as few others do these days with the result having the mark of greatness upon it. Quality!

  The Unknown Soldier by Shotgun Kickback

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Motherwell rockers

Be nice, it says in the accompanying email. That's like saying that they only want shot in the leg. Well here goes…This Motherwell rock band sound like they have a robot drummer and are hampered by mundane lyrics but the guitars are actually interesting and the singer sounds like he only comes out at night. Fortunately for them, the latter two items are the most important things for a good rock band to have. Of the songs, "The Unknown Soldier" is easily the better but a visit from Mr Sheen could save them both.

Review date:  September 20 2011

  4 in the Morning by Tobias

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Mainstream rock

Another addition to the legion of rock bands hailing from the Glasgow area, Tobias deliver what you might expect. "4 In The Morning", for example, draws inspiration from Oasis as so many do. "Second Chance" raises the bar and should find favour with those you who still worship at the altar of seventies melodic rock.

Review date:  September 18 2011

  Acoustic Sunshine Girl by LCF

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Masquerading as many

Seems like there is but one name behind LCF and that is Luke Frazier. An American it would seem, he follows the path of the sensitive singer songwriter on both "Acoustic Sunshine Girl" and "Zodiac Eyes" with the latter capturing that psychedelic pop vibe quite nicely if somewhat crudely.

Review date:  September 18 2011

  A Way to pass the time by Flight of Arrows

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Catchy Indie Northeners

"A Way To Pass The Time" turns out to be a wry, upbeat and surprisingly commercial slice of indie rock that sounds like it was played by musicians rather than the usual pretty boys who like to go loud. Although I am obviously too cool to actually do such a thing, I very nearly started singing along to this song and that's got to be a good omen for this band.

Review date:  September 6 2011

  Kill the Silence by Cairo

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West Lothian Indie Rockers

Both "Friday's Tragedy" and "Kill The Silence" are promising songs from Cairo with, unusually for indie rockers, no attempt to substitute volume for musical skill. However, the lyrics to these songs are a bit too simplistic and repetitive for them to be taken seriously as a maturing band. On the right track though but they definitely need to work at it a bit more if they want to stand out.

Review date:  September 1 2011

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