BAND OF HOLY JOY “Neon Primitives” Review
Jul05

BAND OF HOLY JOY “Neon Primitives” Review

Johny Brown is a real poet prophet of our profoundly divided times, and his mercurial group Band of Holy Joy have hit a purple patch in the backdrop of increasing sociopolitical darkness. 2017’s “Funambulist We Love You” was the Velvet Sheep album of the year and it seemed to be both barometer and lightning rod for the year when it was time to decide whether “To Leave Or Remain”. In parts whistful, rueful...

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JOHNY BROWN (BAND OF HOLY JOY) – NEW RECORD “SLURRED WORDS”
Apr26

JOHNY BROWN (BAND OF HOLY JOY) – NEW RECORD “SLURRED WORDS”

Great Velvet Sheep pal, punk, polemic and poet, the erudite and ebullient Johny Brown (Band of Holy Joy) has a curious and eclectic new record incoming ahead of the much anticipated in these quarters follow up to VS album of the year “Funambulist We Love You” (due in the summer and called “Neon Primitives”). If you’ve heard Johny’s long-standing, incredible radio show “BAD PUNK” on...

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DRENGE – NOTTINGHAM ROUGH TRADE LIVE REVIEW, 23-02-2019
Feb26

DRENGE – NOTTINGHAM ROUGH TRADE LIVE REVIEW, 23-02-2019

DRENGE – NOTTINGHAM ROUGH TRADE LIVE REVIEW Fans who purchased the band’s excellent new album ‘Strange Creatures’ from Rough Trade Nottingham were treated to a rare in-store gig, signing/meet & greet with the brothers Drenge. Surrounded by more carrier bags than you’d find under a granny’s sink, fans gathered eagerly clutching their newly purchased music. Rough Trade’s fabulous gig venue...

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QUEEN ZEE – NOTTINGHAM BODEGA LIVE REVIEW, 22-02-2019
Feb26

QUEEN ZEE – NOTTINGHAM BODEGA LIVE REVIEW, 22-02-2019

QUEEN ZEE – NOTTINGHAM BODEGA LIVE REVIEW Queen Zee are the best new band by a massive mile. Rocking Nottingham’s Bodega to its core with tracks from their debut album, every song already feels like a classic. Perhaps jaded from the working week, the Nottingham crowd at first lacked energy but were soon on form after some gentle encouragement from front-person Zee, who baited them about a lively Newcastle throng the night...

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QUEEN ZEE – Debut Album Review
Feb08

QUEEN ZEE – Debut Album Review

QUEEN ZEE – Debut Album Review I have a theory that the best new bands are LBQT+. It’s a bold statement but if you know people might not accept you, it must be incredibly liberating not to have to try. And when boundaries do need to be broken down, what better way to do it than with the anthemic excellence delivered on Queen Zee’s debut album. After discovering Queen Zee on tour we described them as “Like that...

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IMPERIAL WAX @ TROUBADOUR Live Review
Feb04

IMPERIAL WAX @ TROUBADOUR Live Review

IMPERIAL WAX REVIEW – Troubadour, Earl’s Court, London, Live, 01-02-2019 Imperial Wax are the band of Keiron Melling, Dave Spurr and Pete Greenway, the longest serving and last line-up of The Fall, together with Sam Curran of the band Black Pudding, and in their first gig together at the tightly packed Troubadour club in Earl’s Court, London the groundswell of good will for them turned into a love-in of seismic proportions....

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