Author Archives: Jason Holmes

ALBUM: SLEEPER ‘The Modern Age’

Making a comeback is a tricky thing to pull off. Things have changed since you’ve been away. The industry has for one thing, your face and voice for another. Then there are your energy levels. Your memory is also affected….

ALBUM: MONKS ROAD SOCIAL ‘Down The Willows’

‘If you have to kick against the pricks, must you mention them by name?’ asked John Osborne once upon a time. The answer, in this case, is No. There is not enough time to kick out against a confederacy of…

ALBUM: Cellar Doors ‘Cellar Doors’

If we’re to accept that we live in transitional times and that political shifts have, for a long while, starved the arts of much-needed funding, then this eponymously-named debut musical statement from Cellar Doors arrives just in time. Having performed…

ALBUM: HAGUE & WHITE ‘THE ELEVENTH HOUR’

This debut album, ‘The Eleventh Hour’, is presciently named as 29 March approaches. Sooner rather than later, things are going to change in the UK and in what manner we can’t discern, but here comes a trio of musicians ready…

ALL TALK: Bros, when ‘our’ screaming begins…

Half way through the new documentary, ‘Bros: After The Screaming Stops’, viewers find Matt and Luke Goss wandering around Southwark, visiting old haunts and haunting old homes. They squint and peer. They loiter. They can’t seem to remember. Who were…

ALBUM: The Proclaimers ‘Angry Cyclist’

Rating: After much deliberation – and while eschewing the stylings and mindless attitudinising of the pop mainstream – the identical twin brothers from Auchtermuchty, The Proclaimers, have returned with fife and drum to further their own brand of Scottish folk-rock….

ALBUM: Shadowparty ‘Shadowparty’

Scratch the surface of the music demimonde today and you’ll find yourself entering a place to which you are very well accustomed. Despite the fresh gloss of the modern industry, there is still the stuff of old to get your…