Author Archives: Josh Nicol

About Josh Nicol

Manchester-based writer and promoter. Currently putting on gigs for Glass Onion. Contact me at joshnicol@live.co.uk.

ALBUM: Bethia Beadman ‘Chinatown’

Rating: With a style and air of bohemian romance about her, Bethia Beadman is a singer-songwriter who is constantly on the move. On her first two album, she explored psychedelia and tentative melody in a unique way – mastering experimentation to create…

ALBUM: Best Girl Athlete – ‘Carve Every Word’

Based in the cold North in Aberdeen, Scotland, Best Girl Athlete is producing music with a warmth and maturity beyond her 15 years. The singer-songwriter, aka Katie Buchan, has a youthful innocence contrasted sharply with the experience in music she…

NEW TRACK: We Are The City – ‘King David’

“The imagery of a city being a sort of beacon from a distance. A mark to reach.” is where this Canadian group We Are The City‘s name is said to have been born. Similarly, their music reflects a certain sense…

EP: Asylums – ‘Wet Dream Fanzine’

Asylums claim to “want to take you on a trip back to the days of chainsaw guitars and chaotic fun” and they do make a pretty good attempt at doing that. Playfully experimenting with fast and aggressive punk with a pop…

New Track: Parlement – ‘Blood’

Said to have spent a number of years “harnessing their craft for the larger stage” behind the scenes, Spanish based rock band – Parlement – have now come to the fray in full force. Sitting comfortably in the noise rock, riff-and-hook-heavy…

ALBUM: Viet Cong ‘Viet Cong’

Rating: From face value, Viet Cong present a tribal force as the forerunner for their theme. Although it isn’t obvious, there’s a monotonous darkness to their music. ‘March Of Progress’ is a six minute track that opens with nearly three minutes of dissonance,…

Ones To Watch: Asylums

Remember the first time you heard the loutish aggressive indie punk of The Libertines? Remember how the timing was just right because it followed Britpop and was in direct contrast to that? Well, Asylums have the potential to be THAT band. Whether it happens…

Five Iconic Music Venues We Miss

Over the past few years, the UK has seen many of its much cherished and most important music venues go under. Grassroots music and underground scenes are slowly becoming harder to find, and working class bands are struggling more than…