Pink Milk’s “Purple” Reviewed

If you didn’t know any better, you’d swear that there were at least four people playing on this, Pink Milk’s debut album, Purple. In fact, there are but two, Maria Forslund (vocals, drums) and Edward Forslund (guitars, bass), both of whom use every effects pedal they can to tweak up the volume that extra notch and get it to echo that little longer.

Opener, “River Phoenix”, sets the scene perfectly – ice-cold moodiness with the threat of malevolent showers, there are no words but the intention is clear. Appropriately, their muscles are flexed further on “Muscles”, Mariah’s breathy tones swooping over enormous guitar chords and a slowly stomping dinosaur footstep of a drum beat.

“Detroit” sees Pink Milk at their version of breakneck speed, which is any other guitar band’s slow number being played at 33rpm instead of 45rpm. The accompanying video is a nice counterpoint to the track – hazy and happy, yet oddly haunting. “Kill 4 U”, perhaps the strongest track on the album, has a Depeche Mode-esque dark majesty to it, the guitar work is genuinely thrilling, showcasing an instrument taken for granted but still capable of astonishing.

“LA Cop” is something of a welcome instrumental pause for breath – the echoes suggest huge amounts of space, yet the overall sound is strangely claustrophobic. “Awakening of Laura” is pushed out of the way quickly by “Sushi Dreams (Flesh & Blood)”, which is every bit as terrifying as it looks on paper – in fact, although causal listeners will point fingers excitedly at My Bloody Valentine and The Cranes as precursors, this reminded me very much of electro-rock innovators, Chrome, and their starkly cruel thrash.

“Drommens Skepp” and “Sans Toi” pick up the pace yet further, really bringing the tracks together as an album, as opposed to a collection of assembled, random tracks. It feels like the whole album has been dragging us towards something; which, in turns out, it has. Their cover of Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love is” is a slap around the face of the band’s AOR chops and reinvents it as a mournful, epitaph-like statement. Purple takes time to fall in love with but the effort is well worth the investment.




Youtube Channel:






Nej!Las – The Easy Way into Techno

We’ll be the first to admit we won’t win any pub quizzes on the subject of techno music, but we reckon this is excellent stuff. Forget your impenetrable swampy beats all merging into one at a club on a Saturday night, this is far nearer to Hans Zimmer’s scores and moody, atmospheric driving music. Though still a somewhat shadowy figure, Nej!Las is also the founder of a charity which has seen millions of pounds raised for children around the world, so we think this is worth a few minutes of your time even more than usual. Give it a spin, you might surprise yourselves.

The Final Stretch of the Steampunk Tour – Miss Out at your Peril!

Steampunk must be one of the most inclusive, inoffensive culture movements since the 60s. There don’t appear to be any factions; it continually evolves; its fans come both genders and all ages. How does everyone else get it so wrong? Now music has joined the scene, the Steampunk Record Label featuring a wide range of bands from an impressively diverse spectrum of styles and sounds.

Although the punkier end of the spectrum is particularly well-catered for, there’s everything from cabaret; grimey swamp-rock; garage rock; lightshows and burlesque artists featured – not so much “something for everyone” something “something for anyone with good taste”. There are now only four dates left to catch one of the year’s best value nights out – see bands, locations and dates below, grab your goggles and join the party!

NEM, Heanor – 14th Oct

Wagon & Horses, Birmingham 

15th Oct Museum of Water and Power, Brentford

20th Oct The Albert, Brighton – 22nd Oct

Mavis Victory or Mavis Defeat?

According to the press release, Mavis Victory Project are an indie band, though their latest release, “Don’t Go Away”, is stretching the term to its very limits. Most of all we feel sorry for the one member who isn’t actually related to the other four – exactly how picked on do you reckon he must be?  But back to the music – like we say, this is indie as in ‘independent’, but if you’re expecting guitars and hooks, you’re going to be disappointed.

“Don’t Go Away” is the weird destination trip-hop has reached when everyone ignored it for the last few years. It crept, unseen, into a weird cellar populated by hooded weirdos, hot girls and strange cultists (is there any other kind?) and it’s matured quite nicely thankyouverymuch. The video, which features the aforementioned cast, is as strangely angular as the music – unlovable but edgy and alluring. We still can’t decide if it’s genius or madness. Have a look and a listen:

LAPPin it UP!

Ahhhh, the blissful feeling of just-melted musical chocolate being tipped into your ears. LAPP’s “Sunny” is exactly that, though without any threat of cloudy conditions. Unashamedly sucking in deeply from the troughs of 70s soul, but, fortunately for us, the experimental end – think King Curtis and Van Morrison but with a happier disposition. The video is equally alluring and we urge you to invest your time in wallowing in the LAPP of luxury.

The Magic Gang Review- Cardiff Tramshed

On the 27th September The Magic Gang took to Tramshed’s infamous stage, sandwiched between an opening set from new-comers, Bloxx and an impressive closing set from Sundara Karma. The sold-out show was in no way daunting for the Brighton-based four piece as they have already toured with Wolf Alice, Spring King and Hinds, just to name a few.

Before the lights even turned on leading-man Kristian Smith shouted “YES CARDIFF” which got the crowd, made up of mostly drunken teenagers, smothered in glitter, even more excited than they already were.

As ‘special guests’ for Sundara Karma, they are not just a supporting act, they are part of main show. If you like Sundara Karma, you will naturally be a fan of these boys. Opening with ‘Lady, Please’ and closing with the fan favourite ‘How Can I Compete’, the larger section of the crowd seemed to know every word singing and dancing along in a disorderly, but mostly harmless fashion, empowered by the entire band encouraging a karaoke style sing along to ‘All This Way’.

The set was long enough to include new and old songs, from their first single ‘Jasmine’ to their latest single ‘Your Love’ with all the other favourites in between. This was a great ‘special guest slot’ and it would be a shame for any indie loving biscuit to let The Magic Gang slip past the ear.

Pablo & the Appleheads – Zaida

Pablo Villavecchia, born in Barcelona, moved between Barcelona and Boston, brought back all that experience, added in a great guitarist, Joan Vinyals, drummer Pete and bassist Joe Lewis to create Pablo and The Appleheads.

Pablo and his ‘Appleheads’ return with their new track ‘Zaida’, taken from their album ‘Alessandra’, named after the singer’s girlfriend. The new song displays a vintage aesthetic, taking influence from bands like Oasis and The Beatles (a comparison that is regularly made for them), giving the band a vintage feel to a modern sound.

Pablo and the Appleheads presents us with a style that captures the true indie and pop essence, with inspiration taken from all the classic acts of the genre. Bands such as The Police, David Bowie, The Kooks and many other legendary musicians. This harmony of modern sounds with vintage influences presents us with an outstanding mix of old and new that gives us the all best parts of acts we know and love, all in one.