Author: Chris Ball

1968 – 1968 E.P.

1968 are a new four-piece hailing from Cheshire, releasing this self-titled EP in January 2016. Having checked the bands biog I was surprised to find that their name is not in tribute to the year of my conception, but instead a celebration to what they consider the finest year for rock music. Naturally we all love our classic rock, but it’s a bit dispiriting to find musicians who were not even born then harking back quite so much to the past. I’m by no means demanding that every new band sound like Enter Shikari Vs Baby Metal, but as this is my first review...

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Jess and The Ancient Ones – Second Psychedelic Coming: The Aquarius Tapes

LSD obsessed Finns Jess and The Ancient Ones are a band I have been meaning to check out for some while, and with an album coming out on Svart Records on December 4th, that time is now. Mind you, if I had heard this release and then been told it had come out on December 4th 1967 I wouldn’t have been surprised. There is no getting round the fact that lead singer Jess has a voice with very similar qualities and tones to Grace Slick, and early Jefferson Airplane would be a good comparison for the whole sound and feel of this...

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Pentagram, TOOI & Black Moth @ O2 Academy, London – November 14, 2015

“I’m….determined to exercise my freedom to rock and to pay my respects to those yesterday who just wanted to do the same”. I was feeling pretty low, shocked and scared by the atrocities committed in Paris the night before and harbouring a cold that made my head feel like wet cotton wool. And yet I knew I must attend the show tonight, I just hadn’t quite articulated it yet. Then I got the above text from my gig buddy, Andy (also of TINAS) and at once everything became clear. Something had struck at the heart of the rock community...

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Fuzz – Fuzz II

Psych rock’s one man army Ty Segall seems to have a new album out in some guise about once a fortnight and as a consequence I’ve given up trying to keep up with them all. One release, however, that did catch my ear was “Fuzz” the eponymous album from the band of the same name to which ‘II’ is obviously the follow up. Fuzz are rounded out by Charles Moothart on guitars and vocals and now include Chad Ubovich of Meatbodies on bass and vocals. Annoyingly, Segall plays drums in this noisy trio, despite establishing himself as a top notch six string bender and is...

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Turbowolf & Beasts @ O2 Islington Academy, London – October 29, 2015

I arrive at a hearteningly lively Academy in time to catch the last few numbers by London trio, Beasts – a new one on me. Their brand of dark and dramatic hard rock seems to go down well with the crowd and I can tell their songs are built for mass appeal, having strong harmonies atop the riffing, the songs being compact and easily digestible without any overtly weird or aggressive bits to frighten off Radio 1 listeners. However, I’m afraid I found it hard to concentrate on them as I took an instant and violent dislike to the bass players hair...

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