Sazzie at the Camden Assembly

Last month Sazzie played her first solo UK show at the Camden Assembly. While England’s defeat to Belgium, shown in the downstairs bar, was nonetheless another step towards football coming home, the free show felt like a homecoming of sorts for Sarah McIntosh herself, returning to the UK stage for the first time since her brother Hamish decided to leave the synthpop duo Lovestarrs last year which set Sazzie on a solo course, with a new name and new management. After a break to visit America, and write music for trailers and adverts, Sazzie was back playing to her adoring audience in the city that launched her into the music business as a teenager.

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Peach Club at The Owl Sanctuary, 24/03/18

Peach Club’s new songs mark an interesting diversifying of their offering – but are they a famous band yet?

I’ve been itching to see Peach Club again ever since they headlined Oxjam at The Mash Tun in October. With a new EP out since, I was curious to see what, if any, progression their live set showed. And with the future of the Owl Sanctuary in doubt (again), it seemed timely to pay them another visit.

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Young Fathers at The Roundhouse

Young Fathers brought their short UK tour to a sold-out Roundhouse last week. In an hour-long set they covered a range of material from their early career to recent release Cocoa Sugar and impressed with their dynamism and energy, effortlessly switching styles.

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A Band Called Malice at the Norwich Arts Centre

A Band Called Malice
Norwich Arts Centre
27/01/2018

Anyone in any doubt about just how much The Jam mean to people needs only go and see one of their many tribute bands. And on the evidence of last night’s performance, the recently formed, Midlands-based A Band Called Malice are one of the best.

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My Top 5 Gigs of the Year

Instead of listing my top however many favourite songs or albums as I’ve done previously, I thought this year I’d write a little about five of my favourite gigs I’ve been to in 2017, some of which I’ve blogged about previously and some of which I haven’t…

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Spearmint close their latest chapter with a bang at The Water Rats

Spearmint triumphantly bowed out of their latest chapter at London’s Water Rats on Friday. The ‘jukebox’ gig, billed as the band’s last for a couple of years, saw the full span of Spearmint’s career covered in a set chosen by an online fan vote.

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An interview with Spearmint’s Shirley Lee: “I remember Joe Strummer talking about how the Clash did 30 killer gigs in a row – well we did two!”

Indie cult-heroes Spearmint play their last gig for a couple of years next month at London’s Water Rats. The setlist will be decided entirely by a fan vote on the band’s website. Frontman Shirley Lee told me about the unusual gig format, a recent trip to Paris and his eclectic current listening.

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