Introducing: Just Like Fruit

Every Monday morning my office receives a basket colourfully filled with a mass of all kinds of tasty fruit, from strawberries, oranges and grapes through to plums and lychees. Embodying that eclectic mix in a musical sense is Brighton blues-infused alt-rockers Just Like Fruit. The quintet of Dion Mason-Poole (vocals), Taran Pring (lead guitar), Kieran Matthews (rhythm guitar), Ryan Melbourne-Hurley…

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Introducing: Pagan

Dust off your spellbook, start researching your rituals and prepare to be enchanted by Melbourne rock cult Pagan‘s brand of ‘very heavy, gloomy rock and roll.’ The self-monikered ‘real-life/pretend vampires playing real-life/pretend rock and roll’ will bring you under their spell with Nikki Brumen’s engaging howled vocals alongside huge riffs from Xavier Santilli, booming basslines from…

Introducing: Tim Brooks

London solo artist Tim Brooks is far from your bog standard singer-songwriter, bringing a heavy focus on lyrics and wordplay alongside a much rockier approach than you might expect. Having started out on the more typical acoustic route he’s gradually evolved towards a sound that merges the boundaries of folk, rock and pop-punk that. As…

Introducing: Dividium

Hull tech metal quartet Dividium are quite the metal melting pot, fusing huge mathy guitars and delicious solos with a kaleidoscope of vocal offerings, from classic metal vocals through to intense screams. Dividium began life as a project between vocalist Neil Bailey and guitarist Peter Delaney, who later added drummer James Coggin and bassist Joel…

Introducing: In The Cards

Rock newcomers In The Cards have come a long way from their days as school friends in the Midlands town of Stoke-on-Trent. Their delicious combination of soaring melodies, energetic choruses and moments of heaviness is now just weeks away from being unleashed upon the ears of the world with their debut EP. The quartet of Amy…

Introducing: Slay Duggee

For every epic theme song to kids’ TV shows like The Hurricanes, Animals of Farthing Wood, The Raccoons and The Moomins, there’s a whole host of absolute dross teaching the next generation bad musical habits. And this is an issue that’s not been lost on Slay Duggee, who’ve come up with a game-changing concept of ‘metal…

Introducing: Genus Ordinis Dei

Italian symphonic death metal quartet Genus Ordinis Dei are a fascinating proposition, having honed an exciting sound that fuses heavy metal with more delicate, often haunting orchestral instrumentals. Furthermore, their music is largely inspired by their alternative take on passages of the Bible, which fuels the intrigue. The quartet of Nick K (vocals and guitars), Tommy…

Introducing: Matilda’s Scoundrels

As far as eclectic music goes Hastings’ Matilda’s Scoundrels are among the most diverse you’re likely to encounter. The six-piece freely admit they fall into a ‘pretty tough category on the punk spectrum,’ trying to distance themselves from the clichés of folk punk with a sound that can land anywhere between traditional folk, sea shanties…

Introducing: Hear Lies

One of my favourite bands since setting this site up has been Brighton rockers City of Ashes. I’ve seen them live three or four times, always enjoyed chatting to the guys at gigs and loved their music, so it’s a bittersweet moment that the band is evolving into new and exciting things as Hear Lies….

Introducing: The Wild Strays

Deep within the heart of the Black Country something feral and wild has taken shape, evolved, harnessed the power of rock and readied itself to be unleashed upon the world next month. Stafford quartet The Wild Strays were conceived this time last year from the ashes of a previous project of vocalist and guitarist KT…

Introducing: Indonesian punk rockers Ringgo 5

All the way from Indonesia we’re being taken on a journey back to the sounds of early 2000s alternative rock by Jakarta rockers Ringgo 5. The quintet began with schoolfriends Nabil Pawaka (vocals), Rhein Michael and Rishad Marciano (guitars), Robert Matthew (bass), who added drummer Getar Jiwa Adita from a rival band. Ringgo 5 play in Southampton…

Introducing: Go Gracious

Taking a break out of avoiding salvaging ships in the aftermath of a European wall being erected by Donald Trump in 2025, we being to your attention of musical duo Go Gracious. In their words, they are “the only 2-piece pop rock band that has an exclusive time-travelling, extra-terrestrial membership. We define ourselves as liars.”…