The Slow Readers Club

This Indie/Electro quartet, fresh out of the Manchester music scene, could be confused with a mix of The Doves, Editors and The Pigeon detectives. Their punchy single Feet on Fire will surely be a crowd favourite, its rhythm and lyrics will fill any venue and give a crowd the chance to get moving.

Already growing a huge following, and with a cheeky inclusion on Sky sports ‘Soccer AM’ under their belt, these guys are definitely ones to watch. The band are no strangers to success and include three former members of Omerta who released three critically acclaimed and collectable singles and whose XFM live session earned them a top five place in the sessions of the year.

Their debut album goes on sale on the 21st of May and is available from ITunes, Amazon, Spotify and Grooveshark. It can also be downloaded straight from the bands website http://www.theslowreadersclub.co.uk

Tracks to look out for are Feet on Fire and Block out the sun. MetMusic are sure you will be seeing more of this band in the not too distant future.

Live Dates:

Sunday May 20th – Manchester Rugby 7s festival

Thursday May 24th –   SOFARSOUNDS PRESENTS THE SLOW READERS CLUB (ACOUSTIC) –  Albany Road, Chorlton

Friday 10th August- Mutineers + The Slow Readers Club + Amida – Manchester Academy 3

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you… Kurtis Reid

Remember the name, because MetMusic are sure that you’ll be seeing it on a billboard in the not too distant future. The 21 year old singer songwriter, a music student at Leeds Metropolitan University, has big ambitions for a career in the music industry. He states his role models as Adele, Stevie wonder and James Morrison which is no surprise as his powerful vocals could be likened to those of his peers.

Reid recently launched his first album, ‘returning to base’  at the Well in Leeds city centre and can often be found at open mic nights around the city. Never far from his supporting band, he has surrounded himself with exciting young musicians who are masters of their chosen instruments. Josh Appleby, 21 plays lead guitar and compliments the lead singers powerful vocals with electrifying solos , whilst Simon Benfer, 22 keeps a rhythm that brings the whole set together. Adam Greenhead and Ben Bowers are the heartbeat of the band on the base and drums respectively.

Although there are no plans for any upcoming gigs over the summer, we hope to be seeing them back on the stage again at some point during 2011. With ‘returning to base’   released on 23/05/2011 their return will be eagerly anticipated by what is sure to be a growing fan base. Metmusic are certainly huge fans and cant wit to hear more from Kurtis and the band.

You heard the name here first!!

You can download the album ‘returning to base’ for a small fee from www.kurtisreid.bandcamp.com

The Wombats proudly present … The Modern Glitch

The Wombats second studio album is not one to be missed. With nostalgic tales of their teenage days, The Modern Glitch allows people to relate to the album in the same way as they could to the first album A Guide to Love, Loss and Desperation .The bands main selling point remains the same, every song is designed to get the crowd moving by focusing on danceable rhythms that build to energetic, powerful choruses .This being no more evident than in the first single released from the album, Tokyo (vampires and wolves) that is sure to have crowds moving from the moment they hear the first chord.

However the album has come in for some criticism with some critics saying ‘the pressure’s on to produce a worthy follow-up to A Guide To Love, Loss And Desperation. As a reply, This Modern Glitch doesn’t misfire, but nor does it sparkle’. There are some really good tunes on this album and my opinion is that it’s not one to be missed.

The Wombats latest video Techno Fan…

Beastie Boys album review…

Fair play to the Beastie Boys, their new album ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part Two’, shows literally no regard for trying to fit in with the contemporary hip hop sound. And it’s all the better for it!

The album could easily be something they put together in the late 80s/ early 90s and forgot about. The old school hip hop beat behind them, rapped over in familiar word by word rhythm, with all of them joining in the last few words of certain rhymes.

Bursting to life with ‘Make some noise’, the beats and nostalgic sound of record scratching are vintage Beastie Boys. And that’s exactly what the album is; the Beastie Boys doing exactly what they do best.

The decision to do things their tried and tested way is paradoxically quite refreshing, and they even have Nas getting in on the act on ‘too many rappers’, along with a collaboration with ‘Santigold’ on ‘Don’t play no game that I can’t win’.

Throughout listening there is certainly the desire to throw on the sneakers and rock out some break dancing, and for that the Beastie Boys get big thumbs up.

Cage the Elephant album review…

Three years on from their debut, Cage the Elephant have returned with a new sound, swapping the UK indie influences for a more US influenced punk/grunge sound.
The tracks on the album have been compared to a whole bunch of past bands including the Pixies, Crucifucks, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys and even the Beatles on some websites. But the most regular name drawn for comparison is the Pixies, which is particularly evident in the loud-quiet dynamic on both Aberdeen and Around My Head.
But aside all the endless comparisons, it’s a great album with a lot of punky energy from start to finish, complete with a mellow lullaby in ‘Rubber Ball’, and a very catchy little number in ‘Shake Me Down’ filled with pop melody that will no doubt at least get your foot tapping.

Meat Puppets Album Review


Their 13th studio album, Meat Puppets are back with ‘Lollipop’. You would imagine the Meat Puppets would be hoping for a slightly less turbulent decade after break ups in the 90s and the 00s. But you can tell by the sound of lead singer Curt Kirkwood that the bands hectic past exploits, riddled with drugs abuse and prison sentences, are behind them.
The vocals are surprisingly clean, which is particularly evident in the likes of ‘Incomplete’ in which they sound like a completely different band.
One thing that is noticeable about this album is that the years of partying to the limit has probably caught up with them a bit. But while ‘Lollipop’ shows a band that has mellowed thoroughly from their initial psychedelic punk days, tracks like ‘Shave It’ have a jovial energy that show they have still got a lot to offer.

Kings of Leon Album Review

Gone it seems are the days of cool raw releases by the Kings of Leon with the release of ‘Come around Sundown’. The band have fallen victim of ‘big band disease’, with the release of something designed purely for stadiums and the occasional play on the radio.

The trouble with that is, though, is that it is not meant to be that. It is supposed to be something for fans to revere and listen to over and over until the songs make them want to tear their own hair out, as happened with tracks like ‘Sex on Fire’, which makes at its peak became bloody tough to listen to.
Every song is a bit epic and triumphant, as if the band have decided that is all that is worthy of their time now. It is a fair shift from the early days of ‘Red Morning Light’ and ‘Charmer’, the type of songs that fill you with excitement when they come on at a bar or on the radio.
The tracks on this latest release won’t do that I’m afraid.
In fairness, the album is ok, but it is in no way, shape, or form anything more than that. ‘Back Down South’ is admittedly a great track and stands out a long with maybe ‘Pony Up’. Album by album the songs have become slower and slower, and certainly more into the pop category.
Lead singer Caleb Followill told Spin Magazine: “We definitely don’t sound as raw as we did early on. But that’s just because it’s hard to teach yourself to be a bad guitar player again. A lot of that raw energy came from — we were playing as good as we could, and now our good is a little better than that.”
So it is clear that the Kings of Leon have sadly moved on from their early sound, which is a shame, but they wouldn’t be a massive band if they didn’t have a crowd of cynics watching their every move

Richard Parker EP Out Now!

Richard Parker

Leeds based, instrumental provocateurs Richard Parker are unknown to most, but I assure you, with the release of their debut EP “Richard Parker”, they are set for big things in 2011.

Following in the footsteps of alternative outfits Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai they need no vocals to create intelligent and elegant music, with guitarists Mike Miller and Ben Budd unveiling tantalisingly intellectual, and musically impressive riffs, working together in perfect unison.

Bass player Andy Bayley and drummer Dave Barnes bring the power to the outfit, with thick running bass lines, explosive beats and perfectly timed percussion, they fill the ears with a wall of sound, as the guitars simply flit in and out of the ears, intriguing the mind as they pass.

Debut EP “Richard Parker” including tracks “Mechanisms”, “Second Hand”, and “Tempus” is set for release soon, visit http://richardparkerband.tumblr.com for details.

Funeral Party Album Review

Funeral Party – Golden Age of Knowhere

“It’s all been done before, and it’ll all be done again” claims Funeral Party  front man Chad Eliot, as he attempts to bat of comparisons to the Rapture, another dance punk band from the heart of New York, a band that have been around a lot longer that Funeral Party believe me.

There fast paced music, and “hit everything at once really fast and really hard” approach them has given them quite a reputation for sweating, swirling live shows, something which comes across excellently in the album.

It’s a great listen, with new, vibrant and exciting beats, but unfortunately it gets tiresome by the end; you can only dance as hard and fast as the guys in Funeral Party for so long.

That point aside, it’s a seriously good debut attempt at bringingNew Yorkpunk over to the UK, kudos to Funeral Party.

Chapel Club Album Review

Chapel Club – Palace Album Review

“Palace” is the debut album fromLeedsandLondonbased indie boys, Chapel Club, and for those who love The Smiths, Interpol and My Bloody Valentine, this is the album for you, and to help get you past those January blues.

Front man Lewis Bowman continuously exceeds expectations in the vocal department and his deep and haunting vocals on tracks such as “The Shore” adds a new level of depth to the album, cutting through the electro wall of sound that comes from the majority of the other tracks on the album.

They have fully grasped the concept of the mainstream, popular indie music, giving out an aura of pretentiousness that is key for every 80’s indie influenced band trying to make it in 2011.

Don’t be fooled however, the pretentiousness flowing out of their music, is a pretentiousness that doesn’t come across through their personalities, they are the most down to earth guys on the brink of hitting the big time I have ever met, and they deserve all the praise they get.

Foo fighters end Adeles’ record run with their new release ‘Wasting light’

After a record 11 weeks at the top of the album chart, Adele’s album ‘21’ was finally knocked off the top by hard hitting rockers The Foo Fighters and their new album ‘Wasting Light’. Adele now occupies second and third sport in the chart with her first album ‘19’ sitting behind ‘21’ in third place.

The Foo Fighters, who recorded their new album in lead singers Dave Grohl’s garage where thrilled that their album went straight to number one. However, some may find it hard to believe but the front man confessed that the new album was influenced by 70s Swedish pop group ABBA.  He told NME…

“I like loads of crazy-ass, dissonant, distorted rock ‘n’ roll, But I also love, bands whose pop choruses get bigger and bigger. I love anthemic choruses, that overwhelming feeling of release that you can connect with. He added: “So whenever I thought I had a big enough chorus for a song, I would use that as the pre-chorus and then I would try and write something even bigger, like they did.”

Whatever he did it seems to have worked, with the album shooting straight to number one. Tracks like Rope and A matter of time will surely rock the stadiums that the Foo Fighters have come accustomed to. Fans can look forward to their upcoming tour and get ready to rock!!!

The History of the White Stripes

On February 2, 2011, after 6 studio albums, 26 singles, 1 live album, and excessive touring, the biggest blues rock duo around announced that they would officially cease recording and performing music as The White Stripes.

The announcement specifically denied any artistic differences or health issues, simply saying they split for “a myriad of reasons … mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band”.

It is truly a sad, sad day for modern rock music, as I know they influenced many of the great rock bands we see emerging today.

I take a detailed look at their past, their six studio albums, how they changed the face of modern blues rock music for ever, and how Jack and Meg White brought riff heavy, pounding rock back to the UK.

The White Stripes (1999) –

The White Stripes’ debut album “The White Stripes” was released in 1999 on the independent label Sympathy for the Record Industry.

Produced by a young Jack White, the self-titled debut was recorded and developed at Ghetto Recorders studio in Detroit and was the raw beginning for the now Grammy award winning duo.

The album was unofficially dedicated to well known Mississippi blues musician, Son House, an artist who Jack White has admitted to being one of his biggest musical influences and his influence is bursting out of every second of this exceptional take on hard blues.

One of my top 5 debut albums of all time.

De Stijl (2000) –

The White Stripes’ second album “De Stijl” which, when translated, is the Dutch for “The Style”, is exploding with just that. It’s intense, original, raw, crunchy, uncompromising stylish blues rock, and stays true to the sound of their debut.

Released on the same label as their debut, Sympathy for the Record Industry, in the summer of 2000, “De Stijl”, along with “The White Stripes” is now considered to be a cult classic among the modern day blues rock fan, which is an astounding feat considering the whole thing was self-recorded on Jack’s 8-track analog tape in his own living room.

Equally as good as their first, no question.

White Blood Cells (2001) –

“White Blood Cells” was the third album to be released by the blues rock duo and was originally released in the summer 2001, again on Sympathy for the Record Industry.

However, despite gathering plenty of underground acclaim, this was the first time the band enjoyed its first significant mainstream success and “White Blood Cells” was re-released on major label V2 Records the following year.

Jack and Meg White had again decided to stick to their roots by creating a rough, ragged and sharp around the edges piece of musical genius, something for which they gained huge praise, making The White Stripes one of the most critically acclaimed bands of recent years.

Their fame in the UK was instantaneous, British paper The Daily Mirror called them “the greatest band since The Sex Pistols” and in 2002 British magazine Q listed The White Stripes as one of “50 Bands to See before You Die”.

“White Blood Cells” then proceeded to grant us such classic singles such as “Hotel Yorba” and “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” which became the backbone to The White Stripes forever growing, powerful live set list.

Elephant (2003) –

Marking the bands first major label release “Elephant” is often described as “the best White Stripes album of them all” and showed the world that they were only just getting started, and were still unwilling to compromise their raw, heavy blues style.

The album was their first UK chart-topper, as well as their first US Top 10 album, an enormous feat for any act.

The album then proceeded to reach double platinum in Britain, and platinum in the United States, showing The White Stripes had finally, and thankfully, hit the masses.

American magazine Rolling Stone gave the album a coveted 5 out of 5 star rating, and has since then they named Jack White as number 17 on their list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

In 2004 “Elephant” won a coveted Grammy Award for “Best Alternative Rock Album” and in late 2009, British indie magazine NME named “Elephant” as number 18 in the “100 Greatest Albums of the Decade”.

The album’s first single, “Seven Nation Army” has been the band’s most successful single yet and lead the White Stripes to another Grammy success in 2004, winning them “Best Rock Song”

Its success was then followed by a cover of Burt Bacharach’s “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself” which is considered to be one of the best blues covers out there.

It was full steam ahead for The White Stripes at this point.

Get Behind Me Satan (2005) –

Again released on V2 Records, “Get Behind Me Satan” was recorded in Jack White’s then-Detroit home and shows The White Stipes taking a slightly more softer approach to their usually unforgiving and intense blues rock, with Jack White taking a more rhythmic approach to this album, replacing his electric guitar for an acoustic on the majority of the tracks, straying away from his normally riff heavy playing style.

Despite playing down their usual hard rock nature, they once again gained heavy critical acclaim with Rolling Stone ranking it as the third best album of the year, and again, winning them the Grammy for “Best Alternative Music Album” in 2006.

“Blue Orchid” and “My Doorbell” are seen as the two most recognizable singles taken from the album, both getting a large amount of radio air time and charting high both in the UK and US. They are also known as two of the best White Stripes singles behind the classic “Seven Nation Army”.

Icky Thump (2007) –

The White Stripes’ sixth album, Icky Thump, was released in 2007 on Warner Bros. Records, since V2 closed in 2006, and it was released on a one-album contract, something that neither The White Stripes themselves, or the record label knew, would be all they needed.

It entered the UK Albums Chart at number one and by late July had reached gold status in the United States, and led The White Stripes to do something no other rock band had done before. On February 10, 2008, almost two years to the day of their split, the album won them a Grammy for “Best Alternative Music Album”, the third year running for the rock duo.

Following the smoother, rhythmic feel to “Get Behind Me Satan”, “Icky Thump” showed the return to their punk rock and blues influences for which the band became known.

Recorded at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio it took a mere three weeks to record,  with most bands taking months to record an album.

Astonishingly however, this was the longest recording process of any White Stripes album to date, Jack and Meg refuse to sit around and do nothing.

Unfortunately however, it was all downhill for the previously married couple, and despite releasing such a sensational, crowd pleasing sixth studio album, they then unintentionally broke the hearts of thousands, as, in September 2007, they announced the cancellation of 18 tour dates due to Meg’s suffering from acute anxiety problems,

Following this, the duo cancelled the remainder of their 2007 tour dates including their scheduled tour of the UK, which would have been the last ever chance for any British fans to witness the magical live sound of The White Stripes.

And from then on, that was it, The White Stripes wouldn’t perform on British soil ever again, and their highly anticipated follow up to “Icky Thump” would never hit the shelves, leaving fans, musicians, and I’m sure The White Stripes moarning.

I’m still not sure that I’m over the death of this majestic blues rock duo, and my fingers will always be crossed, and I shall forever be hopeful, that one day, The White Stripes will once again play together.

Until then, The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs will have to do, but it will never be the same.

Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will Album Review

Scottish post-rockers Mogwai released their new album ‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’ last week. True to form the title is as crazy as ever, but for me, it still hasn’t beaten previous album title ‘Kicking a Dead Pig’.

The general consensus among Mogwai fans tends to be ‘I love all their music, but Mr. Beast was the best work’. With this in mind, how does this new release shape up?

You are eased in with some beautifully melodic songs including a new personal favourite for me ‘Letters to the Metro’. Things then change with ‘George Square Thatcher Death Party’ everything gets a little more gritty, something that I for one am please about. Mogwai know how to keep it fresh. In the song, we hear some of the old familiar messed up vocals. I’d also like to say that I believe the song title to be the greatest of all time!

This album is definitely no let down. It has the same genius we have seen in all of Mogwai’s albums. The big question though. Is this album as good as Mr. Beast? It’s possible, but you will need to ask me when I have listened to it as much as that beastly masterpiece.

Listen to ‘How to be a Wearwolf’ – It has all the hallmarks of a Mogwai classic.