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SHORT INTERVIEW: TAROT RATS SHARPIE NIGHT

The calm before the new album storm. Monday 20 January, the Rats gather with their coloured sharpies to eat Dundee cake and sign album pre-orders. A chat from the Sharpie evening, just for the website.

MACHINES DREAM – CRAIG ON RUSH

Craig did two interviews for our Neil Peart tribute show. For the first Craig spoke at length and with great passion, but we subsequently found the phone line to Canada hadn’t been great. So, we did the interview a second …

PISTON – BRAD TRIBUTE TO NEIL PEART

As part of our tribute special to Rush’s Neil Peart, drummer Brad speaks passionately about his childhood hero – and the huge influence Neil and Rush had on his development as a young musician. 

THE DUST CODA – ADAM ON 2020 PLANS

As part of our January new music showcase, Adam speaks from a windswept Whitstable about the band’s plans for the year ahead. Ones to watch out for in 2020! 

FRAGILE THINGS – HUGO TRIBUTE TO NEIL PEART

As part of our tribute special to Rush’s Neil Peart, where a generation of new rock bands paid tribute to one of their heroes, here Hugo speaks of the influence and legacy of one of the greats. 

Piston

SHORT INTERVIEW: PISTON – JACK EDWARDS ON 2020

As part of our January new music showcase, Jack from Piston reviewed a landmark year for Piston in 2019 – and talks about the band’s plans and ambitions for 2020.

Verity White

SHORT INTERVIEW – VERITY WHITE ON PURPLE VINYL

Verity White chats about her topline plans for 2020, rediscovering the art of music on vinyl and her involvement with the new Earache Records new compilation vinyl that showcases 15 rising bands.

Matt Mitchell

SHORT INTERVIEW: MATT MITCHELL ON 2020 PLANS

A year on from the release of ‘Black Diamonds,’ Matt talks about the song’s second chapter with the new Earache Records ‘New Wave Of Rock N Roll’ compilation vinyl. Matt also talks about plans for the year head, both in …

Thirteen Stars - Running So Long

Feature Interview – Thirteen Stars: New Album Countdown

Our first feature of 2020, Hoss “the Prof” from the band talks about the band’s new album, its creative direction, and plans for the year ahead. Plus a cameo for the infamous Rock Xylo. An early call on what will …

Local Heroes 2019 - Tarot Rats

2019 WINNERS INTERVIEWS: TAROT RATS – LOCAL HEROES AWARD

Tarot Rats came 3 rd in the big Band of the Year vote and started the year as Band of the Month. As the highest charting regional band, they also win our special #southeastrocks award which brings with it a …

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Major Arcana Part 1 Album Cover Art

TAROT RATS MAJOR ARCANA – PART 1

JANUARY ALBUM OF THE MONTH For some years, the resurgent grassroots rock scene has been firmly associated with the Midlands and North, but the sparkling

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Empyre

EMPYRE – SELF AWARE

JULY ALBUM OF THE MONTH With ‘Self Aware’ a new sun rises on a new rock Empire. A fresh counterpoint to an ageing rock scene