THE STORIES BEHIND THE MUSIC

LEADING THE CHARGE ON A NEW GENERATION OF BANDS SINCE 2015

REcent Interviews

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 …

Best single of the year 2019 - As Sirens Fall

2019 WINNERS INTERVIEWS: AS SIRENS FALL – SINGLE OF THE YEAR

You just can’t argue with a song that’s had a 40 consecutive show run on my Friday rock show (breaking the previous record of 19 weeks). Good songs get pushed hard by pluggers – but the great ones have a …

Best live act 2019- Jackaman

2019 WINNERS INTERVIEWS: LYNNE JACKAMAN – LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR

A feature of what we have done since the beginning, and twice voted Artist of the Month during 2019. For us Lynne’s milestone during the year was the statement she made as a live artist. She can sing anything, share …

Album of the Year 2019 - Melissa Etheridge

2019 WINNERS INTERVIEWS: MELISSA ETHERIDGE – ALBUM OF THE YEAR

A big year with us for Melissa. With ‘The Medicine Show’ many of our followers and the radio show listeners reconnected with Melissa’s catalogue. An album of the month earlier in the year, ‘The Medicine Show’ was chosen from our …

Band of the Year 2019 - Scarlet Rebels

2019 WINNERS INTERVIEWS: SCARLET REBELS – BAND OF THE YEAR

Over 50 weeks, 150 acts gave us interviews and all of them were in the very long shortlist for our 5 th annual Band of the Year vote. It was run over 11 months and won this year by Scarlet …

SHORT INTERVIEW: JOHN ILLSLEY – NOVEMBER TOUR

From Dire Straits to solo frontiers, John speaks about his solo music and November 2019 tour dates, where he reflects on his memories of the Dire Straits story and revisits the music.

album of the month

Lynne Jackaman

LYNNE JACKAMAN: ONE SHOT

March Album Of The Month “Being at Muscle Shoals, the distance gives you perspective. It’s given my songs new form, new life, coming here has

Previous album reviews

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

Recent show highlights

Fierce Badger!

BADGER ATTACK SHOW!

60 min highlights from the Friday show on 6 December 2019, when despite signal problems the music and interviews kept rolling. Tarot Rats were warming