Major Murphy Access Winspear Records 2021 album review

Major Murphy – ‘Access’ album review


Major Murphy, a four-piece from Grand Rapids, Michigan, are all set to release their second album ‘Access’ – a collection of nine songs that navigate the uncertainty of creative and artistic livelihoods while also trying to make sense of newfound parenthood. Opening with the slackerpop hooks of the recently released title track, there’s an element…

Clique band Topshelf Records

Clique – ‘Burden Piece’ album review


A four-piece from Philadelphia signed to Topshelf Records, ‘Burden Piece’ is Clique’s second album. Already a cult favourite (which Topshelf band isn’t?), will it see them continue to gain more and more fans? Their tours with Modern Baseball and Sorority Noise will surely have helped and now these new fans can hear 13 new songs.…

Black Surf – ‘Army of Sheep’ review and stream


Forming through the wonders of Facetime and Dropbox, Black Surf immediately grab your attention with the line ‘I’ll just ponder every thought I’ve ever known’ in their new single ‘Army of Sheep. Slackerpop with an addictive chorus which urges you to ‘Say what you will’ and tongue-twisting vocal interplay, there are hints towards Pavement while…

Vundabar band

Vundabar – ‘Vundabar’ EP review


Having supported Mac DeMarco in the States, Boston trio Vundabar have just finished a tour throughout France (with an extra show at Camden’s Lock Tavern thrown in for good measure) and now they’re releasing their self-titled EP. Specialising in the kind of slackerpop that makes you want to live the life of a student once…

The Xcerts – Shaking in the Water


It’s been a long time coming – and it’s been a huge live favourite for some time – but it’s an absolute delight to finally see The Xcerts back with new material. ‘Shaking in the Water’, the first single from their new album, started life as a jangly 60s Beach Boys-esque pop song but after…