Carousel EP – a review.

From the opening strains of Show, it is clear that Southend-on-Sea’s very own Carousel have a goal in mind, and that’s to lift you up. There is nothing to stop the smiles spreading as their sublime vocal melodies explode and their joyous mix of folk and blues push on like clockwork. Their take on Americana […]

Davey Hal – Materials Logic

It would be fair to say that our little seaside town is not short of talent. That’s why I was pleased to see that one of the most prominent voices on the local scene, Davey Hal, was working on his first solo album, and enthralled when he asked me to give Materials Logic an exclusive […]

Workbook

In February 2016 I spent a week in a gypsy caravan where I recorded twenty songs in the hopes it could become my first album. It was bitterly cold and I had to turn off the storage heater in between takes. I brought home those songs and let them sit for a little while. Then […]

Love You Better: an essay

Love You Better or Why losing The Maccabees is a massive blow to the music scene and to me, Paul Schiernecker. When I was seventeen, indie was king. I can remember working a Sunday morning in Sainsburys at Rayleigh Weir, feeling like absolute shit because I was fronting up Babybels on three hours sleep. The […]

Turn that punk shit down Tchaikovsky!

I spend a lot of time thinking about the future. I imagine what I will be like in twenty, thirty, forty years time. I wonder how I will live, and where I will live, whether I’ll be happy or not. Those are the key details. Once you get those established in your head, you move […]