What We’re Watching in 2015: Part 2 – Film Excerpt

Film: Crimson Peak After quite sometime away from the genre in which he made his name, in 2015, we have the next thrilling chapter of mystery and intrigue from acclaimed fantasy/horror auteur: Guillermo del Toro. Set in 19th century Cumbria, Crimson Peak encapsulates a strategically uniform plotline, that will undoubtedly unfold into an outpouring of twists…

What We’re Watching in 2015: Part 2 – TV Excerpt

TV: Doctor Who: Series 9  After an explosive entrance almost a year ago for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, followed by a series chock full of emotional instability, childish feuds – and not forgetting the odd mystery or two – all culminating at the trademark cliffhanger of the penultimate episode (which by then I’d reckon a large portion…

Short Story: Vanderbilt – Excerpt

I woke up the next morning to a progressively irritating yet strangely soothing melody of raindrops pattering against the bedroom windows. There was an erie dullness about the cumulonimbus-filled sky as I hoisted my still-limp body from under the covers. I Stumbled into the kitchen to prepare breakfast. Well, I say prepare. Microwaved cheese on…

Introducing: Larkins

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Name: Larkins Hometown: Manchester (Glossop/Salford) Check out: ‘Good Old Fashioned Love’ & ‘Bitter Lady’ “The limelight’s right where it should be” professes the second verse of ‘Good Old Fashioned Love’, however if that were true in this case,  we’d be hearing hell of a lot more about a band bursting with potential…

Album Review: I Forget Where We Were // Ben Howard

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Its got to that time now where we’ve said our goodbyes to summer for another year, and school, college or university is back in full swing. But there’s no need to get too down about all the work that might be piling up around you, just keep your head up…

Album Review: Playland // Johnny Marr

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Two albums in the space of 18 months is almost unheard off these days, compared to 30 years ago where bands refuted the now commonplace philosophy of; write, release, tour, repeat and simply put out new music whenever it was ready. A prime example of this would be The Smiths,…

Single Review: Live For The Moment // The Sherlocks

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Sheffield is a city that lays claim to a rich musical heritage, from Pulp and The Human League to Richard Hawley and Reverend & The Makers. Not forgetting of course Arctic Monkeys. But who’s next in line to follow suit you ask? Well, I say look no further than the…

Live Review: Catfish & The Bottlemen // HMV Arndale, Manchester

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As I’m sure we’re all aware now, Catfish & The Bottlemen’s debut album ‘The Balcony’ was officially released on Monday (despite an internet leak the preceding Friday) to a – for the most part – unsurprising level of acclaim due to the already widespread buzz around the band. In order…

Track Review: 7.13 // The Mexanines

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Over half a year has passed since a 6-piece incarnation of the current quartet brought us two considerably more mellow tracks than we’d come to expect in ‘Fires’ and ‘Wonderland’, but we are now gifted with a stripped-back piano version of ‘7.13’, the brand new tune from The Mexanines. Just…

TV Review: Pilot // Selfie

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With the scale of command social media has over a great deal of our everyday lives, upon reading about Selfie, I was somewhat surprised that a series of a similar ilk or concept had not come to fruition already. The premise of the sit-com in essence is a contemporary take on…