Monday, 27 October 2014

LIVE: LAURA DOGGETT at O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON (supporting John Newman)

Laura Doggett is a 20 year old from Bath who recently signed with RCA Records, toured with SOHN, and this week sees the release of her debut single 'Moonshine'. As if that wasn't enough excitement for one week she's also currently supporting Yorkshire's finest - Mr John Newman, on his UK tour, the highlight of which came at a sold out show at Brixton's O2 Academy.

For someone of such tender years Laura Doggett certainly displayed a clear confidence not only in her ability, but also through the strength of her song-writing. The half a dozen songs that populated her set-list demonstrated her deep, powerful vocals that are refreshingly unique, which alongside the sultry stage presence leaves you feeling like you've witnessed not just a normal concert but a theatrical event.

The between song chit chat clearly revealed someone who appreciated the opportunity given to her by John Newman (who incidentally put on a fantastic show), with the honest thank you mentions to those who've been supportive endearing her to the crowd which swelled in numbers as her set reached a conclusion.

With a debut album to look forward to in 2015, no doubt we'll be seeing Laura Doggett on the live scene again in the near future, I'd recommend you do so too!


Monday, 20 October 2014


Out now through Homeless Records, 'Slow Release' is the fourth album from Aussie three-piece Yes I'm Leaving, following up from last years well received 'Mission Bulb' LP.

'Slow Release' is a blistering garage-punk-rock assault taking place over the record's 11 songs, full of angsty, grungy vocals and bass heavy guitars which never let up throughout the duration. It's a bleak yet strangely uplifting listening experience, leaving you with ears that feel abused but a brain that feels energised...strange!

Sunday, 12 October 2014


London based 4-piece USA Nails release their debut album next month. Titled 'Sonic Moist' it will be available through Smalltown America on a delicious sounding mint green swirling 12" vinyl, alongside a less appetising digital download.

I'll level with you, 'Sonic Moist' is not an easy listen. However for those who like the current wave of post-punk-noise that seems to have surfaced over the past 12 months, it's an essential listen. In a nutshell it's abrasive, obnoxious, relentless, and at times damn right brutal, comparable with contemporaries Big Ups, and Pissed Jeans, and inspired by Sonic Youth and Swans.

The album is available on the 17th November, head over the Smalltown America for pre-order, meanwhile the band's next London show is on 17th October at the Unicorn, with a full tour to follow - full details here. // USA NAILS