Local scene: Brooke Bentham
This South Shields lass grabbed our attention way back in the mists of 2017 but we’ve had to wait until 2020 for her debut album to land. Has it been worth it? Read on for the...
Local Scene: PLAZA
Who doesn’t love a band that spell their name in caps? (Answer: no one.) And now Hartlepool’s finest have put all their lovely melodies in caps, too.
Oh wow! I love this pic of Madeleine Smyth nearly as much as I love her music. (And let me tell you, I really, really, really fucking love this pic…)
As you can see, Trunky Juno has got sole. More than one. I wouldn’t call him a soul singer, though…
Local scene: Hector Gannet
Hector Gannet is a man! And a band! Confused? You wouldn’t be if you’d only just read on…
Local: Weekend Sun
Darlington’s Weekend Sun are releasing their second album on 30 November and it’s packing the kind of sizzling funk that’ll warm the coldest of cockles.
Local: Birdman Cult
Birdman Cult were formed in South Shields but now appear to be based in Bristol. No matter, we’re still claiming them as one of our own.
Local: BARE ROOTS
There’s no messing around with BARE ROOTS (feel the awesome power of their capital letters). Their sound is all in caps, too.
Local: Courtney Dixon
This Newcastle lass has just released her debut single and it’s had me scrambling around the office shouting: ‘Who the fudge has got my “Amazing New Talent” klaxon?’
Local: No Time For Reason
This Newcastle three-piece are going places if their debut single is anything to go by.
Local: Fran Minney
Durham born Fran Minney has, what I like to call, “a look”. What’s more, she’s also got, what I like to call, “a sound”. And it’s a ruddy winner.
Is Crimewave a one-man Crimewave? I rather think that he is you know. Say, “Hi! How’s tricks?” to Jake Wilkinson.
Local: Paige Temperley
A singer songwriter from Newcastle who knows how to sing AND write songs? I don’t mind if I do!