Teesside outfit Catalyse look like a real band, don’t they? I mean a REAL band. Luckily for us, that’s exactly what they are.
Local: Callum Pitt
Callum Pitt, then? The one on the left? The one on the right? Don’t be daft: it’s the one in the middle. He’s great! (As are his band mates, who, for the time being, shall rem...
Local: Kate Edwards
We reviewed Kate Edwards’ debut single in our December issue and were so enamoured with it that we decided to shove her on this page, too.
This Sunderland-based folk/blues duo (say “Hi, how’s tricks?” to Shannon Pearl and John Timney”) are a very fine proposition indeed.
Local: Benedict Hawkin
This is Benedict Hawkin either: 1. At the bottom of his local swimming pool; or 2. Really ramping up the arty effects on his press pic. Either way we’re having a piece of him.
Local: Paul Taylor
We don’t feature that many pianists specialising in improvisation on this page, but, then again, we don’t come across that many pianists as talented as this fella.
Local: Lily Brooke
Lily Brooke is a singer/songwriter from Hebburn who kind of rings a bell with me…
Local: Scott Michael Cavagan
County Durham lad Scott Michael Cavagan is a singer/songwriter you can really hang your hat on, particularly if your hat is into indie rock which pulses with melodic energy. (...
When someone mentions “Kashmir” to me these days I don’t think of that bit on the map that nestles between India and China, but this new-ish Newcastle band who play the kind o...
Local: Idle Violets
There are some great bands coming out of the Stockton area at present and Idle Violets are among the most arresting.
Local: Gem Andrews
Newcastle based Gem Andrews knows a thing or two about singer/songwriterly stuff and her new album, Vancouver, is a revelation.
This lovely lad is ako (or “Simeon Soden” as his bank statements insist on calling him) and he’s a really rather good and emerging producer of, in his words, “EDM”.
Local: Slow Decades
Lovely jumper, dude. And, hey, lovely new album, too.