Kasabian destroy The Dome…

I’ve written gig reviews before. Usually, I tell you what was good and what wasn’t. This time you decide: What was so brilliant about Kasabian at Doncaster Dome? Continue reading

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Karloff’s return offers glimpse of what might have been for Kasabian

Some fans of Kasabian may have often wondered what happened to Chris Karloff, an early member of the band who parted ways with the rest of the group before the release of the second album Empire.

Having crossed my mind the other day, I decided to do a bit of research on the mystery man, and was surprised to find that he is still alive and kicking, and has returned to the music scene in the shape of his new venture, Black Onassis.

Black Onassis: Chris Karloff (centre) is joined by bandmates Brad Conroy (left) and Nick Forde.

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Kasabian reaching zenith with fourth album

If there is one criticism of Kasabian’s fourth studio album, Velociraptor!, it’s this: How do they improve from here?

The hotly anticipated follow-up to 2009’s Mercury Prize nominated West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum has roared straight into the UK album charts at number one, and with good reason.

This album shows a band approaching the very top of their game, as well as displaying a growing maturity. Continue reading

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The Last Dance: A fitting farewell for The Music

Unimaginitve name aside, The Music were an exciting and initially promising band that looked headed for superstardom. Their self titled 2002 debut album was a critical success, reaching number four in the UK album charts.

Follow-up second album Welcome To The North was also well received, but drug and alcohol problems for lead singer Robert Harvey meant that The Music disappeared from the radar for a few years, and doubts were cast over whether they would ever play again. Harvey recovered though, and they returned in 2008 with the album Strength In Numbers.

But with much damage already done, Harvey announced in 2010 his decision to leave the band, and a series of farewell concerts were organised for August 2011.

I managed to scramble a pair of tickets for their final ever show, and my girlfriend and I made the short trip to Leeds to wave goodbye to The Music. Continue reading

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Kasabian debut new material at intimate Sheffield gig

“D’ya wanna hear a new one?” asked Tom Meighan of the boisterous 2000 strong crowd at Saturday’s concert at Sheffield’s o2 Academy. After the resultant cheer, Meighan introduced Kasabian’s new track: “This one’s called Velociraptor!.”

The band launched into a high-tempo tune with Meighan taking lead vocals and backing provided by guitarist Serge Pizzorno, who also features heavily on a pulsating chorus: “Velociraptor! He’s gonna find ya, he’s gonna kill ya, he’s gonna eat ya!” Continue reading

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The madness of the play-offs: Carnage on the continent

The Football League Play-Offs provide some of the most exhilarating football matches in the domestic game. 

For four teams, the season is decided over a two legged semi-final, and if successfully negotiated, comes down to a single 90-minute slog between the two finalists in a showpiece showdown.

With promotion at stake, you’d be forgiven for thinking teams would err on the side of caution, with defensive and cagey games the order of the day. But there’s something about these nail-biting, arse-cheek clenching fixtures that sends teams goal crazy as we bare witness to a myriad of twists, turns, tantrums and total football carnage. Continue reading

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Album Review: Beady Eye- Different Gear, Still Speeding

Liam Gallagher’s belief in his own ability has never been in question, but it was always widely regarded that brother Noel was the brains behind the Oasis assault on the British music scene in the 90’s and 00’s.

After all, it was Noel who penned the vast majority of the band’s material, and often those songs written by Liam were perhaps not the best.

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