SEVEN DEADLY – Obliviation

seven deadlySeven Deadly’s debut release, the ‘Allegiance EP’, gained the band positive coverage from lots of different corners of the rock press, with independent websites, established magazines and one-man bloggers practically falling over themselves to praise the British quintet.  From the ashes of Panic Cell, this then new band proved that they had so much to give.   …And a year down the road, with their first full length release, the band shows no signs of tiring.  If anything, they sound even better.

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The Selecter to headline Chagstock Festival; first acts announced

The first acts have been confirmed for the 2014 Chagstock Festival.

Set across 70 acres of farmland in Whidden Down near Dartmoor, Chagstock has become one of the west country’s best-loved events. In 2013, the festival was headlined by The Boomtown Rats; the 2014 event will be headlined by British ska legends The Selecter. A big year for Pauline Black and co, who celebrate 35 years of their classic debut ‘Too Much Pressure’.

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Picastro YOUPicastro have slowly been marking a place for themselves in the world of alternative music with their wandering soundscapes since the late 90s.  Prior to this fifth release, they’ve toured with alt-folk/anti-folk acts Broken Social Scene, Scout Niblett and Devandra Banhart, their sound slowly evolving all the while.  If you didn’t “get” the band previously, 2014’s ‘You’ is intent on making sure you still won’t. In fact, ‘You’ is far more experimental than most of their prior works (certainly true if measured solely against 2007’s ‘Red Your Blues’).  Sure, they could channel their talents into something dreamy and in turn attract a larger audience of devotees, but then again, that would also destroy most of what makes the band so striking.

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