Plini – ‘Sunhead’ (EP Review)

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Plini is one of the most highly respected instrumental guitarists in the world right now. Steve Vai heavily praised Plini’s first (and so far only) long-player Handmade Cities, while the Australian virtuoso’s DIY work ethic landed him on Download Festival’s Dogtooth Stage for the legendary event’s first ever instrumental guitar set. Although Plini first Read more…

Posted on 18 July 2018

2000 Trees 2018 (Festival Review)

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2000 Trees 2018 was easily one of the best festivals I’ve ever been to. Year after year, the Trees team have consistently worked to build and improve on everything they’ve achieved – and by this point, 2000 Trees has a practically unrivalled reputation amongst fans of British underground music.

This past weekend, one of the UK music scene’s greatest institutions exceeded all expectations Read more…

Posted on 16 July 2018

Daughtry – ‘Cage To Rattle’ (Album Review)

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Five years is a long time in rock ‘n’ roll – and that goes quintuple for former talent show contestants, who are normally expected to vanish into obscurity within twelve months of emerging into the public eye. But then again, Chris Daughtry is a star with proven staying power – and Cage To Rattle is a strong showing for a Read more…

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Posted on 13 July 2018

Fatherson (Interview)

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Since 2000 Trees is an alternative festival, Fatherson fit right in. With a double appearance planned for said event and an album release on the horizon, drummer Greg Walkinshaw and I talked about super-crowded venues, stage invasions, and more… Read more…

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Posted on 10 July 2018

The Xcerts (Interview)

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With their recently released album Hold On To Your Heart, Scottish expats The Xcerts managed to snag the Top 40 spot they’ve deserved for years. Well known for their mastery of singalong-inspiring songwriting and all-encompassing live shows, these guys are now bringing it all to the Main Stage at 2000 Trees. I talked to frontman Murray Macleod about mid-set marriage proposals, avoiding dental cavities, and his band’s very Read more…

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Posted on 10 July 2018

Arcane Roots (Interview)

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Arcane Roots know how to throw a musical curveball. Evolving swiftly from Left Fire’s Biffy-meets-Muse approach to Blood & Chemistry’s dynamic diversity and Melancholia Hymns’ cinematic expansiveness, these guys never fail to shock and awe. With sets at 2000 Trees and ArcTanGent approaching fast, I talked to bassist Adam Burton about Arcane Roots’ plans for both festivals, the importance of spare socks, and Read more…

Posted on 08 July 2018

Grumble Bee (Interview)

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Grumble Bee – aka multi-instrumentalist Jack Bennett – has been busy making underground waves for the past few years. His reputation for sick live shows continues to grow, and his star is guaranteed to remain on the rise for a long time to come. With 2000 Trees kicking off in less than a week, we got talking about formative festival experiences, dodgy mics, and lasers…

You’re playing the acoustic Forest Stage at 2000 Trees this year. How are the preparations going?

Great, thank you! I just need to work out how to Read more…

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Posted on 06 July 2018

Black Peaks (Interview)

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2018 is shaping up to be a great year for alternative rock, and Black Peaks are representing its more technical and mathy end with some classy festival appearances and the imminent October 5 release of their sophomore album All That Divides. These guys (including today’s interview subject, drummer Liam Kearley) are one of my favourite bands of all time, and I’m not alone in that opinion – which is why… Read more…

Posted on 05 July 2018

Blood Red Shoes (Interview)

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Blood Red Shoes know the value of hard work, the kind of effort that goes beyond blood, sweat, and tears. Their DIY ethos and work ethic has won them fans and golden opportunities across the world – and this year will see them take on even more challenges. I got talking to vocalist/guitarist Laura-Mary Carter about a certain upcoming UK festival, formative musical experiences, and topless rioters…

You’re set to play the main stage at 2000 Trees 2018, which kicks off in one week. How’re you feeling right now?

Feeling great! Excited to be playing again. We took a long break from it after not having any breaks for about ten years, so we Read more…

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Posted on 05 July 2018

Dave McPherson (Interview)

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As a cult musical hero and prolific solo artist – not to mention the frontman of long-running British alt-metal survivors InMe – Dave McPherson is a natural choice for 2000 Trees’ first-night post-headliner Forest Session. Read on to learn about his special plan for 2000 Trees 2018, accidental onstage unconsciousness, and Read more…

Posted on 04 July 2018