Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!

Massive Wagons – Fight the System

Lancashire based five piece Massive Wagons recently recorded their second album at Axis Studios. After their début album Fire It Up here comes Fight the System to be released worldwide on 14th July 2014. Might as well start with the title track, Fight The System. Those who already have Fire …

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Zico Chain – Sound Control, Manchester, 10th October 2013

Zico Chain – Sound Control, Manchester, 10th October 2013

For the penultimate night of their sixteen date UK tour Zico Chain came to Sound Control, Manchester. The venue has different rooms and today’s gig was taking place on the ground floor. A smallish venue with, on the minus side, pesky pillars but on the plus side, a bit of …

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Sister Sin – Satans Hollow, Manchester, 3rd October 2013

Sister Sin – Satans Hollow, Manchester, 3rd October 2013

Satan’s Hollow established as a rock club in 2000, but formerly a shipping Warehouse, was the chosen venue for Sister Sin’s opening gig of their UK tour October 2013. The dance floor, which is in the centre, doubles as a stage for gigs. I have seen bands play ‘in the …

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Reckless Love – Academy 3, Manchester, 1st October 2013

Reckless Love – Academy 3, Manchester, 1st October 2013

Just one month after the release of their third album – Spirit, Finnish Glam Rock band Reckless Love came over to the UK for a 9 date UK tour. The opening night conveniently (for me) being at Manchester Academy 3. Support came in the form of Australian born Laura Wilde …

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Velvet Star – MacIntosh Arms, Goole: 27th Sep 13 (Last ever Velvet Star Gig)

Velvet Star – MacIntosh Arms, Goole: 27th Sep 13 (Last ever Velvet Star Gig)

Velvet Star was formed in East Yorkshire, back in 2007 by brothers Danny and Corey Jones. Several line up changes, and a change in direction, have seen the brothers decide to call it a day and move on with new venture Deadaudiosaints. To thank loyal fans Velvet Star didn’t just …

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Velvet Star / Deadaudiosaints – Interview with Danny & Corey Jones – 27th September 2013

I took the last possible opportunity to ask brothers Danny and Corey Jones, from Velvet Star, a few questions about why they had decided to call it a day with Velvet Star and continue in their new venture, Deadaudiosaints. You two founded Velvet Star back in 2007? Danny: Yeah, it’s …

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Die No More – Blueprint

Die No More are a British Metal band from Penrith, Cumbria. Formed in 2011 they started out playing under the name of Dynamo but changed their name to Die No More earlier this year, due to foreseeable issues with magician Dynamo, before announcing the release of their début album Blueprint. …

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Senton Bombs – Chapter Zero

Chapter Zero is the latest album from Blackpool Punk/Rock Band The Senton Bombs. Formed in 2004 as The Terrorists they have already released four Demos and two studio albums, ‘Sweet Chin Music’ and’ Gambit’. Signed to STP Records in March 2013, Chapter Zero is their first label released album. With …

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Slut Machine – Hang On

The interestingly named Slut Machine are an all female, punk band formed in Italy in 2011. They are now on to their third lead vocalist, Bianca. I had high hopes for this album and listening to the first track Lump In My Throat I thought, fast drumming, fast guitars just …

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White Clouds & Gunfire – For All the Non Believers

Female fronted alternative rock band White Clouds & Gunfire formed in Peterborough in 2009. Following their debut EP ‘Zero to Hero’ their album ‘For All the Non Believers’ was released on 2nd September 2013. A keyboard intoduction led into the opening song ‘Bruised not Broken’ a soft rock track with …

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Sister Sin – Dance of the Wicked

Swedish Metal Band Sister Sin’s first album Dance of the Wicked was originally released in 2013. Ten years later it has been re-released by Victory Records. Now with, not only all 8 original tracks but, 3 previously unreleased demo tracks, and a bonus track featuring German Rock Goddess Doro Pesch. …

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Reckless Love – Spirit

Reckless Love are a Finnish Glam Rock band who these days do their own music and songs, after initially starting out as Reckless Life, a Guns N’ Roses tribute. Olli Herman, their very good-looking (he’s like the male equivalent of Pamela Anderson) frontman joined Crashdiet for a time before concentrating …

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Aces High Festival 2013, Nottingham

Aces High Festival 2013, Nottingham

Having never been to The Doghouse venue Carlton, Nottingham before I didn’t know what to expect when I rolled up for The Aces High Festival 2013: 24th and 25th August 2013. The Doghouse turned out to be a smaller concert venue about 2 miles outside Nottingham (on the lilac bus …

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