Slow Show, Dream Darling. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

The well seasoned traveller, regardless of whether they have gone in search of inspiration, truth or melancholic anarchy or if they have stayed at home, allowing their mind to imagine the world in a perfect image, their own smile lighting up a million street lamps as their mind’s eye sees the ruins of once great cities or the flowering of new hope. All of these adventures are powered by the Dream Darling, the mordant and the biting, the homely and the gentle tones of other people’s voices scurrying around inside their heads, leading them on, leading them astray and always insisting that the reverie continues.

Beans On Toast, A Spanner In The Works. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * **

The following of a cult can be considered dangerous, a precarious passion to indulge your time within and one that is never truly advised and yet the cult figure, the difference in the fresh and the out of date is something that always appeals. The prospect of finding the stirring beginnings of another like minded Ian Dury, in whatever form, is enough to prick the ears back and listen with a wry smile at the dry wit on hand; in Beans on Toast’s new album, A Spanner In The Works, that appeal of the unusual and anti- trendy is sublime and an alternative falling for.

Satan’s Bear.

If you poke the Bear,

you really should expect

to find yourself

on the end of sharp and dangerous claws

and yet we poke, we provoke,

we decide to inflame the situation

and now Satan is revealed,

the pulsing super penis

that the Bear holds between its legs

and starts to dribble its urine

on the world; Satan

so apt an name,

forgive me my non-existent deity,

I think we have screwed up

big this time…

the rocket fuelled penis

only needs a number

Gary Maginnis & The Like, Guiding Light. Single Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

The search for the light is never ending, it takes up so much of our time on Earth that we can blink and miss the signal to start our own lives, rummage around our own personal lighthouse and make sure all the boats on the distant waters are safe from the harm of the rocks we place around them. The Guiding Light is the principal of safety and the escort who will lead you into the protected hands of trustworthy, it is a principle that Gary Maginnis & The Like hold dear and with dependable cool.

Daniel Land, In Love With A Ghost. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The sound of the city is one that can drive some to utter distraction, painfully eating away at the muscles in the ear, the grind of the buildings as they sway against the concrete underbelly and bedrock, an ache that never goes away. Yet if you listen without replying, if you take in the scale of the hive of activity, regardless of the situation you find yourself in the road and pavement fort and hiding place, there is a sense of poetry to be heard, the poetic demeanour that comes with every screeching horn, every verbal onslaught from shops and markets and the rumble of the Earth as it echoes the sound for miles around.

Keyboard Teeth.

It’s like teeth, once

one gets pulled out,

falls through the gap

of the regimented neglect

or the dust that gets underneath,

the termite filth that snaps back,

then the keyboard never feels

or looks the same, bare tooth grin

in the corner, full set of dentures

perfect black tiles with tattooed

memory, yet one missing tile can speak

a thousand words

and misspell the one that is important,

the sentence incomplete, inadequate,

when the perfect smile is tinged

with a missing tooth.


The Changing Room, Picking Up The Pieces. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

There will always come a time when the forces of will that conspire against every human to deal with their innermost anguish and regret will compel them to be seen to be Picking Up The Pieces, to put together the jigsaw of life that breaks apart, that can harm, can damage but ultimately can be, with hope, a new beginning, a new chapter in which to thrive.

Nina: A Story About Me And Nina Simone, Theatre Review. Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Josette Bushall-Mingo, Shapor Bastansiar, Shaney Forbes, Jair–Rohm Parker Wells.

Political thought requires The Arts to remind it of just what it is fighting for on occasion, the rest of the time Art is there to take on the degraded and the foolish who seek power without representation, who make those who seek to undermine a person by the colour of their skin, their age, race, gender, sexuality or their perceived ability to do a job, Art must strive to admonish, rebuke and sternly warn by any means possible but it also must hold the hand, caress the soul and give comfort that whilst the holders of such ideas are wrong, they at least can be changed.

Climbing Everest In My Shoes.

I don’t need

to scale Everest

to know how difficult

it would be

to take each step,

to go

and place my tiny feet

in the

crisp white snow

and icy domain

and not fall to my death.


I don’t need

to swim the Atlantic

from the steps

of Cornish past

to the shore of New Jersey

and sit breathless

on the jetty and water weeds

of Benny’s Landing

to know how

take in a lung full of salt and knotted

Midge Ure, Gig Review. Epstein Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

It might feel as if you are living in the worst of times, the 2016 American Presidential race has descended arguably into a farce, the world is teetering on the edge once more of red buttons being nervously shifted over and citizens wondering just how far the leaders of the nations would go to cut off their nose to spite everybody else’s faces…it does make you speculate and question the validity of humanity’s reign on Earth, it raises doubts on the future; however, in the midst of it all, there is always the fact that you have lived in a time which was honoured to have Midge Ure performing his music in.