Selva, D O M A. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

The deep rumble that accompanies lightning, the sense of other worlds colliding and the universe breaking in half, these are age old fears that we used to put the blame on the gods, that without reason to doubt the obvious, that nature is full on Heavy Metal when she is holding onto a grudge, when she wants to teach us a lesson.  The best thing we can do in such circumstances, when the rumble gets close, is to lay back, drink in the atmosphere and let the music she provides wage war with serenity and to embrace the gentle.

Yvonne Lyon, Metanoia. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

At times you cannot help but be drawn to a line from an old poet. A song will come on the radio, an album will be played and through the airwaves and dominating speakers, sage old advice from down the centuries will be remembered, thought of and mused upon. It gathers together the issues faced and suggests without any hint of irony in the invisible, disembodied voice in your mind, that Time has a funny way of repeating itself; the words might be modern, however the sentiment and message remains the same.

Red Pine Timber Company, Sorry For The Good Times. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

It is when you start apologising for everything that ever was, even the good things in life, the shared moments of joy, passion and adventure, that you realise it was all that you could do to keep the song alive, to let it be heard with sincerity and damn those with grace who encourage you to feel inferior and flawed; for those that made you feel Sorry For The Good Times.

England’s Forgotten Queen: The Life And Death of Lady Jane Grey. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Nine days in which to rule a nation, nine days in which you are thrust into the limelight from relative obscurity and ordered, God fearing, life, to one in which the state and the now dead King has decreed that you are Queen. In us all such power is unthinkable, the weight of history is enormous and chilling and it is the actions of an unwise soul that would dare take it on without a care in the world or who would relish the prospect. We only have to look at our modern day equivalent in politics, a week being a long time in that regards, nine days would seem like forever, and at the tender of 15; it is perhaps no wonder that many dispute the legitimacy of Lady Jane Grey’s period of time as England’s Queen.

Spiders Use Your Toothbrush.

Don’t let your toothbrush

lay on its side,

head down

in despair

as it thinks lonely thoughts till

you dare tackle the plaque once again;

at night,

when you are sleeping,

thinking happy thoughts.

Spiders,

big and hairy generals

of the eight legged kind,

 are happy to

use the bristles

in an effort

to ease the pain

and discomfort

from the spider like piles.

 

Ian D. Hall 2018

Salt House, Undersong. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

It seems strange to think in a modern context that the power of empathy is in danger perhaps, not of extinction but being carelessly tossed aside as if it were a paper bag caught in an updraft and destined to fight it out with the plastic in the sea. Compassion is there in the world but somehow understanding has been replaced in some quarters by the bullying tactic of rhetoric, of tough talk and sanctions, of bluster, wind and fury.

Black Veil Brides, Vale. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7/10

A story of two parts, two halves, a fearsome volcano that boils under the surface of the Earth awaiting the time to erupt and yet in which understands that patience is the key to have maximum effect on the landscape below. That green valley, the farmed dale, the perfect idyll in which lover’s court and nature is silent and prosperous; all taken out in the act of constant planetary renewal, the veil lifted and the bride to be kissed before enjoying the sound of Black Veil Brides.

If It’s Good Enough For Radiohead (And Lana Del Ray).

 

There She was walking

down the street, she got done

for DUI now she’s out on her feet,

serves her right, serves her well,

now her feet are going to swell,

she drove whilst pissed,

she deserves to go to Hell.

 

She used to look good, she used to look fine

but she caught the judge on a good day

and copped a lengthy fine.

 

Before He knew it, the police were on to him,

smoking pot at the wheel and polishing off a gin,

Mark Moraghan, Stephanie Dooley And Alan Stocks To Join Cast Of Lennon’s Banjo.

The very first tune I ever learned to play was “That’ll Be The Day”. My mother Julia taught it to me on the banjo, sitting there with endless patience until I managed to work out all the chords.”

A further three actors have been confirmed to join the cast of Lennon’s Banjo, which makes its world stage premiere at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre in April.

Mark Moraghan, Stephanie Dooley and Alan Stocks join fellow actors Eric Potts, Jake Abraham, Lynn Francis and Roy Carruthers in a comedy play that is already making headlines around the world.

Doodlebug Productions Bring Paradise Lodge To The Casa This February.

On Friday 2nd February Doodlebug Productions bring Paradise Lodge to The Casa on Hope Street. For one night only, this thought provoking and hilarious exploration of identity, love and loss comes to Hope Street and is sure to be a night of great musical comedy, and one that tackles the issue of living with dementia.

Based on a true story and written by Steve Cooper and directed by Richard Oliver, Paradise Lodge is set in a care home and is one that brings the impact of the condition to the audience through this two handed play.