Album Review: Waxahatchee- Cerulean Salt

THE SECOND album from Philadelphia based, Katie Crutchfield, is set to be the underground hit of the summer and the soundtrack to melancholic teens across the land.

Since last years debut, American Weekend, Cruchfield now sounds much more self-assured with her voice and she doesn’t hide behind the recording, but instead wears her heart completely on her sleeve. Read More…


Stockton is Calling

THIS year’s Stockton Calling is set to be the biggest since the festival started back in 2010 with more bands and venues on offer.

Acts like, The Sunshine Underground, Chapel Club, Swim Deep not to forgot a host of artists, this years festival offers something for everyone. Read More…

The true Shakers of Harlem.

Seven years ago the true shakers of Harlem, ‘Harlem Shakes‘ formed and now, four years after their split they’re gaining a new following thanks to the internet craze, Harlem Shake.

In the space of just a few weeks the band gained 8,000 new followers all thanks to a series of 30 second videos of people ‘Harlem Shaking’ on Youtube. Read More…

Shit tips for shit bands

Believe it or not, I was once in a band. We played gigs, we argued, we drank beers and we had a whale of a time.

We never really got anywhere, but we recorded two ep’s, supported some good bands and almost managed to get paid once.

The band in question was,Cold Pistols. I still wholeheartedly regret the name, it didn’t roll off the tongue like a band’s name should do. Read More…

Winter Blues cured by Blues

Every Friday the Cleveland bay in Yarm is transformed into the hub of local blues music and last night I finally turned up for one.

On arriving I asked myself a question, nothing deep just why on earth haven’t I come before? Read More…

Collectors Club ‘Wanna be you’ review

The sirens of ‘jingly jangly pop’ are ringing out as Teesside’s Collectors club are set release their second single ‘Wanna be you‘.

After the single launch last week at Mixtape they’ve also got a new video, sadly without Jessica Robinson.

The Video

The video doesn’t have a narrative as the previous one but at least a local band is going to effort of making a video.

Saying that though the scenes of them dancing in a circle only make the prospect of hara-kiri much more appealing.

The Song

I was very impressed with CCs early demo’s but I do think this song doesn’t live up to the previous hype.

Though that might just be me being pedantic, I guess if you like; The Kooks, or any mid 00s band you’ll be in good stead with this song.

The melodies are as expected from this band, obnoxiously contagious over time and the bass-line is pretty fly.

My favourite thing about the song is the pre-chorus. It’s naïve and sets up the chorus brilliantly. However I’ve never really liked a chorus which has just one line.

The middle 8th sounds rather sexual and gives the song a different dynamic rather than the dull. Verse, chorus,verse, chorus, outro, as used by many bands who are quite lazy.

Apart from that the verse’s neither inspire or excite me, which is a shame because I know they have plenty of other songs which get me excited(take that how you want).

The conclusion

It still confuses me that the band haven’t pushed, what I thought to be their best songs,’  Out tonight‘ and ‘Still lie with you’. 

Both have a solid hook, which certainly finds you singing them around the house, while ‘Wanna be you‘ is for the most part just background noise.

I know they’re in good hands with former Dartz player(quite the pun, no?), Henry Carden, I hope they release either out tonight or still lie to me at some point or offer something a little faster or exciting in the verse department.

I can’t like every song and don’t particularly like this one on a whole. However it is nice to see a local band not only pushing themselves out on social media like Youtube but being looked after by someone who’s been there and got the t-shirt.

Make your own mind up by watching it here:


What’s it all about

Keeping this one short but sweet.

This blog will be devoted to reviewing, previewing and showcasing some of the most interesting and exciting music going on in Teesside and the north east.

 There are some brilliant venues in Teesside playing host to some interesting bands, both good and bad.

As someone who’s been in and around the Teesside music scene for well over half a decade I have a good knowledge on what bands are around and which ones are a little special.

 Let me just say now, not everything I’ll write on this blog will be nice but it will be my opinion…So if I don’t like something I will say it. Not only does this spark a discussion but helps me put across my true feelings, rather than trying to be dull and play it safe.

However,a major reason for doing this blog is an attempt to bring greater focus to the Teesside and north east  music scene.

I will have lots of nice things to say for bands I enjoy and bands who are genuinely  nice folk.

I don’t to commit myself to a schedule but i’ll try to make at least two posts a week.

Here’s some Evelyn Burke to tide you over until the next post: