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THE STARLING RADICALS

 

This young Cardiff band is fronted by George E. Thomas who, vocally, is seemingly the love child of Ian Astbury and Axl Rose.

 

George is also the guitarist, while Jo is on drums and (Gareth) Bain is the bassist.

 

To be honest, I don’t know (without looking at the lyrics) what George is singing (a bit like one of my music heroes The Manics' James Dean Bradfield) but that doesn't bother me … I would point out though that the line in the song 'Mona Lisa Vampire' that I heard as ‘My false eye don’t belong to me’ is actually ‘My false icons belong to me’ … aah well, close!  

 

You can hear the excellent 'Another Shade of Gloom' which was played on many stations worldwide including BBC Radio Wales.

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WORLD VS. WORLD

 

Kirk Bowen - Primary Vocals/Guitar

Krist Davison - Bass/Secondary Vocals

Damian Harris - Drums

 

World Vs World is a Llanelli based alternative rock band.   They have self released 2 Eps:  “Our Own Personal Tabloid” (2007) and “The Six Degrees of Separation” (2009)  and in 2012 signed with independent label Death Monkey Records.  

 

Their track ‘The Beat of the Alpha’ (which you can hear via the Soundcloud link below) was released at the beginning of 2016 and received a goodly amount of radio airplay with feedback including:

 

“I really love The Beat of The Alpha. It has everything a good solid song should have!" - Adam Lee, China Drum

 

"This is a brilliant song" - Fatman Rocks, MyRock Radio

 

"Very cool track … great sounding band." - Aaron Phillips, Amazing Radio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following 'The Beat of the Alpha, ‘Chaos and Opportunity’ from the album 'The Sentinel Paradox' was offered as a free download in June of 2016.

 

Check out their heavy rock track 'Sea of Glass', on PP&P's New Tracks page.  

 

Trivia: The video for their track, ‘Sea of Glass’, was devised by South Wales video conceptualist Keith Williams, who’s worked with the likes of Elton John, Tina Turner and Michael Jackson on his Billie Jean video.

 

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SABOTEURS

 

Ben Ellis - vocals/guitar

Rick Whitehead - guitar/vocals

Pete Botterill - drums

Geoff Standeven - bass

Kirsty Marlog - vocals

 

With influences as diverse as New Model Army, Biffy Clyro, Neil Young

and Thrice, East Midlands band Saboteurs' debut album, 'Dance With

The Hunted', was released in May 2019.

 

The album features 10 tracks:

Splintered

Over and Doubt

Believe Nothing Hurts

Breakdown

Marooned

I Think My Face Hates Me

One Track Mind

Dance With The Hunted

Traces

Willows

 

Back in 2018, with different band members, they had released their debut EP which had attracted a growing fan-base and garnered them recognition by BBC Introducing as well as them being Richer Sound's Artist of the Week and finalists in Radio Wigwam's Rock Act of the Year.

 

The band in that form however split and it was the acrimonious split that has led to the new album. The opening track,’Splintered’, was written soon after and contains the line: 'The shame will never end but I'm coping on my own. The ones I left behind - they just fade out'.   You can hear ‘Splintered’ via the Youtube video below.

 

The band say “We just can’t do trends. We end up chucking in elements from all manner of genres and smashing them together”.

 

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