REVIEW: Island – Bel Esprit

The latest track from the Bel Esprit Lose My Mind EP is now here! After their initial success on Soundcloud with the EP’s title track, a follow up from this southern indie rock four-piece has been long-anticipated. Taking a less energetic approach, ‘Island’ explores the moodier side of the band’s songwriting, incorporating technical musical prowess…

Preview: Independent Venue Week 2015

It’s a sad fact that local live music is on the decline. Pop giants dominate the charts, the music channels and the radio, and with the huge pool of bands and artists out there, it’s much harder for small bands to break through and stay successful. Countless small music venues in my hometown of Southampton…

Review: Julian Casablancas + The Voidz at The Coronet London

Photo: Andy Hughes/NME When I woke up on Sunday morning, I really expected it to feel like Christmas. I wanted the butterflies, the excitement, the irrational need to get to my presents so I could tear off the wrapping paper and finally play with them. But when I woke up that morning, it was at…

Preview: Julian Casablancas + The Voidz at The Coronet London

On 7/12/14, Strokes frontman and solo artist Julian Casablancas will be bringing his latest musical endeavour, The Voidz, to the UK, playing an exclusive show at The Coronet Theatre in London. Julian Casablancas is best known for being the enigmatic frontman of New York based garage-rock band, The Strokes. His drawling vocals and indecipherable lyrics…

‘Lose My Mind’ – Bel Esprit (Review)

Here we have the debut single from local Southampton lads, Bel Esprit. Their name is a reference to the fund T.S. Eliot set up in aid of Ezra Pound to help him write poetry full time and is a rough translation of ‘beautiful spirit’, but don’t let this fool you – the music packs a…