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nickquantrill has written 11 posts for Nowhere Town

PJ Bond

Part review, part essential listening, part gig pick, so posted as a Feature… Like his home state of New Jersey, PJ Bond is a contradiction. His music is as the same time bittersweet and abrasive, melancholic and beautiful with his recorded output proving the point. Debut solo album, “You Didn’t Know I was Alphabetical” is … Continue reading

News : Last Winter Dance Party

Fresh out of Hull…Last Winter Dance Party are a sort of supergroup, drawing members and influences from a wide range of genres. It’s not easily nailed down to folk, American or indie – it’s just joyful life affirming music. “The Dawn Chorus” currently sits at number five in the Strummerville DIY download chart. Maybe the band … Continue reading

News : The Southsea Alternative Choir

What started out as epic drinking and busking sessions to celebrate Christmas 2011 saw a group of Portsmouth musicians, The Southsea Alternative Choir, raise £1,500 for local cerebral palsy charity, Samuel’s Fund. Comprising members from several groups in the city, including Jim Lines from ‘Ricky’, who enjoyed chart success with their sixties-inspired take on Britpop, … Continue reading

Essential Listening : # 12 Horse Guards Parade

Horse Guards Parade are different. That much is obvious. Hailing from the unheralded  city of Hull, the  band maybe reflect their environment. There are no half-measures – you’re either in or out. This isn’t casual pop music. Debut album, “Ten Songs” doesn’t stand still. It can’t be denied that Americana looms large, whether it’s art-rock, spaghetti western or the cosmic country … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #9 The Hussy’s

The Hussy’s hail from Scotland and in the space of a handful of years they’ve managed to cover more ground than other bands cover in their career. Dig in and you’ll find country, folk, electronica and straight ahead no nonsense pop. So what to choose? Tonight it’s pop music, with “We Expected” from the band’s … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #5 The Belles

Kansas City-based duo, The Belles, disappeared as quickly as they reared their heads in the UK, leaving behind just a handful of perfectly crafted experimental alt-county albums. It’s perfect Sunday morning listening to accompany coffee, toast and a hangover. This is the title track from their debut album. Front-man, Christopher Tolle, returns very soon with … Continue reading

The birth of Britpop – Suede storm The Brits

Early 1993 and Nirvana were still riding the wave of ‘Nevermind’ and readying ‘In Utero’ for release. Grunge dominated. British music needed to re-find its sense of identity. In 1992, something was stirring around London-based band, Suede. Two critically acclaimed singles came and went with little commercial success, but that all changed in February 1993 … Continue reading

Interviewed : Joe Solo

Joe Solo is one of the hardest working performers in the north and one whose army of fans increases with every gig. Nick Quantrill talks to the Scarborough-based musician about his work: 1) You’re out working hard to promote your current album, “If Peel Street Could Talk”, and although it nods to Seegar and Hays, … Continue reading

The story of ‘Please Please Me’ – The Beatles record their debut album

On February 11th, 1963, four young men from Liverpool gathered in EMI’s Abbey Road studios in London to record their debut album. Even though this band, The Beatles, had recently enjoyed their first taste of success, they weren’t to be treated any differently to any other chart acts of the day. The album would consist … Continue reading

Reviewed : Shiznitz! – Boathouse Masters

Undiscovered gems, playing on the streets of Hull? You really wouldn’t think so, would you, but take the time to look about and listen and you just might be surprised. Led by the mysterious figure of Corona Smith, they’re a bunch of ‘self styled rabble rousing purveyors of stray dance.’  What it translates into is … Continue reading

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