Released to coincide with a series of late Summer UK shows which kickstart with an appearance at this weekend’s Rebellion Festival, Yorkshire’s finest, Syteria, return with their third album ‘Syteriaworld’.

Boasting within their ranks, guitarist Jackie ‘Jax’ Chambers, of legendary UK rockers Girlschool, she lines up alongside Argentine siblings Julia and Pablo Calvo on vocals and drums respectively, with Steph Dawson on bass to deliver thirteen original songs and one cover tune (a sugary twist on the Ramones’ ‘Rockaway Beach’) that once heard will take a lifetime to get out of your head.

That’s because within ‘Syteriaworld’ the band have created some of the finest pop punk tunes I’ve heard since the heady days back at the start of the century when the likes of Avril Lavigne, Fall Out Boy and Paramore were all ruling the UK charts. Now, I bet anyone who’s watched the band’s last video (and first single from the album) ‘Monsters’ or is familiar with their previous two albums will probably be thinking “what the hell is this guy on about?” But you take one listen to album opener ‘Chasing Dreams’ and tell me I’m wrong. This is the kind of song that if dropped into a video game like Sonic the Hedgehog or Fortnite it would prove to be an immediate hit with a whole new demographic of potential fans discovering the joys of rock music through a whole new medium.

And it doesn’t stop with that tune either, the amazing ‘E.M.P.T.Y.’ sounds like a previously unreleased Garbage single with Butch Vig having finally turned up the guitars in the mix, whilst the pumping skank of ‘It Hit Me’ has more than a hint of Gwen Stefani/No Doubt about it.

Elsewhere, the second half of ‘Syteriaworld’ whilst perhaps edging more towards the metallic punch of the quartet’s past records with the likes of ‘Talk To Much’, ‘Nine To Nine’ and ‘Pause For Peace (Silent Minute)’, they all still possess a strong sense of melody, largely thanks to Julia’s excellent vocal delivery.

I’ll willingly admit that ‘Syteria World’ surprised the hell out of me, it’s a record packed full of hooks and has a feelgood factor about it that is more than welcome in 2023.

Go grab yourself a one-way ticket to ‘Syteriaworld’ ready for when it opens on 11th August, because once you’re in you’ll never want to go home.

You can pre-order your copy here.


Author: Johnny Hayward

Slyder Smith first hit the stage in the mid-90s as guitarist with power pop beat combo, Last Great Dreamers. After releasing four studio albums and one live album the band decided to go on a hiatus and sail down the solo artist route. Although Slyder went public first with his Kickstarter campaign it was Marc who stole the march by releasing his quite brilliant solo album first. All that seemed to do was raise the bar for Slyder who kept his album under wraps until now. Taking center stage with a new band Slyder Smith & The Oblivion Kids (Tim Emery, Bass, and Rik Pratt, Drums) Slyder is most definitely on the Charm Offensive with an album made up of equal parts gritty good time Rock n Roll, a dash of glamour and a heap of emotion.

Kicking off proceedings with the Mexican standoff that is ‘El Encantador’ something of an ever so brief spaghetti western intro. then a roll of drums and ‘Calico Queen’ is chomping at the bit with a cheeky smile its got swagger in a 2 steps from the move kinda way with a rollicking saloon piano run and an excellent middle eight and big Bvs its a stonking opener. It’s only going one way from here now the party is started ‘I’m Done’ has a cool groove that’s twisting and grinding towards the chorus.

It’s got an air of confidence about it – that much is obvious even at such early doors. Hell, there’s even a cowbell! With fourteen songs in all you need to make yourself comfortable – hell grab a beer or four this is happening. ‘Crash Landing In Teenage Heaven’ has the soul of Bowie with its dreamy tempo and infectious melody and once the earworm burrows in you won’t get rid of it for days. Sure, you’ve heard it before but when it was the title track of the LGD second album it was all trashy crash bang wallop this is a very different beast and is just about right on the money. A fantastic reinvention of a really good song even if this is next level.

Wait a cotton picking moment, Slyder picks up a banjo for ‘I Don’t Want To Run’ which builds and has the feel of The Libertines or Carl Barat which is no bad thing then the chorus breaks out into a life-affirming chorus. ‘Maya’ is more of the same with a big beating heart its got a gentler delivery and with the bass thumping away high in the mix is excellent and to be fair its a real feature throughout the album, the mix and production is fantastic, and really compliments the songs giving them room to breathe like a fine Red wine. Getting Pete Brown (George Harrison, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Marc Almond, The Smiths, Sam Brown) to add his talent is well worth it.

Turning up the tempo for ‘Pleasure Victim’ and all its grubby Soho sleaze feels on the money churning up a rocker at just the right time on the record so the listener gets a second wind with some tasty guitar dueling for the lead break works well. ‘Road Love’ enters the fray with plenty of Mott The Hoople swagger in the arrangement and styling.

I’m not sure what to make of the cover of ‘Never Ending Story’ sure Slyder does a great job hitting the vocals right on the money but I never liked the original so I’ll have to give this one a pass but I’m sure there will be plenty who just appreciate it for the tip of the hat to a pop smash hit.

Anyway, Where was I? Oh yes, Rock n Roll haha! ‘Oblivion Kids’ couldn’t come quick enough. Another old Dreamers track reinvented. Maybe more of a straight rocker without the synth throb that the original version from ‘Transmissions From Oblivion’ had. I’m not sure which is the best. The production and sonic boom of this version wins hands down but I quite liked that hovering wobble in the background – hung jury.

Hell, after a brief reprise of the album’s opener we’ve hit the finale and with our poncho on and cigars lit it’s ‘No More Mr. Bad Guy’ as the band rides off into the sunset on this curious closing instrumental.

In summery its a wonderful album full of excellent songs that have well-worked arrangments, sing-a-longs that lift the spirits, and a record you’re happy to play over and over again – There’s no need for a ‘Charm Offensive’ just let the music do the talking let this album whisper sweet sweet nothings into your ear you’ll be in luv L-U-V!

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Author: Dom Daley

Legendary British rock & roll band The Godfathers return with an almighty bang on their highly-anticipated new album Alpha Beta Gamma Delta. Featuring thirteen tracks of new material, the album is described by the band’s lead singer and founder Peter Coyne as “a sonic tour de force” and is their first full-length studio release since the critically acclaimed A Big Bad Beautiful Noise in 2017.

Written and recorded during the course of the Covid pandemic, the album was produced by The Godfathers’ bassist (and former Damned member) Jon Priestley. Following on from the double A-side single I’m Not Your Slave / Wild And Free released in 2020, ‘Alpha Beta Gamma Delta’ is the first Godfathers’ album to feature the new line-up of Coyne, Priestley, ex-Heavy Drapes’ members Billy Duncanson (drums) and Richie Simpson (guitar) and guitarist Wayne Vermaak from The Great St Louis.

“Alpha Beta Gamma Delta is definitely one of the very best albums The Godfathers have ever made – it’s exciting, dark, dangerous contemporary rock & roll!” states Coyne. 

Originally formed in 1985 out of the ashes of The Sid Presley Experience, The Godfathers quickly earned a serious reputation for their electrifying brand of primal rock & roll and their incendiary live shows, aided and abetted by a string of classic radio hits and chart-bothering albums.

With numerous sold-out international tours and festival appearances to their credit, The Godfathers remain a consistent and reliable draw on the world’s stages and Alpha Beta Gamma Delta marks a thrilling new chapter in The Godfathers’ saga.

The album will be preceded by a 4-track EP entitled Midnight Rider on Friday 26th August, featuring two album tracks (Midnight Rider and OCD) plus two brand new and exclusive non-album tracks When The Cowards Fall and Fade Away.

The Godfathers will be announcing a full Autumn tour to coincide with the album’s release.

Alpha Beta Gamma Delta track listing:

Alpha Beta Gamma Delta / Bring On The Sunshine / You Gotta Wait / I Hate The 21st Century / OCD / Midnight Rider / Straight Down The Line / Lay That Money Down / Tonight / I’m Not Your Slave / There’s No Time / Dead In Los Angeles / I Despair  

The ‘Alpha Beta Gamma Delta’ album & ‘Midnight Rider’ EP can be pre-ordered Here

from album  ‘WE ARE THE PLAGUE’
Negative Prophet Records/Cargo Records
“A dazzling debut album of guitar rock, fused with the primal spirit of blues and gospel… Blending the spirit of Patti Smith and PJ Harvey with the soul of Nick Cave and Mark Lanegan.

The album, which Stapleton self-produced, was recorded with her band which shares members with The Stranglers and Jim Jones Revue. However, ‘Angel Speak’ is a stripped back affair with Stapleton making a switch to acoustic guitar and her delicate vocal taking centre stage.

Stapleton filmed and edited the video herself, collecting footage through the changing seasons over the past year around her home town of Brighton. “A year,” she says, “when great beauty has shone from small things often taken for granted and passed by in the rush of life.” Full press release below.

Stapleton will be playing her first shows in 20 months supporting Humanist in the UK in October. She is also working on a follow up album with funding from Arts Council UK.

Suzie Stapleton
Tour Dates October 2021
Supporting Humanist

Saturday 23rd – Academy 3, MANCHESTER
Monday 25th – The Prince Albert, BRIGHTON
Tuesday 26th – The Lexington, LONDON (Sold Out)

Sami Yaffa has had a unique career as a musician both in Finland and around the world. First in Finland in the band Pelle Miljoona Oy and then as a founding member of the band Hanoi Rocks, with whom Yaffa lived the life of an international rock musician with all its spices. Fortunately for the man, there have been enough callers since Hanoi to keep him busy: Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and Hanoi Rocks’ big influence, the New York Dolls, to name a few were Yaffa’s bands for years before forming a new band with his old Hanoi Rocks partner Michael Monroe in 2009. This collaboration continues, but now Yaffa is also releasing music under his own name.

The second single from Sami Yaffa’s solo album ‘The Innermost Journey To Your Outermost Mind’ will be released. A song called ‘Down at St. Joe’s’ had been sitting in Yaffa’s desk drawer for a long time as a finished composition, but the lyrics were not coming together. Fortunately, Sami’s bandmate from the Monroe band, Rich Jones, came to the rescue.

“Rich had already written some lyrics for my album when I decided to send this song to him. I definitely wanted this song to be included on the album because it differs from the electronic world of the other songs on the album with its down-home acoustic approach. I wanted to raise a glass with the song to thank The Faces, Stones and Dylan for their brilliance and innovation. Eventually, the theme of the lyrics was found to be the king alcohol, its pros and cons and especially how close to a complete collapse one can get if it gets to take a stranglehold on your life. Richie’s ingenious lyrics brought this song to life, and it became one of my favourite songs on the album,” says Sami Yaffa.


Sami Yaffa: The Innermost Journey To Your Outermost Mind album will be released on September 3, 2021, in Finland by Vallila Music House and internationally by Cargo Records



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Happy Apocalypse.. 

Some news to cheer you up…

The new Tyla’s Dogs D’Amour studio album ‘Tree Bridge Cross’ will be released on July 30th!… It’s the follow-up to 2019’s ‘In Vino Veritas’ and is available as a Gatefold 12” on Blue Vinyl, Limited-edition double CD & Single CD.

Welcome to 2021. The 21st year of the 21st Century, the International Year of Peace & Trust, the Chinese year of the Metal Ox and the year Tyla’s Dogs D’Amour release new studio album ‘Tree Bridge Cross’

Following the UK chart success & critical acclaim of their last full-length studio album ‘In Vino Veritas’  this new album is another incendiary, 111% proof, guitar-fuelled, alcohol-soaked adrenalin shot.

Tyla’s trademark songs of hope & heartache, demons & debauchery and conflict & chaos are taken to new heights by a band in full flow. Big choruses are delivered with power. Tender-hearted lyrics with emotion.

Official release date is July 30 but you can pre-order now and follow the band’s imperfect journey from creation to completion. Anyone pre-ordering the album will be sent regular missives from Tyla Towers. Updates on artwork, songs in progress, recording out-takes, general musings, napkin drawings and unfunny jokes will all stream your way over the coming months.

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There have been having a number of technical issues with the Art Tavern and Tyla has decided a complete re-build is needed…

In the interim, you can see all his art here:

And if you would like anything from the old Tavern in the meantime just drop him a line and he’ll do you a deal!

WARRIOR SOUL is releasing a blast of a covers album called ‘Cocaine and Other Good Stuff‘ on Livewire/Cargo Records on November 13th 2020. The album is preceded by the timely release of the single ‘Elected’ on October 9th 2020.

The album is an incendiary compilation of songs that everyone in the band, both current and previous members, had some input choosing, and it shows true honesty in the recordings, making it a fresh take on some very listenable rock jams.

Kory Clarke – “We wanted to make a record that was not about all the crap we are all living in, as it seems like a well worn path for . So, I had to think out of the box“.

The album was recorded all over the western world (Edinburgh – Scotland, Newcastle – England, Copenhagen – Denmark, L.A. – USA, NYC- USA, Chicago – USA, Detroit – USA, Sheffield – UK, Costa Blanca – Torrevieja – Spain) in home studios.


1. Good Times Roll (Ocasek)
2. Cocaine (Cale)
3. Crosstown Traffic (Hendrix)
4. Cold Gin (Frehley)
5. D.O.A. (Van Halen, Van Halen, Anthony, Roth)
6. Elected (Cooper, Buxton, Bruce, Dunaway, Smith)
7. Outlaw (Kilmister, Campbell, Dee)
8. Firehouse (Stanley)
9. Get Down Tonight (Casey, Finch)
10. We’re An American Band (Brewer)
11. Living After Midnight (Halford, Downing, Tipton)

The idea for a covers album started when mainman Kory Clarke  was contacted by legendary rock photographer, Alex Ruffini‘s brother, enquiring if Warrior Soul would record a cover of a KISS song, which was Alex Ruffini‘s favourite band, for a tribute in aid of Cancer Research. Warrior Soul recorded ‘Cold Gin‘. Once the band started recording, it sounded really positive and they decided to assemble a complete record of covers ranging from Motörhead to KC and the Sunshine Band.

Kory Clarke – “I contacted many of the musicians who have played with Warrior Soul recently and asked if they wanted to be part of it – everyone was very much up for it and ready to go. We called John Dryland at Livewire/Cargo Records, and he said ‘of course, go for it‘, the irony of recording ‘Good Times Roll’ during a global pandemic really works as you can hear the sneer of sarcasm right through every chorus!

Warrior Soul are known for recording some electrifying covers previously including songs by Joy DivisionIggy Pop and David BowieKory Clarke has performed on several compilation and tribute albums singing other acts songs but this is the first complete album of its kind from Warrior Soul.

Warrior Soul have taken their straight-ahead, honest, full-on rock n’ roll approach to these songs and encourage you to raise a glass and sterilize your tooter – cause there ain’t no vaccine for this jamdemic.

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From debut album ‘WE ARE THE PLAGUE’ released July 31st
on Negative Prophet Records / Cargo Records

As Autumn creeps through the door, Suzie Stapleton has unveiled a timely new film clip for the appropriately titled track ‘September’.  ‘September’ is the fourth single from the Brighton-based artist’s self-produced debut album ‘We
Are The Plague’ which was released on July 31st via Negative Prophet Records. The album,  which weaves it’s way through alternative rock to gothic-blues and dark-folk, has been stacking up praise with Stapleton being compared to Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Emma Ruth Rundle, and Mark Lanegan. ‘We Are The Plague’ was voted into Louder Than War’s Top 22 Albums of 2020 So Far in July and tracks from the album have been played on BBC6, Radio Eins,
Double J and more.

Whilst ‘We Are The Plague’ is the defiant call of a generation sold down the river, ‘September‘ takes a more introspective turn. Stapleton’s band – bassist Gavin Jay (who also filmed and edited the video) of Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind and drummer Jim Macaulay of The Stranglers – rumble beneath Stapleton’s driving guitar lines which are reminiscent of an unhinged Thurston Moore. Lyrically Stapleton doesn’t disappoint with a feverish shamanistic outpouring as the song crescendos and her dry-wit shining through with lines such as ‘Muses don’t
get royalties’.

It seems Stapleton is keeping up the pace on other fronts, recently making a cameo on backing vocals on Crippled Black Phoenix’s single ‘Cry of Love’ from their forthcoming album ‘Ellengæst’ . Stapleton also contributes guitar to a Bauhaus rendition on the album which is set for release on October 9th via Season of Mist. Stapleton met Crippled Black Phoenix via their 2014 collaboration on The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project which Stapleton
contributed to whilst still based in Australia.

Stapleton’s next live dates are in February supporting Humanist in London, Manchester, and Brighton.

Suzie Stapleton is touring the UK Feb 2021 supporting Humanist

6th Yes (The Pink Room) MANCHESTER (solo)
8th The Prince Albert, BRIGHTON (full band)
9th The Lexington, LONDON (solo)



Not everything is Black & White but in these strange times, it helps polarize your brain and when these Londoner’s plugin and turn it up with their sharp angular chords thrashed out with much anger and frustration along with some pissed off rhythms that embrace modern technology these post-punks seem to love hiding in the bleak grey corners of your mind and jump out with loud overdriven, often intense songs that lack any colour and do so with the intension of making everything seem just a little out of focus.


I get the impression Girls In Synthesis aren’t for compromising and their views are clear as daylight.  The politically charged and perfectly delivered ‘They’re Not Listening’ fits with the angst and rage of the times when politicians only work inside their own echo chamber and fuck the rest of us, never apologising for mistakes nor recognising when they might be wrong.  The delivery is at times in keeping with the likes of Sleaford Mods but the music is born from real instruments and not an apple mac book being Londoners I guess the concrete jungle has played a part in creating the music they play.  The sounds they create are aggressive, jarring and every void is filled to the brim.

They waste no time as they soundtrack the worst of times like a nuclear bomb going off ‘Arterial Movements’ could be what it sounds like in your head. from the frantic feedback being wrestled like a giant anaconda.  the chorus has gang vocals from a concrete bunker in response to the dry vocal its chaos but never is it too fucked up and it certainly gets the blood pumping.

It’s a pretty unrelenting album as well as uncompromising and it’s not until halfway when the pace eases up but not the tension as ‘Human Frailty’ is a moment for you to catch your breath. the solo is mental and the bleakness of the music is intense.


If you might think that side two is going to get any easier then forget it ‘Cause For Concern’ is pounding whilst that industrial concrete bass throb is on the attack on ‘Coming Up For Air’ which is a short sharp foray into carpet-bombing using the medium of audio.  Perhaps a bit out of step with the shorter songs you then get ‘Set Up To Fail’ with its five-plus minutes beginning with a cleaner sound reminding me of PIL meets crass as it gains momentum but never does take off preferring to ease back and hammer on with a more jazz vibe with the brass flittering around the speakers.

To close this one down there’s the buzz of ‘Tirades Of Hate And Fear’ with its flat delivery of the lyrics from a low chat in your ear it gets more and more intense before signing off.  Better to burn out than fade away for sure Girls in Synthesis deliver an album that will keep on giving and is totally in keeping with these strange times.  Post Punk, noisy, aggressive and digging you on the temple to shut up and just listen.  Check it out.


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UK punk rock band, VICE SQUAD featuring legendary Punk Vocalist and writer BEKI BONDAGE, have announced the release of their new album “Battle of Britain“, out on October 16h, 2020 via LAST ROCKER RECORDS/CARGO RECORDS. The album will be available digital, on CD and limited 250 copies on white vinyl / 250 copies on black vinyl can be pre-ordered: Here

The first rule of Punk is there are no rules and VICE SQUAD ably illustrate this with ‘Battle of Britain’. Written, Recorded and Mixed by Beki Bond and Paul Rooney in their home studio. The 13 track album opens with the blistering ‘Ruination’ which cuts through the bullshit of small time promoters and blaggers with consummate swagger and melody while ‘I Dare To Breathe’ is an amphetamine driven anthem to paranoia. ‘When You Were 17’ is almost-tender and tells of first tattoos and under age booze whilst the more chilling ‘Ignored To Death’ rails against isolation and homelessness.

The explosive ‘Born In A War’ rages along like a missile ravaging a third world country and warns ‘See how they treat refugees? That’s how they’ll treat you and me’. Elgar’s ‘Nimrod’ reworked with a pulsating industrial bass segues into title track, ‘Battle Of Britain‘ where Beki‘s vocals soar like a Spitfire over the crunching de-tuned riff and spit fury over the hypocrisy of putting war memorials before people.

The dystopian ‘Poverty Face’ hits you with the opening line ‘Disinheriting the meek, slyly killing off the weak’ and is counter balanced by the more upbeat ‘How The Other Half Lives’. ‘No Evil’ is a relentless attack on the normalisation of the suffering and death of billions of animals for the meat industry. Battle of Britain’s hard hitting collection of anger and riffage pulls no punches in covering topics from austerity and factory farming to the pernicious influence of the Mainstream Media – ‘Led by lies lambs to the slaughter, tax exiles say who you vote for’. Brexit, fake patriotism and cognitive dissonance all get a good kicking too.

The penultimate track, ‘You Can’t Fool All Of The People‘ mixes baritone guitar with violin and Celtic rhythms climaxing in an epic James Bondesque heavy guitar/orchestral blend and breaks every rule in the Punk Police hand book whilst pleading for unity against a rigged political system. ‘Pulling Teeth’ with its ominous riff and hilariously frustrated lyrics ‘Dithering jibbering solid as jam, is it fair I’m both the woman and the man’ closes the album in manic style.

VICE SQUAD are a UK Punk Rock band who’s first single releases included the classic ‘Last Rockers’ 7” in 1981. This was followed by the landmark albums ‘No Cause For Concern’ in the same year and ‘Stand Strong Stand Proud’ in 1982 which were both released on EMI.

Since then VICE SQUAD have delivered short sharp songs with incisive political lyrics and a dash of humour spat out over a thunderous rhythm and machine gun Rock ’n’ Roll guitars. Their latest releases are the EPs ‘Born In A War’ and ‘Ignored To Death V2’ taken from the forthcoming album ‘Battle of Britain’ set for release on their own Last Rockers label in May 2020.

The band have become 100% DIY since forming Last Rockers Records in 2009. In keeping with the DIY ethic the previous albums were recorded in the band’s own ‘Sci Fidelity’ studio South London and the new album ‘Battle of Britain’ continues this with the band maintaining full artistic control with the benefit of global distribution via Cargo. Their last album ‘ Cardboard Country’ was launched on the back of a very successful Pledge campaign raising funds for the Shelter homeless charity in line with the album title which was inspired by ‘Cardboard City’, the name given to the settlement of homeless people living in cardboard boxes near London’s Waterloo station. Vice Squad is fronted by raucous voiced singer/guitarist Beki Bondage who was famed for being a teenage champion of Animal rights long before the current popularity of veganism.

VICE SQUAD’s song ’Humane’ was one of the first ever Animal Rights songs. Beki has been featured on the front cover of a number of influential music tabloids such at Melody Maker, NME, Sounds, Record Mirror and Smash Hits. After a hiatus, Beki formed a new version of Vice Squad in 1997 featuring longstanding members of her post VS outfit The Bombshells and they have released several quality albums of powerful punk songs that have been very well received across the world. VICE SQUAD are considered one of the most influential punk rock bands of all time, paving the way for other female Punk and Rock singers and influencing male performers such as Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame who was introduced to VICE SQUAD via his sister’s record collection.