Steve Spithray


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NARC Magazine, God is in the TV zine, SpithrS Copywriting & Creative Services
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Under the Hills Nearby
[Band] Ceiling Demons

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." Richmond's alt.hip-hop titans Ceiling Demons have teamed up with Darlo's DIY label Butterfly Effect for a limited vinyl run of their seminal album Nil with all proceeds going to Teesside-based mental health charity...

FEATURE: Evolution Emerging

The 10 th Evolution Emerging festival takes place on Saturday 9 th June across ten venues in the Ouseburn Valley. Celebrating their milestone with a bigger line-up and more venues, over fifty acts are confirmed to play. Steve Spithray runs through what's in store...

NARC. COMPILATION: Cape Cub - Flowers (acoustic)

Celebrate our 12th birthday with a brand new compilation album featuring some of the region's most exciting artists and bands - all for free! Head to our Bandcamp site to grab your free copy, and read on to find out what inspired the artists behind this year's compilation...

Under the Hills Nearby
[Music] Sketches of Teesside

Photos: @guisboro Stockton's new First Wave mini-music festival earlier this month is one in a steady stream of new music showcases throughout the region each year, most notably Stockton Calling and Middlesbrough's Twisterella Festival. On the night Hartlepudlians Giraffes were amongst a selection of local talent and national headliners jointly promoted by KU Bar and...

NEWS: SummerTyne Americana Festival

From humble beginnings on Spillers Quay in 2006 to the addition of the Americana tag in 2010, SummerTyne has grown into the UK's premier celebration of American roots music. The festival, held over three days at The Sage Gateshead, brings together legendary artists and up and coming new faces from around the world for a weekend of Americana which this year includes some exclusive UK only shows.

God Is In The TV
Cavern Of Anti-Matter - Hormone Lemonade (Duophonic) | God Is In The TV

Hormone Lemonade's opener 'Malfunction' at 16 minutes plus, with its long synth intro and driving Krautrock rhythm that builds into a number of long repetitions is quite the introduction. The track is further enhanced by real-time plinks and plonks that add a childlike texture to an already almost mathematical song structure, and which become something of a theme throughout this record.

God Is In The TV
The Verve - Urban Hymns (Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition) (Virgin/UMC) | God Is In The TV

Taken as the final part of a trilogy of albums, while Storm In Heaven is an overlooked gem and A Northern Soul the 'difficult' second album, Urban Hymns is the most accessible of the three without drifting into the MOR of subsequent releases and solo projects, and draws a line under a remarkable early career trajectory which saw The Verve go from 'Mad Richard' space jams to late-Britpop pioneers in four short years.

NEWS: Cattle & Cane @ Middlesbrough Empire

After last year's seminal Teesside University Christmas show Cattle & Cane look set to make their festive shindigs a regular event, with an even larger show at Middlesbrough Empire on Thursday 22nd December.

Belly of Paris - Peste

One can well imagine Bahrain's baroque 'n' roll scene needs to be experienced to be believed. Luckily for us Daniel Cochran, former Saltburn-ite and frontman of on-off avant-popsters By Toutatis, has taken one for the team by basing himself there for his latest musical project, Belly of Paris.

Eastern Lane - The Article

Reviewed by SteveBeing coerced into changing their name from Eastern Line, basing themselves in Berwick and releasing this ambitious second album the same month the first Arctic Monkeys CD-R started circulating, Eastern Lane never stood a chance even with the backing of a Rough Trade record deal.However, from the opening bow shots of Daffodils For My Mother to the ironic, crashing mundanities of life on They Gave Me Scripts To Read, The article is a charged little gem from a strange musical...

Educated Anarchy And The New Protest Music - Steve Spithray - Medium

When Margaret Thatcher finally shuffled off this mortal coil Fat White Family's rooftop celebration in North London was just the accessible, front page friendly, surface of their absurdist take on the KLF's quasi-political anarchy (although one suspects when they go home to their white middle class parents for Sunday dinner that is where the method posturing ends).

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