Here's a compilation of some of the music that caught my attention in May 2012

The links to the songs are in the headings.

 

 

Green - Gary Stewart

 

Gary Stewart is probably the hardest working man on the Leeds music scene. Drumming with Hope and Social; bassist with Ellen and the Escapades; host of the Gaslight Club; regular drum teacher and of course a singer songwriter of some repute.

 

This song, 'Green', can be found on his latest ep 'A year and a day'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Paper Trench - Admiral Fallow

Don't be put off by the rather scary beard of the lead singer. This band are a great live act and their albums are worth searching out.

 

 

 

 

Breeze Blocks - Alt-J

 

Alt-J are so named because this is the command to create a triangle shape on a Mac. But ignoring the fact that they are obviously sad Apple groupies.

 

The music is quite of the moment slightly synthetic but with catchy tunes. You should watch the video as well which is an above average if slightly disturbing promo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Polly - Ryan Spendlove

This is a brilliant version of an old folk murder ballad. Ryan gives it an edgy blues treatment with great accompaniment from Kieron O'Malley.

Worth watching for the banter with the crowd.

 

 

 

 

Love on the Buses - Mark Wynn

Another local singer-songwriter (based in York) who is worth checking out. A great guitarist and a bit of a wordsmith. More John Cooper Clarke than Bob Dylan.

 

 

 

Killing Time is Murder - Whitehorse

Whitehorse is married couple Luke Doucet and Mellissa McClelland.

This video is a great example of their live show. Note the weird telephone receiver mikes.

 

 

 

 

Dear Liza - Washington Irving

Saw these supporting Admiral Fallow back in May and was impressed.

They're from somewhere close to Glasgow and are a great live act.

 

 

 

 

 

Into The Valley - The Skids

Finally a bit of nostalgia. Having seen two seperate bands featuring Stuart Adamson's offspring I was inspired to listen to his first band - the Skids.

This a great bit of rowdy anthemic punk. God knows what he's singing about though.