Andy Little

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Started out musically educated by the following: John Peel, Tommy Vance Friday Night Rock Show, Alice’s Restaurant, Pirate Rock Radio, friends and older brothers record collections, and the music papers/mags of the time, Sounds, NME, Melody Maker, Kerrang, Metal Forces. Going out into the wider world and spending too much time in numerous record shops including, Shades, Downtown (especially the second hand section upstairs), and what seemed like the endless amount of stores in Camden and Central London. Then there are the countless gigs, and festivals. Even excursions into own musical attempts as a guitarist with The Kirsty Injection, Way Hey Hey, and laughably as a drummer in Trad Arr, albeit very briefly. Favourite genres and sub-genres: Rock, Metal, Doom, Stoner, Thrash, Psychedelic, Americana, Blues, Indie, Punk, Soul, Singer-songwriter, and a whole lot more besides, in-between, and further afield. And, after scribbling duties for the now defunct This is not a Scene, I have the privilege and pleasure to continue this musical adventure writing for Echoes and Dust.   

Articles by Andy Little

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Marcella and Pierre from Black Mirrors

Newly signed to Napalm Records Belgium’s Black Mirrors tells Andy Little all about flexible decision making and future ambitions.

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Persistence Tour: Suicidal Tendencies, Agnostic Front, Municipal Waste & Walls of Jericho

Celebratory last night of the Persistence Tour sees Suicidal Tendencies, Agnostic Front, Municipal Waste, and Walls of Jericho rip the joint at London’s Forum.

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Meatbodies – Alice

Meatbodies second album has some glam, garage rock/psych nuggets lying within and can stand alone or as a decent companion piece to their pioneering associate.

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Marissa Nadler, Mary Lattimore, Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London

Marissa Nadler and band bring beautiful melancholy to London’s Hoxton Bar and Kitchen.

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Airbourne and Crobot – Electric Ballroom, London

An enjoyable no-nonsense rock ‘n’ roll live band, and ideally assembled for any potential all-day drinking, hard rock festival.

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BLACKASH

BLACKASH are saviours of musical hedonistic escapism incorporate rave, psych, space rock, in a smoking debut EP. Andy Little finds out more.

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The Skull and Kings Destroy – The Lounge, London

One half of doom metal pioneers Trouble, The Skull, successfully continue the legacy of classic sounding big riffing old school doom at the Lounge in London.

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Black Mountain and Mass Datura – The Dome, Tufnell Park, London

Stolen equipment doesn’t deter Black Mountain to deliver an impressive stoner psych rock masterclass at Tufnell Park’s The Dome in London.

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The Answer – Solas

This will probably be the most mature rock album of the year. Whatever are my small misgivings, The Answer have definitely come of age.

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Ufomammut, Grave Lines and Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – The Underworld, London

Multitude of effect pedals equals massive heaviness as Ufomammut, Grave Lines, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard spark at a pre-bonfire night evening at The Underworld in London.

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Le Butcherettes & The Picturebooks – Our Black Heart, London

The band’s bright synthy pop side is mostly forsaken for a storming passionate, energetic, and incredibly tight Indie punk assault. Le Butcherettes are currently cooking at a must see high temperature.

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The Wolfhounds – Untied Kingdom (…or how to come to terms with your culture)

The self-confessed middle aged freaks have produced a record which showcases the many facets of their sound and more besides, this could, quite possibly, be their masterpiece. By Andy Little

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Suicidal Tendencies – World Gone Mad

There are plenty of tracks on World Gone Mad, which can be snugly added into their live set and keep the mosh pit in ecstatic slam circulating mood. – By Andy Little

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Interview: Dave Callahan and Andy Golding from The Wolfhounds

In the run up to releasing their first proper album since 1990, Andy Little caught up with the founders and the driving force behind the band, Dave Callahan and Andy Golding, to find out more about the ideas and making of the said record.

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Brant Bjork – Tao of the Devil

Brant and his Low Desert Punk rockers may be men out of their time, but they have created an effortlessly sounding, unashamedly retro, sun drenched, bluesy, big fat spliff stoner rock vibe. – By Andy Little

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The Sword – Low Country

Overall, ‘Low Country’ is a mixed achievement, some songs make the acoustic transition successfully others less so, and although this isn’t a bad album it does on the whole leave an underwhelming impression. – By Andy Little

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Live Review: Dopethrone, Gurt, Limb and Wizard Fight

Andy Little saw Canadian sludge powerhouse Dopethrone in London, with support from Gurt, Limb and Wizard Fight. “My ears were happily bleeding, all senses crushed by sheer brutal musical power.”

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Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – Y Proffwyd Dwyll

If any further evidence was needed, this album not only confirms, but enhances whole heartedly, that Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard are musically a match for their inspiring band name. ‘Y Proffwyd Dwyll’ is gloriously heavy in sound, and majestic in scope. – By Andy Little

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Crobot – Welcome To Fat City

Crobot come at you with an all knowing mischievous grin and a wink to confidently charm, seduce, and worm their way into your musical soul, while flying into orbit in a funky rock-et. – By Andy Little

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Interview: Paul Davies from Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard

Welsh monolithic crushing doomsters Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard are all set to release their new excellent second record ‘Y Proffwyd Dwyll’ at the end of September. Andy Little caught up with guitarist Paul Davies to find out more.

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Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits

This album furthers the claim that the Thee Oh Sees are probably one of the most vital bands currently in circulation at the moment. – By Andy Little

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