Articles by Andy Little
New Heavy Sounds honchos Paul and Ged reveal the ‘unbelievable merit of the Sabbath Beast’, epiphany moments, achievements, the future hopes for the underground heavy scene, plus an insightful and thoughtful truckload more.
Frank Black’s The Cult of Ray, Oddballs, Christmass albums get the vinyl reissue treatment by Demon Records.
With the release of her wonderful debut album, A Common Turn, Anna B Savage kindly tells Echoes about its making, her musical influences, and what the future may hold in a post Brexit, pandemic world.
Open Door Policy has the spirit of The Hold Steady’s noughties glory days while there is a renewed freshness in the song-writing, and a newfound creativity by widening their sound with a horn section.
A Common Turn showcases a very intriguing and talented artist who has made an incredibly bold, honest, beautiful, absorbing, and powerful debut.
Seattle’s rockers shift the sands for a deeper, moodier, artful, matured in an oak barrel kind of bluesy rock on third album The Light Below.
The heady mix of grooves and fuzzy riffs continue on Here Lies Man’s heavily packed relentless fourth album.
This collection is a mix of re-recorded fan favourites and covers of songs by a few bands that inspire these Maryland rockers. In lesser hands, it could have been have been a mixed bag affair, but in the hands of Clutch it’s another quality assured stamped approved release.
My Echo by Laura Veirs could quite possibly make you feel small, fragile, but also determined and alive.
London’s heavy progressive instrumental three-piece Mountain Caller takes you on an intriguing journey on their debut via the New Heavy Sounds label.
Retaining their leather ‘n’ studs metal grit and melodies, Armored Saint return with ‘Punching the Sky’, sounding better than ever.
The line-up adjusted Raging Speedhorn prove they’re still sludging it large with a no nonsense, straight to the point ferocious sixth album.
Kitchen Witch demonstrate guts, sweat, and urgency for their earthy, heavy soulful stoner rock on second album Earth and Ether.
Death Valley Girls fourth album is packed full of catchy pop hooks drilled with punky grit rawness, artful sophistication, and unironic positivity.
Extensive historical reminder of Slade’s 45s throughout the seventies and eighties on one double compilation.
The reformed swampy Folk/Punk Blues outfit Folk Devils first new material in 35 years.
The Blinders harness their keen eye on sharp melodies with tight arrangements, and an intelligent punk poet lyrical bite on their second album.
Adam Whalley talks to Echoes about his guitar based Radio station Feedback Radio; his vision, passion, and his fresh approach to promote current and new artists as well as the old.
Samantha Crain has made the transition from an artist full of promise to a great one. A Small Death is the sound of re-birth from the deep depths of adversity.
Heavy self-reflection, soaring glacial vocals, and slow weighty grooves form Embr’s impressive debut.
These experienced wiser heads really are producing songs as good as anything from their eighties repertoire, and even some of their finest tunes period.