SO MUCH MUSIC
By Spencer Scott
The Edwards Shop has undergone a little bit of a makeover. We shut our doors for a week, and we’ve come back new and improved. Make sure you pop in and see what we’ve done with the place – we’re looking better than ever. Even though we were closed for a little bit, the local music hasn’t stopped at all!
Rort Menace have dropped off their debut album Reid’s Mistake. The Swansea three-piece have been playing together since they were in high school. The band is based around the shared vocals of brother/sister combo Will and Maddie Mitchell. Both get their chance to shine on this album, filled with 80s hardcore-influenced punk tracks. This album was recorded and produced by Jay Whalley from Frenzal Rhomb – and that’s definitely an influence here, along with bands like Minor Threat and L7.
Staying on the subject of all things heavy, Newcastle hardcore label Last Ride Records have dropped a few different releases off at the shop of late. A fair amount of these releases are on cassette. The cassette tape is rising as a format for local releases; its low production cost and sturdy structure make it a viable option for bands looking to get their foot in the door. New on cassette for Last Ride Records is the demo from The Hard Word, and a two-track EP teaser from Primitive Blast. Newcastle has always had a vibrant hardcore scene, so make sure you check it out.
Wavevom have released their debut album Eternal Summer and dropped some CDs into the shop. The two-piece cut their teeth in the no-fi scene, and are one of the bands spearheading the garage rock revival that is sweeping Newcastle. There’s a nice surf influence running through the songs, like the opener ‘Endless Blue’. It’s a release that feels like the culmination of years of hard work from this band, there’s a river of joy that flows through this album.
Finally, local singer/songwriter Nicholas Connors has brought his new five-track CD into the shop – it comes in a charming handmade CD case, hand-numbered for the collectors out there! His baritone vocals truly boom out of the speakers, engaging you in his take on blues and soul. There’s a Nick Cave vibe to be picked up in this too.