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MUSIC REVIEW: Thom Artway at the Troubadour – “a very enjoyable evening”

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It was only five months ago that Thom and his band first appeared at the Troubadour, but their show has changed a lot in that time. They included five songs from their latest CD All I Know but there were also a number of new ones, as well as three covers. The last time they were…

Ian Mole | 14/05/2019
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Music Review: ‘Birthday’ and ‘Phantom Planet’, two new singles by Latvian band Carnival Youth – “what’s not to like?”

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The Riga indie trio Carnival Youth comprises twins Edgars and Emils Kaupers on guitar and drums respectively and Roberts Vanags on keyboards, while they all contribute vocals. They appear to have parted company with their bassist Alexsis in recent years. They’ve been together since 2012 and have so far released two albums, No Clouds Allowed (2014)…

Ian Mole | 30/04/2019
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MUSIC: Review of ‘Dream About’ by Polish Band Trupa Trupa

This new single by Gdansk-based four-piece Trupa Trupa bears all the hallmarks of their distinctive style – repetition, a tightness of arrangement, searing guitar, haunting vocals and enigmatic lyrics. Starting with a simple drum beat that’s soon joined by a fluent bass line before the vocals come in, it’s very repetitive but this is part…

Ian Mole | 14/03/2019
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CONCERT REVIEW: Gdansk Band Trupa Trupa: an emotional storm of sound

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You know when it’s just been raining very heavily and suddenly the clouds break and the sun shines through? That’s what Trupa Trupa’s music sounds like as intense loud passages give way to gentle quiet interludes. This four-piece from Gdansk were making only their second U.K. appearance but they held the attention of the audience…

Ian Mole | 09/09/2017
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DASH CONCERT: ‘Oligarkh’ – funky montage of Russian history

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When we were admitted to the venue, the mere five tables arranged in the sizeable room made it clear some dancing was expected. The audience was only small, about thirty, but ten of these were up dancing for most of the show and that’s a decent ratio. This duo from St Petersburg performed almost non-stop…

Ian Mole | 07/06/2017