What better way to start the New Year, with a refreshing reflection on Self Esteem's visit to our fine city a few months back. Rebecca Lucy Taylor and her wonderful ensemble graced the stages of Nottingham's Metronome and Rough Trade- Freya Saulsbury Martin and Joe Hughes relive two very different performances. Self Esteem @ Metronome Self Esteem, a.k.a. Rebecca Lucy Taylor, is an artist who promises you a show, and she certainly delivered. Kicking off her set at Metronome wi
As an album that has only just reached two years old, this is not a traditional ‘classic’ by any means, and may not be considered as such by most readers. But for Jake Longhurst, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes' End Of Suffering is a modern masterpiece, and he's here to convince you that in a matter of years it shall be considered a classic album. The sheer strength of this whole release, from track one through to track thirteen, is unbelievable, and Frank Carter & The Rattle
Gemma Cockrell counts down her top ten emo rap songs, a subgenre which originated on SoundCloud with artists like the late Lil Peep and Juice WRLD, fusing the guitar instrumentation of pop punk and rock music with the flows of modern hip hop to form unique and revolutionary new sounds. Star Shopping – Lil Peep I had to start the list with the pioneer of emo rap himself, Lil Peep. It was so difficult to pick which Lil Peep song to put on this list since he has so many iconic o
We've almost reached the end of 2021, which means it's the perfect time to look back at some of the musical highlights of the year. So, The Mic's writers have each picked an album to form a collective list of our Albums of the Year! In no particular order, you can read a bit about each album here. Enjoy! Glow - Alice Phoebe Lou I didn’t have to think twice about my favourite album of the year. I instantly knew it would be Alice Phoebe Lou’s Glow. As with all of her albums, sh
In the last instalment of The Mic's Albums Of The Year 2021 before the full list is unveiled, we dive into albums from Indigo De Souza, Injury Reserve, Olivia Rodrigo, Dave, Måneskin and deathcrash. Any Shape You Take - Indigo De Souza Hold U is a stand-out track on Indigo De Souza's sublime grunge, pop, indie love potion of a record. “You are a good thing, I’ve noticed, I’ve seen it” is so wholesome and pure as a lyric, it sparks a Wizard-Of-Oz-like colouring in of the grays
Our resident barman Jake Longhurst caught Eagles Of Death Metal's live set at Rock City at the start of December, and despite only being a casual fan of the Californian rock band, here are his thoughts on the show. As a very, very, and I cannot emphasise this enough, very, casual fan of the Eagles Of Death Metal, I was quite happy to be working this shift, as whilst I wouldn’t have paid for a ticket to see them, I was excited to see what kind of a show this band would put on.
A few hours before their sold-out Nottingham show, Millie Hopcott had the pleasure of interviewing Overpass in The Chameleon’s tiny bar, her first interview for The Mic. It is safe to say I was very nervous for this interview, with it being my first. However, as soon as I spoke to the band and heard their familiar Brummie accents, I was instantly calmed. Even from first impressions, I could tell that the band were a very chilled and lovely bunch, so I knew it would be an enjo
The end of the year is drawing closer, so it's time to look at some more of The Mic's Albums Of The Year 2021. In our third sneak peak of the forthcoming full list, read about albums from Arlo Parks, Black Country New Road, Sons of Kemet, Little Simz and Dry Cleaning. Collapsed in Sunbeams - Arlo Parks Arlo Parks’ Collapsed in Sunbeams has been a real comfort album for me this year. Released in January, the masterpiece grew to be my most loyal companion on otherwise bleak loc
We're back with another batch of albums from The Mic's Albums Of The Year list, featuring our thoughts on 2021 releases from Wolf Alice, ENNY, Jeff Rosenstock, Ben Böhmer, Zuzu and Maisie Peters. Keep an eye out for the full list at the end of the week, but for now, enjoy the sneak peak! Blue Weekend - Wolf Alice Wolf Alice’s third album Blue Weekend stunned and captured me, undoubtedly becoming my favourite album of the year immediately upon its release in June 2021. The gen
Over the past few weeks, The Mic's team have been busy preparing for our end of year album list. For starters, here's of our writers' thoughts on the latest from Alice Phoebe Lou, Gojira, Hayley Williams, Trash Boat, SG Lewis and Clairo. Glow - Alice Phoebe Lou I didn’t have to think twice about my favourite album of the year. I instantly knew it would be Alice Phoebe Lou’s Glow. As with all of her albums, she created yet another transcendent musical experience. Listening to
“Are you ready for the match, Nottingham?” Charlie Steen asks, as he hangs on to the rafters with one hand, sweat clinging to his brow. It’s true, too - shame approach their live shows with physical exertion. There’s a real sense that they’re performing, in the sense that champion sprinters do, or an Olympic rowing team. All of the cogs in the machine grinding in perfect unison. Louis Griffin on shame's spectacle of musical athleticism.
If they’re sprinters, then this is the