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Singles Bar: November 2006

We've listed singles/EPs/demos in order of star rating. Best first.

THE ANSWER Come Follow Me Albert Productions (2007)

Along with Glyder, Wolfmother and Roadstar, the Answer have made a mark on 2006 with their classic rock based music. They have certainly started to win over the rock fans and just need a tune to break them out more. Luckily in their next single ‘Come Follow Me' they have just the tune - catchy chorus, great guitars and sure to do well in the charts if given the airplay.

The Answer are growing both in terms of fan base and their live shows, with next year sure to be a key as to whether the band can go up a level and gain wider recognition. With this single they have certainly started off on that road. ****½

Review by Jason Ritchie

HEADRUSH Livin' In A Fantasy Rock Revival Records (2006)

Now this band come from my hometown of Stoke, birthplace of Slash, Lemmy and the might Demon (and that Port Vale supporting wimp Robbie Williams!), so I could be excused for bias but this band ROCK! Yes it has been done before but rarely this well and believe you me we have a UK Buckcherry here! This band are like Motley Crue should sound today, big guitar riffs, a vocalist with a real raw power in Andy Law and of course tunes that refuse to leave your head after one play.

This single isn't out until January but visit their website and get the EP. They blow the newer bands like Rattlesnake Remedy and Roadstar out of the water! Play loud and enjoy! ****½

Review by Jason Ritchie

SAOSIN Bury Your Head Download only (EMI)

Highly-rated band from Southern California, who peddle a brand of melodic metal-tinged rock which will appeal to those who like their guitars loud, their harmonies strong and their choruses memorable.

Stylistically, they've been compared to Lost Prophets but Story Of The Year and Dead Poetic come to mind too. They're the sort of ear/eye-friendly band that could be recycled regularly on the Scuzz satellite channel. The band's eponymous debut album from which this single comes is well worth checking out. On tour in the UK in November as part of the 'Taste of Chaos' package Saosin have a bright future and could be filling larger stadia soon, in their own right. ****

Review by David Randall

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CAPDOWN Keeping Up Appearances Fierce Panda (2006)

Capdown's new single is a mix of their traditional ska sound mixed with hard rock riffs and it doesn't sound to bad either! Very fast and catchy tune that should win the band new fans especially from the rock end of music. The other song on here ‘Serious Is Not A Sin' is not quite so good but still worthy of a listen. ***½

Review by Jason Ritchie

FRANK TURNER Vital Signs (2006)

Former singer with Million Dead releases this single on Christmas Day! You can request the download via In this multimedia age you don't need shop anymore to get your tunes and this acoustic song could do well in the post-Christmas lull that the music industry goes through.

The addition of strings halfway through the song lifts it up and you have a damn fine tune. The demo on here Heartless Bastard Mother F**ker is not one however to play at your family Christmas dinner! ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

VIA VOCE Faster Than A Dead Horse (2006)

Husband and wife team who take that 60's psychedelic sound and add in some neat drums and harmonies. Add to this some screeching feedback guitar - it is like the Beachboys meets MC5 at times! This band are good and a cut above many bands out there wanting to be heard. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

PAUL SIMON Outrageous (Warner Brothers)

Paul Simon is one of rock's most respected elder statesman, and his latest album 'Surprise' marked a return to form. He's just completed some UK dates and this single is a nice souvenir.

With a funky, insistent beat it ascends into the patented Simon world music-tinged chorus and not far removed from 'You Can Call Me Al' but not as good. All in all it's infectious but you'd be best check out the album. ***½

Review by David Randall


Four piece Bee Stings - Valyrie (vocals), Billy Byers Jnr (bass and keys), Attila (drums) and BB Stings (guitar) deliver a great debut single a huge slice of infectious techno pop somewhere between No Doubt and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

It's a great song, with a great delivery and deserves to be a hit. But I'd like to have seen a more varied debut offering than the inclusion of 3 remixes that add nothing to the radio edit. ***½

Review by Pete Whalley

THE RIPPS Vandals (2006)

Spiky pop rock with a punk edge is how you'd classify this band. Doubtless if you have not heard many songs like these two you'd be impressed but bands like the Buzzcocks did it so much better! Not bad but nothing here to make you want to check them out more. ***

Review by Jason Ritchie


London rock /punk / grunge band take you back to the future with this 4 track single produced by legendary producer Kim Fowley.

Already having built a solid following supporting the likes of The Cooper Temple Clause, Senser and King Adora The Bazookas look ready to take it to the next level.

With raucous choruses, infectious riffs and a suitcase full of attitude, The Bazookas are a riot. ***

Review by Pete Whalley

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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