Archive for the ‘Rock’ Category

Angel Of The Wind by Ranchforman

City and Colour – Northern Wind


Let’s make this quick (that’s what she said). I’ve finally been able to upload an image after weeks of frustration with the uploader, and being a busy bee elsewhere. I don’t have much information on Ranchforman as you can see by just the one link below. However, Angel of The Wind was good enough for me to attach a great track from City and Colour‘s new album Little Hell to, which was released this month. Northern Wind is a beautiful song that seems more suited to an Autumn evening, but it will have to supply your Summer needs for now. Links to both artists are below, and of course if you’d like an image or song featured then contact me via the About page…

City and Colour info: Main Site, Myspace, Buy on iTunes,, Twitter, Facebook

Ranchforman info: deviantArt


Seisia by Tim Barker


Continuing an upbeat theme, Sheffield’s Hey Sholay are a band to keep an eye on. Where some groups such as Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye have recently echoed a sound from the past (and not in a good way from my point of view), Hey Sholay seem to have got it right. It reminds me a lot of what The Zutons managed to do, the kind of music that you’ll remember and enjoy in a bar. Dreamboat shows off their skills, and is a great sing-a-long to enjoy. Influences they cite from include Takeshi’s Castle, and they dress as bears, so they could well become the greatest band in the world.

An image for the song had to reflect a sense of elation. There is also a background sound that appears to sound like a frog. Maybe I’ve gone mad, but I’m sure it’s there. It made me look for an element of water, and I came across Seisia by Tim Barker. Tim is an Australian photographer now based in London, and has taken many images from his travels. Being an award-winner, his work has given him several unique opportunities, and I especially like his live music photography. You can see that and find out more below…

Hey Sholay info: Myspace, Facebook,, Twitter, SoundCloud

Tim Barker info: Main Site

Indian Goat by Mark Smart

One of the best albums you’ll hear this year, ‘Mind Bokeh’, is due out in the UK on April 4th. Not your household name, Stephen Wilkinson a.k.a. Bibio, has produced something special that deserves the kind of success akin to Mylo’s ‘Destroy Rock & Roll’. The selected track, ‘Take Off Your Shirt’, is as a wise friend told me, “what you expect to hear on a Vauxhall/Citreon advert by the summer.” I expect he’s right, because the song has all the similar qualities of Phoenix (listen to them if you haven’t already, they’re like music dynamite, and French).

A track of such awesomeness deserves an image of similar quality. Therefore, GOAT! Here’s my reasoning (as if you needed it). I think the goat in this image by Mark Smart (taken in India) has a bulk of attitude as it stares down the camera lens. It’s the kind of goat you expect to make a guest appearance in The Sopranos, taking down mafia with only a cardigan and a stare. Give the goat a guitar and a microphone and it’s perfect for the song. Make sure to pick up a copy of the album, have a look at Mark’s photography website, and stay away from any goats wearing a cardigan…

Bibio info: Buy on iTunesMyspace,, Facebook

Mark Smart info: Photography Site

A conflict photograph by Alex Smailes

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I’ve been waiting for this song for a long time. It’s been roughly four years since Explosions In The Sky released their last album. So eager was I, that I even had a quick check yesterday to see if there was any news on their new album ‘Take Care, Take Care, Take Care’ (released April 18th in UK, 26th in US). I completely missed them posting up the new single ‘Trembling Hands’ on SoundCloud. So now I present it to you in all its relentless glory. The instrumental band hail from Austin, and although not well known, have a huge cult following worldwide. If this track isn’t your kind of thing, please also listen to ‘Your Hand In Mine’. If you don’t like that, then go and listen to that Justin Bieber album that you love so much (I’m joking, burn it, twice).

Trembling Hands is as I said before, relentless. There are slight moments of rest, which reminds me of wartime conflict. Often a surge of attack followed by brief moments of rest and planning. I went on the hunt for some conflict images and came across this photograph by Alex Smailes. Admittedly, I haven’t been able to find out much about him, but he has at least one book ‘Trinidad and Tobago’, which looks well worth your time. The deterioration in the background, along with what appears to be trapped anger within the subject, is exactly what I was looking for in a conflict photograph. There’s more below about the featured artists…

Explosions In The Sky info: Buy on iTunes, Myspace,, Buy on Amazon, Main Site

Alex Smailes info: Trinidad and Tobago Book, Main Website