Alexa De Strange – CON CONJONES – the Official Live DVD

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By Jordan Mooney.

In this world of rock and roll, live DVDs and CDs still pepper the big-label groups’ repertoire. They are often over produced, under enthused and, more often than not, simply not very interesting. This is the curse of the rock and roll star – forty years of playing grinding them into a shallow, out of tune husk.

Thankfully, if there’s one group of stars I know will never reach that sorry state, it’s our good friends at Alexa De Strange, and, in order to celebrate their imminent return to the United...

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The Empty Page – Unfolding – Album Review

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By Jordan Mooney.
With thanks to Kel for her patience!

There are many ‘hot spots’ for music in the UK, and one of the most historically significant and increasingly vibrant is Manchester – the city’s musical geography is almost impossible to classify; but we like to think a lot of it can be represented by The Empty Page…

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Effortlessly cool, and carrying a natural spectrum of rebellion, their debut album, Unfolding runs at its own pace, pushing the establishment over with poeticisms rather than overt anger or aggress...

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Carl Moorcroft – On The Road – Album Review

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By Jordan Mooney.

Indie Acoustic albums have never quite sat well with me; I’m far more in the punky side of things, and, in my experience (thank you email inbox), they all too often end up sounding irritatingly pretentious, crooning about lost love so consistently that it’s awfully tempting to provide a pigeonhole for ‘fop-haired hipsters who didn’t get laid’.

Thankfully, of course, Cat on the Wall also benefits from a mass of connections with unusual and interesting sources of music – and when Anti Pop Records, on...

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Music Video: Will Wood & The Tapeworms Release “Mr. Capgras Encounters a Secondhand Vanity…”

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By Jordan Mooney.

Having never heard of Will Wood and the Tapeworms, and with a title so…unpredictable as Mr. Capgras Encounters a Secondhand Vanity: Tulpamancer’s Prosopagnosia as Direct Result of Trauma to the Fusiform Gyrus, it felt quite clear that absolutely anything could happen when I clicked this youtube link. And, quite simply, it did.

With a vaudevillian brand of cacophonous anti-folk screaming about pretending to be something you aren’t, the track ponders – very...

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Purpleman – the post-film premiere review

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By Jordan Mooney.

Shortly after his historical UK Première of The Chronicles of Purpleman, (read our review here) we managed to sit down with the illustrious man of the purple loincloth himself for a chat about the movie, his recent experiences and what the future may hold. There’s everything from fart talk to life advice to follow – enjoy!

Cat on the Wall: Hello there, Purpleman. Welcome back to Cat on the Wall! Please keep your purple shoes on the purple carpet – we had horrible staining last time… You’ve had ...

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The Chronicles of Purpleman – Review

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By Jordan Mooney.
With thanks to Tess Humphrey, Purpleman, Rob Martin and Helen Fay.

Purpleman’s name has been rung around a lot in the Yorkshire press as of late; little surprise, for he’s been extraordinarily busy. Art shows, new performance pieces, the enlisting of further Purple gentlemen across the world, and, as a piece de la resistance, his now world famous mission to bring 4,000 soft toys across the Syrian border to displaced children whom have lost their closest companions.

The result is he’s become engra...

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ALPHABETIC debut first single, French Boyfriend

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By Jordan Mooney.

Alphabetic are a particularly fine call back to the days when music was, perhaps, simpler – but harder to categorise and easier to adapt for any situation. This is the good side of the 80s; less swaggering rock wankers and a bit more in the line of the radio’s finest moments.

French Boyfriend, the group’s fresh touch on an old fashioned trope (how many break up songs do you know?) , is right up our alley. Feeling particularly calm and relaxed, on face value, it’s particularly inoffensive...

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WINTER OF OUR DISCOTHEQUE – RADA Studios, London – 9th-14th June

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Our dear playwright chum, Tess Humphrey, has very proudly unveiled to us the latest run of her critically acclaimed play, Winter Of Our Discotheque.

When Laurence Waugh arrives at disreputable public school, The Hastings, after being expelled from Eton, he is ready to make a fresh start. Greeted by his drug-addled roommate and bizarre head girl, the three begin their final year of school. Think you know this story? Think again.

Described as an ultra-black five-star comedy, in its previous iterations, Discotheque ha...

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Raizing Hell – Monsters Prefer Blondes Review

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By Jordan Mooney.
Proofread by Lydia Byron.

Raizing Hell are back! And whilst they’re no soberer than their last visit to the elusive Cat on the Wall towers, they’ve certainly pulled a few changes. What do we think of their latest piece of B-music anarchy? Read on…

It’s very clear that Monsters Prefer Blondes has shifted the group’s talents are little bit further – everything here feels meaner, stronger, tougher – harder to crack and even a touch better at defending itself. Starting on an immediate high note with

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Huxtable Release new single ‘Favourite Thing’ Exclusively on Spotify

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Huxtable are back!

That’s right, we’ve made contact with frozen hills of Scotland; and the radio has crackled once again with the inimitable rattle of riff-rock from Jordan Yates and Marc William Brown.

What more could one hope for?

The duo are hard at work on an album, but they felt this beast was simply too dangerous to contain – one can see why. Favourite Thing has all the hallmarks we’ve come to expect from Kilmarnock’s finest; but the sense of swagger and strength we’ve already heard from them in the past is p...

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