Spotlight issue 14

noXqs - A friend is a friend (own release)

noXqs, quite what this stands for I’m unsure, but the site I was directed to by the band have had a stab at (No Excuses). Oh well, if they are going to be that upfront then this reminds me of the music I heard in the film, ‘the Breakfast Club’, of friends realised and of a mis-spent youth, but why not. Not exactly original, but I don’t say this with malice in my tone. No far from it, the group have had a go at reproducing the sounds of the Mission, The Cult, Sisters of Mercy and at times, and this is probably where the Breakfast Club comes to mind, of Simple Minds and early stadium anthems.

I wrote this before reading what was online, but the group really do sound like children of the wonderful Eighties, just like myself, and why not? There are probably a thousand excuses ‘why not’, but as we are bored of hearing from those who lived ‘the summer of love’, if you think that way, you really weren’t there. 7/10 Nick James

Give the online link a go;


  Jetplane Landing - This Is Not Revolution Rock (Smalltown America/Yoga Boy)

T: Having just landed a plum part in the forthcoming NME Carling shows supporting the likes of Ash and much touted Brit rockers Hundred Reasons, this band has every reason to be pleased as Punch. A favourable review in the aforementioned music weekly will have done them no harm either. Not that they haven’t earned it though, having completed a comprehensive and exhaustive tour of the UK in 2001. This band is well on the up and deserve every ounce of success that they manage to glean. Musically, it’s relatively easy to establish that the band are heavily influenced by American college bands such as Pavement, although don’t go making any misconceptions that this band are merely pretenders to the throne. It ain’t like that. This trio have their own distinctive sound and I can hear traces of not only Malkmus and Stairs, but also of The Pixies, A House, At The Drive In and possibly even Sonic Youth.

N: All the above, and how about Blue Aeroplanes? I can see this band stealing the show at the forthcoming tour. Fantastic. Appeal that’s easy to swallow, and why not?

T: Watch out for their forthcoming album, which should be reviewed in a subsequent issue of this magazine. 9/10

Little Fat Hoover - The Way To Go (Unsigned)

N: Can you hear the Beatles circa 1968 on this? Flowing kaftans and strange shaped sitars?

T: I can see what you mean. I think it’s down to the close knit harmonies more than anything else. The band are influenced by West Coast American bands such as The Byrds and the Beach Boys, the former being the more recognisable musically.

N: But then again the Beatles were from the West Coast. The UK’s North West anyway.

T: The Byrds influence was even more evident at their recent Leicester show, when the sound engineer, subconsciously or otherwise, played “Eight Miles High” at the end of their set.

N: I can also hear a chilled out baggy type sound circa 1991. Or is that just me?

T: No it’s not just you. I can hear sprinklings of the Charlatans and of the Mock Turtles in places. Let’s hope the band begin the new wave of “baggy psychedelic” acts stemming from the...erm...West End of Leicester. 8/10
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