Abnorm ‘Citrus’ – Single Review

By Amelia Thorpe Newcastle-based alt-rock outfit, Abnorm, open up about bad mental health days in their debut single ‘Citrus’. Released on September 18th, the up-and-coming five-piece kick started their discography with this strong offering, which is packed full of catchy melodies, emotive lyrics, and powerful, Paramore-esque vocals.  Despite having formed just months before the national... Continue Reading →

PRE-RELEASE: Goth Girl – VENUS GRRRLS review

"VENUS GRRRLS release powerhouse single, ‘Goth Girl’, delving into the outlandish stereotypes associated with Goth Culture and Witchcraft. Opening with a build of tension between the vocals and drums, the song explodes into a full-frontal, unmerciful chorus that will linger in your head for days".  By Law Emilia VENUS GRRRLS release powerhouse single, ‘Goth Girl’,... Continue Reading →

A Review: Cortney Dixon with her Latest EP.

By Josephine Canham Newcastle based artist, Cortney Dixon released ‘Our Intuition’, her second EP this year, on the 20th of November. This Ep is the second EP that the skilled vocalist and guitarist has graced us with his year. It is a combination of pre-release and completely unheard tunes, and it comes after a busy... Continue Reading →

The music industry, misogyny and the male gaze

By Darcy Nathan Growing up as a young, female music fan in the 00s and 10s was a mixed bag. Whilst we had the progressive changes towards the ‘body positivity’ movement we see today (think Destiny’s Child - Bootylicious, the rise of Kim K, and Sir Mix-a-lot), I also have lasting memories of watching the... Continue Reading →

We Need To Stop Using Female-Fronted As A Genre

By Niamh Christian We've all seen in our favourite music magazines, on Spotify playlists, on music television channels: Female Fronted bands. Bands of all different types of genres from pop-punk to metalcore, all in the same playlist. Bands with mostly male members but a female front, standing out as 'feminist' icons in the rock and... Continue Reading →

#CalledOut: Natalie Greener On Keeping Newcastle’s Music Scene Safe – Interview with Spotlight Music UK

To see the full article alongside the interview conducted by Alice Moulding, please click here! What started the #CalledOut campaign? “I started the Called-Out campaign to address the prominent issue of abuse within the creative industries. Suffering with PTSD from my own experience of being taken advantage of at the age of 17/18, it is definitely... Continue Reading →

The impacts of being an influencer.

By Law Emilia With eyes glued to the glowing screen of my phone I sat with a lump in my throat.  My chest was tight, anxiety was building and my risk of developing repetitive strain syndrome in my thumbs was increasing with each time I pressed refresh on my new Instagram post. You’d think this... Continue Reading →

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