Like To Keep Things Dark – Will Sergeant book review

Will Sergeant – Bunnyman (Constable) Over the years there’s been a few books about Echo and the Bunnymen but, until now, none of the band members have told their side of the story. Guitarist Will Sergeant’s first memoir ‘Bunnyman’, published in July, is therefore a welcome arrival. Despite the title, it’s a book that actually…

Run Around The … Puddles – Sacred Paws live

Scared Paws / Duncan Marquiss – Hospitalfield, Arbroath – Saturday 21st August 2021 Twelve months ago we took in our first pandemic era gig at Hospitalfield with Phantom Band frontman Rick Redbeard performing in front of a (mostly) indifferent audience of beer drinkers and berry eaters. After that, did anyone imagine that it would be…

Really, Really Well Adjusted – Randolph’s Leap album review

Spirit Level – Randolph’s Leap (Fika Recordings) No matter how good the solo shows and the solo recordings are I’ve always felt that Randolph’s Leap songs are heard to best effect in the context of the full eight-piece band. Yet, for understandable reasons, the number of full band recordings is quite limited with the ‘Real…

2020 Albums

2020 was a weird year in so many ways. But one definite outcome was that I bought fewer albums than I’ve done in previous years, albeit my spend on EPs (and live albums) probably went up significantly. Partly that was down to a lack of visits to record shops. Whilst my pre-order shopping would be…

2020 Singles/ EPs

2020 is the first year that I’ve not concentrated on singles that I’ve bought but have included songs from streaming to compile this list. To qualify a streaming track has had to be released as a single AND received a number of plays as a single in the MPT household . Taking Bob Mould’s singles…

2020 Live

Despite 2020’s gigging being necessarily curtailed, we still squeezed in 8 different shows in to the restricted calendar, 7 before lockdown and an unexpected open air encore in September. Show of the year was undoubtedly Sleater-Kinney at the Barrowlands (above) (even more so if I can count STOOR at Mono the same evening as their…