2014 According to … Cancel The Astronauts

“I can’t help feeling so old!” I’ve just got time to squeeze in one more 2014 review – this time from Matthew Riley of Cancel The Astronauts. Whilst the Astros public profile has (once again) been low in 2014 – they haven’t been idle behind the scenes as Matt indicates below. In addition to the…

More Bass! – Book Group live

Book Group Some belated thoughts about Saturday’s Cool Cat Club/MPT show at Beat Generator Live. Marley Davidson’s a talented lad. A fabulous voice, good keyboard skills and he deals superbly with an almost empty room such that by the end of his set absolutely everyone is on his side. Good show, young man. Marley Davidson…

“One big ‘what-if?” – Cancel The Astronauts interview

A couple of years back, with a regular set packed full of cool pop songs (and more) and a great album in the can, Cancel The Astronauts looked like they might be on the verge of a wider audience. Certainly songs like ‘Intervention’ and ‘While I Was Sleeping’ demonstrated an impressive crossover appeal in my…

All That I’ve Said – Jackson Hall mini LP

Monday sees the release of ‘Lost Love Songs Two’ by Jackson Hall. Whilst Jackson Hall is the solo guise of Cancel The Astronauts frontman Matthew Riley, LLS2 owes next to nothing to that band’s output. What it does though is to demonstrate that Matt’s songwriting talents stretch far beyond the not exactly narrow confines of…

Impending – Book Group return to Dundee

Here’s a little heads-up about a co-promoted MPT/Cool Cat Club gig that I’m very much looking forward to on Saturday 24th May at Beat Generator Live in Dundee. To celebrate the impending release of their second E.P. ‘Tantrums’ Book Group make a long overdue return to Dundee. In fact it’s their first appearance in the…

The Semi-Circle of Death – Cancel The Astronauts live

Cancel The Astronauts Miasma / Cancel The Astronauts / The Jellyman’s Daughter – The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh – 7th February 2014 The focus of this show for MPT was the return of Cancel The Astronauts – their first show as a four piece. The feeling of a new start was emphasised by the fact…