UK rising rockers Altered Sky continue their climb with the release of their
spanking new video single ‘Livewire’.

Already famed for producing intoxicating up-tempo pop punk fused with alluring college rock, Altered Sky take another step forward to the upper echelons of the Brit Rock scene with this striking cut.

Hailing from Glasgow, and possessing a hearty appetite for hard work and
sheer dedication to their craft, Altered Sky already have a vast range of
impressive accolades to their name, including sharing stages with We Are In
The Crowd, Wonder Years, Decade, State Champs, A Loss For Words and Neck
Deep, as well as playing Slam Dunk Scotland in 2014.

The quintet have also headlined shows at The Garage in Glasgow and London’s famous 100 Club.

With a strong DIY mentality embedded in their DNA, Altered Sky released ‘In
This World’, their self-financed debut EP.

The five-some followed this debut offering with their critically acclaimed ‘Stop and Live’ EP, which continued to charter the band’s growth and further enhanced their budding reputation.

In 2015, the emerging rockers released their self-funded debut album,
‘Without Wonderland’, with Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral For A Friend, Bullet For
My Valentine, Bring Me The Horizon) at the controls.

The album was received with open arms by fans and industry tastemakers alike, with Kerrang! magazine bestowing the record with an impressive KKKK review.

Altered Sky went on to reveal the video single ‘Waves’ from the album, which secured praise from broadcasting legend ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, as well as notching up
widespread radio airplay from Kerrang! Radio, TeamRock and BBC Radio 2.

The alt-rockers have since gone on to pick up further acclaim from Apple Music
and the Huffington Post, as well as increasing their ever expanding fan-base.

This summer, the band dropped their latest single ‘Stupid In The Dark’, with the
video quickly gaining heavy rotation on both Kerrang! TV and Scuzz TV, as
well as being playlisted by Kerrang! Radio for their K Nights with Johnny Doom, and pinning down widespread online coverage.

Now, Altered Sky press on again with the release of their brand new video single
‘Livewire’, this cut will be the fourth and final single lifted from the
band’s current album, ‘Without Wonderland’.

With a school tour underway, combined with a mammoth headline show at the Garage in Glasgow on 15th October, there’s nothing stopping Altered Sky’s continued ascent.


WE FEW – ‘Morse Factory’ (4/5)



‘Morse Factory’ is the debut studio EP from Stoke-on-Trent indie outfit We Few.

The four-piece have a good live reputation, so I was interested to see if they could capture the essence of their live sound and translate it well on to a studio recording.

Well, it seems that they have achieved exactly this.

Listening to the EP, I closed my eyes and could feel myself transported to one of the fine Potteries music venues.

The sound is pulsating and full of catchy and soaring guitar riffs, with lengthy solos forming a key part.

The choruses are anthemic, with the gravelly, chanting vocals of frontman Tom Machin acting as rallying cries to the listener.

It definitely seems that the band have gone all out to make this as big sounding as possible.

The pick of the bunch has to be the title track, which sees them being adventurously creative with the effective use of the beeping sound of Morse code, which acts as a prologue and epilogue, and which also contains an excellent guitar solo.

It is a very strong debut, and if they can sustain this, which I am absolutely sure they can do, then they have a bright future ahead of them.

TOP TRACK: ‘Morse Factory’








BROKEN FLAGS – The Exchange, Hanley, 01/10/2016

SUPPORT: The Manalishi, The Gurus, John Dhali.



There must be something in the water in Stoke-on-Trent.

In the last couple of years, a diverse range of talented bands and artists have made the Potteries a thriving hotbed of emerging British music.

The Exchange, a venue that has played an important part in making this happen, showcased four of the local talents, headlined by indie four-piece Broken Flags, who were there to promote their new single “Dare To Dream”.

First on the stage was singer-songwriter John Dhali who, despite some technical issues at the beginning, played a strong acoustic set with a sound that switched with ease between soul and folk.

Next up were The Gurus, last minute replacements for Shimmer Trap.

They are a fledging group, but their eclectically influenced musical style suggests a maturity beyond their years.

The Manalishi then really got the increasing crowd going with heavy guitar-led compositions coupled with hypnotic vocals.

A sublime set was played by Broken Flags, with a real assortment of tracks.

Watching them perform, you could tell that every note played was delivered with the utmost passion and determination.

“Dare to Dream”, their new release, seems to be more upbeat musically and lyrically than their debut “Enemy”, and that’s good, because it shows that they are not a band that sticks solidly to a specific sound.

Having seen these four and numerous others on the Stoke music scene this year, I’m starting to think that it may only be a matter of time before the Potteries is no longer the best-kept secret place in new British music.