Tea and Tunes: Toreador – Shiver and Shake single release

Toreador are a trio of Southampton locals whose work I’ve been following for a while, their tone a grungy-sounding rock with a blues edge, brilliant harmonies and clear vocals that distinguish it clearly from the varieties of garage and grunge I enjoy less. Toreador’s song “Ashes” was featured on my playlist of 2019 indie discoveries…

Tea and Tales: The Wild Places by Robert MacFarlane

This is a book which took me over a year to read. Not because I disliked it, but because its reading takes dedicated time, energy and thought. It is not a book to read in bed when tired and hoping to relax into sleep. It is a book to read to be forced to think,…

Tea and Tunes: 2019 Indie Wrap-Up

Well, 2019 has been over for a while, but there were some great songs written by indie bands in my favourite rock and punk genres, so I thought it would be fun to share my top 2019 indie songs and highlight a few of my favourites. You can listen to the playlist on Spotify below…

Tea & Tunes: Hunting Hearts – Pride Not Prejudice EP

Hunting Hearts are yet another independent local Southampton group making marks in the alt rock genre. Sitting somewhere between punk, indie and old fashioned rock and roll, their EP Pride Not Prejudice, released in August this year, is full of emotion and rocking rhythms. Hunting Hearts’ widely known tagline is “We’re here, we’re queer, and…

Tea and Tunes: Threat System – Overcome EP

I recently had the delight of being offered the chance to hear and review Threat System’s new Overcome EP in the lead up to its release on Friday 26th April. Threat System are a band that I have been waiting to hear some recorded material from for a while, since beginning my Southampton Rocks playlist…

Tea and Tunes: Minus Alive, Maybe This All Just Ends EP

Earlier this month Lloyd and I had the pleasure of attending Minus Alive’s EP launch for their new EP Maybe This All Just Ends. We’ve been watching Minus Alive for a while now since discovering that they are Southampton based when I was building my ‘Southampton Rocks’ Spotify playlist. As rock bands go, Minus Alive’s…