If there’s one band likely to raise a smile it’s Screaming Maldini. The Sheffield six-piece mix musical virtuosity and pop sensibilities into an uncategorisable brew of epic lushness, guaranteed to raise the spirits of all but the clinically dead.
“Those who have been following Sheffield acts as long as I have may recognise the vocals on this mini-album, as it’s the new project of Screaming Mimi’s Loretta Chantry.”
“Two tracks reviewed here from Polkadodge, a relatively new Sheffield four-piece already causing many murmurs of appreciation on the live circuit.”
“Due to the infernal machinations of one very big, banjo-toting band at the moment, “alternative folk” is a genre this reviewer approaches with some trepidation…”
“Sheffield’s brimming with some rather scarily good songwriting talent at the moment, and The Purgatory Players are up there with the best of them.”
“Between Tramlines bands, fun and beer (ah, that last one may explain a lot!) I’ve spent more time than I should have done this weekend “debating” with friends, and friends of friends, on Facebook about the death of Amy Winehouse.”
On fortnightly term time Fridays, tucked away in Sheffield University’s Raynor Lounge, a venue that even in its recently extended form is still what you may call cosy, is Offbeat. Ran by couple Chris Stride and Gill Graham, it’s been keeping the local indie kids dancing away for a decade now, and shows no signs of stopping.