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Fiona Hutchings


Fiona Hutchings talks to Mark Bedford and Terry Edwards about their limited-edition RSD release, 'The Character Actor EP', and much more besides.

Lightning Seeds
Andy Whitehouse

Despite major WiFi problems, Fiona Hutchings talks to Mick Derrick about the return of his band Prolapse and the re-release on vinyl of their 1994 debut album, ‘Pointless Walks to Dismal Places’.
Lightning Seeds' frontman Ian Broudie talks to Fiona Hutchings about his band's new album 'See You in the Stars' and vinyl.
The last time we spoke to Sheffield singer-songwriter Andy Whitehouse, he was playing to select audiences in pub snugs. Now, he’s taken the idea one step further and set up residence in a caravan on the coast. Fiona Hutchings caught up with him to find out more about his one-to-one project.

Mark Lee
Andy Whitehouse
Last Day Sect

Pocket Gods frontman and now film maker Mark Lee speaks to Fiona Hutchings about what matters to him. From severe mental health difficulties to the tyranny of Spotify, he doesn't hold back.
From being pursued by hordes of excited schoolgirls to playing to audiences of one, singer songwriter Andy Whitehouse has had a varied career. Fiona Hutchings chats to this well respected Sheffield musician about the personal experiences of his music.
Fiona Hutchings talks to Tom Wilcox from Last Day Sect about tarot cards, talented collaborators, and their debut album of eerie tales.
Fiona Hutchings talks to Vix from 80's all girl pop punk icons and C86 act about her band Fuzzbox's extraordinary career

Magic Brothers
Pete Ross and The Sapphire

Fiona Hutchings speaks to former Bluetones front man Mark Morriss about his former band, whether they will ever reform and second solo album, 'A Flash of Darkness'
Fiona Hutchings speaks to Madness drummer Woody Woodgate about his new band the Magic Brothers which he has formed with his brother Nick, and their 70's pop-influenced debut album 'The Magic Line'
Fiona Hutchings chats to Susy Sapphire from Australian/New Zealand but Italian-based duo Pete Ross and The Sapphire about 'Rollin' On Down the Lane', which is their forthcoming debut album together


[subhead] Noting and commenting on a band’s every album and song involves a lot of facts but how much fun can you squeeze in too? Fiona Hutchings checks out the new addition to the Sonicbond Publishing libraryon Green Day.

David Paton
Soup Dragons
Professor Elemental

Fiona Hutchings has no idea if David Paton’s life story will be magic or not but she gives it a go anyway,
Fiona Hutchings checks out Precious records’ four latest 10 inch classic BBC radio sessions. This time it’s The Soup Dragons on the turntable
Professor Elemental always likes to keep it eclectic but even mega fan Fiona Hutchings is surprised by the number of plans he has bubbling away at the moment, which include collaborationss to a boardgame to working with a neuroscientist via a dark techno fetish night,
When is a reissue worth buying? Fiona Hutchings isn’t entirely sure. as she reflects upon the new vinyl version of Prolapse's 1994 debut album 'Pointless Walks To Dismal Places'.

Live Reviews

Queen and Adam Lambert
Caro Emerald
Human League

Fiona Hutchings finds seeing Queen and Adam Lambert is a dream come true live at the O2 Arena in London.
Fiona Hutchings gets dressed up and breaks rules all for the joy of seeing Caro Emerald and her band
Fiona Hutchings watches 80's synth pop giants the Human League play a fabulous set of their classic hits at the Arena in Sheffield

Favourite Albums

Graham Day and the Forefathers

In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look at albums from the past, Fiona HUtchings checks out two Peel Sessions EPs from Leicester indie band Prolapse, which have been released by Precious Recordings of London for the first time on vinyl.
In our 'Re:View' section. in which our writers reflect on albums from the past. Fiona Hutchings examines Medway garage rockers Graham Day and the Forefathers reissue of their 2014 album 'Good Things' which features three bonus tracks.
In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Fiona Hutchings reflects on Madness's 1979 debut solo album 'One Step Beyond', which has just been re-released in an expanded edition


Fiona Hutchings reflects on a new book from Sonicbond on The Beat and also General Public and The Fine Young Cannibals, which featured many of the same members.
In 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' Fiona Hutchings pays tribute to her hometown with ten of the best from the Steel City

Depeche Mode
Duran Duran

In 'The Image That Made Me Weep', in which a different writer with each edition writes of the impact of a photo or an image on them, Fiona Hutchings reflects on a photo of Queen at Live Aid.
Fiona Hutchings picks ten personal milestones from the tracks of British pop pioneers Erasure.
Fiona Hutchings in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' writes of her favourite songs by Depeche Mode.
Fiona Hutchings takes us through ten formative memories from the pop titans Duran Duran.


Lightning Seeds
Howard Jones
Dead South
Ian M. Bailey

Evocative and emotionally powerful first album in eighteen years from the Lightning Seeds, which proves worth the long wait
Pleasurable and undemanding double album reissue of remixes from 80's synth act Howard Jones
Volatile but impressive double pack covers EPs from quirky bluegrass punks The Dead South
Enjoyable 60's -influenced folk pop on new EP from UK singer-songwriter and guitarist Ian M. Bailey,. the first of a series of planned collaborations with Daniel Wylie of Cosmic Rough Riders

Django Django
My Darling Clementine
Baked A La Ska

Pure pop perfection on six CD box set from Hit Factory starlet Sonia
Uplifting and memorable fourth album from critically acclaimed London-based art rock band Django Django
Excellent and unpredictable set of Elvis Costello covers from country duo My Darling Clementine
Superb fifth albm from eleven-piece ska band Baked A La Ska who take an electic bunch of source material and give it a satisfyingly spooky sound

Her Crooked Heart
Alvarez Theory
David Bromberg

Musically complex second album from Her Crooked Heart, the moniker for New York-based singer-songwriter Rachel Reis, proves highly personal but accessible
Engaging eponymous debut album from London-based Americana/folk five-piece the Alvarez Theory, which includes well-crafted tales of about small town heroes and bar flies
Essential limited only vinyl only first album in fourteen years from 60’s-influenced Medway-based trio the Embrooks
First-rate compilation of early 70's material from Californian singer-songwriter David Bromberg whose name might not be instantly recognisable but whose trademark guitar fingerpicking has been very influential.

Ben Bedford
Simon Stanley Ward and The Shadows of Doubt
Last Day Sect

Lyrical and intirguing if brief trip to the Prairie State with one man band Ben Bedord and his cat
Amusing but accomplished second album from eclectic London-based folk musician and stand-up comedian Simon Stanley Ward
Discordant but often riveting and surprising eleventh album from experimental noise rock act the Telecopes
Mesmerising and terrifying concept debut album on Gothic novels from supergroup trio Last Day Sect

Kaz Murphy
J. Allen
Neville Staple
Aaron Keylock

Fine fourth solo album from Americana storyteller Kat Murphy who sets out to explore life's predicaments in detail but also with a relaxed and engaging style
Ethereal and orchestral vinyl only first single in two years from New York-based singer-songwriter J. Allen
Excellent new solo album from Original Rude Boy Neville Staple, who has recreateds his famous Judge Roughneck persona
First-rate debut album from teenage blues sensation Aaron Keylock in which trying to separate the music from the myth-making proves a challenge yet it also has its own kind of magic

Fairport Convention
B Movie
Ruth Theodore

Fabulous folk gem from the legendary Fairport Convention featuring the late Sandy Denny on lead vocals recorded live in New York in 1974
Dirty and distorted but compelling first single in ten years from self-proclaimed hottest freakbeat trio in the UK, the Embrooks
Well-crafted latest album from cinematic 80's-formed electronic outfit, B-Movie
Off-kilter but compelling pop with her new single from London-based singer-songwriter, Ruth Theodore

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