The NBT Review 19 Part Three



No Hang-Ups – Dialtone (Independent Release)

Hey it’s the early 70s; hey it’s when Brian Eno still loved being in Roxy Music, hey its Rick Okasek fooling around with a dream Beach Boys monster created by Mathew Sweet.


It’s 2008 and you are listening to ‘Summer’ the opening track of Dialtone’s new album.

It’s a skewed new wave, incorporating  the tension of the best of indie of the past years, with a love for the hooks and sly glamour of the neon ghosts from way back then.

The single, ‘ Emo T-shirt’ is a ragged anthem for those self aware college fans tired of the too clean sad eyed beautiful fakes that sing to them normally.

This is what happens when you take the pristine structure of the PoP song for indie kids, and roll it around in the street and dirt outside the punk club.

Stand out track and a glimpse of edgier paths soon to be followed, is, ‘Still Sleeping’ which manages to combine the scary side of Cheap Trick along with the quirky emotional harmonies of leftfield artists like Sufjan Stevens.

This is a CD to be played often, allowing its (not so) tender charms to eat their way inside your rock n roll heart.

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Jonah’s Revenge – Matt Tyler (Dannyboy Music)

As the songs roll past, images are concocted of a Texan Troubadour, singing a rowdy bar to contemplative silence, or a Springsteen creating rough demos in the middle of the night, or a denim clad Eagles roadie finally going it alone, with his own stories and secrets.

There is Americana and folk and heartfelt rock, all instruments played by this Birmingham native, utilizing a left of centre warmth and a natural feel for personal , intimate moments.

With a voice just on the right side of rough, Tyler allows the songs to soar melodically through uncluttered arrangements, hooking into the mind with a wry pop sensibility.

Stand out tracks for this reviewer are ‘Icarus’ which swoops and dives through the air like the character in the title and the sweetly orchestrated, ‘Lorraine’

If you can imagine the aural lovechild of Buckley in his folk phase, and early David Grey, this album captures that perfectly.

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Hear tracks from both these albums on the NBT Podcast going out on the 28th Nov  

Kidzlikedanny2 Launched

The charity ‘Kidzlikedanny’ was formed in January 1997. It was started by Lin and Dave Lloyd, parents of Daniel Lloyd with the help of brothers Matt Tyler (Matthew Lloyd) and Jacob Lloyd. Daniel was born on the 2nd of December 1987 at City Hospital, Birmingham, and is autistic.

A total of over £1600.00 ($3200.00) has been raised by the Kidzlikedanny charity so far. Organisations who have benefited from KLD are Baskerville Special School (Birmingham), Gorse Farm Residential Home (Marston Green), Uffculme Special School (Birmingham), Longmoor Special School, The Pines, The Birmingham Centre For Arts and Therapies, and The Northern Support Group, Poplars Residential Home and many more…..

The money is used to purchase specialised equipment or items not covered in the school or organisations normal budget. Sometimes the money is used to fund trips out, for families with autistic children. The cost of these days out can be quite expensive, as much manpower is very often needed.

Most recently “Kidzlikedanny” has turned its hand to CD’s and Digital downloads to generate funds. All releases are on Dannyboy Records.

Last years effort Kidzlikedanny (1), is on sale at all good digital music stores including iTunes, Napster, eMusic etc…

All arists on the CD’s donate a track and all its proceeds from the CD sales and digital sales to the Kidzlikedanny funds. Kidzlikedanny (1) acts featured were Jacob Lloyd, Scorched Earth, Subrosa, Motorcycle Stunts, Hey Pablo, Rozagy, Blue Nation, Hoden Lane, Matt Tyler, Satchel Blue, Apollo, Voices In The Fog, Karl Bayley, David Garside, Amoa, Angels Exist.

The follow up release “Kidzlikedanny 2” has just been released (March 2008). The line up this time (Aaron Yorke, Cracked Actors, Caroline 7, Crisis Blues Band, Everett, Ian Babington, The Kidzlikedanny Choir, Kristy Gallacher, Matt Geary, Mavoxor, Onion Child, Quill, Raging Angel and Raymond Froggatt.

Every track downloaded makes a difference as 0.79p ($1.58) goes straight into the Kidzlikedanny fund from every song purchased!

Without the support of many fantastic friends and family, KLD would not be able to help support organisations, whose aim it is to make autistic children’s lives as happy and fulfilling as possible.

Kidzlikedanny 1 and 2 can be found on all good digital music stores worldwide including iTunes, Napster, eMusic, Amazon, 7 Digital etc….

Itunes link for Kidzlikedanny 2:

For info or queries email at:

or or phone 07847 340 664.

More info can be found about the albums (Kidzlikedanny 1 and 2) at

Dannyboy Records Myspace can be found here: