Fred Bruce



The New Road less travelled

21st April 2022

Music Editor Fred Bruce reflects on the departure of frontman Isaac Wood from Black Country, New Road. Since their inception, Black Country, New Road have defined themselves by a quiet resilience in the face of significant obstacles. The six-piece formed following the breakdown of their previous band, Nervous Conditions, after several individuals spoke out on ...


Review: Echo and the Bunnymen @ Barrowland Ballroom

12th April 2022

A celebration of 40 years in the industry that demonstrates the band’s utter timelessness. Few bands can match the rich history of the Barrowland Ballroom quite like Echo and the Bunnymen. The night is appropriately nostalgic, with a sold-out crowd jostling in anticipation of the Liverpudlians’ 40 year anniversary celebration. Four decades of consistent musicianship ...


Review: Echo and the Bunnymen @ Barrowland Ballroom

22nd March 2022

A celebration of 40 years in the industry that demonstrates the band’s utter timelessness. Few bands can match the rich history of the Barrowland Ballroom quite like Echo and the Bunnymen. The night is appropriately nostalgic, with a sold-out crowd jostling in anticipation of the Liverpudlians’ 40 year anniversary celebration. Four decades of consistent musicianship ...


Review: Derren Brown: Showman @ The King’s Theatre

18th March 2022

Fred reviews the infamous hypnotist’s latest stage show. Derren Brown’s particular blend of psychology, hypnotism and good old fashioned stage magic has rightly earned him a cherished place in British culture. His work on stage and screen is universally captivating, but it’s his charisma that elevates him above many of his contemporaries and tempers any ...


Will Sergeant: ‘People can disagree, but it’s my story’

1st December 2021

Music Editor Fred Bruce discusses musical experimentation and time travel with legendary Echo & The Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant. Few bands can claim a discography as evocative and enduring as Echo & The Bunnymen. From humble beginnings in 1970s Liverpool, the band’s wild soundscapes and gothic theatricality are as breathtaking now as they were 40 ...


Review: Squid @ SWG3

12th October 2021

The Brighton five-piece electrify SWG3 with their uniquely angular brand of post-punk guitar rock. A sea of mullets and skinheads greeted the triumphant Squid as they played their first Scottish date since the release of their debut full-length album, Bright Green Field. Their debut dropped earlier this year via Warp Records, shooting the band to ...


Mason Hill’s Scott Taylor: ‘On stage, we’re just five humbled guys from Glasgow. And we never want to leave.’

1st September 2021

Mason Hill frontman Scott Taylor reflects on finding success in lockdown and chasing childhood dreams Five years after their self-titled EP made waves in the hard rock scene, Glasgow five-piece Mason Hill are back with their debut full-length album, Against the Wall. The band formed from the long-time friendship of lead singer Scott Taylor and ...