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The James Cleaver Quintet

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The James Cleaver Quintet met at a Chris Eubank convention in Hull. It was a love of good quality profiteroles and fresh water fish (particularly Sturgeons) that brought them together. They started off as an N-Dubz cover band, playing all the hits from "Papa Can You Hear Me?" to "Better Not Waste My Time" and back again, but cranking things up a notch by throwing a Bulgarian folk twist into the mix. To reiterate, The James Cleaver Quintet must not Read more on Last.fm

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 033: And the winner of the 2013 COROT-3b Prize is…

October 30th, 2013

The COROT-3b 2013 Prize goes to...

It’s might’ve been lying dormant for several years, but this year we brought the COROT-3b Prize back. Yes, we know that running an “alternative” to the Mercury Prize isn’t original. Yadda yadda yadda. You still want to know who we decided is the winner though, right? Because after discussing and debating the nominees in this edition of the podcast, that’s exactly what Raz and Hugh did.

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Sunday Slaylist: The COROT-3b Prize (last chance to vote!)

October 27th, 2013

COROT-3b Prize Sunday Slaylist Thrash Hits

HEY YOU: the Mercury Prize is announcing it’s 2013 winner on Wednesday 30 October 2013. That mean we’re announcing the winner of our COROT-3b Prize too. Don’t know what the COROT-3b Prize is? Well, go click on that link. Everyone up to speed? Good. You’ve got mere hours left to cast your vote, so we figured we’d use this week’s Sunday Slaylist to not only remind you of who’s up for the prize, and to prompt any Johnny-come-lately types to CAST THEIR VOTES NOW.

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Sunday Slaylist: The COROT-3b Prize (vote now!)

September 15th, 2013

COROT-3b Prize Sunday Slaylist Thrash Hits

Yes, yes, yes, the Mercury Prize doesn’t have any metal in it. Yes, yes, yes, it doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. Yes, yes, yes, that hasn’t stopped us resurrecting the COROT-3b Prize to celebrate a dozen great British metal albums from the last 12 months. Go click that link if you need an explanation why we called that. Everyone else: go click the “Read More” link and go listen to our Sunday Spotify Slaylist of this year’s COROT-3b nominees.

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Vote for the best British album of the year in the COROT-3b Prize

September 11th, 2013

No Metal Mercury Prize 2009 Barclaycard Thrash Hits

Yes, we know the Mercury Prize is just a marketing vehicle for the NME and the Guardian and we’ve genuinely given up complaining about rock and metal not being included in there – even as a token gesture, like they occasionally do with avant garde and jazz artists – but it’s a bloody good excuse to have a little celebration of the excellent British music that has been released over the past year.

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Album: The James Cleaver Quintet – Mechanical Young

May 29th, 2013

The JCQ 2013 promo photo Thrash Hits

The James Cleaver Quintet
Mechanical Young
Hassle Records
17 June 2013

by Gavin Lloyd

Assuming the UK rock scene was the frozen aisle in your local supermarket (which I’m going to), the likes of You Me At Six and Lower Than Atlantis would be the pizzas, you know what you’re getting but still plenty of people of love them. While the likes of Yashin would be the horse-filled Findus ready meals, awful and while hardly household favourites are far more popular than they have any right to be. As The JCQ gear up to release their second album Mechanical Young, they find themselves being the musical equivalent of the beloved treat that is a tub of Neapolitan ice cream.

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Download Festival announces 22 more bands for 2012

February 29th, 2012

If you get up very early in the morning, you’ll have spotted that Download Festival‘s head promoter, Andy Copping, announced another 22 bands for this year’s festival via his Twitter account this morning. And as you’d expect from such a large announcement, it’s a mix of old and new, big and small, and awesome and just plain awful.

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Album: The James Cleaver Quintet – That Was Then, This Is Now

November 18th, 2011

The James Cleaver Quintet 2012 promo photo Thrash Hits

The James Cleaver Quintet
That Was Then, This Is Now
Hassle Records
31 October 2011

by Hugh Platt

I’ve been struggling to come up with a snappy turn of phrase to encapsulate this debut full-length from The James Cleaver Quintet. The thing is….I know what that turn of phrase is. I’ve just been avoiding it. I’ve been avoiding it because it’s one of those figures of speech that immediately marks the speaker out as a complete and utter tosspot. I think the phrase I’m looking for is “I guess I just prefer their earlier stuff”.

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Someone at Lucozade likes their music a little rowdier…

August 12th, 2011

The James Cleaver Quintet 2010 promo photo Thrash Hits

….or at least recognises the value of it for selling glucose-charged fizzy pop to people. The James Cleaver Quintet are the stars (can you be “stars” in an advert?) of the latest TV spot from Lucozade. Unfortunately, rather than having The JCQ play one of the tracks off their scorching debut mini-album/EP thing, Ten Stages Of A Make Up, they had the Brighton boys cover a ten year old Feeder track instead.

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