Cast - 'Troubled Times'

Cast - 'Troubled Times'

“ Each day I find everything I do is just a waste of time ”, sings Cast frontman John Power here on ‘Time Bomb’. “You don’t say!” scoff back the thousands of music snobs who still regard Cast as poster boys for all that was...

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Cast   : Beetroot

Cast : Beetroot

If previous form was anything to go by, Cast could have promised an album of Hungarian death metal and it still should have sounded like the Charity Shop La's. Miraculously, though, the chirpy Mersey mystics appear to have happened on the meaning...

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Cast   : Desert Drought

Cast : Desert Drought

Patently good intentions, as ever, but John Power's desperate attempt to update chirpy Scouse-rock for the 21st century (and save his record contract, probably) are botched by the fact that the bandwagon he's chosen to jump on is big beat. Cast's...

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Liverpool Royal Court

Liverpool Royal Court

If ever there was a time to write a blank cheque at the Bank Of Bonhomie, this is it. Sound City is in Liverpool, the country is listening via Radio 1 , Cast are playing to a home crowd, and outside they're literally fighting to get in....

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Cast  : Magic hour

Cast : Magic hour

Now that it appears clear that Cast are always going to be forgotten, but never gone from the crazy world of pop, you just can't be arsed to get remotely bothered by them any more. I admit I had a secret liking for 'Beat Mama' , not least because...

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Magic Hour

Magic Hour

Are our standards too high? Have we listened to too many amazing rock records for yet one more heartbreakingly competent disc to leave us so unmoved? All that pre-millennial bullshit is just grist for the mill of uninspired broadsheet...

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London W1 Borderline

London W1 Borderline

There is such a thing as being a little too intimate. WOW! You can see the singer without the use of the Hubble telescope! COO! You can shout requests and he'll actually hear them before telling you to piss off! But GAG! CHOKE! SPLUTTER! Jesus...

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