The Genius Of… The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society

The pioneers of the powerchord might have confounded listeners with 1968’s bucolic masterpiece, but Village Green…’s irreproachable songwriting and teeming guitar textures conjured a rose-tinted nostalgia like few others.

Yard Act – The Overload review: an inspired debut album

The Leeds four-piece formed just before the UK was plunged into its first lockdown, but that hasn’t stopped them turning heads over the past two years. Their debut album looks set to deliver on the promise.

The Big Review: DSM & Humboldt Simplifier DLX

The deluxe version of the Simplifier analogue amp and cabinet simulator adds digital reverb, stereo operation and channel switching – but does more complexity mean less rock’n’roll?

The Genius Of… Surfer’s Choice by Dick Dale and His Del-Tones

The unstoppable eddies of surf rock permeated pop in the 1960s, and its reverb drenched, tremolo-picked sound all stemmed from one man. Dick Dale’s bewildering guitar work defines his, still jaw-dropping, debut LP.