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Tyneside’s newest recording studio opened late last year; the Aquarium Studio on Gateshead Quays is owned by Peter Slowey, who has played in more North East bands than he cares to remember. Peter takes us through some of his most loved songs. Words: Peter Slowey.

Hop Along – Sister Cities

Like the lovechild of The Shins and The Breeders – raw sunshine pop from Philadelphia. An accidental find featured on Weathervane Music’s excellent Shaking Through series.

The Hold Steady – Citrus

How this band hasn’t become far more mainstream baffles me. This is a delicate departure from their usual Springsteen/Led Zeppelin cross-over sound and showcases Craig Finn’s superb lyrics beautifully.

Simple Kid – Average Man

For fans of Beck, The Flaming Lips and Gomez. Irishman Ciaran McFeely stopped releasing music under the Simple Kid alias in 2011 with just two albums and a single under his belt. Although the second album is patchy, the debut Simple Kid 1 is criminally underrated.

DJ Format – Little Bit of Soul

What can you say about someone who gets two members of Jurassic 5 to feature on their debut album? It’s not all B-Boy in style though, as this track leans more towards DJ Shadow in style.

Ryan Adams -Come Pick Me Up

I first heard this when an old friend covered it at a gig and I mistook it for one of his own songs. Despite a huge back catalogue of excellent material I still think this is the best song Ryan Adams has written, and it still gives me shivers to this day.

The Rolling Stones – Tumbling Dice

In amongst an album as good as Exile On Main Street this song shines, epitomizing the Stones’ laid back cool.

The National – Cold Girl Fever

From their 2001 self-titled record which is much more laid back than their later arena-filling material. The band were all still working day jobs for a few years after its release. “What are you for now that I have hardcore.” No idea what it means but it sounds good.

The Charlatans – Let the Good Times Be Never Ending

As a lifelong fan, I’m over the moon that the Charlatans have persevered and brought out a surprisingly decent album after all the obstacles they’ve had during their career, especially the untimely death of founder member Jon Brookes. The bass line at the end is nectar.

Polarsets – How I Want You

There are loads of groups around at the moment combining 80’s style electronic elements with a band sensibility, but this lot are local and lovely lads to boot. Perfect for the summer.

The Beatles – I’ve Got A Feeling

Featuring a riff reminiscent of Elvis’ Suspicious Minds (also later recycled by Shed Seven on Going For Gold), this track is dripping with energy; possibly a side effect of the tensions in the band at the time.

Voxtrot -Kid Gloves

It seemed like there was a cool new American indie band to check out every week in the mid 2000s with the likes of The Spinto Band, The Shins etc. putting out great records. Voxtrot’s album stood out for me and they possibly passed a lot of people by.

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Refugee

Tom Petty is one of those people that often gets missed by music fans as he’s never had the same kind of recognition in the UK as he’s had in the States. This song evokes long hair, leather jackets and amphetamines; for those unfamiliar with him, start with Damn The Torpedoes, and mine’s a Peroni, cheers.

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