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Dubabuse was started by Sonny in 1993 with dj sets and live vinyl sampling for Liverpool band Zeb (the first solo dubabuse show coming a couple of years later supporting Rootsman at legendary Liverpool club night Voodoo) From the mid 90’s it was all about the Dubabuse club night which was committed to showcasing the finest UK dub artists such as Zion Train, Mad Professor, Henry and Louis, Jah Free, Iration Steppas, Oxman (Dub Vendor), Mr Scruff and loads more dub pioneers, many playing Liverpool for the first time.

The music and live shows evolved further and gave birth to The Corinthians with original dub compositions using live additional sounds with Kaossilators, unique samples, dub-fx and vocals (some live shows also featuring drummer Joey Zeb, various vocalists, and mc’s)

 Dubabuse and The Corinthians have played live shows across the U.K and Germany, Jersey, Poland (and a spot at Dub Sound Camp, Debki in 2013). Currently Sonny Dubabuse is a resident at ‘Root’ and performs regular Dubabuse /Corinthians shows in Liverpool and beyond.



Eye to Eye #14 TESS PARKS


Stable mate of John Lennon McCullagh and Chris Grant, Tess Parks is a million miles from their style of music and attitude. Which says a lot for Alan McGee’s label 359. Tess Parks is a musician and photographer born and raised in Toronto. She moved to London at seventeen years of age to pursue music and to study photography and has played as a solo act for the past four years between the UK and Canada. After moving reluctantly back to Toronto, she put together a psychedelic backing band, The Good People, in 2012.

The band comprises of guitarist Andrew McGill, and her record’s producer Thomas Paxton-Beesley and bassist Thomas Huhtala

We could list who we think she sounds like but a) we find that tactic a bit tasteless and b) the whole idea here is you look into her recordings without preconceived ideas, ya dig?

Tess kindly answered the following questions for us:


TLE: What are you listening to at the moment?

TP: Getting hyped up to see Primal Scream next month! A lot of them! 

 TLE: What’s the most Rock and Roll situation you’ve found yourself in?

TP: Meeting Alan McGee is the most rock and roll situation for sure. 

 TLE: What’s been your favourite gig so far and why?

TP: My favourite gig to play? I think playing with the Psychic Ills in Toronto was the best!! Or playing in New York in October. That was great. The best gig I ever went to of a band I love is seeing Oasis play for the first time in 2002. 

 TLE: How has your music evolved since you started playing?

TP: Since forming the band, it’s become a lot more rock and roll and happier! I’ve become a lot more aware of my voice and comfortable with it.

 TLE: What are your rehearsals generally like?

TP: We all just play and have a good time! Very chilled out. And then we break into random covers sometimes, we joke around and jam ‘When the Levee Breaks’ which is hilarious. Rehearsals are super fun. 

TLE: What’s the ultimate direction for you?

TP: Just feeling fulfilled with my music and to be happy forever. 

TLE: How do you write your songs?

TP: They just come to me, really. Inspiration comes in waves. Sometimes I don’t write for weeks or months and then other days I’ll write eight songs a day. But I write lyrics separately and then I’ll be playing guitar one day and come up with a few chords and then put lyrics I’ve already got over it and see if it works. I don’t really know where any of it comes from. I never toil over songs, they just get written really fast. 

 TLE:  What do you think the music reflects about you, or is it pure escapism?

TP: It’s escapism but it’s also a way of expressing myself and it feels really good. 

 TLE: What do the next 12 months hold for you?

TP: That’s a good question! I have no idea! It’s great!

 TLE: Tess Parks in 5 words?


 TLE: What’s the one rule that must remain unbroken?



Tess plays District here in Liverpool tonight 06 December.

Check out the links below to delve a little deeper…


Download – iTunes

Until Such Time – The ‘Eye



So, an eventful weekend for Liverpool’s music scene and no doubt some bleary eyed people out there today ;-). Friday saw Alan Mcgee’s 359 launch their club night at District and Sunday the North end of the City played host to the Stanley Park Festival…onwards and upwards folks…

Here’s a wee interview we did with 359’s Chris Grant Eye to Eye #11

Keep em peeled for this Fridays interview with John Lennon McCullagh…..

Until Such Time.. The ‘Eye

Eye to Eye #11 CHRIS GRANT


We’ve been away for a few weeks and what better way to return than with an interview with fellow Liverpudlian Chris Grant. Chris is signed to Alan McGee’s new label 359. 359; in case you didn’t know (and if you didn’t you must’ve been living under a rock for the last few months) are hosting a new night in Liverpool’s District. District is the former Picket… located in the Baltic Triangle area of Liverpool? Still with us? Good….

We are not here to review or try to convince you how good an artist is, we just want to present you with a few words from them and point you in the direction of their songs, vids, gigs etc. Ultimately, the Liverpool Eye is about spreading the word, because if it catches our Eye we believe its worth a shout…

Chris kindly answered a few questions for us…

TLE: What are you listening to at the moment?

CG: Courtney Kardashian’s voice. It’s not a song, I’ve just got that show on the TV. I find every one of them sisters extremely attractive so it’s just on basically.

TLE: What’s the most Rock and Roll situation you have found yourself in?

CG: I was in bed hungover once. Got woken up by a phone call. Some weird American guy started talking to me about my songs telling me that he had heard about me. I was like…“Fuck off, who are you, how did you get my number, I’m in bed piss off kind of attitude? Not interested “. I Don’t even remember what else he or I said. He said who he was, didn’t know him. Went back asleep. Woke up. Got on with my day…. Anyway Mcgee phones me later that day, “Did Seymour Stein ring you?, he likes your stuff I gave him your number”. Turns out it was quite possibly the biggest name in music. This guy signed Madonna…. Is President of Warners US and runs Sire Records. Probably sold about 200 million albums, good albums too, important albums. Huge, huge figure in this game. That’s when I actually started a revolution from my bed. It can be done. That was Rock N Roll. People chase this guy. He chased me. I knew I was doing something right. He forgave the snotty attitude. He loves my album ‘It’s Not About War’. Now I know who he is. I’m pleased. The brains I had went to my head in the end.

TLE: What’s been your favourite gig of yours so far and why?

CG: I played on a huge stage in Liverpool a couple of years ago to thousands. It was a big festival. The gig was ok. Sound was awful as it always is on big outdoor stages. We played great but that’s not why I care. My Grandad was 80 odd and he made it to watch us before getting ill. He watched me and my brother own it on a massive scale to a lot of people. I know he was proud. There was a huge Liverbird behind us 20 feet tall. He loved seeing us up there. He passed away last year. I love that he seen that. He could never get to club nights at his age and stuff. This worked for him, It was sunny, It was outdoor, It was daytime. He watched us achieve something. I love that gig for that reason. He loved it. It’s that simple. I know he loved it. Words couldn’t describe how proud he was of us both. It’s great to know that now he’s not around. He knew we was on our way. A man can take a lot from knowing that about a man he loved. I would have hated it if he didn’t see us start to make a wave. He did. I’m lucky in that sense.

TLE: How do you describe your sound?

CG: Honest.

TLE: What do you make of the Liverpool Scene at the moment?

CG: I don’t. I’m a song man not a scene man. Scenes don’t have songs. I’ve ignored scenes since the start. It’s working for me. If you have any sense follow suit. Do your own thing always.

TLE: How has your music evolved since you started playing?

CG: Greatly.

TLE: Who are your influences and what was the last music you bought?

CG: Bob Dylan and Neil Young got every move right so it stops there for me. Last record I bought was by Miguel called Adorn. Not all pop music is shite. This dude sounds like Marvin Gaye and the tune is contemporary cool with the right amount of musicianship. The rest of his album is weak bar one. If he lets me write him a song or sings one of mine he could be better. His voice is great. I respect it. The likes of Olly fucking Murs are put to bed by this guy. Pop music can be great. It’s rare but it could be great. This Adorn tune totally swoops Marvin but why wouldn’t you. He nailed it. Stop trying to be Robbie Williams; Olly Murs!! He doesn’t even know who he is or who he’s being himself so you trying to be him… is just awful. This Miguel gets it, we need to go back to the roots of it. Pop music that is. He is like Prince on stage with a voice like Marvin Gaye. That’s good pop music. He is a pop star. A good one…

TLE: What are your rehearsals generally like?

CG: A laugh.

TLE: What’s the ultimate direction for your good self?

CG: Left.

TLE: How do you write your songs?

CG: Magick.

TLE: What do you think the music reflects about you or is it pure escapism?

CG: Reflects my being totally and let’s other escape. The way it should be.

TLE: What’s the hardest aspect of being a solo artist?

CG: There is nothing hard about it. At all.

TLE: What’s the one rule that must remain unbroken?

CG: Never fake it.

TLE: How did Alan Mcgee come to hear about you?

CG: I sent him a message in 2006 on MySpace saying “Sign us now while you have got the chance”. Exactly that. Nothing more nothing less. Now I get it that every idiot in a band will now do this but I must add. He only got back because I was fucking good. So you now have to be at least as good as me to get heard. Just like I had to be at least as good as Noel to get heard and obviously I’m much better than him…and much better now. So good luck with that. I mean it too. I really do. Oh and you have to be a handsome bastard. Forget that bit. The libertines got a pass on that one.

Chris and his fellow 359 label mates play @ District tonight…if you’re lucky you may still get a ticket…

Check out Chris’s links below to delve a little deeper…



Debut single ‘It’s You’ download link