All posts by Kennady Smith

University student at Huddersfield. Most likely could be classed as being addicted to cats, or anything cute and fluffy. You'll probably find me hovering about at the back of most gigs in Leeds!

Holistic Therapy in Huddersfield

You may have seen odd round marks on the likes of Michael Phelps and Alex Naddour at the Rio Olympics earlier this year and wondered what they were. Well, they’re not burns or bruises; they’re from an ancient form of alternative holistic therapy called “cupping.”

There are three different types of cupping: flash cupping, sliding cupping and the regular method, which typically involves 10 cups. There is also dry and wet cupping, the latter of which can often include bloodletting. The treatment is typically used to treat a variety of ailments, such as pain and inflammation, and also to aid in blood flow and help with relaxation. Typically it’s also used as a type of deep tissue massage. Continue reading Holistic Therapy in Huddersfield

TV Review: “Jessica Jones” – Series 1

Now, I know it’s a bit late, but after marathoning the Netflix original series Jessica Jones in three days, it’s impossible not to write about it. I was honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed the show and how quickly I was drawn into its complex yet focused story lines.

I began watching it not expecting very much, simply because I’m not a huge fan of Marvel. Yes, I’ve seen the typical films, but unless there’s absolutely nothing else to watch, I usually put off having to sit through three hours of fight scenes.  Continue reading TV Review: “Jessica Jones” – Series 1

Podcast: Women In Music

Ever since alternative music began, it has seemingly been a largely male-dominated genre, from the artists to the people working behind the scenes and everything in between. Even the lyrics created within these genres are almost seen to be against women, with the stereotypical layout being a male singer whining about not being able to get the girl and knowing he could treat her better than the guy she has.

But that’s just the view of a fan, what have people within the industry noticed. Do they think there’s a lack of women? Have a listen to my podcast below to hear what bands had to say about women in music and see if you agree of disagree!

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Are venues and live performances still important?

On blackboards around the UK, small venues such as The Key Club in Leeds are trying to advertise shows. But, when the gigs start time is drawing near and there are still tickets to be sold, the question is, are live music and venues still the forefront of the music industry or a declining feature? Typically, people would think that audiences prefer to see their favourite bands in a tiny, cramped, yet intimate gig space. Where they can get up close and personal with their idols. However, with more and more little venues struggling to sell tickets is this assumption beginning to be wrong?  Continue reading Are venues and live performances still important?

Album Review: Hands Like Houses – Dissonants

1450437387_hands-like-houses-dissonants-20162016 is bound to be a great year for Hands Like Houses. Not only are they completing their rearranged 2015 tour, but they are also releasing their third full album. A follow up to 2013’s Unimagine, Dissonants is a highly anticipated release. Although the Australian rock band lost keyboard player, Jamal Sabet, in 2014, they are still powering along strong. Recorded between April and May 2015, in Florida, and is due to be released later this month.

Opening track ‘I Am’, the first single to be released from the album, is a great way to start. With its bouncy riffs and powerful drums, it definitely sets the feel for this album. Following on from this is ‘Perspectives’, opening with a guitar, before introducing the drums, added to the catchy chorus, this is a fabulous song to dance along to.  Continue reading Album Review: Hands Like Houses – Dissonants