Hey! Do you yearn for a time in musical history where it seemed that raspy-throated blokey singers in bands that churned out great slabs of white-boy blues-rock were the norm? Do you wish for a musical climate where disco, hip-hop, dance, all electronic and synth based music, and even some punk had never happened?
Here’s a fantastic new idea for some hot new reality TV: "I’m In The Strokes, Get Me Out Of Here". The plan is simple. Popular New York beat combo The Strokes are jetted out to unexplored dense jungle in Borneo. While there they will take part in a two-week experiment involving the filming of»
With a recent V2002 gig behind them and having provided support for several major acts, the majority of Halo’s debut album ‘LuNAtic riDe’ will already prove familiar to some. Three singles preceding its release has also ensured Halo’s assault on the singles charts is firmly on its w»
Have you ever listened to The Buzzcock's 'Going Steady' singles compilation? It's absolutely, utterly fantastic. The same goes for the Pet Shop Boy's 'Discography' and The Cure's 'Standing On A Beach'. Shorn of the inedifying fat of album tracks and 'extras', Singles coll»
And by golly the squealing Irish ones have stuck by their formula. Mark Greaney is seemingly still in pre-pubescence and undoubtedly the hardcore fans will be pleased that they haven't done a Muse and gone good. The hardcore followers, however, will also be dead chuffed that Hilary's still looking swanky. Stagna»
With all the fuzzy out-of-tune charm that this garage rawwwk thing is supposed to be about, The Von Bondies are Rolling Stones to The Strokes’ Beatles, less cross-generational appeal and more energetic punk bite. Oh and ‘It Came From Japan’ has a super-ace chorus, so why the hell»
"You’ve been my guide for so long/I’m not wrapped in mystery/I’m just sad" Not melancholy. Not happy. Just beautiful. Hut's angelic vocals slide over the patter of an acoustic guitar. Think Flaming Lips holding hands with Mercury Rev and you are almost there. You get the feeling that H»
On paper, it sounds like a potential classic: the tale of adolescents at the mercy of adolescent pack mentality, who turn to a glossy, mysterious chanteuse for spiritual solace - and to one another, in fans-only chatrooms, for more immediate companionship. It promises much: the vivid microcosm that is Japanese pop c»
The very first time I heard this I thought I he was saying: “But tonight I’m coming out the closet”. Wow, if only. Then we would have something interesting on our hands, instead we merely get more of his godawful, bellicose blathering.
Anyone still interested in The Mathers Family on-going soap opera will k»
The clear vinyl, Static Caravan imprint and vintage computer punch card insert should endear this 7" release to electronica nerds everywhere before it even comes out of the sleeve. Musically it's definately in the domain of the IDM nut, although it pushes boundaries rather than falling back on more generic examp»
Before we begin, a little quiz: "Name a good band from New Zeala..." STOP!! Don't even waste time thinking about it 'cause there aren't any! But worry no longer, flying the flag, rounding the troops and preparing for attack are sleazy southern hemisphere punk merchants, The D4. Live favour»
The dust has settled and the gradually building hyperbole has already reached deafening level. But the jury is still out – are Queen Adreena the perfect femme-men post-millennial rock band or some dodgy metal chaps plus a mad bird wearing petticoats? Not quite the latter, for Katie Jane Garside is »
Although all the signs suggest Boston’s Karate will kung-fu kick your ass into US post-hardcore heaven, ‘Some Boots’ comes out fighting with an altogether more considered and worldly-wise approach. ‘Original Spies’ almost blows the album’s load inside the opening track with a loveable tu»
You've heard the hype: Essex teenagers, known each other since they were kids, blah, Nirvana, blah, Pink Floyd... Debut single 'Underdose' proved InMe could rock with the best of them, now here's the sequel. 'Firefly' is a blitz of crunchy guitars, rumbling bass, sharp drumming and Dave Mc»
Having been mightily impressed by Vendetta Red’s crazy and very destructive performance at Reading festival I was particularly chuffed to see this single exposing these perky yanks on a Virgin listening post last week. Slip it on and first track ‘Three Chord Valentine’ is immediately recognisa»
Hark back to a time when London radio really was alternative; when the Spirit of Independence wasn’t just a corporate slogan used to patronise those who still give a shit. An independent alternative radio station – it was something people stood up and called out for. That was way back when, thoug»
Coming from the Orange Goblin / Clutch school of stoner rock, relative unknowns Something In The Water have emerged from the underground in a cloudy haze of deep grooves and cracklingly heavy distortion. ‘Verbal Litter’ is the rock ‘n’ roll explosion that blows the lid off this 7” EP, l»
Someone, somewhere warned you not to worship false idols (I think it was Matt Damon in 'Dogma'), and man, are these guys setting themselves up for a major witch-hunt. Posing, attitude-laden, tune deriding, Verve deriving, funk-rock fakers from Kippax. They may set themselves out to be t»
When push comes to shove, Americans always seem to have that lo-fi troubadour thing down better than anyone else; and be assured, the spirit of Dando flows thick through this one. Released on Shoeshine Records, a label formed by Francis Macdonald of Teenage Fanclub an»
Guitars (around 432 of them), glockenspiel, weird gloopy things and kitchen sinks, all these instruments feature heavily in this glorious, progged-out pop epic, an ode to his own, intrinsically fatalistic view of relationships; "I give my all, keep nothing back, I was cynical in my own time, the»
I never really understood those artificial fruit bowl things. The need to fake something that's so natural and easy to get hold of, just for appearance's sake always seemed so stupid to me. They're the first thing that came into my head after listening to The Funeral's 'Pathetic Me' which is apparently »
After three albums of hip-hop experiments and water treading, Korn have decided to stop arsing about and just get back to doing what they do best. 'Thoughtless' is the highlight of new album Untouchables'. It's an archetypal Korn song, with a simple seven string riff and bouncing bassline bu»
People either love or hate ska.
People either love or hate [spunge].
Simple as… [SPUNGE] no idea why they have those brackets either, but they’re the UK’s most active live band, probably (if you know of any who plays more please ring the men in white coats). Skanking from 32-date to»