Barry Egan is a sociaphobe whose life is going nowhere. He’s stuck in a dead-end job, suffers from stress and, despite having seven sisters, is literally petrified of women. His inability to communicate only compounds his isolation. His pent up frustration occasionally explodes in piques of destructive rage, and whe»
A three-track CD from a three-piece all-female rock/metal band. It starts off promisingly enough, the lead track is essentially a low slung homage to the likes of L7 with a vocal delivery bordering on Sleater Kinney. However, nu metal leanings start to creep in towards the end and by second track, »
Goddamit. This is wrong. So wrong. This is like reading the diary of your best friend and realising that he’s as mundane, dull, and fucked up as you are. It breaks every last ounce of credibility that Courtney Love has : she’s auctioning off the inner thoughts of a dead man who would, no doubt, be horrified to know th»
It starts with a billion bees sucking at Rod's guitar strings and ends in a tidy adrenaline whip of chaos. To an abrupt stop. Just as Colin's drums prepare to fall over. All they had to do was fill in the gap with some verses and choruses over a radio-friendly melody. Hook, line and sinker. Simple. 10 mins in the pract»
Erasure. A band that have managed to bypass the '90s in every way. 80's style synthesisers? They got ‘em in spadefuls. But 90’s irony? Just take a look at the impossibly bland title. It’s such an obvious thing to say that it actually looks suspicious…maybe Erasure HAVE actually picked up on some humour and»
Somewhere between the pop-rock bounciness of Feeder and the glammed-up resonating attitude and swagger of DNA Doll lies a niche from which three men going by the collective guise of BushBaby are deviously emerging. Single, ‘Skinny’, is a perfect example of how straight-up, no-frills, r»
There is a juggernaut of noise chugging it’s way towards me, kicking up a dirt-storm not seen since Artimus Pyle, Pale Horse or Isis dared impose on my mental state and pummel me into a long-haired, stoner-metal dementia. Yes, it’s that good! I’m listening to track 5, ‘Testing The Good of Man»
And as Kids Near Water step down for a second, Otherwise step up to present us with their debut for the fast-growing Firefly label. Like much of their contemporaries, Otherwise require great patience from the listener in order for you to become fully soaked in the abundance of intricacies flying out from »
Although Aceface contain members of street-punk group Superyob, their approach seems more akin to a street-rock style if the two tracks on this demo are anything to go by. Taken from their self-released 'God Save The Hooligans' album (the title alone gives you some idea where they're coming »
John Peel was right: if this lot were called Eins Vie Drie Zwei and were from Mulheim, they’d be hailed as the best thing since Sliced Bread. Which is a shame, because some bands suffer from their name and their history. This is surprisingly good but most people just won’t get to hear it because of the na»
Well it’s that time of year again, when the NME hold their annual 'Scraping The Bottom Of The Barrel' awards, which basically involves forcing the collective works of some second rate bunch of chancers down people’s throats ‘til their eyes, ears, nose, mouth and stomach need to be removed. Previous winner»
Look like The Strokes, sound like New Order, want to ‘kill us all’ apparently. Best think of something nice to say then… You get the feeling this single isn't as good as it could be. Coming from Manchester is second perhaps only to coming from Liverpool in terms of weighty musical heritage [a »
There is a type of record which exists where a jangly riff and soprano/near-falsetto male voice, after initially sounding gorgeous and very often angelic, ends up being quite clammy and unenjoyable. Especially when, like in ‘Flying At The Sun’ (the first song here), the very male vocalist unleashes a chorus »
A number of ways I was to begin a review of ‘Danse Macabre’.
- The thing to be in 2003... is handsome.
- Many have said - and I’ve been one of them - that this ‘retro-futurism’ thing ain’t gonna go nowhere. Being retro-futuristic can only mean you’re ever going to sound retro, but never neve
Put yourself in the place of a really drunk person. What are you going to want to listen to? I can bet you that you wouldn’t choose any of the tracks on this compilation, apparently for ‘post-club grooving’. Jesus. Since when did style matter at three o’clock in the morning, discussing at great length the in»
Sum 41 aren't noted for their sensitive edge. 'The Hell Song' is apparently about finding out your close friend is HIV positive. The result is a somewhat unsure tale of confusion to the sound of thrashing guitars not a world away from any of their other singles. Chugga chugga BAM BAM widdle widd»
The Harpies are working on trust here. Because, for the first twenty seconds of 'Deep,' I am absolutely convinced that the singer isn't actually articulating any words at all. Hardly the greatest gimmick in the world when the whole wretched genre of 'metal' is going down the tubes. Yet anoth»
Despite their leapfrogging to a new label and a roping in of their more messy elements - a fine tuning if you will - The Delgados have essentially remained the same over the last decade. The key notions of the band are still there; hate, heart and the human condition. This single, perhaps one of the»
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When Fred Durst says he likes something that usually means one of two things - he's either the main financial benefactor or he wants to shag the lead singer, while the end result is usually as banal and insipid as his own musical output. At a guess, I'd say the first point doesn't apply as he's probably sp»
First off respect is due for the recording quality of this cd. Assuming it to be a studio job it turns out the three tracks here were layed down on a basic 4 track. No longer shall I give the benefit of the doubt to people who can't be arsed to record their demos properly. The standard has been set. Anyway, l»
London trio Filtered describe themselves as, among other things, "a great rock band". The phrase isn't all that inspiring, it implies good yet well worn chord progressions and an acceptance that the rule book has been rewritten so many times it's probably best to just trust the last author rather tha»