Wow, I'm being blown away as I type. This is a beautiful, extremely musical album. I'm so tired of all the bands who say they're "musicians," when really all they are is percussion-bangers and chant-shouters with swanky haircuts who wanna be on the anti-TOTP.
These Blue States people are talented, creative, in»
A three-way split CD, this disc showcases three of post-hardcore-emo’s top of the class hopefuls. Opening up the proceedings are the UK’s very own rough-hewn Rydell. It’s taken me a while to adapt to their brand of emo-rock but maybe that’s just their vocalist’s tendencies to verge on the out-of-tune on occasion»
Oh, how I’ve waited for a band like The Copperpot Journals! While possessing many aspects of emo – the intricate instrumental flourishes and impassioned backing shrieks – they’re a band that are far too developed to be lumped in with the bland & boring tear-jerkers (Saves The Day / Hot Rod Circuit)»
Oh look! Ben Affleck saves the world! AGAIN! Woo-hoo! Adapted from a Tom Clancy book (which is not so much a book, more of a doorstop with 1000+ pages), this sees Ben Affleck as CIA spook Jack Ryan on his way up: when the Russian president dies, Ryan is dispatched to Russia to find out more. But th»
Where Do We Go From Here? A grand question. One which was almost certainly asked after the fantastic ‘Title of Record’ had finished doing the rounds. Well this record is where they went. To say they have matured is totally apt, but do not think that Filter are doing an Idlewild on us and are being tot»
Artifice and Edifice. Two of the key aspects in the career of Rivers Cuomo. Why does a man who can construct songs of such utter sublime brillance and simplicity seem to be such a complex person? And why do I get the feeling that he's never been really, truly honest with me? I mean, is he really still»
Quirky is a good word to describe The Wandering Step. Hell, what else can be said about a band who’s debut release starts with lyrics straight out of a high street travel agents ("I wanna go to Reykjavik / I wanna see what it’s like / I wanna check out the buildings")? A band who’s frontma»
Try adding members of Slipknot, Static X, The Frankinstein Drag Queens From Planet 13 and, well, 2 other guys (one called Graves.. ooh, spooky) and see what you get... "Some things are better left unsaid, But I'd like to see a bullet in your head" Yeah, you h»
Here’s the deal: post Courtney and Elastica and Kenickie, Sleater Kinney are just about the last of our grrrl guitar heroes. Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss are stand-alone amazon warriors pushing the alt-punk envelope as far as it’ll go.
Dealing with issues of motherhood, war, »
“Punk”, said Greil Marcus, “is where you find it”. I’m inclined to agree.
But then, of course, it all depends on where you look, and if you are looking to find where punk is right now, it wouldn’t make any sense to keep on looking in the same old places, it won’t be there anymore. If the tenet that punk is,»
Three years might not be a long time in the grand scheme of things, but it seems like I've been waiting forever for this one. Possibly because Filter's last effort, Title Of Record, was so instant that a week after I bought it, it felt like my oldest friend. Or possibly because the band haven't filled the»
"I'm gonna buy a gun and start a war" A woozy awaking. Some coffee downstairs. Sleepily crawling back upstairs like some kinda schizo Slinky. 'Politik'. A worryingly-familiar yet comforting sound arrives. Relax. Smile. Grin, even. Held off No. 1 - still the underdog. 'In My»
Music and nature. I guess they've got a lot in common. They're both powerful, beautiful and within them both there's a spectrum so broad that you can easily get lost, so for each person there's something specific so then everyone's happy.
Phil Elvrum knows this. A man who, for the last couple of»
Imagine this.... It is the year 2020. Mankind is on the Run, Hiding and Surviving like Nomads from the fire-breathing nemesis that brought us back to the dark ages: Dragons, the scourge of mankind that brings death from the skies... In the midst of this is Quinn (Christian Bale), leading a sma»
"REVOLUTION IS SILENCE"
And with Columbo's quiet network of sounds, the time for change is NOW.
This is not the backing track to a bloody empire crushing battle, but more of a gentle cycle revolution where the rallying cry is one of understated signficance, a life-affirming manifesto tha»
It seems like every week we're presented with yet another band who are peddling their own brand of rock 'n' roll, which they claim is apparently just how it used to be played 'properly' in the old days. But after a few listens it becomes pretty obvious that it's just… soulless. The same old tired riffs and»
Anyone who's turned on one of the apparently 'alternative' music TV channels recently will know what a state the mainstream of guitar-based music is in at the moment. If the bands aren't actually manufactured in a literal sense, then the one-dimensional nature of their songs means that they might as well be. Then, ou»
Oh Ash, let me count the ways that I love thee... No, sorry, too many. The band with the most under-rated second album in music history (and believe me, there are many) return with the precursor to their 'Intergalatic Sonic Sevens' singles collection. This of course provokes two reactions; firstly »
Niomi McLean-Daley. The female Mike Skinner. Vivid, powerful lyrics, set beneath of a barrage of slinky R 'n' B beats and Timbaland type effects. Lazy journalism. Yep. But by 'lazy' you can also read 'true'. Comparing her to Mike Skinner is a bit unfair. In truth, The Streets al»
There is no two ways about it, this is a simply stunning piece of music, sounding fresh and juicy new, while at the same time evoking numerous ghostie playmates from the past. Mixing droopy-sleepy country sounds with churning drum machine loops a la Beck, and serving them up (comfortably!) beside small symphoni»
"I've got my cards laid on the table, you won't show your hand...", cue epic sounding guitar solo riff with fuzzing guitars underneath trying their hardest to write an anthem. It's very nearly there, leaving aside the predictable solo work this could be any of the bands that never quite made it »