Yes, they are British. They shower sweat from ‘those’ haircuts onto the thirty or so people that have turned up to see their increasingly vital live shows. And I’m sure that at this very time, an 18 year old girl is working on a website devoted to them. God knows, we seem to be awash with these sticky-table-an»
David Holmes is cool. The music he makes is cool. The press shots for his albums are always cool. He probably even has George Clooney in his mobile as ‘George’. The man is just cool. It is partly because of this that there is always a degree of anticipation when a new piece of music is to be released by the man.»
This is the second self-released EP from rising London four-piece 50 Hertz and reaffirms the high standard of song writing evident at their live shows. Title track ‘Never Awake’ is a brilliant example of the way they effortless build from delicate melancholy to a sweeping, volume-raising chorus, th»
Considering many aspiring pop-punk bands can struggle to look outside the hormone-governed highschool setting for lyrical inspiration Divit have covered some pretty varied subject matter on this, their debut for Dexter Holland’s still fledgling Nitro Records. As thick layers of guitars open up the album o»
AAAAAAHHH! My eyeeeesss!!!! I scream as I pull this unspeakably bright, illuminous, tiger-printed cardboard CD case out of the envelope! My eyes are in pain. The room is becoming an illuminous green haze! What crazy, madcap band would do this to their fans? Oh. It’s Tiger Army. Yay, they’re forgiven. Appar»
A guitar line soars through the stratosphere, a tremulous holler rises up. Nothing changes in Suede World. "Its the t-shirts that you choose / like you're in the airforce / The language that you use / reacts like chemicals". Nothing changes in Suede World. A sophisticated synth g»
They say life is made of moments, well for a slew of NY bands at the moment, including Radio 4, it appears that life was made of a six month period between the start of New Order and the end of Joy Division. Even the title of this track reminds of Ian Curtis' doom-laden lyrics (Transmis»
During one of the many radio interviews he took part in to promote this album and its accompanying single, ‘Like I Love You’, Justin Timberlake admitted to performing oral sex on his ex-girlfriend, Britney (no surname needed) during their supposedly true-love-waits style relationship.
So what happens when the god of shock rock no longer shocks?
In 1997, America's Christians - among others - were up in arms, convinced Marilyn Manson was the latest incarnation of evil to pollute the mind of impressionable teens through his manipulat»
I hear a fairly decent song-by-numbers on the radio and think “Ooooh, it’s the new Lost Prophets song … or is it Linkin Park … dag nabbit I just can’t tell which godforsaken LP band it is!!” Then the bloody jockey fella just went straight into the adverts and I was running out of time. I left the car st»
Wow! Now this is a surprise! Having already written Bombshell Rocks off as Clash / Rancid rip-offs thanks to their last album ‘Cityrats & Alleycats’ the Bombshell guys have only gone and replaced guitarist Ola with original guitarist / songwriter Richard Anderson and recorded possibly the be»
I am small. A child asleep, dreaming things that make my eyelids flicker underneath weight of my roaming eye balls.
In the dream, of course, a large white bird rest next to me, its beating large wings fold underneath its body and it winks at me. I take hold of some of its feathers and pull myself up high from t»
Three times, I have tried to write this review and twice, the computer has inexplicably eaten it. There must be a conspiracy afoot. The Arbiters of Taste don't want you to hear this record. They do not want you shaken out of your complacency of actually believing that the records you hear on your radio c»
Remember back when I did my Outkast review and I said it would take something special to beat that for being my single of the year? Well that was destroyed in just 1 minute and 26 seconds. Liam Lynch is a more or less unheard of in the UK. He created Sifl & Ollie (the talking socks on M»
Groovy is a word that is excruciatingly over-used. Face it pop pickers, Austin Powers, TOTP2 et al have wrecked the 60s for our generation. We cant talk about Hammond, mod or swinging without overtones of a David Brent or a.n.other joker hovering over our shoulder. Well m»
For some people, there are only two words that matter in life, whichever order you put them in. Those words are 'Fischer' and 'Spooner'. For those of you that have missed the ever-so exclusive trend, slinky electronic squelches are in. Indeed, they are apparently, all that matter. So cream your»
Four serious looking men from the Cambridge area, The Shards make what is probably best described as earnest indie-rock. Opener, 'Life is Live', features some big Oasis style solo guitar lines and a rhythm that recalls the more funk lead strains of Cast. 'Lose The Fear', is sli»
While her ‘So Addictive’ album mapped out a thrilling future for soul/hip-hop/dance music, Missy Elliott’s comeback (has she ever actually been away?) single draws on the past for inspiration. ‘Work It’ possesses a filthy, irresistible, old-skool groove. Missy and Timbaland have turne»
Bright Eyes, bright young thing. Native of Omaha, Nebraska, 23 years of age, five albums to his name and a slew of solo projects in tow. Its only now that the gifted misanthrope has really come to the fore, with a sold-out tour underway and set to hit London imminently. This single then, is hi»