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 »
A duo from Scotland going since 1995, Sheepdug, attempt to bring something new to the indie guitar genre with an eclectic bunch of songs that swing from garage rock with Beck-like vocals ('American Dream') to acoustic and vocal only sliding pop ('Space Queen'). With only two members i»
It doesn’t matter that ...Trail Of Dead have signed to a major label. Erase their defensive “subverting the ‘system’ from the inside” quotes from your mind. Bollocks to the sell-out whingers. Don’t you know – AYWKUBTTOD are the most essential band in guitar music. Um, they are. Promise. ‘Rela»
The brilliantly named Monster Movie's Last night something happened reminds me of this Canadian film I saw when I was a kid. Something about this little boy and his supersmart dog in a tree-filled autumn village.
Anyway, this could have been the soundtrack. A playful, earthy, slightly blurry sound (a»
To do it live is the 'Only Way To Know For Sure'. That’s what the central concept of this record is: a straight-to-tape, old-fashioned live album. Simultaneously a rebuttal of studio technology and yet also a fierce statement of independence. Rollins Band exist outside of the conventional chann»
If Junkboy were indeed "dance music for departure lounges", the airlines in question would probably fly to Venus and Mars, in special noise-reduction planes with fake fur seats and waterfall aquariums as in-flight standard. Yes, easy on the ears and soul this is indeed. Sometimes, like on Ikea, a cheesy brass s»
Alice had her looking glass but I just need a speaker stack and to wash my face with cold water, to rinse away the strife of everyday life. Deep breath. In to the icy water I go… I open my eyes, expecting just the gentle burn of chlorine but WOAH!!! Into a brave never-neverland I tumble. The journey through a world of»
One listen to this album is enough to convince even the most hardened pop watcher that, in an age where Hear’Say and Blue rule supreme, there is still hope. The next listen will convince people that Mcalmont & Butler have been away for far too long, and every listen after that – and believe me, on»
Honest guitar pop. It's a dangerous phrase because although it tends to imply confidence, technical ability, uplifting vocals and tunes capable of making you nod you head there's also a flipside. Honest guitar pop is played in every pub across the country, it's usually played by men in secure jobs who like to &q»
How often do you hear “buy this record, it’s life affirming”? ‘Do You Realize??’ is more than that. It freezes time, suddenly making you painfully aware of the futility of, well, everything. “Do you realize, that everyone you know, someday, will die?” asks The Flaming Lips' icon»