Phantom Planet have a drummer called Jason Schwartzman. Now, the more film-minded amongst you will recall that he was the fella from 'Rushmore'. Right, now that stupid little fact is out of the way, lets discuss one of the most genuinely charming records of the year. 'California' op»
Does anyone remember the instrumental stoner rock band Karma to Burn? You know, the band that John Garcia sang in for about 2 weeks as a side project to Kyuss but left because his vocals were too “metally”? And when their next vocalist left they went ahead and released the album on Roadrunner anyway witho»
Atari Doll have produced a finely polished and mildly assorted 4-track demo CD. It is probably unheard of to stumble upon a band demo that is truly different – a collection that really is something new. Instead you would expect to hear a mixture of many different music tastes and maybe, if y»
Lorien are a multinational three-piece who write the kind of quiet acoustic-based songs that have people falling over each other to call them 'the new Coldplay' which may well be enough on its own to put you off them. If you happen to be one of those poor souls who looks for nothing more than beauty in mu»
I assume this band are called The Angel Race, otherwise, this is the name of the demo, and then I don’t know what they’re called. It’s not horrible, some nice guitaring, and a good soaring chorus on the first track. I thought that guys voice sounded a bit weedy, like a cross between Ben Folds and Mor»
Proving that Mogwai aren’t humourless post-rock bores, frontman Stuart Braithwaite has teamed up with Aidan from Arab Strap and a multi-instrumentalist called “Sheepy” for this EP, the first release from Scottish independent label Lost Dog Recordings. The Sick Anchors (nice name) have here recorded “Fas»
After the phenomenal success of the hook laden dance anthem ‘To Get Down’, it would be a feat to match its majesty by even half. But Timo Maas manages, yet again, to create the perfect electro-garage-funk tune; cleverly combining the ambiguous vocal caress of Birmingham based MC Chickaboo. A lot »
So dear old Haven, a ‘proper‘ indie band, are re-releasing their debut single and finest moment in a futile bid for chart supremacy. Of course it's a sad reflection of record company politics, but 'Til The End' is probably the best of Haven's five good songs, and deserves to have them shaking their »
Having made myself some (instant) coffee and light refreshments in the form of tuna-on-toast, I settled down for the morning’s musical entertainment. The blister on my foot wasn’t helping the mood much and the awful drilling sound upstairs was complementing the awful drilling sound coming from my speakers. But that was»
"This is not my story, I'm not Prince Hamlet, nor was ever meant to be. This is not a book about me. I'm a minor character in my own story. Truly Dickensian hero, bit of a wally, bit of a cipher, surrounded by bizarre and larger-than-life characters. This is about the music and the people who made the music, »
A hypnotic-organic wall of sound washes over the listener, as MC Neat starts chanting the mantra, 'this will make you feel Irie, Irie', to get the crowd excited. And thus he commands your attention, proclaming his tune will make you feel 'Irie', the Jamaican slang for ravingly happy. The dub-style basslines k»
This album is fantastic. Simple. Perfect. Beautiful.
Yr Money Or Yr Life is a mega debut from American alt-country trio, The Beauty Shop.
Relative unknowns to our wee shores, they look set to be huge- this even got reviewed in the David Gray-loving, Tory wank-rag that is the Daily Mail for christ»
Will is a self absorbed, shallow womaniser, who spends his days watching TV and sectioning his life into 30-minute units, while shamelessly believing that 'every man is an island'. Markus is a 12-year-old boy who hates school mainly because school hates him. He lives with his unhinged mother and is a vegetarian»
After what seems like FOREVER, Idlewild, (handsome-art-punks-from-Scotland-who-quite-like-The-Smiths for the uninformed) are back with a new single - praise the lord!
'You Held The World In Your Arms' is the first track to be plucked from their new album and let's just say it's a bit of an ass-kic»
Music takes more than one listen to get a real taste. There are always some songs that grab you right away, sometimes you decide later they’re utter crap. Others grow on you gradually to become tolerable or maybe even necessary to your survival.
I can’t say that LHB’s single 'Everybody Sees It O»
It has to be said that one of the nice things I’ve become accustomed to during my time with drownedinsound is getting parcels through the post. It’s like Christmas once or twice a week. I especially like it when they have lots of tack in them – like stickers of bands I’ve never heard of, or used train tickets – »
Contra are a band I know little about other than they mostly play in Aberdeen and are highly-rated among their peers and the Kidz. Thus, being relative newcomers, they are still making those initial steps into the big, bad world and thus you probably haven’t heard of them yet but oooh yes you soon will. Y’see, t»
I’ve never really seen the point of punk rock singles personally. With the exception of the sheer class of Green Day they barely scratch the scrotum of the UK charts (surely I don’t have to debate whether all those Sum 41s and Blink 182s are ‘punk’.), if at all. And considering the actual costs of »
Leaves are from Reykjavik, and quite possibly have just heard about British Indie music circa 1996. A very exciting time for these people no doubt, but they didn’t have to go and reproduce a Mansun song, note-for-bloody-note. Just because Mansun left these sceptred isles years ago, doesn’t mean that we have forgotten w»
Newcastle isn't exactly renowned for its hotbed of local talent. Not being from anywhere near the area, I shouldn't be one to pass comment, but it would appear from this highly accomplished demo that we'd be ill advised to ignore for much longer. The Fields, a five-piece, are certainly nothing out of the »
Of course, The Crescent already have some form. They were the band who former La's frontman Lee Mavers 'adopted' and nurtured. But as ever with Mavers, he pulled out at the last minute, so here they are, ready to blast off, but without the scouse legend standing at the back. It's a shame tha»
Taken from last year's fantastic album "Cold House", "You Show No Emotion At All" is a trademark Hood track - it demonstrates their skill for barren and desperate electronica, but combines it with a unique mix of twee indie vocals that at times trespass into Lambchop territory, with bleak»
Hmm. There were surely better choices for a single from 'We Love Life' than this; Such as the anthemic 'Weeds' or irresistibly catchy 'The Night That Minnie Timperley Died'. Jarvis’ lyrical genius once again cannot be denied as he likens an ex-girlfriends' new love to an inferior product, (even inc»