So, what do you do years after your iconic rock star frontman and pretty posterboy commits suicide and need some quick dosh? Cobble together some old tracks and release an ill thought compilation album with a so-called ‘unreleased’ track or two? Sound familiar? Evidently, some marketing bod thought that on»
Those of you missing the funked-up ska of Sublime and longing for a band with the same cool vibe and a vocalist who can match the smooth crooning should look no further than Hawaii sextet Go Jimmy Go. Although focussing more on their ska elements and introducing some cool rocksteady beats, ‘Soul Arr»
Surely, planning permission is required to build riffs this big. Or so you would think. Still, anything that you construct, you'd probably expect these guys to unceremoniously demolish. Winnebago Deal are a two piece from Oxford. And no, they are nothing like the White Stripes. Unless Jack »
Interpol it seems, are a band out of time and out of place. Perhaps that's why they manage to offer up something as compelling as this. The touchstones are evident, but equally, only a pointer. Joy Division is the obvious beginning place. Paul Bank's vocals manage to produce the same»
Stefanie Fix is a singer songwriter from NYC area with friends in bands including Mercury Rev and Cakelike, who contribute to this deep and intriguing four track cd. Most definitely a long term project the acoustic basics of each track are built on layer by layer with synths, strings, percus»
Evidently influenced greatly by passionate American rock acts like Stone Temple Pilots and Creed, Fulc have grabbed hold of those big stadium-filling riffs, adopted some strong & capable vocal duties and headed into the infamous Sawmill Studios to record this self-released EP. But rather than followi»
It has been said that once a scene has a name, the scene is over. The same people would tend to whine ‘I was a punk before they woz punks’.
Get over yourself!
Just because something is popular doesn’t mean its not good anymore. Whilst its probably true that every band with a hi»
It is very difficult to give you any bands/music, past or present, with whom you can compare The Chap. Sonically they are most definitely an inimitable band. Formed by Johannes Von Weizsaeker (Karamasov guitarist), The Chap are, for want of a better category, alternative rock or even ‘New wave disco rock’. Bu»
Soviet Union Records: previously responsible for OCEANSIZE Tsuji Giri: (pronounced Soo-jee Geary) were one of the bands of In the City this year, playing a Manchester Music show. Their music is raw, rough and loud like a lorry of fireworks crashing into a petrol station. But through the shards of a»
If you ever wondered what a train wreck sounded like, the Liars' ’Fins To Make Us More Fish Like’ would be a pretty close guess. Beeps and bleeps share a seat with high-pitched guitars as normal song structure flies right off the tracks. Disorientated with inverted melodies in your head you dust t»
You are taking the piss, right? V-Twin, noted for their immensely affable indie shoddiness, have decided that now is a time to go, yes, rock. Possibly its garage rock. That impression would be garnered based on the 'let it all hang out' production, and the breakneck speed that the fir»
This Manchester ensemble's demo was described tentatively as Jazz Rock, a genre combination some may be wary of, but one which if approached well can lead to interesting results. For an early demo it shows promise but the direction seems a little unclear - I feel it tries to be too many things within the»
5 Tracks? Over 74 minutes of music? That’ll be Godspeed You! Black Emperor then. (Note the stifling name change from Godspeed You Black Emperor! To Godspeed You! Bla… notice the change? Like musical spot the difference isn’t it? Revolution in an exclamation mark). It almost goes without saying: thi»
Having surreptitiously infected the airwaves with their previous album 'KY', Lemon Jelly return with an album that is at once more advanced than their debut, while retaining all that was good about it. Namely the mischievous sense of humour and uniquely British playfulness which the ba»
Primal Screams last album, 'Evil Heat' was a muddled and largely mediocre
mess of ideas. At least in whatever addled state they were in, they saw sense
in releasing this track as a single.
A laid back, eerie groove accompanies an understated syncopated drumbeat, which, coupled with Bobby »
Dark. Isn’t it?
Like a heavy, grey, wet blanket, winter has enveloped everything on this storm-lashed, sodden sod of earth of a country. Autumn doesn’t even get a look in anymore, no time for that, just bring on the rainclouds.
Yeah, bring ‘em on, we think.
It’s dark, we think. It’s cold and wet, we t»
It ain't rocket science. The Polyphonic Spree approach to songwriting is exemplified in 'What We Will Be', the first of these three live recordings - and no, don't make that face; this isn't the kind of grubby fuzzy four-piece live recording generally slopped onto B-sides to placate the hordes, it's the metho»
...in which a pair of Mancunian men go bleep. From a distance one might be tempted to think in terms of Soft Cell. Canny sheen of technophilia, dark Northern men, synths and insecurities, not to mention the title... you'd be forgiven for assuming this was another offshoot of the eighties - cough - 'futurism' »
Here’s a few keywords for the Alabama 3. Swagger. Funk. Blues. Country. Western. Techno. Acid. Elvis. God. Cocaine. Trotsky. Gangsters. Genius. Sounds like my kind of world. A world where they don’t play anything as prosaic as a ‘gig’. They’re called Sermons. And they don’t go on ‘tour»