Some time ago, somewhere in the West Midlands, in some nondescript Birmingham over-spill town, in some depressing seventies concrete block of a comprehensive, in some school room that over-looked the industrial estate which some of us would end up in, during some lesson or other, I would sit, surreptitiously listening »
It's angry. It's vitriolic. It's gagging for more. It's frantic. It's the best punk thrash of the year. It's... Oh, it's finished. The Vines 2nd single is a rare thing. A genuinely exciting record. A record so frenetic you feel almost tired after listening to it. This is the musical equivalent of a passion»
If the story of Factory Records was a film, you wouldn’t believe it.
When I heard that the story of Factory Records was going to be made into a film, I didn’t believe it.
‘24 Hour Party People’ claims to tell the story of Factory Records ‘76 - ‘92. Don’t believe it. Britain‘s best director, Mi»
One track, one pound, one day of release. The only ‘one’ that’s missing to give it the full complement is the fact that it’s probably not going to be number one. Leave that to the other set of Mancunians. Whilst the Burnage-originated five-piece see their star in the descendance, the band that formerly called themselve»
After 1995’s genre-defining metal classic 'Demanufacture' (which no metal fan should be without), Fear Factory showed their interest in the emergent technology available via “Remanufacture” – the remix album, recently re-released, it originally came out in 1997. It retooled 'Demanufacture' into new»
Somewhere in a country mansion, looking out over his acres of plush green land, stands a dejected Richard Ashcroft. He looks out of the window, then looks down at his feet, and thinks 'shit' to himself. He realises that it would, after this, be pointless to release anymore half arsed wasteful acoustic based solo»
I know this has been out ages, but something this big takes time. “Experience” is the closest thing that Martin Amis gets to an auto-biography, presenting instead an anti-biography. Conventional details such as birthdates, middle names, weddings, children all go by the wayside, and instead Amis presents u»
After hearing the sheer quality of Project Abner’s live tracks on their website last year I was very much eager to see how well they fared on the forthcoming demo that’s currently being played on high volume through my stereo. A mixture of eclectic percussion, ear-pricking vocals and impressive musicianship, it »
I like tribute albums. They're fun. And I like Iron Maiden. So an Iron Maiden tribute seemed like a worthy thing to spend fifteen quid on. Oh no, hang on, it's by a bunch of black metal bands... The tracks are mostly obvious choices: we get 'Hallowed Be Thy Name', 'Number Of The Beast'»
'Hold These Eyes' E.P is the debut release from this Essex trio and with two live tracks included, it's certainly an E.P to get them noticed. These girls can actually rock! On first listen the title track didn't make too much impact, however after another play or two I do find myself humming along. »
The grand tradition of Dj-mix albums continues with this latest limited edition Soulwax collection “2 many DJ’s”, which crams 48 tracks into little over an hour. Whereas the concept of the Dj-mix album nowadays seems to consist of little more than whatever cheap top 10 hits the Ministry of Sound ca»
Some 18 years on since 'West End Girls', the Pet Shop Boys have returned – yet again – with their 9th album, 'Release'. Unlike just about every other influential 80’s synth-pop band (Soft Cell or Human League to take just 2 examples), the Pet Shop Boys never split up, never fad»
You want The Dirt? You got The Dirt. You couldn’t make this up. Honestly. If you thought Spinal Tap are shallow parody of a rock band, then Motley Crue are THE Rock band. They not only wrote the Rule Book, they snorted it, they screwed it, toured it, played it, sold it, overdosed on it, crashed it, filmed»
And so they return. Once more, with their infectious sickly sweet pop harmonies and driving, groovesome punk rock to bring us 13 trademark Millencolin choons that, as expected, bounce & bobb along with effortless style and cool. ‘Home From Home’ is the band’s fifth album and the follow-up to 2»
There’s nothing clean to The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Throughout their career they have prided themselves on delivering nasty, gritty, dirty rock n’ roll. With ”Plastic Fang”, JSBX have been wandering in music’s graveyard and have dug up a record filled with enough soul in its fun»
There’s no mistaking that Sparta is the new home
to ex-members of At The Drive-In. Sparta could be best described as a tamer version of it's older self.
Fronted by ex Drive-In guitarist-singer, Jim Ward, Sparta could be in parts a clone of his previous band. There is a haunting simil»
This is Sheryl Crow’s 5th bite of the cherry by my count, but then I was never good at counting. After her second album was released to both critical acclaim and huge public endearment, she was looking good. Then singles didn’t continue to make their mark. The trend followed with her albums. Listen»
Put simply, 'Tired Sounds Of...' is one of the most unremittingly beautiful albums I've ever heard. Sure, it's fairly recent for Classic status, but no matter, it deserves to be recognised as one. If you have even a passing interest in Ambient/Post-Rock/Neo-Classical music, it fairly screams to be given pride of place »
Every so often, a man -- with cheekbones that could split coconuts and a voice that would have the Seraphim shyly blushing as they teeter off -- decides to pick up a guitar, form a band and break the hearts of teenage girls everywhere. If Jimmy Gnecco's record company had spent a bit more money, it could well have been»
Jello Biafra follows up last years “Become The Media” triple CD with a rushreleased spoken word EP "The Big Ka-Boom!" that tackles the immediate aftermath and repercussions of September 11th. A long standing advocate of freedom of expression who has managed to fill seven CD’s with Anti-censorship diatribes and »
After eight months of critical acclaim for his Album ‘Gold’, it appears that the Ryan Adams marketing machine is finally grinding into action. Perhaps his record company has decided to realise the potential of this very obvious of stars, or maybe the difficult little fucker has finally ceded to the lures »
Why Damon? Apart from the money, why have you made the soundtrack to the latest Hugh Grant Brit-Com?
Four years ago you were making scratchy indie songs. Since then, although you weren't dressed for success, success came a-knocking anyway. Hit album, couple of minor hit singles (one with a video showing Joan Coll»