There seemed to be a huge spoil of sweet jangly singles in the charts in the early nineties by bands that promised such treasures in three minutes only to slump into record company difficulties, heroin addiction, second album syndrome or worse. However, their bittersweet legacy only helps to reaffirm how wonderful some»
It's strange how the passing of the musical seasons can dramatically alter your perception. Path Records' Singleskin offer finely crafted melodic rock which a few years ago might have been seen as one pop duck in a massive AM drivetime pool. Now, however, it sounds vibrant. The order of the day is radio lo»
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Placebo had fallen off the face of the Earth post-‘Special K’, but now they’re well and truly back with ‘The Bitter End’ charting at number 11 in the UK charts. ‘Sleeping With Ghosts’ will either be loved or hated by devout Placebo fans, with more»
Chances are, Even Johansen, aka Magnet, has never heard an AC/DC record, let alone bought one. And in these times, we came be immensely thankful for such mercies. Magnet's 'The Day We Left Town' sounds like the Avalanches had they grown up on an English council estate (w»
The first release by Psychotica Records, a very small Italian indie who appear to like noise, Logan's debut is a clash of shouty ATDI style presentation and heavily accented English vocals. Opening track, 'No Tools Part 1', sets the mood with its choppy guitar line, stuttering drums, and»
The best thing about disasters is the beauty that follows. Volcanoes have that lush firefly rain and glowing goo rivers. Avalanches have that muted minute of absolute silence. And pop has had the Reality-TV glut, the rebirth of the ‘70s, a general lack of new bands to really believe in. But then, from outta nowhere (or»
There's a rambling story behind this review which I tried to include but couldn't get right. If I fix it, I'll post an account, if only to satisfy my own need to share a weird set of events involving a craft market, a stubborn girlfriend and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Anyway... In January 1995, there was a »
There's something special going on here.
The recording's not exactly something to write home about, a little layer of fuzz sitting neatly over the loud bits, but I'm writing to you and you'll listen to anything, as long as it's good, wontcha? The Next Autumn Soundtrack come from Grimsby, and, apart»
And lo! the industry is still desperate to find The New Stone Roses and lo! The Burn were born. But lo! The Music have already beaten them to it.
An MSN instant messenger conversation between the deputy editor and the editor of DiS, approx 5 minutes ago:
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In all that is tuneful in the world of tuneful, um, tunes, OK Go are most definitely masters of their craft. To paraphrase Mclusky; they got more songs than a song convention. If it’s a prerequisite that pop music should regurgitate all that’s gone before and spit out the results in pleasing ear-candy fashion, n»
Some bands have all the luck. In the last six months, the Chichester five-piece have gone from artful hopefuls to the new beacon of UK post-rock pomp. Largely, it’s been on the back of the patronage of a certain weekly publication, and you can see everything moving worryingly quickly. Hence the ‘Black Dollar B»
This is as good as it gets.
Sun's shining. Speakers a-rattlin'.
For at least four summers this album has been my only constant, frown-shifting, life really ain't that bad, affirming thang. This is my scribbled day-glo post-it note reminder why I love music. Not just that, but this is the ultim»
Linkin Park disappoint me. Slag them to buggery as much as you like, ‘Hybrid Theory’ was an album worthy of any drunken party. It had a formula (rap bit, then Chester’s singing/shouting bit in a vaguely angsty fashion) and it damn-well stuck to it. When they tried to delve into the more experimental side »
These guys are clearly big Coopers fans. This single is a veritable homage to the be-mulleted boys from Reading, pulling together the same subversive urgency that characterises The Cooper Temple Clause, complete with gravelly vocals. There's more to it than that though - Agent Blue are no tribute ban»
Whether you’ve been underground for the last three months or not, you’re still bound to have heard someone wandering about whistling ‘Take it Off’, such is the amount of airplay this song has received. The Donnas are back and doing it for the grrrls, and this likeable slice of pop/rock isn’t goi»
‘All American Girl’ is the debut single of one Anna Mercedes and her band Miss Machine. Let's hope this is the last. Miss Machine’s sole tag seems to be that Strokes producer Gordon Raphael was slumped in the producer chair, quite possibly unconscious whilst this unearthly dirge wa»
'26 Mixes for Cash' is another in the series of Warp Records's this-could-be-the-last-Aphex-Warp-release LPs. A 2-disc collection of some of his rarest and best remixes, plus a couple of new tracks to ensnare the completists and some lovely liner details on the originals too. The title is typical Aphex; h»
A powerpop four-piece from Malta, Corkskrew cite everyone from Garbage to Kraftwerk in their list of influences. They're a big hit on their native island, where radio has put their various singles to the top of the airplay charts. Being a big band on a small island also appears to pay divide»
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you a new rap/metal band who make Crazytown look as credible as NOFX. If <209> were any more manufactured they'd come stamped with an expiry date. The press release presents six guys with nicknames picked out of the Avril Lavigne book of pu»
If this reads like I'm on the offensive, it's because I am. I don't want you seven people who have read this far to be in any doubt about it. This is a statement of what I believe. This is not an ironic "pop is actually shit" rant hidden in a single review. En garde! I love the ne»
It's been said by some that Colour of Fire are being rather unwise in releasing their best song so early on. This is clearly wrong, as 'Decisions Decisions' is not their best song at all. It is perhaps one of their most saleable ones however, being a smoothly-crafted little example of spazzed-up, snotty p»
This, the third single from Orton’s exceptional ‘Daybreaker’ LP, is sadly spoilt by a pretty soulless radio remix from Everything But The Girl's Ben Watt. The original had a pleasant, hushed vibe to it, but this 'peps' up a track which doesn’t need it. It’s not like it’s going to get dayt»
When I witnessed The Haunted’s performance at London’s Mean Fiddler recently, it was a life-affirming experience, and one that’ll stick with me for a long time to come. Here was a band that epitomised everything an extreme metal band should be; seething with a tuneful rage and throttling a hard-edged musicianshi»