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»
I’ve seen this happen before in other peoples careers. Firstly, an album with enormous potential - something that puts them right on the cusp of the mainstream. And then.... whatever happens next fails to follow through. The moment is lost, momentum is abandoned. Sales enter into diminishing returns, radio & television»
Comet Gain’s world is not an un-nice one. Every dancefloor crawls with new wave chic, and the bars weep because they would surely collapse were it not for the elegant wasters, wrapped with leather and feathers for hair, who support it with their casual leanings and comatose pout-stares. Every song ever written i»
A short, sharp, burst of evil fuzz glam groove is Mum & Dad’s first offering for a while, and my, haven’t they got nasty! Imagine Earl Brutus with really bad hangovers attempting to play the Scream’s XTRMNTR on the set of The Exorcist. Lip-smackingly sinister, 'Kiss of Death' i»
Cave In are apparently a hardcore band turned prog-metal. I am unfamiliar with their earlier works but seeing The Dillinger Escape Plan, Piebald, Converge, Candiria, Botch and Garrison on the thank-you list gives me a fair idea of the direction from which they might have been coming from. Th»
Listening to this has made me feel all reminiscent. If a band were ever made for a collection of their single releases, it is these guys. Since 1995 they have graced us with their brand of indie which winks much more to the La's and The Charlatans then the other indie luminaries in their field during thei»
You might have heard this song before. Probably last Saturday morning, played on the BBC1 Saturday Show programme. Although you can't fault anyone trying to earn a quick buck by exploiting children, you can certainly disagree with it. Especially when it's such turgid, laughable garbage as this. Be fair to Suga»
Solid boned skeleton key, opens the most intricate locks...squergle!werk!bleurgh!clatter! This is odd. Very odd. The Coral appear to have ripped the guts out of a sea shanty and broken the locking nut on their guitar. There are verses and a chorus but it's more a selection of completely opposing mo»
Alec is better known as the frontman of gabbajungleindustrialrockpunks Atari Teenage Riot. However, Addicted To You has neither the white noise nor breakneck pace of earlier material. In fact, it seems that DHR noticed that Marilyn Manson was about to have a big hit on his hands and saw the »
Now as much as I love the Moldy Peaches, I don't really see the point of this single. Neither these songs are featured on their self-titled debut album, and I can't really see how this is going to help the Moldys. It’s not likely to gain them new fans and is hardly their best work to date. 'County Fair»
Over the past few weeks, I have acquired some of the most stunning demo/self released CDs possibly imaginable, and this exquisite little 2-track created by Derby based Plans and Apologies is right on the top of the pile. ‘Close Your Eyes and Wish You Were…’ and ‘Ginger Jimmy Jackson’ manage to fill»
Garage Scuzz Punk. Not the catchiest name for a genre, I grant you, but with bands like The Bellrays at it's forefront, it seems destined to succeed. Because Garage Scuzz Punk is what The Bellrays do, and my God they do it well. Debut British single "Fire On The Moon" knocks the stuffing out »
Who the fuck is James Yorkston?? And what about his Athletes?? Who are these people?? And why do they make such brilliant records??? James Yorkston, so they tell me, is a Scottish singer-songwriter (in the loosest sense) who went to school with some of The Beta Band. Their bizarre gen»
Night time in the city. The streets are crawling with people looking for a good time, looking to escape their lives. People just like you.
Down the steps and through the door, you push past the freaks and wind your way into the club. The walls black and sweaty, the low ceiling bristling with flashing, bright disco»
"Destiny won't speak in slogans" It's been 10 years since Alec Empire's band Atari Teenage Riot burst from the Berlin underground, spawning a record label which offered freedom for many like minded artists who were fed up with the a mucic scene on the verge of an monotonous implosion. Digital Hardco»
More incomprehensible mayhem as our ‘hero’ - the taciturn, unsmiling, shades sporting, kung-fu half-vampire, Blade (Wesley Snipes) - returns to kick more ass and shoot guns.
Good. But this time he teams up with the bad guys (who call themselves The Bloodpack, cos they too are vampires, see?) in order to de»
And so the world domination of Damon Gough begins. This is the first single to be given a full release from the Badly Drawn one's 'Stop-Gap' album. Some stop-gap the soundtrack to a Nick Hornby adaptation starring Hugh Grant is!
With the curse of the Mercury Music Prize hanging over hi»
How I long for those days! The days when Kelly and Co. used to release half decent indie-rock records!! Come back! 'Vegas Two Times' is the Black Crowes - like one that opened last year's hideous 'J.E.E.P.' album. It's alright, in a Steve Lamacq kinda way. Nowhere near as affecting as 'Tra»
All hail Atlanta, Georgia. Why? Because they spawned Outkast and you need no other reason. The bands latest single carries on from where their last album, Stankonia, finished off. Featuring Killer Mike, the duo of Big Boi & Dre again pull out all the stops for what will surely b»
Ask anyone to name their Top Ten songs about Jesus and they'd stare blankly at you and turn up their Seafood album in the hope you'd go away. But Sunderland's newest indie stars, Electronic Eye Machine have come up with a definite contender for that list. Should it ever be made. 'Jesus Song' »
There are two points to consider when listening to this album. (a) Req is infamous for two things. His unconventional and pioneering approach to spray can art and very average hip-hop production. (b) Hip-hop is one of the only genres in which the experiments of the underground don’t coax the mainstream to catch »
Like the creature from the black lagoon The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion emerge from rock’s marshy swamps with a renewed thirst to rock and a taste for blood. 'She Said' sounds as if was recorded under the light of the full moon. The howling vocals of Mr. Spencer, the black magic guitar of J»
Comebacks this year from The Chemical Brothers and Oasis have both been greeted with the question of relevancy. Are these two bands that made some of the most important music of the 90s any use in today's age of retro American guitar bands and sarf larndarn garage? This is a situation that affords Gomez<»