We want icons and we want some now!
Thou must not mention she looks like Shakira mixed with a bitta Aguilera.
Thou shall not be swayed by the cover art - s'all headflicks and eyeliner. And
the back is even worse: strappy panties, seedy black'n'white-tography.
Looks ain't everything yuhknow, nor »
It was bound to happen. It seems that finally the tide is turning against those in distressed denim and connoisseurs of the swiped MC5 riff, and we are about to be swallowed up in a giant ground swelling of melody. At the announcement of another unfeasibly handsome five piece from Sweden releasing a record,»
The Bluetones = The Alan Partridge of Indie Maybe it was just an adolescent fad: what we all did when we turned fourteen and realised that careers as professional football players didn’t beckon. That music was more fun. When we realised that beer didn’t taste that bad after all. When sports brand»
Oh goody. An EP. That means I get to tell you about four songs instead of just one, which gives me more chance of padding this review out to a decent length. Or it would if I had a single thing to say about any of them. Of Arrowe Hill are pleasant enough as prog-flavoured indie background noise. 'I Are Becomi»
‘Things Fall Apart’ shows more of the mellow side of Serafin, with crystal clear arpeggios kicking off a melodic slow burner. Whilst it's not as instantly catchy or abrasive as previous ep title tracks, it's light and summery, and adds some depth and colour to the Serafin back catalogue. And that's in no »
Bridge and Tunnel sound like the should-have-been soundtrack to every movie that's ever sent shivers down your spine. 'The Great Outdoors' recalls mid-western heroes in broken shoes travelling lonely US highways, with birds of prey silhouetted against sunset horizons. It's a patchwork of dark alleyways»
A five piece from Bolton, Neon Sounds present a canny mix of Ben Folds piano and scratchy garage guitars. Lead track, 'Forbidden Fruit', comes across like something from a lo-fi musical. Dramatic hammering piano chords rise and dive as the vocals waver above. The guitar sounds ill, so trebly if »
The debut EP from Liverpudlian songwriter Steven Kennedy is a multilayered aural experience that should propel this talented young performer into the highest strata when his debut album, ‘Control Freak’ finally hits the streets. Featuring full band workouts of three album tracks, this is a release t»
New Jersey's The Early November are sooooooo =emO=. But, like all good emo bands, they probably won't admit to it. At least, that's the impression given by this, their debut album. Admittedly, things do start promisingly. 'Every Night's Another Story' is an all-out alt-rock show»
Is this a joke? Accompanying the album, 'Hope's press release pleads that it is "not political", presumably because if it was anti-war or had something approaching an opinion, the Bush/Blair-loving, oil-guzzling, blood-baying right-wing wankers that read/write for The Sun wouldn't buy it. So instead, they make t»
Sam Beam is a cheat. As his half hung-over voice wraps itself around album closer 'Muddy Hymnal', guitars slide and strum and waltz with all the wounded beauty of a classic Deep South country-fried folk record. So just as you've got him sussed as some strange bearded loner who calls his songs things like »
Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley.. How many deaths will it take 'til people wake up?
There's a DCV (deadly comprehension virus) going around that's robbing us of genius. We only worship, respect and want to look after these prophets when they're long gone. Y'see, or rather you don’t see, these people who understan»
Last Year’s Fashion, a three-piece hailing from Harrow, are Busted for today’s more musically discerning teenagers. This five track demo ‘From a Great Height’ mixes a variety of musical genres and tastes together; there are widdley-widdley solos, chunky guitar riffs and loud pounding drumming. One »
So I'm sat in my office typing away, headphones on, and suddenly I hear the start of something I like. A saw-wave alternating octave note pattern starts (one for the techies there) and I'm thinking disco. Then the pattern locks into a sinister repeating loop, all dark and edgy. Then the drums, not four to floor but cla»
And so it goes on, and The Fall regroup and deconstruct and implode and regather, and here we are again, and this triple CD set of 90s rarities and dodgy live tracks is a mediocre and overblown addition to the ouvre of this prolific and decidedly disrespectful outfit. A triumvirate of long-players that appe»
Please note: All 11 bands will be covered with at least 1 paragraph as they all deserve at least that much so if you don't like long reviews, piss off! Thank you This CD is one I have been waiting for since I found out about its conception; a 150 copies only CD compilation of all the best ba»
As the dust settles on the inhuman hype, and the world begins to look past The Vines for their visceral rock n roll kicks, its good to know that they're still standing, and with a few good tunes left in them to boot. In fact, 'Homesick' is the best tune off an occasionally unconvincing album.»
This Double CD was originally planned as a stopgap street mixtape to draw some attention to Mobb Deep while they negotiated a new record deal after Loud records folded. Hip-Hop can be a fickle genre to play in. And Mobb Deep were right to have been worried, they never really recovered from taking t»
Not wanting to sound anti-antipodean, but it's fair to say that the last few offerings from the hotter half of the globe have failed to produce the same heat under the collar of Johnny London (give or take, rightly or wrongly, rock gonks The Datsuns). In a nation where You Am I and Silverchair still rule the ro»
Imagine (if you can) Eminem brought up on a diet of aliens, cartoons and sugary American breakfast cereals, and a dream about rapping with characters from Sesame Street…this is MC Lars Horris. But on a more serious and more imaginable note this is probably closest to 1000 Clowns 'I’m Not t»
Y'know, back in my day we had this band called Rage Against the Machine. They made me want to open a new crate of ammo, load up my AK47 and kill the army (and I love the army).What do you kids have today? Audioslave, you know the drill, ¾ of R.A.T.M. and that guy from old hippy wuss-rock band»
Whiny-voiced rapping from the suburbs of New York - sound familiar? Northern State's attempt at gaining old-skool respectability will obviously be compared to the Beastie Boys – and this seems to be their entire (formulaic) gameplan. If anything, they sound like the Beasties when they first came out a»
I shuddered when I read the press release describing French Kicks as “savvy NYC types”. 'Surely not another identikit Manhattan band dressing up in suit jackets and jeans and wishing that they could be hanging out at CBGBs with Blondie?', I thought. No need to worry though, manufactured disco-punk is not »