Curiouser and curiouser...
Back we go. Sailing, drifting back, across some uncharted, wine-dark sea, back towards a land of mystery and imagination. Absent from all atlases, it exists only in dreams and on ancient maps where cartographers have scratched ‘Here Monsters Be’.
With the wind fluttering the »
This is the best book ever written by a musician. Forget "Repossessed / Head On" by the genius that is Julian Cope. Forget "45" by Bill Drummond. Forget that Marilyn Manson book. Forget even "The Dirt" by Motley Crue. "Fucked By Rock" is one of the best books ever written. If you want tour dates, facts, or»
The newest import from that great musical land Iceland, Leaves, like Sigur Ros and Bjork, play slow-moving, delicate music, which will no doubt get called 'glacial' somewhere. Breathe, however, is a slightly easier prospect to get into than either of them, with the words sung in plain»
Don't be fooled by the title. Peeps into Fairyland's second album "Happiness" is the total antithesis, in every sense of the word. If Will Oldham were Scottish, less hairy and, er, really shit, then Peeps into Fairyland might have some copyright issues to raise. Like the backward»
And so Garrison return with an album that opens your eyes and welcomes in an exciting emo-rock sound which must truly signal a rise for a genre which has slowly been rising up from the hardcore underground since the early ninties. Garrison are four Bostonians who have, since 1998, been setting the HC scen»
For the last twelve months The Cooper Temple Clause have been building an army of admirers. Signing up recruits on a series of nationwide tours, they now find themselves with sufficient ammunition to begin in earnest their war on flimsy plastic pop, and insipid half-baked rock. It won’t be easy, but as a»
Richard Hawley wears glasses. He also played guitar on "Under The Bridge" by All Saints. Keen eyed readers will know he was also in The Longpigs. Perhaps most importantly, he's produced the year's most emotional record thus far. "Baby, You're My Light". From the gentle acoustic arpeggio, to his»
(insert a quote from any part of Paint A Vulgar Picture by The Smiths here) And so the fleecing of the faithful continues without pause. Adrift in a commercial wasteland, without contract and with millions in the bank, Morrissey further cheapens his reputation with his sixth compilation in a row. Seve»
Here’s a funny thing.
‘I’m Coming Home‘ is an album of bare-bones Appalachian folk by Thomas Hanson. It is an album so ripe with the muddy texture of the old western frontier that just listening to it, you can just picture him, alone by a campfire in the hilly forests of the North Eastern US. Pluckin»
Think of a subtle blend of Green Day’s classic riffs and Blink 182’s, erm, classic riffs. Remove an element of puerile flippancy from this music and add a touch of emotion akin to the current batch of post-hardcore bands, á la Rival Schools. Alkaline Trio are what you might make from this co»
Silverchair have returned for their fourth bite of the musical apple with the ensuing LP 'Diorama' and have arrived with their fourth musical direction. Almost. It has been argued that none of their previous sounds have actually been their own, but had been borrowed from previous artists. It»
George always was my favourite Beatle. I got into the Fab Four because of the Indian influence that "The Quiet One" brought to their work. The song that had me hooked is the very underrated "Blue Jay Way", its monotonous trance sent me off into a brief trance that I can't really explain, the first but not the last time»
Funny blokes, Death Cab For Cutie. Not only are they named after a song by legendary comedy popsters The Bonzo Dog Doodah Band, but their songs are full of quirky, weird and bizarre characters in woefully unrealistic and comic situations. But, all the same, they're utterly fantastic. Death Cab For Cutie»
Rumour has it that, after nearly ten years of releasing both popular and critically acclaimed albums, The Chemical Brothers were beginning to run out of steam. Even Tom and Ed themselves admit that "Come With Us" is "more of the same", and last single "It Began In Afrika" seemed a bit»
Pinhole are the right age to play rock n roll. They love their tunes but they also love the rush of cranked guitars. Their debut single is a four track EP and comes stuffed with a live video, loads of photos, a video interview with the band and more… Intro Track ‘City’, complete with puerile, »
Fresh from their sellout London Astoria show, Rock Sound’s ‘brightest hopes for 2002’ release another slice of their melodic power-pop. Taken from the album, ‘Salt, Sugar and Sweat (Bleed American), this early 80’s Duran-Duran/Blondie hybrid give us two minutes of uplifting yet unoriginal MOR. Couple t»
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or B.R.M.C. a trio of black-clad youngsters that must have followed the rock star handbook word for word. Dress in black, have a catchy name, build on a familiar sound, and rock stardom is soon to follow. ’Love Burns’, taken from their self-titled debut album, begi»
‘Tiger Flies’ would be a great album if it weren’t for half the tracks on it. That might sound odd, but a handful of the 14 tracks on Candidate’s earthy, folky second record show real class – they’re just swamped by the dross around them. Of course, even classic albums have dud tracks (is th»
The debut album by Southampton four-piece Black Nielson, Still Life Hear Me opens with the title track, a two minute thrash with distorted guitars and muffled vocals about "finally giving a damn". Fortunately for fans of last summer's hazy psychedelic single Lasoo The Moon, this turns out»
Where did [/do] you sit in class?
I always made sure I sat by the window. There, in many a longuer, I would stare fixedly out the grimy glass, over the rows of rooftops, past the motorway, to the distant hills. Where concrete and grey finally gave way to a murmur of green. In the classroom the teachers info»
Bit of a strange one this. It’s a split EP with Bad Astronaut & Armchair Martians playing each others songs, which is a lot more confusing when you actually listen to it as both band’s sound pretty much the same. So you’re not sure whether each band is playing in the style of the other band or if the»
'Film Maker' sees experimental indie rockers The Cooper Temple Clause proving that they too can do the oh-so-fashionable preened indie starlet thing just as well as any of the other names doing the rounds at the moment. As a follow up single to 'Lets Kill Music', 'Film Maker' comes as »