"Oh not again dear, the bed is still on fire…" At this point, I wake up. And she is not there. Damn her and all that might ever sail near her. Yes, I think the very least I deserve in life is my own little Sophie Ellis-Bextor to play beneath my pillows, nibbling my ears as I sleep, turning into a Royal Doulton f»
Then there’s the band that had an idea of creating a type of music that seems to have been forgotten: a raw, honest and heartfelt sounding music. The band - who seemed more like a gang of mates chancing their arm than any normal career-orientated band - whose early releases turned the heads of music journalists and fan»
In 1999, Blink 182 unleashed ‘Enema of the State’ on an unsuspecting world. It was just over half an hour of ‘pop-punk’ at it’s irritatingly infectious best, making them an overnight phenomenon on a world-wide scale. Fast forward to the year 2001 where every Tom, Dick and wannabe Mark Hoppus are flooding the world with»
Was there or was there not a need to extend this once intended to be a single into a mini-album?
This was a question I kept asking myself song after song with every listen. In Blueprint For A Higher Civilisationthe songs start off with a kick only to leave you waiting for the punch. The sad thing thi»
There’s something to be said for songs about calm domesticity and the identifiable everydayness of just being alive. This is what Norwegian indie-folksters, Kings of Convenience concern themselves with.
Okay, most of their songs are actually about girls - but then, all the best songs, all the really i»
"Two" is the 'cleverly' titled, yes you guessed it, second release from the Surrey quintet. This EP has been long awaited by many as it has been a full year since the release of their first attempt entitled, equally cunningly, yes you guessed it again, "One". Beginning with a slightly understated r»
Easyworld are one of those highly tipped bands who support everybody under the sun for a few months, and then hit the make-or-break fork in the road where they either explode and become huge [helloooooo JJ72] or fizzle away back into obscurity. On the basis of this single alone, I'd like them to take the left fo»
24/8/98: ex-Wildhearts frontman Ginger, now with the Wildhearts and Silver Ginger 5, takes the stage for his first acoustic gig. Providing musical and comedic support is Willie Dowling (Ex-Honeycrack, ex-Wildhearts). Providing further noise are approximately one hundred drunken fans, and assorted other ex-Wildhe»
This, Soft Parade's second release, sees them move away from the more experimental side of things and concentrate on a much more radio friendly sound Tis a shame, for this was exactly what I congratulated them on for the debut single. This aside, 'Empty At The End' is a wonderfully melodic tune, wi»
Meet one Patrick Bateman, a man who is extrememly talented at the job he does on Wall Street he has every material possession he could ever wish for, yet underneath the well groomed hair and underneath the obscenely priced suits lies a man with no heart, a man who kills just to simply fill time. Ellis paints a de»
Haven are being called Manchester's newest golden boys. They have all the right ingredients to reach greatness. Johnny Marr produced 'Beautiful Thing' and it is just that, beautiful. Gary Briggs' falsetto voice mixed with a sea of guitars hold you like a newborn while he sings "Beautiful»
"I write a column for The word newspaper called 'I Hate It Here.' The joy of living in this City has worn off. I sense, vaguely, that I'm finally as beaten as everybody else. I sense everything vaguely these days." Back from the mountain that he called his home for 5 years, to the City, a nameless p»
From the opening notes of the piano to ending sound of a glass being smashed this song will take you into Elbow's world and it's well worth the trip.
'Powder Blue', the second official single off their outstanding debut 'Asleep In The Back' gives only a peek into what this band is capabl»
What do you get if you have 7 Seconds of Everyday People? Give up? Or are you some kinda smart arse… the trivia link is Neneh Cherry and Speech from Arrested Development who feature on this, the second single from the eagerly awaited (well, for me at least) 1 Giant Leap album. If there is a»
The Leaf Label is fast becoming the primary outlet for eclectic, adventurous and yet consummately accessible electronica in Britain. Hot on the heels of the Leaf-released 'Grinning Cat' by Susumu Yokota, one of the only true artisans of electronic music, comes this, an album of effortless, organic instrumentals resting»
This was never going to be straightforward. Simian simply don’t ‘do’ conventional. Unless, that is, you consider holding journalists hostage, and replacing traditional tours with a series of gigs dubiously called 'The Church Of Simian', to be routine practices for a band making their first tentati»
Knowing absoloutly nothing about Valve other than the much coverted (yeah, right) phrase of 'next big thing', i assumed they'd be a nice guitar based band, maybe something a little different? But no, Valve are nothing but Coldplay wannabes, even the vocalist's dulcate tones nod directly at a sceond rate Ch»
Reneging on his promise to be “gone until November” Wyclef Jean - The Worlds Most Talentless Man is back with - yet another - forehead-slappingly stoopid ditty. This time, instead of the empty braggadocio of that - ahem! - duet with The Rock (talk about finding your intellectual equal), Wycl»
The driving force in commercial indie music at the moment seems to be simple songs with soaring vocals and at least one acoustic guitar. On that premise then Big Sur are headed for the big time. Just as long as people hear about them before they get bored to tears with Coldplay, Starsailor and Travis. »
Every single time I switch on the television at the weekend my sanity invariably becomes even more questionable than usual. Every Saturday evening I vow to march to the BBC drag out all those responsible for programming and poke them with large sticks.
It never happens, but it should. There's only so much fa»
Preston School of Industry is the new band of a chap called Spiral Stairs, who is better known for being a founding member of Pavement. The cynical indie conspiracy theorists (god bless ‘em) may well point out the following argument; Pavements last (maybe) album was deemed a commercial failure, so the band split»
Not a total letdown, but then I hardly had high hopes of ‘Tomb Raider’ - the movie, being any good in the first place. I mean, how good is a film based on a computer game going to be exactly? It’s not as if it’s continuing a fine tradition. ‘Super Mario Bros’, ‘Streetfighter’ and ‘Mortal »
It's a remarkable and little known truth, but a truth none-the-less, that Ginger has never released a bad song, and current indications are that he never will. As if to test out this hypothesis, for his first truly solo venture the man has decided to release 12 three-track singles within the space of 12 mont»