Guitars (around 432 of them), glockenspiel, weird gloopy things and kitchen sinks, all these instruments feature heavily in this glorious, progged-out pop epic, an ode to his own, intrinsically fatalistic view of relationships; "I give my all, keep nothing back, I was cynical in my own time, the»
I never really understood those artificial fruit bowl things. The need to fake something that's so natural and easy to get hold of, just for appearance's sake always seemed so stupid to me. They're the first thing that came into my head after listening to The Funeral's 'Pathetic Me' which is apparently »
After three albums of hip-hop experiments and water treading, Korn have decided to stop arsing about and just get back to doing what they do best. 'Thoughtless' is the highlight of new album Untouchables'. It's an archetypal Korn song, with a simple seven string riff and bouncing bassline bu»
People either love or hate ska.
People either love or hate [spunge].
Simple as… [SPUNGE] no idea why they have those brackets either, but they’re the UK’s most active live band, probably (if you know of any who plays more please ring the men in white coats). Skanking from 32-date to»
The sticker reads “It’s cheap. It’s good. Buy it before the world ends.” But isn’t even the debased noughties version of punk meant to help save the world? Maybe they’ve given up, what with majors buying up their bands or at least trying to and NoFx playing corporate festivals. I dunno. They prolly dunno and don»
Elaine Lachica is a quality artist. You can tell this by the press pack that accompanies her cd. Why have a cd case when you can have a clear blue document folder, why supply a photocopied press release when you've got colour printing and semi transparent film paper, why indeed. Reading her biog it's clear we»
The pairing of US math-metal bruisers The Dillinger Escape Plan with guest mouthpiece for one EP only, shit-eating former Faith No More enfant terrible Mike Patton, unsurprisingly doesn’t result in chill-out mood music. Instead, prepare yourself for an onslaught of Herculean proportions.»
Mclusky have some of the best song titles, lyrics, and kickass tunes you are likely to hear. 'Alan Is A Cowboy Killer' is another suitable feather to their bow but, unless you are some kind of moron, you will already own this track on their wunnerful second album 'Mclusky Do Dallas', yes hmm? 'A»
In a previous life, Jack White was a black blues man in the 1930s. The past two singles from 'White Blood Cells' have showcased two different sides to the band - an acoustic up-beat stomper and, um, electric up-beat stomper. 'Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground' showcases the shit side to the »
Wow, I'm being blown away as I type. This is a beautiful, extremely musical album. I'm so tired of all the bands who say they're "musicians," when really all they are is percussion-bangers and chant-shouters with swanky haircuts who wanna be on the anti-TOTP.
These Blue States people are talented, creative, in»
A three-way split CD, this disc showcases three of post-hardcore-emo’s top of the class hopefuls. Opening up the proceedings are the UK’s very own rough-hewn Rydell. It’s taken me a while to adapt to their brand of emo-rock but maybe that’s just their vocalist’s tendencies to verge on the out-of-tune on occasion»
Oh, how I’ve waited for a band like The Copperpot Journals! While possessing many aspects of emo – the intricate instrumental flourishes and impassioned backing shrieks – they’re a band that are far too developed to be lumped in with the bland & boring tear-jerkers (Saves The Day / Hot Rod Circuit)»
Oh look! Ben Affleck saves the world! AGAIN! Woo-hoo! Adapted from a Tom Clancy book (which is not so much a book, more of a doorstop with 1000+ pages), this sees Ben Affleck as CIA spook Jack Ryan on his way up: when the Russian president dies, Ryan is dispatched to Russia to find out more. But th»
Where Do We Go From Here? A grand question. One which was almost certainly asked after the fantastic ‘Title of Record’ had finished doing the rounds. Well this record is where they went. To say they have matured is totally apt, but do not think that Filter are doing an Idlewild on us and are being tot»
Artifice and Edifice. Two of the key aspects in the career of Rivers Cuomo. Why does a man who can construct songs of such utter sublime brillance and simplicity seem to be such a complex person? And why do I get the feeling that he's never been really, truly honest with me? I mean, is he really still»
Quirky is a good word to describe The Wandering Step. Hell, what else can be said about a band who’s debut release starts with lyrics straight out of a high street travel agents ("I wanna go to Reykjavik / I wanna see what it’s like / I wanna check out the buildings")? A band who’s frontma»
Try adding members of Slipknot, Static X, The Frankinstein Drag Queens From Planet 13 and, well, 2 other guys (one called Graves.. ooh, spooky) and see what you get... "Some things are better left unsaid, But I'd like to see a bullet in your head" Yeah, you h»
Here’s the deal: post Courtney and Elastica and Kenickie, Sleater Kinney are just about the last of our grrrl guitar heroes. Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss are stand-alone amazon warriors pushing the alt-punk envelope as far as it’ll go.
Dealing with issues of motherhood, war, »
“Punk”, said Greil Marcus, “is where you find it”. I’m inclined to agree.
But then, of course, it all depends on where you look, and if you are looking to find where punk is right now, it wouldn’t make any sense to keep on looking in the same old places, it won’t be there anymore. If the tenet that punk is,»
Three years might not be a long time in the grand scheme of things, but it seems like I've been waiting forever for this one. Possibly because Filter's last effort, Title Of Record, was so instant that a week after I bought it, it felt like my oldest friend. Or possibly because the band haven't filled the»
"I'm gonna buy a gun and start a war" A woozy awaking. Some coffee downstairs. Sleepily crawling back upstairs like some kinda schizo Slinky. 'Politik'. A worryingly-familiar yet comforting sound arrives. Relax. Smile. Grin, even. Held off No. 1 - still the underdog. 'In My»
Music and nature. I guess they've got a lot in common. They're both powerful, beautiful and within them both there's a spectrum so broad that you can easily get lost, so for each person there's something specific so then everyone's happy.
Phil Elvrum knows this. A man who, for the last couple of»