"This is not my story, I'm not Prince Hamlet, nor was ever meant to be. This is not a book about me. I'm a minor character in my own story. Truly Dickensian hero, bit of a wally, bit of a cipher, surrounded by bizarre and larger-than-life characters. This is about the music and the people who made the music, »
A hypnotic-organic wall of sound washes over the listener, as MC Neat starts chanting the mantra, 'this will make you feel Irie, Irie', to get the crowd excited. And thus he commands your attention, proclaming his tune will make you feel 'Irie', the Jamaican slang for ravingly happy. The dub-style basslines k»
This album is fantastic. Simple. Perfect. Beautiful.
Yr Money Or Yr Life is a mega debut from American alt-country trio, The Beauty Shop.
Relative unknowns to our wee shores, they look set to be huge- this even got reviewed in the David Gray-loving, Tory wank-rag that is the Daily Mail for christ»
Will is a self absorbed, shallow womaniser, who spends his days watching TV and sectioning his life into 30-minute units, while shamelessly believing that 'every man is an island'. Markus is a 12-year-old boy who hates school mainly because school hates him. He lives with his unhinged mother and is a vegetarian»
After what seems like FOREVER, Idlewild, (handsome-art-punks-from-Scotland-who-quite-like-The-Smiths for the uninformed) are back with a new single - praise the lord!
'You Held The World In Your Arms' is the first track to be plucked from their new album and let's just say it's a bit of an ass-kic»
Music takes more than one listen to get a real taste. There are always some songs that grab you right away, sometimes you decide later they’re utter crap. Others grow on you gradually to become tolerable or maybe even necessary to your survival.
I can’t say that LHB’s single 'Everybody Sees It O»
It has to be said that one of the nice things I’ve become accustomed to during my time with drownedinsound is getting parcels through the post. It’s like Christmas once or twice a week. I especially like it when they have lots of tack in them – like stickers of bands I’ve never heard of, or used train tickets – »
Contra are a band I know little about other than they mostly play in Aberdeen and are highly-rated among their peers and the Kidz. Thus, being relative newcomers, they are still making those initial steps into the big, bad world and thus you probably haven’t heard of them yet but oooh yes you soon will. Y’see, t»
I’ve never really seen the point of punk rock singles personally. With the exception of the sheer class of Green Day they barely scratch the scrotum of the UK charts (surely I don’t have to debate whether all those Sum 41s and Blink 182s are ‘punk’.), if at all. And considering the actual costs of »
Leaves are from Reykjavik, and quite possibly have just heard about British Indie music circa 1996. A very exciting time for these people no doubt, but they didn’t have to go and reproduce a Mansun song, note-for-bloody-note. Just because Mansun left these sceptred isles years ago, doesn’t mean that we have forgotten w»
Newcastle isn't exactly renowned for its hotbed of local talent. Not being from anywhere near the area, I shouldn't be one to pass comment, but it would appear from this highly accomplished demo that we'd be ill advised to ignore for much longer. The Fields, a five-piece, are certainly nothing out of the »
Of course, The Crescent already have some form. They were the band who former La's frontman Lee Mavers 'adopted' and nurtured. But as ever with Mavers, he pulled out at the last minute, so here they are, ready to blast off, but without the scouse legend standing at the back. It's a shame tha»
Taken from last year's fantastic album "Cold House", "You Show No Emotion At All" is a trademark Hood track - it demonstrates their skill for barren and desperate electronica, but combines it with a unique mix of twee indie vocals that at times trespass into Lambchop territory, with bleak»
Hmm. There were surely better choices for a single from 'We Love Life' than this; Such as the anthemic 'Weeds' or irresistibly catchy 'The Night That Minnie Timperley Died'. Jarvis’ lyrical genius once again cannot be denied as he likens an ex-girlfriends' new love to an inferior product, (even inc»
Oh Jaysus, anger doesn't half make a record kick arse. But how much better is it when that anger is directed, not at some kind of vague political target, but at something utterly trivial and hilarious? Answer: entirely. And have Miss:Spelt Yoof mastered the art of humourous anger? Hell, yeah! Just listen »
And once again, V/VM decide to treat us to some of the worst music ever made. Or is that the best? What's right and what's wrong? Sometimes Good Things Happen is a VERY loud album. No, it's a VERY quiet album. Well, it's both. Probably. You see, V/VM have knocked up two versions of the a»
First impressions: this is loud. Very loud. So loud in fact that even with the volume turned down my speakers look like they’re about to explode. People say Rock n Roll should be loud. They say it should be fast. They say it should ooze charisma, carelessness and jump-in-the-drums-and-throw-your-guitar-in»
Ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne must have one of the greatest voices ever known to popular music. Almost robotic but with an ever-present hint of stifled angst, his deadpan vocals could make the proverbial telephone directory (or even some of his former band’s more obscure lyrics) sound like the for»
The artificially glamorous sounds of electro-metal have seemingly reached out as far as South-West England. As the CD was thrust upon my person I saw a cover adorned by what seemed like a Transformer – a Master of Disguise. Then I looked harder and it looked more like a rabbit. And then I c»
Thing is, I received this album a little while ago, but I haven’t managed to review it yet. Why? Well, because there’s something quite indescribable about it. It’s just odd. “Piss off! You’re a music journalist!” (In the very loosest sense, I hasten to add) you cry! Alright, this is the way I see it... Capitol»
Right. The Sugababes are back and they’ve lost Indie Suga. Instead they’ve got Dirty Scouse Suga to add a little bit of spice to proceedings. Mmmm, tasty. Well here they display their prolific song-writing talents by creating an arrangement of two former classics that they didn’t ev»
With the At The Drive-In split (sorry, hiatus) there were no two ways about it; if you were a hardcore fan (is there any other way to be with ATD-I?), you had already decided whose side you were on. Many will try and dissuade you of this fact, but listen carefully and you’ll hear them mutter something dep»
It's been a while since we last had a great British rock album. Six years ago, you couldn't move for the buggers, but they dried up fairly quickly. In the last couple of years we've had... what? Silver Ginger 5, Sunna, and a couple of Miocene EPs. But that's all about to change, hopefully. Cyclefly come ac»