Have you been to Ibiza? if you haven’t then you probably think it’s a godforsaken sack of shit with lager lout morons pounding the pavement looking for their sixth shag of the night. And you might be right if your reference point is "Ibiza Uncovered" backed up by something you heard from a mate about San Antonio.»
Rialto’s third album (and third label), so what’s new? Well, the soaring vocals, tight arrangement, and equally sombre and optimistic feelings stay. The traditional sound, however, has been given a distinctly electronic rub down. Where Rialto used to rely on the reliable live set-up plus some strings they now employ sy»
The mainstream, eh ? Brain numbingly, eye-glazingly, limb-gnawingly, mind-screwingly BORING !!!
That's fucking Britain for you. Stuck in a vice-like dying dull grip of insipid, accoustic tweeness. Smug and safe; smugly safe.
The music scene is comatose and stoned out of its mind. It isn't so muc»
I have four words for you, Duran Duran, Ordinary World. Yes, Feeder have slowed down a little for the next slice of conservative pop-pap. You know, the sort of catchy tunes that normal young indie guitarists come up with, who don't know better and couldn't play better anyway. This isn't as bad as th»
I've got to say that, as sceptical as I was about this all-female group, I'm utterly surprised at how good Fabulous Disaster actually are. As the second act to be signed to Fat's Pink & Black offshoot for all-female bands Fab Dis prove that they know exactly what their instruments are for. And man, what a voice! »
Now, I can’t say I’ve ever been a fan of TSOL. OK so they were pretty huge in the early 80s, headlining the Hollywood Palladium, getting paid £4,000 a show, causing mayhem around the country and trashing & setting fire to house parties, but when you actually cut to the music, well, I just don’t ‘get?Eit. I guess»
Over a flute playing the key riff from Bob Marley’s track "Get Up, Stand Up" we have rapping in a style not heard since the time of Grand Master Flash. It’s got a groove on that will keep the floor happy but beyond that it lacks substance, the only enduring memory of it being an eightie’s style computer voice speaking »
Like the last light of a summers evening this goes down with a quiet contentment. A tune laid back enough to be soothing but simultaneously purposeful enough to hold your attention. The vocals coo over the strings and organ backing, the closest reference point being somewhat unbelievably "Strawberry Fields" era Beatles»
Ask yourself a question. What are the three greatest things in the entire universe ?
What's that you say ? The 80s, blinding pop music and Scandinavia ? Well, there's a coincidence. I was thinking exactly the same thing.
Surely there aren't any three things more brilliant and some crazy little geni»
Hlynur has a problem. He counts masturbating to aerobics videos and topping up other people's parking meters amongst his most pressing pursuits. At the age of 28 or so, he bathes in the kitchen and lives in his mother's house. He deters the agents of employment and monogamy by illustrating at length his lack of sexu»
Chances are you already know Static X. The bloke with the ludicrous barnet, the band with the obvious bland repetitive tunes and that are destined to be the support band for life. Well, I don’t know what happened between ‘Wisconsin Death Trip’ and ’Machine’ but the transition has been amazing. From the second th»
It seems James have been forgotten yet again. Two decades ago James were famously hailed as ‘the next big thing’ by the British media. It took them 7 years to reach that expectation when they got the whole country singing along to ‘Sit Down’. A short spell as the top indie band in the country they »
Think back to the mid 90's if you will. When the Power Rangers were everyones fave toy, the Sony Playstation was coming to dominance on the streets and Oasis, Pulp & Blur were kings of the airwaves. However, elsewhere, there was another mini revolution picking up momentum. It was titled 'Suga»
I'm struggling to think of something to say about ...And Oceans that hasn't been said about a million other bands before. Allotropic/Metamorphic - Genesis of Dismorphism (or AMGOD, to use the advised acronym) wants to be profoud and innovative (just look at the title...), but comes across as une»
One-man electro-riot Schizoid - the brainchild of Canadian headbanger and anarchist J. Smith - is a brutal combination of techno, punk and grindcore. Unfortunately, it rarely combines the three, choosing instead to switch suddenly from a pounding hardcore beat to thrashy guitars, then onto something more mell»
It finally seems that the guitar world are beginning to realise what it actually takes to create a great record (or song for that matter). No Radiohead it doesn’t necessarily mean spending 370-odd days recording one song, no it doesn’t mean you have to invent a new genre or break down all barriers. All it takes it to b»
After seeing them live at the Godiva Festival and them blowing my proverbial bollocks off, the arrival of SWAMPdonkey's latest offering was hotly anticipated by this reviewer. Coventry's finest latest 2 track CD shows just why they impressed me so much (apart from the lack of the guy who stands on stage wi»
The wheels keep on turning, the cycles keep on working, the tumble down and around world of music is as always full of hope masked by bygone brilliance. Punk has been dead so many times now, I still wonder when it was alive, if at all. Punk though, is Buddhist. It just re-incarnates…but it doesn't wear the togas.»
There was a time when 'Post-Rock' meant something. Back in 1994, when the term was coined by Simon Reynolds in an article in the The Wire, a new wave of bands were emerging, Tortoise among them, who exploded rock's familiar structures and built something shiny and new from the ruins. Looking back on Tortoise's self-tit»
”This album is meant to be a soundtrack for political activists all over the world” – Jim Lindberg, Pennywise. This is PW album number seven. This is passionate anti-establishmentarianism pumped out with soon-to-be reclaimed street cool. This is cynicism mixed with a sense of panic and fear, pullin»
Enter Robert Miles, most famous as the do-er of ‘Children’ - with that hit single, silly! So it is or rather was a big Ibiza anthem, maybe that fact is enough to put any non-Ben Sherman owning smuck off this record. Do not walk away just yet! The fact of the matter is no artist is ever the sum of t»
I can honestly say you will have never heard, and are never likely to hear, a band quite like Iblis. Picture a classically trained virtuoso violinist and pianist playing away in his room a little bit of Rachmaninov, maybe a little Debussy or some of Chopin’s more dynamic preludes when he overhears his brother playing h»
Being labelled 'The Best Live Act In The World' by countless music critics is all very well for your gig sales and keeping current fans happy, but you have to have the formula to recreate the live magic from the stage into the studio to back it up. That is something Mogwai can do without even breaking swe»
Belle and Sebastian return with their latest three track offering, hell bent on irritating those who already despise their existance. 'Jonathan David' is B&S' standard blissful fey pop. Piano led, and gorgeously simple harmonies, allows this track to stand out as an effectively upbeat tune. T»