The MLS are ace!
We are hosting a Pre-South By Southwest Party in Liverpool, on Wednesday 11th March, with two bands who are playing SXSW 2009 - the Manhattan Love Suicides and Dirtblonde, plus special guests Kissing Kalina.
It'll be great!
The new The Verve album is truly dreadful. Self-indulgent, boring, pointless and featuring some of the least-inspired songs Richard Ashcroft has ever written - and that's including his less-than-overwhelming solo career!
'Forth' basically marries the worst aspects of The Verve (a certain pomposity, the MOR side of 'Urban Hymns') in one single tedious package.
Nick McCabe is a fantastic guitarist, but he can't save the album. The one thing that's wrong with him, is that he's also a very "up his own ass" guitarist: Verve songs are just a means for him to play and have fun with his FX pedals. It feels as if he could be playing on top of anything, really. He sounds like a guitarist who doesn't care about the song, he just wants a medium to express himself.
On 'Forth', McCabe's trippy guitar just feels pointless. His is a wasted talent.
Of course, Ashcroft has written some great material in the past, but not a single spark of his former glory is to be found on the new album.
'Forth' is a very disappointing, unnecessary album, that spoils the memory of a great band. Why can't people just go? Why do people always need more and more of a good thing, until it's not good anymore.
A comeback that should never had happened, a comeback album that should never have been made. 'Forth' is a smorgasbord of AOR dross. Avoid.
...was fairly boring. Old-school classic rock cock-rock bullshit.
Apart from a couple of good songs, the Raconteurs are rubbish.
Hail Meg White! She's ace, and Jack White needs a "bad" drummer to hold back his Led Zep classic rock side a little bit.
And that Brendan guy is as boring and charismatic as a gold fish. All his songs were awful.