Sunday, 15 September 2019

Metronomy 'Metronomy Forever' (Album Review)

If you’re going to choose Friday 13th as the release date for your new record, at least go the whole hog and take the trouble to include a free hockey mask with each item sold. Actually, judging by the bewildering array of formats in which you can secure your copy of ‘Metronomy Forever’, including a triple LP in orange and green vinyl, echoing the Hanna-Barbera cover artwork courtesy of French artist Anna Zeum, they might have gotten away with it if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Hawk Eyes 'Advice' (ALBUM REVIEW)

Hawk Eyes come with talons out on their fourth record Advice, a welcome return from an informal hiatus which saw the Leeds band fall off the radar following 2015's acclaimed LP Everything Is Fine.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Frank Turner 'No Man's Land' (ALBUM REVIEW)

It's an interesting time to be Frank Turner – his stock has never been higher, but neither has it ever been under such scrutiny. New album No Man's Land, in a fanfare of publicity which quickly turned to ever-souring debate, seeks to shine a spotlight on prominent women from history whose stories, in Turner's own words, "should have been told already". 

Thursday, 15 August 2019

The Murder Capital 'When I Have Fears' (ALBUM REVIEW)

Like a rabbit in the headlights you’re caught – whether it's dread, fascination or a deeper resonance, The Murder Capital have you with incendiary debut When I Have Fears. Bitter, twisted, exultant and gloomy in equal measure, the record could be 2019's Unknown Pleasures – not a comparison made lightly but one this writer is prepared to stick to.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Trash Kit 'Horizon' (ALBUM REVIEW)

Trash Kit are back on the scene with new album Horizon, and it is so utterly disarming, so evocative and genuine that its rounded guitar tones and soul-shifting rhythms float through the air to you on a soft summer breeze. 

Sunday, 14 July 2019

GOON 'Heaven Is Humming' (ALBUM REVIEW)

West coast stoner quartet GOON’s debut release on Partisan records mixes shoe gaze, garage and blues, with woozy 60s hippiedom, leaving you guessing their next move at every turn. 

Monday, 17 June 2019

Egyptian Blue 'Collateral Damage' (EP REVIEW)

In or around 2500 BC ancient Egyptian artists settled on blue, rare and expensive blue, as the only colour befitting their gods. Casting the common blacks, browns and reds aside, they struck out in search of a lasting, beautiful blue – and stumbled on what we now know as Egyptian blue, a rich pigment still vivid several centuries down the line.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Long Divison Festival - Wakefield , June1st 2019

One minute I’m at a music festival, the next I’m in a parallel universe watching an overbearing comedian clad in dungarees is singing about the dangers of texting unsolicited pictures of your bits, like I’m watching some kids’ PSHE educational show in the near future yet laughing so much I nearly bought a round. This is thanks to supremely gifted musical comedian Vikki Stone, a hilarious act at this year’s Long Division festival, the increased comedy featured proof the organisers are not content with standing still. 

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Froth 'Duress' (ALBUM REVIEW)

For those with a penchant for chilled out lo-fi scuzzy garage rock, Californian trio Froth should prove right up your 12-lane freeway.  

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Perry Farrell 'Kind Heaven' (ALBUM REVIEW)

As bands go they don’t get much more (self-)destructive than Jane’s Addiction, and as Jane’s Addiction band members go they don’t get much more (self-)destructive than vocalist Perry Farrell - and that’s saying something, given the existence of Dave Navarro. But that was then and this is now, and, at the age of 60, a cleaned-up Farrell is dropping his first solo album for 18 years, Kind Heaven, and for better or for worse there’s nothing destructive about it.