During their recent visit to Australia for Splendour in the Grass we caught up with LCD Soundsystem’s main man James Murphy who gave us reason to put away the hankies for LCD’s much reported demise – “It’s not necessarily the last record. I would make another record. It’s more the end of this part – three records that go together, an arc. We became a bigger band than I ever expected. Something needs to stop, for me, for us all to be happy.” He also waxes lyrical about making the record in the LA of his imagination, growing up and wanting kids, his Greenburg soundtrack experience and his many and varied future projects.
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A first (and probably last) for Webcuts as we jump in the back of a tour van and hit the road with ex-Brisbane trouble makers, now Sydney’s problem, The Scare, as they attempt to corrupt the people of Melbourne with their new ‘voodoo, and nothing, not even the death of Michael Jackson, was going to get in their way.
Three cheers for Domino still giving its artists decent video budgets. Following upon Cass McComb’s beautifully shot, dark gem “The Executioner’s Song” is the second single from Wild Beasts’ sophomore album Two Dancers. Turning the idea of a pagan virgin sacrifice on its head, the lush cinematography compliments the entrancing shimmering groove for a beastly treat.
If you’ve been with The Scare lately, you’ll be lucky if it’s only voodoo you’re oozing, otherwise you better see a doctor.
Bah, it’s the third Artic Monkeys album Humbug – which actually doesn’t turn out to be half bad.
First there was Something for Kate now singer Paul Dempsey has gone it alone and produced something for everyone.
Weeks away from delivering Oozevoodoo, their sopho-monster follow-up to 2007s Chivalry, our favourite itinerant, penniless urchins, The Scare tempt fate on “Could Be Bad”. Easily their best recording to date, “Could Be Bad” rails with strung-out guitars and percussive DT’s furthering a more groove-laden direction. With a video clip that is worthy of re-addressing our recent Australian Music Videos Top Ten, the band torture a hapless nine-to-fiver trying to get some peace and quiet. Look out for Oozevoodoo on September 7 through EMI and expect more treats from our favourite miscreants when Webcuts Oozes Voodoo throughout September.
A live taster of The Scare’s first official single to be released from their forthcoming pandemic-inducing second album OOZEVOODOO finds the boys in full swing at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel late last month. Webcuts was invited along for the ride to document the Victorian leg of the tour, which true to form, was eventful as it was entertaining — the boys did not disappoint and neither did the fans. “Could Be Bad” maps out the evolution of The Scare from noisy punks to swinging gentlemen and from the lack of attire in the front row, it seems these boys swing both ways…
Second Splendour line up in full and interview with Splendour promoter Jess Ducrou about the tremendous success of the festival, the process for picking the line-up and this year’s bands, future expansion of the site and the improvements in ticketing technology.
“Bitte Orca is an album for the background of a high concept coffee shop on your hipster street”. I’m getting that Reality Bites feeling…
Producer Danger Mouse and vocalist Helena Costas come together as Joker’s Daughter. It’s a mixed deck by all accounts.
Joker’s Daughter is the surprising but beguiling combination of producer Danger Mouse and etheral singer Helena Costas. In our review of their album we said “The Last Laugh could be seen as an contemporary interpretation of the folk tradition as performed by Shirley Collins, Veda Hille, and Vashti Bunyan.” The song and animated video for first single “Worm’s Head” is suitably ghostly and unnerving and like the title implies will worm its way into your subconscious.
Having just released the second single “Summertime Clothes” from their acclaimed eighth album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Chris Berkley from Static spoke to David Portner from Baltimore, Maryland’s favourite sons, Animal Collective and asked, among other things, what lurked behind the eye-catching artwork and whether or not they had been invited to play the venue they […]
Okkervil River The Zoo, Brisbane 3rd May 2009 “No one wants to hear about your 97th tear” offers Will Sheff, he of red beard, bookish glasses and shaggy hair, during tonight’s opening rhyme heavy “Plus Ones”. Oh but we do. We want to hear ninety odd minutes of heartbreak and loss, songs about self harm, […]
The two fingered salute is vigorously given by Scottish anti-folk hero King Creosote on new album Flick the Vs.
Fourth album in from these Mancunian maestros, offering a slight return to their electro/house days as Sub Sub.
Manchester’s Doves return this week with their long awaited fourth album Kingdom of Rust. We present you with the first single and title track, a broody concept video that suits the towering Doves song a little too well. Road trip anyone?
Arriving on the scene way back in 2002 with the gritty Black Rooster EP, The Kills took the garage rock aesthetic and beat it down, creating a skin and bones strut that stank of sex and cigarettes. In the following years, The Kills haven’t strayed too far from their original lo-fi blues/rock blueprint, yet still […]
The highlight of The Kills’ Midnight Boom LP, “Black Balloon”, is a slow burner either about a relationship going south, or an allusion to heroin use. Whatever your take it’s a shining example of “less is more” — a simple guitar line, a restrained vocal performance, and hand claps — producing magic. It’s being released in the UK on the Black Balloon EP (10″ format, 23 March) while Australia gets a 7″ of “Tape Song” / “London Hates You” (13 March).
As Conor Oberst once proclaimed, “M. Ward for President”. As far-fetched as it sounds, Oberst may have a point.
It’s the future of pop… or is it? Featuring The Cardigans, Faker, The Ting Tings, The Presets, Ladytron, MGMT et al.
Many a rock band have experimented with electronica but can Scotland’s most successful export since kilts and haggis pull it off?
Andrew Bird takes flight with his latest album Noble Beast. Thankfully it’s nothing at all like a Flock of Seagulls.
Animal Collective shake the sand from their fur as they take Merriweather Post Pavillion down to the Beach, Boys.
Lit-rock pansies The Decemberists release The Hazards Of Love, their follow-up to 2006’s omni-directional The Crane Wife which saw the band reach new heights of smugness, shifting in excess of 300,000 copies in the States alone. With their fifth full-length album due for release in the UK through Rough Trade on March 23rd, the Portland-based quintet of […]
Expanded and remastered fourth album tour de force from Stockton, CA quintet. High-ho silver ride!
Australian alternative legend’s [strong]You Am I[/strong] make a glorious return to form with Dilettantes — “You Am I have turned around their most impressive release in recent years that succeeds without having to rehash the same old moves. “
“How you doin’? You alright?” asks an out of breath Gaz Coombes during their first Brisbane show in several years. The assembled punters shout back “yeah!”, hoping that the next song will be the golden goose turned albatross hit “Alright”. It isn’t, but no one is really displeased when it turns out to be another […]
Jagjaguwar, 2008 The Austin boys in Okkervil River are back with another album and like always it’s filled with surprising stories, dense lyrics and great tunes that stick with you. The Stand Ins sees the band explore the issue of stardom and fame from different perspectives including those of groupies, porn stars, ex-boyfriends and ageing […]
Dev Hynes was once a teenage Test Icicle but now goes it alone under the name Lightspeed Champion. This year’s Falling off the Lavender Bridge surprised many, especially Test Icicles fans, as its charming mix of Britpop, folk and alt.country was a significant departure from the indie meets hardcore of his former band. Static’s Chris […]
Virgin, 2008 I have a very vivid memory of M83‘s previous album Before the Dawn Heals Us being played at a thunderous volume while sleeping at a friend‘s house early one morning, and it shook through the drunken spillover of the night before as if the ceiling inside my head was about to cave […]
Domino Records, 2008 Post punk, new funk, even if its old junk, it’s still rock and roll to me. Call it what you want, but history shows that Manhattan’s Liquid Liquid were essentially a dub/groove-based band that while in their short lifespan became incredibly influential on the New York music scene both then and now, […]
Rough Trade, 2008 Never has a record so wrong-footed me like Evil Urges has. Louisville’s My Morning Jacket were always a band with broad influences in their sound. 2005’s Z was the strongest indication that their fret-tapping southern rock roots had run their course. Playing a solo show in London to promote the album, singer […]
Spoon Centre Stage, Atlanta, GA 14th April 2008 It’s Britt Daniel’s birthday but you wouldn’t know it. There’s no cake and candles, no rambunctious behaviour or jokes. You’d be expecting the band to be soused and swaying, playing covers and celebrating the occasion, using the opportunity to cut loose. In fact Daniel looks embarrassed as […]
EMI, 2008 Robert Forster and Grant McLennan were two months into writing the next Go-Betweens album when on May 6th 2006, Grant McLennan died suddenly of a heart attack at age 48. An indescribable blow to Australian music, McLennan’s death was felt worldwide, and while we mourned his loss, attention turned to Forster in […]
Austin post-rockers Explosions in the Sky have been weaving their instrumental magic for almost ten years now, releasing four revered albums and one soundtrack over that time. During their recent Australian tour Static’s Chris Berkley talked to Chris Hrasky drummer with the band about creating their last disc, All of a Sudden I miss Everyone, […]
Anthony Gonalez is the driving force behind French band M83. Since 2001 M83 have released several albums of hypnotic electronica combined with effects laden guitars, and softly sung vocals. Static’s Chris Berkley managed to track down Anthony on his first Australian tour and discussed airline mishaps, growing up on the French Rivera, the new M83 […]
Mute/EMI, 2008 The passing of time has done nothing to dampen Nick Cave’s spirit or soften his tongue. In the preceding decade spent mostly strapped to the piano like a bible-addicted lothario, it gave the impression that this is where the story ends: in ebony and ivory theology. Those Leonard Cohen years that gave […]
Capitol/EMI, 2008 Our Love to Admire was one of Webcuts’ favourite albums of 2007. In fact we considered the third album by Brooklyn’s Interpol as their most consistent and fully realised work to date. Keyboards, once mere adornments, were now fully integrated into the band’s epic songs adding atmosphere and depth. The repetitive yet beguiling […]
Capitol/EMI, 2007 There is a litany of bands that make the decision to pack their bags and move to Los Angeles to try and catch a spark of what makes the town such a magnet for the achiever and under-achiever alike. It carries a certain charm and superiority, to tell your friends that “you’re making […]
Craig Smith takes us on a journey from Brisbane to Birmingham with Wade Keighran bass player for punk rockers The Scare. Taking in emotional break downs and playing the UK festivals, to the booze soaked recording of Chivalry and being wide eyed in L.A. — this is the definitive account of The Scare’s rags to something approaching riches tale.
Merge, 2007 It’s almost an established fact that once a band hits album number 4 or 5 they’re practically running on empty. Creative juices have all but dried up, different directions are attempted, band friction comes to the fore and as the years go by each new release just isn’t a patch on former glories. […]
A decade ago, at the tail end of Britpop, art-rockers Mansun were one of the biggest bands in the UK, seemingly ready to take on the rest of the world. Six years later the band imploded in the wake of backlash towards their third record Little Kix. Webcuts chooses to remember them at their peak with this 1997 interview.