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British India – The Thief of TIme (2009)

The rise and rise of Melbourne's British India has been something to behold. They've gone from their first release in 2005, the rough and ready Counter Culture EP, to 2007's incendiary debut Guillotine, and from feted Triple J acts to top five chart placings with second album Thieves. We stole some time with guitarist Nic Wilson

By | 2015-08-11T02:15:43+01:00 March 30th, 2009|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

of Montreal – Brisbane – 4 March 2009

of Montreal The Zoo, Brisbane 4 March 2009 It's just before the encore that things start getting really weird: Two guys in animal masks start playing -- Mr Fish is on drums while Mr Lion roars into the microphone, garnering the requisite response from the crowd necessary in encore type situations -- leading me to

By | 2009-07-27T15:23:38+01:00 March 18th, 2009|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Jay Reatard – Interview (2009)

Capping off an incredibly busy year with a singles compilation for 2008, Nashville native Jay Reatard has been relentlessly touring the globe and still hasn't stopped to catch his breath. Recently blowing away audiences in Australia with his demented hair-shaking garage rock, Chris Berkley caught up with Jay in Sydney and spoke to him about

By | 2015-08-11T02:16:52+01:00 February 9th, 2009|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Laneway Festival – Brisbane – 2009

In the final Australian festival wrap up for the Summer we brave the laneways of Brisbane to report on No Age, Jay Reatard, The Hold Steady, Cut Off Your Hands, The Drones, Stereolab, Spiral Stairs, Augie March and more.

Webcuts Top 25 Albums of 2008

Ladies and gentlemen, the envelope please! Webcuts favourite albums of 2008 as argued and fought over by us, including star-studded appearances from Beach House, My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Nick Cave, Santogold, Okkervil River and many more...

All Tomorrow’s Parties – Brisbane – 2009

The much lauded ATP festival reaches Australia and we give you the rundown on the Brisbane leg including reviews of Robert Forster, Spiritualized, The Saints and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Sunset Sounds Festival – Brisbane – 2009

We review Brisbane's inaugural Sunset Sounds Festival and see how the likes of The Hives, Santogold, The Kooks, Franz Ferdinand, Faker, The Grates, Tegan and Sara, I Heart Hiroshima and more measure up in the sweltering heat.

Supergrass – Brisbane – 2 October 2008

"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

By | 2009-07-27T15:26:09+01:00 October 5th, 2008|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Faint – Exclusive Interview (2008)

It may come as some surprise that for a band who always seem to be on the cutting edge The Faint have actually been in existence for over a decade, combining punk attitude and guitars with a hellava lot of synthesizers and electronics. Static's Chris Berkley sits down with The Faint's keyboardist, Jacob Thiele, and

By | 2015-08-11T02:17:24+01:00 October 3rd, 2008|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Way Out West Festival – Gothenburg – 9 August 2008

In the second part of our exclusive Way Out West festival coverage, held in Gothenburg, Sweden, Webcuts has reviews, photos, and setlists from the third and last day, Saturday 9 August. Bands reviewed: Sahara Hotnights, Fleet Foxes, Caesars, Silverbullit, Håkan Hellström, The Flaming Lips and the legendary Neil Young. Way Out West Day Three --

Way Out West – Gothenburg – 8 August 2008

Webcuts brings you the lowdown from this year's Way Out West Festival held in Gothenburg, Sweden, including reviews, photos, and setlists from the first two days, Thursday 7 and Friday 8 August 2008. Bands reviewed: Buzzcocks, The Sonics, Okkervil River, The National, Sonic Youth, Grinderman and Broder Daniel. Way Out West Day One and Two

Kent – Gothenburg – 25 July 2008

In a concert replete with spectacle and grandeur the most memorable moment arrives, fittingly, at the conclusion: while Kent pound out the last notes to the epic "Mannen i den vita hatten" ("The Man in the White Hat"), with the stage bathed in sodium light, gigantic blowers spew out white confetti over the 20,000 strong

By | 2010-10-04T18:20:23+01:00 August 21st, 2008|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Malcolm Middleton – Sleight of Heart

  Inertia, 2008 [rating:7.5/10] Malcolm Middleton, previously one half of gritty Scottish miserablists Arap Strap, establishes the modus operandi for his fourth album Sleight of Heart right from the get go. When he sings "We're having a week off/We're having a rest" from "Week Off", he means it; Sleight of Heart is a lighter, more

By | 2009-01-27T03:14:59+01:00 July 8th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Husky Rescue – Interview with Marko Nyberg (2008)

Hailing from Helsinki Husky Rescue are the brainchild of songwriter/bassist Marko Nyberg assisted by the magnetic Reeta-Leena Korhola on vocals, Miika Colliander on guitar, Ville Riippa on keyboards, and Anssi Sopanen on drums. Webcuts questions Marko, one of Finland's finest, about the new album, Ghost Is Not Real, the Finnish countryside, blueberries and all things

By | 2015-08-11T02:17:53+01:00 June 29th, 2008|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Santogold – Santogold

Downtown/Inertia, 2008[rating:8/10] "The rules are...there are no rules" intoned one time (Transvision) vamp Wendy James and is a maxim which Santi White, better known as Santogold, takes to heart. Older and wiser than most of her peers -- her C.V. includes stints as A&R rep for Epic Records and singer in rock/ska band Stiffed --

By | 2009-01-27T03:17:11+01:00 June 18th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Adorable – Interview with Piotr, Robert, Kevin and Wil about Footnotes (2008)

BREAKING NEWS. ADORABLE REFORMING IN LATE 2019 FOR 3 GIGS ONLY. SEE THE ADORABLE FACEBOOK PAGE FOR DETAILS. STOP. Forming in 1990 Coventry's Adorable had the confidence, the drop dead cool, and most importantly the songs -- epic, emotional, dynamic songs -- of a great rock 'n' roll band. Fourteen years after their untimely demise

By | 2019-05-16T07:18:10+01:00 April 24th, 2008|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , |5 Comments

Pete Fijalkowski – Interview about Polak, Adorable and solo (2008)

You can't keep a good man down: Pete Fijalkowski former frontman for two of England's finest, yet criminally ignored bands Adorable and Polak, answers my email inquisitions about those bands and his solo album Broken Heart Surgery. For the record when did The Candy Thieves become Adorable was it September 1990 as indicated in Footnotes?

By | 2015-08-11T02:13:01+01:00 April 24th, 2008|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

Tindersticks – Interview with David Boutler (2008)

We talk with Tindersticks keyboardist and founding member David Boutler about version 2.0 of The Tindersticks, the stunning new album The Hungry Saw, the re-issue of their back catalogue, Songs for the Young at Heart and more. It's been half a decade since the last Tindersticks album, Waiting for the Moon, a fine record and

The Monochrome Set – The Independent Singles Collection

Cherry Red, 2008 [rating:7.5/10] England 1979 -- punk was morphing into the more experimental post-punk and saw landmark releases from PiL, Gang of Four, The Cure, Joy Division and The Pop Group. And then...then there was The Monochrome Set. Instead of vitriolic and/or depressive lyrics, distorted guitars and dub and funk influenced bass The Monochrome

By | 2009-01-23T03:13:42+01:00 April 12th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Miss Li – Best Of 061122-071122

National, 2007 [rating:8/10] The twelve month period denoted by the title of this compilation (that's how the logical Swedes write the date) was an ultra productive period for Stockholm's Linda Carlsson otherwise known as Miss Li. Her debut album Late Night Heartbroken Blues, released in November 2006 established the Miss Li blueprint: a simple piano

By | 2009-02-28T05:50:12+01:00 April 6th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

M83 – Interview with Anthony Gonzalez (Static 2008)

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

By | 2015-08-11T02:11:16+01:00 March 28th, 2008|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Adorable – Footnotes 92-94 (Best Of)

Cherry Red, 2008 [rating:8/10] How does a band become a "favourite?" Some acts are found and then loved via recommendations from press, blogs, radio or friends. Some have an extensive back catalogue ready to be devoured and devoted to. Others quietly creep up behind and sucker punch you with a single song leaving you stunned and

By | 2015-08-26T03:25:44+01:00 March 21st, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Stars – Interview with Amy Millan & Evan Cranley (Static 2008)

It may've taken eight long years but Canadian indie pop quintet Stars made their way to Australia for the first time recently on the back of their fourth LP and one of 2007's best releases, In Our Bedroom After the War -- a record brimming with heartfelt pop and rock with electronic and soul flourishes.

By | 2018-07-16T10:27:56+01:00 March 7th, 2008|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Interpol – Our Love to Admire (Ltd Edition)

Capitol/EMI, 2008 [rating:7.5/10] 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

By | 2010-06-27T08:39:46+01:00 February 29th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Jacob Golden – Revenge Songs Interview (2008)

If success was awarded by the amount of struggle and heartbreak an artist had endured, and took into account the innate talent the artist had, Jacob Golden would be multi-platinum and headlining London's Royal Albert Hall by now. He's not there yet, but after a very successful 2007 this year should see Golden's star if

By | 2015-08-11T02:12:14+01:00 January 15th, 2008|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

Webcuts Top 20 Albums of 2007

We graze of the green pastures of 2007 and find the cream of the crop including Damn Arms, Grinderman, Spoon, The Concretes, Feist, Faker, John Doe, The Shins and more.

Tegan and Sara – The Con

Vapor/Sire, 2007 [rating:8.5/10] Although always writing separately, the initial blueprints for The Con, saw the twins geographically distanced -- Tegan in Vancouver, Sara in Montreal. Reunited and with demos in hand the pair moved to Portland with producer Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists) at the helm, recording in his basement studio. Tegan

By | 2009-02-28T06:01:10+01:00 December 22nd, 2007|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

1990s – Interview about 1990s and Yummy Fur (2007)

During the decade that was the 1990s Jackie McKeown fronted the highly influential but commercially ignored Glaswegian act The Yummy Fur, an ensemble that went through as many reshuffles as a blackjack dealer in Vegas. Two years ago he formed the band 1990s a mix of The Rolling Stones, Motown soul and power-pop with Michael

By | 2015-08-11T02:13:46+01:00 December 14th, 2007|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Jacob Golden – Revenge Songs

Echo, 2007 [rating:9/10] Those lucky enough to catch Jacob Golden's live know just how extraordinary he can be armed with only an acoustic guitar and his angelic voice. His self titled debut EP in 2001 bottled some of that magic but his debut long player, Hallelujah World released in 2002, partly obscured his natural gifts

By | 2009-01-23T03:42:45+01:00 November 20th, 2007|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Shout Out Louds – The Naked Truth (2007)

Just call it the comeback. While the Shout Out Loud's debut album Howl Howl Gaff Gaff showed promise few could have predicated the seismic improvement for follow-up Our Ill Wills -- a veritable treasure chest of '80s and '90s influenced alternative pop and rock with strings, layered percussion and crisp production. We sit down with

By | 2015-08-11T02:14:12+01:00 November 19th, 2007|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Lick – A Bitter Taste of Britpop – Interview with Gary Cosby (2007)

Lick were one of Britpop's great forgotten bands. Forming in Camden in 1994 they made a splash with glam anthems, perchant for eyeliner and sexually charged lyrics. But the dream was all over two years later on the cusp of releasing their debut album. We feature an in-depth Q&A with lead singer Gary Cosby and feature the Turbulence album available for download for the first time.

By | 2018-07-20T08:28:04+01:00 November 18th, 2007|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |9 Comments

Pete Fijalkowski – Interview with about Polak & Adorable (1998)

For posterity we present you with an interview with Pete Fijalkowski from 1998 when the dust had settled from Adorable and Polak had just released their first single. Let's start at the ending for Adorable, which was kind of the beginning of Polak. What actually happened? We were dropped by Creation for the simple financial

By | 2015-08-11T02:14:50+01:00 April 24th, 1998|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Mansun – Interview with Chad (1997)

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.

By | 2015-08-11T02:15:02+01:00 April 16th, 1997|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment