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The Church – Sydney – 6 December 2012

The Church Factory Theatre, Sydney 6th December 2012 The most remarkable thing about The Church, and there are many remarkable things about this enduring Australia band, is how better they get with age. Memories seep past of watching them just down the road, in what seemed for all intent and purpose their final show with guitarist

By | 2018-06-11T04:14:59+00:00 December 8th, 2012|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Chromatics – London – 6 November 2012

Chromatics Heaven, London November 6, 2012 On a night when everyone is locked in an US election day trance, American synth-noir act Chromatics were the alternative for those choosing pop over politics. As a band who've existed in various forms since 2001, their recent mainstream crossover was aided by the success of the film "Drive"

By | 2018-06-11T04:04:58+00:00 November 8th, 2012|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Tame Impala – Together Alonerism (2012)

It's a reassuring sight to see an Australian band successfully take on the world in the way Tame Impala have over the last few years. Their lush, psyche-pop sound feels like it was born between the grooves of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, evolving inward and outward, feeding on a wealth of influences and dreams

By | 2018-06-11T04:13:22+00:00 November 6th, 2012|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

MNDR – Feed Me Diamonds

Ultra, 2012 [rating:6/10] "Pop music is a platform to say something. You don't have to only talk about parties." Interesting quote from ex-noise artist now shiny electropop-idol-in-waiting, Amanda Warner. Pop music has always been a platform to say something, but this shouldn't make you believe that Warner is positing herself as Lady Bono or worse, Lady

By | 2018-07-16T12:08:57+00:00 October 30th, 2012|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Savages – London – 11 October 2012

Savages Electrowerkz, London October 11, 2012 Does anyone remember the post-punk explosion of 2005 when every second band seemed to be cribbing off each other's influences sheets, and labels with derivative names like 'Angular' and 'Artrocker' appeared, encouraging this rising monochrome wave? It was probably the first serious resurgence of post-punk since the 80's, but

By | 2018-06-11T04:08:59+00:00 October 28th, 2012|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Who The Hell Are… Fear Of Men?

The online buzz surrounding the release of current single “Mosaic” was uniform in the way the agreeable (and occasionally obnoxious) tastemaker blogs began to fall in line with praise. This was slightly akin to a group of music nerds being played the track at the same time, with cries of “Oh this is really great,

By | 2018-06-18T04:26:15+00:00 October 19th, 2012|Categories: Features, Who the Hell Are|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Spoon — Britt Daniel Talks Divine Fits (2012)

Divine Fits may be an unfamiliar name, but the people behind it no doubt lurk in your record collection under their original outfits. Better known as Britt Daniel from Spoon, Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade, and Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks, Divine Fits is the band du jour for these gentlemen and A Thing Called

By | 2018-06-11T04:16:19+00:00 October 16th, 2012|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits

Merge, 2012 [rating:8.5/10] The concept of the ‘supergroup’ is relative and often abused. The formation itself is prone to suspicion, akin to selling out your bandmates in favour of some fresh thrills. Often it's the point in a band's career when the chief songwriter hits a stalemate or a stale state -- ie: the last

By | 2018-07-16T12:10:55+00:00 October 16th, 2012|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Who The Hell Are… Deaf Club?

Heavy on atmosphere with a melodic depth that harnesses Banshees-like percussion against rippling guitar-work and bears more than a passing resemblance to the rhythmic whirl of Warpaint and the siren song of Esben and the Witch, the band known as Deaf Club (relax: it's just a name) have become an intriguing proposition in the space

By | 2018-06-18T04:12:38+00:00 October 8th, 2012|Categories: Features, Who the Hell Are|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Cat Power – Sun

Matador, 2012 [rating:7/10] Time and distance, be it geographical or emotional, have always been great assets to a songwriter. The ability to cease all activity, to step off the treadmill and get his/her shit straight, to let real life take precedence. In a career that's had its share of ups and downs, Chan Marshall has

By | 2018-07-16T10:36:12+00:00 October 7th, 2012|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Echo Lake – London – 1 October 2012

Echo Lake + Evans The Death The Lexington, London October 1, 2012 To say that 2012 hasn't been the easiest of years for Echo Lake would be a sad understatement. The tragic loss of their drummer Pete Hayes coinciding with the release of their debut album was a crushing setback for this wonderful London band-in-ascendant.

By | 2018-06-11T04:18:31+00:00 October 2nd, 2012|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Wild Nothing – Nocturne

Bella Union, 2012 [rating:6.5/10] Jack Tatum thought he must've hit a goldmine when his 2010 debut album as Wild Nothing was so rapturously received with little to no preceding fanfare. This North Virginian native, and his album, Gemini, proved to be a beguiling release, a wistful summer-sounding, 80's referencing aside to the music of Tatum's youth. Full

By | 2018-07-16T10:39:00+00:00 October 1st, 2012|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Beth Jeans Houghton – London – 26 September 2012

Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny Kings College, London September 26, 2012 A little face paint and a rummage through the fancy dress chest has the potential to turn even the dreariest of live performances into something oddly comical and surreal, yet this is something Beth Jeans Houghton and her Hooves of Destiny

By | 2018-06-11T04:20:09+00:00 September 27th, 2012|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Who The Hell Are… Best Friends?

What to say about Sheffield's Best Friends... The name of the band is self-explanatory. The a-side of their debut single “Surf Bitches” could either be about the kinds of girls they like or things they like to do, but with a comma missing between “Surf” and “Bitches”. You know, like a shopping list. Maybe they

By | 2018-06-18T04:12:47+00:00 September 22nd, 2012|Categories: Features, Who the Hell Are|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Various Artists – 15 Years Of Bella Union Records

Bella Union, 2012 [rating:8/10] 2012 marks the 15th anniversary of the birth of Bella Union, a record label started by Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde of Cocteau Twins that was created, initially, to release their own recordings with no obvious aspiration to challenge the big UK independents of the day, yet somehow wound up acquiring a

By | 2018-07-16T10:41:10+00:00 September 20th, 2012|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Bob Mould – Silver Age

Merge, 2012 [rating:8/10] Alterna-rock statesman hot from bringing a little 90's Sugar to the 10's masses returns with shit-hot album. If that's all the convincing you need, you might as well stop reading now and give the man your money. But if you need a little more, here goes...  Given that Mould has spent the

By | 2018-07-16T10:43:05+00:00 September 18th, 2012|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Wild Nothing – Nocturne, turne, turne (2012)

Riding the crest of the dream-pop insurgence that brought with it bands like Beach Fossils, Twin Sister and Still Corners, was that of Jack Tatum and Wild Nothing, who' s debut album of 2010, Gemini was an exquisitely crafted record brimming with 80's melodies and accompanying themes of nostalgia and romanticism. It was an album

By | 2018-06-11T04:25:49+00:00 September 17th, 2012|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Who The Hell Were… Naomi Hates Humans?

This is a first for Webcuts, in the sense that between asking a band to appear in a future 'Who The Hell Are...?' and publishing said feature, the band broke up. Our recent hiatus, which was unfortunate but you know... whatever, allowed Naomi Hates Humans to pass into the great rehearsal room in the sky un-championed

By | 2018-06-18T04:12:55+00:00 August 27th, 2012|Categories: Features, Who the Hell Are|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Walkmen – Heaven

Bella Union, 2012 [rating:8/10] From the outset, The Walkmen's seventh album Heaven ('seventh heaven' geddit?) does much to reignite interest in a band, who to be completely honest, have regularly under-performed on record (critically, backslaps all round, but commercially, nada) to the point where wives/girlfriends, etc, are sure to have said "when are you going to

By | 2018-07-16T10:45:41+00:00 June 3rd, 2012|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Beach House – Bloom

Bella Union, 2012 [rating:5/10] Since their self-titled debut in 2006, Portland duo Beach House have become a band synonymous with the 'dream-pop' side of contemporary music, a tag that suitably sums up Beach House's immaculate sound. Their debut and follow-up Devotion were snapshots of a band evolving, both primitive and delicate in instrumentation and style. It

By | 2018-07-16T10:50:07+00:00 May 17th, 2012|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Dandy Warhols – This Machine

Beat The World, 2012 [rating:7.5/10] At this stage in their career, The Dandy Warhols stand as an infinitely renewable resource. With the major label shackles thrown and now releasing their own records, the only standards Courtney & Co have to meet is their own. This is often the point where casual fan and band shrug

By | 2018-07-16T10:49:10+00:00 April 28th, 2012|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments