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Washed Out – Riding the Chillwave (2011)

As 2011 continues to reveal an abundance of new artists and great music, it's of no surprise that one of the more anticipated debut albums was that of 28-year-old Atlanta based songwriter and producer Ernest Greene, AKA Washed Out. Full of blissful harmonies and gently shifting arrangements, augmented with hip-hop beats and samples, Within And Without quickly became the preferred summer spin at Webcuts. Static's Chris Berkley recently caught up with Ernest to talk about all things Within And Without -- recording the album, the process behind it, and amongst other things, 10CC's "I'm Not In Love" and the 'raunchy' cover art.

By | 2018-08-12T02:49:26+00:00 August 6th, 2011|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Austra – London – 18 January 2011

There’s been a noticeable shift slash longing backward glance in music trends towards all things 80’s. It seems that the product of that era now want to know everything about where they came from and the music that was made. For synth pop acts like Summer Camp and Twin Shadow, the 80’s are a nostalgia/inspirational goldmine, but with the rise of Zola Jesus, Salem, oOoOO, etc, it was inevitable that Goth music and its mutated electro/dark wave offspring would get discovered by the black clad suburban misfits of today. Enter, Austra from Toronto, Canada.

By | 2015-08-10T05:11:00+00:00 January 21st, 2011|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Villagers – Howling at the Moon (2010)

Villagers is the nom de plume of one Conor O'Brien, the young Irish gent with the piercing blue eyes positioned above these words. Having released his debut album Becoming A Jackal on Domino Records last month to widespread acclaim (surely topping the album charts in Ireland is nothing to be sneered at), O'Brien has been steadfast in moving his Villagers around the country like a pack of wayward Irish gypsies.

By | 2018-08-19T02:16:26+00:00 June 17th, 2010|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Fall – London – 7 May 2010

I’m a band purist at heart. You can cut off all your fingers, but you’ve still got a hand. If you cut off all your band members and keep cutting and cutting and cutting, you can't expect your audience to comply with your decision or to even recognise the music you make. What was it John Peel said about The Fall? "always different, always the same". Well, yes, but... no. Mark E. Smith is The Fall, but The Fall isn't just Mark E. Smith.

By | 2015-08-10T05:02:58+00:00 May 22nd, 2010|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Stephen Malkmus – London – 9 December 2009

Stephen Malkmus has been ‘jicking’ for as long now as he was leading the charge in Pavement, releasing as many albums, yet never reaching the same heights. His solo career seemed to be in constant war of expectation over delivery. It's not Pavement. It's not a bunch of twenty-year-olds fighting their generation. But the louche stage prescence, that hazy cynical drawl, the greying hair framing the eyes in a semi-slacker curl, little has changed over the years.

By | 2015-08-10T05:03:31+00:00 March 13th, 2010|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Animal Collective – Searching for the Sailboat (2009)

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

By | 2015-08-11T02:21:12+00:00 May 29th, 2009|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Kills – Alison Mosshart talks Midnight Boom (2009)

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

By | 2018-08-16T10:13:39+00:00 March 15th, 2009|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Lightspeed Champion – Interview with Dev Hynes (2008)

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

By | 2015-08-11T02:17:39+00:00 August 4th, 2008|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Liquid Liquid – Slip In and Out of the Phenomenon

Domino Records, 2008[rating:6/10] 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,

By | 2009-02-28T05:31:36+00:00 July 4th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments