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Webcuts Favourite Tracks of 2010 – Part 2

So that was 2010. What does Webcuts remember most about it? It's hard to say, really. The landscapes shift, the memories flickr and 365 days blur into one long unending soundtrack. One thing our favourite tracks of 2010 all had in common was that they appeared like one night stands that lingered a little longer than usual, almost all of them attached to a singular memory of the song being performed, either from a distance or elbows resting on the stage in mute admiration, or maybe just there emanating from a speaker aimed direct into our inner consciousness, refusing to budge.

The Drums – Stop and Take a Bow (2010)

The cross overs. Every year has them; bands that get touched by the hand of hype and go from being blogged about to actually selling significant quantities of records/MP3s along with world wide tour schedules and high billed festival slots. This year one of those bands is Brooklyn’s The Drums who have certainly enjoyed a lot of column pixels and radio play on the strength of their back to basics c86 indie-pop as imagined by Phil Spector self titled debut album and its omnipresent lead single “Let’s Go Surfing”. Static’s Chris Berkley has a drink with three quarters of the band for a lesson in how to avoid being drowned by the waves of success.

By | 2018-08-19T01:19:30+00:00 August 5th, 2010|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Mark Kozelek – London – 29 July 2010

“Give me a minute and I’ll blow your minds“. The crowd laughs, so does the man who just uttered those words. The mood, somewhat quiet, respectful, shiftless, is lightened, and Mark Kozelek begins another master-class in tinkling the nylon strings of his Spanish guitar like Liberace would the piano. “I’m old” he breaks the silence again, “I’m fat, I need water, I need lyrics to my songs”. From my pew to the right side of the stage I have to squint to see if it’s not Neil Young sitting there complaining about his arthritis. To Kozelek’s credit, he’s still as ageless as ever, and that gut you were grabbing at? I’m pretty sure you’ve been carrying that for a while now.

By | 2015-08-10T05:02:32+00:00 August 4th, 2010|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Stars – Interview with Evan Cranley on The Five Ghosts (2010)

The new Stars album The Five Ghosts is a focused and streamlined record that in some ways harks back to their synth-pop roots of their first album, albeit being much darker in tone and theme. While Stars' diminutive front-man Torquil Campbell, and its glamorous front-woman Amy Millan, may get the most of the star light we recently had words with the quiet achiever of the band, Evan Cranley. Evan reveals to us details about the process and direction that the new album took, the decision behind the Séance EP, his jack of all trades role in the band, the novel approach to touring the new songs and how to create a fantastic remix.

By | 2018-07-16T10:21:35+00:00 July 14th, 2010|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Hold Steady – Ready for Heaven (2010)

“Listening again to everything The Hold Steady recorded. Is this the greatest American band now? They just got me through a rough month.” Bret Easton Ellis, Twitter Nov 2009. Lauded by fans, critics and other creative minds for the scope, depth, truth and heart that they bring to chronicling the American rock myth, Craig Finn and Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady hold court to discuss (via impersonal record label Q&A) their forthcoming blue collar opus Heaven is Whenever, due for release on May 3.

By | 2015-08-11T02:23:17+00:00 April 6th, 2010|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Bad Lieutenant – London – 18 March 2010

As a teenage music fan, one of my prized possessions was a bootleg LP of Joy Division recorded on the same stage Bad Lieutenant are playing tonight, 30 years later. You think Bernard Sumner, guitarist in both bands, would mention the significance, or perhaps the memory has left him, like his own introduction to an Electronic song later in the set "This is called "Tighten Up", I've no fucking clue what it's about".

By | 2015-08-10T05:03:25+00:00 March 23rd, 2010|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

School of Seven Bells – Getting Good Grades (2009)

A collaboration between Benjamin Curtis of Secret Machines and twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza of On-Air Library, the School of Seven Bells (founded in name from a mythical South American pickpocket academy) that surprised all with their ethereal, haunting charms that found them in perfect company of shoegaze/dreampop acts like M83 and Prefuse 73.

Ladytron/The Faint – Atlanta – 17 April 2009

Ladytron & The Faint Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA 17th April 2009 The black-clad kids were out in force as the rolling Ladytron/The Faint sideshow pulled into Atlanta, Georgia, offloading what could be unkindly dubbed an ‘electroclash revival’ as both bands came into sharp focus during the height of this abortive musical fad and were adopted

By | 2009-07-27T15:32:47+00:00 April 18th, 2009|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Veils – Interview with Finn Andrews (2009)

The Veils' recently released third album Sun Gangs displayed astounding depth, warmth and honesty across its ten tracks. Ranging from emotive ballads ("It Hits Deep", "Sit Down By the Fire") to epic Velvet Underground/Nick Cave art-rock ("Three Sisters") and something in-between ("The Letter") it provides further proof of the compelling voice of main man Finn Andrews. Chris

By | 2018-08-16T11:04:14+00:00 April 17th, 2009|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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+00:00 March 30th, 2009|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Stills – Snakecharm the Masses in Australia (2009)

Having pulled up a chair with the The Stills in London to have a drink and talk about their most recent album Oceans Will Rise late last year, we continue to follow their adventures as The Stills join the Kings of Leon on tour in Australia, where Chris Berkley of Static catches up with both

By | 2018-08-16T10:18:42+00:00 March 27th, 2009|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Constantines – Exclusive Interview (2008)

Back in the UK touring their latest album Kensington Heights, Webcuts managed to square away some interview time with Constantines guitarist/vocalist Steve Lambke before their recent headline show at London's Wilmington Arms. Constantines - Live at the Wilmington Arms, London - 18th September 2008 You played last night with Shearwater. From where I stood both

By | 2015-08-15T01:53:26+00:00 October 21st, 2008|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Constantines – Kensington Heights

Arts & Crafts, 2008[rating:8/10] Toronto's Constantines have tirelessly flown under the radar for many years now. Fiercely independent and untied to any particular scene or movement, their sound is punishing blend of brittle punk and impassioned rock and roll. They're like a true modern day blue-collar rock band. Endlessly compared to Bruce Springsteen and Fugazi,

By | 2009-02-28T05:24:23+00:00 September 27th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Camper Van Beethoven – Popular Songs of Great Enduring Strength and Beauty

Cooking Vinyl, 2008[rating:7/10] Listening to a Camper Van Beethoven CD is like opening a time capsule to an era where the alternative music scene was more of a nascent beast than what it is now, where bands like REM, The Replacements and Husker Du reigned supreme. The Zappa-influenced Camper Van Beethoven fell somewhere inbetween, merging

By | 2009-02-28T05:34:13+00:00 June 10th, 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+00:00 March 7th, 2008|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment