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The Sisters of Mercy – London – 9 April 2009

The Sisters of Mercy The Forum, London 9th April 2009 For a band who have refused to release records since 1994 and now only operate as a touring act, The Sisters of Mercy must have the most dedicated fanbase on the planet. Goths, like Heavy Metal fans, mate for life with their chosen bands and

By | 2009-07-27T15:33:01+00:00 April 10th, 2009|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Beach House – London – 2 December 2008

  Beach House Cargo, London 2nd December 2008 Roughly a year since their last headline show at the Water Rat in Kings Cross, Baltimore’s Beach House have doubled their output and returned to London on the tail end of a European tour, promoting Devotion, their second album released earlier in the year. Having played support on recent tours

By | 2009-07-27T15:25:44+00:00 December 3rd, 2008|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Various Artists – Be True To Your School (A Fortuna Pop! Compilation)

Fortuna Pop!, 2008[rating:7/10] Fortuna Pop! is the pre-eminent label for those special acts that can't find a home anywhere else. Think of it as a shelter for the abandoned, misunderstood band either bursting with unrecognised talent or just looking for a place to crash. The sticker on the CD says "25 SMASH HITS from the

By | 2009-01-27T02:23:46+00:00 November 14th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Deerhunter – Microcastle

4AD, 2008[rating:10/10] It's refreshing to listen to a band riding on a wave of no hype. No Myspace campaigns, no sycophantic hipsters attempting to crystal ball the next Vampire Weekend. Bradford Cox could probably walk into a bar anywhere and not get a second glance, and even then only for his rakish frame and elongated

By | 2009-02-28T05:19:58+00:00 October 28th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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+00:00 October 5th, 2008|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Glasvegas – Glasvegas

Columbia, 2008[rating:9/10] From the Jesus and Mary Chain through to Franz Ferdinand, every once in a while the sound of Scotland will seemingly unleash an act that will take the music world by storm. Having whetted appetites with releasing several enticing limited edition singles over the last 12 months, Glasgow's Glasvegas have finally delivered one

By | 2009-01-27T02:41:58+00:00 October 3rd, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Stereolab – Chemical Chords

4AD, 2008[rating:7/10] Stereolab were an essential part of the 90s and a flipside to the wave of angst-ridden guitar bands that characterised that decade. Influenced by obscure experimental and pop bands, Stereolab set about creating a post-rock avant-garde sound that would hold them in high regard with critics and music fans alike. Returning with their

By | 2009-02-28T05:27:09+00:00 September 3rd, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Heaven 17 – Live at Last

Cooking Vinyl, 2008 [rating:1/10] For those unaware, Heaven 17 existed on the periphery of the pioneering electronic new wave scene. They didn't have the pop flair of the Human League or the sequined glitz of ABC. Releasing a handful of albums sporadically throughout the 80s they never had the repeated chart success of their peers.

By | 2009-02-28T05:28:40+00:00 August 4th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Ipso Facto – London – 31 July 2008

Ipso Facto Pure Groove Records, London 31st July, 2008 Having caught our attention last year with their goth and garage graces, Webcuts ventured down to Pure Groove records in East London to catch Ipso Facto launch their latest single "Ears and Eyes", the follow-up to last year's highly impressive debut "Harmonise". Unfortunately and incorrectly aligned

By | 2009-07-27T15:29:00+00:00 August 1st, 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+00:00 July 8th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Spiritualized – Interview with Jason Pierce (2008)

After a break of five years since their last album Amazing Grace, and a near crippling bout of double pneumonia, Spiritualized are back and in perfect health with their finest album to date with Songs in A&E. Chris Berkley of Static spoke to Jason Pierce about his illness, working with Harmony Korine, and the effect

By | 2015-08-11T02:18:01+00:00 June 26th, 2008|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Mark E. Smith – Renegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E. Smith

Viking, 2008 [rating:6/10] It begins at the end, or the supposed end, where having retired the old guard for a succession of young guns, Mark E. Smith faces up to a musician mutiny on The Fall's 2006 tour of America, where the disgruntled boys quit en masse four dates in. Were it for the peculiar

By | 2018-07-19T06:05:00+00:00 June 7th, 2008|Categories: Book Reviews, Reviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Adem – Takes

Domino, 2008 [rating:8/10] Home recorded, folk-tinged, somewhat sullen but with equal parts warmth and optimism, South London's Adem Illhan lives a Nick Drake-ian life in a Brian Eno world. Having paid his dues with the post-rock band Fridge with Keiren Hebden (Four Tet) at the beginning of the decade, he has since picked a less

By | 2009-01-23T02:52:23+00:00 May 14th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

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

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 we feature an in-depth interview with all four former members to celebrate the release of the first ever Adorable

By | 2015-08-26T07:31:32+00:00 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+00:00 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+00:00 April 12th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Long Blondes – Couples

  Rough Trade, 2008 [rating:8/10] "Couples" by name and couples by nature, Sheffield's indie darlings, The Long Blondes were once discreetly paired up (drummer with bassist, obviously, and guitarist with keyboardist) leaving them looking like the Fleetwood Mac of the North. While the respective break-ups occurred before the making of the album, it's of small

By | 2011-08-10T09:56:59+00:00 April 4th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|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+00:00 March 21st, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Bauhaus – Go Away White

Cooking Vinyl, 2008 [rating:1/10] Bauhaus' original swansong, released almost 25 years ago now, was a recording halted and hindered by singer Peter Murphy catching pneumonia and being hospitalised, meaning the finished product, entitled Burning From the Inside, was largely put together without him. Despite such an obstacle, ...Inside allowed the band to stretch out and

By | 2009-02-28T05:58:45+00:00 March 10th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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+00:00 November 18th, 2007|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |9 Comments