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Foals – Fever In the Sydney Sahara (2011)

To say expectations were high for Foals' second album Total Life Forever would be stating the exceedingly obvious but from the grandeur and exquisite melancholy of “Spanish Sahara” to the frenetic indie-pop of “This Orient” to the dance funk of “Miami” it met and exceeded them with uncommon ease. Total Life Forever elevated Foals further from their peers and into the rare league of artists who maintain credibility with a more accessible sound and thus gaining a larger listening base whilst still remaining true to their experimental pop principles. We spoke to bassist Walter Gervers while the band was in Australia for the St. Jerome’s Laneway festivals and some recording on the sly.

By | 2015-08-11T02:23:58+00:00 February 12th, 2011|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Louis XIV – Way Out West Interview (2008)

This August Sweden was graced by a visit from San Diego's finest, Louis XIV, a band that shocked parents groups in Alabama and who have enticed numerous girls with their classic rock'n'roll moves. But behind the media image the band is bursting with creativity and musical ambition. Louis XIV not only have lots of attitude

By | 2015-08-11T02:17:31+00:00 September 15th, 2008|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Earthmen – Whoever’s Been Using This Bed

It was the Johnny Marr guitar flourishes at the start that first sucked me in. Here is the moment when a band who've been doggedly plying their guitar pop trade since the early 90s actually wrote something worth a damn. I remember when I first heard this (which would've been sometime around January 1997), turning

By | 2018-06-11T11:38:28+00:00 July 8th, 2008|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

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+00:00 December 22nd, 2007|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 | 2018-07-19T10:18:36+00:00 November 18th, 2007|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |9 Comments