The Hics have been receiving a fair bit of attention recently and it’s easy to see why. I caught up with them after a hot n sweaty sold out show at London’s new Oslo venue.
Advance Base is the music moniker of Owen Ashworth, who recorded as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone until 2010. CFTPA released a number of albums, which were well received by critics and fans who appreciated Ashworth’s lo-fi electronic sound and microcosmic storytelling.
Metal icons? They don’t come much more iconic than Anthrax’s diminutive guitar hero. Axe in hand, he’s been ripping up stages worldwide for the better part of thirty years. Now he’s the latest hard-rocker to tackle the spoken-word gauntlet. What to expect? Thomas Cairney found out…
As soon as I heard the opening chords of ‘Solid Ground’ (below) and it’s gospel-flavored back-up vocals I was back in my teenage bedroom. Track two ‘Different Light’ has a chorus that is pure sing-along and yes, this could be the record to make the power ballad cool again. It has at least three, my favourite being ‘Ask Me Yesterday’, an honest and heartfelt country tinged take on self doubt and growing up.
They promised lots of dancing and they delivered more. After three and a half years, one too many release date delays and a stray…
IT’S AWESOME! The fact that they have girl underpants in a vending machine for drunk business men to sniff and take home on the train I mean, that’s a bit weird.
This album has already sparked a lot of interest in the band, they seem to be getting a degree of recognition that has not been afforded to them by the mainstream press for many years, if ever. It seems almost cool to be a Rush fan!
Five albums into a fairly niche career it is perhaps surprising Hot Chip aren’t bored of it all by now; it is not like they are on top of the world or the biggest band in the country. Maybe they just prefer it that way?
The Dandy Warhols have come along way from their humble beginnings eighteen years ago in a small club in Portland, Oregon. They’ve just released their ninth studio album ‘This Machine’, and probably their most stripped back album to date.
North Atlantic Oscillation’s new record Electric Fog is one of my favourites of the year so far. It’s like a warm duvet filled with guitar feedback, Brian Wilson and feathers.
I could have asked ACE Miami band The Jacuzzi Boys lots of questions about philosophy and the meaning of life, but that would have meant taking an intellectual step neither myself or the band were capable of on a Friday afternoon. So we went for a quick fire quiz. Much easier.
There are some songs that are so irritatingly annoying you only have to listen it once and it will get stuck in your head. As a direct service to you, the reader, I have decided NOT to embed Joel Sarakula’s debut single Bohemian.
Lee Ranaldo – founding member of Sonic Youth and 33rd greatest guitarist of all time is about to release his first ever ‘proper’ solo record. Nick Williams caught up with him ‘Between the Times and the Tides’.
Martyn Coppack goes to see New Jersey band, The Static Jacks in Manchester and catches up with them after to ask them a few questions