The Horrors – V

October 6th, 2017 by

The Horrors are nothing if not prolific, having released five albums in the last ten years, each body of song a marked sonic departure from the previous one. From the garage gothic of 2007 debut Strange House and the My Bloody Valentine guitarscapes framing 2009’s Mercury nominated Primary Colours, to the psychedelic Skying (2011) and lush […]

Algiers – The Underside of Power

June 29th, 2017 by

Algiers’ self-titled 2015 debut album was an incendiary piece of work, a nightmare of social and economic injustices played out by three politically aware individuals who mixed soul with industrial music and delivered a stunning record. It felt relevant upon its release and moreover, it felt important to have an American indie rock band’s commentary […]

Japandroids – Near to the Wild Heart of Life

February 1st, 2017 by

Celebration Rock – released in 2012 – was a party with Japandroids as house band, riffing on love, lust, youth, alcohol and rock’n’roll. It began and ended with fireworks and firmly established the Canadian duo in some quarters as saviours of guitar music. But parties weren’t meant to last as some cool dude once told us, and […]

American Football – LP2

November 2nd, 2016 by

American Football’s second album comes 17 years after their self-titled debut. In truth, that record didn’t cause many ripples this side of the pond, but in the States it was heralded as a highpoint in what was then a burgeoning Emo scene. The follow up LP2 appears without a title and with similar artwork so […]

Beach Slang – A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings

September 20th, 2016 by

Every night onstage, Beach Slang’s singer James Alex tells the audience his band are gonna punch them right in the heart. Fitting, you might say, for a band hailing from the City of Brotherly Love and Joe Frazier. The Philadelphia natives’ sophomore release demonstrates this credo with 10 rounds of three minute songs packed with […]

Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate

August 1st, 2016 by

Let’s get one thing straight. Descendents are punk, even though I may mention pop punk in this review. Sorry in advance to the hardcore. A massive influence on countless others, they begat Green Day as Green Day begat Blink 182 who in turn begat bands like Brand New and Modern Baseball. Along with NOFX, they […]

Prince – A Reflection

April 22nd, 2016 by

In the summer of 1984 I spent every Sunday afternoon listening to Kasey Casem running down America’s Top 40 on Radio Nova. It remains my favourite summer. First girlfriend, first year in secondary school, and the first year I can say I became truly obsessed with pop music. It was also the year I first […]