Garbage – Strange Little Birds

June 21st, 2016 by

Darkness was always Garbage’s forte, really, wasn’t it? A melancholy polished with a pristine sheen, something that was so well-crafted and received in their eponymous debut and the splendour of its follow-up Version 2.0. Later efforts meandered, producing moments of brilliance amidst patchy collections of songs that were deeply affected by either record label pressures, […]

Swim Deep w/ Black Honey – Shapes, London

April 14th, 2016 by

If fashion comes in cycles then so does the desire to embrace trends of the past. Wandering into this converted warehouse in the wilds of the once industrial and now artistically reinvented Hackney Week, you could be mistaken for thinking you had walked into a grimy student venue in the mid-90s. This feeling of reminiscence […]

Yeasayer – Amen and Goodbye’

April 10th, 2016 by

Brooklynites Yeasayer have never been ones for treading the same path. Since the release of their debut almost a decade ago, each long player moves in a different to the last, though all remain interwoven with myriad multicultural and spiritual influences. 2010’s excellent Odd Blood seemed perfectly timed, more glossy than their debut, more unashamedly […]

Garbage: 20 Years Queer

November 8th, 2015 by

Twenty years ago, a debut album by a band called Garbage exploded onto the music scene and skewed the face of alternative rock. Put simply, the sound was unlike anything else out there. That sounds like hyperbole in 2015 but it’s the truth. Or perhaps, it sounded like everything out there, just all together, a […]

The Emperors Of Wyoming – The Emperors Of Wyoming

September 13th, 2012 by

To talk about the Emperors of Wyoming’s debut album without mentioning renowned producer and Garbage drum botherer Butch Vig would be… well, impossible, so we best get it done upfront. Were Vig’s name not associated with the group, it’s hard to believe these Midwestern noblemen would be getting the recognition they are. Still, the seasoned […]

Bear In Heaven / Sylver Tongue – London

June 29th, 2012 by

Former Ash guitarist and girl-next-door solo artist, Charlotte Hatherley has turned out wicked. With a new edgy attitude including mystical pseudonym, it’s like we never knew her at all. Sylver Tongue, the feathered cape wearing incarnation we see before us now in the concrete bunker of East London venue Birthdays, is a dark, vixenish character. […]

Crocodiles – Endless Flowers

June 22nd, 2012 by

What’s this? Have lo-fi San Diego duo Crocodiles turned down the guitars and gone soft on us? Yes, Endless Flowers is a lot cleaner than the scuzzy noise they hit us with in their first two albums, but it’s still packed with sizzling levels of distortion and Brandon Welchez’s unimpressed, lazy vocals. Only this time, […]

Camden Crawl Dublin interview: Dutch Uncles

April 27th, 2012 by

A quirky quintet with a penchant for atypical time signatures and jerky pop tunes, Dutch Uncles are carving a name for themselves amongst the current wash of Manchester bands. Following the release of their second album, 2011’s Cadenza, the band started to get more attention, as they toured extensively, mainly in the UK but including […]

Pop Will Eat Itself – London

April 5th, 2012 by

With only one original member left, grebo gurus Pop Will Eat Itself are perilously close to being defined as a tribute act, but tonight’s performance in the Electric Ballroom is shot through with the irreverent energy that the group were loved for, and not solely nostalgia. Formed in 1986 in Stourbridge, England, the Poppies were […]

Errors – Have Some Faith In Magic

January 30th, 2012 by

Releasing two near faultless albums sounds great, but when it means the third has a lot to live up to then the pressure is surely on. For their third effort, Errors have decided to add something new. Of course, vocals aren’t exactly ground-breaking in the world of music, but the post-rock, post-electro (will the post-s […]

Interview with a Vampire: Adam Donen

November 2nd, 2011 by

South African-born, London-based musician and poet Adam Donen has been around in various incarnations, playing in the art rock outfit Alexandria Quartet before deciding to go it alone. In early 2010, he released his first album Immortality – a poetic, literary adventure through oblique lyricism and swirling strings, politics and crumbled romance. Often compared to […]

Little Roy perform Nirvana – London

September 20th, 2011 by

Twenty years ago, Nirvana’s songs would have come to us in sweaty venues amidst crowd-surfing and checked-shirts, teenage angst and hero worship. But today, the grunge anthems play out in a bright gallery on Brick Lane, performed by a legend of another genre. Jamaican reggae artist Little Roy is performing at the opening of Nevermind […]

Pure Festival – Whisky and music festival happening in London

September 13th, 2011 by

The summer festival has drawn to a close – no more outdoor shows in muddy fields – but Pure Festival is whisky connoisseur Dominic Roskrow’s answer to autumn (Scottish / English spelling as opposed to the Irish spelling – whiskey). The two-day whisky and music event in London combines a line-up of artists such as […]

YACHT – London

August 23rd, 2011 by

Considering the lush utopian electronics of Shangri-La, Yacht’s second album as a duo, it should really come as no surprise that Hoxton Bar & Kitchen is so packed. But my god, is it packed. It’s groping room only in the tiny, sweaty cube and as the toilet and the bar seems so far away, this […]