Reviews


The Von Bondies – Love, Hate And Then There’s You (Fierce Panda)18/05/09

Love, Hate And Then There’s You is the third album released by The Von Bondies, five years after the successful Pawn Shoppe Heart. Despite backroom issues that would easily have sunk another band, Stollsteimer and co have managed to produce an album that should do okay, if not spectacularly. The Von Bondies came to the [...]

Cutaways – Earth and Earthly Things Label (Unsigned)13/05/09

Belfast’s Cutaways are aiming to re-energise a music scene whose most famous child of recent years was probably Snow Patrol. A big ask perhaps, but in ‘Earth and Earthly Things’ they have self-released an album that gives it a decent shot. Cutaways comprise of Paul McIver, Grace McMacken and Ryan ‘Mc’ Simpson, and between them [...]

Cinnamon Chasers – White Flag E.P (Modus) 18/05/09

Cinnamon Chasers. It’s a dubious name, one that makes you want to pour half a pint of milk on it. It’s the sobriquet of electronic tunes wizard Russ Davies, who has the pretty ace bragging rights in that his dad was in the Kinks. Yep, that’s right, Mr Ray Davies himself. If this sounds like [...]

Esser – Braveface (Transgressive) 24/04/09

Ben Esser, formerly drummer with Ladyfuzz, has been reincarnated as everybody’s favourite coiffured songster. Braveface has been hotly anticipated since he popped up last year with the maddeningly catchy single ‘I Love You’. The good news is that fans of his previous releases will not be disappointed. From the first chords of confrontational opener ‘Leaving [...]

Violens @ Heaven, London, 08 May 2009

The setting is gay super club Heaven, a curious venue for an indie rockout? Well, no. Since being taken over by the Mama Group, the venue has been putting that immense sound system and stage to good use, having stuck some very decent gigs in the calendar, with Little Boots, Passion Pit, Dreadzone all coming [...]

Autorotation – Everything is Everything (Teknostan) 25/05/09

Autorotation are a London-based ambient electronica band who describes themselves as “Kate Bush singing on a Sigur Ros track that was remixed by Aphex Twin”. Those are some pretty big names to be throwing around, for a band only on their first properly released album. Surprisingly enough, Everything is Everything does not live up to [...]

Rumble Strips – London (Universal/Island)

London is the latest release from everyone’s favourite country loons The Rumble Strips. Available now as a free download on the band’s official website, it’s a preview of the eagerly awaited second album. And a bit of a worrier it is too. Over-produced and under-thought, it fails to include almost anything that makes The Rumble [...]

Rieser – Drinking Den E.P (None) 4/05/09

Two years on from the release of their debut album, Rieser are back with their new four track E.P Drinking Den. Once tipped to be the next big thing to come out of Scotland the Edinburgh four piece haven’t quite lived up to the hype yet. Sounding like a new wave Idlewild, lead track Drinking [...]

Orphans and Vandals @ Bloody Awful Poetry, London, 23 April 2009

If 2009 is the year of bleepy indie-disco music, then those of a more artistic disposition may be feeling a little left out. Already this year the Noisettes seem set to conquer the charts with their mastery of repetition and simple harmonies, yet poor old poet of the people Pete Doherty, doesn’t seem to be [...]

Wintermute, The Screening, The Author @ 229, London 22 April 2009

When you go to review a gig and the only people in the crowd are the bands and their friends, you can’t help but think what am I’m doing here? However, in my experience, these nights can either go one of two ways, either the bands are incredibly underrated or they’ve managed to get hold [...]