Review: The Cyon Project- Tales Of Pain

The Cyon Project seem confused. They don’t quite seem to know what kind of a band they want to be. Claiming influence from ‘rock to stoner to metal with symphonic sonics’,  on paper this album has the potential to be stellar. Proclaiming their move away from ‘common death/thrash stereotypes’ also implies some grounding in the…

Review: Peace at Queen’s Social Club 30/01/15

After the success of debut album In Love two years ago, Peace take to the road to tour their second album Happy People, due for release later this month. Last Friday night saw the band take up a two night residency at Sheffield’s Queens Social Club, with both evenings performing to a sold out crowd….

Mark Lanegan And The Longevity Of Grunge

It is understandable that today we often forget how immediate the influence of grunge is in current music culture. Due to the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994, it’s easy to look at the grunge era with nostalgia and in memoriam. This constructs the myth that the movement’s popularity, to some extent, started and ended…

Moral Listening- Does It Exist?

Every once in a while, a scandal hits the musical world which reverberates well outside of the scene it occurs in, making national news and causing widespread consternation. Judas Priest’s famous court case based on the notion that they hid satanic messages in their music; the regular claims that gangsta rap promotes criminal behaviour; the…

Tom Waits- Transformer

Primal beats, the voice of the devil- to late night Jazz, scat and back again. Tom Waits- transformer. There never will be, and never has been, something as radically diverse as Tom Wait’s back catalogue. The man began his career playing late night country-folk-jazz, now he screams down the microphone with stone cold primal beats…

Temples At Leadmill 4/12/14- Review

An undeniable presence in the current psych revival, Temples brought their take on sixties psychedelia to Sheffield’s Leadmill in December. The crowd largely consisted of what appeared to be descendants of the shoegazer generation; clad in black with overwhelming amounts of facial glitter. And while Temples were on form, they struggled to muster the crowd…