Review: Grieving – Demonstrations

Unassuming and gracious, unsigned Cambridge-based band Grieving have had more success than they had ever anticipated. With a simple, raw love for their music, rhythm guitarist James, lead guitarist Ned, bass player Jack and percussionist Matthew exude passion along with an essence of nostalgia in their music as they draw on post-hardcore golden age ‘90s…

Review: Aaron Holm – The Boy

Ambient music is a tricky field for reviewers. As genre forefather Brian Eno once said, ‘it must be as ignorable as it is interesting’, and as such, focussing in on the specific strengths and weaknesses of a release such as Aaron Holm’s latest The Boy can be challenging. However, this challenge can be flipped around…

Celebrating the unique life and career of Alan Vega (1938-2016)

On July 16th , Suicide frontman Alan Vega sadly passed away. He leaves behind one of the most influential musical legacies of any 20th century artist. Formed in 1970 with instrumentalist Martin Rev, Suicide quickly began creating their claustrophobic vignettes of American life with four tight walls of cheap drum machines, tinny synths, short loops…

Review: Edward Scissortongue & Lamplighter – Tell Them It’s Winter

Unlike many hip-hop releases, in which the MC is presented as a solo artist with a faceless beat-maker sitting in their shadow, Tell Them It’s Winter feels like a true collaboration, despite Ed Scissor’s name being on the cover. The partnership that Ed has had with Glaswegian musician Lamplighter has been this way since their…

Review: The Mirror Trap-Simulations

It’s been two years since The Mirror Trap released their debut album, Stay Young, a collection of songs so reminiscent of ‘90s indie rock that it garnered support from the likes of Brian Molko. After experiencing incredible opportunities – from supporting Placebo on a trans-Siberian tour of Russia, to accompanying them on their UK tour…

Review: Narcs-A Thinking Animal

Politically conscious Leeds group Narcs provide an energetic take on the English indie scene with their debut album A Thinking Animal. Sporting a thick West Yorkshire accent, frontman Wilko delivers an aggressive performance throughout, backed by a near-constant cacophony of distorted instruments and thumping drums. The album opens with a rare moment of calm as…