Harkin – Interview / Outlines Festival

  Many British musicians are anxious regarding the future of touring abroad post-Brexit. Do you think the potential impending visa costs will make worldwide tours less sustainable? “When Brexit happened I didn’t go home for 5 months. I stitched together a mammoth itinerary that physically and mentally floored me a few times, but was the…

Cowtown – Interview / Outlines Festival

Although you’ve been around for well over a decade now, 2016 also struck itself as a time where you finally appeared on the radars of some pretty big media outlets. The Guardian tipped their hats to you in their Bluedot rundown, and a handful of glowing reviews appeared before the release of ‘Paranormal Romance’. Does…

The xx – I See You / London In Stereo

“The album’s sleeve crystallises the mission statement – 3 pioneering individuals, once submerged in a black and white world of anxiety, begin to melt their frosty sheath of asceticism with brighter techniques. Transition is the key word here, not revolution; this is the journey of The xx – the beginning of a departure from ice-cold…

Shock Machine – Interview / Outlines Festival

It’s almost 10 years to the day since the release of Klaxons’ Mercury Award winning and nu-rave-leading album Myths of the Near Future. From your perspective, did the nu-rave scene develop organically? Or was it simply a bunch of bands lumped together by the media? “I’d say the later. I can only speak of Klaxons…

Shura Interview / Skiddle

I guess that apathy says a lot about the two-party system – there are these two narrow political choices, in a nation with a sprawling and diverse range of ideology. “Yeah it’s such an enormous country; it’s hard enough in the UK having two people represent us. You really have no sense of how big…

Letherette – Last Night On The Planet / London In Stereo

“Its nuanced ambience makes ‘Last Night On The Planet’ destined for vintage apparel stores and swanky cocktail bars alike. And, like a classic mojito, this is a trusted and moreish combination of timeless ingredients.” Letherette – Last Night On The Planet / Album Review / London In Stereo

Virginia Wing – Forward Constant Motion / London In Stereo

“The potential was always cooking away in Virginia Wing’s early works, but only now is it simmering towards something much greater. Their sophomore release is a transition, and its name – Forward Constant Motion – is a perfect illustration of a rise soon to give them buzz-band status.”  Virginia Wing – Forward Constant Motion /…

Simian Mobile Disco – Welcome To Sideways / Clash Magazine

“While there are more than enough spells of enjoyment to be found in this release (its late-on ambience is delectably expansive, for instance) there’s not enough to forward-catapult Simian Mobile Disco’s 13-year evolution. ‘Welcome To Sideways’ sits comfortably amongst older material, but is more regressive than revolutionary.” Simian Mobile Disco – Welcome To Sideways / Review…

Official Programme – Tramlines Festival

Official 2016 event programme (credit can be found via page.50) Giant Swan – ‘What’s possibly more surreal than this duo’s unfathomable soup of frenzied drone, is that the whole shebang is curated entirely from two guitars, vocals and some pedals. Dedicated to improvisation as opposed to formulaic set lists – no two Giant Swan shows are the same.’…

Boxed In – Interview / Skiddle

‘Electronic music these days can convey so much emotion and depth. Back when the genre was emerging in the 70s/80s it was criticised for being soulless, but its getting harder and harder for people to say that. As a synth-dominant band, how do you make your music evocative? By being honest. I just respond to…

Simple Things Festival / Clash Magazine

‘Between Bobby’s Fish ‘n’ Chip Shop and a weary employment centre, lives Christmas Steps – the beating heart of the festival calendar’s black sheep, Simple Things. It’s home to a quaint Crack-Magazine-run pub and a number of independent shops tailing down steep steps; the street was like a Somerset take on Diagon Alley – but…

Two Door Cinema Club – Gameshow / London In Stereo

‘Depression, alcoholism and tense relations had signalled all but game over for the Irish trio. But quashing any defeatist fears with all guns blazing, Gameshow’s neon-lights drag the party back on the road.’  Two Door Cinema Club – Gameshow / London In Stereo