Saturday, 18 October 2014

Revenge Recommends: "Infected" by The THE

Back in 1986, when The THE released their second album Infected, they little realized that the deadly Ebola virus would be sweeping the world several decades later.

Interview: Eddi Reader

Ex-pop star finds bliss in Scottish folk

Sometimes you have to go away to come home. That seems to have been the case for Eddi Reader, the former Fairground Attraction singer, whose solo career has taken on a new lease of life since she returned to Scotland and rediscovered the traditional folk music of her native land.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Album Review: U2 "All That You Can't Leave Behind"

Radiohead get round their songwriting poverty by developing initially startling soundscapes that simply dont belong on a rock record. U2 did a similar trick after they dried up following Achtung Baby and kept it up for almost a decade.

While this kind of thing keeps the critics happy, it erodes the fan base, so the next rabbit out of the hat is a back to basics approach. This album is basically U2 sans the smokes and mirrors. Gone is the messianic energy of the War and Joshua Tree years, leaving behind a group of skillful, glitzy, jaded musicians with some unfortunate affectations. Bono still thinks he can cut it as Marvin Gaye on Grace. The main problem is that the melodies are pulling their punches trying not to step on the toes of other tunes, a sure sign a band is treading water. The two tracks carrying the album are the soaring, windswept Kite and the recent single Beautiful Day, which struggles to break away from a looped feel, but doesn't quite manage it.

Tokyo Journal
November, 2000

Monday, 13 October 2014

Album Review: Edwyn Collins, "Losing Sleep"

Back in the day – the day being the early 1980s – Edwyn Collins and his then band Orange Juice practically invented the indie guitar pop template. This was soon put to good use by The Smiths and a host of other bands that melded the same jangly guitar sound with fey, campy singing.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

New Release: "Play Ball" by AC/DC

The first track available from AC/DC forthcoming album Rock Or Bust, due out this December, the first album without Malcolm Young.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Interview: David Gleeson, Screaming Jets

 Fuck Rock N' Roll

Tear on Thought in comparison to its predecessor All For One sports a much punkier attitude.

It's funny cos in Australia it's bot deemed as 'full on.' The last one had the big 'C' word on it." says David Gleeson, down the line from Oz.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Monday, 22 September 2014

Interview: Scott Ian & John Bush, Anthrax


Anthrax have been through a turbulent time lately, what with the departure of singer Joey Belladonna. An awakward decision but one which may well bode well in the long term, now that new boy John Bush has cut his teeth with band's latest blast, The Sound of White Noise, which resonates with an altogether more cinematic sweep without losing any of their acclaimed hardcore edge.

I encountered the forceful personality of rhythm guitarist/ songwriter, Scott Ian and the mellow Mr. Bush and made the observation that White Noise is more varied, inward-looking, and more ambiguous than their previous efforts.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Interview: Fish

Singer/ songwriter, Fish, has just broken a lengthy period of enforced silence with his new album, "Internal Exile." The past year has seen him become a father. He's also had to swallow a bitter pill to escape his recording contract with EMI Records and sign to Polydor. Alan McCrorie donned his hiking boots and took the high road to Fish's East Lothian home to get the story straight from the horse's mouth.


Football always seems to loom large in FISH's life. Over the last twelve months, the big fella seems to have been knocked around from pillar to post by paperwork and the desire to put his new fifty-six track recording studio, 'The Funny Farm,' on the map. His home is a beautiful converted farmhouse, just a bus ride east of Edinburgh. Far enough away from civilization to avoid the crush, but not too far to be completely out of it. Wandering up the driveway, after hopping off the bus just a little too early, my exasperation evaporates as I'm met by a bouncing German Shepherd dog and a friendly white haired gentleman who, as it turns out, is FISH's dad.