Saturday, 28 March 2015

Live Review: Drums, Shibuya Quattro, 18th May, 2011

It's par for the course now. You come to Japan for a gig, you make obeisance at the shrine of the Great Quake. You at least ask "How ya holding up?" or something similar. And who are The Drums to be any different?

But tonight, during the encores, the young five-piece from Brooklyn do something a cut above. They debut an entirely new and quite excellent song The New World for the musical benefit of us here at the venue and the financial benefit of the Red Cross in Japan.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Album Review: Asphalt Ballet, "Asphalt Ballet"

We, as a magazine, have been chasing the progress of this band for some time. They were first brought to our attention via dear Babs over in Los Angeleees. They cause her breath to stop and her heart to pound whenever she saw them. Hmmm...could this band be detrimental to your health? Will the album carry a government health warning?

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Interview: Emily Haines, Metric

The great dilemma for modern rock musicians is the need to maintain the creativity of earlier generations along with the constant fear of unwittingly copying their output. This is a conundrum perfectly captured in the song Gimme Sympaythy by Toronto-based band Metric, playing one show here this October.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Interview: Kelvin Morris, Discharge

Rising like a phoenix, Stoke-On-Trent's Punk/Rock heroes and music pioneers DISCHARGE are back. Two original members of the band, Cal – now using his full name Kelvin Morris (vocals), and Garry Maloney (drums) form the core, with Andy Green (guitar) and Anthony Morgan (briefly of NEW MODEL ARMY) on bass. They've just released a new LP called Massacre Divine on Rio Records, and they have been recently touring the UK. Speaking from his South London home, Kelvin the voice of the band explains the resurrection of yesterday's heroes.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Revenge Recommends: "Bullet" by Grand Avenue

Bands like U2 and Coldplay are among the biggest on the planet. Denmark's Grand Avenue, founded in 2001, tick all the same boxes, but tick them a lot better – and they even sing in English – so it continues to surprise me that this band is not mega massive.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Album Review: U2, "No Line on the Horizon"

Bono (on the left), shortly after his demotion to lance corporal.

2009's No Line on the Horizon represents a minor return to form after the relative disappointment of 2004’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, which was a much weaker album than its predecessor, 2000's All That You Can't Leave Behind.

In terms of sales, however, the 2009 album was unable to stem the band's declining popularity. In the fairly representative UK market, No Line sold less than a third of what its inferior predecessor did, and only a quarter of what All That You Can't Leave Behind did. It also failed to generate a hit single.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Revenge Recommends: "Brave New Soldiers" by The Pack

A brooding, squalling, and sometimes shrill classic goth-punk track from Kirk Brandon's first band, The Pack.

In addition to Brandon on vocals and guitar, the band included two Canadian brothers Simon and Jon Werner on guitar and bass, and Rab Fae Beith (Robert from Beith, a small town in Ayrshire, Scotland) on drums. The group emerged from the anarchist squat scene of South London in 1978.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Live Review: Faith No More, Sheffield Octagon, 27th January, 1990

What can you say about a band whose guitarist falls over during the first song? Drunk? Crazy? Maybe. But that's exactly what he did as he ripped out the chords during the opening song Out Of Nowhere.

Big Jim Martin laid on the stage undeterred. Mike Patton never stands still very long, leaping about the stage like a demented fool. Goose stepping everywhere, spitting out the vocals over the blur of driving beats. Rapping like a black man one minute and screaming rage metal vocals the next, his style is unique.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here"

The twin peaks of Pink Floyd's career are undoubtedly The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, but between them there also lies a verdant valley in which the brightest jewel is Wish You Were Here, the follow-up to Dark Side. The album is a reflection on their relationship with ex-band member Syd Barrett and their feelings about the music industry.