Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Interview: Wayne Hussey, The Mission


"I am a bit of an old fogey," Wayne Hussey tells me proudly.

Surely, Wayne, you cannot be serious!? What about the wonderful, wacky world of rock 'n' roll – the gigs, the drugs, the groupies, the nicely–spoken press officers...?

"It's a secondary consideration. It's what I do for a living. I got married two years ago. I live out in the country. I much prefer living out there. I have a studio at home so I can work at my own pace. It’s great! I'm very very lucky. I managed to come out of it pretty unscathed. Decent standard of living recently. Music and all its peripherals is definitely second place in my life."

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.