Saturday, 22 November 2014

Album Review: Liquid Jesus, "Pour In The Sky"

From the opening track Intro which has opera singers' ethereal voices floating over a hypnotic chant and digeridoos, it is obvious LIQUID JESUS is not your typical LA glam-styled offering.

They are a band who have absorbed a tremendous variety of sounds and influences from the late '60s and '70s and mixed it in with a sprinkling of the college/ alternative weirdness that bands like JANE'S ADDICTION paved the way for. Not that LIQUID JESUS sound like JANE'S ADDICTION, although both bands started their careers on Triple X Records.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Live Review: Marillion, The Astoria, 7th November, 1989

The Kings of London Town

Steve Hogarth: smell the gloves.

There was a time when no-one could have conceived a Marillion without Fish. However, the inevitable happened and he left the band for pastures 'greener.' Tonight's show could therefore be construed as a hallmark in modern rock history. Many an act would have easily called it a day after such events, but in Marillion's case that was not to be. Sheer determination and hard work resulted in the release of Season's End in September, featuring the vocal talents of new boy Steve Hogarth.

One can imagine how he must have felt at this, his first major British gig!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The True Story of U2’s Shockingly Bad “Songs of Innocence” Cover Image

You will have heard by now that U2’s latest album was forced on the public by being made a compulsory download on iTunes, and that it sounds like a fart. But how can the extremely disturbing image on the cover be explained?

For industry insiders like myself, alas, it is no mystery. We have always known how the record business works: It's not about what you pluck and blow – it’s about who you fuck and blow! And for this album to get released enough blowing to fill an extremely large hot-air balloon was required.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Album Review: Black Mountain "Wilderness Heart"

Canadian five-piece Black Mountain play bluesy rock that veers from a hard and heavy (but always warmly fuzzy) sound to something more sun-dappled and folkish. 

Monday, 3 November 2014

Revenge Recommends: "No Quarter" by Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin live at Earl's Court Arena, London on Sunday, May 25, 1975, with an extended and at times jazzy version of their song No Quarter, released on their 1973 album Houses of the Holy.

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.