Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer (Stop Start)
Around about this time last year, the internet was busy picking pixels out of Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg’s Ban Bossy campaign: those of us empowered by the sentiment and those of us who consider it all mere semantics. So whilst Speedy Ortiz frontwoman and guitarist, Sadie Dupuis drove round Connecticut last summer, guitar flung across […]
The Nightingales – Mind Over Matter (Louder Than War)
“For goodness sake, there’s been a chunk of time”, calls out Nightingales maestro Robert Lloyd seconds into the jittering opener of the same name. But in reality, there really hasn’t been at all. 2012 saw the Midlands troupe document a stream of live greats into Cooking Vinyl released No Love Lost, whilst 2014’s For Fuck’s […]
Love Of Diagrams – Blast (Bedroom Suck Records)
As I sit down to write this, I am acutely aware that I’m looking at one of Collapse Board’s own: Melbourne’s offspring, Love of Diagrams who – since the early noughties – have cemented their position on the city’s live music circuit with their disengaged melancholy and bracingly loud riffs. But whilst England, for example, […]
Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams (Sub Pop)
By Cheri Amour In her hazy days of, what one can only imagine was, singing into the mirror with comb to lips, LA singer songwriter Kristen Gundred (nom de plume Dee Dee) made a vow to only work with female musicians (no doubt, built up by her wide-eyed admiration for institutional girl bands like that […]
Emmy The Great – Virtue (Close Harbour)
I’d take the high road with Emmy The Great for a heartfelt love story any day.
Tom Vek – Leisure Seizure (Downtown)
‘A Chore’ swaggers in with a nonchalance as Vek’s discordant vocals saunter through with a husky strain
Tearist – Living: 2009-Present (Thin Wrist)
The recordings here are fidgety and grainy, soaked in synths and effects. And it sounds as if many of these tracks were bashed out in a garage – all craggy, concrete walls and exposed brick that’s rough to the touch.
Thao & Mirah – Thao & Mirah (kill rock stars)
The vast range of styles that pop up on this album only serves to cement the idea that Thao & Mirah are less timid than their folkie peers.
REVIEWED INTERNATIONALLY: Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (Capitol)
“I take sucker rappers, I put ’em through a strainer like macaroni ’cause the shit sound cheesy”
Metronomy + Django Django @ La Cigale, Paris, 04.05.11
The sound of a theatre full of enthused Parisians is no mean feat, and Metronomy certainly seem to have instilled a sense of ‘Rule Britannia’ in this sweat-sodden throng as they heartedly cry out in a full crowd sing-along.