Touts and the enduring spirit of Northern Irish punk

Monday 3rd April 2017

An interview with the up and coming young punk band from Londonderry

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They hail themselves as, “A singer that can’t sing, a mod that can’t play bass and a drummer that can’t see.” But what this three-piece from Derry can do is knock out a punk record with a furiously contemporary political bite, and a sound that could have been transported straight from the hallowed arena of The Casbah.

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Neon Waltz Live Review, Omeara, London Bridge

Sunday 26th February 2017

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You might be excused for thinking that London’s railways have changed a lot since Paul Weller immortalised the capital’s “Cold and uninviting, partially naked” tube stations in 1978. For after leaving the refurbished and repolished London Bridge terminus, around the corner you might just find a new music venue tucked into a hole in the wall beneath the railway line.

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Bonobo Album Review, “Migration”

Friday 13th January 2017

6/10 stars

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‘Migration’, if it implies the intention of settling permanently in the destination of your travels, would hardly be the right word to caption Simon Green aka Bonobo’s eclectic, restless career as an electronic musician. His albums and live shows up till now have been a nomadic spree across continents as well as genres, and he has performed in as many countries and concert environments as you could name off the top of your head.

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Goat Girl & Dead Pretties Live Review, The Old Blue Last, Shoreditch

Wednesday 4th January 2017

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When I think about those prophetic moments I heard a great band for the first time, then I often recall that quote by Lester Bangs: “They’re events you remember all your life, like your first real orgasm.” The problem is, if its guitar bands that turn you on, then your ears would have been decidedly chaste, or at least only transiently promiscuous, over the last few years. But as we welcome in the new year, Gigwise has tipped a whole host of strat-wielding young groups for big things in 2017.

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