Monday 3rd April 2017
An interview with the up and coming young punk band from Londonderry
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.
Continue reading “Touts and the enduring spirit of Northern Irish punk”
Tuesday 28th February 2017
A recording of my good pal Gabriel’s first radio show for Xpression FM, during which we listen to and talk about my Desert Island Discs and our favourite debut albums.
Continue reading “Xpression FM: Gift of the Gab, Episode 1”
Monday 30th January 2017
Oh to be “18”, and feel again that bittersweet conflict of emotions, torn perpetually between melancholy and frustration. Everyone knows “these vicissitudes tell best in youth”.
Continue reading “Wedding – “18” Single Review”
Friday 13th January 2017
‘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.
Continue reading “Bonobo Album Review, “Migration””
Monday 2nd January 2017
The xx have been well serviced by heartbreak. It now seems but a distant memory from my formative teenage years, but I can just recall when that Mercury Prize-winning debut was released almost 8 years ago, and how the self-absorption and melancholia of its idiosyncratic sound was such a tenderly acute soundtrack to the introversions and uncertainty of young love. Their second album, “Coexist”, continued in a similar trajectory.
Continue reading “The xx Album Review, “I See You””
Friday 16th December 2016
Cosima – a feminine form of the name Cosimo, derived from the Greek word meaning ‘order, decency’. Throughout “South Of Heaven”, her visual mixtape released just this week, sexuality is a permeating theme of Cosima’s lyrical and visual dialogue, and she expresses as much a desire for spiritual harmony, for the order and decency of her namesake, as she does for the helpless, wild attraction of the body. In the end, as we all know, the two are inseparable.
Continue reading “Cosima – “South Of Heaven” Visual Mixtape Review”
Thursday 15th December 2016
See below a short piece I wrote for Gigwise in appraisal of Nick Cave’s sixteenth studio album, released in September this year.
Continue reading “Gigwise’s 51 Best Albums Of 2016 #2 Nick Cave – “Skeleton Tree””