Feature: The Sound Of Change

November 11, 2010

I wrote a feature for The Linc on bands changing their style, whether it’s an evolution of music or a search for money.

It has become a common theory amongst music fans nowadays: “their older stuff is better”. The tracks on the first album have been carefully crafted for years and played to death at various pubs and clubs around the country, until the perfect sound is discovered.

Then the band gets signed. The demand for material is much higher and much quicker and things start to sound different. But is it because they have less time to hone their skills and alter their original sound to be more creative? Or is it just the pursuit of making more money?

Craig Hamilton, owner of Birmingham based record label Commercially Inviable Records, says: “Some of the best groups in history were shape-shifters and some of the dullest plodded down the same safe paths.”

Read the rest of the article here: http://thelinc.co.uk/2010/09/the-sound-of-change/

Feature: Bands To Watch: Les Savy Fav

September 9, 2010

Another Bands To Watch feature for There Goes The Fear, lovely stuff 🙂

As I sat there the other day scrolling through my iTunes and generally not knowing who to listen to I cropped up on an old favourite of mine, Les Savy Fav. After listening through their third album ‘Go Forth’, I figured it was time to see what they’ve been up to lately and on the brink of releasing a new album things can again only look good for this band.

Continue reading the article here: http://www.theregoesthefear.com/2010/09/bands-to-watch-194-les-savy-fav.php

Feature: Mercury Prize 2010 – TGTF Writers’ Choice

September 6, 2010

With the Mercury Prize being awarded tomorrow, check out my opinions and those of other writers for There Goes The Fear.

Click here: http://www.theregoesthefear.com/2010/09/mercury-prize-2010-tgtf-writers-choice.php

Feature: Bands To Watch: Blackhole

August 31, 2010

In another of the Bands To Watch features for There Goes The Fear, here’s one on one of my favourite bands – Blackhole.

After seeing Blackhole at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival I have been hooked. Perhaps my current favourite ‘new’ band, these Hertfordshire punks deliver a punishing noise filled with emotion. Admittedly that emotion is mainly anger, but what else are you wanting from a hardcore punk band?

The band are fronted by Richard Carter, who is the younger brother of Frank and Steph Carter from highly successful British punk band Gallows. Blackhole are definitely in the same vein as their counterparts but are at times both heavier and add elements of metal. Some of the breakdowns featured in debut album ‘Dead Hearts’ will get your heart pounding and your head banging involuntarily.

Continue reading the article here: http://www.theregoesthefear.com/2010/08/bands-to-watch-192-blackhole.php

Blog: Time Is Running Out For Axl Rose And Guns N’ Roses

August 31, 2010

What with all the furore surrounding Guns N’ Roses and Leeds/Reading Festival, I wrote a blog for Gigwise.

Guns N’ Roses have always been the divas of rock ‘n’ roll and this past weekend was no exception. Headlining Reading/Leeds festival is an achievement for any band, regardless of their legacy. So why act like prima donnas and expect the entire festival to change just for you?

Continue reading the article here: http://www.gigwise.com/blog/58134/Time-Is-Running-Out-For-Axl-Rose-And-Guns-N-Roses

Feature: Bands To Watch: Tubelord

August 26, 2010

This is my first piece for new music website/blog There Goes The Fear. Have a read.

Having read a review of their debut LP ‘Our First American Friends’ last year and upon hearing that they’re playing in Lincoln next month, I thought it was time to check out London’s indie math rockers Tubelord. This is not a move I regret.

The happy singalong pop feel mixed with the minimalist synthesised indie noise is something that isn’t going to grow old quickly. Sounding fresh each time I press play, Tubelord will undoubtedly be one of the biggest things on the UK music scene.

Continue reading the article here: http://www.theregoesthefear.com/2010/08/bands-to-watch-191-tubelord.php

Blog: X-Factor Is Killing The Music Business

August 4, 2010

My first blog post over at Gigwise is a nice rant about the X-Factor, check it!

Later this month the same old glorified talent show format will be returning to the prime time Saturday night slot on ITV, that’s right the X-Factor. Simon Cowell’s money machine is crawling its way back onto our screens for a seventh series. Now there’s nothing wrong with showcasing the best musical talent that the country has to offer, but sadly this isn’t the case.

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.gigwise.com/blog/57750/The-X-Factor-Is-Killing-The-Music-Business