The Irish bar O’Ceallaigh’s was so packed the only way to tell who was playing was by finding out who was holding an instrument.
a big, bolshy collection of steel guitars and shit-kicking drum beats
feels like a holiday romance
possibly the greatest Manchester album never to have been made in Manchester
You spend the first five years trying desperately not to fail and fuck up and you spend the rest of your career desperately trying to find ways to fuck up, because that’s where it gets good.
Robyn Hitchcock is his usual dry, surreal self, and has me and my friend in tears when, having already sung a couple of tunes, picks up a guitar with polka dots that match his shirt perfectly..
I’ve never been all that comfortable with the bands in a living room idea, as it reminds me of all those dreadful parties I went to when I was a teenager.
...utilising the Cluedo Method of music analysis, These New Puritans might well be The Klaxons, in the library, with the bassoon..
Spoelstra’s debut LP is a marvellous thing, if only for its utter refusal to do anything it doesn’t want.
It’s a long time I heard any band so wound up and truculent, to be honest.
This is classic pop record in a fine and noble Scots tradition.
I could go on and on, but I’d just say that if you like classic pop, get this.
Citay have a lot in common with Akron/Family, or so it seems, as both bands mine a tripped-out fusion of Krautrock and West Coast for their sound.
It’s easy to be lulled into thinking it’s yet another country-porch singer-songwriter release, but it’s got a wee bit more to it than that.
If you’re in the mood for some disco fun, then you should give this LP a spin, that’s for sure.
Joensuu are brilliant at creating a mood, and allowing their songs to grow in stature and intensity...
By the end things get quite giddy; and a cheering circle of similarly manic individuals urge the Loki-like presence to make just a few more ridiculous electronic squeals before bedtime..
Accadians make inspiring music. Actually (if it were possible), they sound better than last year.
The hall is filling up slowly with emaciated types with beards and fringes and hair clips. There’s soup on too.