Issue 33

The Jesus and Mary Chain are back - Royal Festival Hall, London

Just Like Honey was started again three times - a friend who was there thought William was deliberately playing it in the wrong key to stitch Jim up, but this can't be confirmed. I wouldn't put it past him…

Incendiary interview Tom McRae - part one

I've been mugged before, but never at gun point. So that was interesting.

Incendiary interview Tom McRae - part two

The difference is, if I had a hit and was making loads of money, the only thing in my life that would be different than it is now is that I'd probably be wearing better jeans.

Epsilons - Killed Em Deader ‘N A Six Card Poker Hand.

Epsilons don't mess about that's for sure. You get twelve songs in twenty odd minutes, all revelling in a tinny, primeval gloop.

The Projects - Voice is Glue

Accidents Will Happen (remixed by Broadcast) decides that Can's Mother Sky bass-line is the line to hang a tune on.

Chris Connelly - The Episodes

...not unlike Tim Buckley singing with Paradieswarts-era Amon Duul 1. It's a long way from Ministry Mr Connelly… 

Angels of Light - We Are Him

In some ways it's a very strange LP, not afraid of doing anything; rather like having a schizophrenic clown in your living room.

Mother and the Addicts - Science Fiction Illustrated

This is a work of stunning aplomb; if only for the fact the band manage to cherry pick some very modish (and recognisable) eighties sounds and, through the musical hamming up that goes on, somehow turn it into a credible, individual statement.

Thee More Shallows - Book of Bad Breaks

Lots of samples and beats collide, dismembered voices sometimes float through the remnants of songs like voices coming out of a dream and somehow in the middle of it all there are catchy pop songs (as in Proud Turkeys).

Odd Nosdam - Level Live Wires

The gradations of texture are noticeable on Freakout 3 which strays almost into My Bloody Valentine territory before disappearing in a screech.

 

 

Incendiary talk to Andy from Elle S'appelle

Do you mean that Liverpool bands generally have a more relaxed attitude towards their music? I'm not sure I agree.

To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie - The Patron

The accent is on the Gothic throughout, reminiscent a wee bit of Garlands-era Cocteau Twins, or Slowdive; albeit with pro-tools.

Incendiary grab a few words with My Amiga.

I'd say, basically, we're making pop music with a twist. Melodies are definitely a priority, they establish the feel and mood of the songs; a decent melody can turn an average song into a good one.

Blues Control - Blues Control

What else? Oh yes, how could I not describe Double Chin as anything more than a noise?

What's with the Wu-Tang Clan?

But in 2007 will radio take kindly to a bunch of 30-something rap veterans, unmarketable to a younger generation who been led to believe that R Kelly is the definition of Hip-hop?

 

What's with the Wu-Tang Clan?

 

Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam

The opener, Peacebone is possibly their most direct song to date. Let me break it to you gently; I can understand all the words and I can hum the tune long after it has finished.

Incendiary chat to the legendary Michael Gira

It's a good tension… the commercial thing. I mean where would the Beatles have been? I mean they became very, very creative in the studio as they went on, but if the commercial aspect wasn't so forcibly there they maybe would have gone in to the studio and masturbated.

Vic Chesnutt - North Star Deserter

Of course, it goes without saying that Chesnutt's distinctive country twang informs throughout

Lisa Germano - Lullaby for Liquid Pig

Germano is a chanteuse suited for the Gothic bedroom, or the snowed-in log cabin.

Miracle Fortress - Five Roses

It's a classic guitar pop LP; wonderfully summery and possessing enough hooks and melodies to cheer anyone up. Quite why the band chose to adorn it with a cover that resembles my late grandmother's sewing bag is beyond me.

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