Category Archives: alt-rock

New Music of the Day – CLXXXVI: Say Can You – Divisionists

Sometimes songs can be a peek into a bands record collection, which for a music snob and general nosey parker such as myself is never a bad thing. Whilst Divisionists are a current London outfit, their music skims sonic stones … Continue reading

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The Mothers Earth Experiment – The Mothers Earth Experiment (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Before we get down to the nitty-gritty of exploring the music too closely, right from the off the two things that scream out at me as I dip my toe in its sonic waters are the sheer eclecticism and the … Continue reading

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Proud Shame – Heavy America (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Despite being the product of modern day Boston, Heavy America have a sound that links together points in time and places on the map from a much wider and deeper musical palette. Alternative rock is a pretty broad term but … Continue reading

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Artist Profile – Illacrimo

Illacrimo are the perfect band for the post-genre world, wandering effortlessly as they do between musical styles. Whilst they have one foot firmly planted in a slick alternative rock vibe it is what they gather around that which sets them … Continue reading

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The Lonely Cry of Space and Time – Anna Coogan (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Anna Coogan’s songs cover a lot of ground both musically and lyrically. And whilst her alternative takes on a mercurial blend of pop, rock and indie result in some wonderfully drifting and cinematic music, in shifting dynamics that wander from … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXXXIII: Mildred Pierce / Millard Filmore – Emerald Suspension

I’m a great believer in the approach that if you are going to cover another artist’s work then in doing so you should at least bring something new to the table. When Minneapolis noise manipulators Emerald Suspension decided to take … Continue reading

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Cult Drugs – Blood Command (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I like to play a game when the CD of a band I haven’t come across before slides from the review pile towards the player. Before its dulcet tones spring forth I try to second-guess the nature of the band … Continue reading

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Staub – Le Thanh Ho (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If opening track Geisterschiff suggests a return to the dark elegance and noir-ish film vibe of Elephant, as soon as Papiermond kicks in you realise that this isn’t going to be just a new journey through previous sonic pastures. Yes, … Continue reading

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For Strangers Only – Abel Raise The Cain (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Pop and rock music can sometimes make uncomfortable bedfellows. Some might say that pop can water down the power of the rock delivery, others that rock brings too much baggage to the pop party. Some might say that, not I, … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXXV: The Fuzz and All That They Feed – Port Erin

Port Erin are known for hopping genres as easily as you or I might flick through TV channels – funk, psychedelia, jazz grooves, trippy progressive rock and out and out pop have all been easily mastered by this mercurial trio. … Continue reading

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Brutalism – Idles (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If Divide and Conquer hinted at a snarling, confrontational beast of an album to follow, I don’t think many were expecting it to be quite this bruising, this aggressive, this visceral, this intense. It’s our own fault, they tried to … Continue reading

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Coming Clean – The Favorite Things (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I’m pretty sure there is something in the rules about this sort of thing. You mention The Replacements in the press release and of course it is going to go straight into the “to be reviewed” pile, no instant guarantee … Continue reading

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Crawling – Fennr Lane (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

In some ways Fennr Lane has restored my faith in rock music. Having been bombarded with metal so extreme that it sounds like the sounds like the heavy industry sector of the seventh circle of hell and would-be rock more … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXV: Cake and Butter – Zahed Sultan

Zahed Sultan is a multimedia artist from Kuwait and here his platform is a slow, brooding alt-rock musical vehicle through which to channel his observations and thoughts. As this slow, heady and hypnotic meanders through the consciousness of the listener … Continue reading

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