Category Archives: post-punk

Black Parade –  Musta Paraati (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It is fair to say that 34 years is rather a long time to wait for a new album and although the band underwent a period of rejuvenation in 2015 when they worked with vocalist Herra Ylppö to release a … Continue reading

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Finding Beauty in Chaos –  Beauty in Chaos ( reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Beauty in Chaos is a strange and intriguing prospect and like anything deserving of such a description is hard to easily pin down. Too fleeting to be a supergroup, more organic than merely a curated project, too original and forward … Continue reading

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I’ve Forgotten Something Else! – Phillip Foxley (ft. Pete Hopkins)

Phillip Foxley is very good at tackling universal issues in a very small way, the way of the world seen as smaller, kitchen sink philosophies rather than trying to make big, overtly-verbose or over egged points. It’s the British way … Continue reading

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Witches! – the black watch (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I’m not for a moment suggesting that John Andrew Fredrick is set in his ways but even he would be the first to admit that after fifteen albums he has a certain musical signature. How could he not, all artists … Continue reading

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Art Brut return with first new material in 7 years

Alcopop! Records are pleased to announce they have signed Berlin-based post-punk art rock band Art Brut, who will play a special return headline show on 7th November in London at Boston Music Room. Commenting on the signing, label boss Jack … Continue reading

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Off The Map  –  Tulipomania (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It doesn’t take an expert or even a jobbing hack like myself to point out that Tulipomania make a sound that would have fitted right into the 4AD fold back in the day. Their ability to blend dark avant-gardery with … Continue reading

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Spiral Girl –  Klammer (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

You have to admire a band’s dedication to its audience when they break into your house at night, rummage through your record collection, leaving as dawn breaks with the place as tidy as they found it and then use that … Continue reading

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Plastic Alter Ego – Protocol:M  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Music has always been used as a vehicle to promote an idea of otherness, non-conformity, of escapism, of world’s within worlds and worlds beyond as well. If you are the rocker you probably use that theme to play the role … Continue reading

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Try (Cross My Heart) – Social Station (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is an art to making music that is at once, dark, apocalyptic and edgy but also infectious, poppy and commercially viable. Joy Division knew how to do it but didn’t stick around long enough to capitalise on the concept, … Continue reading

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The Room in the Wood –  The Room in the Wood (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It’s probably just journalistic laziness that keeps me coming back to terms like post-punk for bands such as The Room in the Wood.  Although as a sort of shorthanded soundbite it communicates certain characteristics that were first and most deftly … Continue reading

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