Category Archives: post-punk

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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Scene and Heard – CCCXXXX : Two Sides – Bitter Grounds (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I didn’t realise that bands were still making music like this but I’m rather glad that they are. In an age where punk seems largely about rose-tinted nostalgia trips, alt-rock is all about getting just the right brand of skinny … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXXXVII : Paradigm Shift – Cyborg Asylum (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Cyborg Asylum has always been great at blending a sort of clinical, cold war, drama with a slightly apocalyptic musical vision. Their great art has always lain in their skill for looking at the political machinations and social choices being … Continue reading

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Why Anything? Why This? – Shriekback (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is no template for a Shriekback album, we worked that out a long time ago. They have that brilliant way about them, a way of using different sonic building blocks from album to album, from track to track, and … Continue reading

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Crimen release six years in the making debut album

Silent Animals may be the debut album from Italian trio Crimen, but it arrives over a decade into their career. Simone Greco (bass, voice, sound engineering) and Patrizio Strippoli (guitars, voice) formed the band in the Centocelle district of Rome in … Continue reading

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