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“Once you get to the top you realise there’s nothing there” | half•alive Q&A

Words: Laura Weingrill They wear knit sweaters, colourful pants and look like nerds with a slight hint of grandfather, but as soon as the voice of Josh Taylor fills the room, bassist J Tyler Johnson gets going and Brett Kramer hits the drums, one quickly realises that behind the inconspicuous wallflowers, there is a lot more to discover. Under the name half•alive, the indie group … Continue reading “Once you get to the top you realise there’s nothing there” | half•alive Q&A

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Live Review: Mariana’s Trench @ Scala, 21.11.19

Words: Abi Scaife | Photography: Roman Zugarazo Opening with the vocal-heavy ‘Elenora’, the set is powerful from the get go. Though they revisit songs from their second and third albums, like the punk-ish ‘Cross My Heart’ and fan favourite ‘Stutter’, the setlist has a heavy focus on eerie fifth studio album Phantoms. Between songs, lead singer Josh Ramsay – dressed head to toe in sparkles … Continue reading Live Review: Mariana’s Trench @ Scala, 21.11.19

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Live Review: Luna Bay @ Scala, 21.11.19

Words: Anna Runa-Umbrasko | Photography: Ciaran Frederick Luna Bay are on a roll. Following their last headline 300-cap show, they now play to their biggest sold-out show at the historic Scala in London with around 1,100 people in the crowd. That’s a lot for a band just recently graduated from BIMM London. Wild Front support them today and radiate passion for music all over the … Continue reading Live Review: Luna Bay @ Scala, 21.11.19

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Live Review: Hollow Coves @ Dingwalls, 21.11.19

Words: Lauren Dehollogne Australian indie-folk duo Hollow Coves brought their sunshine attitude to chilly London. The melancholic, daydream-inspired music enchanted everyone in the crowd, and quickly we all wanted to book a trip to explore the world.  From talking about climbing mountains in Norway to singing about faraway beaches, Hollow Coves are a band made for wanderers. ‘The Open Road’ and ‘Home’ are two songs … Continue reading Live Review: Hollow Coves @ Dingwalls, 21.11.19

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Live Review: PUP @ Electric Ballroom, 20.11.19

Words: Arthur Willis For a sound so deeply rooted in punk, PUP are a band that go above and beyond to provide impeccable musicianship and attention to detail, all the while providing incredibly catchy and relatable anthems. With a career spanning nearly a decade, headlining the Electric Ballroom certainly feels like a peak for the band members. Frontman Stefan Babcock eludes to this, half-joking, “It’s … Continue reading Live Review: PUP @ Electric Ballroom, 20.11.19

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Live Review: Snarky Puppy @ The Royal Albert Hall, 14.11.19

Words & Photograph: PJ Kimber I am lucky. I get the chance to see Snarky Puppy, the Grammy-winning jazz fusion ensemble, twice in one day. They deliver a masterclass at Under The Bridge in the early afternoon, then rock the shit out of The Royal Albert Hall after dinner. The clinic they host at about noon draw some notable parallels with their live performance, which … Continue reading Live Review: Snarky Puppy @ The Royal Albert Hall, 14.11.19

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Live Review: Vampire Weekend @ O2 Academy Birmingham, 11.11.19

Words & Photos: Philip Giouras Ahead of two massive shows at London’s 10,000 capacity Alexandra Palace this week, Vampire Weekend’s ‘Father Of The Bride’ World Tour came to Birmingham’s O2 Academy last night. Due to unfortunate circumstances, the tours support, Songhoy Blues, couldn’t perform. While most bands would axe the slot or perhaps draft in a replacement, Vampire Weekend instead treated fans to an extended … Continue reading Live Review: Vampire Weekend @ O2 Academy Birmingham, 11.11.19

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Copying ‘Lolita’ and Bullshit Writing: An Interview with Emma Garland

Words: PJ Kimber Featured Image: Credit Christopher Bethell I have already met Emma Garland. But, this actually made me more nervous to meet her properly, introductions and all. I know her as the features editor at VICE – formerly of Noisey – and someone whose work I have admired for years. We first ‘met’ at the VICE UK 15th Anniversary party. I was a bit … Continue reading Copying ‘Lolita’ and Bullshit Writing: An Interview with Emma Garland

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Picture This – Live At Roundhouse Review

Words: Nargis Borhan Playing their biggest London show ever, Irish pop band Picture This headline a sold-out show at The Roundhouse in Camden. Starting their set with ‘You and I’, the atmosphere hits the roof. Surprisingly, the setlist consists of more tracks from their debut self-titled album, such as ‘Let’s Be Young’, ‘Saviour’, and ‘Dream’, rather than their sophomore effort, Modern Love, where they play … Continue reading Picture This – Live At Roundhouse Review

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What We Learned From… Taylor Hawkin’s New Album Playback

Words: Philip Giouras Featured Image: Taylor Hawkins with NME’s Charlotte Gunn – Credit: Carsten Windhorst The Scotch Of St James in Mayfair was an infamous hangout for the rockstars of the 60s such as The Rolling Stones and The Who as well as hosting the first ever UK performance from Jimi Hendrix. It’s a fact referenced by Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins as he – interviewed … Continue reading What We Learned From… Taylor Hawkin’s New Album Playback

Halloween: Our Favourite Tracks

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite end-of-October themed tunes and records, for your listening discomfort. Feel free to use these on your Halloween party playlists – your guests will either run home scared or walk home creeped-out. Type O Negative – October Rust The essential October album and ergo, essential Halloween listening. Type O Negative marry Sisters Of Mercy’s atmosphere and tone with Pantera-like … Continue reading Halloween: Our Favourite Tracks

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Multimedia Record Label Patchbay Records Release Second EP

Words: Jonathan Fry Brighton based Patchbay Records have pulled out all the stops for their second EP, Unit 22 by Redrum. The four-track drum and bass ensemble is accompanied by a stop-motion music video (animated by Red Filgate, Zane Crowther and Samuel Carson) which follows the narrative of the EP’s second track, ‘Annapurna’, blowing the face – and bodies – off willing listeners in a … Continue reading Multimedia Record Label Patchbay Records Release Second EP

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UK Music celebrated at the 2019 Q Awards – plus BIMM tutor joins Jarvis Cocker’s Rebellion!

Words: Bevan Hiller-McBean   As the iconic Roundhouse venue in Camden turns 55, it opened its doors for the 2019 Q awards, hosted by Nadine Shah. With a star-studded list of nominees, LDN had a front row seat to view the UK music scene out in force with Stormzy, The 1975, Pale Waves, Kano and Lewis Capaldi all in attendance, and all leaving with accolades on the … Continue reading UK Music celebrated at the 2019 Q Awards – plus BIMM tutor joins Jarvis Cocker’s Rebellion!