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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: 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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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