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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

Holding Absence – Self Titled Review

The self-titled debut record comes from the Cardiff based post-hardcore Holding Absence and their softer, melodramatic black and white branding in the form of a a vivid, yet restrained colour palette of sound. Shaking with vibrato and the ability to out-ballad previous track ‘Penance’, the record utilises ambience ridden vocals and pianist melody in ‘Marigold’ and feature length ‘Wilt’ with the latter being the more … Continue reading Holding Absence – Self Titled Review

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino – in retrospect

By Finn Ewing Arctic Monkeys’ most recent album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is very different to the rest of their material. Think of Arctic Monkeys as a cheeseboard. This cheeseboard consists mostly of cheddar; the cheddar being representative of their work up till now. Alone, this cheddar cheeseboard is good – great, even – and a major hit with customers and critics alike. However, imagine a … Continue reading Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino – in retrospect