Review: La Sera – Queens EP

Whoa, Katy Goodman, slow down! Three releases in a year! And all good to boot! Queens is a rapid-fire EP delivered just in time for a new La Sera tour, and in its curt 18 minutes, it motors through emotions, swathing our hearts with warm guitars and some shredding solos. Yes, shredding solos. In a La Sera album. The punkier attitude is still there and the solos come with … Continue reading Review: La Sera – Queens EP

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Stream: Space Mountain – Never Lonely

  The roadtrip-friendly music of Space Mountain loves to take a devil-may-care pace, keeping a clear mind to counter the inevitability of road eyes. Last year’s Gargantua offered the crossfaded sound of Red House Painters with Helium and Big Sky, their upcoming album, might pull this combination off again. Exhibit A: ‘Never Lonely’, the first single from Big Sky. Ava Trilling (Forth Wanderers) adds her vocals to the playful guitar, bringing a 70s … Continue reading Stream: Space Mountain – Never Lonely

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Review: White Reaper – White Reaper Does it Again

  Ever since I first heard White Reaper, I associated them with the height of night time. As you can gather from White Reaper Does it Again‘s oddly memetic album cover, either they read my review or I somehow tapped into their consciousness. But hubris and telepathic abilities aside, what you really get from White Reaper Does it Again is the feeling of driving fast at night. Maybe … Continue reading Review: White Reaper – White Reaper Does it Again

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Interview – Actual Wolf

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A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to catch Retribution Gospel Choir at the now defunct The Grapes. Not only were they a fierce live monster, they all were very approachable people. Then I saw Low a year later and lo and behold, the beast behind the drums was on keys. Fast forward to a sampler I downloaded out of pure curiosity from a label called Chaperone Records, which included an Americana tinged band called Actual Wolf which I instantly dug.

30 seconds later, I realise the guy behind Actual Wolf is Eric Pollard, whom I’ve seen in both Retribution Gospel Choir and Low. Thanks to the wonders of social media, I catch up with Eric Pollard in a small apartment in Austin during SXSW 2014 and we talk about life, music and catharsis. Dressed mostly in black, like any modern cowboy should, we talked for a good half an hour.

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