Tense, Dark & Noisy

Album review: Underground Railroad – White Night Stand

Listen to ‘Russian Doll’:

London-based Parisian expats Underground Railroad release their third album White Night Stand this month. Despite the band having previously confessed their love of American music, their dark and noisy, proggy post-punk definitely has more of a British feel this time around. Well, those gloomy London days were bound to have an effect sooner or later…

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Graceless ending to a lovely evening

Live Review: Cats:For:Peru EP launch + Japanese Sleepers @ The Bowery, 25.03.11

After managing to rope in an old friend to come out with me, I get to The Bowery in high spirits. I’ve been meaning to catch a Cats:For:Peru show for way too long now, so what better way to kick things off than with the launch of their new EP?
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A Thousand Plays…

Review: Mazes – A Thousand Heys

It can be so refreshing to hear some straight-up indie rock every once in a while; just a band that know how to play a good tune without four synthesizers and twenty pedals daisy-chained through a grand piano, a small cat and the kitchen sink. Whoever said that a cheery melody and a catchy chorus weren’t exciting anyway!? Because British band Mazes are about to prove them utterly wrong…

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Spirit of the City

Album Review: Memphis – Here Comes a City

Memphis is a duo composed of Torquil Campbell from Stars and long-time friend Chris Dumont, and the pair have been making music together since the 1990’s.

I am quite familiar with Stars, at least well enough to know that Campbell is a consummate live performer, so I am always delighted to hear what Stars members are up to (Amy Milan, Broken Social Scene, Memphis etc).

‘Here Comes a City’ exploits the talents of these two musicians in a wonderful, laidback way. It almost reminds me of some less-dancey Café Del Mar stuff if it were to come from more of a rocky, live-music background. Continue reading “Spirit of the City”