Interview: Actual Wolf

  Eric Pollard has an interesting musical career. Keys for Low, drumming for Retribution Gospel Choir and Sun Kil Moon and body and soul devoted to Actual Wolf, his country project. With an enviable back catalogue that covers the spectrum from home made demos to fully produced, crisp tracks, the music of Actual Wolf mixes classics like Merle Haggard, Johnny Paycheck, The Band and Red House … Continue reading Interview: Actual Wolf

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Interview – Sheffield Sgt. Pepper Project

As most of you know, this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the seminal Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Often hailed as one of the best pop albums ever made (if not the best), the album left both an artistic and technical watermark in the history of music. It also popularised the term “concept album”, coined by such gems like Dust Bowl Ballads and … Continue reading Interview – Sheffield Sgt. Pepper Project

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30 days, 30 bands – #25 Molly Anna

Wait, what? This might feel like a cheat. Maybe. I know these posts under the umbrella tag “The Sheffield Years” celebrate some of the many bands I saw while living in Sheffield. Bands that made it, bands that burnt out, bands that never quite achieved flight. So, why Molly Anna? Why place a band like this in this nostalgia-ridden piece? Because nostalgia is good. Nostalgia … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #25 Molly Anna

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30 days, 30 bands – #18 Nat Johnson

Officially, I heard from Nat Johnson when she was way over Monkey Swallows The Universe. Unofficially, I’ve heard of her just before that Last of The Summer festival I didn’t go to anyways. I remember an editor at Forge Media being a little obsessed with the ‘Sheffield Shanty’ track. I said that ‘Bloodline’ was better. And that’s why I got sacked from Forge Media. Well, no, or maybe I … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #18 Nat Johnson

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30 days, 30 bands – #12 Renegade Brass Band

12 days in and I think I’ve mentioned this fantastic bunch of ne’er-do-wells at least twice. My usual quip is that they ruined my knees in at least two (2) occasions, but, truth be told, I’d be amazed if they didn’t mess up with anybody else’s knees. You just can’t keep still once they take the stage, with the warm sound of a brass section, … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #12 Renegade Brass Band

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Interview: Acidandali

Noise Rock and Experimental Rock. For years, it seemed like an errand’s fool to start a band in these genres. At least in the Mexico City scene, both seemed like the refuge of freaks and gear geeks, with many a band’s future lost inside dank garages and isolated practice rooms. But the passage of time not only brings wrinkles and a few interesting scars. It also brought … Continue reading Interview: Acidandali

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Interview – Sundiver

Sundiver are a fantastic space rock band from Kansas City. If you need a stronger and verbose argument than the previous sentence, we’ve got your back with this here review. Anyways, we got in touch with the band to have a little chat (via email) and here’s the conversation in full: 1.- For those of us in the nosebleed section, would you like to tell … Continue reading Interview – Sundiver

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Podcast: A conversation with Actual Wolf

  A couple of weeks ago, we got in touch with Eric Pollard, aka Actual Wolf, as he’s released a brand new album, Itasca, and we fancied catching up with him. There were a few troublesome bits with the conversation (thanks, Telmex) but we had a great time talking about Itasca, short stories, merchandise, social media, the convenience of tape, the new Retribution Gospel Choir … Continue reading Podcast: A conversation with Actual Wolf

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Short Story: In these latitudes…

It’s the ankle. It’s always the ankle. It can be the left or the right, but one of them HAS to twist in the worst moment, when I’m in a big hurry and can’t lose any more time. Because, as Biffy Clyro once said, time’s what we don’t have. I hate walking this big stretch of land. This barren tarmac nightmare. The problem of living … Continue reading Short Story: In these latitudes…

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A traveller in time and space: a profile on Sheffield’s Jim Ghedi.

Editor’s note: I think Jim Ghedi is one of the biggest assets in Sheffield, thanks to his artistic sensibilities and the chops to pull off projects as complex as they come. It’s with great pleasure that we had our own local mad artist/genius Keith How talk with Mr. Ghedi about his current direction. A couple of years ago, Jim Ghedi visited an open studio event … Continue reading A traveller in time and space: a profile on Sheffield’s Jim Ghedi.

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