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Shoegaze in a New Decade: Don’t You Know The Electric Mainline?

“Dirty, gritty rock and roll is needed,” Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Peter Hayes once said. And The Electric Mainline have delivered: with, quite appropriately, a song about lust. Coming from a band steeped in shoegaze, psych and noise rock, Don’t You Know is suitably fuzzy and built atop a cornerstone of crunchy guitars. Written five […]

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Shoegaze in a New Decade: Psychedelica 5 Album Review

It’s the music of your best nightmares. An album of heart-pounding, intoxicating chaos representing every offbeat night you’ve ever had, mellow jams that soundtrack the interludes, and coloured sonic beacons that shine on everything in between. Indeed, the fifth installment in Northern Star Records’ critically acclaimed Psychedelica series is what label co-founder Scott Causer describes as “the […]

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Pulp Album Review: Separations

When Pulp released their third album Separations in 1992, they brought forward a sound closer to what would eventually be their signature – pop dance tunes with a hint of campy sex appeal. Split into two “sides,” the first features more traditionally arranged pop songs, a mix of the macabre flair of Freaks and the […]

Gig Review – Suede Alexandra Palace 30/03/13

I had been to the Ally Pally once before in 2005 to see Embrace and my memory of it was that the sound was echoey and not really clear enough. Therefore I told my companion to the Suede gig that it was vitally important that we should get as close to the stage as possible. […]

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Pulp Album Review: Freaks

The second album by Pulp, Freaks, is darker and less optimistic than their folksy debut, It. You can hardly tell that it’s the same band. This is due in part to the a massive personnel change, leaving Jarvis Cocker as the only consistent thread. Freaks sees the addition of Russell Senior (guitar, violin) and Candida […]

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Pulp Album Review: It

Every self-respecting Britpop fan knows (and probably loves) the band Pulp. Jarvis Cocker and company have released some of the most important and revered songs of the genre. But how many have heard Pulp’s first studio album, It? First released on a limited run in 1983, It (get it… “pulpit”)is very different from the Pulp […]