24 years ago I saw Pop Will Eat Itself play the Aston Villa Leisure Centre in Birmingham – they were great, with Clint Mansell especially stealing the show… and now they’re back… kind of.
There comes a time in a man’s life when he can no longer face the endless pile of CDs being proffered for review by eager PR companies and young bands…when the thought of listening to yet another group of skinny indie boys with guitars fills him with despair.
Lyle Christine has been knee deep in the Scottish music scene for years now, whether producing grunge tinged rock with his former band Stigma, or typing epic bile flecked messages on numerous forums, messages that most fail repeatedly to see the obvious humour in.
I’m going to have to quote from the bio on Canadians Elizabeth’s webpage here – “From early on, Elizabeth has been known as the band that exists outside the indie-rock orthodoxy…[rejecting]…the trendy trappings of the contemporary indie dogma (read: whiney vocals and chintzy synths)”
Absolute ego meets absolute pop, via Wonksynth Lane.
Good lord, it’s great to have new material for Newcastle’s finest, Pale Man Made. Short, sharp, fuzz pop gems are the order of the day, and Pale Man Made are one of those bands that could make even the most committed techno-adherent take up the guitar again.
Seemingly without his Validators for this outing, M J Hibbett instead strums up a storm on his trusty Ukelele with able support from a handful of percussion instruments, a little bit of guitar and a drummachine.
Any album that starts off with the easily recognisable sounds of an Omnichord can’t be that bad, ditto for any album that is released on Australia’s ‘Half A Cow’ label (run by an ex-Lemonhead if you’re interested).
Alabama 3 are one of those bands, the ones that you’ve maybe heard soundtracking some TV show (in this case The Sopranos) but never trouble the charts.
What do you do when reality and fantasy intersect? Lustfaust were a German noiserock band active in the 70’s who produced a bewildering array of releases, and who’s history is laid out in almost obsessive detail at www.lustfaust.com. Or were they?