Categories
demonstration

Lad Lazarus

The Highland pop explosion continues unabated with this gem of a demo. London record executives can be heard packing their gaelic dictionaries, passports and snow boots

Categories
Album review

Liars

After riding the punk-funk wave Liars chose to dive into the slipstream with two albums worth of tuneless noise. Clearly, the New York ensemble has now decided to produce an album of songs their neighbours would like to hear them rehearse.

Categories
Album review

Si Hayden

Now that new-folk is en vogue I guess it’ll be OK if I grab my John Fahey records from the dusty attic.

Categories
Single review

Kingsomniac

Debut from this bunch of Brighton lads is accomplished indie-pop in the vein of the Kaisers, the Monkeys etc. Is anyone else tired of that sound?

Categories
Single review

Envelopes

Glorious pop-pysch from a group of French-Swedes concerned with how “life on the beach is easy”.

Categories
Single review

The Checks

Putting music into categories is easy: tunes to play when dumped, melodies to use before a night on the tiles and so forth.

Categories
Gig review

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2

Go North. Seems to be the message of the moment, as the Indie-axis of power switches from Glasgow to Dundee, and bands from the Highlands (hello Cinematics) appear on Letterman.