Automatic for the People

Automatic for the People

Electronic. Electronica. Synthpop. Electroclash. New Wave. New Order. Le Tigre. Riot grrrl. Pet Shop Boys. The Faint. Style. Form. Function. If that isn't enough to have your appetite for destruction whetted beyond wet then I don't know what you want from a band. Automatic are cool. I don't care if you don't like that or [...]

Tenement & Temple

Tenement & Temple

Sacred hearts. It is 1993. I am twenty years old. Pressed against the barrier in front of the stage at the now defunct Plaza Ballroom in Glasgow waiting for Suede to arrive. First is the support act. Nobody really cares about the support act. Why would we? Why should we? How could we? Then she [...]

Hanson, Mmmbop

Hanson, Mmmbop

    Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 45th most populous city in the United States of America. Birthplace to all manner of musicians, artists, political figures. An oil city at one point. A rich, vibrant and varied history. But the only thing that really matters is that from this soil grew the authors of one of the [...]

Once – Liam Gallagher

Once – Liam Gallagher

Well, well, well. The wheel has not been reinvented. There are no black stars dancing. This is, in many ways, exactly what one would expect from Liam Gallagher...there is a "shiiiine", cool rhymes with pool (more accurately coo-el is rhymed with poo-el) and before the end things go a bit Sgt. Pepper with trippy, psychedelic [...]

Break a Leg

Break a Leg

February 4th 1995 Motherwell Civic Hall Half way through their support slot Marion singer Jaime Harding leans into the microphone to reprimand the audience who have been chanting "Morrissey" throughout the duration of his bands set. "You lot will be paying £20 to see us headlining in six months" he says. I happen to believe [...]

Whole Lotta History – Girls Aloud

Whole Lotta History – Girls Aloud

Girls Aloud. The best British band of the noughties? I don't see how it could be any other band. A well oiled, super slick, highly tuned, polished, relentless, pop monster of a group. Shifting records like the internet had never happened and dominating the charts for a decade they were something special, something fantastic and [...]