Signal – Automatic

Signal – Automatic

Bend the knee. Bow your head. Give thanks. The best album of 2019 has arrived. After the thrills, spills and dizzy delights of "Calling It", "Too Much Money" and"Mind Your Own Business" earlier this year the Holy Trinity of electro-pop/art who are, collectively, Automatic now present their debut long player and, to be blunt with [...]

Wilderness – Jade Jackson (ANTI)

Wilderness – Jade Jackson (ANTI)

After being baptised by John the Baptist, Jesus went to the wilderness to fast and pray. For forty days and forty nights he denied himself food. His body grew weak. As he did so he was confronted by Satan who attempted to use his weakness to tempt the Son of God to err from that [...]

Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out

Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out

It's so easy to laugh It's so easy to hate It takes guts to be gentle and kind ("I Know It's Over", Morrissey/Marr) ...thou shalt love one another (Matthew 22:39, King James Bible) "The fat one is repulsive" "Go kill yourself" "Fat singing whale" (Anonymous, Twitter)   Let's start with this; the world is full [...]

A thing of beauty

A thing of beauty is a joy forever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us; and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. (Endymion, John Keats, 1818) I feel like a cigarette. I don't smoke. I've never smoked. I don't [...]

Why Me, Why Not – Liam Gallagher

Why Me, Why Not – Liam Gallagher

"Rejoice greatly, O sons and daughters of the Parka King, O children of the madferit, behold thy King come unto thee: he is just and brings rock 'n' roll salvation; lowly and riding under his own steam..." Why him? Because nobody, and I do mean nobody, does it any better. Why not? Exactly. Let's forget [...]

Strange One

Strange One

This is the sound of youth. Frantic. Frenetic. Furious. Frenzied. Fast. Flirtatious. Fabulous. I know. You are just like me and your youth was rarely, if ever, any of those things...at least not for any extended period of time.  In truth my own adolescence was a messy blend of acne, angst, anxiety and self-loathing.  These [...]