Live – Adam Thorn at The Globe at Hay

Adam Thorn / Nick Thorn – The Globe at Hay, Hay-on-Wye, 18th January 2020

Nestled away in the foothills of the Black Mountains, the Globe at Hay features some of the best local and national unseen talent. On Saturday night it welcomed Adam Thorn, a Welsh singer-songwriter studying a popular music degree in Gloucestershire. Adam’s soulful and acoustic music taste is highlighted in much of his original material and it’s clear to see as he takes inspiration from the likes of Lewis Watson, Nick Mulvey and Lewis Calpaldi. In addition to his headline gig Adam invited his father, Nick Thorn, as support and it’s clear where Adam gets his talented musical genes from!

As Adam continues to write and perform as a solo act, he also produces the lead vocals and guitar for Northern Ruins, a Welsh band who recently took to the main stage of the famous Young People’s Village in the summer of 2019.

Check out our gallery from the evening here…

You can find more from Adam Thorn here

Words and photos by Andrew Barrell

21st January 2020

2020 Vision – Six of the Best

And so as we leave 2019 behind and head into a new year, who should you be keeping your eyes and ears open for in 2020? We’ll be continuing to highlight new music as we discover it; for now here are six of the best bands we saw for the first time this year and would highly recommend…

Deux Furieuses 

With second album My War is Your War firmly on the critically acclaimed shelf, powerhouse duo Deux Furieuses look fully set for bigger things to come. Their songs are confrontational yet accessible and they can play a band twice their size off the stage. Check out the video for Let Them Burn here.

Deux Furieuses

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Dry Cleaning 

While spoken word has taken centre stage this year with many bands, there is something different about Dry Cleaning’s sardonic compositions and delivery – captivating live, their debut EP Sweet Princess was released in August. Catch their take on the changing face of the monarchy with Magic of Meghan below.

Dry Cleaning

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Italia 90

Keeping the spirit of punk alive with a glut of dirty guitar breaks, Italia 90 have been building their material and stage presence for some time now. The result is an unexpected melee of brash social commentary with tunes that will stick around in your head for a long, long time. Latest EP Italia 90 III is available now; listen to Road to Hell here.

Italia 90

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Lazarus Kane

In September, Lazarus Kane burst into our psyche with scorching track Narcissus, an indicator of plenty more genre-crossing tracks full of electro disco beats and a faux southern drawl all adding to the creation of the artist’s character. The music alone is enough to muster intrigue as to what comes next – listen to Narcissus here.

Lazarus Kane

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The Ninth Wave

The ethereal world of The Ninth Wave is definitely worth taking a plunge into. With double vocals and synth-laden guitar riffs calling The Cure and Magazine to mind, their live sets are a compelling experience. Their status is heading skywards with debut album Infancy cementing their reputation as an accomplished and innovative act to be reckoned with. Check out the video for Human Behaviour here.

The Ninth Wave

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Walt Disco

To close the list an absolute gem of a band, Walt Disco grab the very best of 80s’ glitz and glamour and take it to a new sharp-edged level of flamboyance both musically and theatrically. There are undeniable echoes of the past with notes of The Associates and Siouxsie / Budgies’s kitscher side project The Creatures, and a live performance that you’ll miss at your peril. Watch the video for recent single Dancing Shoes below and keep this band very firmly on your radar.

Walt Disco

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Words and photos by Siobhan

30th December 2019

Live – Slug Money at Acapulco Bar

Slug Money, Acapulco Bar Portsmouth, 20th December 2019

We get lots of feedback on Breaking Glass saying that people use the site to find new music so here’s a little early Christmas present for you…

Slug Money are born from the depths of the Portsmouth music scene, a relatively small area which nonetheless boasts several growing festivals and a host of independent venues. With a chaos filled performance split between the stage and the crowd and an assault by a wall of vociferous guitars and drums, Slug Money are not a band you’ll forget easily, or want to. They have an energy reminiscent of early Stooges with some added humour and, as Iggy Pop himself once said, ‘What some people would call antics I would just call a good show’. Despite the disarray, make no mistake that their ability is assured given their past ventures – if you’ve ever chanced upon Melt Dunes, Make Them All Smile or Violet Mud then you’ll be pleased to see some familiar faces back in action. Having already supported the likes of Japanese TV, Flamingods and The Wants, things look pretty auspicious for the band. Keep an eye out for live dates and prepare for your senses to be whipped.

Here’s our gallery from their set at Acapulco Bar on Friday…

You can find Slug Money here

Words and photos by Siobhan

23rd December 2019

 

Live – Penelope Isles + CIEL + ITCHY KID at Chalk

Penelope Isles / CIEL / ITCHY KID, Chalk Brighton, 11th December 2019

A significant night for Penelope Isles – their 100th show of the year, their biggest headline set to date and a hometown crowd full of love and support. Having established themselves playing smaller venues, the transition to a bigger stage was seamless and showcased exactly how far the band has come. Songs from their debut album Until the Tide Creeps In sounded smooth and accomplished (Leipzig a stand out track), their brand of jangly dream pop creating the warmest singalong, feel-good atmosphere from an audience packed into a sold out Chalk. Their performance was treated to a suitably psyched colourful backdrop from visual artist Innerstrings. A fitting addition to the Bella Union family, there is something reminiscent here of that swirling chasm of beautiful music that was Cocteau Twins. Penelope Isles have clearly worked hard to achieve what they have so far and, if Wednesday night was any indicator for the future, they’ll be going much, much further.

Support on the night came from CIEL, another outfit making waves on the local scene with softly delivered vocals over a dash of shoegaze and worth catching on future dates if you have the chance. A late inclusion on the bill, ITCHY KID provided a 5 minute introductory slot before Penelope Isles’ set with some spoken word – a fairly daunting prospect for a new act in front of so many people you would assume but well received. The idea left me thinking that this is actually a great way to offer an artist exposure and create interest without them needing half an hour’s worth of rehearsed material; it certainly did the trick here.

Check out all three artists via the links below once you’ve had a browse through our gallery here…

CIEL

ITCHY KID

Penelope Isles

Penelope Isles      ITCHY KID      CIEL

Photos by Siobhan

13th December 2019 

Photography – Best Music Shots of 2019

Following on from the success of 2018’s feature, we have once again been scouring the many awesome live music shots taken across the year for your delectation. We’re very lucky at Breaking Glass to be in contact with many talented music photographers; some established, some just starting out – and it’s great to see the different styles and interpretations of shots that come through.  This year’s collection again covers numerous genres of music and includes images ranging from small, intimate gigs to huge festivals. As always, they’re not in any particular order so please check out every single one of them to avoid missing something special. To see more from each photographer, just click on the links in their credit. 2019’s been a good one… 

(Header photo above by Malc Burke, details in article)

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FEVER 333
O2 Institute, Birmingham, November 2019

By Dan Mills – Instagram

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Heavy Rapids
Assai Records, Edinburgh, July 2019

By Alan Campbell Photography – Instagram

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Anteros
110 Above Festival, August 2019

By 2324 Photography – Website / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

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Unglued
89 North Music Venue, New York, October 2019

By View From The Pit Photography – Website / Instagram / Facebook

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Coyote Tango
The Rebel Lounge, Phoenix, September 2019

By Jennifer Mullins – Website / Instagram

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Emptifish
Interstellar Food Drive at The Dockyard Club, Portsmouth, November 2019

By Hannah Mesquitta – Instagram / TwitterFacebook

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Hands Off Gretel
Loserpalooza II at Aatma, Manchester, September 2019

By garymhoughphotography – Instagram / Facebook / Flickr 

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The Winery Dogs
Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz, May 2019

By Charles Hyman – Instagram

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Zeal & Ardor
Les Docks, Lausanne, November 2019

By Sam Ryan – Website / Instagram

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Sleater-Kinney
Fox Theater, Oakland, November 2019

By Kris Comer – Website / Instagram

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IDLES
The Leadmill Sheffield, March 2019

By Ryan Bell – Instagram / Twitter

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Habits
The Jacaranda Club, Liverpool, October 2019

By Gary Lambert at Glam Gig Pics – Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

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Sub Cultures
Speakeasy Bar, Hereford, November 2019

By Rob Wilkinson – Instagram

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The SoapGirls
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, November 2019

By Steve White – Instagram / Flickr

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Gogol Bordello
Cropredy Festival, August 2019

By Indie Images Photography (shot for Gig Junkies) – Instagram / Facebook

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Black Futures
Liverpool Sound City, May 2019

By James Baker – Instagram

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Bang Bang Romeo
Hive, Manchester, February 2019

By Malc Burke Photography – Website / Instagram / Facebook

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GUTS
The Peer Hat, Manchester, November 2019

By Dean Unsworth Photography – Instagram

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L1nkin P4rk
The Junction, Plymouth, October 2019

By Jordan Kinsey Photography – Website / Instagram / Facebook

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Rambal
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, July 2019

By Sean Clohesy – Website / Instagram / Facebook

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The Zutons
Rock City, Nottingham, April 2019

By Nigel King Photography – Website / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

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Bloc Party
Victorious Festival, August 2019

By Siobhan at 16 Beasley St Photography – Website / Instagram / Twitter

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Foo Fighters
Summer Sessions at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, August 2019

By Martin Ross – Instagram

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Once again, a massive thank you to everyone involved for sharing their stunning shots – we look forward to seeing more from all of you, and discovering new music along the way, in 2020! Why not give our contributors a follow so you can do the same?

All pictures are copyrighted by the photographer credited; please do not use without gaining their permission first.

11th December 2019

Live – The Ninth Wave + Walt Disco at The Green Door Store

The Ninth Wave / Walt Disco, The Green Door Store Brighton, 17th November 2019

Over the years Glasgow has borne an illustrious list of musical talent and the tradition seems to be in no danger of stopping any time soon. Touring with their now complete two part debut album Infancy, The Ninth Wave arrive in Brighton bringing a slice of synth driven avant garde swathed in red lights and distorted strobes.

As an added bonus, support comes from their near neighbours Walt Disco. With a performance brimming with the glam and fervour of the 80s’ Blitz Kids, the band go from strength to strength live, adding their own brand of contemporary glittering new wave pop to the heady influences from the past. Finishing up with riff laden Drowning in your Velvet Bed, they receive the warmest of receptions. Not content with choosing between style and substance, Walt Disco have copious amounts of both, with a captivating vocal thrown in for good measure.

With their reputation building and live dates across the country selling out, The Ninth Wave are heading very conspicuously out from under the radar to grab the attention of fans and the music press alike. Their performance, like their sound, is dark and intense at first glance but there are undeniably lighter dance hooks beneath the goth-art density of tracks like Half Pure. With nostalgic nods to The Cure, Japan and possibly even Tears for Fears if they’d been up all night watching Klaus Nomi videos, the double vocal is hypnotic and urgent at the same time. With the crowd left shouting for more, their set is over all too soon and there is little doubt that they could be filling much bigger venues in the not too distant future. Theatricality aside, The Ninth Wave are developing a stockpile of strong songs and a presence that suggests greater things to come.

Get both of these bands firmly on your Christmas list… more from Walt Disco here and The Ninth Wave here

Words and photos by Siobhan

19th November 2019

Live – Interstellar Food Drive at The Dockyard Club

Interstellar Food Drive, The Dockyard Club Portsmouth, 9th November 2019

Gathering together a wealth of local talent, this year’s Interstellar Food Drive made its home at the Dockyard Club to host a day of live music and art installations. In return, all that was asked for the ticket price was a donation to Portsmouth’s Food Bank. It’s a worrying, ongoing phenomenon that people have to rely on food banks for survival but they’re a resource that is still very much needed in a lot of communities across the country. Put together through the collaboration of Strong Island Recordings, Velvet Candy, Crocodile Nightmares, Pie & Vinyl and Calamity Cratediggers, the day proved again to be an innovative way to raise awareness and supplies. Check out our gallery below…

You’re Smiling Now But We’ll All Turn Into Demons

Emptifish

Horseflies

Dad Hair

The Gary 7

Photos by Hannah Mesquitta

18th November 2019

 

Live – LIFE + Night Flowers at The Green Door Store

LIFE / Night Flowers, The Green Door Store Brighton, 11th November 2019

With venues showing mixed fortunes in opening and closing around Brighton, it’s good to see The Green Door Store continuing to play host to some packed shows across differing music genres. Tonight is a great example of that with hazy dream pop quintet Night Flowers opening up for their sonically abrasive punk pals LIFE.

There’s a buzz around both bands and Night Flowers take the opportunity to treat the crowd to songs from their new album Fortune Teller, opening with some definite 80’s guitar influences on Lotta Love and the shimmery Merry-Go-Round. Think Fleetwood Mac via Soccer Mommy and Alvvays and you have a glimpse into the embracing warmth of Night Flowers’ sound. Despite their quip that ‘You can blame LIFE if you don’t like us’ there are no worries on that score as their songs are well received and it seems they may well have picked up some new fans along the way – their perfect pop harmonies are a welcome prelude to what’s to come later in the night. Night Flowers end their set with Fireworks – the vocal rather than pyrotechnic type but still a captivating show and a clear sign that it’s well worth checking out their recorded material.

As expected, things take a slightly more disorderly turn as LIFE take to the stage and change the tempo, kicking straight into Excites Me and some fine dance moves to boot. A lot of fans have clearly come from the IDLES’ camp but if you take the music at face value it’s more akin to the wrath of Dead Kennedys mixed with the cynical humour of Half Man Half Biscuit, and definitely has some depth amongst the plethora of angry post-punk that’s filling the current airwaves. That said, LIFE are not shy of adding a political tone or tackling social issues in their music with tracks including Half Pint Fatherhood and It’s in Your Hands prompting the inevitable mosh pit and expeditions from stage to crowd. It’s a strong performance and it’s fair to say that everyone goes home happy. Also with a new album on the table, take a listen to A Picture of Good Health for more.

Check out more from LIFE here and Night Flowers here

Words and photos by Siobhan

13th November 2019

Live – Warmduscher + Lazarus Kane at Chalk

Warmduscher / Lazarus Kane, Chalk Brighton, 8th November 2019

As intro music goes, Welcome to the Jungle is up there as a bold choice and as the opening riffs kick in, Lazarus Kane hits the stage at Chalk, Brighton’s newest venue risen from the ashes of The Haunt. With an immediate crowd reaction, and it’s a big crowd, it’s obvious that there’s a lot of anticipation for the support act tonight. Having recently released the mesmeric Narcissus through Speedy Wunderground, it’s a pleasure to see its live incarnation along with a set full of equally high calibre material.

With discernible nods to Talking Heads, New Order and a spoken drawl straight from Larry Hagman’s finishing school, the Lazarus Kane ‘family’ keep energy levels high with bouncing synths, guitars and drum machines. It’s a powerful performance and it surely won’t be long before they’re taking the headline spot on bigger stages; I’m very much looking forward to seeing what comes next. For now, they leave us with a sound recommendation, ”Who’s excited for Warmduscher? They got the slickest tunes and the slickest trousers I ever saw!” And you can’t say fairer than that. 

Warmduscher do indeed bring an array of slick trousers and with them a huge set of  tunes blending post punk and pulsating electro sleaze. Heading straight into Big Wilma, the party atmosphere starts and doesn’t let up for the next hour. Bringing their atypical new album Tainted Lunch on tour, the tracks are received with the reverence of old favourites with highlights in Midnight Dipper, Grape Face and the wonderfully titled Disco Peanuts. And there are some actual old favourites interspersed throughout the setlist too; the mix of thumping bass, rap and soul laden backing vocals of Standing on the Corner hard to beat.

Crossing over genres the way they do, it’s hard to define Warmduscher’s sound or style. In reality, all you need to know is that this is a band that have plucked the best elements of their past musical forays and melded them into a force of nature to be reckoned with. It’s less dirty dancing, more filthy disco – let’s hope there’s more to come. I’m always wary of slinging around the ‘gig of the year’ accolade but with these two acts in one night, this has to be a serious contender.

A double recommendation – click through for more from Warmduscher and Lazarus Kane

Words and photos by Siobhan

11th November 2019

Live – Feeder at Portsmouth Pyramids

Feeder, Portsmouth Pyramids, 1st November 2019

Tonight’s sold out show at Portsmouth Pyramids marks the start of Feeder’s UK tour in support of their new album Tallulah. There’s clearly still a lot of love on the south coast for the guys and I have to admit that, back in the day, I used to love Feeder. Seeing them play at HMV on Commercial Road to promote the single Crash back in 1997 was insanely good fun, and my mates and I never missed a show when they were in town. Though shortly after the release of their second album Yesterday Went Too Soon, both me and Feeder went our separate ways, and it would appear we’ve both changed since falling in love 23 years ago. But, 10 albums in, Feeder are still going strong and you know what? Fair play to them.

Back to the show though, and frontman Grant Nicholas announces that “Tonight is a night for new music!” A quick glance at tonight’s setlist torpedoes any hope I had of hearing an old classic such as Stereo World, Cement or W.I.T. but I’m probably the only one here who cares. Kicking things off with new album opener Youth, the set ticks along nicely enough at a steady pace. It’s only when they break into fan favourite Come Back Around that the crowd actually begins to move about a bit. Halfway through, they play Kyoto which is a lot heavier than anything else they’ve played this evening, and it’s a welcome relief from the slower material that’s come so far. Still, the end of the set draws on older material that seems to get everyone dancing (particularly Buck Rogers – the song about a CD player, player, player, etc.)

Tonight’s encore is rounded off with Just a Day, by which point teenage me feels a little sad that he didn’t get to relive those glory days by crowdsurfing to Tangerine. But, I can’t help leaving with nothing but respect for Feeder; after all these years, they’re still a great live band, and they do what they do well.


Catch the latest from Feeder here

Words by Ryan Howarth
Photos by Hannah Mesquitta

9th November 2019

Live – ARXX + Run Into The Night + LIME at The Hope & Ruin

ARXX / Run Into The Night / LIME, The Hope & Ruin Brighton, 28th October 2019

Local duo Arxx have clearly built up a strong live reputation and following to match – The Hope & Ruin is busy from early on in the evening as they return to Brighton to finish their tour on home ground. 

Opening act LIME have also been busy on the local circuit; coming together from different parts of the country but currently Brighton based, their mix of dreamy indie tunes tinged with 60s’ psychedelia gets things off to a great start. The band slot together well and their sound is experimental and cohesive at the same time. Maintaining their hard working live regime, LIME will be supporting Little Comets at Chalk on 6th November.

Breaking up the Brighton stronghold, Run Into The Night claim the middle set of the evening with a beautiful fusion of post-punk, blues and elements of Tarantino style spaghetti western. There’s so much good new music coming out of Glasgow right now and it would definitely be appropriate to add them to the list to watch out for. Another two piece who sound like there must be more of them, the band switch from Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ style indie-punk to the much slower paced recent single Mon Cheri with ease – seek out the recorded version for additional featured vocals from Martin Metcalfe (The Filthy Tongues / Goodbye Mr Mackenzie). Run Into The Night have new music and more live dates planned in 2020 – keep an eye and ear out.

By the time ARXX’ headline set comes around there is a real buzz in the venue and the crowd is not to be disappointed. Although they claim to be nervous, their performance is as confident and raucous as they come; don’t be fooled by the smiles and pastel boiler suits – these two are serious musicians and there are no holds barred as they sear between rock, country and grunge. Recent singles You Got What You Want  and Iron Lung would hold their own among much more established artists and their live show comes highly recommended. It might be a good idea to check out ARXX soon if you want to experience the intimate venue experience – bigger things are surely not too far away on the horizon now.

Words and photos by Siobhan

30th October 2019 

Live – Bambara at Hyde Park Book Club

Bambara, Hyde Park Book Club Leeds, 23rd October 2019

Over the last few years the post-punk renaissance (should it surely not be post/post/post-punk by now?) has seen the emergence of many bands armed with strong basslines and shouty vocals, some creating some of the decade’s most vital noise, some unfortunately sounding resoundingly more derivative and pedestrian. The latter cannot be said of New York outfit Bambara who, whilst existing in this new post-punk arena, incorporate elements of noise rock and ambient music, resulting in something darker and more electrifying than many other postx3-punk groups.

Their UK tour stopped off for a show at Hyde Park Book Club, an independent café and arts space in the student area of (you guessed it) Hyde Park, Leeds, where local group Polevaulter provided support. Whilst Polevaulter got the crowd warmed up and moving, some of their potential was sadly dampened by the high levels of bass and vocal echo which resulted in them sounding a little muddy, and any atmosphere attempted by the singer who draped the microphone lead around his neck, was lost by him singing almost exclusively away from the audience, often eyes closed or looking off towards side-stage.

As a crowd made up of 70% black leather filled up the basement space where the dimmed lights shadowed the exposed cracks in the ceiling, a bottle of tequila was placed at the front of the stage; Bambara were now preparing to perform.

I use the word perform, not in a derogatory sense in that anything about them is false but, that in Reid Bateh, Bambara has a frontman with presence, his lyrics read like southern gothic literature and he delivers them with such brutal conviction and energy. Probing and swinging the mic stand like a baton, he is often perched on the edge of the stage or writhing on the floor, resembling a young Glen Danzig all in black, handsomely dishevelled, as though it’s unclear whether he just got up, or hasn’t been to bed at all. 

On stage the group are a force of nature, the songs which are mostly taken from their 2018 record Shadow on Everything sound like an impending thunderstorm ready to crack down at any moment. Drummer Blaze Bateh, who is shirtless and relentless, pummels the kit throughout the evening against the battling guitars which colour tracks Jose Tries to Leave and Doe- Eyed Girl with wailing tremors and squeals, like something from a demented spaghetti western film soundtrack.

Set closer Monument was the final moment of anarchic catharsis, the array of black leather coats now too warm to wear adorned the front monitors, as more and more bodies began to pile together, limbs flailing in every direction, often stretching out towards Reid’s preaching frame. As the song began to reach its climax, my head crashed against his, locked in yelping unison of the refrain “I wanna see your Shadow on Everything, Shadow on Everything, SHADOW ON EVERYTHING”.

If IDLES, Savages or The Fat White Family are your bag then chances are you may very well have already heard of Bambara. If not, then I cannot recommend them enough, with this set featuring new tracks such as the blistering Serafina from their forthcoming album Stray (due for release in February 2020) it looks likely that Bambara will only continue to assert themselves as one of the more dynamic rock acts of the moment.

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You can watch the lyric video for Serafina below

Keep up to speed with Bambara here

Words and photos by Ryan Bell

28th October 2019

Live – Thurston Moore Group + Rattle at The Wedgewood Rooms

Thurston Moore Group / Rattle, The Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth, 20th October 2019

It’s not every week you have a true rock ‘n’ roll legend like Thurston Moore grace the stage of your local music venue, but, there he is, standing tall in front of a packed Wedgewood Rooms introducing his backing band before playing a single note. He politely informs the waiting audience that the group will perform a single song this evening, but if you’re familiar with his latest album, Spirit Counsel – a two and a half hour record featuring three tracks – this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

First up though is tonight’s support band, Rattle, from Nottingham. The duo consists of two drummers (with some vocal harmonies thrown into the mix), and you might be fooled into thinking that this is some kind of gimmick, but their music is spellbinding and we were all left in a trance, hoping for more. Their set-up may be minimal, but vocalist Katherine Eira Brown is able to create a unique sound of her own that fits beautifully in and around the tribal drumming patterns. It’s hypnotic, strange and the music transports you to another place. Rattle’s simplistic approach is helping them to build a strong following, and it’s not hard to see why they are fast gaining a reputation as one of the best live bands around, which is thoroughly well deserved.

After nearly four decades in the music business, Thurston Moore is still producing some of the most interesting and accessible alternative/avant-garde rock music to date. His last solo record, Rock n Roll Consciousness, was a perfect hit for those of us still yearning for a Sonic Youth reunion (hmm), however, his latest offering takes a slightly less straight forward approach. Entirely instrumental, Spirit Counsel is a huge album (in both length and ambition), and it’s the first track from the album that we’re treated to this evening.

Alice Moki Jayne – named after Alice Coltrane, Moki Cherry and Jayne Cortez – is as inspiring as the women namechecked in its title. It takes many twists and turns throughout the performance, but for a song of this length, not once does it lose its way. It starts with Jon Liedecker creating some gentle electronic textures, before Thurston nods his head for the guitars to join in. Joining Thurston on guitar duties is James Sedwards and My Bloody Valentine’s Deb Googe, and together they create a lush wave of noise that makes your head swim. The wash of cymbals adds to this effect, and I can’t help but think of the intro to Pink Floyd’s Shine On You Crazy Diamond during the opening refrain. It’s beautiful and ominous at the same time, with the delays and drones in between the riffs adding another layer of intrigue to the song.

As the song progresses, the drums gather speed and the krautrock rhythm being played with military precision eventually gives way to an ear-splitting breakdown of guitar spasms, before a sledgehammer meltdown makes a few of those around me jump in surprise. This heavier section of the song sounds like the sort of all-out-sonic-audio-war that Swans have been championing since their reformation, and it’s absolutely brutal. The guitars are played with such ferocity that they’re knocked out of tune, but the song is nearly over and who’s going to care?

After 70 minutes everything gently slows to a halt, and you can hear a pin drop. There is a pause before someone shouts “fucking brilliant!” and the crowd erupts. Our patience is rewarded, our faith in music is restored and that was one of the most Pompey endings to a show ever! Good effort all round I say.

More from Thurston Moore and check out Rattle here

Words by Ryan Howarth
Photos by Hannah Mesquitta

28th October 2019

Live – Richard Hawley + Get Cape Wear Cape Fly at Brighton Dome

Richard Hawley / Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Brighton Dome, 18th October 2019

Brighton Dome has played host to many a legendary artist over the years and Friday night saw the ridiculously talented Richard Hawley return to its stage for the last night of his current tour; what better way to take refuge from the deluge of rain outside?

First up though, the opening set belonged to another stalwart of the music scene in Sam Duckworth, better known by his superhero pseudonym Get Cape Wear Cape Fly. Having seen him perform a party-worthy set with full band at 2000 Trees in the summer, it was good to hear the other side of his skills with a powerful acoustic performance – hard to pull off in a venue this size but achieved with ease and aplomb. Not averse to combining music with a social message, Duckworth could be a credible candidate as the Billy Bragg of the next generation.

To the (thankfully) minority of the crowd having a sit down chat through his set – please just stay in the bar next time, no-one cares what you said to Mandy from HR.

Richard Hawley’s career is well documented, from his first foray into music with Treebound Story to fondly remembered 90s’ outfit The Longpigs and everyone’s favourite cardigan wielding heroes Pulp, he has worked with and inspired a whole heap of artists including Duane Eddy and The Manics. Other collaborations include famously – Arctic Monkeys (on receipt of their 2006 Mercury award Alex Turner opened his speech with the immortal line ‘Somebody call 999, Richard Hawley’s been robbed’) and not so famously – All Saints (providing the guitar solo for their cover of Chili Peppers’ Under the Bridge).

In spite of this barrage of credentials, he retains an air of humility and a grounded sense of humour that makes his set entertaining in many ways. Striking a pose as he arrives on stage, the first three songs, Off My Mind, Alone and title track Further are clear indicators that his latest album is full of his deft mix of rock and balladry that gives his tracks that feeling of reassuring warmth. His rich vocal ranges from Iggy Pop to Scott Walker in a moment and there can be no doubting his guitar skills.

The set continues with songs old and new and lots of love shown for the eloquent Tonight the Streets are Ours, the simple beauty of Open Up Your Door and the heartfelt lyrics on closer Heart of Oak. Hawley makes it look effortless but there’s nothing easy about writing songs this good, singing with an intensity that hypnotises everyone in the room and then chatting to those same people like you were in the pub with your mates. Much appreciated but still vastly underrated, Richard Hawley seems to be master of all trades, jack of none.

You can check in with Get Cape Wear Cape Fly here and find all things Richard Hawley here

Words and photos by Siobhan

21st October 2019