Fuck This Sad Fool
Back when cult New York City indie pop band The Secret History were known as cult New York City indie pop band My Favorite (give or take a few key members), their music left many slightly dissolute young men and women with a pointed appreciation for the more melancholy side of urban American living. I myself was one of those young people, and another was Kip Berman--now known as the lead singer and songwriter of another Brooklyn band with a hardcore following, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. (More ...)
'IT’S THE MOST AVERAGE PLACE IN THE UK. THAT’S WHERE I WAS BORN'
By the time you’ve read this sentence, you will have lost some of your life. That’s it. A couple of seconds have gone. You’ll never get them back. Maybe that means a lot to you, maybe not. The complexity and breadth of the sequence of events that brought you here is, quite frankly, a staggering collision of chaos and chance – and yet there will undoubtedly a natural, almost serendipitous, inevitability that you couldn’t really be anywhere else but here right now, it was always going to happen. That’s what Night Works make you realize about life; you can control it to a degree but really, we’re all just rolling along, adrift, un-compassed, just hanging in there… and it’s thrilling. (More ...)
'IF YOU DARE ESTE TO DO SOMETHING, SHE'LL DO IT.'
The sisterhood. It’s a baffling connection to admire from afar if you haven’t experienced it firsthand. Women with such a closeness can certainly come off as threatening as a wild animal, or at least like they’re constantly in on some joke that you just don’t get. Such is the case with sister band HAIM. When talking to HAIM, they giggle as they poke fun of one another, compliment each other on strictly a personal level, and chime in with whoever is speaking, not in a rude way, but more in a ‘finishing each other’s sentences’ kind of way. (More ...)
Singer tells us why she fell in love with an island in Sicily
In Rachel Zeffira's first solo album, The Deserters (Paper Bag Records, 2013), beats the heart of a nomad. You may recognize her robust mezzo-soprano and lush multi-instrumentalism from Cat's Eyes, her project with The Horrors' frontman Faris Badwan. The Deserters is a much more personal record, which seems to be deeply rooted in Rachel's experiences; experiences such as spending time in Stromboli, a tiny volcanic island off the coast of Sicily, and even performing with Cat's Eyes for the former Pope (when you think about it, how could you not be a little goth with all those blood-red robes and ornate architecture? Makes sense). (More ...)
'But I only took four because I don’t have any money'
Lemonade are a band striving to top themselves. In a world where an effect pedal and a SoundCloud account can catapult a band to unknown fame and fortune in a matter of weeks, Lemonade released Diver (True Panther Sounds, 2012) a dance album so ambitious it pulls from Miami freestyle, grime, R&B, tropicália, and more, often within the span of the same track. (More ...)
'I think we can only create it when we're drunk.'
It takes a while for me to connect with Geoff Barrow, but he's a busy man. He has a label to run, indie-legend status to maintain (Geoff is, of course, a founding member of '90s trip-hop icons Portishead) and BEAK>, his primary musical project alongside Billy Fuller (of Fuzz Against Junk) and Matt Williams (of one-man experimental noise band Team Brick), who just released their second full-length record >> (Invada, 2012) late last year. (More ...)
'I’ve broken the seven cardinal sins and more – and I really mean that'
Despite being heavy metal legends and pioneers of the doom metal genre, Pentagram had never played in London before I met them at their sold out gig at the Garage venue in the north of the capital – and they’ve been active since 1971. I was lucky enough to meet and chat to founding member and frontman Bobby Liebling and Victor Griffin, a pillar of the formation since its more-or-less merger with fellow doom rock heads Death Row in the early ’80s. Death Row are also still active and fronted by Griffin. (More ...)
'You can never say never, because he is still my friend'
Earl Lowe, a.k.a. Little Roy, is lauded by reggae aficionados for a career that began in childhood in the mid ’60s and hit its stride in the ’70s with a string of timeless compositions, on his own Tafari Syndicate label, which have been versioned through the dancehall era and beyond. He’s an icon for maintaining his autonomy and refusing to compromise or be pushed around in what can be a cruel industry, even if it cost him valuable advancement. (More ...)
'I’ve snowboarded once, it worked'
Last week I heard Grimes’ music in a fancy coffee shop on Lafayette Street. (More ...)
'Idols implies some sort of devotion'
Steve Albini speaks in manifesto. The man and the legend has had a hand in making some of the seminal albums of our generation, working with acts such as the Pixies, Nirvana, Breeders, Slint, the Jesus Lizard, The Wedding Present, Helmet, Fugazi and Don Caballero to name a few. He’s one of the only analog purists left and prefers to refer to his role in the recording process as an engineer, rather than a producer. (More ...)