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Membranes - What Nature Gives…Nature Takes Away

31.05.2019

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Membranes - What Nature Gives…Nature Takes Away

What Nature Gives…Nature Takes Away is the new album from The Membranes. The band formed in 1977 and were post-punk before post-punk was a thing.  This is a long way from the “three chords and the truth” mythos of the late ‘70s with its choir, orchestral arrangements and dance elements but the “truth” part is still apposite.  The spirit of punk is present too, particularly as The Membranes have taken the template and feel of punk and cultivated it into a be...

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Les BOF! - Voila!

22.05.2019

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Les BOF! - Voila!

The much anticipated second LP from those ferocious francophiles Les BOF! has finally arrived, following a break of no less than 8 years. I for one was delighted to hear that news, and being an Edinburgh resident, I’ve been lucky enough to see them play live locally more than a few times over the last couple of years, and of course headline at last year’s Beatwave away down in sunny Hastings Voila! serves up a selection of raw ‘60s beat and garage that is as...

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Trembling Bells – The Sovereign Self

26.06.2015

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Trembling Bells – The Sovereign Self

There can be no doubting either the ambition or the eccentricity of Trembling Bells. The Scottish melody-loving, prog-soloing troubadours have just released their fourth album, decorated with portraits of talismanic writers and musicians from Dante to Dennis Potter, and packed with a set of wilfully bizarre and beautiful tracks. Over everything hangs the antic spirit of The Incredible String Band and Mike Heron, with whom The Bells have recently toured. The ...

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Queen Of Hoxton Rooftop Press Party : Las Mexicanas

Queen Of Hoxton Rooftop Press Party :…

Hello, my name's Steven but some also know me as Captain Stavros. This past Wednesday however everyone at the Queen Of Hoxton's rooftop press party knew me as, 'hey, you're that guy that lost every...

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Tempertwig - Fake Nostalgia : An Anthology Of Broken Stuff

Tempertwig - Fake Nostalgia : An Anthology Of Broken Stuff

Growing up in ‘90s Dublin, it was impossible for anyone with an interest in music to avoid Whipping Boy. They signed to Columbia Records even though they had a sin...

Men In Metal - Let The Soul Spread Its Wings

Men In Metal - Let The Soul Spread Its Wings

You can always rely on Finland’s Inverse Records to bring you the most unique shades of heavy metal. Мужчины в металле (Men In Metal) are a Russian power metal ban...

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Lacuna Common, Blondies, London + Interview

Lacuna Common, Blondies, London + Interview

  Outside The Social last Friday I've arm-locked Be Good's Ash into having a pint with me when the latest re-incarnation of Dr. Who walks by I'd later come to know as Alfie, frontman of Lacuna Common. Ash...

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Physical Format-20190619

Physical Format-20190619

The final five discs of 2018 start with Lady Bird (on the near obligatory orange vinyl) and the socially conscious 'Reprisal' and 'Shag Tally'. The trio are on the roster of...

Physical Format-20190612

Physical Format-20190612

Fickle Friends are the first act in the November Flying Vinyl box. Unfortunately they aren't featured in the accompanying booklet so I've no further information about them o...